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September 30th, 2006


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12:51 pm - hack me
when i boot up, it gives me this weird string of symbols[1] and freezes. to get in, i have to go to the boot menu and tell it to boot from teh hard drive (which is what it wanted to do anyway, so i don't know why this works, which is not comforting). i don't know what i did to it, but it's not from installing anything or registry fiddling or anything like that -- i used a restore point from a full week ago and it didn't fix anything.

so, mine questions they are two:
how would i go about fixing or at least diagnosing this?
is this bad? if it just means i have to use my boot menu workaround, then no big deal, but if it ever makes the small leap to not being able to boot at all, that would be quite a bit shittier. plz advise.

[1] here is my approximation of the error msg, in case anyone speaks robot:


ps: x kristan (2:01:23 PM): i speak robot! it goes beep beep boop beep -_-

(16 shots upside the head | en garde!)

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From:haveaball
Date:September 30th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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DONG.
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From:kingnixon
Date:September 30th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
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delicious!
From:haveaball
Date:September 30th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
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i see you've changed teams since we've last seen each other.
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From:kingnixon
Date:September 30th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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this team has better management. i think we're going to make the playoffs this year!
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From:plural
Date:October 1st, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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back up your data
reformat your hard drive
reinstall your os

when you get crunchy like this
it is better not to take more risks than you have to
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From:bertho
Date:October 2nd, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
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^^ What he said. If that doesn't work, try again substituting "reformat" with "replace".
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 2nd, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
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i just DID replace the damn thing.

ps hi
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From:bertho
Date:October 3rd, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
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Did you try kicking it?

hi
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 2nd, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
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yeah i know :/ but i just DID that, so i was hoping someone would have simpler advice.
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From:plural
Date:October 2nd, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
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did that and it didnt fix the problem
or
did that before the problem
and
would rather not do it again?
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 2nd, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
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option b. my old harddrive started making ominous buzzing noises, and since it was still warrantied i called dell and they sent out a new drive. so on the plus side, my backups are now quite current and i would just need to copy 2 weeks worth of accumulation. on the other hand, reinstalling everything is a bitch.
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From:plural
Date:October 2nd, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
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So this essentially a brand new drive with a brand new install?

That pretty much rules out failing hard drive and/or file corruption.

Does the problem only happen when you are powering the computer on from an "off state"? What happens if you reboot the computer, does it boot normally then?

I'm guessing you've got a failing IDE controller on the motherboard and you'll need to have them replace it, but you could also try clearing your CMOS (there is usually a jumper on the motherboard), see if there is some residual garbage in there.

it is a long shot but not one that'll do you any harm (other than having to reset all the parameters in the BIOS)
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 2nd, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
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new drive, new install, problem still happens off a reboot.

this is a dell laptop, by the way. they don't like making things accessable. if the bios jumper is as absurd to get to as the fans are, which require removing - among other things - the screen and the keyboard, would flashing it have the same effect?
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From:kingnixon
Date:October 2nd, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)

also

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how've you been?
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From:plural
Date:October 2nd, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)

Re: also

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good

busy but good
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From:leyse
Date:October 2nd, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)

Re: also

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i
remember you
and your comments that
always read like poetry
i didn't quite get.

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