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Bizarre sound issue associated with network

Q: Bizarre sound issue associated with network

Hello everyone at Bleepingcomputer. First post, didn't really want to seek out help as I am usually capable of handling most computer problems on my own, but this one just seems bizarre and frankly it's driving me round the bend.
Getting straight to the problem. Out of the blue I noticed while any sound/video is playing, loading or opening any new tabs at all in Firefox would cause a horrible grinding/glitching super stutter (think robots screaming) for 1-2 seconds. I thought that maybe my laptop was just under too heavy of a load at the moment and didn't worry about it, but after restarts it still persisted. What was more weird was while nothing else was open and I was watching video I would randomly get it too, never in the same scenes though (lots of processing on a grainy scene or something that might cause video/sound lag). That's when I noticed killing the internet connection completely cleared it up. I could put the computer under full load and not get the slightest sound skip. I've never encountered something like this. Basically any network traffic causes the CPU activity to spike to 90/100% usage for 1-2 seconds. As I said this is every time I load or open any tab in Firefox, whether its a bare bones text html or a massive image heavy page.
I have never encountered such a bizarre problem before. How is network traffic causing these massive spikes? I have not installed or changed my set up, it just seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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A: Bizarre sound issue associated with network

I've had an Intel I219-V network card driver causing huge DPC latency spikes, and that caused audio to glitch. Guess you can use LatencyMon to investigate that. A possible solution is updating to a newer driver version or an older one.

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My network completely collapsed for no good reason after taking the client machine apart and putting it back together exactly the same way. It worked perfectly before that.

In trying to set it back up, nothing worked, and I found it easier to uninstall ALL protocols and services, (apart from TCP/IP), and network adapters from both machines, and re-installing them to give myself a clean slate to work from.

OK, with that done, the folowing protocols are installed...

Client for MS networks
QOS packet scheduler
File and printer sharing for MS networks
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
IPX/SPX/Netbios compatible transport protocol.

The last two are installed purely to support a game or two that seems to prefer networking with them but otherwise aren't there for anything.

Windows firewall was then turned OFF on both machines, and the remaining firewall on "Server" (Sygate personal pro) was set to allow all, rendering it harmless.

OK, First the network setup wizard was run on the internet machine ("Server"). It was then run on the client machine ("client")

Both machines can ping each other on the network with no problems. A portscan of client helped me find out I could telnet succesfully to port 17 (qotd) of client, which I did because I was bored. No problems there then!

The network MSHOME, on both machines, shows that both "Client" - and "Server" - are connected

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Change your attachment IMMEDIATELY. Never publish your ISP's IP-address!
And also don't publish your NIC's MAC-address (see my xx-xx-xx etc. below)

Using a router and fixed IPs, my ipconfig /all looks as follows:

Windows 2000 IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . .: pc's name
Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139(A) PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : (my PC's IP)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : (my router's IP)
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : (ditto)

All my other PCs are the same except for their own IP-address.

In your attachment I noticed incongruencies between the 2 setups:
Client has DHCP enabled, Server not
Both have IP Routing and Wins Proxy enabled, this should be DISabled.
Server has no Default Gateway.

I think I gave you this link already, but look again:
Have a look at the attachment here:

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I have several computers set up on a home network, specifically for the purposes of accessing desktop files on a notebook and vice versa. Sharing is set up correctly and somewhat openly across the board, with full permissions for owners and the like. Pretty much works without issue.

For illustration purposes, let's call the name of my main computer XX-XX.

I can access any and all folders on XX-XX's pair of hard drives (let's call them A and B). The path for those folders appear correctly as \\XX-XX\Folder.

I have set up drives A and B for sharing, however, I cannot access them, I get the standard error message that I can't access them. And here's the best part...when I look at the paths for drives A and B, they look like this:


Now I will take full responsibility for how this happened - at one time, I changed my computer name from XX-XX to Xx-xx, then back to XX-XX again. My fault. But when I check my computer name anywhere you can possibly check it, it comes up as XX-XX -- under the Computer tabs, Device Manager, etc., etc. Only when I check the paths under the Sharing tab for the A and B drives do I see this old Xx-xx convention. Which is obviously wrong, and will prevent me from accessing let alone sharing. In fact, when I right click on either the A or B drive, and go to the sharing tab, the "Share" option under "Network Path" is greyed out, I can't even select it.

So bottom line is that I can ac... Read more

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comes through my speakers on certain websites. I can get NO sound from anything on youtube. Do I have a incorrect setting somewhere? ALL media players are enabled.

A:BIZARRE! Sound only

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recently, i found an older mic in my closet, and being an avid counter-strike player, i try to get it working.

so i've enabled the mic in windows, tested it in windows, works great. however, when i go to use it in cs(enabled, yes) it gives me a quiet, garbled and delayed repeat of my audio output, such as, if i have the mic on, and i shoot a gun, about half a second later, it will come out garbled and quiet from my mic.

this would be kind of normal, except i am using headphones.

i have a dell c600 latitude laptop, a generic creative mic and panasonic headphones, and i am running windows xp.

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To start off, I had Windows 7 Professional loaded and working on a HP dv6700CTO. I upgraded from Windows Vista Ultimate.

I had win7 working for about two days until one morning I opened my laptop lid and it gave me a black screen with the error "Operating System not found." I started the laptop up again and it got to the screen stating Starting Windows and just hung there. I tried to reinstall win7 from the original bootable flash drive that I used and when I get to choosing the hard drive to install/format, It can't detect my computer's hard drive. I then tried using a vista dvd to to access my hard drive but it hangs on a black screen with only the mouse pointer appearing after "Windows is loading files." Every now and then the same thing happens when using the win7 flash drive. I'm not sure if this is an issue with my hard drive or something else, I just received this hard drive as a replacement for a failed one a day prior to installing win7.

Any help would be much appreciated

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Sounds like a bad hard drive. What is the brand?

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 running Windows XP Pro.

This evening I got a message that there was a surge in a usb port and to remove the device and click on the reset button. I was warned that if I simply closed the window the port would cease working. I removed all the usb connectors from the rear of my computer and then my mouse wouldn't work because I had unplugged it. I thought the computer had frozen up. Duh.

After I re-started my computer the sound from the headphone jack in the front of the computer was, well, bizarrely distorted. I checked the device manager and everything seems fine. The last thing I tried was to go into the Master Volume window and fiddle with the balance. When the balance control (Master Volume) is in the middle the sound is distorted as though a channel is missing. When the balance control is to either side it sounds more normal, but not entirely. One side sounds a bit different than the other. The problem occurs only in the headphone jack in the front of my computer, the green jack in the rear sounds fine.

I did System Restore with no effect.

The only thing I can imagine is that I caused a short in the jack which is down on the floor and has gotten kind of wobbly.

What can be done? Have you ever heard of such a thing?


A:Bizarre Sound Problem

Any ideas for me?


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What's happening is when i go to insert an Autotext entry, the autotext usually just appears as lots of squares like you see in the insert symbol section i.e. . It also sometimes has letters mixed in too.

I've included a few screen shots to demonstrate. To try and fix this issue, i have deleted the normal.dot file and restarted Word and also copied a version of normal.dot from a working Word version and still no go.

We are all using Office 2003 with all the latest updates and patches. The strange thing is, it has affected half the PCs in the office which includes 2 older workstations and a 3 month old workstation all of which are running XP SP2.

This problem only occurs in Word.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Hi everyone...

I have a really weird thing going on in both IE and Firefox. My Facebook profile page is "stuck" on a version from a few days ago. I have tried EVERYTHING to refresh it...I have:

1. Cleared all caches and cookies
2. Deleted all sorts of temp files
3. Done a "hard refresh" in both browsers
4. Contacted my ISP, who had me a) unplug my cable modem for 30 secs, b) uplug my router for 30 secs, c) flush my DNS cache, and d) reboot

Nothing. Nada.

It happens only at home--when I'm on my laptop at a coffeeshop or on my computer at work, then I can access the profile just fine. It's something on this computer only.

I know my Facebook profile isn't all that important, but I'm just stymied as to why I can't get a web page to refresh no matter what. And get this--my wife, when she logs into her Facebook page on the same computer--hers refreshes instantly.

AARRRGHH...any thoughts?


A:Bizarre browser issue

Have you tried contacting Facebook?

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My MS keyboard is behaving weirdly. When I press shift+2, it gives " instead of @

Likewise other keys have their symbols swapped.

Problem came up after installing windows 8 but am not too sure I should be blaming MS for it.

Is it software or hardware issue? Any ideas?

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Dell Lattitude E5530.
1. When battery installed, no adapter is found. Battery won't charge. Computer will boot but not charge. BIOS says "NO ADAPTER FOUND"2. When battery removed, adapter is found. Computer will boot. BIOS says "90W adapter".3. When placed on Docking Station with Battery, no adapter found. Boots but won't charge.4. When placed on dock with no battery, won't boot. If I plug an adapter into the dock and another into the computer then it boots. BIOS then says "90W Adapter".5. If I boot using the adapter, then plug in battery, battery LED goes out and it sees no adapter and shows battery not charging.6. If I boot using the battery, then plug in the adapter and remove the battery, it shuts off and I have to reboot it.What I've tried:Updated all drivers.Cannot update BIOS because this requires a partly charged battery AND an adapter. Comp won't see adapter when battery is plugged in.I have tried 4 different 90W DELL adapters from Latitude computers (co-workers have same computer).I have tried 2 other batteries besides the one that came with it.Nothing makes any difference. No matter what combo of adapters and batteries I use, the symptoms remain the same.
Any suggestions would be most welcome!


A:Bizarre power issue.

If you haven't changed the DC jack, that' s next:
If you have, to no effect -- or replace it to no effect, the mainboard is the faulty part.

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OK. So my computer will no power on inside my house specifically. It turns on fine at best buy or even in my neighbor's house, but not at my house. Yes I am using a surge protector. Yes I tested all the outlets in the house. Yes I checked my outlets with a volt/ohm meter. Everything seems to check out and all my other devices work perfectly. Before I moved to this house the computer worked well in my old apartment for months. Also, I have already rellaced the psu and the cmos battery, and yes I have still only been able to power it on using outlets in other buildings besides my house. Any ideas? I am getting so frustrated.

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At some point, something hidden or not apparent is stealing the focus of other windows. My screensaver no longer turns on, and I usually use alt+tab to navigate. When I open alt+tab, it will only be available for a split second before it disappears as whatever this program is takes focus.

It's odd because I can type just fine, but when I open a new program it does not have focus (ie appears in the background and I have to navigate to it). And if I open a full-screen slide-show it is forced to downsize.

I have stopped services, programs, processes, started new profiles, to no avail. I haven't tried safe-mode yet, but I'd imagine it probably wouldn't do it there because I don't think this is a windows-based process stealing the focus. Below is my HijackThis log. Any suggestions?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:30:32 AM, on 11/2/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneL... Read more

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I'm not sure when it started since I don't spend much time in this menu (though I'm sure it worked before), but my Settings app currently looks like the attached picture (that Fez icon is my user icon, if you were curious). It's basically illegible. When I try to change the color scheme, nothing really happens. Most of my apps work fine (and this issue is pretty much non-existent in Desktop mode), but many of the settings are basically inaccessible to me currently. Any ideas short of a system restore or something similar?

A:Bizarre issue with settings app

Turns out this was an issue with my Nvidia drivers. The most recent ones cause this issue but when I rolled back to an older version (from June or July) the problem was gone.

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I have an HP pavillion with a 740b dvd burner. Lately, it's developed an odd issue where it won't burn to DVDs.
It will burn CDs read CDs and DVDs and do the lightscribe thing, but it won't burn DVDs.

I thought the drive might be bad, so I installed another working DVD burner and it is now exhibiting the same symptoms. The 740b is master, the second drive is slave.

I deleted all the dvd burning related software, including all my video editing software. I've deleted the drive through device manager and by hand in the registry, but the problem persists.

The fact that both drives are not functioning in the same manner leads me to believe this is a software issue.

Can anyone help me? I really need this drive working.

I recently added Norton 360 v2. I don't know if that might be affecting things.

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It's like the num pad decimal character no longer exists. I've tried using a different keyboard and even used the on screen keyboard; no matter what I cannot type a . using the num pad. Any ideas?

Thank in advance,

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Hi Tim, welcome to TSF !

Make sure numlock is on.

Check the default input language : start => run => intl.cpl. Click on the language tab then on details and make sure the default input language corresponds to your keyboard layout. You can add more languages if needed.

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I received a response email from a good friend this morning, and the email she sent only showed up on my Samsung tablet. I have Comast.net email. I checked all other options...my iPhone, my MacBook, my desktop Mac and the actual Comcast.net website where the webmail account originates. Nothing came in from her at any of those places (including Spam or Trash folders), but I did get the email on my tablet in the email program I set Comcast.net up in. This has never happened before, and I don't understand how it could happen. Keep in mind her email was a response to mine sent yesterday, so it isn't even like she started with a fresh email addressed wrongly somehow.

Any thoughts?

I'm a bit nervous with all the talk of a huge Android hack, since my tablet is obviously Android based, although my other devices are all Apple.

Should I be worried about some sort of hack or is it just a fluke that will likely not happen again?

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Hi all,

Since the hard drive got replaced on my laptop about a year ago, I've only had one working USB port on my laptop. This hasn't been an issue, as I've coped by using a USB splitter. Unfortunately, my laptop has recently started to behave differently depending on what I plug into the splitter.

For example, speakers always work when plugged into the splitter, as does my Numark Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller. However, I can't get any mouses to work. My laptop also doesn't detect my phone when plugged into the splitter.

I've tried removing the splitter and plugging a mouse/ phone directly into my laptop and it still doesn't work, so the problem clearly isn't the splitter. I've tried reinstalling the USB driver things in device manager, but I'm still having the same issue.

*** is going on? Running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, if that's relevant.

A:Bizarre USB port issue

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

What happen to the USB ports? Were they blown out?

Please follow this guide here to perform a System File Check of Windows:

How to run SFC /scannow from Command Prompt | Tech Support Forum

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Hi all,

Since the hard drive got replaced on my laptop about a year ago, I've only had one working USB port on my laptop. This hasn't been an issue, as I've coped by using a USB splitter. Unfortunately, my laptop has recently started to behave differently depending on what I plug into the splitter.

For example, speakers always work when plugged into the splitter, as does my Numark Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller. However, I can't get any mouses to work. My laptop also doesn't detect my phone when plugged into the splitter.

I've tried removing the splitter and plugging a mouse/ phone directly into my laptop and it still doesn't work, so the problem clearly isn't the splitter. I've tried reinstalling the USB driver things in device manager, but I'm still having the same issue.

Wtf is going on? Running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, if that's relevant.

A:Bizarre USB port issue

I would suspect that the USB port is unable to supply the power required by some of the devices. Are you using a powered hub ("splitter")? There may have been some damage to your computer during the hard disk change that has cause this and the failure of the other USB ports.

Welcome to the forum.

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Hi, I have a non-essential but extremely annoying problem with my sound. I'll try to cover the details, but I'll summarize main points at the end.

I have a Dell XPS M2010 laptop, old but well-working -- for the most part due to the extensive warranty I bought that covered me in replacing things! However, the warranty is up, and I'm really not good with this stuff, so I need some advice, please?

The problem is that when I play a DVD movie on my laptop, the main channel of the sound is extremely low. Everything else is normal, but no matter what I do to the sound settings, I can only barely hear the main channel. They exist, just low -- low enough I can hardly hear them. I hear footsteps, background music, the people around the main characters going "Ohhh", and their odd mumbling... but the main people, main singing, or main sound effects are too low to hear.

To make matters more interesting, this also occurs when I plug in my headset to the side of the laptop.

It happens no matter what application I use to play the DVD (Windows Media Player, Media Center, Real Player, etc.)... but it only happens for DVD movies. If I pop in a music CD in the same place, it's fine. If I download a movie clip and play it, it's fine. I have a DVD of music videos, and it just sounds weird.

Yes, I checked to make sure the Sounds and Audio Devices settings were set to Laptop stereo instead of Surround Sound. (I tried even turning it to "No speakers", and n... Read more

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My Compaq suddenly started playing about 30 seconds of some heavy metal song. There are no speakers attached, it was coming directly from the internal speaker. Just played then shut itself off. This is second time I have noticed it while working late at the office. For all I know it plays every night at 8:30 PM. Any clues as to what that is about?

I worried it might be a bug or worm but my PCCillin is running, regularly updated and catching other things. Curious to see if you have any clues!


A:Bizarre Sound file plays by itself

I can't find any virus hits but a thought, did you install any screen savers lately?

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Hi, currently have the final Windows 7 on two machines and Office 2007. My outlook works great on one machine and cannot connect with the pop3 or smtp servers on the other. They are setup identically. I tried a repair and Outlook said it could not connect with either. Tried this on both of my email accounts on different providers (Yahoo and XO). Again, works fine on one machine but not on the other. I have my data (pst) files on an external 500GB drive that I use between different machines.

Any clues.

A:Bizarre Outlook 2007 and Win 7 issue

Are you trying to share this same PST file between both machines?

If so, does the PST file open OK, on the second machine when the other machine does NOT have the PST file open?

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I use a Dymo Labelwriter 450 Turbo for printing barcode labels for my Amazon business. In the past, I had a Vista desktop and had no problem using the snapshot tool from the edit menu on Adobe Acrobat reader (amazon loads the labels into a PDF).

As soon as I upgraded to a new Lenovo Windows 10 system, Adobe would either print the labels on the left margin cutting off the barcode (even though the label # was indicated correctly and print preview showed the label centered, or I would get an error message stating that no pages were selected to print. I had clicked on select graphic button and wasn't printing a page but a single label. Dymo tech support was of absolutely no help as they had said they aren't supporting printing off PDF's even though, up until this time, Amazon sellers were recommending this label printer. That is going to quickly end. Meanwhile I have a doorstop instead of a label printer. Total waste of money and I suspect that I'll have to buy a laserprinter (I have an inkjet and Amazon only accepts laser or thermal printers) and print off Avery Sheet labels. It appears that unless you get a bar code scanner and use the Amazon software set up for that, you can't use this Dymo printer for Windows 10, which is ridiculous as that is the current version.

I also get the feeling that the Dymo Printer sees the labels as portrait even though print preview shows them as landscape because the labels cut off on the left where the portrait border... Read more

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Originally, my problem was the same as the user in this post:
Desktop shortcuts to websites are broken.
I believe the issue arose when windows update tried to upgrade my IE from 7 to 8.

I re-associated my URL filetype with firefox, and I also ran the attached registry file in post #6, and everything seemed hunky dory, until I tried to open one of my desktop links. They were able to be opened by firefox, but instead of opening to a normal page, the browser searches for individual pages in individual tabs based on each individual word in the title of the desktop shortcut!

This might sound kind of confusing so here is a picture of my issue: http://i.imgur.com/cwWcYvD.png

For reference, the title of the desktop shortcut was 'Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide' and it was supposed to link to Logical Increments - PC Buying Guide

I apologize if my explanation was a bit scattered, but I would love help on this issue! Thanks in advance!

A:Bizarre desktop link issue

unless you have several dozens, it would be easier to just recreate your shortcuts again.

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I'm getting a bizarre off-and-on issue in Windows 7. Every now and again when posting here and elsewhere, my "S" key refuses to type...both on my Bluetooth and my wired PS/2 keyboard.
It only happens now and again - very weird if you ask me...and I know you aren't....LOL
I get around it by typing f instead of S and then using IESpell to correct it.
For this post I had to compose everything in Notepad first and then CCP. Next time it will most likely work.
Using IE8 by the way.

Comments anyone?

A:Bizarre Intermittent Typing Issue

Do you have the same problem in notepad or just IE8? I'm using Firefox 3.0.4 and not having that prob. IE8 keeps being a pain for me. Hope they get it working right.


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Hey well.... Today i just got on my lappy, and its all normal, then im watching some vid. online, and my computer freezes... Its not like a scree nfreeze, but i cant minimize the window, but i can make those blue-boxes (on the main screen) cuz the window wasnt maximized, and i hit ctrl+alt+delete, to open up Task Manager, and then i wait a few seconds, and then its a black scree, and then my mouse is on it, i then wait a few moments, and i had to hit the power button to turn off my lappy... I restart- it restarted normally, with normal speed and all, then it freezes a little bit later againt, and atm, this is the only moment where my laptop hasnt frozen !

And im hoping it wonr freeze again... but im just wondering, could it be a registery problem? I mean, i dont really let anything at start-up get too-out of-control, i go into msconfig and manage all that i want to start etc. etc... But, when i scanned my lappy with Windows Defender (Full scan) it came up with like 4 different things, the certain files were having unwanted things(according to Defender...) And so, is it because of those files, all of those files are identical, and they are also from Safari... they have something to do with Safari,(im on Vista x64, but i like safari 4, think its the fastest )

Any help?
Any Reg-Cleaners? (THat work with x64 Bit) ?

A:Totally Bizarre Freezing Issue

Hello DarkDavil,
You could try to clean out your registry and also scan for malware. Follow the links, they are both free but be sure to backup your registry when promted. Good luck and post your results.


CCleaner - Download

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Hello..I have a strangely puzzling issue with Vista Home Prem (32bit) running on a Toshiba Equim.

For some bizarre reason,when I am running it on its battery, when I shut it down, it doesnt seem to turn off, it goes into sleep mode.I cant get the thing to turn off.Its fine whilst on mains power..

This just means the battery drains everytime I use it on battery..

Why is this and wha can I do to fix it?Its puzzling and incredibly annoying..

Any help would be really really grateful



A:bizarre vista shutdown issue

Just wondering if you are using the hidden menu to shut down. (see attached) If you are, can you <ctrl> <alt> <del> to shut down?

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I've been running w7 as a work machine for a month or two now, currently on 7100.

I have XP dual booted. I have Opera on both. Opera installed last year on XP and a month ago on W7

The bizarre problem, I copied over some profile stuff for opera to the w7 install.

I booted into XP loaded up opera and all my settings were nowhere to be found, digged around a little and found that Opera was calling for the settings from W7! c:\users\roaming\appdata blah blah blah.

Since that doesn't exist on my XP install, it created it's own folder there. I uninstalled opera, reinstalled and the default location to find the user data is mimicking a user directy from W7? wtf is this about.

The XP and W7 are on entirely different hard drives, I fresh installed W7 off a usb disk. XP is 32 bit W7 is 64 bit.

A:Totally Bizarre Issue with Opera/XP/W7


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For some reason, one of our users suddenly cannot reposition the cursor in emails by using the arrow keys. The delete key does not work, either. If he wishes to reposition the cursor, he has to use the mouse. The backspace key DOES work. He says that this problem is exclusive to outlook, and thinks he inadvertantly changed a setting, but I can't seem to find one that applies. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!!

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I was recently tinkering with my system and when it came to pressing the power on button nothing happened. I opened up the case and the green light on the mobo was on so I knew power was getting there. I assumed it was a power switch issue so I shorted out the power switch pins on the mobo and all was well.

More recently I am getting the same problem but now shorting out the switch doesn't work. This morning she refused to power up so I laid it on its side, opened it up, pressed the switch a few times and swore at it. Nothing happened. SO I am just sitting there conjuring up new swear words when it just starts up, fans spinning and away we go - I never even touched it. I have restarted a number of times today and no problem. I'm afraid to power off for an extended time, but I live in Houston and this puppy puts out a fair amount of heat and we don't need any more heat in the house!

So it doesnt seem to me that it could be a PSU problem? While running, voltages are stable etc. So is it a mobo problem? It seems after an extended shutdown (i.e. overnight) it cools down and then won't start. Is that a symptom of something cracked?

I don't mind replacing parts - I just don't know which parts or how to troubleshoot this problem.

Any suggestions?

A:Bizarre Power on issue - ideas?

Get a PSU tester for about $12. It's worth the money.

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So I've recently built a new machine for gaming and work etc and I was having some issues which I thought I'd nailed down to being related to my SSD which I was running the OS off of. I wiped the ssd and the HDD I was using for storage and reinstalled the OS on the HDD, leaving the SSD out of the box entirely. It was working fine for a day until this morning. When I turned it on it gave me the "Select OS" prompt as if I had multiple OSs installed on different drives. Both options were Win 7 but the second option gave me a "device cannot be found" error as if it was looking for the original win 7 install that was on the SSD. I'm at a loss for what to do.

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Hello, are you saying the OS is crashing and you can't get back on or do you need the other options gone so it can just auto boot without the prompt?

If it's crashing, it sounds like a driver issue. On your motherboard do you have two different SATA ports? Like one is Intel and the other Gigabyte (just making this up)? But the solution is to make sure you install the drivers for them from the CD that came with your motherboard. You can try switching to the other and see what happens.

Try swapping cables too just a to be sure. Follow your motherboard recommendation for the proper BIOS setting for SATA if you haven't.

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My PC's harddisk is a Samsung HD321KJ (32MB cache, 7200rpm, 320GB).

I was messing around with partitions today in a futile attempt to align my Windows system, and eventually just gave up and restored an image I had made just before.

In the process I noticed something totally weird...the drive itself suddenly reports a different CHS geometry. It used to be something like 38913, 255, 63 but now it reports 43009, 255, 57. Now all my partition software thinks track 0 is just 57 sectors long.

The total number of sectors on the HD remains the same, and there's no other ill effect so far. But...how the heck did this happen? Can I convince the drive to reset its reported CHS numbers? How?

A:Bizarre issue with harddrive's CHS geometry

I don't know the answer to your question, but I did have to go into the interwebs and expand my knowledge. Here are two interesting articles on the subject:
Cylinder-head-sector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Disk formatting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My take is that CHS geometry is a largely abandoned process that is ignored by most modern operating systems (pre-XP).

Are you running a dual boot with an old OS (DOS or similar) where this "low level format" is important? Is this condition causing an issue?

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Nice one for the pure genius.......

Just changed from using a VGA cable to my monitor to HDMI. Nothing else is different. I am using an ASUS graphics card and all was well before. The only reason to changing to HDMI was length of cable.

Despite setting screen resolution to max, 1920 X 1080, as it was before, Windows displays on the screen with a black border round the outside, that is, not full screen.

At boot up the motherboard screen displays full screen, as does the 'starting Windows' page, but when it come to displaying anything thereafter it shows it smaller. Any ideas, guys?


A:[SOLVED] Bizarre display issue

What is the make of the Graphics Card, and does the card have a control center for adjusting graphics settings, like nVidia, and ATI?

If there is, open the graphics control program, and look for "Scaling Options" then adjust your display.

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Hope somebody can help me with this odd problem.

I have an ad hoc network between my desktop and my laptop. Both run XP Home. My desktop is connected to a dsl modem and I connect between the desktop and laptop through a computer-to-computer wireless connection using ICS. Until the other day this worked beautifully.

I don't know why, but it has stopped working. From my laptop, I now cannot connect to most websites. I can still check email fine, and, bizarrely, I can still connect to and search within certain websites (eg Google), but most other ones it just won't get data from.

I have checked both laptop and desktop for viruses and spyware - clean.

Any ideas?

Thanks so much if you can help.


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my PC freezes since 2 days always with BSOD 124 - I tried several things (driver deinstall/install/update, chkdsk, several BIOS options) and nothing could change or fix this.

Freeze only happens, when I try to go or while being online, so I think it could be an network issue.

Latest message:

Problemereignisname: BlueScreen
Betriebsystemversion: 6.1.7601.
Gebietsschema-ID: 1031

Zusatzinformationen zum Problem:
BCCode: 124
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: FFFFFA8008320788
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

File created by DM Log collector attached - after 2 days or permafixtries I gave up on fixing this on my own, so help is very appreciated.

A:BSOD 124 - freezes with/without sound, maybe network issue?

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 124, {0, fffffa8008320788, 0, 0}

Probably caused by : GenuineIntel

Followup: MachineOwner
0x124's are typically related to a hardware issue and can only be isolated by stress testing the major components.

If overclocking, reset all overclocks back to their default settings and then follow these:

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

CPU - Stress Test Using IntelBurnTest

Graphics Card Problems - Diagnose
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

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I am tring to copy many large files over my gigabit network

when I am playing music with winamp or WMP and even just a windows sound plays... network file copy goes from 35-40MB/SEC down to just 7MB/Sec after the sound stops, the file goesto 0MB/sec for 4 seconds then resumes at full speed..

I have tried play the music with both my onboard azella audio chip & my Creative X-FI.. they both cause slow net performance..

anyone have a solution to this...
i tried many things to setting the NIC settings to different buffers etc..

I always tried the NETSH command to disable the auto tuning!

I just updated my drivers for all hardware.. and Have still have the issues...

My old XP experence was smooth as silk..

A:Network Issue.. Sound causes slow NET performance

Check your computer or motherboard manufacturer website for relevant downloads for VISTA installs, such as BIOS, Chipset, and other relevant drivers. Some new drivers are not as good as older onces sometimes, so go both ways.

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im trying to record game audio with fraps on windows 7, but for some reason it doesnt record the game audio, but records everything else, for example, it records my microphone, and non game applications in the backround such as steam message beeps, but not audio from games, i tried fooling with the stereo mix and wave out in the recording options, but i couldent find a way to fix it, it worked fine with my old x-fi soundcard, but as soon as i got xonar this strange problem happened, again, no game audio, just windows sounds (steam/msn message beeps, skype voice conversations and my own microphone) are recorded in fraps. i have a asus Xonar DX soundcard.

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I have recently changed my PSU, just a few days ago, and since then I am experiencing the most bizarre problem - when ever I minimize (or maximize) any program (most notably things like Firefox or Office which I use often) there is this very low frequency sound coming from the computer case. The speakers are turned off, so I am sure. It is very irritating, swishing metallic sort of sound that is only heard when I either min or max windows to taskbar.

It is driving me insane so please, anyone out there with any ideas? Thanks!

A:Bizarre problem - sound when minimizing to taskbar

Try looking under control panel sounds maximise and minimise to see if there is anything there.

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I recently purchased a television set to use with my computer as the main monitor. When I plugged my PC in, the screen resolution was humourously low (720x480) whereas the native resolution for the set seems to be 1360x850. I have since changed the resolution by fiddling with the settings a bit, but I have a rather pressing issue on my hands: none of my games seem to respect the resolution.
For example, Star Wars Battlefront II (my favourite PC game, might I add) ran fine on my old monitor at 1024x768; however on this monitor it enters into a fuzzy resolution which pushes some of the menu off the bottom of the screen. It also won't allow me to change the resolution as the menu is completely blank.
Another example is Bit.Trip Runner which does have a working resolution changing menu but only goes up to 720x480. The same goes for Garry's Mod.

This kinda leaves me in a pickle as the computer was specifically built for lower-end gaming.
For the record, my graphics card is an ATI Radeon 5570 which has completely up-to-date drivers, and a seemingly unbranded "generic" television which also seems to have up-to-date drivers.

A:Solved: Bizarre screen resolution issue


This is a pretty pressing issue, fellas.

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This has been going on for two days now, and it's a bit complicated. Hopefully I'll be able to explain this clearly enough that someone will be able to help me figure out what's going on.

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP1 on a computer that I built in Nov. of last year. I have had no problems with the internet until two days ago, when I noticed that some websites wouldn't load. I figured it was just a hiccup and ignored it, until the next day, when I couldn't get any sites to load in Firefox or IE. The really weird part? AIM still works just fine, 9 times out of 10. After some fiddling, I've gotten it to the point where if I refresh a page enough, I can get it to load. Sometimes I only have to refresh once or twice, sometimes (much more often) it's between 10 and 20 times. The other computer using the router in my apartment is working perfectly, no internet problems at all.

Here's what I've tried so far:
- Reset the router and modem.
- Check the physical cable connecting my computer to the router.
- Disable/enable the LAN connection.
- Reboot about 40 times.
- Run anti-virus and anti-virus software
- Disable/enable the firewall.
- Flush the dns cache in command prompt. This helped a little (cut down on the refresh times), but hasn't solved the problem at all.
- Deleted temporary internet files. This also helped, and got me to the best functionality I've had since this started-- about 60% of pages load on the first try... Read more

A:Solved: Very bizarre Internet connection issue

Sorry, but that sounds to me more like malware. How about posting the exact display you got back here? I've never seen that in an AV display.

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Hello everyone,

I've encountered a serious issue with my Acer Swift 3 laptop and I'm really hoping someone can help. I believe it is software related but I can't yet rule out hardware either- I hope I'm posting in the right place.

The Problem:
Last night, in a tired state, I unplugged my Acer Swift 3 laptop during the shutdown sequence. I don't believe this should cause an issue but I usually don't do it as I prefer to wait until the machine is off. Anyway, the laptop was fully charged by this point. The moment I pulled the cable the system shut off (any difference from the normal completion of the shutdown sequence was almost imperceptible but nonetheless alarm bells rang).

I tried to turn my laptop back on but nothing happened. I followed up by plugging it back in and trying again. Whilst plugged in the laptop booted up fine but Windows presented a "Windows didn't shut down properly" alert and I instructed it to load into Windows proper. Once I reached Windows 10 the system behaved abnormally in two ways:

1. The battery icon in the task bar seemed...confused. It presented as empty for one moment, then full.

2. The system seemed to shut down after a few seconds (around a minute, roughly). I say "seemed" because it's plausible that it is going into some sort of low power mode- either way it goes through the normal booting process when I press the power button again (only to once again shut down a short time late... Read more

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Hello,  I purchased this T470 less than a year ago, and yesterday I encountered a bizarre keyboard and mouse issue. First thing that happened was my keyboard stopped working. And then it began beeping continuously. I suspected sticky keys, but it was disabled. I restarted the laptop to be greeted with more beeping and the ease of access narrator informing me of how to make my computer easier to use. At this point I attached an external keyboard and it worked fine. I had work to do, so I just disabled the speakers and went about my day. I could find no solutions online so last night I reset the computer to factory settings. This solved my beeping issue, and the narrator, and now the letters on the keyboard are functioning, but most other keys such as Enter, backspace, and most of the function keys are, ironically, non-functioning. And let out a single beep when pressed. Furthermore my mouse pointer has gone up in size, and while I can make it bigger it will not return to the default size even when selected from the Ease of Access menu.  At this point I have removed the keyboard, and am assuming something may have gotten spilled on it, or it shorted somehow. I have no explanation for the ease of access narrator, or the pointer size issue, unless some combination of keys were resulting in these being changed.  At this point it seems I'll need to purchase a new keyboard, but I figured I'd check here before that in case anyone had an alternative solut... Read more

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Hi folks, new user here. Hopefully someone can help me with this. So here's the situation: I am using ConTEXT editor to write script for photoshop. Everything is going along normally, until I save the script. I saved it to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Presets\Scripts\script.jsx. Now, that file is there - I can see it in ConTEXT's file dialog, I can exit out of ConTEXT, restart the program and then load the file back up. But in Windows Explorer, nothing. It just straight up doesn't exist. I don't have anything hidden in Explorer options, that I know of anyway. That file should be there. I also created a new directory in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Scripting\ (again, in the ConTEXT file dialog) called Mine, and saved the file there as well. And it doesn't show up in Explorer. Can someone explain to me what is going on here? Thanks!

A:Bizarre issue with saved files not existing

Try saving to a folder not under Program Files. Like C:\MyFiles. See if Explorer shows it.

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I'm not sure where to post this so I thought I'd start here. As part of my office network of 4 computers I have a 2013 basic Compaq desktop computer that I upgraded to Windows 10. This computer remains on all the time and I sometimes remote into the computer using Teamviewer. About once a week the computer will disappear from Teamviewer as if it was shut down. The computer is still on but the screen is blank and neither the screen nor the computer will wake up as if it was in a sleep or hibernate state.

Now here's the bizarre part: if I unplug the power cord from the monitor and plug the cord back in, the monitor turns on and the windows login screen immediately appears. I can login and it looks like the computer is starting up again even though it wasn't shut down before.

Any ideas? I don't even know where to start.

A:Bizarre Monitor/system freeze issue

I should also mention that one of the other computers in the network exhibits similar behavior. That desktop computer is a Vista computer. With that one, the computer really is frozen and I need to do a hard reset. After doing the hard reset chkdsk runs and checks the disk for errors.

The one and only common thing between these computers is that both computers use a USB-Wifi adapter for connection to the wireless network. I have turned off USB selective suspend if that makes any difference.

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Hey guys i'll try to make this brief,

I would say my computer knowledge is fairly good but at the moment i am pretty stumped.

A friend the other day asked me if i could help him fix his computer, He was browsing the internet then the computer all of a sudden shut down. Harddrive then showed that it wasnt bootable and was making really strange noises. Maybe the harddrive can be repaired but that is irrelevant to the situation now.

He went and purchased a new sata harddrive for the laptop. Replaced it within the laptop, The bios shows everything as normal the RAM the DVD/Rom and the Harddrive Shows also. We place the Windows 7 DVD into the Laptop and press f12 choose boot from CD. After a very long time i'm talking 5 minutes it will finally show boot from cd press any key. Which we do then it will take another extremely long time round about 15 minutes at which point it will show loading windows files and eventually load the blue windows setup screen. Note no touchpad is present. So i can navigate through the menu's to install windows get to the Drive options advanced. I can see the Harddrive there, Formatted it and then choose it to install windows too. The file copying goes to 100%. I know thehe expanding files that takes a long time but At this point it sits on expanding files 0%..., for a very long time I've left it for over an hour with no movement the LED still flickers on the DVD Drive.

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A:Bizarre Issue trying to install Windows7 New Harddrive

Alright here are a few things to try Chrism:

Buy a can of compressed air and blow off any vent holes on the laptop.

If you have ever installed RAM in a laptop before and you feel comfortable opening that area on the underside of the laptop, you can re-seat the RAM. Im no expert myself but it sounds like something is buggy with the RAM. If you still think it is the DVD drive can you boot from a USB drive? If so you can use a program called "Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool", its by microsoft and you can google it. See if you can install via USB and that would narrow it down to being a DVD drive problem.

Best of luck to you.

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Hello everyone,

I've encountered a serious issue with my Acer Swift 3 laptop and I'm really hoping someone can help. I believe it is software related but I can't yet rule out hardware either- I hope I'm posting in the right place.

The Problem:
Last night, in a tired state, I unplugged my Acer Swift 3 laptop during the shutdown sequence. I don't believe this should cause an issue but I usually don't do it as I prefer to wait until the machine is off. Anyway, the laptop was fully charged by this point. The moment I pulled the cable the system shut off (any difference from the normal completion of the shutdown sequence was almost imperceptible but nonetheless alarm bells rang).

I tried to turn my laptop back on but nothing happened. I followed up by plugging it back in and trying again. Whilst plugged in the laptop booted up fine but Windows presented a "Windows didn't shut down properly" alert and I instructed it to load into Windows proper. Once I reached Windows 10 the system behaved abnormally in two ways:

1. The battery icon in the task bar seemed...confused. It presented as empty for one moment, then full.

2. The system seemed to shut down after a few seconds (around a minute, roughly). I say "seemed" because it's plausible that it is going into some sort of low power mode- either way it goes through the normal booting process when I press the power button again (only to once again shut down a short time late... Read more

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