Computer Problems

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An Old Friend
I was on sierra's site to download the opposing force demo so I could play it again. I was in the middle of the game and I got a blue screen timed shutdown and had a helaba time getting booted back up. I ended up restoring to sunday evening and uninstalling the demo. I think I may have a cable backwards on my HD, Would that give you problems
I have 512 memory installed and only 386 or so shows up, I have a 40g and a 120g HD and I only read the 40 and 45? My cd burner shows up when it wants to and I believe I need to flash my bios. I taught myself what I know about computers and I dont have the $ to do ANYTHING, Anyone got any Ideas?


Code Monkey
Staff member
Swkirlinator, I broke this off from the BSG game thread...

Did your PC ever recognize the 120gig HD as being 120 gigs? If not, you are most likely on the right path then with the BIOS upgrade. Do you know what type of motherboard you have in there and how old it is?


An Old Friend
Yes it did recognise the 120
Field Value
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180 (IE 6.0 SP2)
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name DADS (Home)
User Name DaD

CPU Type Intel Pentium IIIE, 1000 MHz (7.5 x 133)
Motherboard Name ECS P6IWP-Fe (2 PCI, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, Modem)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Whitney i810E
System Memory 384 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (12/21/00)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter Intel(R) 82810E Graphics Controller (32 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel i752
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (E310660857)

Audio Adapter C-Media CMI8738 Audio Chip

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801AA Ultra ATA Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive WDC WD1200JB-00EVA0 (31 GB, IDE)
Disk Drive WDC WD400AB-00BVA0 (37 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive CD-ROM Drive
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 32240 MB (11002 MB free)
E: (NTFS) 38162 MB (33158 MB free)

Keyboard Easy Internet Keyboard
Mouse Logitech-compatible Mouse PS/2

Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC (
Modem Lucent Win Modem

Printer EPSON Stylus Photo 825
USB1 Controller Intel 82801AA I/O Controller Hub - USB Controller
USB Device CanoScan N650U/N656U #3
USB Device EPSON PCMCIA Storage Device
USB Device Generic USB Hub
USB Device USB Printing Support


Code Monkey
Staff member
Very weird that it used to recognize it as a 120 but it doesn't anymore. The question that needs to be asked: Have you changed anything on the PC lately?


An Old Friend
I had my burner when I booted this am.
I started burning family photos in zip to a cd and 1/2 way into the burn the cdrw dissappeared and I wasn't able to turn off the burn but according to the popup the disc is ruined. I couldnt open the tray until I rebooted. It wrote to the disc 1/2 way but it wont read. CDRW is gone again.
Pretty sure its a driver issue since installing winXP but I cant figure out a work around.