Long computer problem, I’m a bit of a newbie, I don’t know hardware very well, I hope someone here can help me!
I had a 40GB harddrive which was physically damaged (it got bumped, of the pins bent), I took it to a technician to have it repaired or a new harddrive installed. The tech installed an 80GB drive & fixed the 40. He told me I could get anything I wanted of the 40, but not to use it because it would break again.
I installed windows 98 on the new hard drive, then upgraded to windows xp, and then transferred over most of my folders. I couldn’t get everything, so I hooked up the 40 & got the rest of what I needed burned to a cd. At this point my brother who had been helping me decided to install some more RAM in the computer, I had 128MB, he took that out & put two 256 sticks of SD RAM from a computer he didn’t use anymore (power supply fried on it), he also installed a NIC.
I tried booting up with the old harddrive, and it froze after it reached the desktop. We tried switching to the new harddrive, and at this point we lost the video. The video card was the oldest part of the computer, 6 years old, so I replaced it, I had been meaning to anyway. The new videao card worked, but the system still wouldn’t boot with the new harddrive. He reformated it & installed Windows 98 (so I could upgrade to xp). The computer seemed to work fine with 98, it didn’t freeze once. Andthe upgrade to xp went fine it seemed until it did the final restart and tried to boot in xp, then it froze during the boot up.
My brother gave up at this point, so I tried reformatting & installing win 98 again, this was 2 days ago & it has been working fine since. But I miss my xp!
Does anyone have any ideas? Could it be something with the RAM (I am trying to find the 128 ram to reinsert it, but I think my brother took it with him)? I know I should take it to a technician, but I have run out of money