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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by rjammer19, Jan 22, 2003.

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  1. rjammer19

    rjammer19 Thread Starter

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    I have a gateway p4 866 mhz approx 2 yrs old.....a couple of months back I got a S.M.A.R.T. error & then the pc started to hang....I also suspect my son may have inadvertently downloaded a virus....I have NAV but it stopped updating .....if I reboot 20-25 times I MIGHT successfully reboot.....I have goback s/w & the pc hangs on the white goback screen....maybe during those 25 reboots the goback message " hit spacebar to repair problems " appears...if I hit it I might be able to revert...but soon enough I hang again...25 reboots.....a vicious cycle.....
    do I have a virus or a hardware prob?..can you tell?....should I try to reload ME?...what if I format the disk & re-install ?...what if I format the disk & upgrade to XP?....help?!?!?...Thanx
     
  2. mtbird

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    rjammer19...
    Welcome to TSG !

    If you have gotten a SMART error, then it's best for you to start backing up any data from your hard drive. It's a good indication that your drive is ready to give up the ghost. You can read more about this function here.............

    http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=120


    Debe
     
  3. rjammer19

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    Thank you for the update...no hope for the machine eh?
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Take a look at the hard drive manufacturer's website. Most drives have 3 year guarantees......you might get lucky.
     
  5. rjammer19

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    since the drive was doomed I chanced a reload of ME....so far so good
     
  6. rjammer19

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    THANX !
     
  7. Charster85

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    Make sure after you reinstall ME you get a Norten Antivirus copy on that computer. With it, you will never get a virus again.
     
  8. rjammer19

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    Done.....thanx again:)
     
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