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Solved: Dead hard Drive?

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  1. DPWFC

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    Hello there.

    A collegue of mine was just working away on his pc when he got a BSOD with a pfn_list_corrupt error message. Frozen so no option but to peform an illegal shutdown. He was using a software programme he uses every day and has had no crashes/problems recently.

    Upon rebooting the pc made 4 'longish' beeps and will not boot to desktop. Just frozen on a black screen. The pc is a dell and upon reading their beep codes it has classified as a RAM/write failure.

    I suspect the hard drive is shot. Any thoughts or anything he can try?

    thanks for the assistance.
     
  2. etaf

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    thats more of a memory issue

    whats the exact model of the Dell ?
    and the service tag code -on a label on the machine

    I would first try reseating the ram or if more than one module - try just one at a time - remember to take anti-static precautions
     
  3. DPWFC

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    thanks etaf. tried reseating the RAM and same result. It now appears to be beeping 6 times. Ive rechecked the dell beep codes and it appears to be video BIOS test failure. The PC is a Dell Dimension 3000 and serial tag code is 44QMJ1J.
     
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    Sorted it thanks Etaf. I was getting conflicting error codes between the beep codes and the lights on the back. The lights were correct. I have put a couple of fresh sticks of RAM in and it is now running fine. Why it should just suddently go like that I have no idea!
     
  6. etaf

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    electronics -do that all the time - age, usage, heat - they do fail

    (y) thanks for letting us know the results, useful for others searching
     
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