Try swapping various cables... change the power cable for another one, and the IDE cable. My boot drive wasn't working the other day after my recent digging around in my PC and all it was was a dodgy power lead.
Speaking of dumb things to do while your PC is on - don't put a screwdriver near it - ever. Not so much from an electrocution prevention thing, but I had the side of my case off the other day with the thing running, and was changing a fan grille (for one with a dust filter). While casually positioning the grille with one hand, I hear a nasty churning noise similar to the wood chipper in Fargo. I had accidentally stuck the screwdriver (held in my other hand) in the fan of the cpu heatsink - an aftermarket job from Zalman http://tinyurl.com/3tpl8.
One of the fan blades fell off, which meant the whole thing was terribly unbalanced. While it still would push air effectively it sounded like the aforementioned wood chipper.
Unfortunately replacing the fan on Zalman products is a nightmare, and I had no Arctic Silver (don't start spreading vs tiny-dot :)) so I didn't want to take the heatsink off.
So I unplugged the fan, snapped all the blades off, and changed it for my current setup - a case fan dangling over the heatsink, secured by wires. While it sounds (and looks) very dodgy, it is, funnily enough, far more effective than the Zalman fan - CPU temps have dropped by about 8C!
While clearly it is not a permanent solution, I may just leave it until I upgrade.
Yes, I know how dumb that was... you can all laugh at me now
By the way, what happened to Ray? And also... AOE III is awesome.
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