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Q: laptop dying please help...!

Hey everyone...i've had a Sony Vaio PCG-K415B (one 40GB HD partitioned C & D, 512ram, 3.02 processor) for a few years now & in the last 6 months or so it has been shutting down suddenly more & more frequently, now it does it as soon as the Windows XP screen has gone mostly so as you can imagine it's useless, did get an NTFS error once.
I've tried the following:
1. Bought a cooling pad
2. System restore
3. Defragment
4. Hoover what i thought were the fan inlets from outside
5. then took it apart to get to fans properly & hoovered them well- what a pain in the wotsit to get to them!
6. last night did a system recovery on the C drive
7. this morning did a DFT using Hitatchi image (as my HD is Hitatchi)
now i really don't know which way to turn as it still turns itself off as soon as the XP screen goes...please help, thanks, Roger.

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A: laptop dying please help...!

Have you tried a complete format/nuke?

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Hi,

I bought a new laptop - HP Compaq Presario, Intel Pentium Processor T4300 (2.1 GHz), 500 GB Hard Drive, 4 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce G 103M with 512 MB DDR2 dedicated graphics memory. After a week, i got the firs blue screen error after which it couldn't boot [i couldn't even get to BIOS).
I was out of the country, so my friend called the service staff who told him to try to run some tests, that time it worked, he got to BIOS, ran the tests, everything was fine and the laptop started up normally. Now, 2 weeks after, I'm getting blue screens continuously, and laptop won't boot. If it boots [and it usually happens when you hit it slightly, though, i don't know if it's a conincidence], windows 7 starts up normally and everything is working fine until the next blue screen shows up, which disables my laptop all over again.

Blue screen looks like this:

BAD_POOL_CALLER

Technical information:

STOP: 0x0000000C2 (0x00000099, 0xFE8F40DC, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
Collecting data for crash dump
Initializing disk for crash dump
Beginning dump of physical memory
Dumping physical memory to disk:100
Physical memory dump complete
Is it a software crash? Can I run Win 7 repair if I manage to boot it and how to do that? Is it my hard disk problem?
What to do? -.-
 

A:Blue screen BAD_POOL_CALLER; laptop won't boot, a new laptop dying?

If you can get it to work by tapping on the machine, then it doesn't sound like a software problem. It could be a bad system board or memory.

I would call HP again and see about getting service on the hardware.
 

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I was at my Dad's house where I have faster internet than where I currently live so naturally I do all my large downloads there and then send them to my laptop via flash drive then to my main PC back home, again, via flash drive. This weekend though I was transferring files from my Dad's PC to my laptop when we were in a rush to get going back home so I transferred the rest of the files that I downloaded to my flash drive and decided that I should do the rest of the transfer from the stick to the laptop in the car to get going as soon as we could. I put the laptop into sleep mode after it was done (and I probably shouldn't have done this in hindsight) put it on the backseat upside down, while still in sleep mode. I have done this before my laptop pretty much stays in sleep mode for it's entire life, I do this while travelling too. But here is where the problems start. I get home to transfer my files to my PC (realizing that I left my USB stick in the car which I will get back later in the week via the post) so while searching for my USB stick not realizing that it was in the car now en route back across the country, I hear a strange noise coming from my laptop, it sounds like a regular 2 clicks every few seconds or so. So I do some research not knowing if it was a normal write head noise that I have never noticed before or a dying HDD, people with similar problems (from what I could tell) ended up backing up their drives and getting another new drive. Thi... Read more

A:Is my laptop's HDD dying?

Hey hogpop1. A repeating cyclical sound from an hdd is not normal.
Secondly, I wouldn't put a laptop in sleep mode when it is in transit, I always power down so the heads park normally.
You are able to browse the Web but are not able to download anything?
What OS does your laptop have?
Does the laptop boot up from being off normally without any problems or messages?
 

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Hi all, I searched through the forums already and there are a lot of similar questions to mine, but none of them answered my question.

I have an Ei System laptop running
Windows XP Home,
512MB DDRAM,
Pentium Celeron 2.6Gz,
Internal 40GB HDD, external 160GB HDD.

I only recently installed the external HDD. Prior to that, my laptop constantly chugged and had loads of problems so I decided to backup the HDD and reboot the system to factory settings. That worked perfectly well until I started installing all my old programs and hardware onto it again, and things started to get strange. After some of the programs and hardware were installed and the system rebooted, my laptop refused to even turn on. That never happened before. I had to take out the battery for a few minutes and replace it. This has stopped happening but problems are worse now.

The second I turn my laptop on, the hard drive LED stays (almost) permanently on. I know it's not a loose connection internally because the LED and HDD still functions normally, but it seems like the HDD is constantly being accessed I'm not sure, but on top of that, when I'm lucky enough to even get past the boot sequence (after an unusually long period of wait and restarts) the computer is unbelievably sluggish; programs freeze, the mouse freezes, it's as if I have driven the CPU to the limit, yet when I check Task Manager, the CPU's usage rarely goes past 30%. When it just can't cope, I'm given the... Read more

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So i have an acer aspire E1. Today i tried to start my laptop but it didn't start, the battery light is on. After i tried to start it a few time the blue lights next to the battery light turn on for 0.5 second i can also hear the fan starting. This happens approximately every 10 times i try to start it. I use windows 8. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Hi, I have a 4 year old Acer aspire 5750 laptop. There have been a few times when it has strggled to boot up, then done a startup repair and eventually booted up and worked fine. Today that didn't work, then it ran chkdsk. Then it started to load w7 but my user profile couldn't be loaded. It managed to load a new user profile. It will only run a snail's pace. Inserted the Acer recovery disk but nothing happened.

Do you think it is worth trying to get it repaired? Or do you think it is on its way out and should be replaced asap?
Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions.
I have backed everything up.
John
 

A:Laptop dying?

I'd def say fix it. But I know what I'm doing when it comes to fixing them. (No offense)

It might be more time than you're wanting to put into it, but I would say do a reformat and reinstall a fresh copy of windows and it should make it work better.

What does the recovery disk(s) you have say on it (them)?
 

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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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Okay, so my sister bought an Acer Aspire 4330 almost a year ago.

Lately, it's been... weird? It is overtly slow, crashes a lot, get's BSODs, and generally just sucks.

Is there anyway to fix it back to normal? I'm a computer geek but this.. This i've never dealt with. Malwarebytes, Nod32 online, Bitdefender Online, AVG, Avira, and Avast pick up nothing (No, those all aren't running at once. I tried them randomly. Currently, she has Avira) Windows Vista Basic.

What can I do?

My other sister has a Gateway laptop, and it's like the left button on her touchpad is either broken or jammed. Her right button works. So I had her set her touchpad to left-handed mode (Right click is normal click so on) and when she boots, it automatically opens a context menu as if she clicked the context button. Anything I can do about that? Windows Vista Home Premium.

Cody

A:Is my sister's laptop dying?

Okay, so my sister bought an Acer Aspire 4330 almost a year agoFirst, she might check if it carried a 1 year warranty, if so, check with where she bought it on warranty procedures.

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Hi My Hp dv6 1315sa laptop working fine till a few days ago when it froze when playing frontlines fuel of war game, happened again with RA3 uprising and eroupean escalation. It doesnt reboot - just shuts down , then won't restart untill I remove that battery and power lead for a min or two. I tried checking the event viewer to lock down the problem - that wont snap in the mmc. Drivers are up to date, fans working, getting no error message but this is getting annoying, got me totaly stumped any help on this would be appreciated. Also sometimes the laptop shuts down for no reason with usual removing power supllies before it starts again. Hopefully someone can tell me how to make this thing at least half usefull for a few months more - then I'm definatly getting a desktop!!.

specs are Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-74, x64 Family 17 Model 3 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 274252 MB, Free - 23269 MB; D: Total - 10981 MB, Free - 1793 MB; F: Total - 410058 MB, Free - 251701 MB; G: Total - 66878 MB, Free - 40242 MB;
Motherboard: Quanta, 3060
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

thanks.
 

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Hi,
I am a university student with very limited funds and I believe my 3 year old, Acer Aspire 3620 laptop is on it's way out. I am hoping for some suggestions on what to do with it, or if I should just invest in a new one

Here are my problems:
1) It used to happen once or twice a year, but for about a month now, my laptop will make a loud beep, but no error messages or change in functioning.
I heard from a friend that this means I need a new hard drive?
2) Sometimes my computer will shut down with a blue screen, telling me there's a 'memory parity error' in system 'fat 32'?
3) About 60% of the time when I shut it off, a message will pop up just before the screen goes black (so i dont have time to write it down) something like "fatal exception has occurred"
4) The fan is really noisy and warm, which I think means it needs to be cleaned, but not being familiar with computers, I am hesitant to do so. Any tips?

I have been running a disk defragmenter, which stops the beep, but only during that time. Now it says I don't have to run it anymore, and the beeping persists.
I'm not sure what to do, and I'm worried that all my files and work will disappear if it dies suddenly. I don't have an external HD because I'm not sure to invest in one.
Please help!!
Thank you in advance
 

A:Dying, noisy laptop?!

If you have a CD/DVD burner start saving your files. It may well be just your HD but if you don't have a backup on your files, and it dies, you're really in trouble. It sure wouldn't hurt to clean the system up, and I mean physically. Get a can of air if nothing else and blow the dust out of the fan.
Generally after a three years laptops are notorious for failures of some sort. As to whether you should purchase a new one or not - that's up to you and the budget.
So try cleaning your system out - as best you can, save your files on a Disk, and go here and download, http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html?Str=download
and run it. Your system will eventually let you know what's up. Have you gone into Device Manager to make sure all is well? Jazz
 

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My laptop (Dell Inspiron 8600) has, as of the past few weeks, begun to act rather strangely. After having the machine on for ~1 hour, the fan begins to blow very loudly while performance near flatlines. Before this happens, the computer can run new-age games on mildly low graphics, while after, even small tasks such as typing notepad are extremely choppy and next to impossible to accomplish.

A few notes:
I'm running Windows XP5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2 with 512mb RAM.
Along with this, initially, I was having a blue screen issue, but after reseating the mem module that was fixed
I've tried everything, defragging weekly, virus cleaning, spyware cleaning, all of the things I'd usually do to tidy up the computer, but none have had any effect.

Heres my logfile:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:49:01 PM, on 8/27/2007
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\csrss.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\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
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A:Laptop Performance is Dying

An update.. System Restore is no longer working. The computer restarts and says that the restore cannot be completed
 

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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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I bought this IBM ThinkPad T21 off this guy who lives near me for a couple hundred bucks. I may of possibly gotten ripped off for it, but at the time I sort of needed it so I didn't mind paying it.

Anyway, I know the laptop is pretty old. But recently it has been doing something slightly strange. Whenever I boot up Win XP with it, the boot screens loading bar will pause for a minute, then kick back in, do another pause, then load right up. I don't have a total problem with it, but I worry that this could be a sign for something serious. The specs of the system are:

Intel Pentium 3 796MHz
256MB Ram
30gig HD
Windows XP SP2
S3 Graphics Inc. SavageIX

Also I know the system isn't exactly built to run XP, but I did cut down alot of it's graphics to boost performance.
 

A:Old laptop possibly dying out?

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windows running unusually slow, typing becoming extremely hard due to stuttering, obvious problem. ran hijack this, two problems occured:

1. write access was denied to hosts file.
2. Unknown error occured but scan continued.

here is the hijack this log. any help much appreciated thnx

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 23:37:49, on 02/01/2008
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\System32\igfxtray.exe
C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exe
C:\Users\Phill\Desktop\VundoFix.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil9d.exe
C:\Users\Phill\Appz\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.club-vaio.com
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
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Hi all So about 2 weeks ago I bought a brand new hp ac659tx laptop. It operates under windows 10 and has an Intel core i7 processor. The problem is every time I use it and the battery reaches 50% or sometimes even 60% it immediately shuts down and I cannot turn it back on without pluging the charger in. When I do turn it back it sais it is only 3% charged!! any ideas what I should do? Should I return it and have it checked cause as I said its new and shouldn't be doing this. Has anyone else had this problem? What can u do to fix this ? thanks in advance to anyone who replies

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Hello all,

I have a Samsung Q430 laptop with a core i5-460M processor. It keeps dying on me. Not consistently, or with any discernible pattern. The screen just turns black and it shuts down. When I turn it back on I don't get any sort of message, it just restarts as normal. When I go to the reliability monitor, there is no record of an improper shutdown. This is incredible frustrating, as the computer runs great and is plenty fast for me despite being four years old. Does anybody have thoughts on what the issue could be? Last night I did a clean re-install of Windows 7, but the problem is still there. I keep everything up to date.

Thanks for any advice! David

A:Laptop keeps dying - no record of it.

Sounds like a heat problem to me. Try installing SpeedFan and monitor the temps.

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I've reloaded Windows (7, Ultimate, 32-bit) on my Gateway NV73 laptop at least 6 times over the past 2 years that I have owned the laptop because the blasted thing keeps dying. I have had MSFT Security Essentials, SuperAntiSpyWare, MalWareBytes and, now, BitDefender installed at various times.

As of my last "clean" reload of Win7 (two weeks ago) I also installed Secunia PSI and Ninite to make sure every piece of software had the latest patch.

And yet, again, my laptop is beginning to run slow as molasses, to not fully boot up (gets stuck on the "Windows 7 Ultimate" screen without proceeding to the "enter your password" screen), and now I see - thanks to Paragon's Backup & Recovery 2011 - that I have a hidden drive with 12GB of who-knows-what on it. It is labeled as PQSERVICE and says "12 GB NTFS". I Googled PQSERVICE and got a preliminary understanding of what it might be, but I couldn't find any reference that could explain why it's so friggin huge.

I also have an "E:" drive that is labeled: "SYSTEM RESERVED (E:) 101.9 MB NTFS".

I realize this whole post is vague, but I honestly don't know what details could be relevent or helpful.

Help?

Michele

A:Win7 Ult 32-bit Laptop Keeps Dying

Hello FreeThinkerTX and Welcome to TSF,

System reserved disk: Keeps data of your boot record. In other words, keeps track of where your Operating system is, so that Windows can boot it.

PQSERVICE: Contains system restore data. If your computer fails in any way, you can use the manufacturer reset to restore the system to the system default (the state it was in when you first bought it)

There can be alot of reasons as to why Windows is not booting. Even though it comes back after reinstallations, it could still be something you've installed that messed it up. So if it happens again;
Can you boot into safemode? (Press F8 during startup)

Also it might be a good idea to run a memory test and harddrive test. Memory test can be found here along with instructions. As for a harddrive test, what harddrive are you using? Your PC spec's doesn't list manufacturer, and their website doesn't list what drives they use.

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times are hard all the programs are dying and a can barely load up windows media player.

slow isnt the word.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 00:16:32, on 26/09/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXBCES.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LEXPPS.EXE
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\BT Home Hub\Wireless Configuration\WirelessDaemon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LVCOMSX.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ntlworld.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
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A:HELP!! My HP Pavilion Laptop is dying

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When I first registered here, it was to thank you for your rogueware removal tutorials that (indirectly) got XP Antispiware off my computer. Now, I think my mother's Vista Home Premium? laptop is going to eat it soon.

-Beginning several months ago, the fans started rumbling and clattering. We agreed they might be full of dust, but she never got around to checking.

-Yesterday it started going really slow, and actually froze, neccesitating a restart of Explorer, while trying to do something that's usually pretty innocuous as far as resource requirements go. She had a lot of things open, but she usually does. Task manager said CPU usage was hovering around 45-75% at that point.

-Last night it gave her a STOP error (BSOD) that disappeared before she could tell me what it said.

-Also last night, she ran MBAM in safe mode and it came up completely clean.

-This morning, she tried to boot in safe mode, but it booted in normal mode and then rebooted itself.

-When it rebooted, it ran a check-disk and said it was fixing corrupted files. But when it got to the end and made the report, it listed 0 of the first thing, 0 of the second thing, and 4 of the third thing (she doesn't remember what they were).

-Once or twice after reaching the desktop, it tried to reboot itself but instead went to a BSOD which said it was doing a "physical dump".

-She also tried once more to run it in safe mode. It said it was loading the drivers and such, then it froze when it... Read more

A:My mother's laptop might be dying... help!

then it froze when it got to CDC somethingWas it rather crcdisk.sys?If so, it may indicate hard drive issue.Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=28744&hl=hard+drive+diagnostic)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnosticNote : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps HERE

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Hi, first post here so sorry to get straigh into a problem.

I have an Acer Aspire 5536laptop that I've had for about 8 months. All was ggood to start with, running Windows Vista. When I bought the laptop though it came with a free upgrade to Win 7 when it got releases. So when the disc turned up I upgraded. Again all seemed fine, although it didn't seem to improve the overall speed which I thought 7 might a bit.

At around Christmas my Wife installed an update for Simms 3, which didn't seem to install properly and crashed the game. We uninstalled it and thought everything was ok. However, I'm pretty sure that since that point thins have been getting slower and slower. Particularly when first logging in, it takes an age for the first programme to launch.

Also Internet browsing seems to be getting very slow, particularly after a little while of use. And also the wife has completely uninstalled Simms 3 as it became unplayable it was so slow.

I have Norton 360 which isn't identifying any virus issues. I have also tried system restore several times but it will not work. I get an error saying system restore was unable to complete, blaming the anti virus, but it still doesn't work even when I completely disable Norton.

Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on where to start in trying to work out what is wrong.

Many thanks.
 

A:Anyone help, feels like my laptop is slowly dying

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Hi guys,

I have a HP TC4400 Tablet laptop that is dying because of (I think) viruses.

I first noticed a problem with google searches being hijacked and redirected to other sites, usually search sites or sketchy looking shopping sites. I read up on this online and found that the problem seems to be fairly common. Anyways, I tried running AVG, Symantec, MalwareBytes, Spybot SD, and none of them could find the hijack virus on my computer (though they found plenty of other stuff). I then tried out StopZilla, and it at least detected the hijacker, so I bought StopZilla and ran it (they make you buy the full version to remove threats- the freeware just detects threats) and StopZilla froze at 97% of threats removed. I don't know why or how. Anyways, my google searches are still being hijacked. Also, I often get messages from Symantec saying that it has found a trojan. The message goes "Action taken: Clean Succeeded, Access allowed."

Furthermore, my computer is now slowing to a crawl. It takes literally 10-15 minutes to boot up, it is constantly indexing, and programs crash all the time (especially Word, Adobe Reader, and Mozilla/IE). Also, every time I boot up I get a message or two like this:

AXWIN Frame Window: svchost.exe-Application Error
The Instruction at "0x027ef7a0" referenced memory at "0x027ef7a0". The memory could not be "written". Click on OK to terminate the program. Click on Cancel to debug.

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Hi. Not too long ago I posted about my laptop screen and how it was dying. If you didn't read it, I'll explain it again.

A long time ago, a strip of pixels on my laptop screen half died. There was colour in them, but the colour was lighter than what should have been displayed. I left it and thought not much of it. A week or two later, around 15% of the total screen "died". It stopped showing what it was meant to be showing, and instead it either displayed just a big black bunch of pixels, or strands of colourful pixels. I was annoyed at this. A few days later another 15% of the screen died on me. Right next to the other lot that died (all on the left side of the screen). It did the same - stayed black, however it occasionally flickered on startup, then died again. Yesterday another bunch of pixels went, making half the screen 'damaged'.

Now, the first part that went always shows coloured lines from the top of the screen to the bottom. The colours and amount change. The second part was half wanting to work yesterday. It was showing distorted parts of my desktop and if I moved a window it would also move on the distorted part. The third part just flickers from grey to black constantly.

I plugged my dads computer screen into my laptop and I can view the desktop perfectly without implications on it, so it's not the motherboard or some video card thing (not the best at computers here). I concluded that the (laptop) screen itself isn't dod... Read more

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My laptop screen was just fine when I shut it down and when I powered it up the next day there were black lines running across a top section of the screen. My laptop wasn't dropped or near anything magnetized so I'm not sure what caused it. Is there anyway to fix the display? There are never updates for my drivers when I check (I have an ASUS notebook). I assume the drivers have nothing to do with the problem. I also don't have a spare monitor to hook up to my laptop. I could take it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy but I have no warranty and don't trust them anyway. Is there any other way to fix this or do I have to live with it?

Note: The vertical lines don't show up in screen shots. Most lines are black, others are light turquiose. I tried bending the corners of the screen as suggested on other technical websites. Doesn't make any difference in the appearance.
 

A:Laptop screen dying or fixable?

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I seem to have unleashed a beast on my machine. Windows isn't functioning properly, my desktop cannot be changed to anything but black, I am now getting pop-ups, Windows Installer won't operate, all of my software seems to have lost it's license key because I can't get the FlexNet Service to start because of my windows issues. This is a work computer - but I am on the road for the next two weeks. Please help!!!!!

Windows XP SP2
IBM ThinkPad T43p

Here is my hijack this log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:45:54 AM, on 1/12/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)
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:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\SafeNet Sentinel\Sentinel Protection Server\WinNT\spnsrvnt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\taskmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe
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A:My Important Graphics Laptop is dying - HELP!!!!!

I forgot to mention that originally, I had about 500 processes - about 450 of them were either drwtsn32.dll or dwwin.dll. I managed to get a cmd prompt running and deleted the files which allowed my computer to work enough that I could get online and post this info, etc. It has also blue-screened quite a few times.

Thanks again.

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Hows it going? recently my computer started doing a whole bunch of things it has never done before and i think it all started with a program called outerinfo that appeared on my computer at the same time all this started happening. trend micro pc cillin internet security 14 came with my computer and is showing me about 10 infected files on my computer with various trojans. ive tried to manually delete and it says the file is in use or write protected. next 2 new icons appeared in my system tray that i do not trust. one is a red circle with an x in it. it says it is windows antivirus and i should download some spyware even though i already have it and i just downloaded AVG antispyware yesterday. the other icon is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in it. when you hover the mouse over it, it says "your computer is infected"
i have a combofix and a hijackthis log. any help is very much appreciated. thank you.

Combo Fix Log
ComboFix 08-01-23.1C - Bob G 2008-01-25 21:23:24.1 - NTFSx86
Running from: C:\Documents and Settings\Bob G\Desktop\ComboFix.exe

WARNING -THIS MACHINE DOES NOT HAVE THE RECOVERY CONSOLE INSTALLED !!
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((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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C:\DOCUME~1\BOBG~1\APPLIC~1\macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys\#www.broadcaster.com\settings.sol
C:\Documents and Settings\Bob G\Application Data\macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\5W7GUH3M\www.broadcast... Read more

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.
Don

A:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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I am using a ribbon cable with a pcmcia card that connects to my working laptop on one end and a connector on the other end that connects to my failing hard drive. When I view the contents of the failing hard drive, I see the folders, but cannot access the files that the folders contain. How can I obtain access to them and transfer them to my good hard drive/laptop?
 

A:Cannot transfer files from a dying laptop hard drive

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Hey everyone, I am facing some problems with my Lenovo Thinkpad T410. The screen acted as seen in the attached photo. I disassembled the laptop following the service manual, took out the LCD screen out of the cover, connected the screen again and it was acting the same, but system etc. started normally. I ordered a new screen on eBay and put aside the disassembled laptop waiting for the part to arrive. When it arrived, I connected the old screen just to check if the computer itself is still fine and there's where problems have begun. When I start the laptop, the cooling fan runs for a few seconds, then stops for 10s and starts to run again at high rpm. The screen doesn't work. The same is for the new screen. External screen connected via VGA doesn't find the signal.What's wrong, what to do? 

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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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A Compaq Presario 900 laptop running XP home froze and rebooted.

Error message was something similar to "Boot disk error occurred" Press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart. Upon reboot the same message.

After googling found a link to diagnostics at the Hitachi website and ran them
message received was "smart test failure- send drive to vendor"

Friend then found the recovery CD so placed that in and ran the recovery
which took me to the C: prompt. Ran CHKDSK /R (it took about 24 hrs) moving 1% every 15 minutes.

This morning had the C prompt again, Removed the CD and rebooted.
Something about a TRAP error 6 showed on the screen as well as some Eax type things. Rebooted again, TRAP error 8 with "double fault" with more gibberish on screen.

Found a reference to "Extracting data from a dead laptop with a laptop hard drive adapter" and about to pursue that avenue but don't know how fruitful it will be. IF the desktop HD sees the laptop HD - just copy the files over, right? And if the desktop HD DOES NOT see the laptop HD then ???

What I'd like to do is recover certain files from the dead drive by any means possible (starting with the least expensive and easiest and progressing accordingly).

I'd greatly appreciate any further suggestions.
If all else fails any recommendations on data recovery software or firms would be great (I have spinrite and it says the drive is in bad shape and that the recovery option may take over 40 hours... Read more

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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.

[IMG]http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/3378/photocpw.jpg[/IMG]
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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 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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

It turned out that my motherboard was melted.

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

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

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

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

A:My pc is dying (again)

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

Example of PSU label:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:It's dying on me...

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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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