Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Great Desktop PC Death Catastrophe! [PC]

Image "Out of Order" courtesy of Dan
Cut down in its prime, my PC has bitten the dust. It had been quite unwell for around a week, but has now lead to a nasty error message and constant crashing BEFORE Windows log-in. Oh poo. I know.

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.

Image on this page is copyright of dan and can be found at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Computers_g62-Out_Of_Order_p30002.html


Psykomotor said...

What's the error message you're getting ? Might be able to save it with a reformat, sounds like windows install is screwed though.

Matt Tiernan said...

That's the problem - no error message.

It offers a memory search and fix - to identify the errors - but this crashes at 30% or something.

Just goes black and does nothing.

Safe mode, with command prompt and networking just go black after you select your option. Does go any further than this and just goes black.