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    Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Alright this is my second thread and hope someone could lend their technical knowledge in the field of troubleshooting OS and hardware faults.

    To run the situation, my Desktop Computer that has all my data was disrupted and affected by the repeated outage of turning on and off more that 8 times. Naturally this killed my Window 7 OS. Now I am in the process of trying to get a working OS on the system and so far Window XP Pro and Window 7 keeps failing on me. I am going through the hard drives with check disk functions and attempting to see any hardware faults.

    What I ask now is what else I can do to find possible hardware faults as I can not afford to replace this computer since it already costs $2,000.00 in USD to get the same build and functionality.

    So far I can confirm that the following but haven't been fully tested:
    - Graphics Unit
    - Monitor
    - Plug and Play only Keyboard and Mouse
    - One Hard Drive may have already failed (That's my VN collection with some of the HF codes that I was keeping in case people need it)

    Ideas and suggestions to help me find and locate the problem will be grateful or knowledge what could of happened to the system when repeated outages in a row can do to the system. Hoping I can fix it without replacing it frankly.

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    More than likely the hard drive is probably the only faulty part. See if you can recover data from that. Other than that you could probably visually inspect the motherboard for any blown capacitors to see if that is causing the issue.

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Yeah, after 14 days later I got lucky and was able to recover most of my data out of that HDD. Problem is that due to the constant misses and surges of power that was basically flickering on and off motion, most circuits within the system has more likely than not degraded in performance. Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Is there a reason for the power faults? You should have a UPS or at least a surge protector connected. A UPS would prevent the computer from even shutting down. You would of course, want to turn it off after losing power to save the UPS, since most don't carry must of a charge anyways. The biggest advantage of a UPS is the surge protection. In terms of electrical damage, your PSU or motherboard are the most likely to be damaged, although anything connected at the time of the power surge could be bad.

    The computer turning on and off repeatedly wouldn't necessarily damage the operating system as severely as it sounds like it did. It can certainly cause data corruption and other issues, but it sounds like a physical fault. Since you've already determined the drive is bad I'll assume you've replaced it.

    I would first recommend replacing your PSU. They are relatively inexpensive. If you want brand recommendations let me know.

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Buy a new Power supply and new hard drive, also intall a fresh copy of your windows. Check the System Requirements. If it still fails. Better buy A new PC Package. A brand new computer which is already assembled for you, some has competitive price.
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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    have u tried plug in power in another outlet
    clean pc or check if any cable is damaged
    open power supply to see if something has burned inside

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurokaze View Post
    have u tried plug in power in another outlet
    clean pc or check if any cable is damaged
    open power supply to see if something has burned inside
    LOL! Never open a power supply.

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeShinobi View Post
    Buy a new Power supply and new hard drive, also intall a fresh copy of your windows. Check the System Requirements. If it still fails. Better buy A new PC Package. A brand new computer which is already assembled for you, some has competitive price.
    if you have to get a new computer and you want a powerful desktop computer, i don't suggest buying it already built. you said you'd have to pay 2,000 USD? i built a computer that can play the highest graphics available for about 500 USD
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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Kubi View Post
    LOL! Never open a power supply.
    why?? i have already open a power supply to clean and then reassemble without any problem.
    currently using it

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    Re: Recovery of PC and Finding Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurokaze View Post
    why?? i have already open a power supply to clean and then reassemble without any problem.
    currently using it
    Touching a capacitor even after it has been unplugged for a while can hurt you. If you don't really know what you are doing, you shouldn't be in there. They are cheap enough that getting a new one is almost always a better choice.

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