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    Default Help! Problems after installing new hardware

    I've recently popped in an USB 2.0 PCI card and switch out the old 40 pin IDE cable for an 80 pin, and since then my PC's been crashing left, right and centre.

    Main problem is the PC crashing to the Blue Screen, saying it has detected an error and shut down to stop damage to the system. It tends to happen mid way through burning discs or copying files off the disc.

    And something odd: I try to delete a file, but it says "access is denied" or something is using it, even though I only just boot up the PC. Can't delete using Command Prompt either.

    I don't know if it's hardware incompatibility or something else. Please advise.

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    Default Re: Help! Problems after installing new hardware

    I suggest first thing to help diagnose the issues is to revert back to your previous setup. Ie, refit the old IDE cable and remove the USB card, remembering to uninstall it in Device Manager.

    See if the problems go away.

    Then replace the card and install its drivers. Reboot and test.

    Then replace the IDE cable - reboot and test.

    I assume the IDE cable you changed was for your DVD/CD drive?

    Let us know how you get on.

    [edit] keep in mind static electricity and safety precautions
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    Default Re: Help! Problems after installing new hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by strifest View Post
    I've recently popped in an USB 2.0 PCI card and switch out the old 40 pin IDE cable for an 80 pin, and since then my PC's been crashing left, right and centre.

    Main problem is the PC crashing to the Blue Screen, saying it has detected an error and shut down to stop damage to the system.

    And something odd: I try to delete a file, but it says "access is denied"
    Check your cabling is correctly installed.

    Is the USB card workijng? Is Device Managaer happy with the driver used for it?

    As for the file - what file is it? System files will do that - to prevent you deleting them.
    Some spyware will do it also.
    First try deleting it in safe mode, so that its not in use.

    If it still won't and you're sure its not an important file, use Hijackthis.

    Under Misc Tools there is an option for Delete File on Reboot.

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    Default Re: Help! Problems after installing new hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    I suggest first thing to help diagnose the issues is to revert back to your previous setup. Ie, refit the old IDE cable and remove the USB card, remembering to uninstall it in Device Manager.

    See if the problems go away.

    Then replace the card and install its drivers. Reboot and test.

    Then replace the IDE cable - reboot and test.

    I assume the IDE cable you changed was for your DVD/CD drive?

    Let us know how you get on.

    [edit] keep in mind static electricity and safety precautions
    It's weird. I did the above, but the PC seems to be behaving. I haven't seen a blue screen for a few days now.

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