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aitch
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8921 posts since 19/8/07

5 Jul 2008 15:36
TheImage, this is what disk checking is, basically scan disk

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/kbtip.mspx

In my experience i've never found this to be successful, a windows repair or re-install is better.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

5 Jul 2008 17:16
aitch wrote:
PH!L wrote: Turned my PC on the other day and its not doing the POST beep and theres no signal going to the monitor, keyboar, mouse.. all the other hardware powers up, CD Drives, card reader fans etc.

Ive tried replacing the small watch Battery for the Bios and tried re-seating the ram.

I'm guessing the mobo has gone, but anyone got any other suggestions before I get a new mobo?

Cheers.

Seems like you know quite a bit about the insides of your PC, try and unplug everything and only have the basics in the motherboard, CPU + Ram, also power, basically unplug all your hard disks, CDrom drives, PCI adapters and all the other crap, try it then.

How many sticks of memory are there? If theres two just try running it with one, and switch them both.

Have you tried resetting the CMOS with the jumper on the motherboard?

Most likely to be the Motherboard like you said, but could be the memory or CPU, possibly a faulty psu also. If your PC speaker is plugged in, usually when its memory it will beep constantly if its having problems iirc.

Cheers aitch, I'll try unplugging everything and running the basics.. I cant seem to be able to locate the jumper to try and reset the CMOS, it runs dual Bios so Im not sure if its possible to do on that motherboard? Im not exactly sure what Im looking for but pretty sure its not there Laughing out loud
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

5 Jul 2008 23:50
Probably a stupid question, but would it be possible to swap the master Hardrive from this computer with mast from my broken PC, (both running XP Pro) without any issues? Or is it not as simple as that?
aitch
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8921 posts since 19/8/07

6 Jul 2008 01:11
It will boot, however you'll have problems with drivers not being installed, also possible errors on boot. You'll also have the problem with the installation of windows xp on this machine being optimised for this machine only, not for the broken one.

I wouldn't recommend it tbh.
eent
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9015 posts since 25/2/05

6 Jul 2008 09:54
Not a good idea as aitch said. None of your programs will run, so you're going to have to reinstall nearly everything anyway, so might as well just backup what data you want, and just format, and reinstall windows fresh.
eent
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9015 posts since 25/2/05

6 Jul 2008 09:56
Anyone used a KVM switch before? I've got a spare PC we're using as a server at the moment, but we just have it turned on underneath another PC, which has the keyboard/mouse/moniter plugged in. Was thinking of getting a KVM switch to use both, without having to set it up somewhere else. Are they any good?
worker bees
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1921 posts since 6/1/08

6 Jul 2008 10:31
aitch wrote: TheImage, this is what disk checking is, basically scan disk

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/learnmore/tips/kbtip.mspx

In my experience i've never found this to be successful, a windows repair or re-install is better.

I'll give that a go & I'll try windows repair after that, cheers aitch.
india
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5661 posts since 31/10/05

6 Jul 2008 11:41
last couple of days my pc has started like makin noises then just turnin itself off.
this has come up twice. can anyone help?



Help and Support | Security | Microsoft Update

Problem caused by a hard disk drive error
Windows was temporarily unable to read your hard disk drive. We do not know the exact cause of the problem. In most cases, this type of condition is momentary and does not indicate a serious problem, but sometimes it means that a hard disk is failing.

Common causes of this problem include:

Aging or failing hard disks. To prevent file corruption and data loss, we recommend that you back up all of your important files and folders immediately. See Step 1 in the Troubleshooting section below for more information.

Large file transfers from secondary media, such as an external hard drive, to a local hard drive.

Loss of power to a hard disk drive that causes inconsistent data sectors.

Hard drive slowness caused by disk-intensive processes such as antivirus scanners.

Recently installed hardware that might have compatibility and performance problems.


Troubleshooting

The following steps can help identify whether the cause of the problem is temporary or whether it is a more serious problem with your hard disk. Try the steps in the order given. If one step does not solve the problem, then move on to the next one.

Back up your files and folders to prevent potential data loss. Until you are sure that the cause of the problem is not your hard disk, doing a backup is a good place to start. Go online to the following article to learn how to backup your data:

How to Use the Backup Utility to Back Up Files and Folders in Windows XP Home Edition

Note
You should back up your files and folders on a regular basis to protect your data from unexpected hardware problems. Also, when creating backups, it is helpful to use a portable storage device, such as an external hard disk, as the drive you save backups on. This is preferable to storing backups on a local, internal hard disk because it keeps this important recovery data separate from your computer.

Check to see if the problem is temporary by restarting your computer and repeating what you were doing when the error occurred. If the error persists, try the next step.

If the error occurred shortly after adding a new hardware device, the device, its driver, or related software might be causing the problem. First, install the latest updates on your computer (including hardware updates).

How do I download and install the latest updates for my computer?

Check your hard disk for errors.

Run the disk error-checking tool

Check Event Viewer for disk errors

If the previous steps did not solve the problem, have your computer checked for faulty or unplugged hard disk cables and connectors. We suggest contacting your computer’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for troubleshooting and repair recommendations.

Click to go online to see contact information for most computer manufacturers

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moog
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577 posts since 18/3/07

7 Jul 2008 18:23
I had something similar a few years ago (PC turning itself off and an HDD read error), turns out that it was over heating. I took the side panel off for the rest of the summer and chucked a few extra fans in the case.

Might fix it and easy enough to try.
eliot_a
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1720 posts since 31/1/06

7 Jul 2008 20:11
eent wrote: Anyone used a KVM switch before? I've got a spare PC we're using as a server at the moment, but we just have it turned on underneath another PC, which has the keyboard/mouse/moniter plugged in. Was thinking of getting a KVM switch to use both, without having to set it up somewhere else. Are they any good?

yeh ive got 1, there alright and work fine, or you could just set up romote desktop without any cost
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

7 Jul 2008 20:27
Trying to set up this program to email me an alert,

What should the settings be, this doesnt work

Rirawin
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9187 posts since 17/7/05

7 Jul 2008 20:30
isn't it smtp? and not smpt?
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

7 Jul 2008 20:45
haha yea

still get this error

Sending email:
SMTP: Not connected
SMTP: About to connect to smtp.gmail.com port 25
SMTP: Use secure SSL/TLS connection
SMTP: Use SMTP authentication
SMTP: RECV [220 mx.google.com ESMTP e11sm5383763fga.4]
SMTP: SEND [STARTTLS]
SMTP: 503 5.5.1 EHLO/HELO first. e11sm5383763fga.4
Rirawin
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9187 posts since 17/7/05

7 Jul 2008 20:53
Try 995 for the POP3 port and 587 for SMTP port. That's what mine is
Homer
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23926 posts since 8/5/03

7 Jul 2008 21:05
I give up Laughing out loud

cheers for the help
eent
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9015 posts since 25/2/05

7 Jul 2008 21:12
eliot_a wrote:
eent wrote: Anyone used a KVM switch before? I've got a spare PC we're using as a server at the moment, but we just have it turned on underneath another PC, which has the keyboard/mouse/moniter plugged in. Was thinking of getting a KVM switch to use both, without having to set it up somewhere else. Are they any good?

yeh ive got 1, there alright and work fine, or you could just set up romote desktop without any cost

I've already got VNC on it, so i'm using that for the time being, just not that fast, say if i wanted to play a game on it.
Essence
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3108 posts since 10/1/05

7 Jul 2008 22:39
Rirawin wrote: Try 995 for the POP3 port and 587 for SMTP port. That's what mine is

try 465 or 587?
aitch
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8921 posts since 19/8/07

8 Jul 2008 08:28
eent wrote:
eliot_a wrote:
eent wrote: Anyone used a KVM switch before? I've got a spare PC we're using as a server at the moment, but we just have it turned on underneath another PC, which has the keyboard/mouse/moniter plugged in. Was thinking of getting a KVM switch to use both, without having to set it up somewhere else. Are they any good?

yeh ive got 1, there alright and work fine, or you could just set up romote desktop without any cost

I've already got VNC on it, so i'm using that for the time being, just not that fast, say if i wanted to play a game on it.

Use windows remote desktop, but from the computer that is executing the session, instead of running Windows Remote Desktop, run mstsc -console and you get a faster connection than that with VNC. You also get an exclusive session
brodie
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6717 posts since 15/10/05

11 Jul 2008 22:31
Need some free software which allows me to put all my music from my ipod onto my new PC, anyone help?
Xerxes
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464 posts since 14/6/08

11 Jul 2008 22:46
brodie wrote: Need some free software which allows me to put all my music from my ipod onto my new PC, anyone help?

If you're using xp or vista you should just be able to plug in your ipod and use it as a mass storage device…

Plug it in, go to My computer and it should show up and a removeable device.

but if you have a large ipod (more than 80Gb) it'll be pretty slow.