Wednesday, May 02, 2012
I used a live Linux boot disk called BootMed to try and fix things, but nothing worked. I figured there was only one way around this, and that was to start from scratch. So I used BootMed again to access my hard drive and back everything up, which happened with no problem. Then I formatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows. Now just try to imagine my frustration when it started locking up again as if I had done nothing.
One big problem in dealing with this stuff is when these errors happen, there could be any number of possible solutions. There is usually some kind of error message or code and when you Google that you get a million results with different solutions, plus a ton of schemey sites trying to get you to pay for some generic solution. It's next to impossible to uncover an applicable fix.
If reinstalling Windows didn't work, then it must have been a hardware issue. I was unplugging components left and right. My best guess was that the motherboard was to blame. I decided that whatever the fix was, it must be beyond my capabilities to repair, and that it may be time to look into some replacement parts. But I didn't give up entirely. I found a few old hard drives in some unused computers lying around, so I plugged one in in to the offending machine, installed Windows onto that, and everything worked fine.
What?! It was the hard drive all along?! Sheesh! Not that I'm complaining but if the hard drive went bad then how come I had no problems backing up?
While all this is happening, I took the opportunity to reformat and reinstall on my other computer as well, which went very smoothly. That's an old piece of junk but now it's working better than ever. Talk about polar opposites.
Anyway, after a month of dealing with this nonsense, I'm back in business again, such as it is. Hopefully I can get a little more usage out of these computers before I need to upgrade and/or the zombies show up.
Posted by Dylan G. at 5/02/2012