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Weird harddisk problem

Q: Weird harddisk problem

I'm having problems with this 80GB WD IDE harddisk I purchased 6 months ago. It was working perfectly fine until recently. Nowadays it suddenly disappears from Windows and BIOS without a warning. Then I turn my system off for a few minutes and then turn it back on and it's working again. I have Ariolic ActiveSMART software installed and it shows no problems with that particular harddisk. My system is an Intel 865PERL motherboard with P4 3Ghz HT, running a Windows XP Pro with all the updates installed for hardware and software.

I will appreciate any help/suggestions to resolve this problem

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A: Weird harddisk problem

Have you checked the ribbon cable to make sure its securely seated? If it passes S.M.A.R.T. tests but occationally fails thats the first place I'd check. If that doesnt' fix it, try an entirely new ribbon cable. Also be sure to check the molex connector.

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I have 40GB harddisk and now I am moving to 120GB SATA hardisk. But i want all the data with softwares, plugins and all the windows settings to be transferred in the 120 GB harddisk.

There is any way so that all files and setttings will transferred and I dont have to install everything again.

In my system Windows XP Pro SP1 is installed.

A:Transfer data/settings from small harddisk to big harddisk

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Hello all,

I need some advice.

I recently replaced my old harddisk to a new harddisk. The old harddisk has windows xp home and other programs installed.

I did not format the old harddisk, I only took out the old harddisk and replaced it with a new harddisk. I then installed windows xp home to the new harddisk.

While I am installing programs on the new harddisk, I discovered that one of the programs do not allow me to activate the program license because I have previously activated the program on my old windows. I need to do a proper uninstallation to release the license, then I can activate the license of the program in the new harddisk.

My question is, can I take out my current new harddisk, replace it with the old harddisk, boot up as normal into the old harddisk windows, uninstall the program inside the old harddisk, then replace the old hardisk with my new harddisk again.

Will I be able to access the old windows on the old harddisk?
Will it mess up my current windows/programs settings?
Will my current new harddisk windows be able to work as normal after accessing the old harddisk windows?
I thought of accessing the old harddisk as a slave, but I do not know if it is possible to access the old harddisk and do a proper uninstall of the program?
Is there any better way of uninstalling the program on my old harddisk?

Thanks in advance.

A:Accessing Win XP on old harddisk to uninstall programs after installing new harddisk

you have to swap out the drive completely. at no time should you have both hdd plugged in.

repeat, do not run them as master and slave. run each hdd individually at each time only.........

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Good morning.I have tried everything that's possible with my laptop.I can't get it to work. I try to do a factory reset but nothing.Is it not possibe to get a windows 10 recovery USB stick from hp support?or Ihave bought one, where can I get one?

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My hard disk did not detecting when i connect hard disk to the pc the system will restarts
please anyone can help

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Remove temporarily the HDD while computer is turned off and unplugged. Does it reboot also?

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I have a laptop HDD in an enclosure as an external drive & have had it for about 4 months. It uses usb port. I was using my computer & the hdd was working fine when suddenly as i was downloading something it could not finish dloading because it said the (already written) files could not be detected. Then i disconnected the cable & replugged it & the green light turned on in HDD but it still wasnt detecting it. Then i thought maybe something was wrong or stuck in hdd so i took it out of the enclosure & everything looked fine so i put it back & when i went to plug it in a error showed at lower right of the screen which said that the port hub had a power surge & to disco the hdd & click reset. (Also the green light didnt even turn on this time.) So i did. Then i thought i always used only one end of the usb cable (Double header) so i didnt get why it didnt work but i went ahead & tryed using both heads of the cable & still again said the same thing. I always had enough power so i dont get it. I plugged in my ipod into the usb port & it works good. What should i do?

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I have a strange problem with my harddisk. There'e a light idicator on my computer shows that if the harddisk is running or not. After restarting my computer, this ididicator shows that the harddisk is running. This light lasts for many hours even I stopped all the programs running and Internet is disconnected. THe only way to stop this idicator is running a virus scan on the harddisk. After that scan, the idicator's light stops showing that nothing is using the harddisk. The virus scan shows that my computer is clean. Some days this problem doesn't appear but most days I have to do scan. I forced to do this scan because neglecting this may lead to harddisk failure as it happend before.

Any help?

A:Problem with harddisk

Hello Newtonx,

This is normal for there to almost always be some activity on your hard disk. Vista has many background programs and services that are constantly accessing the hard disk. Some of the most common ones are the Index updating the index during low or idle usage of the computer, System Protection creating a restore point, scheduled Disk Defragmenter scans, etc........

Hope this helps,

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Hello, my friend recently formated one of his hdd (the main), he put windows XP on it.. evreything works fine... on the bootup it finds 2 hdd.. so evreything is normal... same thing in the bios... but once he goes on my computer there's only one hdd, only the master.. it looks like that it doesn't find the slave. You guys have some advices?? Please let me know as soon as possibile.


A:Problem with Harddisk!

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Sir, i've 80 gb harddisk, but unfortunately while i'm formatting it, it shows me only 37.7 gb instead of 80 gb. So, sir please help me urgently to solve this problem.

A:problem in harddisk

First, please confirm that the hard disk contains only one partition and that it uses all the space on the hard drive. If that is the case then I would guess that chkdsk has over the years identified (and marked unusable) about half the sectors on the disk. That is unlikely; more likely you are talking about a partition that is only about half the hard disk.

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My harddisk is keep working, although I do nothing. Even I close all applications, it still running and cause my computer work very slow.
I don't really know what happen with my computer. If anybody know how to fix it, please tell me.

thanks you!!

A:Got a harddisk problem!! need some help!! plz!!

Please post more details!! Like anything strange happen lately, recent downloads, hardware changes, do you run a firewall, virus protection, system specs etc. etc.

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My don't start.I need a recovery cd or usb. On the mean time bought a new harddisk now I need Windows 10.Try to do factory configuration, but nothing. Or simple I can't do that.I have never made a recovery cd. M#: E0K02UAS#: 5CG3254F3L

A:Harddisk problem

If you have previously installed and activated the Windows 10 you can reinstall it without a license key. The hardware id is stored on MS servers and will activate automatically.Use the directions here to "create installation media to use on another pc".https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

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I have recently had a problem with my pc and have lost important data. I was able to recover some by using recovery software. So i decided to buy a external USB HD for backing up my data from now on. Although the USC HD worked on a friends PC with XP it does not work on mine with a Win 98SE OS.
I can see the HD in windows explorer but when i try to access it, it says that the drive is not formatted and asks if i want to format it. But the HD is already formatted. I did it on the friends machine (XP) where we copied some program files that i might need on my own system (winamp3, anti-spy etc.).

Although i tried hard to get the new HD working with the external usb case i could not succeed so i decided to install it in my case as a slave driver. (Yes, i did changed the jumper settings correctly). Now, both in windows system and bios settings the new HD is visible but no drive letter is assigned to it and i can not access it in windows explorer.

Please, help. I am about to loose my mind...


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I have a 210GB Hard drive and apparently i only have 16GB of space left. This didn't look right to me so i went into my Cdrive and checked the size of each folder and added them up on a calculator. Not counting folders that were a few MB or KB the calculator told me i have only used approximately 146GB of space. I ran a defrag and cleanup only a few days ago. So what's going on?

Here are the folders in my C drive:

Program Files = 2GB
Program Files (x86) = 70GB
Windows Folder = 23GB
Users = 44.6GB
SwSetup = 6GB
Temp = 0 bytes
PerfLogs = 0 bytes
Intel = 604KB
inetpub = 188KB
IExp1.tmp = 0 bytes
IExp0.tmp = 0 bytes
Games = 126MB
col1832 = 2.16MB
ATI = 248MB
AMD = 3.87

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Are you counting hidden and system files?

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Hi, My Hp touchSmart 15-j949us; M#: E0K02UA; S#: 5CG3254F3L. Comes with windows 8.1 pro installed. This was 2 years ago. In 1915 I have upgrade to windows 10.I have had problem with my fanmotor. After replacing the fanmotor, the machine will not start.What must I do to get back to windows 10 after factory reset. I have not execute it yet. I got an mesage that said: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup

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Hi all,
Recently i have purchased 1TB Lacie external hard disk.I am unable to access the hard drive when connected to PC.When it is powered on it is giving sound.


A:Reg. harddisk access problem

Is the external drive formatted?

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Hello everybody.
I have installed my new Win8 and it seems it is in conflict with my second harddrive - WDC WD3200AAKB-00WHA0.
When the drive is plugged in, Win8 won't start at all, when I remove it, Win8 boots normally (from my first harddrive).
BIOS settings are correct, the first booting device is the first harddrive, where win8 is installed.
All HDDs are SATA.

Please, do you have any comments, any ideas?

Thank you very much!


A:win8 and harddisk problem

What happens if you plug it in after restarting? If lucky, then you could get control of it, maybe.

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hello guys on my external hard disk i have 4 folders with some files i never sav that i cant delete.. windows gives me a error
this folders have weird names like
how can i delete this folders

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My old 80GB crapped out on me, or so lengthy revival attempts showed, after a "Disk Read Error" message and reboot cycle on startup. So my friend gave me his old 40GB drive that may or may not have been formatted, he doesn't recall. I plug the Master ribbon cable and power connector to the drive, put my XP disk into my CD drive (to install XP when the time comes) and power on. The drive spins up. I get "Detecting Primary Master..............." or some such and then it goes to a black screen with a little flashing underscore. Oddly enough the light in my optical mouse flashes in time with it.

Am I just missing something in the reformat process or do I have something more to be concerned about?

Update: Okay, I changed my boot order so now I can get the XP CD to start starting. But part way through it stops and gives me "SESSION3_INITIALIZATION_FAILED" and then tells me to make sure any new hardware is properly installed. It adds the Technical Information of "STOP: 0x0000006F (0x00000020, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)" I'm using the ribbon-cable designated Master... does it matter if I use P4 or P5 for power?

It doesn't appear that Jumper position is the issue since I've tried it on Master and Cable Select with the same result...

Edit 2: XP disk was only an Upgrade so I'm up the creek at the moment. I'll try again later. Bah!

A:Harddisk install problem

First, try to format the drive with delpart to be sure, that all partitions which may have been created are delete Can you put the jumper on slave mode ? Or was your other drive master?

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My XP does not detect my other harddisk (slave). Bios detects it but when windows starts i cannot access the drive. computer management-> disk managment does not do the trick this time. i installed windows again, and the drive was detected, but after a couple of boots it was the same. The harddisk cannot be found by windows. Both of my harddisks are Seagate Barracuda (master 120gb, slave 80gb) . I tried both of the disks on another computer and they worked fine. What is this, can anyone help?

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I have just bought a new USB Harddisk case and plug it in onto my laptop, at first, it works fine. But in the past few days, Window XP cannot recognise the HD as "USB Mass Storage Device" as it used to be.

Now whenever I plug my USB cable in the port, it only shows "Unknown Device" under the Universal Serial Bus Controllers

What has gone wrong?

Thanks, guys !!!! This has been bothering me for a while..


A:USB External Harddisk problem

This little raindance will usually fix this issue.

Create a file with NOTEPAD containing the following lines and save it as FIX.REG
-------------------------- cut here --------------------------------

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment]

-------------------------- cut here --------------------------------

Double click on FIX.REG and say yes to the Merge Into Registry question.

Unplug ALL USB devices.
Open Device Manager.
View, Show Hidden Devices.
Uninstall all devices under USB Controllers.
Uninstall all devices under Disk Drives that you know are not present.
Uninstall all devices under Storage Volumes. Say no to any reboot prompts until you are finished. Also, if a Storage Volume doesn't uninstall, ignore it and move to the next one.
If you have a yellow ? with unknown devices, uninstall all of the entries there as well.

When this is done, reboot TWICE.

Reconnect the USB devices and see if they're recognized properly.

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I have WD Passport 320GB. I am using different desktop PC and laptops. All the window operating systems are XP. The problem is that pc or Laptop not always can recognise this USB HD.
Any suggestions to solve this problem
Thank you.

A:USB External Harddisk Problem

And what would the problem be?

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i recently got an additional 160 gb harddisk for my old pc.... and made my older 40 gb hd into the secondary drive... i have windows xp system
the older drive has 4 partitions... wen i check in MY COMPUTER the 4th partition in the secondary drive is shown as 6.91 gb... with free space of 1.11 gb... earlier, ie after the drives had been put in and the pc running fine, i could not access the data on the 4th part of the 40 gb older drive and even after trying with data recovery software i gave up n just formated it.... but even after the format the drive size is still being shown as..
free space:1.11 gb
total size : 6.91 gb..
is der any way i can fix this problem?this 40 gb hdd is 3 yrs old,... is it possible dat it is physically damaged?..


A:secondary harddisk problem

I don't think it is damaged. Go to administrative tools via the control panel, run computer management then select disk management. (Take care here) Right click on the drive that has the problem and delete the 6GB partition. You should be able to see the full capacity of the drive in unallocated space. Create a new partition using all the space and let your system format the drive. Thinks should be fine if that is the case.

If you can see your old partitions in disk management but they are displayed as unknown or something you may have formated them as dynamic volumes before. In that case it could be possible to access their data if you need to but please ask around on how to do this-sorry I don't know!

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Good day!

I need help please. I have a seagate hard disk 80 GB. the problem started with a disk error then the bios now only detect 11BG of the total 80GB. How can i resolve this problem?

Thanks in advance.

A:Seagate Harddisk Problem

Go to your HD manufacturer's web site download and run the HD diagnostic utility.

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hi..my harddisk screwed up..i'm able to start up the pc but it does not load windows where a blue screen is shown for 1 second and then it restarts itself..i sent it for repair and the guy said that my harddisk partition is screwed up and he cant reinstall windows..is this possible?

which is a better brand? western digital, maxtor, or seagate?

A:can a harddisk boot if there's problem with partition?

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i got eject problem everytime i plug any usb drive
when i open the process using a program called "procexp" or process explorer that i downloaded , i found some process preventing the safely remove hardware
Screenshot below :

the process is :
1. $extend/$metadata
2. System Volume Information

edit : i cant close the handle (process) it say "the handle is invalid"
i am using win 10 build 10586

please help me, any comment is greatly appreciated

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I am completely perplexed with this.

Ok so I have the installation file for Alcohol 120% v1965529 on a DVD, so when I try copy pasting it to my E:\ drive I get an Access Denied - Make sure the file is not in use or write protected error.

However, I can copy it with no problem to my C:\ drive. Once I do that, if I try to run the installation, I get the "Windows cannot find the specified path, device or file. Make sure you have the appropriate permissions to access the item." error.

Trying to copy it from C:\ to E:\ gives me the access denied error again, and I've already removed all atributes, like read-only. What the hell is going on here? I'm system administrator, and in the 4+ years I've been using WinXP, I have never seen this problem! The file isn't corrupt, it works on other computers.

Right clicking on it, the context menu takes a good 6 seconds to show up.

A:Solved: Weird weird problem with Alcohol 120% - ACCESS DENIED

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Assume I have a rather new external (Toshiba) 3TB USB harddisk.

During the last days I experienced a data loss because one of the data blocks on the hard disk seems to get damaged.

I run a surface test with one of these hardidsk management tools like Minitool Partition Wizard.

It shows exactly ONE bad block on the hard disk (see attached snapshot).

So if I backup the current stuff to another hard disk, then re-format the hard disk and finally re-transfer the data files on the hard disk in focus: Can I continue to use this hard disk without problems?

I have heard that new hard disks are smart enough to exclude such error blocks from their internal table of free available blocks.
So if I later copy some files onto it then the files will NEVER be copied to the bad block.
It will be completely invisible in the future.

Is this correct?

Thank you

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Hi, I have a boot problem.when i do the Harddisktest it gives a failure:u4G42K-5SU8HT-MFPV5F-60W303with product id: A1Z63EA#ABH I used UBUNTU to save files from my harddisk, so i can see the maps. Is it possible that it is stil broken? regards, Patrick  


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A:boot problem/ harddisk problem

Hi,It had failed. You need to replace hard drive with new one of similar form factor2.5 inch SATA HDDhttp://support.hp.com/ph-en/document/c03025707Use recovery media to factory reset after replacement.Your came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bitRegardsVisruth

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Hello everyone,

i'm having a weird problem in my setup, it's not a real problem but it's very annoying.

i can't post a screenshot right now, but the situation is pretty simple:

i have a "login button" (see attached example) floating on the left of my third screen. It's the same exact button from the login screen.

The button can't be moved, it doesn't react to right-click but it does react to left click, showing the account control panel

If i try to change resolution (forcing a redraw of the screens) the button goes away, then it comes back in the same position after some time (minutes)

how can i get rid of it?

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Hello. Approx two hours ago I was watching some google pictures. After clicking one of them, I noticed the Java-program/script or something ran for two seconds. I thought it was harmless.A few minutes later I was going to find something in my documents folder, where I noticed every file was gone from the folder. The files were showed on Windows/Start->All programs-> and I could see the files where you can usually start programs. The were also some scanner icon to left, not normal ones. It was definetely new icons, that look like all other virus ikons. Also I couldnt open programs as far as I can remember, but somehow I managed to open taskmanagr, but not the original but processexplorer or something(I've had a virus before, where I tas told to download that program from this site). I exited those progresses that I knew were the suspicious ones. After a while, trying to check up on internet my computer shut down itself. I ran it in safemode afterwards, running Malwarebytes program, cant remember full name but I got it from here. There were zero infections. Afterwards I could actually use ad-aware, I ran a scan, deleted two infections and went to safemode again. I tried hijackthis at first, but I was told I "administrator has set the system settings that prevent this installation" or something like that. I'm norwegian so sorry for the bad translation. I got it to work by saving it to the desktop. Here is the log, I still haven't shutdown computer ... Read more

A:My documents folder content removed, harddisk problem etc. Headache virus..

I'm also curious how I will recover the files from my documents as I can now remember they were gone from Start-All programs (plus recycle bin) too?

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Hello everybody,
I have the following problem:
I have an Alienware 17 laptop. When the charging cable (while attached to the laptop) is put into the socket, the laptop makes a beeping noise, and switches on - well, something is switched on.
There is no proper boot, but I can can hear the harddisk spinning. It will stay like that, until i push the Reset button, upon which the laptop boots properly.
I wonder, what is the reason for this behaviour & is there a chance that this will damage my hardware?
At any rate, I would very much like to stop this behaviour.
Your help is much appreciated.

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I have just installed ms office professional recently. I usually open this program for a game. When i open it it gives me this -- Imageshack - 85374956
It happened with this program. I dont think it does with the other ones..
This has not happened until i installed ms office 2007. im really pissed now because i have had quite alot of problems with it. I might just uninstall it and never install it again because its interfeiring with other programs. If anyone can help cool if not ill just uninstall it.

A:Weird - Very weird annoying problem

Nothing happens if you wait for it to "finish configuring"? May I suggest trying to run it as administrator? Even if you're running an administrator account, you may want to try and give the program administrator privileges; right-click on the program you're running and select Run as Administrator.

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I have the strangest problem with my internet since updating to W8. My internet works absolutely fine all day, up until later in the day (not sure what time exactly this happens) but it stops working! It says it is connected but it simple can't find a network.

I am connected via LAN to an apartments in house internet setup.

I honestly have no idea what the problem could be! When I was in W7 it was fine. The ethernet cable is always plugged in properly.

I have talked to the internet "pro's" who operate the LAN in the building but they are confused by this too.

Help would be great thanks.

A:Weird Weird Problem!

Are others in the building also losing their internet access at a similar time? Upgrading to Windows 8 could be co-incidental. There are some really bizarre things that can upset an ADSL signal if that's how the building gets its access.

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I am using Windows 7,when ever i insert CD in to CDRom the system restarts automatically,'i removed the option of automatic restart when a problem encounters' but it dint worked.
2)All of sudden my system freezes for 2 to 3 min,i tried to reinstall OS through USB but it is giving me an error when i tried to install os through usb.

I did a scan with Malware Bytes and AVG but i dint find any infection.
Please help me to solve the problem.

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Hello, I have Dell Inspiron 15, Windows 8.1About a week ago, while using my computer all of a sudden it restarted n its own.But when I tried to log in (as admin) it logged on forever so I waited 30 minutes and then just shut down the computer.I did the dell diagnostics and it came out there was an error with my hard drive.Now the weird part is that I can log in normally and do everything from my other account (not admin).The problem is whenever I have to give admin premmision it stucks and shows it is loading forever so I have to shut down again.This includes when I try to install anything or when I try to manage my accounts so Im practicly incapable of touching my admin acount.Does anyone have any idea whats going on?Thank you for your time (sorry for my english)

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First off I have 5 Windows computers in my house. 3 with 8.1, and 2 with Windows 7. I have an ASUS RT-AC66U wireless router that supports A, B, G, N, & AC. My problem is with my HP 7520 All-In-One printer hooked up wirelessly. With all the pc's off and the printer on in standby mode, I can start all of my pc's but one of them and my printer will work fine. As soon as I turn on one specific Windows 8.1 pc, the printer will flash all of its lights and no one can print to it. If I turn it off then on it will do the same thing. Once I turn off the one specific PC and then restart the printer it will then work fine till I turn on that one PC. None of the PC's are on wireless, all are Ethernet.

Does any one have any ideas, or does any one need some more info.



A:Weird Problem

I have the same router AC66U but it's set up as an access point.

That is a strange problem indeed, I should ask, have you updated to the latest firmware on your Asus AC66U?

The latest firmware releases have many fixes that may help with this problem.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download RT-AC66U

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Hey everyone, brand new here. Im very glad to find a place like this, ive been reading up a few things here now for awhile. Anyway I ran into a problem and wondered if I can get some help.

I have:
BIOSTAR TA790gx 128m
Thermaltake tr2-600w power
AMD Phenom II 940
Radeon ATI hd 5770

Anyway everything was running smoothly then my pc sounded like a windowed opened and screen went black no response. So reboot and no image. I can hear my right clicking , windows starting, programs opening but screen blank. I take a look at mother board both LED lights on saying normal. So i figured I would try hooking my monitor up to the motherboards dvi out...still nothing. No matter what I try I cant seem to get a image but I can hear its running, whats going on?

Thanks for everyones time on this matter I do appreciate it.

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Hey guys, today I got a new Radeon 9500 and i was going to install it but the ram modules were blocking the way, so I took those out, put the card in, and not knowing that one of the ram modules was not in my computer, I started it up. Everything booted up fine, download the latest drivers for the card and then I went to go benchmark it in 3DMark2001 SE. I had gotten a score of 7894 on the defaults. I realized the RAM module wasnt in my computer so I put it in, after I did another benchmark with the same settings and had gotten a score of 7634. I didn't why i got lower with 196mbs of pc133 RAM then 256mb PC133 RAM, does anyone know why and how I could fix this problem, I mean is my mobo that crappy? It's a MSI K7t Turbo 2. Please help I don't know what to do! Thx to whoever reads this and responds!

P.S. My system specs are in my profile tab
P.S.S Sorry for writing so much

A:Weird RAM problem, PLEASE HELP!

Run the test again. These such benchmarking programs can really vary time to time, you may have had some antivirus program running in the 2nd try...just try it again.

Dunno why it would score in excess of 200 points lower though

Ah, after you run it the 2nd time, shut down and take the 2nd stick out again, and run the benchmark a 3rd time just to clarify that it is the extra RAM's fault.

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I don't know if this is common but when I boot up computer the splash screen is shifted over so to the left (..or right? ). When is does finish booting the screen is fine and centered. I also notice that the scrren is shifted on a bunch of my RealArcade games. I would love to know if anybody else has experienced this or has a fix for it. I"m lost!!! Thanx

A:Weird Problem

Have you messed with your monitor settings?

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I have just experienced a really strange problem.

My lan at home consists of a desktop which is always left on as a media streaming server and a laptop, sometimes my phone jumps on to it too

Laptop XP SP3, desktop XP SP2.

There is a dsl router connected via ethernet to a linksys acting as a wireless access point for the laptop. The desktop is connected via ethernet to the linksys in one of its switch ports just like the router. DHCP is on the linksys and the desktop is static ip.

So I was watching some TV on the laptop being streamed over from the desktop and hangs. I thought it was just some wireless signal interference or drop. Not so.

I was running a remote desktop session to the desktop at the time which also dropped. From the laptop I tried to reconnect the RDP and tried accessing my mapped drives to the desktop, no joy.

Tried pinging the desktop, nothing. Pinging the gateway router and the access point works fine, so Internet works OK from the laptop. Laptop can ping itself and the loopback.

Slightly annoyed that I had to get out of my seat I checked the desktop, no visible change on it. It was downloading with my p2p program, everything looked normal.

Tried pinging the gateway router and access point, worked fine. When I try to ping the laptop ip - nothing. Desktop can ping itself and loopback, it can also access its shares via UNC path no problem.

Very strange.

I tried rebooting everything (hey you never know) including the access point and the router.... Read more

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Saturday night (7/2/11) when I went to bed my Windows 2007 machine was working fine, or so I thought. At least I could find everything and everything was in its correct location. When I woke up Sunday morning and turned on the machine it was if I had been hit by Katrina as the desktop was a mess and little was where it should be and some programs did not even work as they should. Little by little I have been rounding up pieces but Microsoft Office One Note has lost all of the information I had entered there during the past two years and my Calendar Creator Program (Riverdeep) is in much the same situation. The loss of Calendar data is disappointing but I can re-enter from other sources but the Microsoft Office One Note cannot as those were random saves from the Internet as needed and notes that I need frequently. It is something like waking up to find the streets in the city where you live have been moved to other locations if they can be found at all and some of the houses have been removed.

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try doing a system restore to before the second.
System Restore

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A friend of mine asked me about this the other day. I suggested a few things like scanning w/another virus scanner to see if there is a virus causing the prob, also suggested reinstalling/repairing/chkdsk, etc...still no sollution.

" Okay heres whats wrong......

1. On my comp whenever i try to do a search for somthing....i cant see the search toolbar...(its just the stupid dog at the bottom but no search bar....)

2. i cant see anything on my user account panel so i cant change the password or my pic to anything else (although i have admin powers which i cant change for anybody else)

3. I cant click on any of the buttons for the norton anti virus (running a scan and soforth) and i have reinstalled it like...3 times....


i have put in a new hardrive and everything and still nothing works...."

He and I are both greatfull for help ;)

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Can you tell us a little more about your computer, processor, ram, size of hard drive, os, etc? also you might want to run a hijack this log and have someone look at the results.For information on how to do this go to http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/

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Hi all,

This is my first post in this forum. Great place to get many minds together to solve each other's problems. All of us are smarter than any one of us!

I though I had a hijack on my Dell computer which I inherited from my GF. So ... I went through all the normal stuff, hijack this, spyware removal, etc. But still no go.
My problem is that I can't get to any google related websites with any browser - IE, FF or Opera. However, I can ping and tracert to them.

Still convinced I had a hijack I couldn't detect, I reinstalled XP from the Dell system disk and then laid SP2 over top. Installed the Linksys N USB adapter. Installed AVG antivirus and updated/scanned. Installed AVG antispyware and updated and scanned.
Still can't get to google via HTTP! Can ping and tracert though.

So, I am beginning to think that there is something within Dell's implementation of XP Home that is limitting it's ability to get to google.

Note, my GF has a Dell Laptop that can access google sites from the same Linksys N router and my other desktop also has no problem with getting to google all through the same router, wirelessly.

I have checked the evil desktop for hosts file corruption but all it has is localhost.

So can you think of any layered stuff Dell has done to hose up my access to google?


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I have one really weird problem with my Windows and I can't find solution anywhere and I hope you guys can help with this..

So the problem is:

I have installed SP2 and Office 2003 on my computer with no problems. I had Kerio Personal Firewall at that moment and it worked out well.. Ok. Then after that I decided to change my firewall to Tiny Personal Firewall.

I uninstalled Kerio and right after that installed Tiny on my computer (and I had my network cable unplugged all the time). Then my computer asked me to restart. So I did.

Then when my computer had restarted it started to do weird things, first of all in the beginning it said something that "ctfmon.exe" couldn't start. Well I thought it was not a problem, then I tried to start notepad.exe .. and it said again that it can't be started.. and same thing with calculator...

Then I tried to open Taskmon to see if there was some problems in there, well.. Taskmon said exactly the same thing as notepad and others.. It couldn't be started..

So it seems that none of the Windows Accesories is not working anymore.

Internet and all other programs (games, Office, Winamp etc..) work just fine..

What should I do??

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So, the other day I downloaded a torrent file with some stuff in it... obviously. I guess I saved it to my desktop, which I didn't purposefully do, but anyway, it's there. I can delete it, and that works fine, and then if I restart my computer, and wait about a minute, it appears again. I'm not sure why this is happening, and I'd like it to stop. The file is completely empty, and I don't know why it keeps popping up. Any help would be awesome. Thanks!

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Bump. I really need your help, guys.

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I was on my pc.. which has vista 32bit.. and all of a sudden, it went mad, it threw open a dozen programmes, including skype and command prompt.. along with opening about 30 windows to Logitech's website, but that might have been because it also opened my webcam...

has anyone got any ideas what the hell went on ?

it did freeze for a bit after that too, but i guess that might be because it opened so much stuff.... seriously, all these windows opened within seconds

please help

thank you

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What were you doing?What site(s) where you on?Did you see any popup messages and perhaps click on one?You can always go back a couple of days and do a reset?The crew here needs more information and you may need to post in the Am I Infected forum?

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