Recent content by Olentzero

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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    Got the other computer home (I've taken to calling it Junior) and got a look under the hood. This one's pretty much a "Joe User" kind of deal; looks like everything's bolted in tightly, I can't easily identify the motherboard, and there are no further SATA ports for additional hard drives. So I...
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    I went in and checked the DIMMs, and the one I pulled out to look at actually wasn't sitting right - the holder wasn't snapping back into place correctly. Got that fixed and booted Frankenstein up again, but got no further than usual. I may have a solution anyway, as I've happily inherited...
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    Ah, thanks for that! I remember taking one out to look at it... wait, no, that was when I was putting in the other hard drives and the computer ran fine after that (this was before I ran CCleaner). Could it be just enough out of kilter to run OK for a bit and then cause Frankenstein to crap out?
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    That's the impression I was getting. Whatever I did to Frankenstein, it's a doozy.
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    Safe Mode boot doesn't work in any of the three options available (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with network, Safe Mode with command line) - I just end up with a cursor and a black screen. Will contact NeoSmart to see about convincing Frankenstein to boot from the DVD drive, and will keep Belarc Advisor...
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    Hi Peter - thanks for the reply. I understood before purchasing that the software wasn't a system disk, and I was hoping it would be enough to get me going again. I'm not particularly looking for a complete format and reinstall because there are one or two programs on there the IT team was kind...
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    Fried Windows Vista while cleaning and can't boot from the DVD.

    Hey everyone! New to the forums here (introduced myself a bit over in the Intro thread) but I'm just going to dive right in with the problem at hand. I recently inherited my old work computer from my job (we got shiny new equipment for everyone!) and have been trying to clean it up at home for...
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    The Introduction Thread

    Hello all! Name's Olentzero, I'm an American expat living in Stockholm. I recently inherited an old work computer that still runs Vista (which I'll affectionately call Frankenstein for various reasons). Having some issues that I'll post over in the Windows thread, and I've got my fingers...