There was a problem with a friend’s computer. Lots of ‘valuable, sensitive’ stuff on it. (I’ve no idea what). She asked me to take a look.
There’d been a power failure immediately preceding the onset of the problems. May be related to the source of the problem?
After trying safe mode w/o success (worked briefly then restarted and/or generated an error), I decided to use the recovery console to run chkdsk /r. (maybe a good idea or maybe not)
As I couldn’t boot the HD I sought to boot from the win2k setup CD (and subsequently with diskettes for good measure). No dice.
It’d reach one of several (apparently) randomly determined points, then restart.
So then I took one of my spare HDs (identical to hers btw) and tried to install win2k to it on her machine. No dice. At various different points during the process the computer would either reveal one of several different blue screens (prob’ly a half dozen different ones- mostly stop errors) and/or restart.
Since then, in pursuit of this, (formatting and installing win2k on the spare HD (identical to the one that had been previously working in the machine)) I have disconnected every non-necessary item attached to the machine and tried again. No dice.
Then I proceeded to swap out the questionable necessary components (RAM sticks, cables, power supply, CDROM, 3.5 floppy) one by one with known good ones and try again. I tried all of this with the BIOS on her settings, default settings and optimal settings (as well as a few other sets of settings). No luck.
Then I tried it all again with only known good devices. No luck.
Now bear in mind that her Hd is sitting on the table in the living room and uninvolved. This all involves items that worked on other machines and still do work on other machines. I tested all of these known good components on another machine after trying all of this just to make sure that they were, in fact, known to be good. The test format and install I’ve tried since on another machine with all of these same components went as it should.
Am I right in my conclusion that there must be something wrong with the hardware?
In this instance, is it correct that software problems shouldn’t impact the format and installation of the OS on an identical HD?
if yes then
Since I’ve substituted functioning, compatable (and in some instance indentical) components, am I also correct that in concluding that the problem is most likely in one of the components I have not substituted?
There’s only the motherboard and the CPU left, AFAICT.
if yes then
How much effort is required to get the HD to function as it was in another computer?
Is it a more efficient option to just reinstall win2k and then reinstall the apps?
Would an indentical MB and CPU make things any simpler/easier?
I don’t happen to have a known-good, compatable CPU to try in place of what’s currently in there so I haven’t been able to try a substitution. Neither do I have an identical MB to try.
So, given what I’ve done, have I reached good conclusions?
If I have, what’s to be done?
If the CPU or MB are bad, they’ll have to be replaced anyway (but she’d rather not if they’re not the issue) so if it’d make things easier as far as having a fully functional computer again then that’s what we’ll do.
I think that I’m right and that either the CPU or MB are busted. However, there are an uknown number of variables involved (unknown to me anyway) with this process. Have I missed something that’d render my dioagnosis invalid?