Continuing problems with my computer (crashing + HD corruption)

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  1. Moloko

    Moloko New Member

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    For a while now my computer has had random crashes (xp blue screens, will crash at random). Now suddenly I cant even play WoW because it says my hd is corrupt. I've tried reinstalling it, it wont even install most of the time, and if I do get it to install, it wont load at all (crashes immediatly citing a corrupt file, different file almost every time). I know that some part in my computer is bad, but I dont know what. I've been putting it off because until now it didnt effect me except for the occasional crash. Usually when WoW crashed before it said that some memory could not be "read" or "written" to. How do I tell what part is bad in my computer without blindly replacing things?

    Here are the specs

    Athlon XP 3200
    Biostar mainboard (i forget which, box is gone)
    1 gig of 400fsb ram (corsair, i believe)
    geforce 4 5200 video card
    SB audigy 2 ZS platnum sound card
    Dual seagate 120gig RAID drives setup in an array.
     
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    Mikey D New Member

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    I'd run a scandisk/chkdsk on the drives see if that shows any bad sectors.

    If that comes up blank you can start removing unnecessary peripherals one by one and see if that yields a solution.

    Could be a couple things but I'd check the hard drive first.
     
  3. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    run seagate diagnostics. Ditch the raid array... added complication. but run a memory test first.
     
  4. Penetration

    Penetration OT Supporter

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    Sounds most likely to be a HD problem. Try running with just one stick of ram at a time, if you have 2 x 512 that is.
     
  5. Moloko

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    I just ran memtest, and it turned out ok. It ran the entire time I was at work (12 times) and showed no errors. So Im guessing that means my memory is good?
     
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    i'd recommend running chkdsk too, i had a similar problem the other day at work, found some nasty news about the HDD.

    edit: as someone else mentionned ditch the RAID setup ... for now at least.
     
  7. Moloko

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    Here is what the seagate tools said;

    SeaTools Desktop v3.00.07
    Copyright (c) 2004 Kroll Ontrack Inc.

    1/10/2005 @ 1:41 PM

    The following information has been generated by SeaTools Desktop. Use
    this information to help you recognize and resolve potential data access
    problems.


    System Information:
    BIOS Date 12/10/03
    Conventional Memory size 631 K
    Extended Memory size 58532 K
    IO Channel type PCI



    Drive Information:
    SIZE MODEL
    --------- ---------------------
    160 GB ST380013AS


    Serial Number = 5JV5DH4C
    Int13 Num = 80, PHYS CHS = 16383x16x63.
    ParmTable CHS, Rsvd = 19458x255x63

    PARTITION CYLINDER SIZE
    ---------- ------------ ----
    # Type Start End MB
    PRIMARY
    1 NTFS 0 19456 160049


    Diagnostic Results:

    90-Second Test Result: Failed
    Recommendation:
    The "Quick Test" is adequate for most situations.
    Consider running the "Full Test" which
    verifies each sector on the drive if you need to run a more
    comprehensive diagnostic.

    The Following Sectors MAY be damaged
    ------------------------------------
    104845841
    SMART Status Check Result: Unsupported


    S.M.A.R.T., (S)elf (M)onitoring (A)nalysis and (R)eporting (T)echnology, a built-in hard disk drive failure prediction method reports an 'Alert' if a problem has occurred. It reports 'Passed' if no problems are found and 'Unsupported' if a hard disk drive does not support S.M.A.R.T.
    Full Diagnostic Scan Result: Passed



    File Structure Test Result:

    Error reading MBR


    ******************************************


    Recommendation:
    All selected physical diagnostics passed.

    If you are not experiencing data loss and SeaTools reports File
    System Structure errors, they may be caused by a lock-up or
    failure to shutdown Windows correctly. Many times, these errors
    may be repaired through normal system maintenance which
    includes using the Windows provided "Defrag" and
    "Scandisk / Chkdsk / Error Checking" utilities.

    If you are experiencing a hardware error, you should isolate
    the cause and replace the failing component. If you are unsure how
    to proceed with repairs, contact a computer professional. After
    completing any maintenance tasks, run SeaTools again to
    verify that all errors have been repaired. If errors continue to
    occur, the system may not be stable. Again, contact a computer
    professional.




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  8. P07r0457

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    run the full test and see if it reports bad sectors? If it reports even 1, then I would RMA the drive for a new one.
     
  9. Moloko

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    Update. After running chkdsk about 10 times my computer was working well for the last few weeks. Today now it wont run/install WoW again. I had gone home for the weekend from school, and when I came back my computer had restarted (it always crashes on its own). When I checked the error messages it said "hardware failure" caused the crash. But it didnt say what. Now ever since that happened I keep getting these "bad direct sound driver" errors when windows loads. And now once when I tried to change my volume it said that the creative sound controls did not detect a creative card, and would not load.

    So far people have been pointing me towards harddrives, and I have no problem with changing them, but I dont want to spend the $200 to do so and then have the same problems. Anything else I can test?
     
  10. Moloko

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    PS; I have the memdumps from WoW if they are needed.
     
  11. Moloko

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    Ok, computer flat out died yesterday. I installed an IDE drive, and windows installed fine, and then once I installed the mainboard drivers all hell broke loose again. It couldnt detect the sound card, the netword card started spewing hot packets all over the place, and it slowed to a crawl. I ordered a new mainboard since that seems to be what it is. We'll see what happens when the newegg box arrives.
     
  12. gaybutsex

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    looking at that motherboard, i thought thats what it would be
    hope you didnt get another shitty brand
     

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