I bought my computer in May 2009, so it's more than a year old now. I never changed anything regarding Hardware.
- LAN-BOX Lite VF6000BWS
- DFI Lanparty JR P45-T2RS, 775 (mATX)
- Silverstone 600W Power Supply
- Intel E8500 (3.16GHZ @ 3.34Ghz)
- Mushkin 8500 2 x 2 GB RAM with Heatspreader
- nVidia GTX 285 by Gainward
- Samsung F1 640 GB
- DVD-RW Nec Sony
- Thermaltake® Blue Orb II CPU Cooler
- XP Home (fully patched and updated)
So, here's the story:
In early August 2009 it happened the first time: While I was playing WoW, the loading times went high like mad.
It took me nearly 15 Minutes to take a Portal from Dalaran to Ironforge. Holy cow. It was loading, but extremely slow.
Everytime I opened my bag the computer froze for about 2-5 Minutes. The Harddisk sounded like normal, just like
it was reading extensively. No strange noises. No scratching.
I shut it down and started again. The first thing I glanced on was my boot screen, where my devices got listed.
First device: Harddisk, Samsung blabla...
Second device: ÅÅÅ7§Å!ÅÅÅ1|3ÅÅÅ!ÄÄÄ?ÀÀÄ (or something like that, should obviously be the DVD Drive)
My thought: "Okay, the DVD Drive is fucked up and blocks the HDD somehow." I disconnected the SATA cable from the DVD
Drive and restarted. It worked. Wohoo.
But only for some months. In November last year it happened again. My PC froze while playing, I was unable to do
start it up again because of an "Unable to read disk" error. I tried to change the SATA Cables to another SATA Port
on the Mainboard - and it worked again. The computer was running. Phew.
Few months later, same scenario. After I changed the cables back to the original position (when I received the PC)
it worked again. This happened over and over again, and everytime I just switched the cables, without connecting
the DVD drive again. I took the cable off my disconnected DVD Drive to connect the HDD and back again to the
But now, 2 days ago something strange happened. I was fishing in dalaran when my PC froze again. I rebooted
and then there was this DISK BOOT FAILURE. I tried reconnecting the cables, but it didn't work.
After I got back from work I turned on my computer and as funny as it sounds: It booted. Without an error.
Now, yesterday evening, there was it again. DISK BOOT FAILURE. I opened my case and switched BOTH cables
to a never used SATA Connector, switched the RAM slots for both RAMs and connected my DVD drive again, since
I needed to restore my Windows Boot Sectors or something with the repair tool.
But there was no need to. It booted. Woot.
So, I rebooted it again, with the Ultimate Boot Disk in my Drive and ran some checks through RAM and HDD with
the tool from Samsung, ABSOLUTELY NO ERRORS. I got suspicious and inserted my Windows XP CD after I rebooted...
but suddenly, while it was loading the Setup, my DVD Drive began to read like crazy. The setup got slower and
slower and finally stopped with an error:
"halaacpi.dll could not be loaded.
So I rebooted and tried it again. The same thing happened again. I removed the WinXP CD and booted from HDD,
it worked. I raided the whole evening and everything seems like normal. No freezes, no errors when booting.
What the fuck is going on? :/
Could anybody help?
The problem is that I can't even fix MBR - I can't even enter the setup from the WinXP CD because of the error.
If you need more information on the scenario just ask, but I am definately at the end with my knowledge.