Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp
Quote: Originally Posted by sped800
...I put in another used GeForce 7500 and this time it stayed black - except the VGA monitor had a brilliantly colored plaid pattern...
You might have the new Windows 7 SE (Scottish Edition).
I'd beg borrow or steal a cheap video card just to get the old computer running long enough to do a proper backup. You could probably find a brand new card for $20 that would do the job. If your data is not worth $20 to you I'd just forget it.
Quote: Originally Posted by joebum
1. Take the HDD on the broken computer, plug it on your friend's computer, then use it as secondary slave. Or
2. If the operating system (windows) you have on the broken computer is OEM you'll not be able to boot them on another computer unless you reinstall the windows. If it's not OEM i think it will work Or
3. Buy new cheap video card (safest way i guess).
My rambling story didn't make clear that I already tried another cheap video card and that didn't work.
I'm hopeful about being able to boot up my old drive on another computer. The RAID reference was off the point; they're mirrored, not striped.
I won't be trying it for a while; first priority is getting the new computer.
Thanks, profdlp and joebum!