alright. this will be sort of a long story, so sorry to make you read it all
i have 2 computers. one is what i use to do everything, and the other i use to store some movies on, back up my mp3s, and it is usually running F@H. i was sitting @ my desk one night, with my headphones on. i heard like a kind of clicking sound over my music, so i took my headphones off. to my horror i realized my other computer was turning itself off & on repeatedly. i immediately hit my kvm switch and saw that the computer was just starting up, getting only started for a few seconds, then restarting again. my cd drives were constantly blinking as well as my floppy. i then held in the power button so it would shut itself completely off.
i switched it on again hoping it was just a one-time glitch, but it did the same thing. on & off, on & off. i turned it completely off again. i checked all the IDE cables on the hard drives making sure they were still tight, and they were. checked the power cables to everything, all peachy.
this computer has 2 hard drives in it. one for the OS and programs, and one for everything else. i'm sure the data on the other hard drive is ok, but i think the OS drive might have died. would this explain the constant restarting? the computer (as little as i could see) would get to the "Detecting IDE 1" stage of start-up, stall, then restart, like it couldn't find the first IDE device, which is my OS drive. i also had a disk stuck in my floppy drive and thought that maybe the computer would be trying to launch that, be unsuccessful and start over. so i unplugged the floppy drive, it did the same thing. i then removed the drive completely, put in a new floppy from an older computer i have, but it did the same thing. so now i'm left only to assume my hard drive is dead, the ide cable is shot, or some other problem is happening that i dunno.
anyone else got advice or thoughts as to what could be wrong? :helpsmile:
that comp's specs:
AMD Thunderbird 1.6<-- not sure if its 1.6, but close to that.
Windows XP Pro
the computer itself is like 2 or 3 years old.