I had a horrible month of where everytime I finished troubleshooting and fixing one issue, another would popup next to immediately. Unfortunately, this last item has brought me to the point where I cannot figure out how to fix it, and am halfway resigned to just replacing the whole unit and getting a new system.
Issue: System was idling in windows, I swap out the external DSL modem/wifi-router that it was connected to. I attempt to bring up IE to verify connectivity as well as bring up control panel to double check what the new IP address and gateway are to begin configuring the new router. System completely locks up, on reboot, it takes an extremely long time to complete the BIOS self check and begin to load windows, where I recieve an error about the HDD / OS being bad. I figure, no sweat, and pull out my OS disk and prepare to run the recovery console to fix whatever OS files have gone bad, or even format and reinstall if necessary. At this point, I cannot even get the system to finish loading into the recovery console on the OS disk. It goes through the DOS like loading files progress bar, then goes through a secondary loading windows screen progress bar, then black screen. After leaving it to run for a couple of hours, I did eventually get a cursor on a flat black screen, but nothing beyond that.
Troubleshooting steps: Since I cannot get the system to boot to either Windows or the Windows Disk, I figure the problem must be with the motherboard or the memory. So, I pull out half the memory and the problem persists, I pull out the other half and put the first half back in, same problem. I even tried different combinations of which memory slots on the motherboard I'm using, but same problem persists. I cannot get the system to boot to the harddrive or the OS disk.
Here are the 2 stores in my area that I'm thinking of building/buying a new system from:http://www.memoryexpress.com/http://www.b-com.ca/offers.php?mode=offer&offerid=30
For the most part, I know what I want to build, but am looking for tips on what processor / motherboard combo to go with. My end goal is something that can run MechWarrior:Online smoothly, which means ideally quad core and 8GB of RAM++.