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Dying, noisy laptop?!

Q: Dying, noisy laptop?!

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

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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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Hi Tech Team,

My sister's laptop fan is always noisy.
If you notice CPU usage is fluctuating quite a lot when browser and antivirus is only running.
Btw, situation does not change even after I apply air duster on heat sinks. It;d be still quite noisy.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5800 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3003 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1309 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 173653 MB, Free - 122792 MB; D: Total - 51921 MB, Free - 51813 MB; Y: Total - 9577 MB, Free - 1643 MB;
Motherboard: Wistron, 360B
Antivirus: ESET Smart Security 5.0, Updated and Enabled

Appreciate your inputs...

A:Laptop is always noisy

The fan itself could be faulty in the laptop. Therefore the noisy. As for the CPU usage, bring up Resource Monitor and track which app is using it up.

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I recently bought a new laptop model HP 17-y013na and upon first starting up noticed it making a clicking/grinding noise, not sure if its the fan or a drive but I ran all the diagnostic checks and all hardware was fine. The fan is always running too, just wondering is this normal for this model as the laptop is working fine otherwise.

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I have owned a Hewlett Packard laptop (Model - HP G7000) for approximately 4 years. It has been a good laptop but sometimes can be very noisy. I'm not sure if this is the fan or the hard drive. I suspect it is the fan as there has been no degradation in performance of the laptop (although it does freeze occationally). The noise can also be quite loud when playing certain memory intensive games. The noise sounds like a typical fan/"whirring" noise. My wife has described it as sounding like a hovercraft! Can a fan be taken out and cleaned, resulting in reduced noise levels? Does anyone know if changing the fan is a simple job for a competent DIY enthusiast? Any idea how much a new fan would cost?
Grateful for any advice!

A:Noisy Laptop

Not many laptops offer an easy-change fan. I recommend you blow out all of the ventilation ports to remove dust from the cooling system. Frankly, I have no confidence that canned air is sufficient for the job. The pressure just in not enough. I use a shop-grade air compressor for such a job with at least 40 to 45 pounds pressure; but, be careful to not overs-pin the fans. If you can prevent their spinning by inserting a paper clip, that would be great.

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Hi! I received a new laptop just yesterday. It a Sony Vaio FS515E and seems to be really good. Im not sure if I have a problem though. After using the laptop for about 4 hours when I switch it only it makes a lot of noise, like a purring of a cat but also some clicking. I wouldnt expect that from a new laptop and it wasnt doing it at first.

When I request the laptop to do anything it makes this noise but not as much as when it switches on. Please can you help me - should I contact the supplier and ask for a replacement or do you think this is normal???


A:New laptop is Noisy

I think you should contact the manufacturer although VAIO's are notoriously noisy and run incredibly hot...



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I've been having my HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop for 2 years now. I don't remember when it started to be noisy and to heat when i turn on the laptop, but it's been a while. I tried to clean down the fan area to remove dust,as i thought it might have cloged the ventilation area, but it hasn't changed anything. It is too hot, that i can't put it on my lap and it makes a loud noise of a hair dryer and you can hear it from another room
I checked with HP, but apparently I have to renew my waranty and also remove everything from my laptop before sending it back to HP for fix. And i don't want to remove my softwares and other stuffs as i don't have my intallment CDs here with me ( i move to another country)
Do you have any ideas on how i could fix it without having to send it back to HP???
Thanks for any ideas

A:My Laptop is Noisy and is HOT!!! Help!

You could try buying a cooling base for it, which you just attach to the underside of your laptop and it has a few fans built in to it, and just keeps the laptop cool.

Laptops generally do get a bit toasty though. I've taken a few laptops apart myself and when you see how cramped it is in there, it's understandable why.

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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:


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 just bought an omen laptop 4 days ago with the following specs: intel i7-4710hq [email protected] ghz 2.50 ghz16 gb ramwindows 8.1nvidia gforce gtx860m ddr5windows 8.1 the problem is the fan,  it won't stop ..it so loud. Its like working so hard to cool itself but Im in an airconditioned room.I hope there are only some settings that I need to adjust ti fix this. Please help!!!

A:HP Omen Laptop's fan is so noisy

Enter the BIOS to check if the "Fan Always on" option is enabled.  Power button, tap the Esc key. In the Startup menu choose F10 to enter the BIOS. If it is, disable it.  Even if it is disabled, the notebook's BIOS will activate the fan when temperatures get to specified levels to cool the notebook down when you are playing games . It is safe to disable it.  

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Dear members,

Got this old Acer laptop from my dad he pronounced dead. I re-installed Windows, used eraser tools, anti-malware, anti-virus. First month it seemed to help. Now however the laptop is very slow, blows a lot of air and often freezes. Any advice?
Here are the test results:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5870 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4090 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 51199 MB, Free - 636 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 9749 MB; E: Total - 177031 MB, Free - 110933 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Inc., Monserrat
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated and Enabled

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Very noisy fan. I am very concerned about how noisy the fan is in my new machine. It seems like the fan is on very frequently and often very loudly even when I only have a few things open. Is this normal? It seems embarrassingly loud when it's not actually doing any major processing. There was certainly no mention of this when I bought it at JBHiFi. I don't think I would have purchased it if I'd known about this noise level. I am not a gamer, I do lots of Adobe stuff, so the machine was recommended.

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Hello, I have some problems recently with my laptop, the 5755G. The fan got really noisy a week ago so I decided to open it and I have to admit I was quite surprised because there was not so much dust in it. Then I cleaned it with an air spray and removed a bit of dust. Nothing changed... Even when I'm not using it the fan can start loudly and then stop 10 minutes later. According to Speedfan, GPU = 45C HD0= 37C Core0=Core1=53 with only a few things opened on Chrome. Well my question is whether I have to buy another laptop but that would suck because it's only a noise problem or if I could change the settings of my fan, or if it could be useful to buy a new one and to install it by myself (which I could do if that would solve the noise) Thank you in advance, and sorry for my english

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My Pavillion dv7 just starting running noisy. I think it must be the fans. Didn't always do this but now I can hear what I think are the fans running. Could it be dust inside the laptop and if so how do I fix it.

A:Solved: Noisy Laptop

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This might already be posted here, but I've never seen it anywhere.

My ACER laptop fell off a chair. Started it up, and the CPU heatsink fan started making a noise like it is rubbing something. But I noticed it would quit when the laptop was tipped on it's side, or upside down.

Took the back off, and could not see anything that looked like it was crooked, or bent. Removed the fan housing, and noticed that the fan blade was loose, and wobbly. I have a couple of heatsink fans from other laptops laying around, and checked them. Nice and tight. No way to modify one of those to work, and did not see the correct fan for sale online.

So, I decided to see if I could pry the fan off, and then replace it with one of the good ones. When I lightly pried one side of the fan down, and then pried the other side....it popped into place. No wobble, nice and tight! So I looked at the other two fans. All of them have what appears to be a fiber washer between the fan and housing, but do not rest against it. There is like a mm space.

So.....check that before you order a replacement fan if yours suddenly starts making noise after a bump.

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Hi, I brought a new laptop a few months ago and recieved it pre-set up despite asking them not to. When I got it home I discovered that the laptop was incredible noisy, it sounds like the fan is going constantly despite me not having anything open, then turns into a constant clicking noise. I returned it the next day as it wouldnt stop, and again asked for the replacement not to be pre-set up, only for them to give me another one that was. Unfortunately this makes exactly the same noise after a few months of using it, and I was wondering 1) what is it and can I stop it? 2) What are my rights about returning it as it is not damaged, just loud? I ask this because the noise makes it incredibly dificult to study for uni.Thanks for your help

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I just purchased a new notebook computer. The hard drive seems to be constantly making an annoying sound (like several times per minute) even when the HD isn't really active. It sounds like a noisy CD drive switching tracks or struggling to read a disc. It's not absurdly loud, but it can still be easily heard from about 20 ft away in a quiet room. What is this noise?

I called for a replacement, but its going to take weeks to get it, and I fear the new laptop might have the same problem. I have never heard a laptop make noise like this before.

A:Noisy hard drive on new laptop

It's pretty hard to conclude anything from what you have said. How can you be sure it is the hard drive, expecially when you say that "the HD isn't really active"? There is really no time when a machine is running that the hard drive is not active. Data is being exchanged at all times.

Are there any CD's in the bay? Does the cooling fan make a distinctly different noise? How does the drive light act during the times you hear this noise?

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Last two days, Noisy sound is coming in my laptop. Until I shutdown the laptop, I am facing this issue. Please give me solution to resolve.
Nirmal Kumar. K

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Hi all, hoping somebody can offer some advice.

About 9 months ago I purchased a new laptop, an Acer V5-571 (i3 1.4Ghz, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD and Windows 8) It's nothing special and was never intended to be. I only use it for web browsing, e-mail, IM, Word and maybe watching some videos on YouTube.

In fact in the 9 months I've had it, I've not attempted to play one even slightly intensive game on it, as I think I killed my previous laptop in its early days by attempting to do this.

Anyway the problem is it has become very noisy, fan wise. When I first had the laptop (and for the first 6-7 months) it was silent for the majority of the time, even when browsing the web.

Now the fan can always be heard when I have a browser open or whatever. The only way it silences is if I close every application and just leave it at the Windows desktop for a while (or if I turn it off!)

I know dust build up can occur but I've had a look through the vent and can't notice anything untoward. Although I appreciate it may be hard to see from the outside, I don't really want to be opening the case yet.

I was wondering if this was normal for a laptop in this age range? My previous laptop, another Acer, didn't start getting noisy constantly until the end of its days (and that was in it's 4th-5th year)

It's just frustrating that the fan can always be heard even when doing very little in Windows. I also can't see any rogue processes taking up resources.

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A:Acer V5-571 laptop - 9 months old yet becoming very noisy

Only thing I can think of at the moment is to use a program similar to CPUZ and check the temperatures at various time.check temp when first started as that should be lowest and listen to noise then use something a bit cpu intensive like a photo edit and again check temp and noise. if temp going up with little cpu action and noisy chances are it it dust. when I first cleaned mine I used a can of air duster thru the vent holes to stir dust up a bit and a vac to suck it out. Hold with vent holes downwards.

Only other way is to get a set of headphones and play your favourite track at max volume


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Recently purchased ideapad 510-15IKB Laptop with Intel i7-7500 CPU. Cooling fan is constantly running and very noisy. Updated the BIOS. Anyone else encountered this problem? Please share solution to this issue. Is Lenovo aware of this problem?

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Everytime I disconect the laptop from the electrical outlet, the fan starts to make a loud noise as if I am playing video games. If I plug it in, the noise reduces. I removed all unnecessary processes at startup and still makes a lot of noise. What can be the reason of this? thanks in advance.

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I am using my laptop to play karaoke using compuhost program. When playing through my PA system from the laptop (HP) there is a very noticaeable and annoying whining computer noise coming through the PA speakers.
It is there regardless of the volume setting of the program so it must be the general computer noise transmitting. Does anyone have any ideas how to reduce or get rid of this problem.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



A:Noisy Laptop When Playing Music Through Pa Sustem

Use better cabling and jacks from the laptop to your sound system and try to distance them as far as you can.

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when i start my laptop i.e pavilion 15-p001tx... fan starts running in full speed and makes noise.. i disabled "fan always on" feature then also fan starts running..then i enabled it again but same scene...i reinstalled windows 8.1 as may be this problem would be because of faulty driver.. but now alse fan remains on.. am not sure whether fan is really cooling down cpu or no.. please help me and tell me some solution..

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Hi.I have been using my laptop for slightly more than one year and it has started making noise continously. I believe the problem is with the fan. Am I right or can it be something else? If the problem is with the fan, then what are the implications of not replacing it?Could you please advise me?Many thanks.

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Not sure if you guys can help but I will ask anyway, I have a Toshiba Equium A210 laptop and its making a repeated clicking noise from the speakers. When you first turn the laptop on it is quiet but within 30secs it starts clicking, initially quite slow then it speeds up until its almost a continuous noise. I have muted the speakers and disabled the sound card but still no success. I have tried connected a headset but still the clicking, I have also noticed that if I am in the BIOS it is clicking there as well.
I feel that its probably dodgy speakers but what do you guys think.

A:Noisy laptop - Toshiba Equium A210

It sounds more like a fan to me tbh.

Has it been dropped, or squashed, or had a heavy impact with anything recently?

Its probably the fan hitting the shroud inside the case, and definitely needs a quick inspection to see the cause before using further, as the fan failing could destroy it.

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Hello, This is a new laptop that I got for my college daughter this past Christmas and it has a very noisy fan. My dauhgter loves the laptop and takes it to all her classes, but the fan gets so noisy at times that she has been asked by other sutdents and the teacher to shut ther computer down becuase of the extreme noise that it makes. In full disclosure I am an HP employee and want to support the company products and expect high quality products, but she and I are very disapointed with this issue with a new HP product.Also another problem that I encountered is that when I went to the HP support site to try to get help, the site does not recognize either the S/N or Prod. Number of the laptop and therefore not able to get support or warrenty status. My dauther did not wnat to hurt my feelings and wanted to return the laptop, but I hope HP can fix this form me. THanks,  

HP Employee.

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Hey guys,

I'm really stuck: I bought a brand new Dell Inspiron 8600 not even 3 months ago and lately i've been having these weird problems.

ever since i started using the computer, the HDD used to kick in at some point, you could hear it acelerate normally. i figured it is because it is an 80 GB one that sometimes just needs to spin some more.

recently, however, it makes really strange and load cracking noises all of a sudden...and my applications run slow when it does that, sometimes even pause. like the HDD ist lost and doesn't know where it's reading stuff from. 2 days ago, windows xp just shut down in a situation like this, i got a blue screen telling me to switch of caching and shadowing in bios (which i didn't find in there) and then it said : dumping physical memory.

this has happened again twice just today. i really don't know what's going on...i didn't install any new hardware or software, as the blue screen suggests.

do you have any ideas? Thanks for your help!!!

Oh, i should say: could it be that it's simpy due to the fact that my computer has been running a lot lately? that it's maybe overheating or something like that? before the errors today, i kept it running for about 3 days now...

A:Harddrive noisy, stops and crashes in Dell Laptop

if it is only 3 months old why not contact Dell? I have a dell as well and any time I had problems they fixed it free. It will take some effort on your part by contacting dell (use the phone you will get better results) and explaining your problem. They have replaced a dvd rom drive, cables and countless software errors for me, for free.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series laptop running windows 10 64 bit. Recently the curser started jerking when I would try to move it, the sound is very crackly when I watch a video, and sometimes I get a vibration and noise from the laptop. The computer is also running slow.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-5200U CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 61 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8107 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 5500, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 887 GB (783 GB Free); D: 24 GB (23 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO, Nano 5B6
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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I'm using an HP Pavillion notebook Intel Core i5-3230M with Windows 10.1.

I haven't installed any new hardware or software recently. But the fan has been suddenly spinning excessively and making a lot of noise. The laptop is also warmer than usual.

I want to try other solutions before trying to update the BIOS (I have yet to check whether there is an update available).

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

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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.

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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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.

A:laptop dying please help...!

Have you tried a complete format/nuke?

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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,
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

A:Laptop seriously dying on me...

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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:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\WINDOWS\s... Read more

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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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.



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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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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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:\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:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.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
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explor... Read more

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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
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


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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.


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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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:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\BT Home Hub\Wireless Configuration\WirelessDaemon.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

anyone ?

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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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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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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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Please can someone help? My laptop has been slow, noisy and basically unusable for about a year, to the point that I have just stopped using it altogether, until today. It is slow to load, the internet is slow, I can only enter my password in safe mode and I'm up to date on virus checks and have deleted so much it's almost empty. Short of throwing this useless piece of metal out the window, I'm lost for ideas! Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.

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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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