my play box has turned into a paper weight

Gregory Nowak greg at
Mon Nov 10 09:45:23 EST 2003

I'm sure that the hd isn't the problem, since as mentioned a couple of
weeks ago on the list, I replaced the hd that died with a 8 Gb drive,
which is in good shape, given that it works perfectly fine on other
machines. I've also listened for any strange noises from the machine,
and didn't hear anything other then the normal sounds.

I'll look for memtest later today. Also, if it's the cpu or ram, or
motherboard, they're old, and aren't being made anymore today as far
as I know. So, if it's any of these 3 things which turns out to be
the problem, I'll simply scrap this box for working parts, and that
will be that.


On Mon, Nov 10, 2003 at 05:22:24PM +1100, Shaun Oliver wrote:
> at the risk of being helpful, Gregory Nowak delivered up the following on Sun, Nov 09, 2003 at 06:21:17PM -0600, 
> *SNIP*
> > 
> > Obviously, I've got a hardware problem. However, is it the ram, or is
> > it the cpu? I am leaning towards saying that it's the cpu at this
> > point, but am open to other educated opinions.
> > Thanks in advance.
> > 
> > Greg
> > 
> > 
> It's quite possible greg your hard drive is on it's last drive platters.
> This sounds like a similar problem I have with my pentium 233 on the odd
> occasion.
> I find I have to watch the box carefully and ensure that all connections
> are tight and that all the hardware e.g. ram, cpu, cards, are seated
> properly.
> listen to the noises your computer makes next time and also grab the
> memtest utility and run it to test your ram.
> I can't remember the url off the top of my head but I'll find it and get
> it to you if you haven't googled for it already.
> just take it one step at a time. it's possible we can find you a way out
> for the moment to save you some money at this point.
> hth
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