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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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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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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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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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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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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....

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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 is fading away, I can feel it. Started with random freezes then would go to reboot and select proper boot device. Idk why i suspect its my ssd. started having issues after installing battlefield play4free but i dont think proble is related as i get freeze even when computer idles. here are specs any help with troubleshooting is much appreciated
 
http://speccy.piriform.com/results/Fmg4rMYuydFrhjzo31TCwHa
 
 
MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 16-06-2013
Ran by Rob (administrator) on 12-07-2013 at 10:31:34
Running from "C:\Users\Rob\Desktop"
Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
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========================= Event log errors: ===============================
Application errors:
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Error: (07/12/2013 10:29:25 AM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-LoadPerf) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: Unloading the performance counter strings for service WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) failed. The first DWORD in the Data section contains the error code.
Error: (07/12/2013 10:29:25 AM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-LoadPerf) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: The performance strings in the Performance registry value is corrupted when process Performance extension counter provider. The BaseIndex value from the Performance registry is the first DWORD in the Data section, LastCounter value is the second DWORD in the Data section, and LastHelp value is the third DWORD in the Data section.
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A:Please help this dying pc

Hi
 
Following event log errors shows a possibly failing HDD or disk related issue. 

Error: (07/12/2013 09:12:43 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:12:37 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:12:13 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:12:05 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:12:02 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:11:55 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

Error: (07/12/2013 09:10:15 AM) (Source: Disk) (User: )
Description: The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.
 Please do the following steps.
 
Replace the SATA cable of both SSD and HDD.
 

 
 
Download Seatool For DOS and run a long test with it on the HDD.
 
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/
 
Refer this link if you don't know how to burn an ISO file to CD -  http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/201431en
 
 
 
You can temporarily disconnect the SSD before running Seatool.
 
Report the message displayed by Seatool in next reply.
 
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Hello all - a strange thing happened the other day ( two days in fact ). On startup
the screen stayed on the bios for a few minutes then loaded windows. Normally the bios screen is only on for a few seconds. Windows loaded and
seemed to be fine. However the reset switch which normally flashes when the
hard drive is being accessed stayed on. A reboot didn't do anything. The next day
it was the same thing. Local Radio Shack dude said that the cpu is getting ready
to die. Yesterday and today all is back to normal. And no, the interior is not full
of dust. Is my $$$ cpu ill or is it something not so drastic?
Mike

win7 64
i7 920 cpu 2.67 mHz
6gB RAM
500gB drive
1tB usb drive for backup

A:cpu dying?

That happens to my computer from time to time and it's not from the cpu dying, when the cpu goes it goes. I have never known one just to slowly die. Sometimes after a hard reboot of my system it will hang on the bios screen until the system regains it's bearings sort of speak. I don't think you have any major problems but the size of the drive powering up could do that also, it's nothing to fret over...

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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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Yeah, I've been trying to burn a bunch of kid's shows for my nephew (I hate Dora the Explorer with every fiber of my being), and I noticed that PowerISO doesn't recognize my memorex blank DVDs. I tried several as well. Is that a quirk of the program or a sign that my DVD drive is going to kick the bucket? I think the drive is an HP 300c. If it is the software, then do you guys recommend anything I can try? I can't really find one that lists burning .daa files as a feature. Or I'm blind. Or both.
 

A:Is my DVD-ROM dying?

Extract the content of the .daa file..

.daa its like a .zip .rar ect... i think.
 

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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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ok i bought a cpu from a Lan Cafe a few years ago and it was very good but then after a while i got a trojan... so the cpu started to get slower and so i decided to get EZTRUST. But after i got it my cpu freezes everytime i open an application... What can be the problem? How can i fix this?
 

A:cpu dying!

You've left out a lot of information. The CPU itself is not dying. If you have a trojan you need to get rid of it for your system to operate correctly again. If the system freezes doing anything in windows normally then try and boot up in safe mode(tapping F8 during the windows splash screen).

Download and run the following in safe mode: Ad-aware, Spybot Search + Destroy, AVG anti-virus, Symnatec Stinger(these are all free).

If you are running windows XP you will need to disable system restore(which will also delete all restore points) before doing the above scans. This is necessary as a lot of nasty trojans/viruses embed themselves in system restore to re-infest your system.

Alternatively if you feel all is lost and you have nothing important you can't get back again you can always re-format the hard drive and do a clean install of windows(last resort of course).
 

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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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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'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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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
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A:It's dying on me...

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Well... I had an interesting evening today.

Mom was using her PC as she normally does (formerly mine), when suddenly, a savage BSOD appeared, it pointed to atikumg (IIRC), so I assumed the drivers were faulty, so, I unisnstalled drivers, ran AMD driver cleanup, ran Ccleaner and upgraded to the latest drivers that VGA can have. No more BSODS, but system tends to hang completely at random times, which is weird.

This PC was working nicely since 2006... until just today, when it's exhbiting this symptoms just suddenly.

I've cleaned the system, removing any dust, replacing thermal paste on even the VGA itself, I need to test if problem persists tomorrow. System runs cool so far... I'm suspecting the PSU is dying somehow (I don't know how, probably a big ray that impacted nearby two days ago, even with the PC off?)

The VGA works, doesn't smell like burned... nor the PSU, all the rest of the components look good, no bad capacitors on the MoBo or such...

I'm leaving more details here if this helps somehow:
- CPU Temp Idle: 30 - 35 C?
- CPU Temp Full Throttle: 50 C?
- VGA Idle: 38 C?
- VGA Stressed/Full Throttle: 55 C?

The VGA is a Radeon HD 4350... not a gaming card, not even a card that draws a lot of power, the PSU is a PiXXo Transformer 800W 80+ Certification. The rest can be found on my System Spec section.

Is the PSU dying or the VGA? This setup worked like a charm 8+ years or so... this just started to happen suddenly. Ah! This tends to happen whenever she browses the we... Read more

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hey guys, i got a problem i hope you can help me with.

this computer is having serious issues, it is conastantly running at 100% under the task manager performance window, and it is so ssslllooowwww.

i believe it may be in issue with realscheduler, seems to be better for a little bit after ending that , but i cant seem to remove it.

here is the hijack this log, and then if there are any other suggestions i would greatly appreciate it.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:20:05 PM, on 3/26/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

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:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTSvcCDA.EXE
c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\Omniserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\scagent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Softex\OmniPass\OPXPApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\2Wire\2PortalMon.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
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A:HELP! im dying here

Well one thing I notice is you are running 2 anti-virus programs at the same time. That right there will cause conflict on a system.

Go to Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs
Uninstall (if listed there): SideStep

With IE closed, run Hijack This again and put a checkmark on these entries. Then hit "fix checked":

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {D714A94F-123A-45CC-8F03-040BCAF82AD6} - C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\SbCIe028.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AlcxMonitor] ALCXMNTR.EXE

O16 - DPF: {2B96D5CC-C5B5-49A5-A69D-CC0A30F9028C} (MiniBugTransporterX Class) - http://wdownload.weatherbug.com/min...ransporter.cab?

O16 - DPF: {4D7F48C0-CB49-4EA6-97D4-04F4EACC2F3B} (InstallShield Setup Player 2K2) - http://www.napster.com/client/setup.exe

O16 - DPF: {640B39C1-D713-464F-92C3-75BD972B95EE} - http://www.sidestep.com/get/k42037/sb028.cab

O18 - Filter: text/html - {EE7A946E-61FA-4979-87B8-A6C462E6FA62} - C:\WINDOWS\httpfilter.dll

O23 - Service: .nllltsss - - (no file)

O23 - Service: Security Agent (scagent) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\scagent.exe" start (file missing)

Boot into Safe Mode (start tapping the F8 on Startup, before the Windows Logo screen)

Navigate to the C:\Windows\Temp folder. Open the Temp folder and go to Edit > Select All then Edit > Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

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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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Uh, i don't know if i'm asking this in the right place but i'm just trying to cover all my bases and get as much help as I can. Alright, so i got a dig camera for christmas it's a Canon PowerShot A60. It had been working great i enjoy it i take it to shows and get some pretty good shots. But my brother recently borrowed it and took it on a trip.

I notice a couple weeks ago some lines running through the screen when i took some shots outside. I payed no real notice of it cause my pictures did not seem effected.

But he brought it back and i turned it on last night. The screen was black and the lens noise sounded a little diffrent. I changed the batteries hoping to that would fix it. I changed the card cause i was using a new one and i didn't have much faith in it, that didn't work though. then i took some pictures and they turned out looking like speeding car shots w/ streaks of color flashing across. i tried to mess around with it a little and i got one clear shot off. But then it went back to fuzzy Georgia O'keeffe style art.

i personally think it's something to do w/ the lens, so i'm going to get some lens cleaning stuff. Please HELP! I love my camera so much, i haven't had it for a week. any advice would be helpful. cat
 

A:My dig is dying...I think

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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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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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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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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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Hi, i just notice that my 2 months old Maxtor 500GB SATA II HD is making strange noise,when loading,its loud,anyone have any idea of what happened? the noise is like geeeee geeeee ggeeeee non stop,i defrag it, it still making noise, need to send in for replacement?
 

A:HD is dying??

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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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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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The other month I bought a new GPU, R9 380 2GB to replace a GTX 750 Ti 2GB.
When I open My PC, it takes forever to load and I have to restart Windows Explorer a few times to get it to display my HDD's and other things.
I also make videos for YouTube and they usually play pretty well in preview, but its all "framey" or choppy. Also the rendering usually takes about 10-20 minutes for a 10 minute video but lately its been taking 2-3 hours (I haven't adjusted or changed any settings to make any files to be bigger or anything).
Also when I'm trying to copy videos and pictures off of my camera through USB or through putting my SD Card in the side of the printer, I click on a file on the camera and windows explorer freezes and it doesn't even say not responding, it just doesn't respond to anything.
The games are running really slow also, and it's honestly frustrating.
(Side note, I have to restart my PC at least 3 times a day to speed it up and make it bearable to use but sometimes that doesn't even work).

If anyone could help me find what's wrong. I'd be very, very grateful.

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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?
 

A:Dying GPU?

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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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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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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.
 

A:PSU dying?

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Hi all,

I have noticed a few strange things regarding my HD lately. I have re-imaged my laptop a few times lately and once its completed i always run disk check after. The last 2 re-images i have done have shown a lot of cluster errors in disk check. I actually tried to create a new image with Macrium and it threw me an error half way through saying it could not read a part of the drive so again i did a disk check it found a few errors but after that i did manage to create a new image.

I have just downloaded crystal disk info and this is what it showed


Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Is there a test i can run within the program or can i safely trust wat the program says with regards to caution?

hope you can help

A:Is my HD dying?

Welcome
Dont guess, take this test. Used many times for BSOD problems
Be sure to back up your stuff first. Not due to the test but the HD may go at any time
Test Hard Drive HD Diagnostic or this test Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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WARRHEY.. feels good to be back amongst some nerds Can't say the same when I'm looking at my ?700 tower that will cost ?20-30 each way to send to be fixed for free under warranty

1. As for almost a year now, regularly when I start my PC the tower turns on but the screen, mouse and keyboard are not activated. Sometimes the screen is activated but does not load any further than the motherboard introduction screen; and recently after loading and logging on, it displays only my desktop background and nothing else at all (I CtrlAltDlt'd to TM & Ran explorer.exe but still nothing). When I reboot it's there again though.

2. A few minutes after turning it on (or instantly... it vaires), there comes a weird sound from the PSU.... sounds like an irregular and much louder noise, not so much a scratch but a non-constant hum... going louder and quieter randomly. PSU is 850W, not strained.

3. The PC also sometimes totally randomly goes extremely sluggish and CPU usage freezes on 100% (whereas it's usually around 5-20%). This is with maybe just one or so programs running... and fan temperatures at a normal level... no overheating. PC now Randomly & regularly freezes totally. Mouse cursor does not even move (GPU temps are stable).

4. After startup, the disc drive used to make a sequence of noises, repeatedly. Sometimes stopping as soon as the Mobo screen pops up, sometimes carrying on even after. Sometimes carrying on if the Mobo screen hasn't popped up (i.e. if problem... Read more

A:PC Dying! :|

If your PSU is making some kind of noise or the fan is irregular, then it needs to be replaced. You can test this theory by going into the Bios and posting the Voltages, Temps and Fan Speeds. If your HDD is making a clicking or scrapping noise, it needs to be replaced. Backup all data immediately! You can test this theory by downloading the ISO image for the Hard Drive Test and burn that to a CD and boot off of the CD and run the HDD tests. You can also do the same for Memtest and test the RAM

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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 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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Hi, my problems started when i tried to open JDownloader, i have been using it for a long time, but a week ago it stopped working. Trying to solve it, i started updating java, flesh and cleaning my computer with Panda IS 2010, and the uniblue power suite (speed up my pc, spy eraser and registry booster). Things started to get better, but today when i started up my computer, the start bar, desktop icons etc where gone. What should i do ?

A:My OS is dying

if you are able to get into safemode, try doing a system restore to a previously saved restore point prior to the fixes.

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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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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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