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Q: Mysterious drive

I have a C: drive that mysteriously was partitioned to contain a G: drive during the past 24 hours. I want to delete it. How? It contains files that relate to nothing as far as I know, but I cannot delete them.

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So about 6 months ago, i was working on one of our desktops here with no user. Was at my desk, with a command window open ( with admin privileges) and running commands on her pc. i do not have the commands i was trying now, but was using psexec to run it remotely "on" her pc, and was trying to mount a share i think. it acted like it locked up and i closed the cmd window. then later, a z: drive appeared ( after my domain account logged into her pc), z: being the test letter i was using. it points back to c:\users\appdata\... . it cannot be disconnected like a network share. it acts like a real hard drive, but is not. we ddo not use roaming profiles, the only thing that would be, is a redirected "my documents" folder. non of the normal dos based commands work, they either assume network share or real drive. and it is not on every pc in out network yet. i went through and wiped out and reloaded that pc, and after i looged back in with my domain profile, the z: appeared some time later. it is a "phantom" drive junking things up, and i do not even know where to start. since im not sure what it even is, not sure what to look up in google. Please help.

A:mysterious drive appears

it definitely has something to do with "subst"
strange mapped drive - Spiceworks

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My Windows 10 machine stopped working so I did a hard reboot. It came back up just fine, it seems, but there was a drive assignment for a CD drive that doesn't exist on my computer. I panicked and restarted the computer and the mysterious CD drive letter disappeared. BUT, is there a history kept of prior drive assignments? I should not have rebooted so quickly. I would like to research what this was.

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I have just finished a clean reinstall of XP Pro, it is running wonderfully but I have a mysterious extra cdrom in My Computer which also show us in Total Commander. but it doesn't show up in Computer Management or System Properties.

If i right click on it from My Computer and select properties it says the same as the proper two cd drives but the file system is unknown.

The only virtual drive program I have is Alcohol and it not from there so it has me bamboozled.

Could someone please help out in a way to get rid of this please.

Any help appreciated

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Hello all I'm new to this posting thing,
I have a DVD drive that disappears from 'Computer' every time I restart Windows 7. I have spent 14 hours on this, and still don;t understand why. I have done everything that I have found on the internet and am no closer to understanding the issue. If I put a disk in nothing happens until I take the drive out and put it back in then it works fine and the icon appears in 'Computer' and device manager is happy again.

I can tell you what it isn't:
Its not the BIOS or hardware because it has worked seamlessly using Mint, my default boot option, for two years and continues to do so, on the same machine.
Doing all the stuff in regedit 4D36E965... upper and lower limits does nothing, those limits have never been present. Other stuff with a DWORD also made no difference.
MicrosoftFixit.dvd.run actually does make it work, but this is because it asks me to take the drive out and put it back in. It also reports back that the problem is fixed due to the disc it asks me to put in being unreadable, even as I listen to the music it's playing.
The driver is fine, at least Microsoft finds no fault when I right click the device manager DVD icon and ask it to look online.

One possible clue. I made it restore to a previous time, in November, and everthing worked as it should. I could turn it on and off and all was well. I thought I'd won. Then it updated itself without any permission and it all... Read more

A:The mysterious disappearing CD Drive

Check Windows Update to see if you're set to automatically install recommended updates. If you restore back to the November restore point, try unchecking the option "Give me recommended updates the same way I get important updates" and let the system install the important and critical ones.

I wouldn't be surprised if a less important, "recommended" update is breaking something.

Is the PC in question the laptop mentioned in your specs or perhaps some other Desktop PC you have around the house?

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I have a non-serious, but puzzling situation. I have an external USB Iomega hard drive. I have it set to be Drive Y. It works just fine. But every once in a while, its drive letter changes. The first time this happened, I thought that the drive wasn't working, because I tried to copy something to drive Y, and found I had no drive Y, even though the power light on the drive was lit, and the drive appeared to be functioning. The only tell tale hint I had was that right after Windows finished booting, I got what I'll call an "error beep"--the sound that Windows makes when you try to do something you aren't allowed to do. Rebooting did not, however, bring the Y drive back. However, what DID happen was that after Windows had booted, I got a dialog box that asked me what I wanted to do with the Iomega drive J--the kind of box you get when you insert media into a removable media drive. That gave me the clue that the drive was working, it had just been assigned a different drive letter (J was the first unassigned drive letter on my system). I went to Disk Management, changed the drive letter back to Y, and all was well.

Since then, this has happened about 3 or 4 more times. Each time, I can use the Disk Management feature to reset the drive letter, and it is then fine for several days or weeks. Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this behavior?

A:Mysterious Drive Letter Change

Hello RP McIntosh,

The next time this happens, you might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below instead to change the drive letter may be able to allow the drive to always keep the Y drive letter.


Hope this helps,

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I have my hard drive partitioned into a System Drive (C) and a Document Drive (E).

Recently, the system told me that my C drive was nearly full. So I increased its size from 20G to 25G. (Also ran Windows system clean up, CCleaner clean up, emptied Recycle Bin, etc.)

Practically overnight, the system was telling me the 25g was nearly full. Could I have acquired nearly 5G so fast?

When I use "properties" on C Drive it tells me I have used around 23.5g.

When I examine the contents of C Drive, adding up each file, I get only about 8G.

When I run a newly acquired program called WinDirStat I am told I have used about 13G.

I had thought that the problem was caused by annoyingly frequent updates (windows, adobe, avast, etc., etc.) but now I don't know.

What is going on? I am thinking about wiping the partition and reinstalling the OS, but would like to avoid that.

A:Mysterious Rapid C Drive Fill Up

The Windows 7 OS takes up about 16 GB of space off a clean install. After updates it could jump to around 20-25GB. 25GB is no where near the recommended amount of space that you should be using on a Windows partition. You should have at least 50GB of free space on your C:\ (or OS partition) to be running Windows. Either expand the partition to meet around this amount of space + or re-format and re-install Windows on a partition with more space available.

As for the rapid increase in data, it was most likely caused by updates.

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I have 2 hard drives on my system. Occasionally when my computer is started up the D: drive registers as 2 seperate drives. There will bo the normal D: drive but also an additional E: drive with the exact same contents as the D: drive. Please help!!!

A:Mysterious appearing hard drive...

My son has the same thing happening on his XP machine, doesn't seem to hurt anything. I've tried to get rid of it with no luck, have contributed it to a microsoft bug. Maybe a update will fix it.

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Recently formatted my drive and decided to partition
Once formatted a folder appeared named
System Volume Information (a hidden folder)
when trying to open it tells me "access is denied"
This is my home home computer
Question is this normal or is it hacker activity

Also when I formatted my drive with XP format facility on the XP disc
8 meg was partitioned off by XP and made inaccessable
Seems a lot to me!!!!
Is this also hacker files hiding on my system?
Or does XP always reserve this much partitioned inaccessable unseen space before installing the OS as normal?

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Hi Fellas:

We recently built a computer for a client using a FIC KA-6110 motherboard, 128 mbs of 100 mHz memory, etc. Everything went smoothly until we attempted to use the floppy drive in WIN 98 SE. Disks in the floppy drive cannot be read. We connected 5 different drives in the FDD connector on the MOBO and no dice. We have checked the CMOS setup, examined the connector for bent pins, changed cables (brand new stuff) and can't get any action from the drive. Can we conclude that the MOBO's FDD connector is the culprit. (By the way, FIC's web site offers nothing in the way of addressing this issue).

Thanks a bunch.


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I have Win2000/SP4 on my PC, with Norton-Systemworks 2002 (with Speed Disk disabled), Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro, Diskeeper 8 Pro and Stardownloader running permanently.

My (small but nagging) problem: every time I start up, after the desktop is already showing, some program checks my floppy-drive. I have switched off all access to A: in Norton-AV.

Could this be the network? I have tried everything, but to no avail.
Is there a sort of monitoring software out, that could tell me what program(s) access the floppy-drive?

Any help appreciated.

A:Mysterious check on floppy-drive

Yes, there are things that let you monitor filesystem access.

You should try completely disabling services. Start with Norton AV - set it to disabled and reboot.

Also, you should check if A:\ is in your PATH variable for some reason. Open command prompt, type set and press enter. Look at the PATH variable, does it include references to "A:" or "B:"?

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Just reinstalled xp home on my pc - amd xp 1900+, 768 ddr ram, 1x60gb maxtor, 1x120gb wd cavier

My Western Digital Cavier is my second drive. I reformatted and parttioned my smaller 60gb one and left the other alone(but still connecte). It had about 75gb of files on it and was used to back up all my other stuff. Now it is not there... but it is?:O

It is connected and i have checked all the cables and jumpers etc. On start up it is there on the bios and the back screen that tells you all the info at the start.

When windows launches, it is only the smaller 60gb maxtor hd and its partition that are shown. I have checked for hidden file, but there aren't any here. In the control/admin tools/comp mgt... the hd is shon as forign with a yellow '!' sign beside it. It has apprently no data, and here the other hd shows up ok. In device manager, the hd is there but when i try to populate it there is nothing there..... I'm thinking of reformatting the 2nd hard drive (120gb) but rather not. I am not sure what happened to it but i have reinsalled xp 3 times since just to see if it was xp.

I would really appreacite any help any one could offer

many thanks


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A friend of mine asked: "I used to have two harddrives in my system. Each time I booted up, just before the Welcome screen, Windows XP added an extra screen that made me choose which drive I wanted to use. I was forced to use the arrow to toggle up or down to make a selection. No matter how I changed the bios, I still had to do it. I knew it wasn't right but I endured it for 3 months. Now that I no longer want the second drive and have removed it, guess what? I still get asked that question. If I choose correctly all is well. If I pick the drive that is removed from the system, I get a message saying that Window does not have the proper files and On My Compter, the phanton second harddrive does not appear. What can I do to bypass the need to choose and get rid of that screen?
As an aside, is the Lian Li really the best case, or are other, cheaper aluminum cases good alternatives?

A:The Case of the Mysterious Drive Letter

First, you must have your Explorer settings to be able to view all files AND extensions. Then, look in the root directory (C:\) for a file named... boot.ini
Double-click this file - it will open in Notepad. Copy the entire file (it's small) and paste it into your next post. It will be VERY easy to edit this file and fix the problem.

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Hey everyone,

My problem is that my hard drive free disc space is mysteriously going down by 10mb about every 5 seconds without anything installing or internet going so it couldnt be downloading anything. So i would look at it and it would say Free Disc space 7.24GB - five seconds later - free disc space 7.23GB...ect. This would continue until it would say you have 0 bytes remaining on your hard drive. But if i restart my computer the free disc space would go back to 7.24GB and start the count down all over again!

My OS is WinXP and absolutely no error message has been popping up and all viruses have been deleted and it stilll continues.

Any help would be great! Thanks heaps.

A:Mysterious Hard Drive Space Disapearing

Try this first...

Go into Windows Explorer,Right Click C:\ Select Properties\Tools \Error Checking\Check Now

Check both radio buttons and Reboot.

This will check your HDD for bad sectors ect......

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Started having problems with my web pages being hijacked and in looking for a solution discovered that there is a Q hard drive on my system connected thru USB port 0 that can't be delete. Did delete it once and it came back but without the properties. My computer has hard drives of C & D with ports thru G or H. I don't have anything connected to the USB ports except my printer.

I do not have administrator privileges and have discovered about 10-15 mysterious users (ie. trusted installed, administrators, user$, performance log users, etc.) that I don't know how to delete. I suspect that my computer has been hijacked and I am using a clone of it(?),if that makes sense and is how it works. I don't really have that much experience with this. I think this because I can not find any way to gain Administrator privileges which are all in network. Which should not be the case because I don't belong to any network. Please help if you can?

Thank you!!

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hello,let;s get an MBAm log and see if it shows something.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM 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.
For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.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 asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and cl... Read more

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I have 2 DVD drives, one is a Pioneer 112 SATA and the other is a LG H20L SATA Blu-Ray drive. One is on the motherboard RAID controller and the other is on a RAID card in the PCI slot.

All of a sudden I have had a really odd problem, both drive trays open and close on their own and without me touching anything. There can either be a CD/DVD in or not, it makes no difference. They open seperately but both open and close. Sometimes the tray can stay out for 5 minutes and then closes, other times it opens and closes loads of times in succession. It is a bit like gremlins, the drives have a mind of their own, I can't work out the link. I have tried pushing in the power cables, I have tried shutting down the net in case of a virus, I have virus checked, and nothing comes up. I have searched the net for an answer but previous people who have had the problem have never seemed to get an answer, most replies are about a stuck eject button, but this happens to BOTH my disc drives.

This didn't happen before I got the LG 4 days ago, but at the same time it didn't happen until about 2 days after it was installed, so it wasn't immediate.

I run Windows XP Pro SP2, 2gb ram, I have lots of software, and the new drive came with about 10 items of DVD software. I have tried to shut down anything I see that may cause the problem, like CD/DVD software running in the background, but again nothing helps. It is so odd how sometimes the drives can open and close like mad, then ... Read more

A:Mysterious drive problem (opens and closes on its own)

My guess would be Malware of some kind, perhaps you should post a HijackThis log.

Please read this before posting a log :- http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/622404-posting-help.html

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Mysterious Hard Drive Partition in Windows XP

I recently noticed a F: partion on my computer that I did not create. It is about 46.9MB in size and contains a bunch of .MDM files, which I think are (Machine Debugger Manager) files and a directory labeled DELL, which is my PC's manufacturer. Anyone know what could have caused this? Virus Scan reveals nothing. Also, how do you remove a partition?


A:Mysterious Hard Drive Partition in Windows XP

To remove a drive or partition in XP, go to My Computer, right click, Manage, Disk Management, Select the drive you wish to remove, Right click, Delete logical drive.

BE CARFULL. You could regret it. Backup all your data first. It?s easy to make a mistake.

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so far i've actually been quite impressed with win xp. although its power will never compare to that of linux or any other unix based system, its by far the best system microsoft has made to date.

lately i've been dealing with 2 problems, neither of them critical, but annoying enough to try to seek some help on.

1 - ever since xp was installed it would make mysterious noises every 1/2 hour or so, the rising chimes, then the dropping chimes. i just disabled system sounds because they were a piss off anyway. well w/e xp is doing behind my back is taking a large amount of cpu usage, because when it does this in a game a get a small freeze, probably only a second, but enought to piss you off during online gaming/ or single player for that matter.

2 - for some reason the OS is telling me I have used 27gb on my hd when i KNOW i have used 10. i've totalled up memory usage on every flder in the root, and it adds up to ten perfectly. not only that when i "dir/w" in a command window it tells me "29,048,497,152" bytes available. (about 27gb) on a 40gb hd, well actually 37.4 if you know about the whole bits to a byte thing

- i've been a morpheus user for awhile, for those of you that didn't know morpheus did NOT have a software problem, the fasttrack network and main morpheus servers where hacked. any users that tried to log on after this hack had changes to their registry made, and so far those changes are unknown..i think my hd problem could... Read more

A:mysterious sounds, hard-drive confusion

Have you tried running a up to date virus scanner? A free online one can be found at http://housecall.antivirus.com

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G'day all, would really appreciate some help here.

anyway, here's the story. I left my computer turned on earlier in the day with everything working normally. i came back about 3 hours later to find that my two cd drives (LG HL-DT-ST CDRW GCE-8523B, Samsung DVDrom SD-608) and one mounted virtual drive (Daemon Tools) had dissappeared from My Computer. Device manager (Win XP pro) showed the above devices with a exclamation mark against them and the "device status" for each read: "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39) Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device."

Straight off, i tried backing up to a system restore point from yesterday and then the day before that, all with no luck. I then tried updating the drivers just by clicking on the update driver button which said it could not find a better match. I then tried uninstalling all the devices which it seemed to do, but upon restarting, still no drives in My Computer although they were back in the device manager with the same message as before. nb. the devices show up same as usual on bootup.

Sorry for the long post and thankyou very much to anyone who has persevered with me so far. thanks in advance if anyone can tell me what's doing or (hopefully) that i'm an idiot and have missed something incredibly simple. Cheers guys.

oh yeah, also... troubleshooter did not work and i can not find any drive... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Mysterious Death of two cd drives and virtual drive

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I looked in my My Computer folder and everything looked OK (C, D, E , F drive icons...C and E are partitions of my master(1) hard drive with Win98 and W2K on each respectively....D and F are partitions of my slave(2)hard drive where I put data...D for Win98's data, and F for W2K's data files).

But for some reason when I looked in My Computer in Win98 awhile later, I also found 2 New drives being shown, called G and H. I don't know if it is related or not, but it was after I had attempted(as I need to do for my computing reasons) attempted to convert the E(W2K
operating system partition) and F(the W2K data partition) to NTFS format.

the new "drives" appeared to have "no size", but where shown as being "full").....OR What could have cause this??

Has anybody see that before?
(and it is very weird additionally because E and F that were converted to NTFS still showed up also in the Win98 My Computer folder....and NTFS drives aren't supposed to be seen by Win98)

Has anybody seen this before, or know what kinds of things might cause that to happen?

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Ok last week I notice some driver in my computer on "My Computer" that I don't have, and it was marked as a CD drive (E.

I though it was strange, but because it was Christmas and everything I let it go, with no much concern. The last thing I had burn on my dvd burner was a cd.

This week I burned a DVD, and when I went to the "My Computer", so I click on the DVD drive to test it out, I notice that the CD drive was gone, and in place of that, was DVD drive (E, and no, it is no my DVD drive (which is D.

So I unplug all my usb cables as I though it might be something related, and the drive still there.

I click on properties and it shows as free space 0 used space 0.

I did not tried to deleted, and here's why;

A few months ago, some mysterious file appeared on my desktop, nothing seemed to have changed in my computer, I didn't tried to open the file or anything, I just drag to send the file right at my recycle bean to deleted, as soon as I did that, my computer went crazy open a bunch of screens and installing programs, I unplug the cable from my internet right away, my anti virus didn't pop up warning me about any of viruses, I went online and search for the programs that seem to have self install which I could see vaguely installing itself, and all turn out to be spyware malware or some sort of that, and the answer was to get "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware", which I still have in my computer.

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A:Mysterious drive appeared at "My Computer"

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I may have something funny going on with my system as i removed some programs and started gettin some pop ups even with my Google Pop U Blocker. I followed the 5 teps and below are m Hijackthis ad Active scans. Thanks in adance for any help.

HijackThis Log
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:35:27 PM, on 8/19/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Small Business\Business Contact Manager\BcmSqlStartupSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Shared\sqlwriter.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exe
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A:Mysterious Pop Ups

BUMP. please...

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I have 8.1 I just happen open a Gif, and noticed it open by Internet Explorer
I'm not exactly a PC whiz but it would seem to me the internet address that it is displaying is my computer.
What's that all about because if it is what I think it is ?????
Then, . .  I need to say, . . .  personal computer security is a subject I may get interested in discussing. 
Like the first thing I would have to say is ;
ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:8.1 is a little mysterious to Me

What the hell are you talking about, opening gifs in IE is pretty normal, it works in Windows 7 too. How is this a security problem? Just because your IE can access local files, doesn't mean another website can like the same way... Chrome and FF can do this too, such as downloading PDFs and then opening them through their pdf viewer. 

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In my device manager I have spotted a mysterious cd/dvd rom (I only have one cd/dvd rom drive). I have now disabled this unknown drive (see screeshot), am I OK to do this and reset my PC?


C h r e d g e

A:mysterious cd/dvd rom

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I am currently using Mozilla Firefox as my default browser. However, I have IE installed. Every so often, 10,15 mins or so, I get a random pop-up, even after completely blocking the sites and adding them to the blocked sites within my IE (what browser the pop-ups are running with) settings. I don't see why I should get IE pop-ups when IE is entirely blocked? I cannot uninstall it, seen as MSN uses it to run applications.

All help will be highly appreciated.


A:Mysterious pop-ups

you are infected, and this question belongs in the secuity forum

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Ok, so on my 'about computer' page it states that my processor is AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 2.00GHzbut on my 'Directx diagnostic tool' it says that my Display card is Microsoft basic display adapter. Why didn't it use the AMD Radeon R5 graphic card??? Is this normal? if not how can I fix it?
Also my computer ran to an error where it had to delete everything except my personal files, I re-downloaded the games I had before the error and suprisingly the game I used to be able to play smoothly started lagging badly.

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What the H E double hockey sticks is a program with a name like "52955b66-582f-400a-a216-94fb4a79167d.exe"? I found it when sifting through application control in zone alarm. I've temporarily frozen it until I can figure out what it is. I googled it and for the first in my life google said No Hits. Anyone know how to figure out what this is?

A:Mysterious exe

Where is it? The path may give a clue. What does it say if you right click on it and look at properties?

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When I get offline and stop all activity on my computer, memory usage goes down, but CPU usage goes up. Why is that?

A:Mysterious CPU usage

Hi bradg and Welcome to Seven Forums.
Could be lots of reasons mainly harmless. Your antivirus maybe scanning, the drive might be defragging as you are "idle". How high does it go? 25 to 30% can be normal if the computer is "housekeeping" but if it contunues for hours you may have a virus or malware or a program running in the background that you are unaware off.
Post a screen shot of your task manger screen and we'll take a look.

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Well i recently got a router off a firned .. it hasnt got a name its only got " wireless-G router" on the front, ive googled this nd comes up with basicly nothing, the only other thing is the serial number which comes up nothing aswell....

well.. after i pluigged it in one of the lan ports on the back of my pc the "network unplugged" icon went off for about 4 seconds then came back on... then went off.. but it keps doing it, But im still able to acces the internet when i plug my dsl modem in to it, but when i try to acces the router it self i cant beacuse i dont knoo how to..

ive loooked on other sites and theyve said theres a certain gate way adress for it but ive checked them all,

ive tried to do the "cmd" thing, were you supposedly can get it from there but i cant.

Im honestly out of ideas and any help would be greatfull




ive uploaded some pics

A:The mysterious router...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

The Gateway is your router's LAN IP address--the address you type into a web browser to access its web like configuration pages.

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This computer is virus-free and malware-free, but mysteriously reboots at random intervals. It doesn't seem to matter whether the computer is busy or not; it's left on overnight and several reboots occur even then (as indicated in the event logs). Before I start tearing apart the hardware I'd like to ensure that the computer hasn't been hijacked. Here's the dds log:
DDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - FAT32x86
Run by Gladys at 11:23:08.75 on Sat 05/16/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1982.1441 [GMT -7:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\EZBackitup\EZBkuptray.exe
C:\Program Files\Volumouse\volumouse.exe
C:\Program Files\WizMouse\WizMouse.exe
C:\My Downloaded Files\Windows Process Explorer\procexp.exe
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A:Mysterious reboots

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I have run several virus and malware scans which find nothing. There seems to be no post
I can find anywhere of this malfunction. I'm running xp.

Every time I open a folder, the window comes up onscreen with the proper name of the window ("my documents, for instance)........and then, after 2 to 10 seconds or so, the folder name in the upper bar changes to something like


each time it's a bit different. Weird symbols appear, too.....chinese, whatever.
Problem began in last day or two, at first was intermittnet, now it's always.
Internet windows not affected

Otherwise computer seems to work normally. Any help apprecated!!


A:mysterious window name changes

Have a look in the Event Viewer for any errors at the time of the name changes.To open the Event Viewer go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. Alternately, go to Start > Run and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.Check in all the categories.If you find an error that occurred at the time right-click on it and select properties. Copy the information in the window and post it back here. This will help us diagnose your problem.How To Use the Event Viewer

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i haven't been on my computer for the past few days, and when i got back on, the 16 gig hard drive was completely full. before, i don't even think it was 1/4 of the way there. is there any way i could have gotten a virus or something of the like and it took up all of my space? help me.

A:mysterious gig dissappearance

not likely
havent heard of a virus that would just take up lots of space

run scandisk and defreag

there is a utility called 'spacemonger'
u can get it from download.com i think
it will give u a visual of what it taking up space on your hd

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I have a Dell Poweredge 2400, with a hot-pluggable HD backplane. I recently added a second HD to the backplane. After I did, I started to hear a weird, two-tone, long-short beep coming from withing the system (doesn't seem to be coming from the PC speaker). The sound re-occurs about every 60 seconds. Other than the sound, the system is working great. The new HD is fine, and everything seems normal. Weird...


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mysterious black box has invaded screen
Recently a black box about ten characters in size with an arrow in a circle inside has invaded my screen. When I click it it goes away only to appear again. It reminds me of a roach and I hate roaches.
But recently it has reproduced and appears at several places at once. Anyone with bugspray?

A:mysterious black box

Step 1
post a screenshot so we can see what you are talking about
follow advice here and post the logs those programs make

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My computer is a pentium 4 2.8 gig with an ati radeon 9800 atlantis. The mobo is an ASUS P4PE-X. Here's the problem: I will start playing a game and everything will be running fine for a few minutes and then the computer will emit a series of beeps that sound like a warning. The computer will then shut itself off unless I exit the game. If I exit the game, the beeps stop and the computer runs as if nothing happened. The beeping only occurs when I play games. I thought it might be over-heating but my diagnostic tools showed that the CPU never went above 111 F. Please help as I greatly wish to return to playing Half-Life 2. Thanks.

A:Please help with mysterious problem

Dont play that game. Certain sites do that too. Its like its too much for the computer. Maybe you dont have enough memory to play it, oh well.

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Ok, here's some environment details.
My computers is running Windows 8 Professional and my hostname is WN53SV, my username benjamin is an Administrator with a live account attached to it. Administrator and guest, the built in accounts are disabled and there are no other users created.

when I view 'network' my hostname appears twice.
One of them reveals no shares, as is supposed to.
The second one reveals a 'cf' share. Inside this share are 4 additional shared folders, "c", "d", "e", and "f" which are my four drives attached to this computer. I am able to browse this structure to see what files actually exist in these folders but i have not been able to access these files and shares from over a network connection. It appears to be locally accessible only.

I've tried to google about this but i've not been able to come up with much at all.

This is a screencap of management console. You see here only default shares are shown.
here you see the result of 'net share' to show all shared folders. again, looks normal.
Here is a screen from the 'network' location
inside the doubled hostname:
and inside 'cf'
inside \\wn53sv\cf\c

C:\Users\benjamin>net view \\wn53sv\cfSystem error 53 has occurred.
The network path was not found.

If anyone can help me figure out where this is coming from, i would really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 382883 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, Updated and Enabled

In my hidden AppData folder there are a hundreds of files of types *.xml and *.rss . Could someone please explain what purpose they serve?

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HELP...I installed network protocols on a Win 2K Pro notebook computer in order to hook it up to my cable modem, and all of a sudden after rebooting it calls for a password, and I cant log on. Before installing the protocols, I never needed a password in order to boot Windows. I tried every imaginable default password I could think of to no avail. I did not give the system a password, or I would know it. When the OS was factory installed, could they have given a password? I am at a total loss. I have to give this laptop back to it's owner at 8 tomorrow morning.

I would appreciate any and all help.

A:Mysterious Password

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Having recently established that my new Dell notebook can burn DVDs I set to work last evening.
I connected my external HD to the USB port, inserted a DVD-R, and burned about half a disc of photos with the installed Sonic Roxio (Dell edition). When I finished, the disc was described as "appendable" and as it was not finalized I could go on adding files. I checked the contents on the Dell and also on my main PC with a read-only DVD drive. All was well on both.

Later the same evening I decided to continue burning from the ext. HD and dragged some more folders over to the Roxio interface. I then burned the folders leaving about 420mb of free space. The burn finished and I reinserted the disc, and was amazed to find that although the disc was almost full the folders on my first burn were not shown, but all the second burn folders were OK and viewable.

Even more amazingly this morning I inserted the disc in my main PC and found only the folders from my first burn were shown and viewable, but on reinserting in the Dell, again only the second burn were viewable. Do I really have to use two different drives to see the contents of the disc?

Two events happened during that second burn:
1. I was invited to have the HD image folders copied to the Roxio interface; I clicked Yes and saw that some of the folders were shown as 'already on the disk'; I decided to remove these names for that reason (in case they got burned twice, even though unlikely) and I was left with... Read more

A:Mysterious DVD behaviour

As you have yet to finalize the burn, the final file table is yet to be written.

Also, although XP does have udf drivers built in, the roxio software installs it's own udf driver (for packet writing). Therefore unless you installed roxio on both machines, you may have different udf (universal disk format) drivers on each machine. that may explain the different behavior on each. It does seem like you'd at least be able to see both sessions on the machine the disk was burned on. Maybe you should copy the data each machine sees to your hard drives, then finalize the disk and see if both sessions become visable.

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When opening Computer Management by right clicking Computer in the start menu the word Manage didn't leave the screen. Please see image below.

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Has anyone else encountered this error? How is it caused?

A:Mysterious Manage

yes I have seen that across both 32 and 64 bit not necessarily the manage but other things. Reboot and see if it clears. Haven't figured it out myself

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This file keeps wanting to load: opnmKAsQ.dll
All I know is it's an IE add on. And I don't want any add on's.
Does anyone know what it's for?

A:Mysterious dll File

Looks like a malware name to me. Made up.

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Hi guys,

I'm running windows xp home sp3, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+ , Microstar, 2GB ram. I know I have a virus in my windows\system32\user32.dll file.

I pulled up my windows tools and opened dependency walker. It gave the following:

EFSADU.DLL Error opening file. The system cannot find the file specified (2).
IESHIMS.DLL Error opening file. The system cannot find the file specified (2).
WER.DLL Error opening file. The system cannot find the file specified (2).

Warning: At least one delay-load dependency module was not found.
Warning: At least one module has an unresolved import due to a missing export function in a delay-load dependent module.

I checked the database files and confirm that one of them at least is microsoft. Not actually knowing what I am seeing, I am not sure what to make of these. are these possibly the culprits? They are missing, can I reinstall them somehow or am I looking at a complete reinstall, again???

I very mich appreciate any help you can give...



A:Mysterious files, i believe

EFSADU.DLL - File Encryption Utility; File Encryption is used by the Encrypted File System EFS. This is used for encrypting files or directories in Windows 2000 and above.
IESHIMS.DLL - Internet Explorer Compatibility Shims; Ieshims.dll is a 32/64-bit Dynamic Linked Library of code components for a graphics UI style application.
WER.DLL - related to Windows Error Reporting

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On my desktop there is a mysterious black box, I can re-size it but I can't close it. Here is a screen shot of it:

A:Mysterious Black Box

Can you click on the black box area, Then use Alt F4 to close it ?

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I Recently built my first desktop computer a few weeks ago and everything seemed to go great once i got everything installed and setup. The problems started happening when i bought a new monitor. I had an old Dell E151FP E15 15 Inch Flat Panel Monitor that ran fine with my setup. I upgraded to a Dell - 23" Flat-Panel LED Monitor(Model: S2330MX). It seemed that whenever i would watch full screen movies on Netflix, the screen would quick flash some colored vertical lines and go black. The sound would continue to play as normal for maybe 4-5 seconds and then turn into a buzzing noise. I couldn't get it do do anything unless i hard rebooted it. Now its becoming more frequent and at seemingly random intervals, weather watching non full screen videos or just scrolling down a webpage. I might be able to watch 2 hours of Netflix full screen or it might crash five minutes later while just browsing a site. I've been able to play some high end graphics games for hours on end without a single crash so i don't think its an overheating issue. I've updated all my drivers, so i'm not sure if its a problem with a defective monitor, video card problems, some hardware or software not getting along or what. I am still within best buys 30 day return policy so i could return and get a new one if need be, but i didn't want to hassle with that if there was something else wrong that i could fix myself. Here's my specs, thank you in advance to anyone who can offer some help.
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A:Mysterious Crashes?

Did the monitor come with a driver disk?
Did you install it?
How is the monitor connected, VGA, DVI or HDMI?

Lets get a look at the temps and voltages D/L and run Hardware Monitor The screen will show the current, lowest and highest readings, play a video that makes it act up and ALT+Tab back to the HWM sreen expand all the trees and use the Win7 snipping tool to grab a screen shot of the HWM window, post the screen shot using the paperclip button in the advanced message box(Go Advanced button).

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Hi. As you can see from the attachment, I have an album where one of the songs shows a picture. It's displayed in all 3 of my players - WMP, PotPlayer and VLC. What I cannot understand is why there is no cover art present when I open the file in mp3tag.

How was that 'tag' put on and can it be removed?

Thank you.

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I have a win Vista Home Premium PC here, and it's exhibiting odd behaviour. I'll try to be as detailed as possible, and hopefully you can help.

When you try to boot the PC, you always get the Windows Error Recovery screen. Choose Safe mode or Start Windowx Normally and you get the "Microsoft Corporation" text with the green sliding progress indicator. After 30-40 seconds of this you get a pointer on the screen, that you can move, but Windows never completely loads. Can't ctrl-alt-delete or anything else. just a moving pointer.

Also, when I took the drive out and put it into a drive dock, (USB) it's recognized with it's proper name, but when you click on it you get "cannot access drive". When I installed it in a PC, it shows up as being properly partitioned, and "healthy" but again, you cannot see the contents. You can go into properties and show the free space etc. and even do a chkdsk from within Windows, but it says it finds no problems. I used a Vista disc, and attempted a startup repair, but again, no problems found.

It seems like the DATA is still there, as I ran a dir from the Vista disc, but I cannot figure out how to recover it. I would just fdisk/format and reinstall, but the data is important, and I want to recover it if it's at all possible.

PC is a P4 with a 2.80 GHZ Intel processor. The Motherboard is Intel with 2 gigs of DDR (Kingston) ram. The drive is a Western Digital WD5000AAKS.

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A:Mysterious hang at/before GUI


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