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We are not brain surgeons


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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We are not brain surgeons

4 May 2009 4:02PM   Views : 390 Unique : 359

Three days ago I had a virus on my home PC. I used the usual virus software - SpyBot, Avast and Remove-it Pro. It appeared to go, but then my hard disk started making a repeated four short scratch sound and the whole thing slowed down. It then stopped.

A quick search on the net suggested it was a duff hard drive. I had a few items I hadn't back up and wanted to retrieve them, I also had two other smaller drives in that PC that I wanted to access. So I added the drives into another PC to see if the one that had stopped could be accessed and to retrieve data from the other two. I moved a few wires around on the mother board, attached the drives and turned on my newer PC.

The bad drive made the same scratching sound, then I got the blue screen of death. I haven't had that since Windows 98 many years ago. I took the drive out and reconnected the new PC's original. When I rebooted the same blue screen appeared. I switched off, rebooted in safe mode and did a defragment on the harddrive. Then I went into the bios to swap boot disk around - at this point I didn't really know what I was doing.

Then I restarted and got nothing.

Back in bios, adjusted again and rebooted. I got Windows back but as it loaded the system repeatidly rebooted. Switched off more bios dabbling.

Now I had bits of PCs all over the place and a dead old PC and a dead new PC. I swapped some wires around rebooted. Nothing.

Tried to reboot from Windows CD. Nothing.

Took the cd drive out of my old PC coupled it up to the newer PC and rebooted with Windows CD in that. Nothing. Back to bios changed boot up drive to new installed CD drive booted up. Success!

I decided, as the system was fairly new, to reformat my drive and reinstall Windows. So I could start from scratch and remove any damage I'd possibly done.

I did all that and then realised I no longer had all my old emails. Luckily a back-up from March allowed me to get a fairly good majority back into thunderbird.

But then found after setting correct IPs etc that I couldn't access the internet. A look at the system showed there was no network card driver. Whoops I'd forgot to install the motherboard drivers. An hour or so later I had internet, but no sound, or option to get my displays into dual mode. I'd no idea what make the sound card was to download a driver. It didn't appear to register in Windows. The list of problems continued.

As I write this I've managed to get most back together. I still only have one monitor, but basically for the last few days I've been fannying around trying to get back to where I was Friday morning. . It made me think - if I get a headache I see a doctor. And if it was really serious I wouldn't grab a scalpel and go fiddling about, so why do I think I can do it to the brain of my PC?

I'm not a brain surgeon.

Tags: Crash Drive Non it expert Boot Bios Surgeon


LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
6 May 2009 1:25AM
Wow. What a pain. Even though you may not be a "brain surgeon" you did seem to do pretty well. Some of us would just start hitting our computer demanding that it start to work right. Wink

But yes, it does seem we underestimate the value of experts in some fields, and all to often learn the hard way.


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conrad 13 10.9k 116
6 May 2009 9:39PM
Yep, this what experts are for. Pity the expert in my family walks around with a t-shirt that says "No, I won't fix your computer!" (Maybe I shouldn't have given him that shirt...) Wink
davidburleson Plus
11 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 9:18AM
lol, got to get one of those shirts. However, im sure Pete would agree that 'No, david won't fix your computer' Wink
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
7 May 2009 9:31AM

Quote:'No, david won't fix your computer'

Lol I wasn't going to mention it....but as you have... much of the I on Friday was we, as in David and I. Or more like him, as in David alone, as I watched in bewilderment at my equipment being ripped apart.

I'm currently trialling various automatic "brain surgeon" programs to see if I can recover a drive that has some very serious damage. I'll let you know how I get on.
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
25 Aug 2009 3:50PM
Nowadays when I turn on my PC I just pray that it starts up... Smile

A partition table problem that I thought to have solved, but now some days it works, other days it doesn't.
The worse thing is that when I ask computer-savy people about it, all I get is the answer: downgrade to XP.
No brain surgery here, I guess Smile

Yes, my son also walks around with one of these t-shirts: "No I will not fix your computer." (And I have to wash that shirt every week - it's his favorite!)


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