|Image "Out of Order" courtesy of Dan|
So here's how it was: I was razzing it up on Dawn of War II and having a majorly great time of it - so much so that I had about 50 screen shots ready to pack a review out with! - when things got very slow. The game reduced to a glitchy halting standstill and from then on: zip.
Obviously it goes without saying that the spate of PC game reviews I intended to write will have to be postponed until the crisis is resolved (that is: ANNO 1404, Dawn of War II & Chaos Rising, and some other Steam titles).
Now I have very little experience in the repairs/major maintenance-side of computers and so have had to read around on a few websites to find the general consensus to be "Oh bugger, you'd better save up some money". I am completely at a loss as to how to proceed.
So where do I go from here, friends and members of the public? How do I save/recover the stuff on my hard drive and what is the most cost-effective/best way to get me back up and gaming quickly?
Here are all the techy details on the PC:
- Seagate ST3250310AS 250GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 2.6GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB (2x512KB) Cache
- OCZ 2GB DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 5-6-6-15 Value Series Memory
- ASUS M3A78-CM 780V Socket AM2+ onboard graphics 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard
- Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
The machine will turn on - display advanced/BIOS settings pages - but will crash whenever you try to boot Windows. Safe mode etc. do not work, and nor does the memory error fix thingy that Windows tries - this just crashes in the middle of the process.
Any help you can offer would give a PC gamer back his gaming freedom, and give a reviewer access to his source materials. Please comment with any help / advice / suggestions. Thank you.
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