What should I RMA?!

By Pogjo
Sep 11, 2006
  1. Ok, I'm new to these forums so I hope I'm posting this in the right spot since it has to do with either my mobo, my HDD, or my CPU (Near as I can figure). About 2 weeks ago I got a new Athlon X2 4400+ and a new WD Sata HDD off of Newegg. I should mention that I bought the Sata drive to replace an older 60gig IDE HD that would make alot of clicking when I'd start up games like UT 2004 or WoW, but never when I booted windows. I took out my old 60gig IDE HD and replaced it with the Sata, had some trouble finding the right drivers for XP to load onto it, but once I did there wasn't an issue. I let the HD run for a little under a week without any noticeable incident.
    I then popped out my old Athlon 64 3500+ CPU and put the new X2 in. There weren't any problems for a couple of days, but now I get frequent reports of bad (but repairable) sectors on the HD from the WD diagnostic, and when I boot windows it sometimes (mostly after being off all night) clicks once and ruins the bootup, causing the PC to reboot itself.It usually takes 3-4 tried to get it to boot right. On top of that it clicks and freezes UT 2004 like the old one did, just not as often (maybe 5 times out of 10).
    I should mention that I installed all the drivers for the CPU and the HD off of their respective websites and I still get these problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated, since I'm getting close to the date I can RMA the HD, if that is what is causing me all these problems.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'd RMA the HDD. I'm pretty sure that the CPU change had nothing to do with the problem.

    BTW, Welcome to Techspot!! :)
  3. Pogjo

    Pogjo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. So there's no way it could be a faulty mobo or something? I tried formatting and reinstalling everything, but the problems persist. I just don't want to pay for S&H if I'm just going to get another HD that doesn't work.
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I don't think that a faulty mobo would cause the problem. However, MAYBE the mobo's SATA controller isn't working properly.

    But it's cheaper to pay the S&H charge, rather than a PCI SATA card...

    Maybe someone else can suggest something.

    Regards :)
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