Main Computer not working

United States
December 19, 2006 12:59pm CST
Yesterday we were having a bit of trouble with our main computer. Jason was having more trouble then I did all day in the evening. So he just shut it off and said forget it. I went to turn it on this morning and it made this really loud sound out of the speakers and so I turned it off really quickly. I tried to turn it back on and nothing happened. I am really hoping its something besides the hard drive. If its the hard drive I am going to be really upset. I would lose all my photos since this summer that I hadn't gotten to burning to a CD yet. Please let it not be the hard drive.
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37 responses
@mr_ilham (1611)
• Indonesia
20 Dec 06
repair it or just maintenance thanks see u ;-)
@lr5451 (224)
• India
20 Dec 06
check power
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@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
20 Dec 06
computer - computer
its happens to me once with my computer.when i turn it on it make a hard loud sounds like a sirine and it wont on.so i sent it for service and they said the problem is on the power supply.so they have to change the power supply, but the worse part is they have to re-formated my computer.thank got the service guy manage to back up my document 1st so my document and pic are safe.maybe u can talk about this to ur service guy
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@psyd_1 (470)
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
can u press F8 successively before the OS loads? 9this is for windows OS..if you can, then proceed by selection the "last known good configuration settings that work"..if not then may internet can help you...just a suggestion...
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
20 Dec 06
What kind of computer do you have is my first question? Do you have another slot for another hard drive? If you have another slot for another hard drive...here is what you can do. The hard drive is a clip in. You can buy a really cheap hard drive and make the hard drive you have now a slave drive. Then the new drive is the primary. You would then have to reload Windows onto the primary drive. This would give you access to the slave drive to retrieve things from it. But....if you heard a loud sound from the speakers...I can not say for sure that it is the hard drive. If it were the hard drive, it would just fail to come up. But you also said that it is not turning on. So, it will have to be your call as to if you want to buy a new hard drive. Shop around, you can get a off brand hard drive for a fairly good price.
• India
20 Dec 06
the best thing you can do is open your CPU n take out your hard drive..connect your hard drive to some other computer as "slave"(reffer your hard drive manual in order to do so) and backup all the data.. it juz sounds complicated but its very simple. ;)
@brokentia (10395)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Your right. After reading that she has other computers to be able to do this, it would be better to do this with another computer instead of getting another hard drive.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
19 Dec 06
When you turend it on did you get the confirmation beep? If not you may have a big issue on your hands. I hope you have a good back-up recently because at work we just had a computer die and even though the back ups were running they were all corrupt. We have been rebuilding a database from scratch, fun fun. My fiance has a brand new computer (less than 2 months old) and he installed the newest update for Windows XP Saturday. When he restarted it tried booting up from the CD, then his USB Flash drive, then the router. It eventually booted correctly. We left the house for a few hours, we come back and there is a windows error stating that it shut down because of an operating system error. He turned off the computer and when he rebooted, he got power (all the lights and fans are running) but no confirmation beep. He is hoping that it is just the hard drive. Either way I am avoiding any Windows XP updates JIC.
• United States
19 Dec 06
I don't know...all I heard when I started it was the awful noise that came out of the speakers. Jason knows quite a bit about computers. We have two others ones, so its not a huge issues besides my pictures on the hard drive.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
20 Dec 06
We have 2 other computers as well. My fiance is a computer tech. We are more concered because his PC is brand new and this should not be happening.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
19 Dec 06
I have no idea but if no one answers you, I know of a website that is very helpful with computer problems. Thats where I go just before I throw the thing out the window.lol. The website is www.pcpitstop.com
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Oh, I forgot. I know it doesn't help now but I store all my pictures on yahoo photo albums just in case something like this happens. Its free.
• United States
19 Dec 06
Jason will be able to figure out what is wrong when he gets home and gets a chance to really look at it. I should just be unlazy and make sure to burn them to CD as soon as I transfer the photos from the memory card.
@medooley (1874)
• United States
20 Dec 06
Man I don't know what i would do if my main computer was on the fritz. Right now the laptop is starting to act goofy, but it is just in relation to the power supply connection to the battery. The think keeps on bouncing back and forth between on the battery and on ac power. It is really annony. I hope that you get your PC fixed soon and there is nothing to wrong with it.
• Canada
20 Dec 06
I don't know what I would do either.
• Ireland
20 Dec 06
I had a similar problem and my son who is a computer technician took the computer apart to see if he could find the fault. Everything seemed in order except for my dvd burner. It seemed to have moved a little so he took it out and replaced it again. I haven't had a problem since. Touch wood!
• Ireland
20 Dec 06
Sorry, I don't know how I posted this twice. I am not in the habit of repeating myself. I must have hit the back button and posted it again.
• United States
20 Dec 06
It does'nt sound like the hard drive would be damaged.It may just need a new motor.Sometimes if the motor goes out it will make a noise because it's overheating.
• United States
20 Dec 06
That is exactly what jason thought it was last night. Cause we had one of our fans completely go out. And he is thinking that just something in that field went completely bad. hoping that is all.
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
19 Dec 06
I was having some problems with my computer when I came home this evening after my antivirus program updated itself. I was having a hard drive message as well but when I restarted my computer it seems to be working fine but not sure for how long. Hope both of our computers will continue working.
• United States
19 Dec 06
ick! I hate computer issues. They just need to go away lol
• United States
20 Dec 06
From reading your responses, I'm glad it was just the power supply. I'd make sure that your computer is plugged into an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). Then you won't have to worry about dirty power or power surges destroying the power supply again. Good luck!
@vipul20044 (5797)
• India
20 Dec 06
It isnt the harddisk buddy Thats prolly the SMPS or commonly called your PC FAN You will have to get it replaced It doesnt cost much SO dont worry it isnt your harddisk
• United States
20 Dec 06
nothing happened as it didn't turn on at all or it all went fine?....and what kind of sound was it?....like a squeky sound or something....could be several reasons....may be ur hard drive is not plugged in correctly or it might have slipped the connecting with the mother board but i don't think there is a problem with hard drive as when ever sound comes it means u have to open ur CPU and check the HDD connection with the motherboard....i hope thats the case as i didn't get the exact picture of what ever happened..
• India
20 Dec 06
i guess i may not be a hard disk problem ..but some other reasons..thats why a sound came from speaker..if u doubt that ur hard disk may get trouble..then remove it and attach it to another pc and save ur data ona cd..then check out your pc...
@savanp (498)
• Japan
20 Dec 06
dsfsdfsdf
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
maybe you should check on your speaker maybe they are grounded or you should check your sound card
@pavan_sry (264)
• India
20 Dec 06
i dont hav idea
• India
20 Dec 06
its not your harddrive , its your motherboard which gave sound it may have burnt. hope you dont lost your pics
@subbusa (106)
• India
20 Dec 06
yeah it's a difficult prbs 2 solve but for each and evry probs n tis world ll have atleast a one solution......... better u logon 2 howstuffworks.com.it gives u many ideas 2 solve ur problem k.otherwise there r companies which ll recover the lost data n a small expensive........