Wazoo Posted February 11, 2007 Share Posted February 11, 2007 After a number of Google searches that basically led nowhere, figured I'd try here ... E-Machine T6212 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Processor Chipset: ATI RadeonÂ® Xpress 200 Memory: 512MB DDR (2 Ã— 256MB), 400MHz Dual Channel - Expandable to 4GB Hard Drive: 160GB HDD 7200rpm, 2MB cache Optical Drive: 16x DVDÂ±RW multi-format double layer; 48x CD-ROM Media Reader: 8-in-1 Media Reader Video: ATI RadeonÂ® Xpress 200 (PCI-ExpressÂ® ) 128MB shared video memory Sound: 6-channel Audio Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet Modem: 56K ITU v.92-ready Fax/Modem Ports/Other: 7 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front; 4 in back; 1 in Media Reader), 1 IEEE 1394 port (1 in back), 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio-In & Out Issues: When delivered; Story was that a "Full Recovery from CD" had been attempted. Hard Drive showed a 1.7G Primary partition, 36.7G unallocated BIOS displayed RAM = 383Meg Memory installed: Two 256Meg PC3200 DDR sticks ... One DDR '333' stick (that never did anything) On-board USB ports not working, another USB PCI card installed Dropped in a SystemRecover Linux CD ... formatted the complete drive ... came back as 149G ?? .. still no understanding as to how it looked like a 40G drive when delivered ... Gateway/E-Machine Recovery CD (1 of 4) inserted, Full Recovery from CD selected PC Angel Recovery comes up, "Creating Recovery Partition" message pops up, progress bar completes PC Angel Recovery logo remains, "Configuring Recover" message progress bar jumps to about the 2/3 position .. stops ... end of the story ... System Recover Linux CD again ... Hard drive shows a 37.1G primary partition, 123G unallocated ... no files Many games played .. for example, leaving the 37.1G partition at the start of the drive, a 100G partition at the end of the drive, the stuff in the middle left unformatted .... XP Recovery used again, same story as above ... progress bar stops, analysis of the hard drive .. 37.1G primary at the start of the hard drive, the remainder 'unallocated' .. hard drive fully formatted FAT32, riser, all partitions deleted, etc .. all with the same result ..a 37.1G primary at the start, the rest of the drive unallocated ... so it is definitely 'working' up until it dies ... Another XP system, a Dell, with system disks ... for giggles, pull out that System Recovery CD, give it a try. Surprise, see the PC Angel Recover logo again .... even more surprise, same results. For giggles, unplug the 160G drive, toss in a 40G drive that was available ... format that a FAT32 via the Linux CD ... toss in the E-Machine XP Recover CD .... only difference is that the last seen progress bar never appears .. don't recall now if I even looked at the partition results ... Owner spent some amount of time calling "customer care/support" at E-Machines .... after several phone handoffs, several of my requests to be passed up to the next levels of support, the guy comes back with "after talking to other techs and my supervisor, we are going to send out another set of Recovery CDs" .... owner is just ecstatic ... I advised that I think the guy is wrong, but ..... Memory issue .... pulled out the '333' stick .... tossed in a Ubuntu CD, ran memory test ... no errors other than only talking about 393Meg ... pulled second stick of RAM, rebooted/ran memory test .. the 127Meg seen tested just fine ... issue is that I'm looking at a 256Meg stick .... Swapped memory sticks, tried test again, 127Meg checked good again ... attempted to boot the system with a single stick in the slot .... wouldn't even attempt booting .... me .. basically convinced that the first memory slot is hosed ....????? ... but a bit stuck at how to 'prove' it right now .... Status .... while waiting for the 'new' XP Recovery CDs, she carted the system home after a bit of a tutorial on how to click around on an install of Ubuntu .. which went without any major issues Questions: This Full Recovery mode seems to be predicated on having a hidden Recover partition in place. The PC Angel 'suggests' that it recognizes that this hidden partition doesn't exist, makes noises about creating it. definitely makes its footprints known by killing off any existing partitions, recreating the initial 37.1G primary partition at the start of the drive .... is this 37.1G partition the 'norm' for others that have actually successfully done a "full recovery" ...???? There was the thought of populating that partition with the contents of the 4 CDs, but ... size doesn't (necessarily) seem to correlate ... four 700Meg CDs needing 37.1 G????? looking at the content of the CDs doesn't really give a 'good' clue as to just how the file (structures) should be made ... example ... all CDs had some of the same folders. but those folder had different contents. One guess would be to co-locate those files under the 'same' folder, but .. unknown as to whether the 'install' routine would actually be looking for the CD label/name instead ...???? The 'missing' RAM would seem to a major issue, yet ... Memtest was happy with the RAM 'seen' .. which matches the amount reported by the BIOS .... Ubuntu loaded up just fine, all updates downloaded and installed, all applications looked at ran just fine ..... Bottom line: I'm lost, confused .. girl is happy as her computer does work (at present) .. I'm just wondering where to go when she receives the next XP Recovery CD set .... as I'm not convinced that the issue is a bad CD .... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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