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Q: Solved: is my i7 dying?

The other night on of the fans started to run really loud and the computer has been running really crappy lately. I was trying to close a frozen program and I noticed most of the processes are *32. I have noticed on or two maybe in the past but now more than half of the programs are running in 32 bit mode. Is my processor on its last legs? I have tried running several different Hardware checking programs but I keep getting this is not a valid 32 bit program?

Please advise.

Thank you,
Luke

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8183 Mb
Graphics Card: mv video hook driver2, 3 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938828 MB, Free - 499356 MB; D: Total - 295500 MB, Free - 87561 MB; E: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 239423 MB; F: Total - 9742 MB, Free - 1319 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0X231R
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

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Preferred Solution: Solved: is my i7 dying?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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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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Hi

My pc takes an age to start up(approx 5-7 mins), it's randomly freezing and switching itself off, and will not shut down automatically, I have to do it manually. Can anyone help?
 

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For about a week now, my laptop has been unable to boot into Windows 7. My attempts to repair and reinstall Windows weren't a success either. Problems began when I turned the laptop on one afternoon and went into my bedroom for a while. About 30 minutes later, I came out, and the laptop hadn't even finished booting yet - Windows was still on the same "Starting Windows" screen. This definitely wasn't normal, since my laptop never look longer than two minutes to boot up.

So I let it sit for a few more minutes, and then decided to hold the power button down for a force shut down. I try to boot up the laptop again, and the "Starting Windows" screen didn't even show up. Instead, text appeared at the top left of the screen ("Disk read error - press ctrl-alt-del to restart"). So I put the Windows 7 installation CD into the CD drive, and rebooted to attempt a system repair.

Even with the CD, Windows was slow with booting and loading. It took about an hour to reach the installation window, and I couldn't even get into system repair.
So yeah, any process I do related to repairing Windows is VERY slow.

The next thing I did was install Linux Mint on one of my USB drives. I booted that up and it worked absolutely fine. I also managed to get into the C:/ drive and salvage an updated copy of all valuable the data I needed. After backing up, I tried reinstalling Windows completely, and it didn't succeed again.

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A:Solved: Is my laptop's HDD dying?

You can either run the laptop manufacturer's diagnostics or the HDD mfr's diags to determine whether your drive is defective.

With regard to backward compatibility, it would seem that the answer is yes. Here's a thread you can check out: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271766-32-sata-backwards-compatible-sata.
 

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my moniter is pretty old, a friend gave it to me. anyway, towards the bottom of the screen, theres like a discoloration. the moniter is a samtron 98bdf. my computer specs are below, in green
 

A:Solved: is my crt moniter dying?

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Hello there,

I'm asking this because many of my friends told me that FaceBook will end on October 15 2012.
I like FaceBook a lot and I use it almost every time.

One of my friends also posted a message, here's the message :

"Hi everyone this is a message fromthe creator of facebook andit tells you a little bit about what isgoing to happen to facebook on the 15th of Oct . Please don't sendthis back to the person you recieved it from. Dear facebook members, Facebookis soppose to be closing down it is recently becoming very overpopulated. there ............have been many members complaining that facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active facebook members and, ... and on the other side, manynew members.We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to15 other users using copy+paste to show that you arestill active. *Those who donot send this message within2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space.Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not bedeleted.Chat Conversation End.
Chat conversation end"

Is this true?
Or should I ignore this,
 

A:Solved: FaceBook - Is it dying ?

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My 4-year old Toshiba laptop is having severe hot flashes and dies on its own. I wrote earlier and agreed that it was overheating.

Today it is not very hot here. And yet it died just a moment ago.

I have not heard the fan, come to think of it, so I think it is broken.

Is this an expensive fix? Wonder how much the Geek Squad will charge me to fix this FAN problem?

Thank you.
 

A:Solved: Computer Dying

Take a look here

http://icrontic.com/articles/clean_laptop_heatsink
 

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Every time I try to put my laptop in Hibernate after Logging Off, it shuts off (I hear the click, like I had been holding the button down for 5 sec.).

Possibly related, my touch pad doesn't seem to be working properly. I can move the mouse and right click but it seems like the left mouse button is being held down.

Thanks in advance, SawronZXZ~
 

A:Solved: Laptop Keeps Dying On Me.

Alright, it seems to have stopped. Odd.
 

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Recently added 1GB memory to my Gateway desk top. Was running great for week or so, then went to play a CD and noticed the CD drive & DVD drive were not working, the drawers would open and close, light flashed briefly, you could pull up the drive in 'My computer' but there would be nothing there, even when I knew there was something on the disc.
Tried everything I could find here to rectify. No go.
Took the tower in for diagnostics. They said, 'drives worked fine outside the OS but not in', said they found 2 viruses. So per their recommendation I had them wipe the OS and reinstall everything.
Brought it home, fired it up, worked great, put CD in to download driver for wiresless adapter, worked great, went to put CD in to download printer driver and the CD drive and DVD driver were gone ! Not even listed in 'My computer' Tried reboot, nothing
Hauled it back in, they were initially confused, then took cover off and looked around inside and said "whoa, there is your issue two capacitors are bulging, your motherboard is on it's way out." According them, nothing they can do. Time to buy a new one. My question- does this sound plausible? The computer is 2002 Gateway. Running windows XP
 

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I'm having bsod's of many variations (watch minidumps P.S. there are not all of them cuz i reinstalled windows twice while trying to fix this). I don't think this is ram problem cuz checked it with memtest 4.2 .
I'm having bsod's while playing league of legends, surfing internet, counter-strike, etc.
I've changed replaced old motherboard with same model new one (PC worked fine with it for a month). Tryied changing places of ram cards.
Did chkdisk couple of times. (fixed alot of problems). Oh and when i reinstalled windows i formated disc. Also did defragment, cleaned registry. Also i had blue screens even in safe mode.
I want to know what piece of hardware i have to replace!
P.S. About dumps, most often bsod was caused by Ntfs.sys but as i said not all of minidumps are included!
Please help me to figure out what to do people!

A:[SOLVED] BSOD I think HDD is dying!

My PC specs:

Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M LE (month old)
Cpu: Amd Phenom II x4 840 3.2 Ghz (2 years)
Vga: Asus Radeon Hd 5770 1Gb GDDR5 CuCore (2 years)
Ram: 2x2gb dont know model (2 years)
Power supply: Cooler Master Elite Power 400W (2 years P.S. checked month ago no issues)
Disc Drive: idk

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I need to know where I can go to find Hijack This so that I can turn my log file over and let someone help me get rid of all this crap. It is slowing my PC down so much and my virtual memory is gone. Please someone help me.
Thanks
Deb
 

A:Solved: Help!!! my computer is dying

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Here's my spec:
CPU: Intel E6600
GPU: NVIDIA 8800GTS
Mobo: GIGABYTE 965P-DS3P(rev. 3.3)
RAM: Transcend 1GB, DDR2-800 x2
OS: Windows XP home edition 32 bit
PSU:500w Antec Earth Watts Power Supply

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My PC has been working fine for 3 years but these problem started happening couple of weeks ago:
1. After 10 minutes of playing PC game the balloon on the taskbar popped up and said “display driver has stopped responding and has successfully recovered” and another pop up which I can't remember exactly but said “windows kernal 185.5 driver problem”?.
2. After 10 minutes of using the PC it displayed "display driver has stopped responding and could not recover" in BSOD.
3. When I booted up W7 it said in BSOD "Attempt to reset the display driver and recover from timeout failed”
4. The POST started displaying white lines across the screen.
5. Could now only use Win XP 32 bit and only without any display drivers installed. As soon as I install the driver that came with the CD or Online the screen turns into reddish paintball effect and keeps on restarting and coming back to the reddish desktop again.

Things I have tried:
1. Fresh install of windows 7. It works half-way but When the PC requires a restart to go to the desktop the first time it displays a BSOD.
2. Installed the latest driver from NVIDIA website for my 8800GTS Windows 7 64bit in Safe Mode.
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A:Solved: Is this a sign of a dying GPU?

You have done a good job of troubleshooting and I think you are correct, your video card is failing. The reason it works until you load the nvidia driver is that the card is not stressed at all with the basic windows driver.

FWIW some video card mfg like xfx, evga have lifetime warranties on their cards. I have sent back 2~3yr old evga cards and they have sent me back a more current video card [returned a 7900 and received an 8800gt]
 

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I have an Hp Presario that has stopped recognizing all of my flash drives on any usb ports.

I started noticing that something was up when a few months ago the usb port that is grouped with some card reader ports on the front of my case stopped working. Now none of my flash drives work on this computer in any of the usb ports.

I checked Device Manager and no problems show up for any usb ports. My flash drives show as unrecognized though, like they are all broke. In Device Manager it suggests that I install drivers for the devices but they didn't need any to begin with. I tried the flash drives on another computer and they run fine.

I tried using my printer which connects by usb to print some very simple notepad text and it worked which I don't understand.

This computer has two linux systems installed as well and they don't recognize the flash drives either.

Is this the first sign that my motherboard is failing?
 

A:Solved: Motherboard Dying?

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hi guys bought a refurb laptop at xmas, a week ago the internet started to really slow down. i thought i might have some sort of virus so i did a clean install of xp.
its now gone really downhill, when i go on internet my home screen loads up fine [google] when i try to go anywhere else it wont go there. occasionally it does go to the site i want but only after a very long time. do you think i could have a hardware problem . any ideas
 

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Hi Flavalee and Tech Guy(?) helped me immensly in August 09. Have a query for someone out there who can be patient with a game playing granny, will little knowledge of the 'clever' side of computing. (Computer illiterate - almost) -

I have just updated my PC, am now running on Windows 7 with a Packard Bell PC. My old PC is Emachine running on XP. Luckily I purchased an external drive to which I moved important things - photos and documents, however there a couple of documents I really would like to retrieve. The processor is poorly but not dead , running 4%. do you think it is possible to retrieve these and save on external drive. Somewhere in my brain say if I run it in safe mode this may be possible. Many thanks
 

A:Solved: Processor Dying on old PC

The post is not especially for Flavallee or Tech guy, would welcome help from anyone please I should have made this plainer at the beginning soz
 

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My parents have an older Compaq (sorry, no further details yet)(stinks to be them ! ) ...and the hard drive is slow as molasses and noisy like a wrecking ball. I suspect it will fail soon. Based on its age, I predict it's connection is an ATA100 IDE buss. Is there any reason why I shouldn't replace it with a HDD built for Ultra IDE/ATA133? Just trying to prevent install probs before the purchase, TIA for replies.
 

A:Solved: Replacing a dying HDD

As long as it is an IDE, it will be backward compatible with ATA 100.
 

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I just got a computer that was shipped just after it was built. The computer was tested and WIndows installed on it before it shipped. However, once received, it would not stay on for more than a few seconds. I checked the Power Supply and it was rated at 350W for a gaming rig that I personally wouldn't have put anything less than a 500W in (and I'd like to have put in a 650W). So I pull out my 500W tester PSU and try it out, and it stayed on for over 5 minutes before I turned it off again, but I could not get video to display on it at all. So I pulled out the video card to test if the onboard still works, and now, the computer isn't staying on for more than 10 seconds for me, either. Thinking maybe my tester's going bad, I've tried other testers PSUs and they all do the same thing. I've even stripped the computer, one part at a time, down to the bone, so only the Mobo is actually receiving power (no CPU on the board either), and it still turns off after maybe 10 seconds or so. It doesn't have a speaker on it and I don't have any to test with, so I can't tell if it's doing the POST beep or not, but the fact that even with nothing else on the mobo it won't stay powered on has me worried that the mobo may be dead. I don't have enough money to get a new mobo just to test it, only if the part will actually work, so I need to be sure. Any ideas of more tests, or is it pretty sure now?
 

A:Solved: Dying Motherboard?

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I just recently posted this on the SOLVED unable to write to drive C post. But incase you breeze past it I will bring my problem up here as well.

Well thank you for all these posts on this subject. Turns out I am having the exact same problem as you (GRRRRRRRR)...now I know I will need to get a new drive, which is no biggie, but here is the kicker. In normal mode I no longer have the ability to use my mouse. Somewhere I guess upon bootup it wont recognize it. So here I am with a ton of files I have no way of backing up. Figured I could just burn them all to cd but again I cant do anything without my mouse. I know I can use the tab button but I belive that with that I cant get my cd burner program working that well (need to point and click).

Now in safe mode I do get my mouse so if that makes sense lol who knows.

Anyone have any ideas as to how to get this to work? I can see in normal mode that there is an error in device manager relating to my mouse...but again this doesnt show up in safe mode.

Thanks in advance!!
Jessica
 

A:[SOLVED] Dying HD need help backing up

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Just in the past few days everything on my computer has been going wrong running slow web pages not showing up internet turning on and off (wireless) and programs not running ive ran several programs to see if they have identified a problem like ewido and spybot search and destory and no effect help please!
heres a hijack this log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 01:28:36, on 03/08/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

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\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Monitor\netmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\PCSuite\DATALA~1\DATALA~1.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\CONNECTAutoUpdate\CONNECTScheduler.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\PCSuite\Services\SERVIC~1.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\CURITY~1\dvdplay.exe
C:\Program Files\s?stem\ntvdm.exe
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A:Solved: Computer Dying?

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Long story short. On my old computer I had this problem that my computer restarts itself randomly when doing stuff (most often just surfing the web). About 6 months ago I got new computer and got all new parts except psu and gpu.

I'm still getting random problems. But little different. On my old pc it was either pc restarting or bluescreen. On my new pc the pc just goes into vegetative state and I can hear buzzing sound from the audio speakers. Only way to get it back up is pressing physical reset button on the pc case. The pc basically never crashes when playing games. The only pattern I have figured out is that the computer is on when it crashes (trying to be funny).

I don't have any minidumps. I'm not getting any error messages. I've searched all device managers and logs and there is nothing to suggest anything even happened. Other problem is that the problem is super random. Sometimes it can be months between crashes and then some day the pc crashes 6 times in one day (like today).

Today it was different though. The pc crashed. I reset. Computer restarts again. But this time after just few seconds the computer freezed again on the desktop. Mouse just stopped and I heard short buzz from the speakers. Restarted again. On 3rd try windows shows some kind of error message about windows not starting/closing (not sure which it was) properly. It offers selection of couple different startup methods (normal, and some kind of safestart). I choose normal. Again... Read more

A:Solved: So I'm thinking my gpu or psu is dying, but which?

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So, here's the thing. Recently (about after Opera 9.52 update), my Opera(or the websites, Youtube, whatever) seems to think that I don't have a Flash player installed. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it many, many times, with no luck getting it to work. Anybody who knows how to get this working? I would love to use Opera for youtubing when I happen to want to do that. Firefox's fine usually, but I really like Opera more...
 

A:Solved: Mah Opera's dying

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I have an old, formerly reliable DI-614+. It is flashed with the newest available firmware. I also have a modem from my ISP. The router supplies the DHCP addresses, the modem supplies the internet connection.

Occasionally over the last year or so, the modem would pick up DHCP, which of course means none of the wireless clients (2) could connect to the web. I spent some time trying to fix this, but as all I managed to do was lock up the modem completely, I gave up - would just reboot both in succession and all would be well.

I'd just check ipconfig /all, and if it was showing the modem's subnet instead of the router's, I knew I had to reboot them.

Slowly, this behavior has been accelerating. Last week, I upgraded my ISP plan - before it was only 512kb (though I think it was actually 1.5, according to dumeter). Now, it's an 8MB connection - speedtest says I'm getting about 6MB...

Today, all heck has broken loose. The router won't stay up for more than 10 minutes or so. I made another attempt to fix the problem, and again locked up the modem which took me another hour to correct.

In addition, now this computer - which is hard-wired to the router- will lose all access to it - can't connect through the router's IP.

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After some troubleshooting, I've discovered that I can reliably make the router crash by: a) running speedtest.net (large file from the net) from a wireless client - works fine from a wired client - or b) t... Read more

A:Solved: Is my old router dying?

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About a month ago I started up my PC and noticed the monitor image was looking very weird: Dark horizontal lines extending to the edges of the screen from any screen element that's also dark. The situation hasn't changed since, and I've tried all of the monitors' options, from degaussing to changing the color temperature settings, brightness, contrast, etc.

I'm hoping this is just my monitor entering the process of going to that great junkyard in the sky. Or is there something going on with my video card?

This is a Gateway 19" CRT that I bought with the system in December 2000.

Thanks,

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A:Solved: Is my Monitor dying?

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over the weekend my monitor became really hard to turn on. by that i mean, that if i pressed the power button on it, it would make the turning on noise, but immediately after make the turning off noise. it kept doing this until i hit the power button again. it was basically turning off and on constantly. the screen stays black the whole time, but i can see it sorta flash a little bit. the first few times it did this, it would eventually turn on and be fine. but after turning it off, it would the on/off cycle again.

also for the past week, it had been making this strange almost static-y noise while it was on. the noise would eventually go away after the screen had been on for a while.

im certain it is the monitor and not the pc, because i have a different monitor hooked up to the pc right now and everythings fine.

im also fairly certain that it has to do with either the power cable connecting the monitor to the outlet, or the the internal power thing (whatever the power cable hooks up to) because when i connect the cable to the monitor it makes the same static-y noise.

the monitor is and lcd, 19" hp monitor. model: vs19e
its about 3 years old. and for about half its life was running at the recommended resolution and refresh rate (1280x1024 @ 60Hz).

anyways, im just curious if my monitor is basically dead. that is. if there is no way of saving it, or if somehow i may be able to keep it alive.

also if for some reason its needed, here are my pc specs just in case:
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A:Solved: monitor is dying or is it dead?

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As I stated in the XP support forum, "I made a new user account today because my administrator account couldn't get into the registry, it said "Registry access has been disabled by Administrator". So I created another admin acount and, when suddenly I got attacked by a bunch of trojans. I think the trojans were triggered by the creation of the other account, and now explorer keeps stopping, leaving just my background (the desktop icons and taskbar are gone). Then I also get an error report message saying that spools.exe has closed. When I shut down or restart through task manager, I get a blue screen stop error. System restore won't work through safe mode, the only option is to go to a restore point from a few minutes ago, which is called "last known good configuration", but it doesn't do anything." Here's my DSS/HijackThis Log:
Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Don on 2008-07-25 10:18:39
Computer is in Normal Mode.
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-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Failed to create restore point; unknown error code 0x0000013D


-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
61: 2008-07-25 02:26:06 UTC - RP344 - Restore Operation
60: 2008-07-25 01:59:52 UTC - RP343 - Restore Operation
59: 2008-07-25 01:47:45 UTC - RP342 - Restore Operation
58: 2008-07-25 01:34:43 UTC - RP341 - Last known good configuration
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A:[SOLVED] Windows Explorer Keeps Dying

My antivirus had been disabled and everything, but I re-enabled it through task manager and got rid of the trojans. Also through task manager, I installed xplorer2 lite (a third party version of windows explorer) as a temporary fix for my computer. Now that (I hope) the viruses are gone, all I really need to deal with is the aftermath. explorer.exe still just stops and all the screen shows is my background for a bit, then explorer comes back, and goes through the same cycle. I'm getting a message that spools.exe isn't responding, maybe that has something to do with it? the Virus disabled the startup of my antivirus so I have to do that manually, and I can't install new antivirus, it says "the installation of this program has been blocked by your administrator". All my internet connections have been erased (Local area connection, 1394, bluetooth, wireless, everything). System restore acts funny, I think the viruses deleted all my restore points. It's pretty messy, so i think I'm just going to back everything up onto an external hard drive using xplorer2 lite and then reformat. If anyone has a fix for any of these things or any other solutions, just let me know.

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Hi there, this is my first post on here, i decided to sign up to tech guy as it seemed one of the best tech support forums online.

I think the hard drive in my notebook is dying i first had some brief inclings after downloading some files on utorrent and having Data errors pop up (Cyclic redundancy check) errors. after viewing their forums this stems from hard drive failure.

That was little over a week ago, now ive tried logging into my word of warcraft game and characters got stuck in instances and the game would crash, as of today i cannot log in at all, missing files upon startup, after viewing my computer properties i seem to have 10GB free now, and there was little more than 1 or 2 last week, so im guessing its deleting files or im not sure whats happening..

I seem to be having loads of errors pop up now, and media read failure on my cd drive alot, does this stem from hard drive failure?

My question is what do i do now?

Im on a notebook so cant just take and out the hard drive and replace it. Is the easiest option for me to buy an external hard drive and do the following:

1: copy all my existing data to that drive
2: do a full hard drive clean on this one using something like www.dban.org
3: just start saving future items to the new hard drive and never use the faulty one

Is that correct?

Im sort of getting confused, if i do just start using the new hard drive, will i have to boot from that drive every time windows starts up, if so im guessing id have to use tha... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive dying - Now What?

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My son's computer, Dell Inspiron 2650 P4 1.6GH, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP SP2,
Sometimes it will take two or three re-boots to get windows to load completely The desk top will show but none of the icons. After it finally boots all the way there are no other problems. Is the hard drive going or could it be something else?
 

A:Solved: hard drive dying?

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It always hang when I login to the window.Occasionally I play music or video suddenly whole screen freeze,the sound keep buzzing and lead to death blue screen with a message
&#8220;A problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you have seen this error message restart your computer if this screen appears again follow these steps.&#8221; Technical Information: ***STOP: 0x00000000FA ( 0x8ACE4DAP, 0x8AD23270, 0xBA4F3CBC, 0x00000007 )
atkdisp
Any kind samaritan can help me here?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 12:19:28 PM, on 05/03/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\ATKKBService.exe
C:\Program Files\Razer\Lachesis\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files\Razer\Tarantula\razerhid.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
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A:Solved: Need help here.My computer system is dying

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Ive recently noticed a problem with the sound on my PC. When playing games I notice the sound seems to get muffled at random and then come back on again.
It sounds almost as if its switching between mono and stereo.

Ive uninstalled and re-installed the drivers but the problem is the same.

I have also checked using a different set of speakers so I know its not those.

Does it sound like my sound card is on its way to silicone heaven or could there be another explanation ?

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Dying sound card ?

You say sound card. if you have a on board sound plug in ,uninstall your card and try the on board if you have?
 

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Hi Guys! It lasted almost 2 years to post again here, and I dont forget because here is so full of people who really are interested in solve computer problems, and these guys here are great, really know what they are talking about. I guessed that I could solve any tech problem with my PC simply by reformatting my HDs and start all over, but not good this time...
So, all started about a month when WinXP simply freezed up the screen, mouse cursor and the HD Led on my PC was solid red. I remember guessed at the time that was something more serious, because I am very used to get many BSODs (Microsoft's Blue Screen Of Death) per week, and if were nothing more serious, WindowsXP simply would go on check the consistency of one of the discs, pass thru that all ok, and things would continue normal (considering BSODs normal using XP). But not this time. Then I shut down and restarted it and all seemed ok, no prob, and I was using XP normally again. But then the same thing happened again, and again, and again... XP freezing completely, mouse cursor freezed up and HD Led solid red. Then I realized that the time of the freezes was getting closer and closer, till I was not able to enter Windows anymore, and at the start up I got many BSODs varying from Unknown Hard Error (never got this ) to Unmountable Boot Device. I got so many of these before, that I installed WinXP in my other HD, so that I could, using the other XP, solve the problem with the main one. But again, not this time.... Read more

A:Solved: Need Help To Figure What's Wrong! (PC Dying)

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I'm on Windows Xp SP3 Framework 3.5

I think my pc is a PIII, 2Gbs of ram and some cheap video card.

But for some reason I can't play mkvs on this PC, they work on my crappy laptop but not my crappy desktop lol..


Down there is my computer, would there be any media player that would allow mkvs to play without skipping for the voice being out of sync while its play due to the hard lag the video has. I really dont wanna convert them, I just wanna play them. I've tried K-Lite Media Player and VLC.
Any Ideas?


CPU
AMD Athlon XP
Cores 1
Threads 1
Name AMD Athlon XP
Code Name Thoroughbred
Package Socket A (462)
Technology 0.13um
Specification AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+
Family 6
Extended Family 7
Model 8
Extended Model 8
Stepping 1
Revision B0
Instructions MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE
Virtualization Unsupported
Hyperthreading Not supported
Fan Speed 1704 RPM
Bus Speed 133.2 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 266.5 MHz
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 64 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 64 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 256 KBytes
Core 0
Core Speed 2132.0 MHz
Multiplier x 16.0
Bus Speed 133.2 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 266.5 MHz
Thread 1
APIC ID 0





RAM
Memory slots
Total memory slots 2
Used memory slots 2
Free memory slots 0
Memory
Type DDR
Size 2048 MBytes
DRAM Frequency 133.2 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 2.5 clocks
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A:[SOLVED] Hey Guys I'm dying to play my mkv files but..

check out this link - gives a few pointers on playing Matroska encoded video - about half way down is a suggestion to use Video Inspector to check which codec has been used and if it is installed on your machine - GSpot (link in my sig) will do the same - this step is what I would do first - if the correct codec isn't there it ain't gonna play! VLC and MPC both normally play just about anything but sometimes Matroska files can be tricky.
In many cases codec issues are the cause of video files not being able to be played at all or incorrectly (audio/video not synchronised etc).

hope this helps

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Hi guys,

A number of months ago my Samsung SM2053BW monitor started taking longer and longer to come on, until it reached the point where after hours of waiting it would still not come on, so I gave up on it. Having a Dual-Monitor setup meant that it wasn't a huge deal as I had another monitor to fall back on.

But I would like to get it repaired as its only about 2 years old and good monitor when its working. I took it to a local computer repair shop and was quoted 140 to have it fixed, as it only cost 120 to buy it in the first place I decided to skip out on that option.

But if this is a relatively simple repair then I would be happy enough to do it myself, I have nothing to lose really and as I'm studying to become a Computer Technician this would be invaluable experience in any case. Any ideas on what might be causing this error and what part(s) might need replacing?

Any help you could give would be great guys.

Thanks!
 

A:Solved: Tips on Repairing Dying Monitor

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Hopefully this has a relatively simple answer. My current harddrive, though fully functional, is starting to sound like a guy playing a washboard in a windstorm (which IS as strange as it sounds). Anyway, I was wondering: is replacing the drive as simple as following the back-up guide posted in this forum, and restoring to a new harddrive? I've heard scary things about popping a harddrive into new hardware configurations, but I'm not sure about a new harddrive into the same configuration. Any help is appreciated.

Short version: Harddrive is dying. Can I duplicate it onto a new drive without doing much else?

P.S. I'm using Windows 7 and had the auto-backup feature running, but I dropped the harddrive that was storing my back-ups. No quick clean-install for me
 

A:Solved: Dying harddrive - easy to swap out?

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Dell Dimension 3000 BIOS A03 This has been going on for about 5 days, same thing.

I turn computer on and the following is whats on a black screen with white letters.
______________________________________________________________________
BIOS Version A03
Invalid Configuration Info
Please run SETUP Program

Performing Automatic IDE Configuration
Primary Master: CD-Rom Device
Primary Slave: CD-Rom Device

Secondary Master Disk Drive

Time of Day not set-
please run SETUP Program

Strike F1 Key to Continue,

F2 to Setup Utility.
_________________________________________________________________________

So I hit F1 and the computer loads the real time is 8:20pm July 11, 2015 but the
date reads January 4, 2006 and the time reads 11:03PM

Do you think my battery needs changing on my mother board? If so think it needs
to be fixed quick before the computer dies. Please let me know what you think. the same
thing keeps happening and I have no idea about resetting the BIOS.

Thank you Margaret
 

A:Solved: Is My Battery Dying Windows XP Home Ed

The Dell Dimension 3000 is a very old desktop, so its CMOS battery very likely needs to be replaced.

If you open the case and look at it, it likely is a nickel-size CR2032 battery, but it could be a different model.

Remove the battery and replace it with a new one.

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I have an older Maxtor hard disk that started acting funny a month ago, so I backed it up, emptied all files, stopped using it but I didn't disable it in BIOS (didn't know how ).
Yesterday, my computer shut down and when restarted showed the message:Secondary slave drive failed... Press F1 or DEL... And it keeps shutting down every 1-2 hours.
I tried unplugging the disk (disconnected the IDE cable and power), but then Windows wouldn't start).
Is there a simple way to disable it and stop the errors temporarily? Just enough to get some urgent work done before I can have it repaired?
 

A:Solved: Disabling a dying hard disk

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 272058 MB; J: Total - 238474 MB, Free - 81134 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5L-MX, Rev x.xx, MB-1234567890
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A couple of months back during a reboot I often had the PC hang with the message of "no bootable media".

After messing with the B IOS and constant rebooting with the then Vista Home Premium install disc I could occasionally get my C drive back again.

I decided to run the Repair componant of the Vista install CD but when it came up with "no C Drive found" I decided to reinstall Vista. This went OK and all seemed well for a few weeks ....................

Fearing a HDD on the way out I bought another Seagate 350 Gig drive, installed Windows 7 on it everything appeared to be hunky dory again!

Not so, after a reboot got the same old message of no bootable media found. I've got a couple of DVD drives so swapped them around but no luck, still the same.

After heaven knows how many more reboots, getting into the BIOS and attempting to reboot from the Windows 7 disc, I finally got everything to run perfectly again - as it had after ther initial new HDD and Windows 7 install... Read more

A:Solved: Could this be a dying Motherboard or a Windowes 7 problem?

Have you tried to update the BIOS?
 

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Please help! I'll try to get Hijack This up and running, and I'll post a log.
 

A:Solved: My sister clicked an AIM virus, and my computer is dying...

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Hi all. I have two internal HDs on my system, both are 500gb Western Digital HDs about 4-5 years old. One is partitioned into 100gb C:\ (windows) and 400gb D: drive. The other is a 500gb E: drive.

About a month ago I came home to find that my computer had been infested with some kind of fake antivirus popup virus. I managed to get rid of the virus, but 3-4 days later my PC stopped reading my E: drive. I restarted several times, did some research, but essentially the hard drive wasnt being read (not even in BIOS). I thought my E: drive was dead, but after pulling it out of the system, playing with wires, it all of a sudden was picked up by my computer again. It was running extremelly slow, but I managed to back up all my data. I kept expecting it to die due to the excessive slowdown, but it never did. After a a couple of days of running excessively slow, I looked up some information on HDs running slow, and read about drives running in PIO mode instead of DMA mode. Sure enough, my HD was in PIO mode, even though "run in DMA mode if available" was selected. I managed to revert back to DMA mode by uninstalling the IDE drivers, and things were fine for a week or 2, but recently its been reverting back to PIO mode with more frequency. Unsure if it was my HD, my cables, or my motherboard, I did some trial and error and moved the E: drive between the slave and master IDE channels. Regardless of which cable/channel the E: drive is connected to, it is the only HD that rever... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive Reverting to PIO Mode (Dying?)

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["Acer Desktop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)"
4 years old...daily usage ]

Just the facts of what is going on :
-started noticing about 4 months ago...my computer shut off suddenly, about once every 2 weeks
-last month, it started shutting off suddenly about 7 times a day and continuing.every day
-my computer seems to shut off when i go to stream my media to my streaming box media[ a Roku] but it also shuts off suddenly when i am not streaming media, just clicking a website may shut it off.
-Last week, i opened my computer and cleaned out dust from inside my computer. It seems that slowed down the number of times my computer shuts off by itself and the fan does not race as many times a day.
--it seems to take longer to boot up, a couple of times it just froze when booting up
Is it obvious at this point, it is not any software problem but a hardware problem. And how can i determine what hardware problem would it be?
i like the computer and hate to get rid of it.
[this computer is similar to mine ]
http://reviews.walmart.com/1336/156...ows-7-home-premium-64-bit-reviews/reviews.htm
 

A:Solved: Computer appears to be dying...fan races..shuts off 2-6 times a day

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I have a bit of a stupid question for you all, mum's laptop (a ~4 year old HP Pavilion DV6614TX) is on the fritz; when watching stock market videos or playing graphic-intensive games (like DX-ball) the computer freezes, graphics get pixely & it eventually crashes. It's BSODd [SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1]o[/SIZE]nce[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE], but by the time I got there to see it close up to read the error code it restarted, most of the time it just outright crashes sans-BSOD. It's also tiling the display occasionally when these lock-ups occur, or on start-up after a lock-up, it basically repeats the display 6 times tiled on the monitor.... i don't really know how to describe that succinctly, so I hope it makes sense to you.

SO I'm thinking it could be one of 3 things, RAM, Graphics card / graphics card memory, or just plain ol' overheating.

I've pulled the laptop apart & took to its fan with the hand vac for lack of an air compressor, but it's still starting up with the display tiled[SIZE=-1].. in fact, I can't seem to get [SIZE=-1]it [SIZE=-1]to start up w[SIZE=-1]ithout [SIZE=-1]the disp[SIZE=-1]l[SIZE=-1]ay tiled at all now. I[SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1]'[/SIZE]ve just taken a pic of the phenomenon & will attach it in case [SIZE=-1]I[/SIZE] haven't described it well enough.

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A:Solved: Laptop dying; screen tiling itself & glitchy graphics? (+PICS)

have you tried reinstalling the video driver
 

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I'm running an old computer with an Hyundai DeluxeScan 17B+ monitor and Windows 98SE operating system.

A few months ago something "went" in my monitor and a dark 'India Ink-like" splotch appeared on the monitor. I shut down the system and was left with a black line down the right side of the display (approx. 1/2 inch) in the browser while surfing the net.

Although annoying, I was able to live with this and continued browsing the net with no other real problems until today.

I turned the computer on today and the operating system will now only load in "safe mode." I've tried to start it in "normal mode" using the F8 Function and by holding down the Ctrl key upon reboot, but it will not boot into "normal mode."

Now, as I'm only able to browse in safe mode, the display in the browser has a much larger crooked black bar on the right hand side and the browser looks like it's having a nervous break-down, vibrating side-to-side on both sides!

I'm sure, if I'm able to get back into normal mode, the system will continue to function with the lesser problem of the 1/2 inch black line mentioned above, which is tollerable although not perfect.

How can I get back into "normal mode" or am I screwed and have to replace the monitor as I believe this is the crux of the problem.

Any suggestions in this regard would be grealy appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Crowfoot.
 

A:Solved: Monitor Dying??? Can't Access "normal mode"

Hi guys,

Problem solved!

It turns out there was only a color/resolution settings problem which I was able to fix.

Everything appears to be back to normal, but thanks anyway.

I'll mark this as "Solved."

Kind regards,

Crowfoot
 

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hi

sony vaio xp sp2...lots of peripheral usage, we have front and rear usb ports, digital cameras, printers, mp3 players
one morning when switching the usb printer cable from the laptop back to the front usb port on the desktop, the computer froze and NONE of the usb's front or back, have worked ever since.

important to note is that we do lots of plugging/unplugging usbs for the above devices

what we have tried to awaken our usb's (keep in mind we are in the early learning stages of computer knowledge...)

static discharge
boot/reboot
safe mode reinstallation of usb root,etc
system restore...didn't work...no matter how far back we went

last ditch chance is a system recovery, so we bought an external hard drive and are backing up ( as with everything we do, not without problems, but that is another post here)
in preparation for the recovery

any other, clear step by step advice for us?
thanks in advance!
 

A:Solved: all dead usb ports....not dying...DEAD.

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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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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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For the past few weeks, I've been noticing my icons keeps refreshing or rebuilding itself without touching the icon cache database. Paranoid because I had my first disk crash last year and didn't back up my files, I ran a few tests on this hard drive to see if there is something wrong.

This is the HD Tune results:
I posted a thread about the results above and it seems like everything is all good.
After around a week, I tested my HDD again because the icon rebuilding itself every single time is just driving me nuts. I don't know if it's the HDD or something else entirely that's causing this.

The HD tune results were quite surprising (this was run in safe mode, the results is the same in normal mode):
I got worried now, so I ran another test (still on safe mode):
The result above is slightly different than the first result. It seems the lines are more rougher. The second result is a mystery to me, I don't know why it made so many low dips around the middle even though it's in safe mode.

I was wondering if is it time for a new hard drive? I'm thinking about buying an SSD. Also, this computer was bought around 4 months ago and this computer is RMA'ed. The first computer I got had a fan problem, and I RMA'ed it and got this new one without any charge.
If I may add, there are no sounds coming from the hard drive. If I put my ears really close to the hard drive, I only hear clicking sounds (not "Click of death" sounds) that sounds like the hard disk is parking. Ev... 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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