Topic Title: Hardware malfunction after a hit, repairmen unhelpful, help this dismayed citizen!
Topic Summary: Radeon 7970M HD
Created On: 05/10/2014 07:44 AM
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 05/10/2014 07:44 AM
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Hi

So I have this gaming rig Intel Core I7-3610QM 2.3 , 12gigs RAM, 64 bits

Dual GPHX, AMD radeon 7970M HD , Intel gphx 4000

Anyway, My ex girlfriend (ex unrelated) droppped my computer from pretty high and smashed a corner. Still worked fine for months and recently started giving me blue screen of death with random error messages. took it to 2 different repair people. Both of which were unhelpful (one said I had viruses, wiped my computer which made it work about 30 min before another BSOD). Incidently, After the first repair guy I managed to make my computer work by limiting max gphx power to 90% in battery settings (for some reason that fixed it).

My card is now de activated and I run on the intel 4000 card. Which is fine for everyday purposes, but I intend to buy an oculus and get back into game development (I did a stint as a producer). I would like to ask you guys - Is there a way to shock paddle my sweet baby a little. 

I'm not a programmer so any explanation might have to take step by step explanation (to a reasonable amount, I still know my way around a comp a bit more than your average grunt).

Thanks for reading, and hopefully for helping

and if its just dead, well..... thanks anyway

 05/12/2014 06:51 AM
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probably screwed your hard disk. they dont like impact shocks like that. new hard disk and installation will probably sort you out



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 05/12/2014 06:25 PM
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We replaced it, and then ran tests on that once it started disfunctioning again. Wasnt that but good guess, that WAS a problem for a while

 05/13/2014 03:16 AM
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ok well thats ruled out the obvious source of the issue. maybe if you list what parts have been swapped out and exactly what steps you have taken to identify the cause we can get to the bottom of this a little quicker



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also just to clarify.. is this a desktop or laptop we are talking about?



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 05/13/2014 08:55 AM
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What is the BSOD code?

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Originally posted by: black_zion What is the BSOD code?

The BSOD Code changes almost every time. I can try to bring it back and give you a few sample. From an old google search I made, it said relatively often it was either hard drive failure or driver failure (I tried MANY drivers after that but it clearly wasn't that)

As far as previous history, Sorry I just had forgotten about the hard drive change until you mentionned it. But I'm entirely sure that is the only thing that was changed in the past.

Just in case by the way, How would one diagnose a hard drive failure? Do you need special tools or is there software for it, and if not is it expensive to check that out?

And its a laptop

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There are quite a number of failure points in a traditional hard drive, the motor, read arm, logic board, and even the platters. You could take the opportunity to upgrade to a SSD, they're rated for 1500G impact strength.

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just to clarify did you physically replace the hard disk? ie remove it and fit an entirely new one or did you just reformat and reinstall the original?

 

 



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 05/15/2014 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by: action man just to clarify did you physically replace the hard disk? ie remove it and fit an entirely new one or did you just reformat and reinstall the original?

 

replaced alltogether. Its possible this new one is failing too though?

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Doubtful, it sounds like motherboard damage.

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Originally posted by: black_zion Doubtful, it sounds like motherboard damage.

 

Then RIP beautiful card, you were great to me and I wish girlfriends didn't cost me my computer :'(

 05/18/2014 12:39 PM
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Take her to The People's Court.

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 05/20/2014 06:54 AM
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I agree with Zion.. if its an entirely new HDD i would be pointing my finger at either motherboard damage OR damage to the cooling setup causing it to overheat especially as you mention limiting or disabling the discreet graphics eliminates the problem.



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