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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

So I've been seeing lots of people asking for help with their computer problems lately. I have too much free time on my hands, not to mention me and many other a.nutters are very tech savvy, so I decided to start a thread specially geared towards this.

I was thinking about writing some rules for posting here, but I'll see how things go first. At the very least mention which is your operating system. Knowing your hardware specs wouldn't hurt either.

I'm thinking of including a list of useful resources and utilities eventually.

So go ahead, post your problems. Me and other a.nut computer geeks shall help.

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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4781 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):

You need to get laid...stat!



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4770 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 1):
You need to get laid

Tell me about it, it's been a while... but I'm working on it.  mischievous 


User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

I'm using a DEC Rainbow 100B that boots to CP/M.


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User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

(XP Pro...)



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4745 times:



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

Seems like something is loose in the sound card or something hindering a proper connection. Try blowing some air in the jack using one of those pressurized cans. But since the internal speakers aren't working either, I susupect something's off with the sound card / chip connections.


Anything particular you did before this problem started or did it just pop up out of no where?



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4721 times:



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
a Dell

That's your problem right there  duck 


But what Phoenix9 said sounds about right, though being a laptop it has no dedicated sound card. But some of those audio jacks can be quite the hassle.


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8876 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4713 times:

Been running it pretty smoothly for 4 years now, and still going pretty strong. I've used everything from Ad-Aware, Avast!, SpywareDoctor (only paid one I used), and now I have AVG. Also have used Crap Cleaner for quite a while.

Any other recommendations for PC upkeep? I feel like I'm approaching the beginning of the end of the line. But I've felt this way before and pulled out of a nose dive just in time.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4699 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):

Any other recommendations for PC upkeep?

Advanced system care is a cool all in one program that does everything for you at the click of a button, works pretty well.

http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html


User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4698 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 5):
Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

Seems like something is loose in the sound card or something hindering a proper connection. Try blowing some air in the jack using one of those pressurized cans. But since the internal speakers aren't working either, I susupect something's off with the sound card / chip connections.


Anything particular you did before this problem started or did it just pop up out of no where?

Owned it for 4+ years? have had it running pretty nearly non stop for the last 1+, and just slightly less often prior to that...

FWIW this Dell has had some minor issues along the way but nothing (other then this, now that it is out of warranty) that was too annoying/unfixable by the warranty provided in home tech support...

If it weren't for the fact that this is our only computer at the moment I'd take the laptop apart partially to try and investigate the sound card issues..

Thanks though  Smile



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User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4686 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
Any other recommendations for PC upkeep?

Two of the best spyware removal programs are Malwarebytes and ComboFix, both free. When you run ComboFix, a lot of messages will come up asking if you really want to run it...just keep clicking Yes.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix

For the ComboFix link, scroll down until you see "Next you should download ComboFix from one of the following URLs:" and choose "BleepingComputer.com."

For bad spyware problems, it is best to run both of these programs in Safe Mode.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

I just remembered another program I swear by, Revo Uninstaller

http://www.revouninstaller.com/

This ALWAYS gets rid of the most stubborn programs and keeps my PC nice and clean. It's a definite must-have.  yes 


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

Good thread Big grin

Had a bit of an issue with my Dell..was unable to boot Windows, so I got the XP boot CD and tried a repair but it didn't work. Just wondering if I can still recover data from the computer before I do a clean install?



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24815 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4637 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 12):

Had a bit of an issue with my Dell.

So within 12 posts, we've had 2 users with Dell problems...anyone see a pattern?  stirthepot  duck 



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4631 times:



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 13):
.anyone see a pattern?

 checkmark  Agreed. One Dell desktop was enough to make it my last one. All of my friends that have had Dells and other major brands always seem to have the most trouble.

I've built my own computers ever since and I've had no problems whatsoever. It really helps to know and be able to pick what's going inside the case.

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 12):
Just wondering if I can still recover data from the computer before I do a clean install?

This is easier said than done, but you could try to remove the hard drive and install it in another fully functioning computer, and if everything is configured correctly, it will show up as just another drive in that other computer at which point you could transfer your important files over, but that is if only XP itself is trashed and you don't have a more serious problem.

How exactly did the recovery not work, by the way? Any error codes/messages? Or it just didn't go through?


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4627 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 14):
How exactly did the recovery not work, by the way? Any error codes/messages? Or it just didn't go through?

The recovery finished, and it said Windows is restarting, the Windows logo appeared, but the screen went black and thats it. I can't even access safe mode, which sucks. I don't think its a hardware issue (hoping!), but you never know. This was my first issue with the computer in 5 years..its been solid all these years. I suspect it had to do with a stupid website I visited last night (no, it wasn't a porn site  Wink ), it was a stupid .cn website, I was trying to get the new episodes of the TV show House, when my computer stopped responding. I did a forced shutdown and when I restarted..the problem started. I've given it to the IT dept in our hospital..hopefully they can sort it out.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Ok see if you can help me. I installed Windows 7 Professional onto my laptop and everything seemed fine etc.. But when I turn the computer on, most of the time it gets to the welcome menu with the little circle spinning around endlessly and it won't load or it goes to a black screen with use of only the mouse. Hence I'm forced to turn it off by holding down the power button and try again.. Usually it takes me 3-4 goes to get it going properly.. Do you think this is a technical error, should I reboot the computer or just do what I'm doing now - putting it to sleep and never turning it off? First problem will be next month when I jump on a plane lol..

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 13):
So within 12 posts, we've had 2 users with Dell problems...anyone see a pattern?

Haha. Mine's a HP. But I think it's more to do with the OS than the computer..



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4619 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
Do you think this is a technical error, should I reboot the computer or just do what I'm doing now - putting it to sleep and never turning it off?

Do you have 4gb RAM in your computer? That could be part of the reason. But based on what you have mentioned it could be couple of things:

1) Your windows install was corrupted, so you'll have to reinstall windows
2) Some of the drivers that are being loaded while window starts are creating this problem.

Boot your computer in safe mode, if it boots ok in safe mode then most likely its the driver issue.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4612 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 17):
Do you have 4gb RAM in your computer? That could be part of the reason. But based on what you have mentioned it could be couple of things:

Really? I thought Windows 7 required less RAM than Vista.. I have 3gb, Core 2 Duo T7250. It worked fine on Vista Enterprise until it said that the period was running out and I just wanted to get rid of that stupid message popping up all the time.. I don't want to revert back either because I like the function to be able to view documents without having to open up word etc.

I'd hate for the install to have been corrupted.. Could it be due to the iso not burning to dvd correctly? (It's a full, free version through university: MSDN rocks!)

Thanks anyway, I'll get back to you in a month when exams are over with..



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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4610 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 18):
I thought Windows 7 required less RAM than Vista.

Its not that you need more RAM. If you are running 32-bit version, some computers have been reported to have issues if they have 4gb RAM. But since Vista/7 32-bit can support 4gb RAM, they are usually ok.

Its possible that the iso didn't burn properly. Did you burn it at full speed? Usually if it is an OS iso, its better to burn it at a slower speed to avoid data loss.



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 39
Reply 20, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4604 times:



Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 19):
Its possible that the iso didn't burn properly. Did you burn it at full speed? Usually if it is an OS iso, its better to burn it at a slower speed to avoid data loss.

Could be my problem there. Thanks for the quick replies! I'll need to see if I can do that (do you know if you can with imgburn?).



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User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4596 times:



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 15):
The recovery finished, and it said Windows is restarting,

Most of the time the "recovery" disks that ship with your notebook actually return the system to the state it was in when shipped, i.e. without any of you personal data left.

By the look of it, your hard disk is probably faling, but before the "recovery disk" chances typically would have been promising for a real recovery attempt.


User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 637 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4578 times:



Quoting MarSciGuy (Reply 4):
How about a Dell Inspiron 9300 that apparently has lost the ability to project sound from its internal speakers and when an external set is plugged into the headphone jack only projects sound when the cable is positioned just so in the jack?

I had the same problem with my Inspiron 6000. I got it in the June of 2005 the summer before college. Just under 2 years of owning it I had that problem, where the internal speakers wouldn't work. I realized that if I actually applied pressure via a pen or some other object around the jack input, the speakers would work. Luckily I was still on warranty at that point, so they fixed it....they replaced the motherboard and it worked fine. Now, a while after that, I have the same problem again. I don't want to spend the money on a new motherboard, I might as well get a new computer.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3389 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

Nz, try taking any disc out of your disc drive when booting, I've had that happen with Windows 7.

If there is going to be a computer repair thread, I would like to see more qualified advice. For example, Dell laptops are widely regarded as workhorses in the business world, and wouldn't be so broadly trashed by somebody who knew what they were talking about. The correct answer would be, their business line is better than their consumer lines.
Also, Windows 7 can be run quite reliably on 1 gig ram, I'm doing it myself on a 7 year old Thinkpad.


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4551 times:



Quoting NZ107 (Reply 16):
But when I turn the computer on, most of the time it gets to the welcome menu with the little circle spinning around endlessly and it won't load or it goes to a black screen with use of only the mouse.

The only time Windows 7 RC does that to me is when I leave a certain USB card reader connected. As an experiment, try disconnecting all your USB peripherals and see what happens.


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66 MarSciGuy : You can't build your own laptop though, can you?
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100 AA757MIA : Google toolbar, and I've had it for years, loooong before I started having problems...
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116 PlymSpotter : " target=_blank>http://daggle.com/my-multimonitor-se...er-76 Thanks! That link is very useful, especially regarding the Ultramon software which sound
117 Phoenix9 : No problem. I have similar setup myself; however, I have a 40 inch LCD TV as my second monitor connected through DVI cable (my desktop is 6 years old
118 MidEx216 : All that it says under the power management tab is that the keyboard can bring the computer out of standby mode. I can't borrow one from anyone else.
119 Post contains links AverageUser : Any corner shop will be able to give away some. You'll need to disable all power management (set to "never"): http://www.lancelhoff.com/adjust-window
120 Canoecarrier : I have a similar question about multiple monitors. I currently use a Gateway GT5028 I bought a few years ago. It doesn't have a second video output. I
121 Phoenix9 : Not worth the price. You'd be better off buying a new computer which you should be able to get at $400...something that would probably faster than wh
122 MidEx216 : Also, new problem. Or old one, but another one bothering me. My speakers are coming through rather crackly. Not very, just at certain points in songs,
123 Phoenix9 : With keyboard problem and speaker problem you describe, the first thing I would do is check for loose connections. If you are ok with opening up your
124 AverageUser : If the sound is distorted, yes it is, happens quite often in fact. But if the quality of sound is not rough or metallic, and what you hear is more li
125 MidEx216 : Well, it's not necessarily distorted. Just a bit of crackling and popping, like when a record-needle jumps over a piece of dust or something. You kno
126 AverageUser : Pardon me, but why did you ask in the first place?
127 MidEx216 : Umm...because my sound is having a tendency to come out slightly crackly, as stated above. And I want to fix that. If a new sound card will fix that,
128 AverageUser : Visit a corner repair shop and they'll give you 5 used sound cards for USD 10, or thereabouts. My experience says there's a good chance you'll have y
129 787seattle : I just recently got an error message saying that certain applications (chrome, msnmsgr, etc.) won't run because the file "audioeng.dll" is missing. Th
130 Comorin : Hi folks, I ordered a DVD from the UK without realizing it wont play on my TV (NTSC!). I t does, however, play on my Thinkpad laptop. I do have a SONY
131 MidEx216 : Update: After following all the advice given, my keyboard still locks sometimes, coming out of standby. So I have to go back into standby, and then th
132 Post contains links AverageUser : Disable your Power Management, (see above). Try downloading a fresh copy of audioeng.dll: http://www.dll-files-download.com/A/2008-01-12/825.html Mak
133 FlyingColours : My computer has developed a slight technical problem and I'm hoping someone here could help me out... Around two or three weeks ago I installed a new
134 787seattle : I have a newer version of the file. Will that matter?
135 Post contains links FLY2HMO : First off, get http://www.revouninstaller.com/ NEVER uninstall a program ever again without using this. It has made my computing life sooooo less tro
136 AverageUser : It should not matter if the major version (6.0) is the same. (and I suppose you're using a 32-bit Vista) Perhaps best to make a copy of the old one a
137 787seattle : My original post says I'm using x64.
138 ANCsupercub : This weekend I spilt a bottle of beer on my mac book pro this past weekend, I am in the market for a new laptop (it would have cost 1200 plus tax and
139 FX772LRF : So today I got an external monitor to hook up to my laptop. Everything works fine. I just have some simple wants. (Pfft, simple. Riiiight.) I'd like t
140 AverageUser : Ok, missed it, the 32-bit system dlls will not work. Have you downloaded the very latest drivers for your sound hardware? (Refer to your computer or
141 FLY2HMO : Which is, how much? Personally I stay away from big store brands like Sony, HP and others. Have a look at MSI or ASUS. They actually make their own m
142 ANCsupercub : 1000
143 FlyingColours : Thanks for the help, I used the uninstaller app and it cleared quite a bit of crap off my computer. I don't seem to have the problem with the compute
144 Post contains links FLY2HMO : Then you should know you can do this right from within windows... just right click on your desktop and click on screen resolution. it should give you
145 FX772LRF : Yes, that I know how to do. But my question was actually this; how do I extend the taskbar over onto the second monitor. Alas, I've already figured t
146 Seb146 : Here's one: I have Comcast high-speed internet using an Arris modem. I have our Linksys wireless G broadband router from the last house. Can I use the
147 Phoenix9 : Yup. You can use the router with any modem. Since you have four ethernet ports on your router, you can connect upto four different computer via cable
148 Nimish : What is CW and FW? Of the 2 you list, I'd go with the 64 bit Win7 one.
149 Canoecarrier : So after reading this thread I ditched McCaffee and started using Avira. I will say though that I get daily "do you want to upgrade to premium" pop up
150 Yfbflyer : Yeah it's pretty annoying. I recently removed avira on my laptop and switched to MS security essentials. It seams to work pretty well and it doesn't
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