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GOOD NEWS: I finally got the replacement power supply I needed, based on this post.

BAD NEWS: ...My PC can't boot. Period. I never made it past the BIOS.

Based on yet more trial and error, I can only go as far as the BIOS Setup (F1)--IF I keep my SATA HDD disconnected! I can't even go to the boot menu (Esc) anymore!!! I had thoughts of trying the miracle of booting into CD-ROM to see if it were possible to clone a factory-restored HDD image from one USB HDD to another, and booting from it, just to see if I could reflash my BIOS to fully working order, but apparently, even that ain't possible! x.x

Oh, and the BIOS could see the SATA HDD, but it hangs.

So, apparently, I have a partially-working BIOS now, I'm GUESSING caused by the sudden heatstroke outages my PC suffered two Sundays ago. What do I do? (keeping in mind that I myself can't afford 'professional' PC repairs, as I just spent $60 on a hopefully much-needed power supply)

Date: 2009-12-03 08:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-eagle.livejournal.com
Try changing the motherboard battery...?

Date: 2009-12-04 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atkelar.livejournal.com
ow. that doesn't look very good at all. Have you checked all the connections? I.e. not only the one on the HDD but also on the mainboard? Based on your previous post I did suspect the power supply too (and it might have been) but now it could be anything: faulty mainborad, RAM, HDD or any other periferal...
Try the following BEFORE totally wiping your HDD: unplug or remove (unplug) all devices from the mainboard (including RAM). Add only the bare minimum (Graphics card, HDD, some RAM - check Mainboard for minimum) and keyboard. Try again.
Just as a note: the "RAM check" the BIOS does isn't really a check just a probing to see how much is installed.
And remember to ground yourself before handling electronics...

Date: 2009-12-04 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
This is from the PC, after performing enough miracles to at least be online again: By HDD, I meant one of my extras that ain't being used for anything else at the moment; thing is, it was my first portable HDD, 300GB; and I've since gotten a second one-terabyte drive that I've since backed up all my stuff in, including the factory image. And yes, I HAVE since flashed my BIOS--in more ways than one, but I'll get to that in my next LJ entry. ;)

And yes, I HAVE grounded myself before handling my hardware, I have to at least CARRY it by its carcass whenever I move it to a suitable space, don't I? ;)

Date: 2016-12-31 11:59 am (UTC)
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