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To replace or not to replace.. that is the question.

Q: To replace or not to replace.. that is the question.

Ok now its been a while since my pc has not been working. Ive had it for just over a year now. One day i turned it on and it would get to the Bios splash page but it would not go any further. There were no beeps nothing. All fans run, and from what i remember hard drives would start spinning too.

I thought maybe it was a PSU problem as the PSU would have very subtle flickering sounds, almost like sparking cables. However after taking the PSU to a technician they said it was working fine. This cost me 50 AUD! What he then told me was that it may be the mobo. But before i go and send it to a proper technician and fork out X amount of money id like to get your opinion.

As i mentioned above. The pc turns on, doesnt boot past the BIOS splash screen and just stays there. There are odd noises from the PSU. Here is my setup:

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon64 4000+
PC-3200 (2x1gb) CAS2 Corsair DDR mem
Radeon X800 GTO (Iceturbo 2)
Thermaltake 680w power supply
Maxtor 300gb Maxline III
WD Raptor 36GB
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

I have not had the guts to take anything out and test them individually. But has anyone had or heard of this problem before? What could it be about the motherboard that would also make the PSU make that noise? Is it just a safety mechanism of the PSU?


Preferred Solution: To replace or not to replace.. that is the question.

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A: To replace or not to replace.. that is the question.

Hi and welcome to Techspot!!

Test the RAM sticks individually. One of them might be bad. You can use Memtest86 to try them out.

Also, try them in different memory slots. That sometimes helps.

Regards :wave:

BTW, Great thread title

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Hi all,

The laptop in question is a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4334. A few weeks ago, it got dropped right on its corner with the power plug still in it; the little metal plug of the AC adapter is now slightly crooked, and the power jack has a little chip off the plastic part of it.

Anyway, after this mishap, it worked fine for another 3, 4 weeks, and then suddenly this week, it's refusing to power up. Its battery has been shot for a while (can't hold a charge), and I've been using it with the battery out. Why the sudden refusal to boot?

I took the whole thing apart---minus the little chip, the power jack looks totally fine and cosmetically sound. Put the whole thing back together, taking care to check that plugs were snug---still no power.

Stuck in the crappy battery; booted just fine (and then shut itself down after like 2 minutes).

How likely is it that it's the power jack which is broken? And why did it take this long to crap out, if it IS broken?

A new one of those silly jacks costs over $20 on eBay, so I want to make sure that it's the jack before I just up and buy one. Of course, if it's the AC adapter that's broken, that would cost even more! Bah.


A:Replace the power jack or replace the adapter?

AND/OR inside the case the the jack is soldered directly to the motherboard. Is also possible that
1) It's already cracked
2) If not yet, it's gonna crack

So look to see what connection looks like between power jack and motherboard, If you feel u wanna/can re-solder yourself or the typically price to redo the whole power thing seems to run $125 parts/labor/warranty if you take it somewhere. So how much is it all worth to you?

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[I need to know if there is a function...perhaps a Macro or Query...or a more complex 'Find & Replace'...that can accomplish the following...'cause my database is huge; & I'm hoping not to do this manually]:

I keep an Access database for my homeowners' association on the condition & conformity of 24 different exterior attributes, for about 2400 townhomes. The Board of Directors wants to move away from using the term "Grandfathered", which is distinguished by the acronym "GF" in the database column that shows conformity (labeled IAW). We use this database to generate annual architectural reports for our 10,000 residents.

Our board wants the entry "GF" replaced with a "Y"...they want the GF entry removed from the report completely; & they're serious about it.

Now...I have already created a Query that has located all the GF entries in their various columns of various records...which our Board wants me to use in an internal "in-office" database (in order to keep track of what attributes actually were grandfathered originally...as a reference for our field inspector when he inspects the townhomes).

But we also want to create an unassuming symbol on the report...perhaps an ~ or a *...something that will alert the inspector to an attribute that once was grandfathered, on his field report. [This is to be done so that he will not
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A:Find & Replace (but Replace in a different Column)

see attached. But actually getting that data back to the table, if that is what you want, is a bit trickier.

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For some reason W7 has decided to change 'Copy and Replace' with 'Move and Replace' when picking a file up with the left mouse and dragging it to another folder where an old version of the file exists.

My Excel SS is in two places: My desktop and USB which I use for backup. I would simply open the folder on the USB pick up the file on the desktop with the left mouse and drag it to the USB folder. Then I would get the message 'Copy and Replace'.. But not anymore it's become 'Move and Replace'.

I know I can 'Copy and Replace' by holding down the Ctrl key but I dont want to.

It looks like there should be a simple answer

Can anyone help? I swear I didnt change anything.

A:How can I 'Copy and Replace' not 'Move and Replace'.

Have you ever tried right click drag and drop ?
There will be a list option after you drop,

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We have a TON of text based INI files for our companies software deployment scripts.

We also have a TON of people who use different ways to deploy the same software. On one server alone we can have a bunch of different ways people install E.G.

msiexec.exe /quiet /norestart /i \\dfs\dfsshare\SAV\Symant~1.msi
msiexec.exe /quiet /norestart /i <qt/>\\server\share\WIN32\Symantec Client Security.msi<qt/>
msiexec.exe /quiet /norestart /i \\server\share\SAV\WIN32\Symantec Client Security.msi
msiexec.exe /quiet /norestart /i <qt/>\\dfs\dfsshare\SAV\Symantec Client Security.msi<qt/>

and so on down the line.

I LIKE the abilities of Ecobyte Replace Text 2.2 but the problem is I have to type in the whole line as it is in the file to then replace it with the new one for the new deployment.

What I want to do is have a search based on PART of the line so I can then put in Symant~1.msi and Symantec Client Security.msi and replace the ENTIRE line with a new line.

Is there any multi file utility that allows you to search for part of a text line but replace the entire text line?

A:Need a robust text find and replace utility - Like Ecobyte Replace Text 2.2 but not

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Hi all... I am working with a MS Word 2000 document that has a huge batch of numbers involved. The problem is that some of the numbers have run together... e.g.:

439 441 442 443 444445 449 450 452 454 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 468 470 472 473 474 477 479480

I can identify these errors just fine by searching for ^#^#^#^#^#... five digits in a row. Is there any way of doing a replace, using the same digits but with a space entered in after the first three? Right now I'm changing it by hand and have already spent nearly three hours engaged in this tedium. Any advice would be wonderful! Thanks.... Jim

A:Find & Replace question...

Are your 3 (or erroneous 6)digit numbers in seperate cells?
If so, you could do something like this:

I entered a list of 3 digit numbers and a few 6 digit numbers in cells A1 to A10. In B1, I entered:
=IF(A1>99999, LEFT(A1,3)&" "&RIGHT(A1,3),A1)
and then copied the formula down to B10.

In other words, if the value in the cell is a 6 digit number, show the 3 characters on the left, followed by a space, followed by the 3 characters on the right.

Alternatively, you could put the LEFT and RIGHT formula in adjacent cells, so that you only have 3 digit numbers in each resulting cell:

In B1, enter:

And in C1, enter:

You can then copy the resulting data and Paste Special > Values into another worksheet or workbook.



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Ive been given a Dell Dimension 8100. The only problem is that it dont boot up. So I decided to just buy all new parts for this system. I called Dell, to get the system specifications from them, but they just kept telling me to just buy a new computer from them. I didnt want to do that, but they were persistent, so I gave up. And I know some computer makers use proprietary parts. This is why I wanted the specifications for this system. My question is this, would I be able to just put in the parts I want into the case the Dimension 8100 came with? I would like to use the same case. And just have to buy the parts I need.

A:Replace All Hardware Question.

An old review of the 8100. Sounds like a top of the line back in '01. If you'll post the exact problems with it, someone maybe be able to help you get it running without a lot of expense.

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Title says all .Aynways, laptop has 6GB of RAM.

A:|Question|Should i replace 360 TS with BitDefender/AVG IS ?

Yeah Try BitDefender & AVG both, 360 TS is buggy.

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I am replacing my current cable modem and wifi router with new ones. Does it matter in which order I replace them ? Thanks

A:Question; replace modem or router first?

modem first. might need to get it activated first - call comcast etc. or DIY in web browser (however it does not always work).
then router so it can connect fresh to internet with new modem.

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Is there any way to search and replace a term in an entire directory?

For example, I am working on getting my organization's new website ready to go live and there are tons of text changes that I need to propogate across the site. I am in the root directory (standupnew), and it has about 80 subfolders, most of them for the various programs we have. I want to be able to click on the standupnew folder and have it search all the subfolders for "StandUP" and change it to "StandUp". Is this possible?

A:Dreamweaver CS4 Find and Replace question

Here's a tutorial on the function:
Using Dreamweaver's Find & Replace Command - OIT - UMass Amherst


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If you decided to uninstall Office 2007 and then install Office 2003 would there be any hesitation on your part? I only ask this because uninstalling a program like Office 2007 can leave large amounts of registry information which may or may not impede a new computer?s performance. I was told to just uninstall like normal and run CCleaner to remove the registry entries that it finds. I haven?t decided to do this yet but if I do, any thoughts?

A:Remove and Replace Office 2007 Question

Revo uninstall pro does a better job...

Revo Uninstaller Pro 2.0.2

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My 3 year old logitech wireless mouse conked out on me today. No laser light, blinking green on off switch and red battery light stays on. The mouse is part No 810-000769. I have tried all the suggested remedies offered by Logitech support with no success.

The wireless mouse was bundled with their S520 wireless keyboard purchased 3 years ago.

If I purchase another wireless mouse will it work with the Logitech S520 keyboard or will I have to replace that and the receiver dongle too? Are all wireless keyboard and mouse devices interchangeable??

Thanks for your help!

A:wireless mouse conked out must replace with new one...question???

You will probably end up needing 2 recievers the exisiting one for your keyboard and the new one that comes with the mouse.

These tend to auto-pair and are not usually interchangeable.

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In search and replace in MS Word, or Excel, how do I replace this:


with this:

ie: simply search for a number within parenthesis and make it italicized?

Or maybe a macro?
An example of a cell would be

1:22:01 to 1:23:01 (415e) duration 1

A:newb- Search/Replace wildcard question ...?

Hit F5 to bring up this dialog box.

Select the Replace tab.

Type (315) in the Find What field.

Hit Ctrl+I to invoke Italics formatting and type (315) in the Replace With field (Note the format annotated under Replace With).

Click Replace All followed by OK.

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Title says all .Aynways, laptop has 6GB of RAM.

A:|Question|Should i replace 360 TS with Bitdefender/AVG Internet Security ?

Yeah Try Bitdefender & AVG both, 360 TS is buggy.

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Looks like I'm gonna need to replace the mobo and I need some guidance on how to remove the liquid-cooling apparatus. The heatsink has some copper tubing that carries the coolant to and from the "radiator" which is located in the higher compartment. There must be a trick to it. I have searched but cannot seem to find a manual.

Can anyone here help me with this?



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Log Name:      Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance
Date:          1/17/2017 6:19:45 AM
Event ID:      351
Task Category: Standby Performance Monitoring
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Event Log
User:          LOCAL SERVICE
Computer:      USER-PC
This driver responded slower than expected to the resume request while servicing this device: 
     Driver File Name :
     Driver Friendly Name :
UHCI USB Miniport Driver
     Driver Version :
6.1.7601.18328 (win7sp1_gdr.131126-1436)
     Driver Total Time :
     Driver Degradation Time
: 55ms
     Incident Time (UTC) :
     Device Name :
     Device Friendly Name :
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB
     Device Total Time :
     Device Degradation Time
: 0ms
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
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I've taken a copy of each of a set of 5 linked spreadsheets (annual cash flow, profit etc projections) and pasted them into a separate folder, so that I can preserve the originals and also update a set of working copies.

I'm now trying to do a simple find & replace in the NEW set of spreadsheets, to replace a bit of the old file link references with the new address of the other 4 files in the set i.e. a kind of "find all cells with file links including the word 'original' and replace with 'new' " exercise.

First (the dumb bit) - file/edit/find brings up the find dialogue box, but the 'replace' button is greyed out - why???

Next - is there a simpler way of changing the link references than find/replacing bits of their address wherever they appear in each file?

A:Solved: FIND & REPLACE - possibly my dumbest Excel question to date...

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My trusty pc runs great but my optical drive is starting to struggle reading and writing,  i gather it's easy enough to replace the drive but cant find anything about the drive online. what kind of drive do i need to replace it, sata etc. thanks

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Hi all,

I've got a little bit of a dilemma here, I've got a 3.5year old Dell 8300 with the following specs:

3GHz P4
1GB Ram
X700 Pro
225W PSU (or thats what i suspect)
Ive got a standard PCI slot.

The issue is whether to replace whole thing and get Kentfield extreme with 8800GTX obviously spend will be around £1800 for base unit or to replace graphics card (and probably PSU) and wait for Yorkfield chips later in the year, which are expected to be cheaper to produce with more speed and lower power consumption. It's just id like to play some games even with minimal detail during the year (well except Crysis which would give my system processor failure just at the sight of the box).

What would people recommend and on graphics card front what replacement would offer best value for money given my system.

Many Thanks

A:To replace or not to replace

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Friends computer, Windows XP Home. She's been having trouble with it restarting on her a bunch lately, but she was always able to at least get to the Desktop before it rebooted without any error message or countdown (like the 0:60 blaster countdown).
When I was finally able to take a look at the computer, it won't even get to the windows loading screen. I'm thinking the HDD is dead or not able to boot from some reason. The drive will not boot. Gives a blue error message after the bios POST. Bios can check the drive and it fails. I tried putting a disc in which I 'thought' was a bootable PartitionMagic disc, but it's not booting to it. So I'll try using a bootable copy of Partition Magic and see what it is before we buy a new drive.
Any ideas? If the drive is not bootable now, is it worth trying the PartitionMagic disc? I'm sure the disc I put in before was just a backupdisc that wasn't bootable and had the program's setupfiles on it.
Thanks in advance.

A:Should I just replace this HDD?

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So i wasn't sure what this topic fell under but i was hoping i could get some help on this. So i want to start running some higher up games and i'm not sure what is bottle necking me atm. I don't wanna replace both but i do have a $200 budget or so for an upgrade. I heard from someone that my cpu isn't the best but it can still hold up. While my gpu is really outdated and not good. With my current combo i'm able to play most games on highest quality, but for newer games like the witcher 3 and so on, i can barely run it. I was gonna get the geforce gtx 960, thinking that may help my performance. Here are my specs

My specs:

AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
8192MB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 4B DDR3 memory

A:What should i replace, my GPU or CPU?

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Hi, my dad recently acquired a computer from his office and gave it too me to use (HP Compaq dx2300), I would love to play games (at any graphics level) on it but there seems to be some problems. I'm not sure where the problems arise from as I am a beginner with computers, so I'm not sure what I'll need to replace, here is the dxdiag info, so please recommend any changes I need to make in order to play games at a decent level (eg. 256 mb req. with low settings territory) :

System Information
Time of this report: 11/22/2011, 19:22:05
Machine name: PC
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100216-1514)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq dx2300 Microtower
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU 2160 @ 1.80GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 595MB used, 3335MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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A:What should I replace?

For what it will cost you to upgrade it to play games, I would just suggest saving for a new computer.

First, you'll need to install a video card. If the model you have is in a micro-tower, it's not likely you'll be able to find a video card to fit.

Second, you would want to upgrade the processor. Even though it's apparently dual-core, it's still extremely slow.

Third, you would want to upgrade to 4GB of RAM.

And then to support it all, you'd likely need a new power supply.

So like I said...your best option would be to clean that up, sell it, and buy a new computer when you get the money.

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   My 32G storage space is getting close to the capacity. I am considering to either to upgrade to a larger SDD or replace it with a HDD ,please let me know is it feasible and how to get it down?

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i have an  older G61-420CA laptop that I use in my boat for charting. do not really want to get a new laptop at present. My HDD is dying and I would like to replace it however most replacements are now 1TB or larger. The manual said 500GB max but it is difficult to find one that size is it possible to go to a  Western Digital® 1TB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s 5400 RPM Internal Hard Drive, Laptop

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My Y510p?s 1TB HDD got damaged, it work with a 24GB SDD in the laptop. When I replace the bad HDD, do choose a SDD or still a HDD? If I pick a SDD, the original 24GB? SDD (in the system) would work well with the new SDD?thank you.

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the fan is very noisy specially when i run graphic rich applications like games or flash files.
can i replace it with a new one that is more quite and more powerful.

A:can i replace my CPU fan ?

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Hi all got a Hipro 230W ATX PSU Power Supply Unit 5187-4875 / HP-A2317F3HP
its like a smaller one than normal I tried to get replacement but one I got is to big and wont fit in the amount of space there so need like the micro original one found just one on ebay but its £25 2nd hand can anyone help... thanks

A:Trying to replace PSU

HP / Hipro 230W ATX PSU Power Supply Unit 5187-4875 / HP-A2317F3HP

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HI , system specs...
40 gig hard drive running XP pro in NTFS
2.4 ghz P4 processor
768 megs of DDR 333 ram
cd R and RW drive
dvd drive.
I am seriously thinking of buying a DVD burner today and am wondering if I should replace one of my optical drives or add it to this . If I add I will have three optical drives and one hard drive .. If I should replace one of the optical drives which one would you suggest and which would you place then as master /slave? Thank you for your suggestions ..

A:replace or add ??

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I have a laptop that just shut down on me. when I try to restart I get to the screen for windows to start loading for about half a sec and then blue screen that flashes to fast to read anything on it. when I try to do a sys. restore from my XP CD I get this error message "PXE-E61 Media test failure, cable check". Any ideas?

A:need help to see what i need to fix or replace

Sounds as though it thinks it's needs starting from a network and that would make me wonder if it's been taken over remotely so when you do get it started, it might have a major malware infection. Tap the Delete, Function 2 or whichever other key you need to go into BIOS or Setup and seek out Boot Options or similar and make sure the order is set to boot from hard disk first.

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I recently built a co-worker a computer with parts from Tiger Direct. I had everything up and running and made sure the BIOS was updated and dropped it off to her. She calls me up saying that It keeps BSOD'ing. I take it back to try and figure it out. I thought at first it may be printer drivers she installed or her antivirus. I was not able to save that version of windows because it was stuck in the windows startup recovery loop and could not fix the problem. I installed a fresh copy of Vista Home Premium 32 bit to another HDD to make sure the HDD was good. (I know, who uses vista right...the disk was sitting on my desk and was convenient haha). I waited for about 3 hours and nothing until it randomly Blue Screened once. I've ran memtest86 and it found no errors. Here's what I got:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: c000021a
BCP1: 98F3D4C8
BCP2: C0000001
BCP3: 00000000
BCP4: 00000000
OS Version: 6_0_6000
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

Any ideas guys? Thanks in advance

A:Need to replace RAM?

You can boot from the Vista DVD and run the Memory Test to see if it has any memory errors. From there you can decide if you need to replace the RAM. You could also reseat the RAM (take it out, put it back in making sure it is in good).

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I recently had to take my new computer into the manufactures service office, And they had to replace the HDD, and install all the OS, etc; I am as before using Windows XP Pro Media Edition, in the past before having the HDD problem I use to be able to access my on line bank account web page , with no problem The web site was in my internet options trusted sites, and it would access the banks SSL 128 bit Encryption with no problems. Now I come to use my computer, after putting the banks web site address into the Trusted sites option, when I try to access the bank web site, it accesses it Ok, but will Not open the web page, all it say?s in the bottom left hand of the screen is..Done I have not as yet made any alterations to the new settings in the internet options As I did in the past, could this not being able to access the bank web site be any Thing to do with all the internet options being set at default..? if so any ideas what needs to be altered with the internet options settings..? to enable me to access my bank account again ?.. I have followed the instructions at the Microsoft web site?.. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813444 but still no luck , any one got an Idea what to do next please. Thanks ????Mypenry

A:Had To Replace The Hdd And Os......

What is the URL? Does the bank's webpage require Java?

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Hi......simple question i have a hp pav 8984 with a cd burner......sometimes when i use the burner the computer turns of for no apparent reason..the i have to wait a few hours before i can switch it back on.....but i've been thinking i dont hear the fan anymore and at the back it gets a bit hot....should i replace the fan???? probably a stupid question....but could be something totally different...

A:Do i need to replace the fan????

Which fan?

If its the power supply fan, its essential. If you cook the power supply, the HP only replacements are very expensive, and standard ones usually do not fit.

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I Don't Have A Disc For Installing Windows Xpi Have Windows Xp Pro On My Dell Laptop Now. I Just Don't Like It. How Can I Go To Xp Without A Disc? Thanks

A:Want To Replace Xp Pro With Just Xp


Originally Posted by prissyellowsmom

I Don't Have A Disc For Installing Windows Xpi Have Windows Xp Pro On My Dell Laptop Now. I Just Don't Like It. How Can I Go To Xp Without A Disc? Thanks

Hello prissyellowsmom, Welcome to TSF!

Without a Retail version of a Windows? XP Home? SP2 CD, there is absolutely nothing you can do.
The only solution would be to go to a reputable Computer Store and purchase one.

Sorry there's no magical cure.

Kind Regards,

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After a series of unstable voltage problem, I couldn?t get into Windows normally (only got into the desktop once, yet shut down within a second following a warning message), so I loaded a Windows CD to the blue Windows Setup stage, I got a message saying ?File setupdd.sys could not be loaded. The error code is 4.? I restarted, I then got ?System 32\DRIVERS\pci.sys is damaged or missing.? in a dark screen. Is my disk still OK? Do I need to replace the HD? Thanks for the answer!

A:Do I need to replace the HD?

Maybe not. Lets focus on your "low voltage problem". Bad power can cause data corruption. Bad power can also permanently kill off hardware, such as a hard drive. We need to first establish if you solved your power issues, and how.

Did you replace the Power Supply? If so, please post manufacturer, model # and rated power output of your current PSU. If not, post the voltages as reported in BIOS.

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My P50 died. The repair center failed to fix it, so they are sending me a new machine. To avoid 3 weeks delay, I am getting a standard model they have in stock. This model has 500 GB spinner HDD (it comes with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled). I need to remove it and replace with M.2 PCIe NVMe 1 TB SSD from my old machine (it runs Windows 10 pro and has all my documents). I have found manuals and guides how to do it from the mechanical standpoint, but I am still not sure about the right sequence and changes to BIOS. What should I do? Options:          A) Don't turn on the computer. Instead, just unscrew HDD, insert M.2 PCIe SSD, only then turn the computer on.          B) Turn the computer on with HDD first, enter BIOS, change from which kind of a disk and which slot it boots, only then unscrew HDD, insert M.2 PCIe SSD and after that turn it on again?          C) Something else? My guess is that if the machine would come with M.2 PCIe SSD, I could easily replace new with the old one without any hassle, but because it is a different kind of a disk in a different slot, I am concerned I might run into problems.

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Have a friend with a 9-month-old Dell Inspiron laptop who's had nothing but problems with Win XP. We've deleted the main partition and reinstalled XP, but problem (inability to maintain a modem connection) persists. It may be just a bad modem, and Dell is sending a new one, but he just doesn't like XP, and asked if it's possible to put Win 98 on the computer. I use Win 98, so am not familiar with XP, but know that XP uses NTFS instead of a FAT, and can't find anything that says whether or not it's possible to reformat the drive for a FAT-based Win 98 system. Is it, and if so, how (i.e., can I just boot to the command prompt, type "format c:", and hit enter)?

A:Replace Win XP with Win 98

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I have Dell inspiron 15 3542 and I want to replace DVD rom with SSD (or just put HDD in it and SSD in HDD place).

So I want to know what do I need in order to replace it. Can you post like links or just explain it for me.

A:What do I need to replace DVD rom with SSD

Dell Inspiron 3542 Laptop (support site)
Make use of the "Manuals - Inspiron 15 3542 Owner's Manual" link.

That model laptop supports a SATA 2.5" hard drive and a SATA 9.5mm disc drive.
I don't believe you can use the disc drive bay for a hard drive, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong.


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Lately, I have been getting computer crashes where my monitor loses a signal from the computer, the gpu fan goes to 100%, and my computer becomes unresponsive (shutdown keyboard command doesn't work). This happens more and more often, to the point where it crashes before the computer can even post. However, when I open up the computer and jiggle around the connections, sometimes pulling out cords and re-plugging them in, this seems to completely fix the problem, until a couple days pass and the process repeats. I am certain I have a loose connection somewhere, but I'm not sure where. Should I replace the power supply or the motherboard? Or could something else be causing the issue? Thank you for any help!

A:What to replace?

I would start with swapping in a known good pw supply. While the case is open, get a bright light and give the mb a VERY close inspection. Look for any capacitors that look like the pics below.

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Should i replace my 3 month old power supply? I have no issues with it, but am a little worried because it was a "cheap" one.

Its a HEC/ winpower 850 watt.


Ive read a few reviews about HEC power supplys in general and they seem to get pretty good reviews. My pc needs around 575 watts to run according to my gpu manual. Does anyone have any experience with this brand??

Thanks in advance!

A:Replace new PSU?

If I remember, it is not all that good.

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So my GPU has been buzzing a lot lately. My graphics card is a MSI Radeon 7700 series. The cause is the fan and I know because it's happened to me before with an older card. I need to replace this fan, but I don't know what to purchase, what would be compatible and what would fit. The original fan is the same model as this one I found on ebay, except mine doesn't have the yellow cable. Mine has the same model number and the sticker was exactly identical to that one, the only difference being it has one red and one black cable, minus the yellow one.
So, what size of fan do I need, and how can I make sure the holes for the screws are going to be the right distance apart? What kind of fan will not begin buzzing after long term use? This one says it's a "sleeve bearing", and I'd like to try and stay away from that if I can. Thank you.

Also, I could not for the life of me remove the fan's power cable from the card. When the time comes, any tips for that?

A:Help me replace my GPU fan

I would remove the fan then see if you can match the size with this or similar from Ebay :- http://www.ebay.com/itm/65mm-DC-12V...491634?hash=item3aafbcd672:g:-rYAAOxyzfNRyFhK

You will have to match the electrical connector as well so check how many pins are in the board socket.
You may have to use some force to disconnect the present fan's power cable from the GPU board.
It is a plug/socket connection isn't it ?

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How do i chance the hdd from hp notebook model 15-g 092 nd there is no possible way to open the laptop not even ict from my work knows how, please an answer.sinceraly stefan horstman

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Hello, On my motherboard this morning when removing a faulty graphics card, the little white clamp at the end of the pci express slot broke. Is there anyway to replace or fix this? I was thinking of gluing it somehow but the last thing I need is for the glue to melt and cause more problems than it solved. If it involves sending it off to a technician does anyone know the avg cost to replace the white clamp or complete pci express slot? If you need more info on what type of pci-express slot it is it was holding a nvidia7900 gtx OC. I'm hoping I didn't just ruin the whole motherboard.

A:Anyway to fix/replace?

I don't think that can be fixed. I've never really seen this happen so I don't know for sure but I think u will need a new mobo.

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I ask because I purchased a Lenovo laptop (Ideapad 580N) that came pre-installed with Windows 8 which is a nightmare. I recently upgraded to 8.1 because it supposedly had some Win 7 features, instead, it has been worse than Win 8. I've never removed one Win OS and replaced it with another and I have not purchased the Win 7 OS software yet. Is there anything I should know beforehand? HATE is a strong word, but it's the only word appropriate as to my feelings of Win 8 and if possible, I would like to get back to Win 7 asap. Thank you.

A:Replace Win 8.1 with Win 7

Hello Janesdf . Peruse this : Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

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Replace faulty HDD with a new 1TB replacement (same size - same brand).  Always get "Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot media..." all to no avail.  Doesn't matter if CD/DVD, external or HDD selected, same message.

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now it's ending?


A:What to replace MSE with

Ending for Vista, not for 7, 8, or 10.

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I did a boneheaded move and damaged my CPU processor while I was cleaning my desktop. When I pulled the heatsink out, it took my CPU with it and damaged a pin. Since it is damaged, I am looking to replace it with the same or one that is slightly upgraded.

Question: Since my current CPU is damaged, Can I replace it with one that is better?

This is what I currently have. Now don't laugh cause its a very old system. I am looking to give it to a friend for him and his family to use since they dont have a computer. I have upgraded the RAM, added a secondary Hard drive, graphics card, sound card and wireless adapter.

Compaq Presario 5330US 235 Watt

Motherboard: 246858-002 Intel Pentium 4
Socket 478

CPU: SL59x

General information
Type CPU / Microprocessor
Family Intel Pentium 4
Part number RK80531PC029G0K
Frequency (GHz) 1.7
Bus speed (MHz) ? 400
Clock multiplier ? 17
Package type 478-pin FC-PGA2
Socket type Socket 478 (mPGA478B)

A:Want to replace the CPU

I believe that that MB only supports P4's. I have a box full of them in my shop. If you want, i can check and see if I have a replacement in working order for you. IF..I do, you are welcomed to it.

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