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I hate old hardware...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SimonD, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    So my wifes shuttle was BSODed when I got up this morning (it stays on for WHS backups over wireless so no WoL for her), anyway after trying a couple of the usual suspects (reseating the ram, trying a repair just incase something broke over night, booting from a Win 7 dvd) I knew I had to take it apart.

    Working in the shuttle isn't a bad thing, it's fairly tight but still workable. After changing out the 160gb disk (03 2007), I put the new disk in and tried booting up with the WHS restore CD. No good, so that ruled out a dead HDD.

    Next it was a case of trying to run memtest86+, instantly I get a screen full of red errors :( so out come the dimms and its time to test. First dimm goes back in, screen full of red :( now rather than try the same dimm in the other slot I decided to see if it was memory controller error, I take the other dimm and put it in the same slot. Boot up comes and I have a clean screen :) Next I move the dimm to the other slot and try again, same result :)

    Now I have to go through the pain of putting the original hdd back and try and find some cheap ddr400 ram (1gb as she had 2gb onboard).

    All in all not a night that I wanted (it was meant to be cinema night for us, Sherlock 'was' calling :()
    Anyway, she is happy and I can breath easier that my wife and son won't be playing on my gaming rig any time soon.

    Moral of the story? Ensure you check everything, I would have sworn it was a hdd issue but thankfully had the Mem86 cd to hand just to check. At least I don't have to rebuild anything :D
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  2. zr79

    zr79 Byte Poster

    I do at least one of these every day, sometimes 7 days a week.
    Certifications: A+
  3. Patient-Edd

    Patient-Edd Bit Poster

    Don't tell me you do it 365 days a year too! :lol:
    Certifications: CertCompMath (open)
    WIP: MCDST, BSc (Hons) Computing

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