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    Unhappy PC died after short hackintosh life :(

    Hi Guys.. any help would be appreciated.. I'm pretty worried about what's happened to my PC and I don't have to know what happened or about my data, I just want my PC to live again.. even if its windows.

    It's a Dell Dimension 9200, I installed Leopard 10.5.6 using iPC. It was having a few startup issues (black screen with just a cursor which would usually boot on a second or third attempt but sometimes there were errors and I had to press F12 to select the SATA drive manually to boot from). So I installed openHaltRestart.kext which didn't solve the problems but the pc was was still booting up in a similar fashion.

    So today it just won't start up, when I push the power button on the pc there's a kind of high-pitched powering up noise, the power light flicks on and then everything seems to die for a few seconds, after that the lights come on, the fan comes on, both the hard disk and cd drive start spinning but that's it, there is no signal going to the monitor. I'm not really sure what I can try when I have no information on the screen.

    Is it possible to restore my HD using another PC and Windows installation disk? : / Please help, my computer is under warranty with Dell but I assume OSX will void it, can I act dumb? (since the pc won't boot up and reveal anything too soon) or can I tell them the reason I did it is because even clean installs of XP would suddenly not boot because files like "NTFS.sys" would go missing for no reason? Does it sound like a hardware issue?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated! Please ask me for more info if you need!



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    First of all, putting OS X on your Dell does not void your warranty (just like putting Linux on your computer doesn't void the warranty) - they warranty the hardware against failure, not the OS.

    Secondly, it sounds as though the graphics card has gone bad, at the very least - it could also be bad memory or even a bad PSU (though that's unlikely given that it powers on, but if it's going rather than gone that can cause errors as well). Do you hear any BIOS beeps?

    If you were having issues with clean installs of XP going bad, you may also have a bad hard drive, or again, failing memory.

    My suggestion would be to just ship it back to Dell. If you're concerned about them seeing you having OS X on there, just pull the hard drive and connect it to a friends computer, and wipe it with DBAN or something similar.

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    Thank you so much for your reply Aktariel. I was having a bit of a freak out there...

    It's good to know Dell's warranty still applies! I thought since the bios seemed to be messed up (probably due to my fiddling with it) they might not want to listen to my call for customer support.

    My hackintosh is running again (booting fine now!). I bought a SATA-usb adapter a while ago when I was having PC issues so I took out the HD and started to back up my data. While I was doing that I did a bit of research and found that a lot of people using PCs (mostly on windows) had had similar issues of the PC not powering up properly with an unresponsive screen, mouse and keyboard. I tried one solution I was a bit skeptical about, but it worked! I unplugged the power to the PC and held the power button down for about 30 seconds, plugged it back in and it started up like normal so I went to the bios while I could, preparing to install XP again when I noticed the SATA drive was the last priority in the list of the drives to boot from (at the top was still the USB drive) which explains why it was having trouble booting up. It starts up with no issues now, but still has shut down and sleep issues occasionally, which I am not to worried about.

    There were no bios beeps, just a strange, warped high pitch one- hard to describe, but definitely not a bios beep.

    I'm more confident with my iPC installation now, I think I might look into dual booting xp and osx and finding some good hardware/software diagnostic to run on the windows side. It's so hard to pin point what hardware (if any) is causing problems based on what I know now, I'm worried if I send it to Dell they won't find anything because I have no real record of the problems I've had, or any idea what might be causing them. So I think more investigation is needed before I resort to that.

    Thanks again!

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    I had issue with iPC on my Dell. Hardware just was not happy and the OS did not perform. There were two files I got off the Dell site that seemed to help. One was to get most recent BIOS and install it. Next, there is a patch for a hardware issue in firmware. Put that on too. Cleared up some issues. Best thing was to wipe and start over with iATKOS v7. It has all the things the Optiplex 330 needed, runs vanilla kernel, and I was able to use Apple software update with no troubles at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elissimo View Post
    Thank you so much for your reply Aktariel. I was having a bit of a freak out there...

    It's good to know Dell's warranty still applies! I thought since the bios seemed to be messed up (probably due to my fiddling with it) they might not want to listen to my call for customer support.

    My hackintosh is running again (booting fine now!). I bought a SATA-usb adapter a while ago when I was having PC issues so I took out the HD and started to back up my data. While I was doing that I did a bit of research and found that a lot of people using PCs (mostly on windows) had had similar issues of the PC not powering up properly with an unresponsive screen, mouse and keyboard. I tried one solution I was a bit skeptical about, but it worked! I unplugged the power to the PC and held the power button down for about 30 seconds, plugged it back in and it started up like normal so I went to the bios while I could, preparing to install XP again when I noticed the SATA drive was the last priority in the list of the drives to boot from (at the top was still the USB drive) which explains why it was having trouble booting up. It starts up with no issues now, but still has shut down and sleep issues occasionally, which I am not to worried about.

    There were no bios beeps, just a strange, warped high pitch one- hard to describe, but definitely not a bios beep.

    I'm more confident with my iPC installation now, I think I might look into dual booting xp and osx and finding some good hardware/software diagnostic to run on the windows side. It's so hard to pin point what hardware (if any) is causing problems based on what I know now, I'm worried if I send it to Dell they won't find anything because I have no real record of the problems I've had, or any idea what might be causing them. So I think more investigation is needed before I resort to that.

    Thanks again!

 

 

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