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Huge issues installing Vista on a brand new PC

Q: Huge issues installing Vista on a brand new PC


A few weeks ago I decided to get a new computer for gaming, but not knowing much in the field of hardware I let my cousin (way better on the subject) basically pick out the parts, let me order them, and he'd put it together.

The parts came a few days ago and Ive had the computer built for awhile, we ordered Vista home premium with it (32 bit edition) and I still have yet to get it installing correctly.

So basically the first night I start installing it, everything seems to be going fine but its taking a LONG time (around 7 hours), at 1 AM it still shows no signs of being done and I did not want to leave it on overnight, so I turned it off.

Turned it on the next morning, saying it didnt finish and would need to resintall, tried it again except this time it stays at 0% on the second step ("Expaning Files")

I mean, after like an hour or 2, its still at 0%, but the computer has not actually FROZEN, just hanging or whatever.

Ok, no big deal, I use a reformating program, completely wipe the HD and try again.

Its not freezing anymore! huzzah! So I wait for 7 MORE long hours, watching it slowly install, it restarts a few times, theres some points where its just a black screen with the mouse cursor for like 15 minutes, I get the "Vista is preparing for its first start" message, it restarts, says its completeing the installation, then I get an error saying something along the lines of "Windows setup failed to install Vista on this hardware" with nothing but an ok option to click.

So, yeah, I'm a little lost here.

Now I am about 95% sure my cousin did not screw anything up when he built it, but if you think otherwise please let me know.


Motherboard - EVGA 122-CK-NF68-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

I'm not entirely sure what other information may be needed. Let me know though.
There is only one solution I can think of on my own, I never actually made a partition for the hard drive, just tried to install it the way it was - would that cause the problem? And if so what format should I use? (FAT32 or the other one?)
Any help is appreciated, thanks.

(P.S. - Sorry if I repeat myself or seem a little confused, I also had my wisdom teeth taken out and I'm on painkillers, so this is an extra stressful situation now...)

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A: Huge issues installing Vista on a brand new PC

It's possible that you got bad memory or a bad drive. Start with the memory. If you have multiple sticks, remove them one at a time and try to install. If you want faster results, use a memory test. You can use the one on the Vista DVD or:

MemScope (Floppy and CD images.)
Microsoft Memory Test (floppy or CD ISO image)

Then I'd suspect some misconfiguration of the drive. Check BIOS settings and look on the drive for a jumper (even SATA).

I've installed a few Vistas and the number 7 was not ever involved, even on old machines.

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hi im having a problem
i have an 80gb old seagate hd and a brand new 750 gb samsung hd (both sata) i had originally xp installed on the 80gb and then got the upgrade to vista disc and had no problems... now i wanted to get rid of the old 80gb hd so i could use the second sata port for my new blu-ray disc player but i have data on my second 750gb that is valuble to me and is not easy to move.... so i created a 100gb partition using paragon partition manager and installed the os on the new partition which is the G:/ HD.... So i have the two options of vista when i start my pc but when i try to remove the old hard drive and boot vista just on the new one i just get a black screen with a dos type (_) symbol

please help me out here as i want this fixed (i spent hours installing programs and settings etc. on the new hd)

thanks in advance,

A:installing vista on brand new hd with partition

Anyone? please this is pretty urgent

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Hi I recently built a system, bought all the parts on newegg, put it all together, and everything starts up fine, seems really smooth. Unfortunately when I try to install vista, it BSOD's on me before I can even get to any startup screen. It goes to the windows loading files part, then on the next teal blue screen it bsod's. I bought a new sound system along with all the other components and it included a sub that warns to keep it away from PC's etc. Unfortunately they put the boxes right next to each other outside my door, is there any chance it could have fried both my HD's? I've tried everything I can think of, installing with just 1 HD (tried both), tried with 1 stick of ram (tried both), I just can't think of what else it could be. I'm pretty sure everything is compatible or else I wouldn't even get this far, but I'll list my system.

Also tried to install windows xp as a last resort, I get a bsod during installation on that (right at the end, finalizing installation step) and eventually I even got it installed, but then it bsod right at the end. When I restarted I even got to a mainscreen kinda, where it told me it was changing my resolution, it changed it then I got an error about Windows media player. Tried repairing the install and it said couldn't copy file wmp.dll along with about 30 other files. I'm just at a loss and really frustrated here. Anyway, here is the system.

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A:BSOD installing Vista on a brand new comp

Hi -

I am concerned about the formatting of the drive(s).

Re-format the HDD with KillDisk then try the Vista installation again. Leave XP out of this for now.

KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

Be sure to change the BIOS firing order so the DVD is 1st.

If you get another BSOD, get at least the 1st 2 sets of numbers. Any digits to the right of the "0x" that are zeroes are assumed. So, if the code is

0x0000008e -- this is equal to 0x8e or 8e

Try to get the "8e" or whatever the number is from the 1st and 2nd set of numbers of the bugcheck

Regards. . .



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I am seeing a huge battery drain on my XPS 9550 within months of purchasing it.  I am using Windows 10 and on the latest patch that came out in Jan 2017.  The battery power goes from 100 to 0 within 1.5 hours of using.  When I look in the 'Battery Usage by App', I see Chrome sucking up 51% of the battery, Acrobat PDF using 23%, Word using 9%, etc. Is anyone else experiencing this? It's a shame if the delivered battery is the cause  of it all.  

A:Huge battery drain on brand new XPS 9550

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Well it did everything fine... that little menue thingy came up saying to accept their agreement etc. etc. then in my Windows Updater thing... stops at 99% ^^ ANNOYING!

I then just hit the power button on my computer, because when i tried to see why it was stopping... it froze. It booted up(Taking longer than usual) And it said Configuring Updates 0% Stage 1 of 3

Then it didnt move from 0%, and just disappeared, then i logged in, and i checked my thingy, and i still had Service Pack 1 XD Any help?
Internet Speed : Wow!! 54.0 Mega-Bytes Per-Second :P So it cant be my internet...?

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First one , I think is probably simple (I hope). My co-worker thought she was installing Office 2007, when in fact she was installing XP a second time. She has a HP A1710N, and it has a second drive which is supposed to be a recovery drive, but I believe that's where the duplicate installation went. During boot, it asks which Windows XP Pro we want to use. My question is how do I uninstall the duplicate Windows XP. My second issue, and admittedly this one is on me, when she first bought this computer it came with Vista but one of the drawbacks with Vista is that there is still software that is not compatible, and the vendor is not updating any time soon. So she wanted to install XP for compatibility with our applications. So before I did the install, I backed up to a DVD-R. After backing up data, my co-worker may have ejected while still in process of closing dvd. Long story short is I didn't check dvd to make sure data was actually on it, and went ahead and installed XP. Now when I went to restore data to computer, disc is now corrupt and unreadable. My question is does this data remain anywhere on drive, even hidden, if a reformat and clean install was done. Especially being that is was different OS. Thanks for the patience and any assistance.

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HELP ME PLEASE!!! i currently uninstalled the Office in my Vista 32 Bit OS, and reinstall my 2007 MS Office but suddenly when currently in the middle of installing an errror appeared Saying "Error 1304.Error writing to file: Policy.11.0.Microsoft.Office.Interop.Access.dll. Verify that you have access to that directory" Please help. . . .

A:Issues installing MS Office in VISTA 32Bit

You have torrents downloading in the background and a red shield icon in your system tray which indicates a Windows error. If I had to guess, I'd say you probably have some kind of malware infection that caused some significant system damage.

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Summary: A couple of weeks ago, I installed a bunch of updates through the MS Update service. Immediately following this, I began experiencing significant performance issues and several crashes. I have tried several things to fix the problem since then but nothing has worked.

Problem: Mainly, my system resources are being over-taxed for no apparent reason. While in anything but sleep mode (and off, of course), my hard drive is constantly spinning. In task manager, my CPU usage usually seems ok, but my physical memory appears to be an issue in that it is usually running in the 40-70% range (I have 4 gb of memory) and is never lower than 25%, even with absolutely no extra programs running.

I?ve also received several ?Host process for Windows services stopped working and was closed? errors. I tracked this to the AUDIODG.EXE app and this app looks like it crashed 6 times in the 4-5 days following my installs. Based on this and some reading I did online, I thought it may be an audio driver issue, especially since an update to my Creative X-Fi was part of this latest round of updates. I went Creative?s Site and downloaded updates to every possible area. That was 4 days ago, and I have not experienced that AUDIODG.EXE error out since then. But, this has not resolved the performance issues and constant hard drive usage I mentioned above. My reliability index is now up to a 4.35 from the low of 2.66 on the day I updated all my audio drivers from Creative.

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A:Severe performance issues with Vista after installing updates

Any ideas of what to try next here? This one really has me perplexed. I would sincerely like to avoid a full Vista reinstall, so any tips would be greatly appreciated

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Hey guys, I just want to thanks anyone who can help in advance...

Basically, my computer I build like 4 years ago is getting out dated. My plan was to down grade from Win 7 to XP just to get the litle better performance out of it.

Once I deleted the Windows 7 partitions and formatted the drive, the computer restarts to start the installation... Well sure enough I blue screen every time.

At this point I say screw it and just decide oh well lets go back to 7 just to get the computer running. Here I don't blue screen but I get an error everytime during installation. Says something like it seams to be missing files or files are corrupt.

After some research about the BSOD, I found http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314830 this answer. Sure enough it worked and XP installed. My issue now is... after I installed all the drivers and did the mandatory restart for them, now I get some other BSOD every time. Unfortunately, it's one of the quick ones where it just flashes and restarts.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

A:Reformat issues! HUGE issues

Did you go back into the BIOS and turn ACPI back on after installing?
Have you tried starting in safemode?

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my motherboard was reset about a month ago and now im having huge lag issues, getting no where near the frame rate i was getting on the same games i normally play ( Delta force black hawk down (normally 70-160 FPS now 64 max), AA and bf2). I was wondering if any1 one could give me advice on how 2 fix (ive done driver re-installs and stuff), would this be cmos issues, ive heard it may be something 2 do with my intergrated graphics but not sure settings

Im kinda not that good with comp hardware so here are sum basic specs, plz ask if u need more, and i know it is a crap pc but it does the job with those games i just want 2 get it 2 run how it used 2

CPU: 3.0ghz pent 4 (not sure which, sorry guys)

Motherboard: Foxconn 661FX4MR-ES

Graphics: Radeon 9600 pro (256mb)

RAM: DDR 400

CMOS/BIOS: Phoenix Award Bios (all details i can give on that)

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Hello all

I am having massive problems trying to install iTunes on my new laptop (Toshiba) which came preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. I've spent hours online today searching on forums trying to find a fix. I've tried disabling my Norton security software, taken off internet protection in IE, changed a couple of settings in IE's internet tools to lessen security. I have had a range of errors, from 'publisher not verified' to 'there was a problem with the iTunes installer', to just nothing happening.

Sometimes the setup.exe file downloads (if security settings are low) but won't install. Or it just won't download. At the moment I can download it but even though I click 'run' either nothing happens or I get the message about the installer not working. I have tried running it as administrator but nothing happens.

I have downloaded all Windows updates and tried again, and still the problems exist.

I tried downloading in Firefox too but same problems. I am at my wit's end. There seems to be massive problems for so many people with 64 bit, I am seriously considering taking the laptop back and exchanging it for one with 32 bit installed in the hope that may work.

If anyone can help me I'd be most grateful.

Thank you


A:Huge problems installing iTunes on new laptop 64 bit

You can Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 with 32 bit as you are entitled to use either 32- or 64-bit with each WIn7 license. Everything you need is in the blue link.

You could be suffering from the typical load of preinstalled crapware which most tech enthusiasts ditch by clean reinstalling. I would start with uninstalling Norton then at the minimum Clean Up Factory Bloatware.
Establishing a Clean Boot may help get Itunes installed.

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I recently tried to install a new USB2 card in my desktop, which only has USB1. My computer did not like the new card AT ALL. it seemed to interfere with my graphics card, and trying to boot up with the usb2 card in there, the monitor wouldn't turn on. I took the card out, put the old usb1 card back in, and still couldn't get the monitor on, except in safe mode... after some tinkering around, i got my computer running again, but found that all my graphics drivers, network drivers, and a few other drivers were missing. i couldn't even shut the computer down without unplugging it.
so my question is - is this a hardware problem or a software problem? is the USB2 card faulty, or should i have disabled some previously existing on-board usb drivers which may have conflicted with the new card, and caused all these problems? i'm very hesitant to try the card again, but equally hesitant to swap it back at the store for another one, and potentially have the same problems.



A:Huge problem installing USB2 card

When you installed the new card, you did turn the computer off and unplugged it correct?

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HI all
i have a slight problem with my computer, firstly ill try and describe it as good as i can;
whenever im on any site the site keep on scrolling up and or down if im on my desktop it always selects whatever is in the top left or bottom left corner (it does not click it) when i type it keeps on jumping to the begining of the message (this does not happen here on the google translate page as this is where im also typing this message) searching something on goggle is really hard and takes xx atempts and chating on skype and stuff is impossible, also the problem does not always occur nor is it fixed by a restart it just randomly comes up stays here forever (it cant be any programs as i have already uninstalled everything i dont really need and had everything else closed many times and it still does it) and then just leaves again for a while and comes back, restarting the computer does nothing @ all problem just stays,also when i type into fields like password fields and username fields and searchbars and as said this google trnaslate thing it does not jump to the begining so i can type here somehow .... and secondly i will list everything i have tried th ill list it again if if i said it above, Restarting computer, uninstalling almost every programm, deactivating my touchpad,,unpluging my mouse (USB MOUSE), , running antivirus scanns and also malwarebytes, (althou i thought that this wont help as i have no clue what kind of virus would just take a break sometimes...), and i ... Read more

A:having huge issues with my computer please help.......

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy
2. We are keen to help, but your post is very difficult to read, is there any chance you could try and put it into sentences and paragraphs.
I appreciate you are not English, but if you could try and break it up into parts with a line space between that would be very good

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Hey guys I'm new here I just joined a bunch of tech forums in the hopes of finding something useful.

Basically today I bought a 250gb hitachi sata HDD, dvd drive and computer case, got home, assembled the lot. worked fine. Got my Win XP SP2 installation cd and stuck it in the drive... and started to boot it up... it read the disk just fine, but for some reason every damn time it gets to (Mylex EXR2000, 3000/AR160, 170, 352 Raid Controllers) at the bottom of the screen it just stays there and never progresses.

It's causing me so much hassle. I went into the BIOS, turned off all RAID related options since he doesn't even have a RAID. Then that did nothing, figured I would get rid of the SATA drive for now incase that was the issue, put back in the old IDE 20GB drive... same thing happened. Got another Win XP installation disc that i've used loads of times with no problems... but that one came with it's own error.... a missing file apparently?

Anyways the PC is sat downstairs with the old 20GB IDE drive in it and the CD drive and not much else really. All raid options in the BIOS are disabled and my mind is falling to pieces.

Any help would be extremely appreciated,

A:XP Installation huge issues, please help.

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I have just built my first computer and am attempting to install Microsoft Windows XP: X64 edition. I get through the initial installation and it tells my comp will reboot and then continue setup. it then restarts and i get te windows logo and a loading screen but then nothing happens. someone please help me out. i don't want to pay microsoft $35 for help. Thanks ahead of time for helpin me.

A:Installing on brand new HDD

have you checked your connectors for your hardware and try and format the hdd again. when the windows screen loads and nothing happens then so i understand it is the services. if may be your cd drive as sometimes they can cause that problem

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Im having problems passing the vector as a parameter to the functions...any help?

// hw9.cpp : Defines the entry point for the console application.

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
using namespace std;


CSI 1007
Due: 4/20/07
Brian Bertalot
Teacher: C. Kwiatkowski

Purpose: The purpose is to read in from a file, a list of an unknown amount of
integers. After read in, the program will sort the data using a bubble
sort to sort the data in ascending order. From there, the program will
ask a user to input a integer and will search for that specific
integer using a binary search. If the integer is found, it'll return a
message proclaiming it was found in the list of data, but if the
integer was not found in the list, it'll return a message saying so.

Input: Data from the text file(input.txt)containing an unknown number of

Output: The program outputs whether or not a user specified value is located in
the vector.


//Function Prototypes
int isSorted(int vecList[],int length);
void reverse(int vecList[],int length);
void bubbleSort(int veclist[],int length);
int binarySearch(const int vecList[],int length,int searchItem);
int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
//declare vector
vector<int> vecList;

//declare temp variable
int temp;
size_t length;

//File Variables
ifstream infile;

//Open File

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Hello, my name is James.

Before I explain the scenario and problem, let me give this one disclaimer: This is not your average home network. It is quite complicated for my simple mind, so I hope this isn't too overwhelming for anyone.

* * * * * *

That being said,

We have 6 different computers that are participating in this network:

James' Laptop: Dell Vostro 1000 running Win XP Pro SP3
James' Desktop: Dell Precision T3500 running Win 7 Pro 32Bit
John's Laptop: Dell Inspiron 6000 running Win XP Home SP2
John's E Desktop: HP Pavilion 8665C running Win 98 SE
John's D Desktop: HP Pavilion 8665C running Win 98 SE
Victoria's Laptop: Dell Vostro A860 running Win Vista Home Basic 32Bit SP1

We have 2 different Cisco Linksys wireless routers.

Office router: Cisco Linksys WRT54G
Closet router: Cisco Linksys E3000

We have 1 Dell 5110CN network printer.

This is a diagram of our current setup:
Basically, the hardwired connections with our two older laptops (john's and james') won't work, while the hardwired connection to our newer laptop (victoria's) and newer desktop (james') does work. We can't get internet on john's two desktops, although the two computers can communicate with each other and the printer. furthermore, we took james' laptop downstairs to a few hardwired cat 5e jacks in the basement and tried those, and they work fine for everything, while the upstairs ones only work for james' deskto... Read more

A:HUGE Home Network with some issues

Why does the hardwired connection for the two older laptops refuse to work upstairs, while it works downstairs?Click to expand...

I can think of two possibilities (not saying these are all there are, just all I am thinking of).

a. Bad cables or bad ports on the switch (your 2nd question seems to say that you've exonerated the ports and cables by testing with other computers).

b. The NICS on those computers are not able to auto sync with the switch (for unknown reasons). Try in Device Manager right click on the ethernet adapter - Properties - Advanced tab - for the 'Speed & duplex' property try some other settings beginning with 100 Mbps full duplex and 10 Mbps full duplex).

For questions 3 and 4 the Office router should be configured as an ethernet switch and wireless access point ...

JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance ... Read more

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hello everyone
Currently, i am using a sony vaio VGN-NR21S, running on windows 7 ultimate(32-bit).

When i was playing a game, suddenly my pc crashed and showed a sort of a green screen..

A little while later, i managed to get the pc working again,
But now, everytime i start it up,
It shows blue vertical bars/lines that appear all over the screen!
They also appear in the BIOS..

But as soon as the windows 7 loading screen comes, it vanishes.

Anyhow, i didn't think it mattered too much..

Untill i started seeing the following problems:

All of a sudden, when i typed 'Dxdiag', a lot of things were GONE!
My Nvidia drivers just vanquished! now it says the following:

Name: Standard VGA graphic adapter
Chiptype: NVIDIA
DAC-Type: 8 bit
total memory: N/A
current displaymode: 1280x800 (32-bit) (1Hz)
and in the column to the right, the first thing says 'Vga'.

Also i had noticed that ALL of the directX functions suddenly show N/A.
I can't even enable them since that button is not there

So i tried it out, and it was true, NONE of my games were able to be played..

Anyhow, i tried reinstalling my Nvidia drivers.. But none of it seemed to work..
I downloaded the correct driver, but my computer then says that my drivers are not compatible or something..

I've also tried un-installing the drivers by using Driver Sweeper, also, without succes

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So here's the story. One of our staff knocked a ThinkCentre A2U onto the floor.  It appears that the HDD is damaged beyond repair - we can't get past the BIOS screen. Easy enough to buy a new HDD, but how to install Windows 7?  We have the Product Key, but Microsoft rejected it saying that we needed to contact the manufacturer - Lenovo. So here we are.  DigitalRiver is no help, it just refers back to Microsoft. Any suggestions, guys?

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I am new to Windows 10, never used it... Here is my question...

I have a new SSD and a genuine Windows 7 Pro key, which I have not used. Do I have to install windows 7 with this key on my new SSD first and then upgrade and then clean install windows 10 or is there a way to do a clean install of Windows 10 and then activate using the windows 7 key.

I suspect the answer will be NO but I thought I would ask...

Thanx for the replies...

A:Installing on a brand new SSD with a genuine Win 7 Pro key...?

No need to install 7. Download 10 Pro from Tech Bench, put it on a USB with Rufus, clean install Windows 10 and put in your 7 Pro key when asked.

Absolutely there is no need to install 7 first.

Where (or who) is Anduin by the way?

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Hi all,

A few days ago, I bought a GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD and a Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM HDD from a PC parts store. I installed them in my tower's case and connected them up. Then, I attempted to install Windows 8.1 Core onto the SSD from a bootable USB drive I had made using Microsoft's Installation Media Creation Tool. The installer promptly error'd. I attempted a few more times, to no avail. I contact MS's answer desk, and they couldn't help, so I left it for the night and went to bed. The next day, I decide that I will attempt to install Windows onto the HDD and then clone it over. Of course, it installed perfectly fine on the HDD. Using both Windows' System Image Backup/Restore tool and a myriad of others, I still could not get an installation on the SSD. I ran a surface test on the SSD which turned up fine. I tried again tonight with the same USB drive to install Windows onto the SSD, again, it error'd, I contacted the MS Answer Desk again, they had me change a BIOS settings, and then take my ram cards out and clean them with an eraser. Neither of those worked, and MS support suggested I contact a local tech as it is a hardware issue.

Do you guys have any thoughts on what I should do? Feel free to PM or reply asking for more info.


A:Installing Windows 8.1 on a brand new SSD

Now that you have windows on the HDD - Does the SSD show up in file explorer? and Disk management ?

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Hey peeps!

I just bought another 8gb stick of ram to go with my other 8gb. Whats installed in there right now is the Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200mhz 8gb. The one i purchased is Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400mhz 8gb. My motherboard being a MSI Z170a sli pl. Will The 2400 mhz stick work with the 3200mhz? If so how would i go about installing it? Do i dual link it, or single? Go into bios set timings with the 3200mhz?voltage?
Or will putting in the Stick automatically adjust the to what it needs to be?

A:Installing Ram same brand different frequencies

It should work but both sticks will run at the lower speed of 2400MHz.

Are you in Poland ? (Looking online for your motherboard found only Polish websites).

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After I reboot my computer everything is fine for about 5-10 minutes. Then all of a sudden my graphics are all distorted.
This is how it looks like: http://tinypic.com/r/2ep3whc/7

I'm not sure what could be the problem.
Anyone have ideas what I could do? I tried reinstalling my graphics card not sure if I didnt it correctly but I went into system > devices > then I uninstalled the my radeon x1550 which is my graphics card then i installed it again and it's the same problem. Not sure what to do but this was all caused after I started to play this PC game called combat arms then the next day my computer graphics were like this. Whenever I play fullscreen games my WHOLE computer turns into straight horizontal lines sometimes blue or yellow just streaming down my computer screen.

I've tried yahoo answers and it seems like no one can help me. I'm not a computer guy so I don't know exactly what I did or what I'm doing wrong.

Please someone help in 18 with no job I can't afford a new computer and im starting college soon.
I don't know what to do..
THINGS I've Done:
Graphics card is already updated
Uninstalled graphics driver then reinstalled
Changed refresh rate
Tried installing a older version of graphics driver

Not sure what possible things I could do..

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I'm operating on an outdated machine and recently had Windows 7 installed when support for XP ran out. I also had a new hard drive installed and moved all my data to it, while leaving only the OS on the main drive, hoping to improve performance.
A few months ago, I noticed that performance started to drop at random times. I eventually discovered that it seemed to be tied to an instance of svchost.exe becoming increasingly huge until the flimsy 1.92 gigabytes of operating RAM I'm working with began to choke. I have no real idea of what the process is tied to, or what's causing it to behave like this. It sometimes occurs when I'm watching videos, browsing Firefox, or playing World of Warcraft, and each time it affects performance rather violently. Usually it eventually subsides, but I have no idea why. I don't know if this is a virus or simply a crappy program leaking memory. I've seen it go up to 1.1 gig of processing power in the task manager.
My computer runs worse now than it did before the upgrade, and it's a pain in the neck.
I had planned to simply post a Hijackthis! log and have people in the know tell me what doesn't belong, but apparently that is verboten.

A:svchost.exe balloons up and causes huge performance issues

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scr... Read more

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I just bought a new laptop yesterday, so there's no bugs or anything on it. All I've done is check my gmail, install an the antivirus program Best Buy gave me, and try to install some of my audio recording software (Adobe Audition and Guitar Port).
And that is where my problem starts.
My old computer had windows xp on it, and it ran my software just fine.
Now with this brand new computer, it won't install.
I get just past the part where you agree with all their license stuff,
and then suddenly it tells me, "Setup has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly." And then it just closes the program.
I bought this software in 2007, so I hope it isn't "too old" for Windows 7 or something...

A:Brand new Windows 7 not installing software

Run it in compatibility mode

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All this techie stuff is Latin to me. So bear with me. I took Spanish in high school.

1. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505. I bought it used 4 years ago.
2. I am installing a brand new hard drive, fresh out of the box.
3. The drive that died on me was a Seagate Momentus 7200.1, 100GB, 7200 RPM, Firmware 8.04
4. I went online to best buy and micro center, but am in the dark regarding the driver interface. Since the laptop is pretty much dead in the water, how can I determine the it? I'll need to know that before I walk up to the kid in the store, right?
5. As soon as you tell me what I need to buy, I'll install it and then have some questions about installing Windows XP.

Thanks in advance,


A:Installing a brand new hard drive, what's next?

Hey Patrick,

Yes you check what the problem is in your lap before buying the HDD. So,
Does the laptop turns on without the hard disk? If so a message should appear there is no boot device.
If the lap works fine without the hard disk well you should buy the new one.
If the lap is pretty much dead well it is probably dead from every circuit on it.

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I just recieved my new Dell dimernsion 4600 and wanted to install an Optorite DVD+/-RW that I just purchased. The burner reads and writes in both cd and DVD. My new Dell came only with a CD ROM drive. I am wanting to know if there would be an advantage to keeping the new Dell CD-ROM drive in my computer or should I just install the DVD burner in its place.

THanks for your assistance. I am definitely new at installing hardware so any tips about the installation process would be very helpful

A:installing DVD burner on my brand new dell

If the CDROM is on the secondary IDE cable, install the DVDRW on the same cable as the CDROM. Make the DVDRW master and the CDROM slave.

This way you can do on the fly CD to CD copying.

At the end of the year you can replace the CDROM with one of those Dual layer DVD 16x drives that are supposed to be coming out.

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The issue: I lent my laptop to a non-computer-friendly friend who accidentally downloaded a lot of spyware and malware disguised as things like "PC Health Care". I removed most (if not all) of these suspicious programs through the "Add/Remove/Change Programs" in Control Panel, and also ran an AVG scan which didn't pick anything up. I'm quite sure that there's still traces of the virus or spyware still on the computer because it's running slowly, and I'll need to refresh the page several times in order to get it to connect to the internet (connected via wifi). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. Copy and paste the HijackThis log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 00:41:08, on 08/02/2014
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\SoftPlanet Software Assistant\spassist.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgidsagent.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2014\avgwdsvc.exe
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Hi, allow me to explain why the below copy/paste is messy.
It's because I'd been having issues with both HP 6L, and now HP 5L printers. My issues practically mimic problems cited by the below OP. So for clarity, I culled the below from within a thread on a support forum affiliated with microsoft.

The below posters were helping each other, since Microsoft's moderator wasn't. The below represents some key solutions which I culled out of a zillion posts on that thread.

Since the numerous proposed solutions are mind boggling,
...is there anyone quite technical here who can help sift out the wheat from the chaff, and prioritize the best solutions below (arranging them from best-to-worst?



This has been going on for way too long. It's been happening with XP and now Vista. It happens with several different printers from several different manufacturers. It happens most recently with my Lexmark Vista compat. printer.

Print jobs won't print; but, when you try to delete the print job, it just stays there. Cancel does nothing. Delete does nothing. Stopping the spooler via services does nothing. Powering off the printer then re-powering does nothing. Rebooting does nothing. After everything...still...."1 document pending". It won't go away. The only way to fix it is to delete the printer and re-install. This is getting really flippin' old!

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A:Microsoft printing issues - huge list of fixes???

What, exactly, is your problem with your computer?

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After debugging the issue for a while it seems that my X395 keyboard has huge issues which are hopefully fixable via BIOS/similar upgrade. Was hoping if anyone else with swedish/finnish (maybe german?) keyboard has same kind of issues. The things I have noticedRight shift + DCU produces DUC as output very consistently when typed fastLeft shift + DCU produces DCU as expectedSome 3-key combinations do not work at allLeft shift + windowskey + right arrow does not workRight shift + windowskey + right arrow worksDo I have a faulty keyboard or is this a larger issue? Can it be fixed by BIOS update?

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I have/had a virus whereby logging in,upon startup i would have an internet page that apparently cannot display the page, it is full screen and i cant load or get rid of it and it even closes down task mgr.

i started avast and mwab in safemode and the problem wasnt solved, even got worse, programs dont display properly, start menu doesnt display, i right click and all i see is small icons and no text.

Anyway i somehow managed to get ccleaner open and checked the processes that run on startup, and this was one

Program: xwxrauhfkdfyodt
File Path:C:\ProgramData\vwxrauf.exe

i disabled this and tried to login and the blank internet page didnt load but the dodgy display is still and cant get the start menu to work and worse, nothing is picked up in scans...?

Any help would be great


A:found vwxrauhf.exe running - causing huge issues

I have seen some similar issues at work.

You could try the following

1. Delete the .exe
2. Click Start >> type MSCONFIG >> Click the Startup tab >> Un-Check that .exe if it is listed there
3. Click Start >> type regedit >> Click Edit >> Find >> search for that .exe and remove any entries
4. Reboot and see if the problem exists
4a -- If not i would still run precautionary scans using:Full system scan with your Anti-Virus
SUPERAntiSpyware | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware download

Hope this helps.


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There are 2 basic types of hard drive that most people will want to install.

They are 1 - Pata, also called ide and ata. Easy to recognise as they have a large 40pin socket and jumper settings.

And 2 - Sata, both sata 1 and 2 are set up in the same way. They are easy to recognise as they don't have a 40 way socket but have a 4 way instead.

There are also scsi hard drives but i doubt may people will be using them so i will not be dealing with them in this post!!

Pata - Pata's will connect via a 40 way data cable that has 2 plugs on it excluding the one that plugs into the mobo.

It is VERY VERY important to get the jumper settings correct or THEY WILL NOT WORK!!!!

There are 3 basic jumper settings, cable select, master, and slave.
The easiest way to set them up is to use cable select. The mobo itself will then assign master and slave as it sees fit. Usually it will set the drive on the end plug as master and the other one as a slave.

If you are running more than 1 pata drive on the same cable then you must insure they are both set to cable select or that 1 is set to master and 1 is set to slave. Having both set to master WILL NOT WORK, and having both set to slave WILL NOT WORK.

Once that is set correctly most mobo's will be happy and boot fine, if yours doesn't then you will need to check the bois settings. The instructions for doing this will be in your mobo manual!!!

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A:If you are installing a brand new hard drive then please read this!!!

One minor correction to avoid potential confusion. It's really a 40 pin, 80 wire cable. Most will know what you mean, however.

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First of all, can I say that I am somewhat computer illiterate, but I am determined.

I recently purchased a new desktop computer, the specs are:

Intel Core i7 2700K CPU - 3.5GHz
Gigabyte / Asus Z68 Motherboard
16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM
1TB SATA3 7200RPM Hard Disk
BluRay Combo Drive(LG)
2 x ATI HD6970 2GB PCI-e in Crossfire configuration
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case
Thermaltake Tough Power XT 875W PSU

Now it comes time to install windows 7 professional, so I purchase a copy of the OEM version (because I'm stingy).

When I put the DVD in the drive it boots straight away and it comes up with a black screen that says "Windows is loading files........." . The bar on the screen loads and then it says "Starting Windows", after that a blue screen with some leaves and what looks like a very small bird appears in what I am assuming is meant to be the start of the windows 7 professional setup screen, however nothing comes up and after a while (5 minutes or so) my computer restarts and it's groundhog day (has been doing it for the last 3 hours).

Can anyone help me?

A:Problem installing windows 7 on brand new desktop

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Hi guys,

I'm replacing a dead hard drive from my dell dimension pc with a brand new hard drive. I have an xp installation cd, can somebody remind me of the steps I need take to prepare my new hard drive (once it's all plugged in) for the installation of XP. Haven't done this in ages so would really appreciate a reminder!



A:Installing XP on brand new hard drive... need a reminder!

This is all you need to know friend. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...nstxpclean1.htm

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I would like to install a ssd to my new IdeaCentre 510-15ABR. Is there the ability to install a ssd or would I have to invest in a hybrid ?

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I would like to install a ssd to my new IdeaCentre 510-15ABR. Is there the ability to install a ssd or would I have to invest in a hybrid ?

A:Lenovo IdeaCentre 510-15ABR - installing an SSD for brand

A SSD is no different from a regular spinning drive to the computer , and per the Hardware Maintenance Manual for your model, you can add a M.2 SSD storage drive (see page 34 of Hardware maintenance manual) in addition to the drive you already have if it is a spinner  in the storage bay, so there is no reason to go with a hybrid, and I believe one additional storage bay is available on that model as well that can accept an addition 3.5" drive, or even a 2.5" HDD or SSD drive (with 3.5"-2.5" adapter) as shown on page 37. Cheers, 

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The actual problem I am encountering is that I get a "asms file is needed" message and I have no idea what to do from here. I investigated several threads that my search took me to but the threads have been closed and I didnt find and solutions. I have the original WXP pro install disc and SP2 & SP3. I am not at all PC savvy so I need help with what to do from here. Can someone please help?

A:Trouble installing WinXP pro on brand new drive

Is that an actual XP Pro CD, and is it XP original or XP SP1?

If you've installed a new hard drive, it needs to be formatted before you can install XP Pro in it.

The XP Pro CD does all the work - if that's what you have.


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I am trying to install Spore and in the middle of the installation it gives me a CRC Error! I think it's either the CDROM Drive or a bad spot on the hardisk because other new games will install fine. No scratches on disk and a used CDROM?

HELP!! This is frustrating!
Thank you!

A:CRC Erorr message installing brand new Game

CRC is a mean of verifying the integrity of the data. The content of the data that's written on the drive is compared to a reference data. Could be an error on the CD, with the CD drive or on the hard drive but an overheating cpu or a failing ram stick can also cause read/write errors.

See if you can install the game on another computer to check whether it's the CD or your computer that's in cause. If it installs fine on another computer come back and report here.

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a little while ago my hard disk broke so i just bought a new one to replace it.

now im just a little concerned about my windows XP activation key. if i use the same key i used on the old (and now broken) drive, will it still work on my new drive? or do i have to buy another copy or something to get it working?

ive tried a dozen things to get my old drive back in order but nothing worked so i threw it out. i know that i cant use the same key on multiple machines but im just wondering will Windows be able to recognise the fact that im upgrading now?


A:HDD broke, installing windows on a brand new drive

give it a try worse thing is you will have to call ms and explain to them what happened and see if they will five ypu a new key

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Hi im a returning user. I got a problem Today as i logged in into my computer it said there was and error loading the profile. So i clicked OK and logged in. It didn't logg in so I shut down my computer and tryed to log in again and it worked. Once i logged in everything was gone!! blank zip! vanished into thin air!!! My desktop only had recycle bin and ie8 it was like I had gotten this computer for the first time! Now alst night I was on my computer on youtube watching videos and it worked fine. NOW THIS I AM FED UP WITH PC"S!!!! Please help. Thanks.


Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will s... Read more

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Hi, (This is my first post on these forums, tried Tom's Hardware countless times but have got no where)

Please be patient as this is a huge post

Around October last year I built my first PC (I'm 17) and was chuffed to finally fit the final piece of the puzzle, i.e. installing Windows. I opted for an upgrade package of my old copy, first installing 32bit Windows 7 Professional then immediately installing 64bit upgrade over the top (both 100% genuine). My system features two storage drives, one Sandisk 128GB SSD (OS Drive) and a 1TB Seagate data drive, both of which function great.

I went about installing the OS by obviously inserting the containing media, booting into it and everything as normal. I then proceeded to boot into my new install, which worked great, but thought of a problem. My PC has over 50GB of music and 10GB of photos to be copied onto it, I did not want these on my shiny new SSD as it seemed a waste of super-fast capacity. So I did some research and came across a guide detailing how it was possible to move the 'Users' directory from the OS drive to a secondary drive, a process that involved booting into Audit Mode and running a batch file (attached to this post as a txt file). I'd recommend opening in Notepad++ as indents aren't visible in default. User folder script.txt

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A:Huge issues with Windows Installer, Backup, Firewall and services

Wow ... lots to read there. Let me see if I can help.

First, let it go about SSD drives. You do NOT have to babysit SSD drives. They will not wear out okay? Yes, in 10 years it may be no good, but who cares! Some poor OCD soul on the internet has affected your smart young mind.

Second, reinstall windows on to your SSD and make it your boot drive. When you get it working how you want, then you can keep your big data (that won't fit) on the other drive. Personally, I have two SSD drives, one for booting and one for data.

If you want to remap the User folder, do so because of wanting to separate your data, NOT to preserve drives. The reason I have data on another drive is so I can easily reinstall windows from an image (ghost file) I have of it.

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Hi all. Running Vista Ult 64 SP1, IE-7.

Until this morning all was fine, until I noticed that my RAM usage keeps climbing and climbing upon boot. I opened TM, and there is an instance of iexplore.exe *32 running, and that is waht is causing this huge memory climb. It also is affecting my CPU usage, which gets up to about 91%. Once I end task the service, all is fine. If I open IE, I see the iexplore.exe *32 appear in the TM, but it's fine - no mem climb. It's only upon boot that this happens.

I have done a virus scan - nothing.
I have checked msconfig - nothing there.
I have checked services.msc to see if there is something wierd set to startup - couldn't see anything.
I checked the registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\Run - nothing there either.
I have done a system restore to a month ago, didn't help.

I am running a classic theme, and superfetch is turned off.

I am out of ideas as to where to look next.

I searched the internet a bit, and found some answers like, "d/l this .exe and run it!"....I am a little leary of doing that.

Anyone with any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

A:iexplore.exe *32 all of a sudden causing huge memory issues upon boot

Hello riffwraith and welcome to the forums

Let's see where this thing is running from, then we can decide whether it's legit or not I would like you to download a script, SilentRunners.vbs, and run it. If you want to check the legitimacy of this script, just google "silentrunners malware removal forum" and you'll get hundreds of pages of malware removal experts using it.

Go to this page: Silent Runners - Adware? Disinfect, don't reformat!
Download the script.
Right click > Run as administrator

It should open a log upon completion of all of the possible startup locations on your computer, could you please copy and paste the results into your next post for us?


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Hi, I am having some issues with a brand new Windows 10 build. It was built at a local shop and the first thing we did once we realized there was a problem was take it back and have them check the hardware. They say that the hardware is all fine and the issue we are having is software related.

The issue is that at all times the CPU is being loaded heavily. This is with zero intensive programs running in the background. The processes that are the main culprits taking between 10%-40% of available CPU resources are Service Host:Local Service(Network Restricted) and Service Host: Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. I have tried many of the common solutions online (Disabling superfetch, Fixing memory leak, Audio Drivers, running chkdsk,) all to no avail.

Here are the full system specs.

Intel i7 7700K
Asus Prime Z270-A
Kingston Hyper X Fury 2133 32GB
Samsung 960 Pro 512GB
EVGA 1080Ti FTW3

Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated!

A:Brand New Build Issues

Ended up figuring out that one of the default drivers that windows installed for a complex sound card/line in setup was causing the issues. Removed and updated it and it fixed the problem! If anyone else has this problem, boot to safe mode to see if its a driver issue and if it is just start eliminating drivers one by one.

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I got my new Lenovo H50-55 desktop less than two weeks ago, but I've run into quite a few problems so far. The first ones were minor -- I got two blue screens of death in the first week of using it, but my sister updated some drivers and it hasn't happened again yet. It also once suddenly disconnected from the internet for no apparent reason (and I checked my other devices and it was an issue with the desktop, not our internet itself) and troubleshooting didn't help, so I had to restart it to get it to work. As I said, these issues are minor and haven't happened often, so I'm not too concerned about them. But today, I put it on sleep mode while I went to use my laptop. When I came back a couple hours later, it had shut itself off. I put it on sleep mode every time I stop using it and this has never happened before. I tried turning it back on, but nothing showed up on the monitor at all, and the fan was being extremely loud. I've tried turning it off and back on again twice and both issues persist.

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Recently (about one month ago) I purchased a new, pre-built computer in Germany. It's a Packard Bell iPower X9097. It's pretty much the best thing a gamer can wish for, hence the nightmare it became. It had Windows Vista Home Premium which, I recon, is the source of some of the problems.
The first thing I noticed with it was the fact that internet browsing had gone completely hay-wire - I typed www.google.com in the browser, but another page started loading and never entirely finished loading; it only displayed most of the text on the page, without any frames, pictures, anything that comprises a modern day web-page.
The next problem surfaced after I reinstalled the whole system (from the recovery dvd), hoping that it would somehow solve the internet thing - the sound has gone down; It was as if I had no driver for my sound card. I tried updating the driver (sort of), but it appears to be the latest version available.
And last but not least, no game that was released after 1999 works. :| Imagine buying a PC for the sole purpose of gaming, but not one game would run on it. The games crash, either at the start of the introduction movie or after a few seconds into the game (if I canceled the movie). Nice, huh?

Do any of you guys have any idea what I should do to make the PC work like it's supposed to?

A:Big issues on brand new computer

"Windows Vista Home Premium " is NOT a issue here, as the differences should NOT affect what you are doing.

What had you added and/or remove from this machine before adding these games?

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