Intel Celeron E 1200 Dual 1.6ghz
Western Digital SATA HDD (x2 160Gb each)
PNY GeForce 8500GT Graphics adapter
Seagate External 320Gb HDD
The problem is, The other night whilst playing World of Warcraft, the game froze and I had to reset PC to get things going again. When I rebooted, all the DOS Text during startup had turned purple and once Windows booted up, it simply froze and teh screen just flickered. So, again I reset PC and went into Bios to set up the "Load Defaults" setting. The Bios screens normally yellow text / Blue background, had turned Yellow and red text with Blue background. Furthermore, some Text was actually missing from the Bios screens.
I managed to get into Safe Mode and remove the Drivers for the Graphic Card when I noticed that 2 of my 3 HDD's where missing from the Hardware list. The painful part was that BOTH these HDD's are my "Back up" drives The first being a Western Digital 1200JD drive and the External drive being the 2nd. Windows could now boot up normally, minus the two aforementioned HDD's. Anytime I put any form of Driver on for the Graphic Card, the system would fail and I would have to go into Safe Mode to remove them.
I can only assume that it is a Graphic Card failure, but I was concerned because also there is a chipset on the Mainboard, which possibly could be the failed device.
Does anyone have any idea at all what it could be? and more importantly does anyone know of a way I can try to recover any Data from the two back up drives as they contain about 40% of every photograph I have taken in the last 10 years as well as other documents etc
I have googled the issues but found nothing relating to windows on this matter.
Graphic Cards are cheap enough to replace, but if its the mainboard, I may as well go for an upgrade to DDR3 instead of the DDR2 which I am currenlty at.
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