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Not Sure if My Dell is Dying or Which Part of it is Dying - Please Help!

Q: Not Sure if My Dell is Dying or Which Part of it is Dying - Please Help!

I'm trying to work out if my Dell desktop computer (a strong XPS 8700) is dying or not, or if it is just one component that needs replacement (my preference). The computer is high-performance but 3 1/2 years old. It has not always been turning on the first time when I press the power button and this problem seems to be getting progressively worse. Today, it would not load some web pages (it loaded some but not others), and one program stalled and would not stop even with End Task. I already ran the full start-up diagnostics and apparently everything was fine. I also did a full scan with Kaspersky Total Security (the strongest version) and apparently everything was fine there as well. Please help! Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Not Sure if My Dell is Dying or Which Part of it is Dying - Please Help!

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Hi Can someone help me out here? I have a dell dimension 2350 ..when I turn it on windows (xp home edition) attempts to start but thats all it does it does not start it stays there..I went in threw the f 10 key and did a system test everything passed except two test errors that were ide cdrom confedence test result code 0f00-133 d this was posted on the screen twice,,,What does this mean? thank you

A:Dying Dell

You may want to try and press "F8" as the computer is booting
-This will take you to an advanced start up page where you can try some different boot options to troubleshoot your problem here.

TRY SAFE MODE FIRST

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Hi guys my Dell with xp is dying.. i think i got a lot of viruses and spyware. Norton wont remove some.My internet is being slowed, and my pc is real slow.Yeah i know she is old, but she can perform better!You guys have helped me before, and fixed all my issues, so any help appreciated!!STeve Edit: Moved topic from Windows 95/98/ME to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Dell XP dying!!

sounds like you need to do a reinstall of the OS.

If you dont have the Disks...well...you are done. Microsoft i think just ended support for Windows 2000 last year.

If you do, i personally have never reinstalled anything other than Windows Xp and later versions. My only logical guess would be to boot from the disk drive, and then follow prompts, if any come up.

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDjFIjx183A
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

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Hi there!I have a Dell Prec. M6500 laptop.Specs: i5 580m ,4gigs ram, Quadro FX 2800M.This is the problem:  
I can't really describe the situation well ,but let the video speak for itself. I had problems with strange artifacts,blank screen and such ,but undeclocking the gpu and some light slaps under the screen(no joke) always solved them.This particular phenomenon which I'm dealing with has started after a  3minute stress test on the gpu with FurMark(I wanted to see the temps so I could decide if a thermal paste replacement and heatsink cleaning is due or not).I disassembled the laptop ,replaced thermal place ,reseated cpu and gpu AAAND IT WORKS!!Or at least worked for a minute or two ,then started to do the same thing that is in the video.Any ideas what could be the solution?Maybe a new cable to the screen could solve it?New GPU? Or should I just sell it as faulty laptop or parts and move on? Honestly I really love this machine ,even though it is a pain in the *** to carry around and I can't really use the GPU because I get blank screened.Feel free to write a comment ,even if you just want to tell I'm a retard or something.You guys really didn't help me with my other post ,but hopefully someone cares and knows something I don't.Thanks in advance.

A:Dell Precision M6500 GPU or LCD dying?

Hi csoul23,
Thanks for posting.
Apologies that your computer is not working as expected.
Have you tried running system diagnostics yet?  You can run them by pressing F12 at startup, or by using Dell Support Assist.  Please make a note of any errors and contact Tech Support for further troubleshooting.  You can contact Tech Support at 1-800-624-9896  or 1-800-288-4410, or you can initiate a chat session http://dell.to/2v4snVm .

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The internal "button' battery is dying. Can anyone help with battery specs and how to install it without electrocuting myself?
 

A:Dell Latitude D600 battery dying

Instructions for replacing the battery are in the first two links, and a source for the battery in the third.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd600/sm/begin.htm#1421773
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd600/sm/reserve.htm#1123951
http://www.impactcomputers.com/d1004.html
 

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I have a 4 year-old Dell Studio 1537 laptop that I have babied and taken good care of. As soon as warranty ran out, I split it open, cleaned it out and tightened hinges etc. All of the internals are still running fine (HDD, motherboard, Wifi, webcam, etc.), however, in the last few months, the LCD has taken on an unfortunate attribute.

It has magenta/reddish lines going horizontally across the screen that can be manipulated by tapping on the sides of the display. Because of this observation, I'm quite sure it's not a software issue. I just took it all apart today and thought it might be the ribbon cable on the back of the LCD that has to be touching the conductive metal at the bottom of the back of the display. I tried to secure with some creative taping as its adhesiveness has worn away. I checked the ribbon cable's connections and found those all secure.

Again, everything is displaying fine on the display, it just has the magenta lines covering the screen. From the looks of it, it is not an inverter issue.

Here is a video of the brute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6jMVriWjJI&feature=youtu.be

Any ideas?
 

A:Dell Studio 1537 LCD Screen Dying

I cant imagine any software causing that.It could be that the screen itself has had it or a bad video or graphics card.The best thing would be to take it somewhere and find out exactly what the problem is and go from there.
 

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I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex 745 PC with XP Pro installed for cheap. Got it on the 6th, hooked it up on the 10th when I had a dedicated monitor, and began setting it up. Installed Super anti Spyware, a couple other minor programs, and some games, didn't take it online yet.

Now 2 days after I get it, I power down and get a BSOD on shutdown. Reboot, schedule chkdsk to run on restart, and it gets through the first 4 steps okay but hangs on step 5. Reboot, shut down, restart, now the desktop won't load. Restart into safe mode, try to run system restore... fails. It fails system restore 3 times.

I check event viewer and see a pile of errors, all suggesting bad blocks on the HDD. So great, just bought this, HDD is going bad. It started showing errors yesterday, but piled them up today. This is what HD Tune gave me. Almost 30% bad, running rather hot.


I have a backup HDD I can swap with- a WD 500 GB. This PC takes a SATA HDD so it'll be no problem to stick it in. That is, until I go through the process of a fresh XP install plus manually installing the Dell drivers in their proper order since I didn't get any recovery disks with this computer.

HOWEVER... while I can assume the HDD is old and going bad from age, could anything else have caused this? I don't want to stick in a new HDD and find it's dying after 2 days either. It apparently showed no errors for the refurbisher and may have even passed their own tests(event viewer shows nothing from when they worked on it)... Read more

A:Dell Optiplex 745- HDD is dying only days after I bought it

A further update-

I messed around with BIOS settings to ensure boot order should I need to fresh install. As for the HDD, Windows took long to boot and just leaving the PC to sit idle in an air conditioned room, the HDD temp is up to 49 C sitting idle. Meanwhile, my W7 Gateway which has been in use all day is still no hotter than 33 C.

Provided I put in a new HDD, should I invest in a PCI slot fan for extra cooling? This Dell has one fan in the front and another in the PSU(I think) and I think it's insufficient- granted, the hot HDD could be a result of it failing, it may be working harder, or maybe it's just a crappy brand of drive.

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Hi,

My laptop shuts down at random intervals--although I think it is more based on the heat coming from the power than a Windows error. I have taken the battery out and just use it with the plug. Also when I try to do a disk cleanup it hangs up at the compress old files part and does not move past that and then usually shuts down. I ran a full McAfee scan yesterday and nothing was found. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:41:05 PM, on 12/20/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcmscsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\BCMSMMSG.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee\mna\mcnasvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\AccessDirect\dadapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1194194865\ee\AOLSoftware.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\VIRUSS~1\mcods.exe
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A:Dell Inspirion 1150 Laptop--dying a slow death?

Replying to my own thread here---where else can I access the old files and clear them myself instead of having the PC get hung up on disk cleanup?? Argh!!!!

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I am wondering if there is some software available to transfer all of my current by dying system to my new system.  I tried PC mover and it only transferred about 20% of my information and left enormous amounts of data and programs behind of which almost all were free type software.

Would appreciate any assistance

A:software transfer from old dying windows 10 system to new Dell windows 10 sytem

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Hey folks,
I recently added a NIC card to my comp because the one on my motherboard wouldn't work preoperly. Everything was fine for a few days but then my graphics card began to play up. The top of the display was fine, but the bottom three quarters was a cross between grey and odd colours. I took the NIC card out thinking I had overloaded the graphics card, turned it on and all was fine. Then after 5 minutes it began to play up again, but only when I was burning a DVD. I think it's the PSU as it's 2 and a half years old, I don't think it's pumping out enough juice for everything. The problem is gradually getting worst.

Would you recomend a PSU change or do you know if it's something else. Your help is appreciated.

ED

A:Is my PSU dying?

Hi Ed and welcome to Vista Forums

It's possible, but unlikely. What has probably happened is that you have knocked your graphics card when inserting the NIC card, with the result that it is no longer seated correctly in its slot. What I suggest is that you remove the card, blow the slot out to remove any dust and then reinsert the card securely. If your motherboard has onboard graphics, you might also like to try using that prior to reinstalling the graphics card just in case the card is failing. If the graphics problem disappears when you use the onboard graphics but return when you use the card, then the card has most likely failed.

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Hi All
Help!!
Apologies if this has been posted before, but I need an answer and I am sure some one has it.

Running Vista 64 Home Prem
ASUS P5Q pro board
Intel 2.4 quad processor
8gb RAM
DVD & CD-RW
FDD
5 internal SATA HDD, 2 set as Mirrored RAID Array
3 external HDD's 2x Maxtor 1tb and 1 x 350gb Sumo - USB 2 connected
Various other USB items and one 7 port hub

Problem:

Cannot connect or power up more than one external drive at a time, if I do, Vista 'hangs' or asks for USB device driver - as these are plug n play peripherals - no drivers.

or

External drive comes alive then hibernates after a short time on awakening - Vista looses connectivity with the drive. In explorer is idtenifies the drive as 'local drive' click on this and it then tries to re-format that drive.

I think it is a driver issue but cannot nail down the problem.

Have downloaded KB941600 x 64 but Vista won't allow install as it 'is not suitable for my system' marvelous.

Driver detective? Waste of time and money in my opinion - could update USB Hub drivers as these are proprietory supplied - Microsoft I pressume. So, left with achieving backups to external drives by plugging one at a time executing backup and moving to the next drive etc. Pain!!

Any ideas would be most appreciated thanks.
Oh PSU 700w OCZ

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My son's computer is dying.

It locked up suddenly yesterday while he was browsing the PBS Kids website, which he has done countless number of times. Nothing would revive the computer from its frozen state, so my wife had to do a cold boot.

It took a long time before booting, but it never booted up to even the BIOS screen. The power would come on, with the fans whirling and the lights coming on in the case, but only for 3-5 seconds. Then it would power off on its own, and a few seconds later, the power would cycle on again on its own.

It would keep cycling like this forever until I kept the power button on the case depressed to manually power down the computer.

I thought for sure it's a problem with a dying PSU, so I got a new PSU. I built this system in 2008, so it's been many years after all. I replaced the PSU this evening, and the problem persisted.

Does it mean that I have a dying motherboard?

A:Dying PC

I am buying a new CPU, motherboard, and memory for this computer.

What do you think of the parts? It's not meant to be a top-of-the-line gaming PC, but a respectable one.

I am keeping the GTX 460, the new PSU, the HDD and DVD drive, and the case.

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Hi all,

I'm not very computer literate so i hope i make sense. I'm having a lot of probs with my pc just shutting down....

Last week whilst playing warcraft my game ended abruptly with an error (not a server disconnect) This happened a few times.

For the last few days something new happens... while playing warcraft only my pc will shut down... as if i've pulled the plug. It used to auto load again but i changed this so it will give me an error message and this is what i get

A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to
| your computer.
|
| If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen restart your
| computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:... See more
|
| Check to make sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified
| in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for
| updates. Try changing video adapters.
|
| Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory
| options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove
| or disable components, restart your computer, Press F8 to select advanced
| startup options and then select safe mode.
|
| Technical Information:
|
| ***STOP:0x0000007E(0x0000005, 0xBF22af86, 0xAA28CA70, OXAA28C76C)
|
| ***ati3duag.dll-address (forgot to write this down )
|
| Beginning dump of physical memory.
| Physical memory dump complete.
| Contact your system administrator or technical support g... Read more

A:my pc is dying :(

Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (space between k and /) and hit Enter. Type Y in response to new screen and hit Enter.

Uninstall the ATI video drivers, including all ATI software that is reflected in Add/Remove Programs..

Reboot the system, chkdsk /r will execute.

After system boots into XP, install ATI drivers.

Louis

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Some time ago, I posted on this forum that my pc freezed often for no apparent reason.

It turned out that my motherboard was melted.

I changed it, and got a brand new one. Also changed processor and videocard.
After few days my machine shut down by itself, and didnt turned on anyomore.

So I brought it to a technician I knew and he got us a brand new (more powerful) Power supply (the older one was crappy, as you tech support folks said to me).

Everything worked like a charm for a week or two.
This morning, it shut down by itself, and I wasnt able to turn it on again immidiatly, but only after several minutes.

What is happening and what should I do?
Sorry for my poor english, Im not a native-speaker

A:My pc is dying (again)

What's the new power supply unit like? Open the case and post back with the details from the PSU label (make, watts, amps) and your full system specs.

Example of PSU label:


Download Sensors View and post a screenshot of its readings from when you first switch on, and another after you've run some programs for a while.

When you fitted the new CPU did you reapply some thermal paste? Instructions

Blow any dust out from your case with a can of compressed air, especially around the fans and heatsink. How are your case fans positioned and are they all spinning and unobstructed?

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I don't know if this is a Vista problem, or just a general problem, but it never happened when I had XP so here goes...

Every time I close an internet window, the whole thing dies. A little thingy comes up saying "Windows Internet Explorer has stopped working", then it tells me it's searching for a solution to the problem...and then it closes all the other windows. Which is particularly annoying when you're a student trying to research something and end up losing that really good website you just found. It means that I end up with a hopelessly cluttered desktop with about ten internet windows up, but I can't close them because if I do, the whole thing goes.

A friend of mine has Vista, but it doesn't happen to her. Is it just me? Is there anything I can do to make it stop doing this?

Thanks a lot!
 

A:My net keeps dying...

Ysgrifenna said:

Is there anything I can do to make it stop doing this?Click to expand...
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
 

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I've noticed the performance lacking on my pc. It wont run newer games like fallout 3 and mass effect anymore. They used to work just fine. now mass effect crashes on launch, and fallout 3 crashes constantly and has screwy graphics. Can anyone tell me whats going on and what I can do to fix it?

specs:
Windows Vista SP1 32-bit
Core2 Quad Q9300 (@ 2.50 GHz 2.49 GHz)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
4.0 GB ram
I don't know that much about computers either, so keep that in mind
 

A:my pc is dying on me

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hi

i got a new 250gb drive recently and installed it in place of an older 80gb one. i reinstalled windows, transferred my data, and the drive worked fine, for about a month until now. it just quits spinning sometimes. i can hear it click off. and sometimes the BIOS won't list the drive. i've also noticed that giving the drive a little tap will cause it to restart. i've checked the power cables, theyre fine. securely plugged and the voltages are good to.

should i rma it?
 

A:new HD dying?

Yes your hard drive is going up. What's happening is, the read arm is falling onto the plate. By tapping the HD, you cause the arm to come back up off the plate, which allows the plate to resume spinning. If you don;t know what I;m talking about, think about a record player. The inside of a hard drive is for all intents and purposes identical.
 

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am running xp prowith athlon 2800+with 120 gig hd it started slowing down
just a little at first and then shutting of and rebooting itself to show an error
message saying windows has recovered fron a critical error then would be alright for a while . now it is that slow it wont even open a prog i put a smaller HD in 40 gig and it worked alright just a little slower than normal
did a clean install on the 120 gig HD AND IT WAS NO DIFFERENT AT ALL
TOOK AGES TO BOOT UP AND SHUT DOWN I thought it could be the drive
but when i tried yet another HD a 60 gig this time it was no different so then i tried slaving the 60 gig off the 40 gig which id had in a previous set up
i got a blue screen + white writing saying windows has closed down to
safegaurd your computer so it seems anything over 40 gig is to much
for it IS MY PROCESSOR KAPUTC,P,U USAGES ARE CONFUSING
hd task usage
40G IDLE 0__5%
100GIG IDLE 80__95%
120 GIG IDLE 100%
40 GIG BURNING AUDIO CD 30 __50%
40 GIG BURNING D.V.D 0__14%
 

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My PC recently got a fairly nasty virus (W32-Sinowal-based Maximus! or something along those lines) so we had to get it wiped. A few days later, my computer was all messed up again. I can only boot up in Safe Mode, my sound doesn't work, and it is running slower than normal. I need to find out if I have another virus (although the guy who fixed it downloaded Norton Anti-Virus and it seemed fine for a few days) or if maybe my computer is just dying. It's about three years old and apparently it was outdated before we even bought it. Is there any way the virus could have affected the computer's hard drive or whatever (yeah, I don't quite know what I'm talking about) or have I maybe gotten another virus? No clue what is going on, so any help is appreciated.

A:I think my PC is dying....

Well, let's verify that you haven't gotten another virus.

To get Expert Help with malware removal:

I recommend that you read this article… ( Simply, click on the links to be re-directed.)

"Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First steps;

IMPORTANT - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

Please follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information; as instructed, in the HiJackThis Log Help Forum.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

Please ensure that you create a new thread in the HiJackThis Log Help Forum; not back here in this one.

IMPORTANT - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

When carrying out The 5 Steps,

If you cannot complete any of them for whatever reason, just continue on with the next one until they are all completed.

However, it is extremely important to make mention of the fact that you could not complete any of the steps in your post to HiJackThis Log Help Forum.

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

Where an Analyst will assist you with other workarounds.

Once done, please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

If they verify that your system is clean, and it still has problems, please report back here and we can help you further.

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Hey guys,

I think my PC is a ticking timebomb. Question is, I don't know what is causing it. Here's what my problem is.

Firstly, my specs are:
E8400 Core 2 Duo 3Ghz
2GB DDR2 667 RAM
8800GTS
250GB Sata HDD.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2L

Now it started a few weeks ago, when my PC would get really stressed out while playing CoD4 and my PC would make a clicking noise from inside. It didn't concern me too much until recently it's been acting really bad.
A couple of days ago my BIOS Detected no IDE drives, hence asking me to insert system disk. This was strange, and I immediately thought about the CMOS battery. So I replaced it with a brand new battery and all was fine, and I just put all the CMOS settings back to normal. However, when the PC would freeze up, it had to be turned off at the button, and so I did. And when I booted up my PC, it gave me the same error about inserting a system disk, while detecting no IDE drives. Stumped, I just replaced the battery AGAIN with the OLD one, and the computer booted up fine. Now it's been happening frequently, and I can barely play my COD4 now because it keeps freezing while in-game, all the time, and my PC is clicking inside. However while I look at my Vista Sidebar (32 bit) I notice that even though my PC is freezing (explorer.exe, iexplore.exe, steam.exe, and the rest), my CPU and RAM isn't maxed out - with the CPU only maxing up at about 50% and the RAM maxing at 70%. Then yesterday my whole PC froze, an... Read more

A:I think I have a dying PC...

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Ok. Here's a rundown of what has been happening:

It started with receiving the blue screen of death code : Page Fault in Non Paged Area
I had accidentally shut down the computer during an update, but had restarted it and finished the update.
Then programs started to crash easily, like firefox and chrome. The Steam client and games also crash.
CPU performance seems to always have it running at 100% on both cores, whereas usually they're both at 2%.
Lastly, when booting up it stayed on the same beginning screen showing Asus for 5 minutes, until it delivered the start up tune again and proceeded to start up as usual.

I have used the memory utility to check the RAM.
I have done the file format checking time and time again.
I have scanned the system with several times with Norton.

I have not installed anything as far as hardware goes. Software, nothing except for maybe a game.

My next thought is just to attempt a repair install with the disc it came with.

Here are my system's stats:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152621 MB, Free - 20114 MB; D: Total - 142620 MB, Free - 131611 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. , M70Vm , 1.0 , BSN12345678901234567
Antivirus: Nor... Read more

A:It's dying on me...

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Hi,

I am having a problem with my PC, which is running Win 2000.

I think my PSU had a loose connection, as if my knee ever knocked the tower it would restart. One evening the computer wouldn't boot, the light was on but nothing happened and there was no beep, which signals the PC starting up. In short, I damaged the PSU further trying to get the computer to start. I have since replaced the PSU with a higher watt and it booted up and it seemed ok for a day or two. However, after Call of Duty crashed, it has just died again and wouldn't boot up at all.

I'm very worried that the PC could die on me permanently and would like to try and identify the problem. Here are the things that I think might be causing it:

1) Linked to Call of Duty crashing?
2) Device manager is showing that Multimedia Video Controller driver is unknown
3) Hard drive failure
4) Bad memory stick
 

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Hello all!
Today, I turned on my PC as always. I was in the room next to the PC, and it striked as odd the Windows startup sound wasn't playing. I came back to check, and a message appeared regarding Analyzing and Repairing my E unit, a secondary drive. This drive was old, but kept going strong for some years, until (it seems) today. The drive was working flawlessly yesterday's night.

The checkup finished and Windows launched. There was my desktop, still intact, but in order to check things out, I tried to access the file explorer. Disk E was listed, but didn't show any remaining space info or anything, and also couldn?t be accessed. Explorer started to hang up, so I exited the window. Using PotPlayer, I tried to navigate to the Disk, resulting in the same issue.

Tried opening Disk Management to no avail, as it would hang while checking the disks info.
Since acting fast and not straining the drive is prime in this situation, I decided to turn off the PC. Explorer wasn't responding, so I had to Alt-F4 to shutdown. As expected, shutdown process also hanged. After waiting some time, and making sure the HDD activity LED was off, I forcibly turned off the PC using the power button hold.

I haven't booted the drive up again since then, to make sure no further damage is done.

So guys, here come the questions.
Could this be a Windows issue rather than a hardware issue? Maybe it didn't recognize the drive correctly and tried to repair a half-det... Read more

A:Is this a dying HDD? What to do now?

BACKUP NOW. Macrium Reflect Free Macrium Reflect Free
If you don't have an external drive. I notice Bestbuy are selling Western Digital
My Passport Ultra 2TB External USB for $88.
Use CrystalDiskInfo to see the status of your drive.

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hi all been looking around the forums for more then 2 hours and i can't find the answer to my HUGE problem: system is rebooting itself over and over. Cannot even go in safe mode nothing. I am using a very old recovery disk that i have because the one i did on a cd rom disk is not read by my computer!! please help memy computer is my life I have al my things on there.

Cynthia

A:need help I am dying here!!!!!

Hi and welcome. I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infected forum for now. You can access the internet.Let' run this first then MBAM below....Please run the VIPRE Rescue Program After that run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.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 definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If ... Read more

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basically, whenever i start my computer norton will never fail to inform me that they had detected adware.trojan and also downloader but they will say they had remove it. however, it seems like there a lot of downloader files in my comp and norton will keep pop-ing up the message of "norton has detected and removed a virus from your comp" virus name : downloader.

so all kind souls please help me!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:54:03 PM, on 10/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
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Is there any PC program to tell you how well a HD is running? I tried the windows one but it fails at phase 2.
I just ran it on a drive I use for stroage and it ran to phase 3 just fine no errors. It's odd both my WD drives are acting weird while my seagate is acting fine since the power outage. I call sabotage.
 

A:How to tell if a HD is dying?

d/l the drive diagnostic and run
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=502&sid=1&lang=en
 

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Sorry if Im a bit quick, but I dont know if I'll be able to finish this message before the pc crashes.

Recently, after no particular event, my pc started to freeze. Freeze completely.
It doesnt respond to anything. The freezing seem to happen at random...no particualr event seems to be involved.
It happens in safe mode too and sometimes even during the boot sequence

I tried to make various virus & spyware scans, but I never got them complete because the pc freezed before it could complete them.
The pc works flawlessy...before hanging.

Its worth to note that the local temprature is 30? and the humidity percentage is around 62%...could this be the cause?

THanks in advance!

A:My pc is dying...

I'd do a physical inspection for dust clogged fans, then I'd do a digital inspection by going into BIOS and looking around for temperature readings & voltage readings.

I'm thinking either the CPU is shutting itself off due to high temps or the power supply is failing.

If your BIOS doesn't report these things (pretty sure any modern BIOS does) then maybe you can get it to run long enuf to install Speedfan or Everest or another diagnostic utility?

Open the PC case and aim a portable room fan in there, set on medium or high. Unless the CPU is making terrible contact with the heatsink this should knock several degrees off your processor temp. Then see if it'll run.

How old is this PC anyway? While you've got the hood up inspect the motherboard capacitors for signs of failure. Google "badcaps" for some pictures.

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Hello friends!

I have a Sony Vaio Laptop with Windows 7 Ultimte installed on a 360 GB HDD. Since a month or so, the performance of my Laptop dropped drastically and I started getting a warning whenever I started my Laptop from BIOS. Ithe message is as follows:

"SMART failure Predicted on hard disk. Warning: Immediately back-up your date andd replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent. Press F1 to continue"

In the beginning I ignored the message but then the performance dropped so much that I didnt had a choice but to delete all partitions, create 3 fresh partitions and reinstalling Win 7 Ultimate. Installing took a hell lot of time and later after installing when I tried to format drive D, I got error. Anyways, I somehow managed to format drive D, but now I am getting the same warning from BIOS as well as from Win 7 every now and then. Performance is very poor.

Is this a sign of a failure or could be for some other software problem? If it is a HDD problem, is there a way to rectify this or will I have to buy a new HDD?

Thank you.
 

A:Is my HDD dying?

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problems in my pc (installed with xp sp2)
1.taskmanager is disabled
2.registryedit is disabled
3.cant boot in safe mode(system reboots when tried for safe mode)
4.make any type of antivirus inactive(i tried avira,kaspersky,avast..some times the installing setup.exe of these antivirus are deleted from my hard disk)
5.cant use sysinternals process monitor
6.antispyware,registry cleaning,avafind are not working
7.most of the options in my rightclick is not working.
8.many of the applications in my controlpanel is not working.
things i tried
1.i tried to edit the registry first using tune up registry editor to bring up the taskman but the value don't change.
2.then i formatted my partition where xp is installed and the reinstalled xp but the problem persisted
3.i removed my hard disk connected it with my friend system and run through a full scan of kaspersky antivirus and then reinstalled xp... the problem still persist.
i need
1.a solution to overcome this problem and bring back my task man and registryeditor and remove the damn virus from my system with out losing other data in other partition of my hard disk

A:MY XP is dying

Can you run a memtest on it?

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Hi,
Hope someone can help me here. My PC started acting up about 3 months ago. First it kept restarting and when it came back on I reported the 'serious error' the system had recovered from. I get this message...
Error Message: STOP 0x000000EA THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER (Q293078)
I followed the self help as best I could but no improvement, and things are getting steadily worse. Now I cannot play audio/video, and loads of things 'encounter a problem and need to close', today even the screensaver!
I have scanned entire system with Norton, no virus, I have cleaned up spyware with Ad-Aware. I think I have installed an updated device driver for graphics card. Please help, whilst I can still get on the net!
Steve PS. Just had an error message that said 'generic Host Processor has encountered a problem and needs to close. Is there anything I need to do before anyone will help me? This HJT thingy for instance?
 

A:HELP!! My PC is dying

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Problem with HP computer running Windows XP SP3 with 2.9 gHz intel pentium processor; 200gBhard drive with 53gB free; 3192mB usable memory in 4 sticks; started hanging on "Windows is shutting down" screen. Have tried everything recommended on malware forum, including unchecking everything in startup and everything (except microsoft stuff) in services tab of msconfig. Uninstalled some programs, including Advanced System Optimizer3 that somebody said might be a problem. Right before shutdown, if I go into Task Manager, nothing is running, so that doesn't tell me what is hanging up. I uninstalled my old antivirus program and installed AntiVir because somebody said it was better, but even running Kaspersky online scanner I can't find any viruses, and I use Malwarebytes, CCleaner and spybot superantispyware pretty religiously, so now I'm wondering if this shutdown problem is my PC trying to tell me its useful life is over???

That's why I am posting here, since this is the hardware forum.

Do y'all think I have a hardware problem?

The PC starts up in a flash now, but just won't shut down by itself....

Thanks for your help. Fortunately I had done a complete backup of my documents to my simpletech mini external hard drive the day before the problems started, so assuming that drive doesn't die, I at least haven't lost anything, although I'm afraid to do any work on the PC until I figure out where I am.

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A:Could my PC be dying?

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I have been having some issues with my Pioneer DVD-+RW (DVR-106D) for the last few days.
When I burn a disc with Nero, I also verify the disc after burning. The verify work out fine, but when I immediately put the disc back in to read it, I cannot read the disc at all. The PC doesn't even recognise the disc.
I have tried reading the disc in a very old DVD-ROM drive (Aopen DVD-9632) and it reads fine. This drive has been my old faithfull as it will read bad discs OK.

Does this most likely mean my drive is on it's last legs? What is a good drive to go for to replace it if it is dying? Another Pioneer?

Thanks
 

A:DVD-RW Dying?

Howdy,
Try uninstalling Nero and restarting the PC and then re-installing Nero and apply any Nero updates...restart the PC.....this worked for me with a similar problem.
 

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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, but I think I'm in trouble

So since yesterday, my computer has been making a loud noise. It is akin to a lawnmower, albeit quieter. The best way I could describe it is a loud VRRRRRRRRRRRR sound which starts about 10 seconds after booting up my computer. I think my hard drive may be dying. My computer crashing a few minutes after booting up is a periodic (once a every two weeks) thing that is also making me think my hard drive is dying. I googled videos of hard drives dying, and it sounds similar to my computer.

I did the most obvious thing first. I opened up my computer and cleaned all the dust off the fan and in general and around the area. I left it unplugged and tried running my computer. It was fine for the next two boots. On the third it started making the sound again, and I had the fan unplugged for the fifth, yet it still was making this noise. I haven't turned the computer on since, but plan on making a backup of all my files onto my portable hard drive. (What is the most elegant way to do this besides dragging and dropping 200 gigs of stuff)

Thanks in advance guys

The specs it says on the outside of my computer

Windows 7
Q8200 Intel core 2 quad processor
4 GB DDR2
640 GB

Acer aspire AX1800-E9232

A:I think my HDD is dying

I'm not a tech here, but I can give some advice since I saw a friend go through some stuff with his screwy laptop.

I would transfer small pieces at a time and start with the higher priority stuff. 1 file at a time would be the best.

It can stop working at any time, and I would not turn it on again unless it was to try to salvage what's on it- it could just die on you and then you will have to find a data recovery service, and I doubt it's that important.

If it's dying with just the normal OS functions, and your data is that important, then you may want to buy an adapter that will allow you to connect the HD via USB to another PC. Extracting data that way may not be as stressful on the HD since it is not dealing with an OS.

Good luck-

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Hello, thanks for taking the time to read this... first off, computer specs:

Asus P4S8X-X
Intel Celeron 1.7ghz
ATI Radeon 9600 SE
250W PSU
256MB Ram

a couple days ago my computer started randomly shutting itself off, and it has started shutting down more often and it would take longer for it to power up again (i'd have to let it sit with everything unplugged for about 5 - 10 mins) it won't stay running for longer then 5 mins now, I'm pretty sure it's not a overheating problem as I have put a house fan blowing in the case at an angle and it still shut off, plus after being off all night it shut itself off in POST on the first boot up of the morning.

So basically i'm wondering if there could be any other problem beside the PSU that is causing it to shut itself off? I know 250w is way too low for that setup but i'll have to wait a week to get a new one if it is indeed the PSU that is dead. If anyone knows anything else that could be causing this please let me know, thanks in advance.
 

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A:My psu's are dying

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

What is the voltage coming out of your mains power supply and does it match the input voltage on the psu?

It is also possible that your mains powersupply is dirty I.E power surges etc.

Have you considered getting some anti surge protection?

Regards Howard

:wave: :wave:
 

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Can anyone help me revive my PC thats running on Win 98? My windows went corrupt due to some missing files, instead of backing up my important file and apps that I dont want to loose I reinstalled windows again to worsen the case. i can get into safe mode , I have an 8GB USB thumb drive how can i move my files to this drive when the system is not recognizing the thumb drive in safe mode?
honeychico
 

A:Help my dying Win 98 PC

Hhmm, 98se needed a driver for USB thumb drives, which may be why you cannot access it from safe mode. Try installing that driver in safe mode.

Failing that you could simply add your drive to a friends PC in place of a CD/DVD drive (know how to set the master/slave pins if necessary), then you can see your drive from your friends OS and copy files to your thumb drive ad lib.
 

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hi chaps.

got a odd problem. I get random hangs on my PC, random times of the day, and usually last around 2 mintes at a time. Sometimes it will do it once and then be fine for hours, other times it'll do it half a dozen times an hour.

I got fed up of this happening, so did a clean install of windows 7 and even with just my basic programs on it still does it. Im wondering if this could be a dying OS HD?

spec

Intel Q6600 cpu
MSI p7n platinum mobo
OCZ sli 2gb 1033 RAM
9800GT nvidia GFX
160gb sataII OS HD
320gb sataII backup HD
320gb sataII backup HD
 

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My four-year-old Pavilion desktop has for about six about six months started making a lot of wheezy noise about 15-20 minutes after I boot it up. This happened a year or two ago, and after much nastiness from and battling with HP, they agreed to honor the in-home service warranty I'd bought, and the guy came and made several replacements, including if I remember correctly the hard drive. Now it's happening again. Occassionally the machine will just shut down of its own accord, and recently, sometimes when I restart and try to enter my password the keyboard won't register, and I have to restart the machine several times before it will. It just did this again, and when I tried restarting I got a message I'd never seen before, something up the somethingorother rear fan chassy not registering. Considering the expense of the machine and the torture HP put me through about honoring their warranty, I'm loathe to invest in a new one, and four years seems an appalling short lifespan for a machine this large. Any thoughts?

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as far as i can gather (not much) i have either one. two, or three problems.
i have noticed a severe decrease in load times, video plat back, and just general performance of my machine. i've boiled it down to 1 of 3 things.

My cpu is finally kicking the bucket. the temperature diode isn't working, so idk how hot it's running. would explain the lagged min/maxing of windows, and other little snags.
My Gfx card is about dead. the fan screams all the time, possibly over worked. that coinsides with jittery video playback, some other anomalies.
My machine needs to go the way of Old Yeller. time to build a new....
(im flat broke so scenario 3 in like a death sentace)
I've already ruled out viruses, excess processes, the usual clutter build up, so on.
im hoping some one knows of a few tests that i can run, to check out the condition of my hardware (mainly cpu/gpu) any help is always appreciated....
and i have two 1's here....

any thoughts?

A:Which one is dying?.......

When was the last time you took a day or two to thoroughly clean out the system? Video cards with fans on them will build up a *lot* of dust - I clean my machine every 3-6 months - the CPU cooler I have is prone to collecting dust, as are my video cards, my mobo, my RAM, my PSU....

See, the problem with dust is not only is it not conducive to thermal transfer but also that it impedes airflow over thermal radiators. It's a double whammy - and the less cooling the hotter things get.

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I Borrowed A Dell Latitude D520 From Someone And This HDD Is Dying. Medium Dying Speed. It is a 37.2 GB Drive With 10.3 GB Free. I Found ChkDsk So I can do that. I Searched Chk and found ChkDsk and 11 other items. Need Help.
 

A:Another HDD Dying.

what windows version
what makes you think the HDD is dying
37.2GB is a small drive and probably quite old anyway
 

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Hi All,

I just purchased a new laptop 2 days ago with Win8, and have had some issues that may or may not be operating system related.

While it's a bit of an undertaking to get used to the new start menu, I haven't been very successful at completing the simplest of tasks... such as importing my music, photo's, and videos...

When I go to my 'documents' folder on my task bar and attempt to open any of the following folder; music, documents, pictures, and videos... I receive a 'pop-up' message reading; "Documents.library-ms" is no longer working. - It also reads; This library can be safely deleted from your computer. Folders that have been included will not be effective. (This same message applies to all files; Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video.)

Being it gives me no other option, I click 'ok'

Also, my computer has repeatedly crashed, and reports "Your PC has incurred a problem and must restart"

Then it reports; Service_System_Exception

Again, I am not sure... being 2 days old to the Win8 OS, I don't know if I bought a 'brand new' lemon for a computer, or if I can/should attempt to reinstall the Win8 OS???

Sadly, I am almost tempted to just return this computer to the store, and buy one with Win7.

Sorry, I am not that technical... any advice?

Thanks,

Art

A:Help... dying over here

Have you done all the Windows 8 up dates? You will need to do it several times until it comes back that it is up to date.

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So, I've had an Visiontek Radeon 9200 SE [128mb PCI] for about four years now, maybe five. It's served me well, but it just ain't up to scratch anymore. However, money's hard to come by, given my lifestyle - don't ask. So, I make do.
However, lately, whenever I start up my computer, Windows loads, and a few moments after I log in, my screen goes black. Not only that, but my monitor goes into standby mode [makes loud "click!" sound I've come to associate with a monitor powering on, and the light goes from green to amber.] This only lasts a few seconds, but it's long enough to be a distraction.
And I can't help but wonder if it's my graphics card, or if it's something else. If so, is it serious?
Also worth noting is the fact that the taskbar remains black for several seconds after everything else. What gives?
 

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I have a Dell desktop which I bought new about 6 years ago. I do moderate gaming, more if I had the time, and surf internet. It is a Pentium 4 3ghz. I dont remember the fsb speed but when I bought it, it was the fastest you could get from dell. It also has 1 gb ram and a ATI X600 512mb graphics card. 160bg HD SATA.

THe issue: I have noticed it getting progressively slower and slower. So in July I reformatted the hard drive and started over. It had been infected with a virtumonde worm back in April and it never worked right after fixing that. Since July I only put half my programs back on the computer and only have about 25% of the hard drive utilized. It ran pretty fast for about 2 or 3 weeks then it starting slowing way down again. One of the issues is I visit a web page and it takes forever to load, I am on 1.5mbps DSL. I checked my bandwidth and it is just over 1mb. When the pages are loading I can hear the hard drive grinding away like it is huge files trying to load. THe web sites are not that large. For example I visited Foxnews and it took a good 15 to 20 seconds to load the page. On my laptop it takes 3 to 5 seconds. That is a huge difference.

THis is what I have done and it has not helped, at least I have not noticed it. I diabled non essential files in msconfig. THe only thing on startup is AVAST, sound, and connection icon. I have run Malware Bytes twice (updated to current database) with no problems. Full AVAST scan, nothing. ATF cleaner run... Read more

A:Is it dying?

It's probably just the normal...accretion of junk that users do.

I would try a clean install, followed by a judicious install only of useful, necessary programs...and use a startup manager to control the items which initiate at boot unnecessarily.

Increasing the RAM...will probably have the greatest impact, 1GB of RAM is OK...but bear in mind that laptops routinely come with 3GB of RAM or more these days.

Louis

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Hi,

I've had to turn my 2 year old AMD Athlon 3200+ cpu down from 2.20 GHz to 1.83 GHz, because my monitor kept turning itself off when playing games & the only way to get it back on was to restart...also games were crashing all the time.

anyway it seems to be stable now,although it's a bit slow
so i just wanted to know if its on it's way out ?...
or is there a way to turn it back up without my monitor keep turning off ?

cheers for any help.

CC.
 

A:Is my cpu dying ?

Have you tried just turning down the graphics accelorator
 

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