Packard Bell computer driving me mad!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by Dave Headley, Sep 28, 2011.

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    Dave Headley Guest

    I know this is OT for the DIYers but there's some brilliant computer
    gurus in there and I need all the help I can get as I'm losing my hair
    on this one.

    Right, a friend rang me to say that there had been a burning smell from
    the computer (Packard Bell iMedia X2416 running Windows Vista). When I
    got it there were no signs of life whatsoever - no fans or drives
    spinning, no BIOS beeps, nothing. Previous experience led me to think
    the PSU had died but it tested OK with all voltages being within range.
    As a 'belt and braces' test I also put it into my own machine and it did
    indeed power up my computer and worked well. I also tried a known good
    PSU in his machine but still no life there at all.

    Next I took his RAM, put it in my machine, and ran Memtest86+. I let it
    complete one pass and there were no errors, so I let it continue to run
    (actually left it running overnight with no errors) while I hooked his
    hard drive to another spare computer I have here. It booted OK but of
    course it didn't have my motherboard (or any other) drivers installed so
    it complained about that but it did spin up and boot, so that's OK.

    So now it's either motherboard or processor and from what I know,
    processors very rarely give any trouble, so I plumped for a faulty
    motherboard. I found one available on Ebay, used but tested and with
    warranty (it's a MCP73PVT-PM by the way) so I got it.

    I put it all together on the bench, powered up, and we now have signs of
    life - but it's now in a BSOD loop. It POSTs OK and it gives one BIOS
    beep as it normally would but then blue screens and reboots ad
    infinitum, with an odd different BSOD thrown in for good measure. I sent
    that mobo back under warranty and got another one, but this one also
    displays EXACTLY the same symptoms, leading me to believe that the first
    mobo I got from him wasn't actually faulty after all.

    That would imply that it's the CPU at fault but I don't have a spare
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 lying around to test it with, and the cheapest I
    can find is 65 quid for a used one on Ebay (brand new ones are over 100)
    so I don't particularly want to go down that route.

    Plus the fact that I've now got some diagnostic software (PC Check) and,
    as you'll see in these photos here, the motherboard and processor pass
    all tests Bell/

    So, where do I go from here? Is the diagnostic software accurate or
    could there still be problems with mobo/CPU? What can I do now? Please
    help before I tear all my hair out :)

    Dave Headley, Sep 28, 2011
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    Thai Guy Guest

    Boy! This Newsgroup seems pretty dead. Maybe we can help each other?
    Thai Guy, Sep 29, 2011
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