The Geekly Guy

This blog contains information regarding all things Linux, although any computer technology subject matter fits within the realm of this blog.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Two Machines Dead!

I've had two desktops die.

One is a Linux machine. I believe the CPU or the mobo died, because it won't POST. I'm tired of opening it, as I just recently upgraded the motherboard and installed a dual core 3GHz CPU into it (the CPU burned out last year because the CPU fan had a short...I ended up buying a new mobo for it so that I could use an older CPU that I had on a shelf). This one may be scrapped.

The other is a recent purchase (2 yrs old) that I bought from TigerDirect. It was a bare-bones system. It works when I boot from a Live CD so I think something in it's Windows profile is jacked up. The MBR is also jacked and I can't seem to get it squared away. I can't find my Windows boot/install CD either. I've tried a Linux live CD that claims to restore Windows MBRs. I may have to isolate which drive has the MBR, though (it has 2 or three drives in it). I also don't want to wipe the drives, since the drives contain valuable data on them (I may not have a choice, though). In fact, this machine is a dual-boot machine (Linux). I'd recently added a new video card. Maybe the driver is hanging the boot process, as after I used that Linux live CD that supposedly restores the MBR, it began to try to boot up but hangs infinitely at the Windows loadup screen. I believe I'm close to solving the issue, though. This machine is a good machine...I may take the internals and move them over to that other busted box, as that one's case is pretty awesome.

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