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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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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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A:Replace a FAN

Dear Customer,  FAN Part number: Fan (available separately) - 639460-001 Please contact HP worldwide using the below link:http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.html   Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee 

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Hi I have a Sleekbook and I wanted to change the hard drive to an SSD(128Gb)HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15-b005elProduct Number:C5R40EA#ABZREV:1900-100What is best kit for upgrade ?Thanks

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A:Replace hdd with SDD

See the following video list for removal and replacement of the hard disk. ( hard drive assembly)http://h20574.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=10862166&MEID=9E11075D-744F-4986-ACA1-547A14CA1B03 What you will need is a SATA mobile 2.5" SSD to replace the legacy spinner hard wisk with. I highly recommend that you replace it by cloning the current disk to the new one.  That is the simplest method. See the sticky I created  in this section  of the forum for details on how that is done.http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/How-to-upgrade-your-notebook-to-a-SATA-2-5-quot-SSD/td-p/4563352/jump-to/first-unread-message An SSD of 256 GB or higher capacity is recommended as a replacement for the legacy hard disk currently installed. An SSD of 256 GB or higher capacity will allow for use of the Recovery media that you created with the HP Recovery Media Creator utility. See the following links at NewEgg.com to see what will work. You can only use SATA, SATAII and SATAIII interface SSD disks. None of the other interface types are compatible with your notebook's systemboard and BIOS !!! http://www.newegg.com/Internal-SSDs/SubCategory/ID-636?Tid=11693  

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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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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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Periodically I'll get a "C++ runtime error" message and an App will have to close. The it drops to the desktop. Under administrative tools > Event viewer the message seems to point to ntdll.dll version 5.1.2600.2180 . That file seems to be a protected file. Does anyone know the procedure to repair or replace this file?

A:Replace Dll?


Originally Posted by feddup

Periodically I'll get a "C++ runtime error" message and an App will have to close. The it drops to the desktop. Under administrative tools > Event viewer the message seems to point to ntdll.dll version 5.1.2600.2180 . That file seems to be a protected file. Does anyone know the procedure to repair or replace this file?

Hello, take a look at this http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?ntdll

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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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I have Windows 64 Bit installed on an SSD Drive. I am running out of Disk space. I have heard that I can make a Image of my existing SSD and import into a new SSD. How do I do this?

A:Replace SSD

Go into control panel>backup and restore and save a disk image to your internal hard drive or an external hard drive. replace the ssd, then just use your windows install disc to put the image back on the new ssd. It`s that easy.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

Welcome to the Forums

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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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Does HP provide a adapter so a 2.5 inch SSD will fit in a mechanical HD slot or can you recommend a part available from another provider?

A:Replace HD with SSD

Hi, There are hundreds of similar products around:     http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=2.5+to+3.5+caddy&_fromfsb=0&_trksid=m270.l1313&ul_noapp=true Please check good computer shops in your area. Regards.

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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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hello guys.
i think about replace my cd rom in my laptop (inspiron 5558) in ssd like wrote here
it's really work fine if i buy Tray Caddy to insert there the SSD?
after that its will be my hdd 2TB + ssd
what happen with my serial to windows? (i get the windows with the pc)


A:Replace CD ROM in SSD

Should be fine as long as the caddy makes the SSD's SATA connector line up with the connector inside the system.  Your Windows activation/serial number won't be affected, especially if you're also keeping your existing hard drive.  If you're not, you should still be fine. I've swapped hard drives on many systems without encountering activation issues.

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At random, XP will restart on its own. The computer was built less than 2 years ago and I'm not quite sure if it's a software or hardware issue. AMD 2600+, 1.9 ghz, 512mb RAM, windows XP, radeon 9600 graphics card.

I find the computer crashes when it's put under a heavy workload. For instance, I opened Spy Bot S&D to rule out any infections and within 30 seconds of running the application the computer restarted. This occured back to back just moments ago. Other times I am using WORD or browsing. This has been occuring for more than 4 months now.

I've ran a CPU application to max it out and again the computer restarts. It occurs everytime I run the program.

I also monitored my RAM while it performed and only 50% was being utilized.

How do I know it's the CPU and not the Motherboard or HD?


A:Do I need to replace my CPU?

Spobot Killed the Computer in the Den with the Fireplace Poker

This isn't "Clue" we're paying, you say?

Spybot uses 100% of the CPU. Your box could be entering thermal cutoff.
Use canned air to clean out the CPU/ heatsink, and just for good measure the rest of the insides as well.
Find out if your board has hardware monitoring and find what the critical zone temperatures are. You may have to install either the board manufacturers monitoring software or a utility like "Speedfan', available here at Techspot.

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HI iv noticed recently my psu fan does'nt spin on start up, despite the pc starting up normally and working fine.

Sometime i turn off and on then the fan will work also.

Do you think i need to replace my PSU or could it be something else?

A:Should I replace my PSU?

What is the make and model? This is not sounding good what you describe. A good working PSU is the backbone of any system.

Give us the rest of your system hardware including make and model of your motherboard, amount of RAM installed, harddrive and video card. This will help us help you if you feel you need it.

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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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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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I have a Dell desktop with XP from 2005. Should I replace it now? And does that mean a new computer?

A:Necessary to replace xp?

XP will still work ok it will be less secure, and if you were going to replace I would consider a new pc yours is 9 years old so drivers for a newer operating system could be a problem.

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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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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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ok im not going to waste any time here, if possible a short yes or no answer would be appreciated. first of all let me explain. i have been recieving these BSOD stops: driver_not_less_or_equal stop: 0x000000D1, stop: 0x0000008E, stop: bad_pool_caller stop: 0x000000C2. these happened after installing necessary drivers for video. btw this is after reinstalling windows for like the bazillionth time. upon researching these stop errors they all point to bad drivers: go here to see for yourself
after trying to reformatt hd and just reinstalling windows again (because just didnt want to go on a driver hunt) now when i reformatt the hd and the windows files start to copy, one of these stops comes up: stop: 0x0000008E, or 0x00000024 and after researching these it points to NTFS file system bad writing to hd or something like that. and i dont have anything in the comp when trying to reformatt (no vid card etc. just cpu mobo cd rom hd and mushkin stick of 512 mb ram pc 3200 with no errors, i checked it several times) so my question is should i replace the hd?

thanks in advance,

A:should i replace my HD?

I don`t think you should replace you hard drive just yet.

The fact that you`re getting lots of different stop messages, could be a symptom of faulty ram.

Download the memtest86+ programme from www.memtest.org.

If you don`t have a floppy drive, there is an iso version that you can burn to cd, and then boot from that.

Let the programme run for at least seven passes.

Regards Howard

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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.

A:Cannot replace HDD on TC-605

What operating system came pre-installed on your computer when you bought it? What operating system were you using when you had problems and had to replace your HDD? What BIOS version are you using? What recovery media did you insert in to the USB drive or DVD? Did you create the recovery media by using the link below? http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29934/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDY3MTQ5NjU...  Or did you purchase the recovery media from Acer? http://us-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/ Or are you using vanilla Windows 8.1 or Windows 10? https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15088/windows-create-installation-media https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/ Or are you using Windows 7?

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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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Hi, I have a question with E-mail.
I was wondering if after the 2 years I've had this computer if I should change from my Yahoo! & Gmail accounts to Windows Mail, if that's possible.
What are the pro's and con's of switching to Windows Mail?

A:Should I Replace...

Hi Rance, I am unsure about Yahoo but you can access Gmail via Windows Mail. To use Windows mail you still need a provider whether it be your internet provider or the likes of Gmail so i dont see any reason to change anything except enabling your provider from within Windows mail. Here is a tutorial on enabling pop gmail within windows mail
Windows Mail - Gmail Help

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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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I have a Thinkpad twist 33476UU with a failed controller for the 500gb HD. I've read that it requires a motherboard replacement which is difficult to do where I live. I ordered a larger 1TB HD model with similar specs from the manufacturer but it is physically too thick to fit in the slot. I've kept it for use as an external HD with an adapter cable. The system defaults to the default 28gb SSD to boot and works very well except for the small size. I'm using a 32GB SD camera-card in the card slot for temporary storage along with a 1TB external. I would like to replace the SSD with either a 128 or larger SSD but need to know if it will fit in the same space. Are different capacity SSD drives the same physical size? Will this work? A related matter is that the Win8 activation apparently didn't follow the boot-from-SSD. How can I activate it? Thanks in advance.

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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?..


but still no luck , any one got an Idea what to do next please.

Thanks ????Mypenry

A:had to replace the HDD now no 128 bit SSL

have you ticked the box alongside it's entry and then clicked apply at the bottom
if you have run
sfc /scannow
and try it again

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About 3 nights ago I was at my PC and my wife came to say goodnight and dropped a glass of water on it, soaking everything. I manually turned it off right away, dismantled it and left it beside a radiator for about 30 hours (far enough away that it wouldn't burn anything). It looked dry all over so I reassembled it, put in a different psu just to be safe and turned it on, something immediately smoked for a split second and I turned it back off. I didn't get time to see what it was. I've tried restarting again and it runs with no post.
No beeps but fans running and lights are all on as normal. I tried replacing the battery and looked for any signs of anything that has burned or blown.
Still no beeps, even with just cpu. All power cables are where they are meant to be.
I am quite a noob but am about 90% sure it is the motherboard and have ordered a replacement to test. Is there anything simple I am missing or is it more likely to be the cpu or gpu?

Also, the PC now starts and restarts twice before running constantly with no post, not sure why or if this is helpful or not. Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. I want to spend as little as possible on replacing stuff as it is only a month old and my warranty won't cover a clumsy wife

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I need some suggestions on a replacment MOBO for a buggy NF7S2G. I have had it for aprox 2 months and it has always given me problems. After searching the net and forums I can find no answers to my latest problem which is the l2 cache being disabled on the processor. I have worked for 4 days on it and no l2 cache. Abit forums has a 163 posted thread on this issue and we all seem to be praying for an answer I called Microcenter and they have offered me a in store credit and I wanted to get a good socket A MOBO that would last at least the general 3yr warranty any help would be apreciated

Athlon XP 2600+ (Barton) 333Mhz
NF7-S2G ver 0.1
2X512MB Mushkin PC3200 DDR (2.5-3-3-6)
Nvidia GeForce4 MX400 (64MB)
120GB Maxtor HDD (7200rpm 8mb)
40GB Maxtor HDD (7200rpm 8mb)+FDD
TSSTcorp CD/DVDW dual layer
DiabloTek ATX Mid tower case w/80mm fan/450wPSU
EnerMax 2X2 ultimate fan controller
ViewSonic 17GS-2

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