My computer is:
A three year old Medion (I believe the modle is PC mt5, but that could be a number for something completely different)
2.4 ghz P4
512 pc2100 (2x256)
BFG geforce 6800 gt OC (installed a few months back)
120 gb Seagate HD
Here's the story:
I recently had a sound card installed by the guys at Best Buy, God knows why I didn't just install the thing myself, anyway,
they called, said it was working, and I took it home.
Once home it booted up, and I was having fun calibrating the surround sound (on my new 7.1 which was my birthday present),
then decided to try a game, I picked Battlefield 2. After inserting the dvd for the game I noticed the first of two problems,
this being that auto run didn't come up, then I went to My Computer and my dvd rom drive wasn't even displayed there. I then
tried to run it from the short cut, and the second problem occured, I got an error message something like "~.e5000" (but I am
NOT sure if that was exactly it). I then try a couple other games, and software aplications, same type of thing. I then call
Best Buy back and the guy there tells me that service pack 2, which they had just installed, includes lots of secruity
updates, and thus I would have to re-install a great portion of my software. Then about two minutes later I decide to restart
the computer, thinking that it might bring back the dvd drive, instead it gets through the memory test and gives me an error:
"A disk read error ocurred". This happens again and again, so I take it back in to *shudder* best buy. And its with them for
another 2 days, just to have them call up and tell me that all of my partitions have died, a harddrive failure, but that
physically everything is working perfectly, and all I need to do is reinstall the OS. I have the restore disk, and I'm pretty
mad at this point, but at least I'll have my computer working agian, right?
WRONG! I get it home and put in the restore cd and try to boot it and it says "press any key to boot from CD..." and I do
and it says "Setup is checking your system hardware configuration". then after ten seconds later that disapeers and its a
black screen. I left it like that for a good half hour after the third try, nothing. If i dont pres a button to boot from cd
it says disk read error again.
ANY help as to what might have caused this, what might be wrong, or what might fix
it would be greatly apreciated.
(bad IDE controller? bad power supply? etc)
PS - I just noticed that when it is booting bios, or whatever it boots
before the OS, it says the CPU clock speed is 1.8ghz when its always said 2.4ghz. (don't know if thats important but I might
as well include it)