Windows XP got corrupted on friend's computer....

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  1. PC Principle

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    It is a pretty old PC and for some reason when windows tries to start up it reboots. I figured the best thing to do would be a format and clean install of XP. I have her HDD hooked up to my PC as the secondary master right now and I am copying everything from it to my HDD so that her pics and files get saved. Is there any easier way to do shit like this?
     
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    should have jsut rebuilt the bootfile
     
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    How do you do that?
     
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    why didn't you just boot off of the windows cd, have it repair the windows install?
     
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    boot up the windows cd.. go into recovery mode.. then type: fixboot

    then choose the windows drive letter and BAM
     
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    OK when I took the PC home it booted up perfectly at my house. I even turned it off and on several times to make sure it wouldent restart on me. I take it back to her house yesterday and hook it up and it boots up fine, but this morning she calls me and tells me that it is rebooting on startup again. I guess ill have to go over there and do the fixboot thing. :mad:
     
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    Run a set of diagnostics.

    Find out what company made the hard drive and download their diagnostics.

    Get memtest 86+

    Get motherboard monitor or whatever works on your computer and check temps and voltages, or go into bios and check them.

    Run prime95 torture test and see if it crashes.

    Get a can of air and clean out the inside, fans and heatsinks.

    Carefully of course, reseat the memory and cards.
     
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    I found the problem. I ran memtest and it threw out a bunch of errors, so I switched out the memory with some good stuff I had laying around and it still was getting errors. That is when I decided to inspect the mobo very carefully and I found this. Sorry for the shitty cell phone pics....

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    The mobo is obviously fucked. Now I am wondering if I can get a replacement that will allow me to not have to reinstall windows. The board is an MSI MS-6547 1.0
     
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    Shit. Newegg and zipzoomfly dont carry it, they dont even carry any ATX 478 mobos anymore... :wtc:
     
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    Anyone know any good sites I could get something like this from?
     
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    It's obviously fucked? I can't tell what you were even taking a picture of.
     
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    busted caps. If you are confident with a soldering iron, you can fix that.
     
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    you could attempt it, but more than likely something triggered it. you might not fix the problem, but i'd say it's worth a try
     
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    The "something" that triggered it was shitty caps -- an infamous problem. Replace em and it's fine.
     
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    Electrolytic capacitors leak after a while. There was a big defective batch a few years ago, that had black/gold wrapping. It affected a lot of people.
     
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    I know they were shitty pics. I should of pointed the caps out. :(

    I dunno what I am going to do yet. This may be a perfect time for her to get a new computer since this one is pretty old. :dunno:
     
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    Computer upgrade kits are dirt cheap, she would be better off to just invest in an upgrade and swap a lot of parts from the old machine into the upgrade.

    ram, graphics hard drive power supply etc.

    you would just need to install the needed drives, maybe re-activate winblows and she's on her way.
     
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    Given the age of the machine, it seems unlikely that an upgrade kit would be more economical than a complete replacement.
     

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