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Q: Strange video issues

I'm having a few issues, and just wanted to see if anyone else has had this happen, or may know what causes it.

First, this could be related, I'm not sure, a few days ago I ran GPUZ and CPUZ, clicking through the tabs and realized my video card was set at Pci-Express x4 1.1. I reseated the card several times, cleaned the pci-e slot, then used my secondary pci-e power connectors, and finally it's running as it should @ x16. I'm not sure how long it was like that, the performance decrease wasn't noticeable. (I'm actually curious if it was just reporting it wrong, because my benchmarks were extremely close; Counter Strike: Source| Video Stress test 216fps at x4, then when I fixed it, 224fps. All settings maxed. This all happened two days ago, and has been fine since fixing it, but..
Now, and this never happened before, and started right after that issue, sometimes when I boot up, if I right click the desktop, and select 'Refresh', the screen go's black for a moment, for about exactly 1 second, not long enough for the monitor to say (no video), but close. Once or twice it did do that though. Once yesterday while browsing this forum, it started, but this time it only did it if I tried to scroll up or down a thread. I minimized my browser, and tried to select refresh at the desktop, to see if it was the same bug, and it did it, I had to restart the machine.
Then just now, today, I booted up, signed into my user, and exactly then, as it said loading, just as the desktop should appear, it did it, and it lasted a little longer, this time the monitor said no video detected, for just a moment tho. I immediately restarted, and here I am, the bug is gone.

Note: It doesn't seem to matter if it's a cold boot or not. I'm going to reinstall my video card drivers now, but somehow I don't think it will change anything, but who knows.

Any idea's? Thanks, and sry for the length!

Edit: The reason I'm leaning away from a bad Gpu, or dying rather, is the fact that Windows Vista, & Windows 7, both have an effect exactly like this, sometimes when the UAC comes up, the screen go's black, in exactly the same way, then go's to the dimmed out screen with the prompt. This is common and it's just, too similar to what's happening, I can't help but think they may be related.

I'm installing the drivers now, so it would be great to get some ideas, between now and when this happens again.

Preferred Solution: Strange video issues

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

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

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

A: Strange video issues

I can only guess at this, of course, but that certainly sounds like it could be a failing video card. But it could also be due to a under-powered or failing power supply or even bad or faulty RAM.

The symptoms are very similar to TDR events, but since you are not getting any messages (Display Driver xxx stopped responding and was recovered") then we can assume it is not that, for now.

Try the new drivers. Make sure you are doing a clean driver install when dealing with video issues.

Also test to see if advanced graphics trigger the events by changing the desktop from an Aero theme to one of the basic themes. When I refresh my desktop it is nearly instantaneous - I can barely see the flash. Your video is dogging down to perform that simple task.

Also, look in your Event Viewer to see if there are any Critical Errors or Warnings that might point you in the right direction.

Hope that helps.

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When my machine comes up the display flash to black occasionally and not everything on the screen displays when it is up (for example, I can see the login area, but not the box to type into) there are also stray lines on the screen. I thought it was a hardware problem. However, when I boot safe mode, everything works fine.

I've tried installing the latest drivers from Nvidia (the video card is an MX4 series) and have also reinstalled the OS. Neither of which worked.

I'm fairly confident this is a hardware issue, but I don't know which piece of hardware is the problem. Does anyone know for certain if this sounds more like a video card issue, a motherboard issue, or something entirely different. I do not have an extra video card to plug in though I may go that route to avoid having to replace the motherboard unnecessarily. Thoughts?

A:Very strange display issues...video card, motherboard, OS?

if you can get into safe mode easily and not regular, it would be a software issue
do you have any restore points that you can use and go back to a previous time when things worked well

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Okay, so I've been having some annoying issues on my computer, nothing serious yet but some are concerning. Feel free to ask for more info if needed.

Issue 1: I've had some jerkiness/lag and loading issues for some of the games I play, particularly Blizzard games (all of which should be well within system specs). The prime examples:

--> When I play Overwatch, sometimes character models/audio/sprays/projectiles take FOREVER to load for the first game I play after launching the program. All player models are essentially invisible, including my own (don't see the character's weapon or even HUD), and if I fire my weapon while invisible the map will react (breakable objects break), but all of the effects are invisible (if I fire a rocket, for instance, the rocket and explosion are invisible). I can still see usernames above allied players, but enemies are completely invisible. Models load at different rates (so one hero's model might load after a few seconds while the rest take minutes, for instance), any sprays just appear as the default spray (if they appear at all), and voice lines don't work. This has lasted for an entire round before, and when that happens the "play of the game" clip will often have invisible characters in it, even if they've loaded fully by the end of the round. Additionally, even once most/all assets are loaded, if I die and respawn there is a period (several seconds) where the screen is completely black even though my character is ... Read more

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Recently FF upgraded to latest version 23.0
I didn't have any probs even after that either.

Few days ago, I was performing an bank transaction, all of a sudden I got warning msg Java Deployment Toolkit is unsafe or something on those terms near the navbar on the page popping up & the address bar was showing unsafe icon, so I selected the option to Never Activate in Add-Ons for Java Deployment Kit, closed FF & restarted FF with fresh windows.

Once again I went into bank transactions, it didn't throw me any errors but when I logged into my Online Bank Account, it didn't show any warning or anything but stated due to Java being disabled, it can't show files related to it, it didn't matter for me, as I just logged on to check my balance.

Now, I encountered something really strange. Because of my work, I have to fill lots of online forms, which usually get stored in the drop down boxes in the Text Boxes on forms, just like the way "Thread title" stores our previous opened topic titles. Now, for certain boxes I see the entries to be showing up twice. For example, if an entry should show email address, assuming my email id is - [email protected], it shows up twice in the drop down boxes, I didn't know what's the reason behind this.

One more important change I noticed is ... when I enter any particular field in CAPS on text boxes, it doesn't get stored in the text box history. I'm not sure if 23.0 was released in such fashion or something else is messing this one ... Read more

A:Strange issues with FF

The same thing happens with me. Version 23. Once I enter a word in a text field the next time I start to type the same word I see it twice in the dropdown selection.

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All of a sudden my Dell laptop (just over a year old, go figure as soon as the warranty expires it gives me problems) has started acting funny. Here's some of the issues that started happening all of a sudden

-It runs super slow at times and freezes up, svchost.exe seems to be taking a lot of resources up when that's happening
-The memory card reader doesn't work. Windows makes the noise that a new device has been recognized when I put one in, but it never shows up in My Computer.
-Both Firefox and IE aren't loading some sites. I'm connected to the internet and some sites load just fine and others never seem to load- and it's not that the site is down. My Google customized homepage will load, but I can't do any searches (either from the page or from the search tool bar in both IE and Firefox), weather.com won't load- and the list seems to grow.

My first thought was I have some type of spyware even though I'm very good about not downloading stuff so I ran a ad-aware scan and it came up with nothing. I also ran a hijackthis scan and everything was normal there too.

Any thoughts on what's causing any of these issues or how I can fix them?

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I'm not exactly new to computers, but I'm completely at a loss here with what to do. I boot up, and sometimes it won't let me open hardly any programs, and won't register if I try them from the start menu, yet they show them as running in the processes in task manager. Other times almost everything works fine (seems like the only thing not wanting to work at those times is Windows Live Messenger). Also I ctrl+alt+del sometimes and it says it can't open the menu, and I've had to post the run command directly to my desktop to try and run certain things manually. I'm running a 64bit win 7 OS and I've recently fixed a bunch of registries with the newest TrendMicro Titanium max security, and that's helped out quite a bit, but I just can't seem to figure out what is going on with it, I've ran just about every scan possible, and haven't found any viruses, spyware, etc... Sooo... I'm hoping this HJT log will hold some kind of valuable information if anybody could help me please =).

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:21:53 AM, on 5/9/2011
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\RUBotted\RUBottedGUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Titanium\UIFramework\uiWinMgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\o... Read more

A:A few strange issues.

I'd also like to add that the only reason I removed MWB was because trendmicro made me lol, but before I did I ran the scans with AVG, MWB, both up to date, and even ran the TM scan and still nothing as far as malware goes, I generally don't get much malware, I'm pretty safe with my browsing and downloads, I get the occasional adware or spyware every few months or so, but that's about it.

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I have had issues with my computer for over a year, when in christmas of 2015 after adding ram I had boot issues. Long story short, over a year later I have replaced my power supply, tried many ram configurations and am almost definite the problem is motherboard based. Although my computer often operates totally normally, sometimes strange problems occur. When booting up, I often can't login, as when I try, for whatever reason, almost no system files can be found, including all of my hard drive's files and most of the windows files on my ssd. Except some files for programs like skype, which cause error messages about some different programs that can't open to pop up. Only my Recycle bin appears on my desktop. Strangely, I can log on usually if I wait about 20 minutes on the log in screen without actually logging on. Every other part of my system seems fine, but strange errors occur almost always on boot. Recently I have began to have problems occur whilst my pc is logged in. Usually, I get lots of lag and stutter, then my pc claims that my hard drive has disconnected. It is possible that my motherboard was damaged by static electricity when I put the new ram in over a year ago, as I had had it and it functioned fine for about 5 months. Sometimes when turning of my computer, I get an error message about some referenced memory which could not be written. Any help would be appreciated as my knowledge on motherboards is minimal, other than that needed to build a pc... Read more

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Friends system ( XP home)had a couple typical antivir 2011 type infections, got those to stop popping up, no proxies enabled. ( in IE or firefox) Have run MSSE and malwarebytes both clean.
Right now, no problem connecting to the internet ( expect windows update) but when he (I) try to update MSSE it fails with error:
Virus and Spyware definitions update failed
Security essentials could not check for spyware or virus definitions update to to an internet or network connectivity issue.
click help for more information about this problem( nothing there helped)
Error code: 0x80072efe
Error description, Security Essentials couldn't install the definition update, please try again later

and also the machine gives a "internet explorer cannot display this page" error, when i "diagnose problem, it says that it could not find an issue.
I ran the microsoft fixit to reset the host file, restarted, same issue.

everything works though he describes an issue, when ge visits the Chicago sun times sports section he says the machine almost always goes in to "high gear" and some sort of adserver(what i interpret as such form his description of what appears in the status bar) is trying but failing to load ads. after he closes down the browser in a minute of two it stops.

Whats the next step?

A:Strange issues

TDSSkiller removed something, no log, malwarebytes found HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WhiteSmokeTranslator (PUP.WhiteSmoke) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. was then able to update MSSE.
MSSE then found and removed
System is running better, pages load faster at Chicago Trib(not sun times), though come to find out all pages were having loading issues.
Still worried about what may be present.
I am helping the friend remotely using teamviewer

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For some reason my computer has been acting a bit strange. I cannot switch users because whenever I try, my system beeps and freezes. In addition, I cannot use system restore because every time I try, it says "Restoration Incomplete" and that my computer cannot be restored to a previous point.

Can someone help me?

A:Strange Issues?

It is possible that malware is causing the problems. Best to eliminate that as a cause first. Suggest you do scans with whatever antispyware and antivirus you have installed on your computer. Here are two more.Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds. http://www.superantispyware.com/Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.htmlPost a Hijack This log in the Hijack This Forum by following the directions in the link below if the programs above have not removed ALL malware. DO NOT post the log in this forum.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Getting into Windows Safe Modehttp://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm(pre-Vista OS's)

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Hi guys - first post here so please be nice ;

Got a frustrating problem and nothing seems to work but first will give you a bit of specs first

I am running 32-bit Vista, on a AMD Phenom x4 with a Gigabyte M750SLI-DS4 motherboard, with 2 gig of DDR2 and 500Gb Hdd.

However, Vista isn't detecting neither my psp nor my 32gig iPod Touch through the USB ports. The PSP comes up with an unknown device message when I plug it in, but the iPod doesn't register a thing. However, if I plug the iPod into the firewire port on the motherboard, it does charge up but still not detected at all.

I have tried uninstalling and installing iTunes various times, removing everything and anything related to it every single time, which, may I add, is not fun. I have also formatted, reinstalled and set up Vista about 5 times now but nothing.

I have checked my bios and it is up to date as well.

Any help would be great as right now have got two expensive paperweights sitting next to me.

Thanks in advance.

A:Strange USB issues

This would tend to indicate that the motherboard chipset drivers have not been installed.

Windows default drivers just won't do the trick.

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All of a sudden my Dell laptop (just over a year old, go figure) has started acting funny. Here's some of the issues that started happening all of a sudden

-It runs super slow at times and freezing up, svchost.exe seems to be taking a lot of resources up when that's happening
-The memory card reader doesn't work. It makes the noise that a new device has been recognized when I put one it, but it never shows up in My Computer.

-Both firefox and IE aren't loading some sites. I'm connected to the internet and some sites load just fine and others never seem to load- and it's not that the site is down. The list of sites I can't access I'm starting to discover is big, and which sites can be access and which ones can't doesn't seem to follow any pattern- I can access google & gmail, but it won't perform a search (either from the page or from the search toolbar in both IE and firefox). I can access and log into my banking sites, ebay, and other random sites (some secure, some not). But I can't access weather.com, the Neosmart forums, the Dell community forums, dell.com, and others. I can access facebook.com, but I can't log on.

My first thought was I have some type of spyware even though I'm very good about not downloading stuff so I ran a ad-aware scan and it came up with nothing. I also ran a hijackthis scan and everything was normal there too.

I'd been noticing recently that some windows processes in task manager are using what seemed like a large amount of memory.... Read more

A:Strange issues

This morning I was checking out some of the processes on my laptop and comparing them to my desktop. Svchost was going way up (made it up to like 120,000 kb) and then the computer started freezing. I had to leave for work and didn't have time to open up Process explorer or anything to get a more detailed report. At the time I was running McAffee (it was scanning for viruses), Windows Defender, Word, and I'd just launched Firefox, but it hadn't loaded yet. Like I said, I couldn't get to see what specific service svchost was using, but I'm guessing it was probably dcom service process launcher since that was the one highlighted in Process Explorer yesterday. When I get home today I guess I'll find out what happens I leave the computer be for a bit, if it finishes whatever it was doing and fixes itself, or if it's still frozen/acting super slow.

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I've recently moved and when I set up my computer again, my USB ports are not working. Well, not working isn't necessarily true...they only recognize one of my USB devices (Web Cam). I have 4 ports, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. Unfortunately, they are 1.1 ports, but I've never had any issues with them before. Neither of the 4 ports recognize my wireless gamepad (Logitech Wingman), 2 USB Hubs (1 which was purchased last week), Media Card reader and MP3 player. Whenever I plug into a port I don't get the standard Windows chime that says Windows has detected a new device. I do get the chime with the web cam.

Some specs:
Dell Dimension 8200
2GHz Pentium 4
Windows XP Home SP2

In the device manager, the 2 rear USB ports (Intel 8281BA\BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2442 and 2444) are shown as well as their corresponding USB Root Hubs. The 2 front ports are not shown though. I assume that they used to show up, but I can't remember. Anyway, there are no issues with the rear ports in the device manager.

The one device that does work (the web cam) works in all four ports, so they are all powered.

I have uninstalled the devices mentioned in previous threads in this forum in device manager and rebooted twice. Nothing happens. I have checked my BIOS and USB is enabled.

I can understand if one USB device just stopped working, but for 5 devices to not be recognized (one that was just purchased!) has baffled me to no end.

Any ideas?

A:Strange USB Issues

You're sure that the devices actually work? Have you tried them on other computers? Did you have to install any drivers with your hardware before you moved? If yes, have you tried re-installing them? Are your devices usb 1.1 or 2.0?

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First a little background.

The computer that this refers to has been my main production computer for the past 10 months with no hardware issues. It has run solidly with Vista SP1 x64, Vista SP2 64. For production, I have replaced it with another machine and this has become my test production machine.

Machine specs:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard
Q6600 Rev GO
Corsair 4G (2x2G) DDR2 1066 5-5-5-18 @2.1v
Corsair HX520 PS

All standard bios settings except as required to get RAM to run at rated speed and clocks (manually changed multiplier, and voltage - bios set timings). Otherwise no overclock.

Installed and ran 7100 x64 and then 7201 x64. Clean installs. Both ran without problems (except for a few bugs).

I then did a clean install of 7229 x64. Installed all my apps and everything seemed to work so I assumed the system was working.

I then had the idea to add 2 more sticks of RAM (Crucial 2G (2x1G) DDR2 5-5-5-18 @2.1v) to bring me to a total of 6G. Note these were removed from a thrid system when I upgraded it. The had worked flawlessly in this system for 2 years at the same timings and voltages).

As I am aware that mixing RAM has been known to cause problems, I tested. I ran memtest 86+ for 12 hours... no problem. I ran OCCT for 6 hours and prime 95 for 6 hours. All without problems.

I assumed that I was good to go.

At first, it seemed that way. I noticed big speed improvements in Photoshop and Premiere Pro CS4. Everything seemed to be okay. ... Read more

A:Strange RAM issues

The causes of BSOD's are elusive. You've got issues at rest and only with extra RAM installed - but the RAM tests good.

I'd suggest underclocking the RAM to 800 mHz to see if that improves stability.
You can also disable the changing voltages to see if that has any effect.
Also, check your BIOS version against the versions available from Gigabyte. In particular, read the release notes to see if there are memory issues addressed there.

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ok this was all working fine before i did a system recovery now it isnt working...
no matter what kind of media file it "skips after every 5 sec or so,
doesnt matter what program i use, movies, mediaplayer videos, itunes songs, or even youtube videos....everything was working finr now im at my wits end trying to figure this out.... im about to give up and buy a new laptop....

things i have done....
installed the k-lite mega codec pack
up dated all drivers from the hp site...
tried different media players
tried disablying my antivirus

currently downloading vista sp1
any ideas?

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This really isn't OS specific, as I've now encountered the problem on both win 7 and 10 PC's.
I have an old XP laptop, this laptop has a lotus notes database as well as two very large PST files that I'd like to copy to a new PC (win 7 presently) So, I insert my external drive into the XP machine and proceed to copy the files to the external. Copy goes fine. I then connect the external to my win 7 pc and attempt to copy them. I first get a UAC box stating that I need admin rights, so I click okay, or proceed, or what ever the prompt is, and I'm immediately presented with another box that says, you need permissions from.......... click skip or try again. Odd thing is, this is after me taking ownership of said file and granting full access. As a matter of fact when it says I need permissions, it says I need them from "owner" which is me. IT's asking me to give me permissions but I've already got full.

So, I went and found an older thumb drive that was formatted FAT32 instead of NTFS (which is how the external is formatted) and copied one of the same folders from the XP macchine to it, then inserted the thumbdrive into the win 7 machine and it copied NO PROBLEM..didnt ask for any permissions, etc. Since I didnt realize that the NTFS was the problem, I went ahead and formatted the thumbdrive to NTFS. I again copied the desired file from the XP machine to the thumbdrive, then inserted the thumbdrive into the win 7 PC and attempted to tr... Read more

A:Strange permissions issues

As you have found the easiest solution is to use a USB stick formatted as Fat(32).

For NTFS try the method shown here :- http://www.techfleece.com/2011/05/1...-of-files-or-folders-or-an-entire-hard-drive/

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Morning all,

Some real oddness going on here. Having some issues with my X-Fi Fatality Champion Card (PCIe).

Basically I am getting sounds reminiscent of a 1940's gramophone coming through both the front bay (via headphones) and through the regular rear jack too. On-board audio is completely disabled through the BIOS.

Here is where the weirdness begins though.... On my rig I have two GTX 460s running in SLI mode. The Sound card is positioned (with ample room) between the two cards. If I completely disable SLI mode, the sound is crystal clear. Turn SLI back on and we are back to the 1940s ...

Initially I thought it was a problem with the MOBO (the mobo was reporting ram incorrectly - turned out to be bad slots) but since the board was RMA'd its made no difference.

Things I have tried so far:

1) Put fresh HDD (Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64) in and installed drivers from scratch and still the problem persisted. The problem would disappear completely when SLI was switched off.

2) Swapped Mobo.

3) Tried the speakers (Logitech 2.1) on a separate machine and they were crystal clear.

My gut feeling is that the PSU is not powerful enough and just wanted other insight to this.

My system spec:

650W Corsair PSU
Intel i5-760 (OC'd to 4GHz)
6GB DDR RAM (4 sticks)
1TB Sata Drive
2 x GTX 460s (Running in SLI)
Fatality Champion Series Sound Card w/ Front Bay (PCIe)
2 x 120mm case fans + Corsair Water Cooler (For the CPU)

A:Really Strange Sound Issues....

Question you have in the post saying that you have a "Intel i5-760 (OC'd to 4GHz)" but on the system specs it says you have a "i7 920 (2.66GHz), any question is are overclocking the CPU and witch one do you have?

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Hi everyone, I am having issues with my 2.1 channel Creative T3130 speakers and the sound output from my motherboard (MSI P55-GD80).

At random times, one of the following will occur:
One speaker will get very loud and the other very quiet. Sometimes, one speaker cuts out entirely and all the sound outputs from one speaker. The subwoofer seems to continue functioning normally.
My subwoofer will get treated as a speaker while one speaker is treated like the subwoofer.
My sound driver is the most recent one and was downloaded from the MSI site. I actually uninstalled it and am running using the generic Windows sound driver and I currently have no sound problems. However, this also means that I have little to no control over things like audio balance, room correction, etc.

I was wondering if someone could please help me with this. Thanks.

A:VERY strange sound issues


That's a Realtek audio chip, I suggest downloading the latest drivers from the Realtek site.

If you need it, let me know and I'll post it.


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I got to this discussion board from an expired thread, so I started my own.

In t4he previous thread people were having the same issues with their keyboard typing random keys. The advice was to download and run HIGHJACK THIS and post the log.

Here is the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:00:26 PM, on 17/08/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Rogers Online Protection\Rogers Online Protection\Fws.exe
C:\Program Files\Rogers Online Protection\Rogers Online Protection\AVG\Identity Protection\agent\Bin\AVGIDSAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Rogers Online Protection\Rogers Online Protection\rps.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\eRecovery\eRAgent.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\eDataSecurity\eDSloader.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 1200 Series\lxczbmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\USB Disk Win98 Driver\Res.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Ja... Read more

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My computer has been having some odd problems since I brought it home from my dorm in May.

Every once in a while it will stop giving me a video output. So I follow the same steps. I will first try to reset the BIOS. When that dosen't work (It usually dosen't) I will remove my video card and attempt to use the onboard Video (The onboard video usually stops working, I also noticed my built in Ethernet no longer works around this point) When I get no onboard video I remove all but one stick of RAM and try to reset the bios again. When I still yet get no video I disconnect any PCI cards, unplug all peripherals and disconnect power to them (If I havent already) I then try booting the computer with no ram, the ram card in different slots, different ram cards in different slots, resetting the bios occasionally.

Anyway usually what happens is by the time I am about to give up for no apparent reason the Mobo will start working correctly again. I will have done nothing special when this happens. My current problem is that this issue has occurred and the mobo will not resume normal operation despite all attempts.

Just wondering if any of you had any idea what may be going on. My personal opinion is that the BIOS is heavily corrupted and or that the motherboard is just flawed. It bothers me that everything else works fine during all my tests, harddrives spin and sound as though they read, CPU fan spins etc. But the the Video is just gone.


A:Strange BIOS issues

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I'm having multiple strange issues that I don't know what is causing it.

A couple of months ago my SpyBot Search & Destroy wouldn't run at start up sometimes when I right clicked and ran as administrator. When this happened, I couldn't scan for viruses with my Avast either. For awhile the issue stopped but then it started up again.

Eventually I got tired of it and researched SpyBot and saw a lot of posts about it not being good. So I uninstalled it. I'm not sure if that fixed the problem but I've been successfully able to run Avast scans afterwards.

Then, all of a sudden, I've been getting two recurring issues. One is that my reliability history is showing a lot of 'Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework' stopped working. However the internet still seems to work and download just fine. The second is all of a sudden my Windows Media Player won't run at all. It opens but it's just a circle and it never loads so I have to use Task Manager to close it and it won't reopen unless I do a restart. The previous SpyBot issue would fix with a restart too.

I've run scans with both Avast Free and MalwareBytes Free with updates and neither detects anything. I also just ran the sfc /scannow thing today and it said 'Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.'

Admittedly I haven't tried running an Avast scan when I get the Windows Media Player issue when it occurs.

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I got a new Alienware M18x a day ago and have been getting some weird issues. The first is that every time the computer restarts, the date and time will reset to different dates and times (ranging from 2010 to 2020). I have to synchronize it every restart.

Second is that certain icons in the notifications area will not appear (they did when i first got the computer) Things such as the AMD Catalyst control center and Sound blaster control panel won't appear. Image

I also often get a "Alienrespawn update launcher has stopped working" when I turn the computer on.

ALSO, these all started happening after I got a blue screen. The entire computer crashed from some display error when watching a youtube video. First day of owning the computer.

I had an M18x earlier that worked great but I returned it because of a few dead pixels. This one is not working like the other one. I'm considering returning it as well but I don't want to have to return a $3k laptop TWICE. I did a system restore to factory settings (and kept some of the new files I had downloaded such as games) and still have the same problems.

A:Strange issues on new laptop

It seems that a lot of users get the problem with Alienware.
See this post.
Teamviewer scam

Be aware if someone call you that he can fix the problem for you.

I think you should contact the Alienware official to seek a solution.

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First let me give you a run down of my hardware. I have 2 laptops and a PC. Laptop 1 is a Dell Inspiron 1521, Laptop 2 is a Compaq Pesario V6000 and the PC is a self built machine running on a socket 939 gigabyte board with a San Fransisco chip. All 3 have windows 7 Ultimate installed. I have not done any tweeking or anything like that would cause any complications and i use each of the 3 for different things. If you need more detailed information on hard drive please let me know and i will oblige.

The first and most important issue im having is that all 3 computers will not recognize that there is a blank CD in the drive. However, if i put a written cd in the drive it will display that there is something on the disk if using a burning tool, but still will not acknowledge the disk via my computer or navigation to the drive letter. But then again, it has no problem recognizing the windows CD or game CDs/DvDs. I tried to burn a copy of Ubuntu with a disk already in the drive and it ask for a blank disk (cd), when i ejected the disk and poped it back in it started the burn and burned it. I was able to restart and boot from CD bringing up the install screen (but i think somethign went wrong with the iso burn and woudl not let me boot from live disk but thats another story). Now that same disk will not be recognized again in windows. All of my machines do this.

Second issue. My PC and Laptop 2 will plug and play my external WD My Book USB drive and read and write to it with no p... Read more

A:A couple strange (to me) issues...

Does home group pertain to networking?

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So the last couple months my computer has been acting very strangely. I'm honestly not sure if it's a bug or spyware or what, but I'm completely stumped at where to even start on the problem.

The issues I've been having is that programs are suddenly just not starting up at all. It started with MSN a few months ago, initially just shutting down randomly, then taking a long time to start up, and now it won't even start at all. Tried re-installing, but nothing works.

Now suddenly iTunes just won't start up. Trying to start it up causes the computer to start thinking (the little hourglass on the mouse), but it never ends up starting. This just happened today. iTunes worked fine this morning.....restarted the computer and now it won't start at all.

The weirdest thing? Going into task manager, all the menu's are missing, including the max/min/exit bar. Don't know if that's related at all, but I've attached a screen to show what it looks like.

My only thoughts are that it might be a memory issue. But I can run much more memory intensive programs like 3D apps. And this just suddenly happened, so I can't imagine my memory is just disappearing. So I'm only left thinking that maybe it's a bug. I've attached my HJT log if anyone wants to take a look at this.

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated....I'm in big trouble if I start loosing work related programs like photoshop or maya.

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A:Really strange issues...help would be VERY appreciated

Any thoughts? Anyone?? I could really use some help....

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Hi there,

In the past two days, my computer (self-built with wireless adapter installed) has lost the ability to access the internet, and if it does, for minutes at a time. Other computers in my house are able to connect to the wireless, but not mine. The Windows Network Diagnostic reported that the network "doesn't have a valid IP configuration, but I am skeptical to this because of the fact that my computer is the only one having this problem. I have tried uninstalling Norton Internet Security, reinstalling my wireless adapter's drivers, but neither have helped. I have been using this machine for about 5 months now, and this is the first time a problem like this one has occurred. My Ethernet port has also stopped working, so an offline solution would be optimal.

Definitely willing to share system specs if needed


A:Strange Connectivity Issues, Please Help!

Hi Pbox0,

Filling out your System Specs will definitely help. In the meantime, also check out this tutorial on troubleshooting internet connection in Windows 7: Internet Troubleshooting Guide


Windows Outreach Team

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Okay, I've been having some interesting boot issues with my current Windows 7 machine. If I restart my machine it can boot up fine. If I turn the machine off for a certain amount of time (4+ hours) it has issues booting up again. I get bsods like crazy claiming that it's the memory.

When this happens (turning on the computer after 4+ hours) I'll run Memtest86+ for around 2-3 hours. There will be no errors. I will then restart and boot the machine up and BAM windows will load with no issues.

It's as if my memory needs to be "warmed up" and it can't boot from a cold boot. Does anyone have any idea what the issue could be? Is it simply the memory?

A:Strange boot issues

from the sound of it you could be dead on, but to verify this, is your computer in an abnormally cold room such as a basement?

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I have already started a thread about my problem. Here is a link to the background info : Strange Internet Issues

I was told to post my log files here. I used Deckard's System Scanner & it made 2 files, not sure which one y'all need. Attaching both.

Well, it wouldn't attach the other one, so I'm pasting it here.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:47:02 PM, on 7/17/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\VPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
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A:Strange Internet Issues

Does anyone see that I have a problem!? I'm bumping this.

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My audio is fine when I use Netflix Media Player, ABC.COM free episode player, Itunes,Windows Media Player, and Quicktime. But my Windows start-up sounds, Aol sounds, Youtube, VH1 free episode player, or any other Flash player audio is muffled.

I checked the Windows audio troubleshooter and the Active X troubleshooter and when it played a sound from each speaker 2 of the 5 speakers made muffled sounds like someone speaking under water or 90% muted.

I already uninstalled and reinstalled flash player, quicktime and real player. I've checked all the audio control panels on the computer and they are fine like I said before the audio is fine with some media players.

There are no dvd players or any other applications open.

Any ideas?

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I run Windows XP on a Macbook. I recently had a problem with my sound. When I turn on my computer, the Windows sound goes off. This is after I turned it off on Windows and I think I deleted the sound file for it.
Also, the speakers inside the computer no longer work. I do get sound though when I plug in speakers/headphones.

How do I fix this? It seems like two problems, but they seem connected somehow. Could it possibly do with my friends using the Mac side of the partition recently? I never touch that side and it seemed to have started when they went on the Mac side.

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So I am really not sure where to start with this but I Have tried everything and this still keeps happening The computers I am talking about consistists of 5 pc desktop computers 2 PC laptops 4 mac minis (2 newer versions 2 power PC Mac minis) 2 time capsules with built in airports and one Western Digital My book live{ that crashed right around when this happened} 1 mac book pro and one powerbook g4. About two months ago some strange things started happening on my computers. It all started with small changes like files or folders going missing or not where i placed/saved them, locked out of user accounts screen resoultion changes when it feels like something is taking over my computer. Computers acting up all the time like not responding like they they have a mind of there own. Then things started to get ever more wierd like files that were on one computer were all of a sudden on another computer that they should not be on. Strange remote disks on the Mac side that is locked. Files/folders that were once ?unlock are now locked and cannot access them. Computers crashing all the time. I even tried to fix this problem by going out and buying new computers for the business and over night what was once a fresh brand new computer had a full hard drive (500GB) of data over night out of no where! only one kind of data and would not let you open it. Everything was a shortcut instead of a direct path and files are being downloaded as binanry files. Weird folders from 1970. Times and da... Read more

A:Very strange computer issues HELP

Hi and welcome,
It all sounds very peculiar as you say. I might be barking up the wrong tree but some info that might help
- how are these machines networked?
- what levels of access do your colleagues/employees have?
- does anyone have remote access?
- any disgruntled ex-employees/colleagues?
- do you have robust backup procedures & safeguards in place?


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Hey, I have been Googling and surfing the forums and can't seem to find a similar issue.

Basically, I have a madcatz v7 gaming keyboard and its great, I like typing on it and the lighting effects though a gimmick are pretty cool.

It has been solidly working for the past year but all of the sudden a family member was using it the other day and they told me it suddenly stopped working.

When I came to check sure enough it didnt work either at boot for the bios or in windows. I tried another USB port and uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them numerous times including removing them from the registry. As i was also planning on it i preformed a system reformat after a physical component clean and still no joy. thinking maybe its my OS or USB ports I tried it in my laptop and still nothing.

One thing i did notice however is that the media keys, volume, song control still work. But the macro keys and normal qwerty typing do not work.

I am basically at a loss as to what is happening and thought id posts for any ideas.

cheers in advance for any insight and help

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I have a very odd issue and this happens especially at startup. I open up a program and it will run disgustingly slow but if I open another one it instantly frees up and runs smoothly. Then the next program that I opened up runs slow and so forth. It only started doing this recently and I have checked for virii, spyware, and defrag regularly. I also have about 8 gigs of system ram so this shouldn't happen.

A:Strange performance issues

Go Start>Run (Start Search in Vista), type in:msconfigClick OK (hit Enter in Vista).Click on Startup tab.Click Disable allIMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.Click Services tab.Put checkmark in Hide all Microsoft servicesClick Disable all.Click OK.Restart computer in Normal Mode.NOTE. If you use different firewall, than Windows firewall, turn Windows firewall on, just for this test, since your regular firewall won't be running.If you use Windows firewall, you're fine.Same problem?

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Guys I need your help because my pc is driving me nuts... I will try and explain the issue as easy as possible..

Sometimes my pc wont start at all.. When my pc is switched on for a prolonged period of time lets say 24 hrs it starts to freeze... Browser gets unresonspive etc so im forced to hold the power button and shut the pc down.. When I try to switch it on again it simply wont start like no power is going trough.. I tried so many things.. I checked all connections to make sure they are not loose.. Removed and re adjusted the Ram, reconnected all power connecttions whatever I could do in my little knowlege I have tried.. It will then stay like that and then it switches on after some time.. Sometimes it takes an hour sometimes it takes a day.. I sent my PSU for testing and it came back with no fault.. It happend like 10 times already.. Sometimes it happens also when the PC is in sleep mode.. It sleeps and doesnt start.. This is something I cannot understand at all.. My hardware are as follows

Motherboard: Sabertooth P67
VGA: Sapphire HD 7950
PSU: Seasonic 80 Gold 750W
CPU: i5
Ram: Exceleram 4gb pc3
Windows installed on SSD..

Any ideas or suggestions please?

A:Strange Starting issues

The SSD may be failing. Have it tested

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When I start up my laptop and get to desktop, avast and SAS icons don't appear in system tray even though task manager says they are running. Sticky notes also doesn't appear like it normally does.
There are 3 or 4 chrome processes that I see in task manager as well as an HGWC.exe that can't be ended with end task. I get an access is denied error when I do so. I know HGWC belongs to one of my games but having uninstalled that game the .exe is still in manager even after restart as well as a folder that says I need permission to delete even though I'm administrator.
Help please?

A:Strange laptop issues

Wow. I restarted the laptop instead of shutting it down and turning it back on. Got a windows update thing after pressing restart and when it got to desktop afterwards, things were back to normal. Think I solved my problem.

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I have started receiving the message "application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000125)" when I attempt to open a new Chrome tab. Also, I may get an extra tab that appears to be a phishing site. I have scanned the PC (Medion, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5000+, w/ 2GB Ram, 500MB disk, VISTA Home Premium, SP2) w/ Malware Bytes and MS Security Essentials and removed bredolab.AA and JS/CVE-2010-0886. Also had a strange program in my startup - TrackerShield, srvsqc32.exe. I could n't seem to remove it from the Startup folder, so I renamed it.

Still can't seem to get the system clean. I rebuilt the system from scratch about 60 days ago, so it is fairly unclutter! Below is the HJT Startup List report. I don't see anything that Shouts Problem!

Thanks for any help.
StartupList report, 6/7/2010, 4:07:59 PM
StartupList version: 1.52.2
Started from : C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.EXE
Detected: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
Detected: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18904)
* Using default options

Running processes:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\PicPick\picpick.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\SlickRun\sr.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
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A:Strange Browser Issues

Continuing to look for the cause of my problems, I notice that a small area that appears on most webpages (even techguy!) with an identifier "clicksor". I figure this is the source of my problem (or one of them). It is redirecting me to various websites (and collecting a bounty) any time I get the mouse close to that area.

I downloaded and ran the "emergency" repair from Sophos ( a really good AV!). They found a couple of trojans and I deleted them. One keeps coming back - Spyurs-Gen. It creates a file, cmdltrol.dll. After several attempts to kill this file, I edited the contents to remove all code. I'm now getting errors that something can't find that file. I haven't removed the base problem, only the code it used to create my problems.

Anyone know how to remove the Spyurs-Gen? Sophos seems to be the only AV that has any info on it.

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Hey folks, a strange audio issue has crept up for me.

When I'm watching flash videos (like Youtube, MLB.com, etc etc) and the video is on the screen, my audio gets VERY warbled. My connection is fine, it's not a data transmission issue. When I scroll further down the page so that the video is no longer visible, the audio seems to clear up.

I have an ASUS p5nsli mobo, with a Pentium D 3.2ghz and 4gb of physical ram (Windows XP pro).

Video card is nVidia GeForge 9800 GT

I have uninstalled and reinstalled all of my audio drivers, to no avail, as well as the adobe products (flash player and shockwave player).

Other media types play fine with no issues.

I also noticed today (not sure if it's related) that I have some unknown devices in my Device Manager (not sure how... this setup has been physically unchanged for well over a year).

Under Other Devices I see listed SM Bus Controller and Unknown Device.

Thanks in advance for any help.... I'm stumped.

A:Strange Audio Issues

Well.... I reinstalled my nvidia video drivers and things seem to be a little better off now...

The device manager issues are still there, however.

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Since my mate, who happens to be a computer Guru of the house, with almost a decade can't figure out my issue, I hope you fellows can, we are about to chuck the system out the window...
I have been having very strange noise like static boom poping sounds/screeching, like rubbing two cookie sheets together, we replaced "Every Piece of hardware with my mates Parts" even went out and bought a new motherboard, "Asus" switched it from msi, replaced Every cord, even the HD, and still the poping sounds precide, with every inch of it changed, Restructured, We have the computer littery out of its case built up, sitting on a static paper.

*2gigs of Ram DDR
*AM2 Socket Motherboard Asus, M2v-mx SE "X" Series
*Duel core AMD Anthlon x2 4400+ Processor
*Creative soundcard Extreme Gamers XFI <now this is the interesting part, When I place this in my system, thats when I get the weird noise, I have exchanged the card 2 times, and my mate happens to have the same card and we even exchanged my card with his, same driver set etc, and yet the sound only happens on my pc, I Have my Cobra sound card installed right now and the issues stop, but I was hoping for a decent soundcard, and my mates pc is lower end then mine, and he has zero issues

Also My sata HD is giving me 9's Binary when I hook it up o.o

if you have any type of clue, Please before we chuck the dang thing out the local window, help

A:Really Strange issues (Hardware)

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Alright, I've been looking all over this site and finally decided to register. I have quite the situation on my hands. It is as follows- (chronological order iirc)

It's a Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop with XP Media Center Edition SP3 Hardware is UNmodified, XP is only OS-if that helps at all

1-updated adobe reader 9 and restarted
2-C:\\Windows\system32\config\system is corrupt
3-pulled the hard drive and plugged it into a friends computer-everything works fine, but SOMEthing is corrupt in my windows file, just dont know what
4-fixed the system file error
5-booted up the computer, xp loading screen comes up, then takes me to safe mode/last config/start up normally screen

THIS is where it gets tricky

6-multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe is missing/corrupt
7-sometimes it pretends like its going to start up, no matter what my chosen option is, but brings up xp loading screen, blue screen flashes REALLY fast, then reboots.
8-thought about replacing ntoskrnl from another partition on my drive with an incomplete (?backup maybe?) windows file, but one is 2.04MB and one is 2.30MB.

At this point I am stuck and have no clue what to do next. I have access to the drive, and can do whatever I want to whatever file, except ntoskrnl.exe on the laptops C:\\ drive.

-I have no boot cd for this computer
-I have no repair disk
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A:XP MCE SP3- strange boot issues

did you change the jumpers on the drive when you put it in friends pc. Did you boot into your drive when you put it in friends pc(big no-no)?Is this the only drive on the pc?

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Hey, if anybody can help me, loads of appreciation.

Athlon XP 1800+ in MSI K7T266 Pro mobo (#6380, first rev.)
512 MB pc2100 unreg mem.
GeForce2 MX AGP w/ 64mb mem
Onboard Via Sound, AC97 codec
47 gig SCSI HD with Adaptec 2490 U/W adapter card
Lite on DVD+R/W
XP Professional Corporate build 2600
AVG 6.0 (Free version. I am poor, after all)

Now, to the problem.

When I boot XP Pro, it is set to automatically boot to a specific user. Just recently (After messing with that annoying Network Setup Wizard, actually) this user can no longer boot up fully. All her apps load up, the net works right for a change, but the volume control icon no longer appears in the taskbar and the computer balks for like ten minutes. During that time, nothing will open, and it will make a HDD click every few seconds until it finally decides it is done toying with me and apps load normally. The Volume icon sill does not appear.

Oddly enough, if I just log her out, and log her right back in, the problem doesn't happen with the re-log, and the volume icon appears as normal?

Any idea why devices would load differently or not at all with a log out/back in versus logging in directly at boot?

The whole thing started when I used Network Setup Wiz, set it up improperly, tried to scrap it by editing the registry and removing references to an improperly configured VPN connection (Didn't even need it, messed up trying to network my 98se and XP computers). I've since cleared up all networ... Read more

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'ello folks *smiles*

so, recently, my internet connections been.. goofy. It could be one of a few things, or a combo of all of them, or, possibly none of them, but heres what ive got:

I'm rocking the Nvidia 680 LT sli mobo by the way, drivers all updated.
Connection has been in and out since a few changes have been made. Browsing the internet, more often than not, i get a few minutes of no transferring at all, no pages load, nothing happens, and all of a sudden it'll be back strong as ever. although it seems like 5 minutes on, 5 minutes off, and my PC sees nothing wrong.

1.Ever since my pops upgraded to an "N" wireless router, my internet has been extremely goofy. I'm on a land line, none of that wireless business for me (MMO's and such) and ive never had any issues before. My PC sees me having a perfect connection, but in my MMO's or even browsing the net, it sure doesn't act like it.
Point of interest, he somehow managed to set this router up.. and keep up a second router all at the same time, i didnt know this was possible, but he needed to in order to link his laptop to his home PC (owns a business). {plugged in router>switch ive no transferring at all, plugged in router>PC i have this faulty one. meanwhile my PC sees nothing wrong in either case.}

2. My internet cable now runs under my carpet, moved there around the same time as the router switch, though when i looked the cable over, i saw no hint of crushe... Read more

A:Strange Connection Issues

suggest you see this note on -N routers

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I've got a user's Compaq HP here connected to an LCD. Want to extend the LCD on to the LCD and make it the main. Problem is that I can extend, but the option to uncheck the laptop as the main is greyed out (have tried applying, even rebooting first to no effect). Nothing I do seems to be able to unlock it. There are no outside drivers/control tools (ex being NVidia) of any sort that I can locate. She said they had done this before, but did not know exactly how.

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I can use Internet Explorer just fine, and I can use Trillian, and other various programs that access the internet. However, a select few things are not working for me.

First off, I'm connected to a hub that has a cable modem attached to it. Two computers are sharing this connection. I have no firewalls enabled (windows or otherwise), and the other computer is the same. I can not connect to many things I can't connect to windows update - I can't connect to the web using MyIE or AvantBrowser (although Mozilla does work) - and certain programs trying to access the internet just can't. This is very strange, because the other computer can do ALL of this, so I know it's not a router problem.

On top of this, the weirdest thing is that everything works fine in safe mode. Here's my hijackthis log (note: this is already after disabling various services in msconfig, to no avail):

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 4:44:53 PM, on 01/04/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Keyboard\type32.exe
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A:Very very strange internet issues

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Hi. I was wondering if any of you could help me with a problem I've been experiencing for about 3 years now. I'm running Win. 98SE on an HP Pavilion 8500 series. I'm not sure of the sound card type, as there's nothing about it in the documentation or system information program. Now, the problem is that I'll suddenly hear a blast of static and scratchy-ness coming from my speakers. This lasts for as much as 45 seconds. After it, there is no sound in the application until you close it and restart the program*. I've tried downloading drivers to try and fix it, which did nothing but prevent me from connecting to the internet (my sound card is a combination sound card and modem), and I've also tried to refitting the sound card in it's PCI slot (someone told me I had a loose sound card) which also did nothing. If someone could help me out, that'd be great.

*The only exception is Real Player and Windows Media Player, which lose all sound. You don't have to close it, just go back a few seconds.

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I have a very strange problem I hope someone can help with. When i go to do downloads about 50% of the time the download will scream along just fine and suddenly stop. Usually around the 80% mark, it just stops.

If a use a browser other than IE7 the download is fine, if I use a download manager the download is fine. However using IE7 the download stops dead and eventually times out.

Does anyone have an idea on what this is or how to fix it?

On a side note can someone suggest a good download manager for Vista 64 that is very transparent. I hate having extra software running.

A:Strange Download Issues

Originally Posted by Computer-Ed

I have a very strange problem I hope someone can help with. When i go to do downloads about 50% of the time the download will scream along just fine and suddenly stop. Usually around the 80% mark, it just stops.

If a use a browser other than IE7 the download is fine, if I use a download manager the download is fine. However using IE7 the download stops dead and eventually times out.

Does anyone have an idea on what this is or how to fix it?

On a side note can someone suggest a good download manager for Vista 64 that is very transparent. I hate having extra software running.

I read where others have experienced similar issues, but no solid solution has been found. Things that have been suggested:

1. Making sure you have the latest updates from Microsoft for IE
2. If IE becomes unstable, you can use the reset feature under the advanced tab

Let us know if you find a solution for this issue.

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I recently lost the ability to burn cd's/dvd's. Roxio said I didn't have a supported burner (it's an NEC 1100A), so I tried the burner that's built in to XP; still no luck. I formatted and re-installed XP, but still have the same problem. I tried to upgrade the firmware with software downloaded from NEC's website, but the firmware upgrade can't find my drive. It plays cd's/dvd's ok, it just won't burn. I checked disk management to see if it's recognized and noticed that my hard drives (I have two) no longer have drive letters assigned. I was able to assign my secondary drive a letter, but not my primary drive. A few reboots later, my secondary drive lost the drive letter I assigned to it. In explorer it still shows up as d: (I had assigned q: earlier), but in disk management there's nothing. I have a Dell Diminsion 2400 and just upgraded the BIOS to A05. I have a 40GB master hard drive and a 60GB slave; a DVD ROM master and a DVD+RW slave; 512 MB RAM.

Here's what I've tried:
Upgraded the BIOS
Formatted and re-installed
Made the DVD+RW the only drive on the secondary IDE channel
Used only one hard drive on the primary IDE channel.

Any suggestions?

A:Strange drive issues

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I got some really strange issues on my laptop...

First of all - all these issues only appear after booting the machine, normally, when I just hibernate it, everything works fine.

When I turn the machine on, I see the following things:
hp logo (BIOS)
BitLocker confirming that it loaded the encryption key
Starting Windows
Black screen
Logon screen background + "Please wait..."
and then, just nothing happens. After about 30 seconds, the HDD stops, and Windows is apparently ready - apart from the fact that I still see no logon screen .
Luckily, I can circumvent this problem: If I press the power button, Windows will enter standby mode just as usual. Then, I can press any key to wake up the computer, which leads to the normal logon screen.

Then, I logon (using a fingerprint reader), and Windows shows the "Welcome"-Message. Then, the screen turns black for a short moment, returning me to the logon screen. To me, this looks quite like a userinit.exe - problem...

After this failed logon, I can logon normally until I restart my computer.
Does anyone have an idea what is causing this?

Thank you for your help,
Felix Freiberger

A:strange log on issues on Ultimate 64-Bit

Hello again Felix.

You're still having issues with that laptop; sorry I'm no help with this one.

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They couldn't figure this out at techsupportforum.com so this may be a challenge for ya!

First of all, here is a link to what happened at their site:
W32.Blaster.Worm -- Missing Boot Manager - Tech Support Forum

As a recap of what's going on, Windows started stalling after boot up, and during the login screen at bootup. Startup Repair said that the bootmanager was missing. Trying bootrec through Recovery Console didn't seem to help. The computer would randomly boot into Windows and randomly stall at the glowing orbs. When it did boot completely, I had no network connectivity. The system would stall when I would do any of the following: right click on network icon and click Troubleshoot, try to Diagnose network problems, uninstalling and then reinstalling network device drivers (would stall when starting to reinstall them automatically).

When I ran chkdsk d: /f /r at recovery console (C: is normally my boot drive, but typing C: in the recovery console says that the drive is corrupt, I think my F: is actually the first drive in the hardware, which is why it says this), it said that the Master File Table had a corrupted BITMAP (it was allocated as empty but contained information, I think), and supposedly fixed it successfully. When I re-ran chkdsk, there were no issues. A restart did not solve the problem.

I booted in Safe Mode and ran sfc /scannow through an elevated command prompt but it said "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity viol... Read more

A:Strange boot issues

Welcome to the windows 7 forums.

The only suggestion that I have is what you already know, boot the recovery windows 7 disk and restore your image from the external device.


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