Having problems with your Gateway GT5453E Refurbished AMD Desktop Computer - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2GHz , 1GB DD ?

MY REFURBISHED GATEWAY CRASHED ON MYLAST NIGHT NBD, I WAS GOING TO REPLACE IT ANYWAY. i'M SURE IT WAS MY FAULT I WAS PREPARING TO USE DBAN TO WIPE THE HD AND START OVER WITH UBUNTU AS THE OS. tHE PC ON IT'S OWN STARTED DOWNLOADING SOME WINDOWS SERVICE PACK IT SAID IT NEEDED . OK FINE, BUT I WAS GETTING IMPATIENT AT THE LENGTH OF TIME IT WAS TAKING, AND IT WAS MAKING SO MUCH NOISE I MEAN REALLY IT WAS TICK TICK TICK TAP TICK FREAKIN A DUDE! I HAD TO TURN IT OFF OR I WAS GONNA THROW IT OUT THE WIN


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\015\012Ok I have included advice for two major noise problems as it seems you may have more than one problem. The first is a little more serious I am afraid.
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\015\012If you can hear clicking then I am afraid there is a serious problem with the hard drive.

The noise you can hear is usually known as "the click of death" when referring to hard drives.

Most common causes are that the drive unit was dropped or mishandled or just plain old age

There is no known cure unless the data is mission critical

In which case you could sent it to a data recovery specialist but this is usually VERY expensive.

If you are advised to place it in a freezer or anything similar then that is up to you
but my advise would be to run from the person who may give this advise.

This is very old fashioned advice and meant for very old types of drives that used to get very hot.

Best option is to replace the drive.
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\015\012Your fan speeds up and slows down in response to temperature inside the computer. More so the CPU.

I would suggest getting a can of compressed air made for computers

take it outside, take of the side and blow all the gunk out of there, Really go to town around the fan (you might want to wear eye protection)
While you are in there just check that the CPU cooler itself is not loose

If it is it will have to be re-seated.

If it needs re-seating don't just take it off and put it back on as that might make things worse with your temperature problem the have to be cleaned and new thermal grease put on

I think this may be your problem before you buy a new CPU make sure you check the cooler assembly and make sure you use new thermal grease ($2-5)

DON'T remove the CPU just the fan/cooler assembly.

You must clean both the surfaces without scraping anything off. Use isopropynol alcohol and cotton bud sticks until both surfaces are clean, you can use your finger nail to scrape harder residue if you wish but nothing else.

DON'T pour the alcohol over the CPU

Now apply some new thermal grease (most computer shops have it)
Be careful about how much you put on
Here are
some basic instructions

Once you have re-assembled your cooler and re-connected it check everything is OK and power up the computer.

You are probably looking at around $150 to fix BOTH issues and seeing as you say it was a refurb unit its a hard call as to replace or repair..
For That first boot your computer with winxp disk.
When you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" then enter in bios .
Then go to boot option and set first boot devcie as your cd or dvd rom .
Then save settings and exit.
Then it boot with your disk.
Then follow the procedure and delete all partition then create poartition again then you can use it as backup drive.
Just connect that harddisk to another computer which has windows loaded then you can see your drive in my computer then format it just right click on drive icon and clik on format then enable check box quick format.
Let me know if you need more assistanse.
Thanks.
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