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Question: Solved: Repeatedly grinding to a halt...

Hi all,

Not long ago (a couple of weeks ago) out of the blue my PC started severely slowing down...

Opening new web pages, switching windows even changing song on media player seems to grind the whole machine to a halt and a few mins later it does what I asked it.

I've run a couple of virus scans (which found nothing) and also cleaned spyware, but neither helped at all. Also, I've run a couple of registry checkers and repaired any problems that they found...but again no help at all.

When I first start the PC, it works as fast as normal for about 10mins or so...but after this, I cant even right click without having to wait ages.

Temperatures seem fine, and from the looks of things, there's plenty of memory available when the slowing down happens (tho it feels exactly as if all memory is being used up at that time)
Just wondering what anyone would suggest the next step is...I'm trying to work on some web design stuff which is impossible when changing between windows takes forever!!

Any ideas will be more than welcome!!


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Preferred Solution: Solved: Repeatedly grinding to a halt...

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Answer: Solved: Repeatedly grinding to a halt...

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I've recently seen this file called COH32.exe in processes list using 100% CPU and it cannot be ended or prioritized. This happens every day and I have to wait 10 mins for it to finish. Please help me, I have XP SP2, NIS 2007.

Answer:Solved: COH32.exe grinding PC to halt


COH32.exe is linked with Norton.

Try uninstalling Norton and re-installing again.
Norton Removal Tool

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My desktop computer is connected to my wireless router by an ethernet connection. When I visit certain sites it takes quite a long time to load. It usually happens with videos or forums containing pictures or animated gifs. When I go to a website and run a test on my internet connection you see that it starts off with a fast connection and the speed decreases fairly quickly until it is barely registers any speed at all. Download speeds seem most affected. The same thing occurs with all my browsers (firefox, internet explorer and google chrome). I can download videos off the internet but it is a laborious process. I start downloading the video and it slows down dramatically after each megabyte or so. If I push the pause button and refresh the download it will download the next megabyte and so on.

Now if I connect my laptop to the wireless I experience no problems at all. I don't think I have a virus since I have scanned my computer several times and have detected nothing.

Please help.

Answer:Solved: Odd internet problem - slows to a grinding halt with pics and videos

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Question: Grinding To A Halt

My laptop is relatively old in PC terms, purchased December 2002. I recently reinstalled Windows, etc, to try to eliminate the problem I will outline, to no avail.

The laptop boots into Windows nice and quickly. If I don't do anything too intense, it will run fine for days on end without rebooting. However, there's two pieces of software I run quite often which use all of the CPU power. These programs will run fine for about 3 minutes, then the PC will grind to a halt. The pieces of software in question are:

Mixed In Key ( which scans MP3 and WAV files to detect BPM and key.
dbPowerAmp ( which is used to convert music files from one format to another (usually ripping from CD to MP3).

I have the latest versions of both of those pieces of software, and all the updates for Windows XP. Even when not running any other programs (aside from Zonealarm firewall and AVG Free anti-virus), and only one at a time, they will function perfectly well for a couple of minutes and then suddenly the performance will drop off. For example, re-encoding MP3s from one bitrate to another should yield a rate of 4x or greater throughout, which it used to do. However, after the first 2, the rate gradually drops to a much more disappointing 0.2x - yes, a fifth of the speed.

While running these programs, I've monitored CPU usage using TaskManager, and they continue to use maximum CPU, but their RAM usage drops considerably, often just aft... Read more

Answer:Grinding To A Halt

start/run/ devmgmt.msc /click okare there any yellow or red marks showing click on display + and right click on driver click update

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The story so far....

Came home from a week abroad. Kids had been looking up game cheats (suspicious). System (HP desktop, 3 years old, upgraded from Vista to Win 7 Pro x32) was running slow and coming to a gradual freeze. Had been working just fine before I left town, and for the last few months since I upgraded.

I get home - system is now at the stage where it will boot to the login screen - I can login but immediately freezes once all the icons have loaded. I can boot in safe mode, manage to run AVG 9.0 scan, no problems found. I try a system restore - no joy - freezes after a while. The problem gets worse. Can no longer boot in safe mode, PC now gives me two options - boot normally or do system repair. Try the latter - it loads files, but then goes to a blank screen and hangs. If I attempt norml boot, I get to the windows 7 logo, but it just stays there for hours.

I do have recovery disks. Tried booting from them (after altering th eBIOS to boot from drive), again loads files,and get the loading bar, no logo this time, but then, again, no further progress.
I can get to the BIOS, F10 Setup and F11 System Recovery (which gives same result as above) - no option for safe mode anymore, just system repair/normal boot options. F8 doesn't get me anywhere.

I'm stumped - any ideas?

Answer:Win 7 Grinding Halt

It could be a hard-drive failure - have you tried running scandisk?
try scandisk /autofix
/autofix - This option will fix any errors it encounters without prompting you first. By default, when you use the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will save any lost clusters it finds as files in the drive`s root directory. If you want ScanDisk to delete lost clusters instead of saving them, include the /NOSAVE option. Using the /AUTOFIX option, ScanDisk will also prompt you for an Undo disk unless you include the /NOSUMMARY option. The /AUTOFIX command can be used in conjunction with the /CHECKONLY and /CUSTOM options.

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Hi there.

Recently I have noticed that whenever I run a graphically intensive program (such as a new-ish game), my framerate will decrease over a five minuite period.
Before this problem occured I could run the the same games perfectly smoothly.

I had a similar problem to this a few months back, in which I found that the large vent on the side of my computer was almost completely blocked. Cleaning the dust away from that vent returned my computer to normality.
However this time the vents on my computer are still clear, and opening up the computer revealed virtually dust-free innards.

Could this problem be related to over-heating like last time? I have no way to read the temperature of my computer (that I know of), it doesn't have an external thermometer.

I don't know if this'll be any help, but here is a screenshot of my CPU usage while running one of the aforementioned games running a rolling demo. The rolling demo loops around every 2 minutes. I did not touch the computer during this time. I've marked the time when FPS drops become very noticable (from ~30 to jumping between 5-20) with a red line.

On the same rolling demo, I took screencaps with the FPS counter showing every 30 seconds from starting the program.
These were the results:
Time - FPS
0:30 - 53
1:00 - 62
1:30 - 65
2:00 - 56
2:30 - 50
3:00 - 31
3:30 - 12
4:00 - 15
4:30 - 15
5:00 - 5

I don't know if any of this will be of any use to anyone, but I thought I'd include it none-t... Read more

Answer:FPS Grinding To A Halt

Heat or a failing graphics card can cause your problem.
Low quality PSU's can cause heat problems
Filling all four RAM slots can cause voltage problems. 2 X 2GB is a better setup.
What Brand and Model is your CPU?

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Would someone please tell me how I could find out what version of IE I have installed on my computer. When I click onb some things I can see IE 8 comes up. My problem is I gave no permission to install it on my computer. I dont mind having IE8 but my computer is gone VERY slow inBooting up.I have stopped most of Progs at start - up. I have 250GB free on C: drive. I use NOd 32 Antivirus. Please help someone.

Answer:grinding to a halt.

In IExplorer click help|about IExplorer.

As for the second half of your question I cant say for sure but possibly automatic update put it there for you. I think it may depend on how you have it set.

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over the last day my pc seems to take an age to shutdown,previousley it took a few seconds now it takes 20 to 30 seconds.running xp hme on an athlon 2600 512mb of memory.not down loaded anything other than last security update kb828035.i have also down loaded itunes.i have done a system restore and all is fine for couple of shutdowns then starts taking an age agian.any help or ideas would be greatfully recieved

Answer:pc grinding to a halt

Bring up Task Manager (Ctrl, Alt, Delete and go to Applications and Processes) and see what's running at shutdown, karl1483.

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I am not a Mac guy, I have no idea what I am looking at.
I am at a remote location where there is no actual tech support of any kind. The Mac Book Pro of a colleague has been experiencing severe slow-downs over the past few days. Stuff doesn't highlight anymore, response is overall slow, the Internet connection speed is crawling.

My laptop (PC) works just fine when it's right next to his machine, there's no issue with the wireless infrastructure.

I am not even sure where to start looking. The user says that he didn't install anything weird as far as he can tell. and that it's been getting slower over the past few days. Any suggestions on where to even start looking for this problem?

Answer:OSX is grinding to a halt

Might consider asking an Admin/Mod to move this to the Apple forum as that's where almost all Apple/Mac/OSX support gets the attention. Yes, OSX is an operating system but, even so...

As for a suggestion, tell him to open the Utilities folder in Applications and then find Activity Monitor (should be the very first icon upper left as they're in alphabetical order) and run it a while to see what's going on. Look for processes that are consuming a lot of CPU time, or excessive RAM usage. It's not too different from Task Manager in some respects so you should be able to get some idea of what errant app or process could be dragging the machine's performance downward.

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I normally operate with Firefox. I am told that I should have a memory usage on Firefox of around 120000K. Over the last couple of weeks my PC is grinding to almost a standstill with a memory usage of nearly 400000K! At this point web pages take around a minute to change. The only way I can get over this is to reboot the computer, but within 45 minutes the MU has risen dramatically.

I also cannot use Windows Explorer or AOL browsers.

I also keep having a message stating that applications are failing to start '..........because MSVCP71dll was not found..' A souple of taps on 'Enter' clears this.

I have no idea if there is a link between the two problems. I cannot make any sense of MSVCP71dll on a Google search.

Please can anyone help me get out of the mess I am in. Any replies must be in words of one sylable, as I have great difficulties in understanding computer jargon.

Answer:PC grinding to a halt......almost!

First, please post your basic system info by using this:

TSG SysInfo

What version of Firefox are you using? Have you added any add-ons recently? Have you installed any other software recently? The error message is related to a software issue.

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I have absolutely no idea why this is happening, but my computer grinds to a halt after a while (10 mins or so). There is no way to resume anything. I just have to hit the reset button on the front of the PC to restart everything.

It seems to be happening more with Firefox. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling.
Many thanks,

Here's my HJT log.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:32:34, on 31/03/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\VIPRE\SBAMSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFLnch.exe
C:\Program Files\Sunbelt Software\Personal Firewall\SbPFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\... Read more

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hi there. in the past 2 days my dell laptop seems to have slowed down to the degree it can hardly go online. i run Avast, Spyware Terminator and Windows Firewall and occaisionally scan with Malwarebytes and A-squared. this security set up has been fine for a long while. I have installed Vista SP 2 last week and wondered if this could be the prob. please help as I am very worried.

Answer:Laptop grinding to a halt

1. Softwarea) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click hereb) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Superantispyware click hereMalware removal tool click hereFree Antivirus softwareAvast4 click hereorAVG antivirus click herec) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :- RegscrubVistaXp click hereRegseeker click hereTweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click hereEasycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. ) d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispywareand the services that run in the background. click here

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Gday Techguys

My current latest version of Firefox browser quite often does not respond and I get a 'Server not found" & "problem loading page" message Eventually when I get lucky and the browser appears the response is very slow
I also have Apple Safari which is also very slow but not as bad as Firefox

Have checked Broadband speed and it is more than adequate

System Gigabyte P31-DS3L with XP Home edition 5.1.2600 SP3 & 3MB ram

Hoping you can help as well as you did last time

Best Regards

Barry Florence
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:09:23 PM, on 24/02/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16981)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\System Access\SAWinlogonMaster.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
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Answer:Browser grinding to a halt

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Hi, fairly new W10 install based on W7 upgrade.

Stock drivers for everything.

While playing computer games recently (particularly DOSBOX ones) I experience that the system simply grinds to a halt after a certain time.

Even trying to get a Task Manager/Process Manager running (ctrl-alt-del) then takes ages and nothing will close and I can only reboot the system.

There is no hard disk activity during that time. Memory is always around 2G (50% of 4G in use).

During this "system slowdown" any sound that is still playing in the computer game is then also "fragmented" or "slowmotioned" (the hagging, intermittend sound). Almost as if it is caused by audio.

I have no clue what this could be. Also during these slowdowns usually from what I can see there is no high CPU consumption.

I believe also sometimes after a while it restores itself, ie. some YouTube video playing in a browser will resume playing normally without all the delays and hickups.

Simply crawls to a halt. Do you people have any idea what this might be? And how to diagnose it, if in any case?

Currently I'm having to reset (reboot) this laptop time and time again. I did install a few audio tools / enhancers like "DFX" and another one (that I just removed) but I don't think this is related to those installs (?). I'm seriously... I believe I have no errors like this (the dragging of the computer and the audio) unless I'm playing a DOSBOX game.

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This laptop was taking over 5 minutes to boot and even after it finished booting it would pretty much grind to a halt after running the internet browser. This laptop was only really used for facebook so there wasn't a lot installed on it and not a lot at start-up either, using process explorer I couldn't see anything using a stupid amount of memory or disk read/wright at all, so I was at a loss as to what was causing the slowness. After booting into safe mode and seeing that it was running as expected I figured there must be something running in the background causing the issues. So I ran through your README thread and Malwarebytes did remove some threats. This seems to have fixed the issue but the laptop still isn't responding quite as quickly as I would expect so I would appreciate it if someone could take a look at my log files to see if there is anything left behind?

Answer:Laptop grinding to a halt

Please re run Hitman and have it delete the Potential Unwanted Program.

That is the only item I can see that needs removing.

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Hello...My antivirus shut iself off for a couple of days....Now my comp is grinding to a halt...I may have picked up a virus.Now I am using one of the reccomended free anti vurus programmes from bleepingcomputer.Seems a bit late tho, as I may allready have a virus.I've done a scan and nothing shows, also have run ad-aware, and its all is a hijack this report.:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 20:36:13, on 07/06/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16441)Running processes:C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exeC:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINNT\system32\services.exeC:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\ntl\ntl Netguard\fws.exeC:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Command Software\dvpapi.exeC:\WINNT\System32\PAStiSvc.exeC:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINNT\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\ntl\ntl Netguard\RPS.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Program Files\AOL\Active Virus Shield\avp.exeC:\WINNT\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\WINNT\system32\wuauclt.exeC:\Program... Read more

Answer:Comp Is Grinding To A Halt!

Hello borat and welcome to the BC HijackThis forum. I don't see any signs of viruses or malware in the log. It is clean.

The only thing I do see that I would question is AOL's security package and Radial Services security package both being installed. I don't know if Radial's package is a part of AOL's package. If not, then that could certainly cause issues.

Radial supplies ISP's with security suites but AOL is not listed as one of their clients. If both packages came together from AOL then they should be alright together. If not, then one or the other should be uninstalled. Radial highly discourages running any other security package alongside their own security package due to resource conflicts.

Other than that, everything looks fine from a virus/malware standpoint. There is nothing showing in the log. I would suggest continuing with your open topic in the XP forum and let them know that nothing was found in the HijackThis log.



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My computer has really slowed down over the last couple of days with lots of programs "not Responding" It seems to be normal speed when i run in safe mode. I've included a Hijack log below. Any help/guidance would be great.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 14:34:08, on 17/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3, v.5657 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.20978)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
C:\Program Files\COMODO\Firewall\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Sony\Content Transfer\ContentTransferWMDetector.exe
C:\Program Files\BT Broadband Desktop Help\btbb_wcm\McciTrayApp.exe
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\LClock\LClock.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
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Copied from the Am I Infected forum, on advice from "boopme":Thanks to all who help on this forum!Nearly one year ago, MSN Messenger stopped working for me (I think the latest version install resulted in a non-functional Messenger). Then IE7 would hang and prevent me from doing anything on the PC. I switched to Firefox--seemed fine. Then two things began happening recently (1) Firefox was really slow to startup, and now at times hangs at startup, (2) the PC in general is taking a long time to get responsive after startup (30 min to 1 hour). After that time passes, with all the tweaks I've applied, it's really fast!I've tried these things:Reinstalling IE7 and MessengerRunning Windows UpdateDisabling or uninstalling any non-essential applicationsDisabling non-essential Windows servicesRunning MalWareBytes Anti-Malware--**It located and removed Adware.MiniBug (WeatherBug)** Running chkdsk /f and /rRunning OTL, but I can't interpret the logs easilyUninstalling Adobe AIRChecked my App Event Viewer--I often see this at startup or around a time the PC hangs (but NOT this morning when it was still a slow startup):Read of USN log for NTFS volume c: failed with error code 0xC000003E. Volume will remain offline until the Indexing Service (cisvc) is restarted.I turned off Windows Indexing on C drive a few days ago and haven't seen this error since--but still have the slowness problem.I also see this one in the Event Viewer at the time of PC shutdown:... Read more

Answer:Computer grinding to a halt and becoming a little insane

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEmsconfigsafebootminimalactivexdrivers32netsvcs%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.exe/md5st... Read more

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Hi all,I am currently on a back-up PC until I can afford to get my own repaired. Specs as follows:OS - Windows XP SP32.2Ghz processor1GB RAMI have several problems but the two that are really causing me heartache are as follows:1) When I right click on a folder (to copy, move, delete etc) it can take 5 to 10 seconds for the options box to appear.2) In task manager my system resources are always running at 100% (97%-99% is on IE) and it can be difficult just surfing the web.I am not running anything I can think of that would slow the system that much as I only have the following running on the system and these are only used when required not all the time:ZoneAlarmAVG 8VolumeAnd thats it - I only have a max of 30 processes running in taskmanager and the total mem usage is only at about 10% of the 1GB I have.So does anybody have any idea why my system is running at max when nothing is happening? I have ran anti-virus, anti-adaware etc and found nothing and I simply can not explain it.I would be grateful for any advice anyone has.Many thanks - Andy

Answer:My entire system is grinding to a halt

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I'm running a relatively new Sona VAIO laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium). Until a couple of days ago, the performance of the laptop was virtually identical to the main house desktop (Dell Studio--also 7 Home Premium). Suddenly download speeds on the laptop have crawled to a near stop (under 5KB/sec) compared to the desktop (128 KB/sec). I have Roadrunner Cable broadband and am running a Netgear router. Thanks for any advice/assistance you can giveHiJack This Log appended: (Windows 7 did not give the "run as administrator" option and the instructions on editing the "hosts" file in Notepad did not work.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 10:55:58 AM, on 5/10/2010Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\ISB Utility\ISBMgr.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exeC:\Program Fil... Read more

Answer:Wireless laptop grinding to a halt

Hello slhensen,Is there something besides the slowness that makes you think you might be infected? I don't see anything glaring in that log. We can run a scan and see if you like. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to se... Read more

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I have intermittent issues with receiving mail in Outlook 2010 since upgrading to Windows 8. Receiving mail grinds to a halt receiving it by the byte not kilobyte. Having googled this it would seem that this is a common issue but I can't find a definitive fix for it. Having only recently upgraded to Office 2010 it is heartbreaking to find it not working on Windows 8...which I upgraded to having suffered the slowness of Vista for ages..I seem to be jinxed! Can someone please tell me how this issue can be fixed? Or when Microsoft are going to be issuing a patch to solve the problem? I'd rather not hear from people who say theirs works OK, they are lucky and the problem does exist

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I am having a couple of problems with my Athlon 3200 based WinXP SP3 machine that runs on a network behind a router.

1. The first (and worst) problem is that when my computer starts and runs MS update or when I run MS Update. It starts the process svchost.exe which, after update has been running for a couple of seconds, commits the processor to 97-99% which brings the computer to a grinding halt (almost) for anything up to 3-4 mins.
I am using AVG free and Zone alarm (real time), Both of which I have disabled, but this makes no difference.
I have run the SAS, Spybot, Anti-Malware, Combofix, MGtools AVG and AdAware, but apart from the odd tracking cookie, none of them showed up any problems (to me, anyway). I have attached the various reports which include the HijackThis log.
This problem has been with me now for a couple of months and unfortunately I cannot associate it with any particular activity, change or installation that I have made to the machine.
There seems to be a lot of dross starting on the HJT log, but I am not experienced enough to diagnose which is required and where they are started. Your comments and help on my main problem would be more than welcome.

2. System restore does not work. It spends quite a bit of time 'restoring files' but then gives the message along the lines of 'System restore was unable to restore your conmputer to ... Your compuer has not been changed' This is even to a restore point created last night after ... Read more

Answer:MS Update brings machine to grinding halt

Welcome to Major Geeks!

I'm sorry but your problems with Windows Update and System Restore are not related to malware. You logs are clean. I'm going to move this thread to the Software Forum for you.

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I've noticed my laptop slowing down a bit over the last few days, especially when it's trying to load my personal settings.

In the last few hours, though, it's started to feel like there's a Boa Constrictor in there squeezing the life out of it. Serious hangs, applications crashing left and right, freezing on restart. It's getting worse by the minute. Can someone please look this over and see if they see anything?

Please help...I have a do-or-die project due in less than 12 hours.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:35:50 PM, on 11/30/2003
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ThinkPad\ConnectUtilities\QCWLICON.EXE
C:\Program Files\GIANT Company Software inc\PopUp Inspector\PopUpInspector.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\bin\hpotdd01.exe
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Answer:Computer grinding to hanging halt...can someone look over HTLog?

do the simple stuff first , adaware , clean files, disk defrag, and run sfc /scannow from your run box

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first of all, first post, sorry if ive missed anything or being stupid, feel free to guide me to the right place

ok, this is doing my head in, yesterdayl, all fine, since i built this machine and got past the basic stuff, everthing has been fine, all of a sudden today i turn my pc on, bang tons of problems

firstly, takes about 10 mins to startup, i get a black screen with egg timer, then vista to select my profile, then i click my profile, then i get "Welcome" for 5 minutes and im unable to move my mouse

then it finally loads to my desktop, then it all starts to mess up, i dont have very many programs on startup, and opening task manager shows nothing out of the ordinary, no stress on the cpu (running constantly at about 4%)
physical memory 32%, no processes running that shouldnt be

however its taking 2 to 3 minutes to open any window, be it browser, steam, eve online / games etc, and if i click elsewhere during this 2 to 3 minutes it stops responding, every time i open firefox it says "firefox is not default browser" so i tick it, restart and it comes up again "firefox is not default browser" windows update will not let me install SP2 just comes up with random error windows update has encountered an uncommon error

once the window is open its absolubtly fine, but opening stuff and closing stuff just takes forever now

all updates done, AVG and Ad-Aware not finding anything at all, ive set the VMemory to 4GB like its recommended as it ... Read more

Answer:Vista issues, pc suddenly grinding to a halt

hi and welcome to TSG first try running sfc /scnw and chkdsk to scan and fix any errors

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Over the past week or so i've been noticing huge slowdowns in my system, so i popped open Task Manager and noticed one of my svchost.exe processes was using huge amounts of memory (over 1,000,000k); i ran process explorer, but i don't really know what most of the stuff is it's telling me, so that wasn't all that helpful.

I've noticed this happening every time i've had slowdowns - right now it's at about 650,000k, it's been up to 1,600,000 that i've noticed, and it seems to increase steadily even if i'm not doing anything with the computer. I've run scans with AVG and Malwarebytes, and come up empty-handed. Any idea where to start figuring out what this problem is? The process explorer gives me a list of stuff a mile long, but doesn't really tell me which things are sucking all the memory...

Also, i don't know if it's got anything to do with anything, may be just coincidental, but at about the same time as this started, Chrome stopped wanting to display a lot of the pictures posted on facebook, and then today while i was using it i got a message that my AVG search addon had crashed/failed to load.


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3700+, x86 Family 15 Model 55 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT, 256 Mb
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Answer:bloated svchost.exe bringing system to a grinding halt in xp

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I think I might be infected with something. While I see nothing blatantly obvious, my machine's performance has been horrifically sluggish. Can someone help me? Here is my Hijackthis log:Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 7:27:58 AM, on 7/31/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\NPROTECT.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Antivirus\SAVScan.exeC:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~2\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe... Read more

Answer:System Slow And Grinding To A Halt (hijackthis Log Attached)

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I have a Gateway with XP running on it. It is three years old. About once an hour all of a sudden I will hear this whirring noise that will over the next 15-20 seconds sound like it is slowing down and getting lower in pitch and then will just suddenly dissapears. It doesn't interfere with any activity I am working on. Totally random if I am doing anything or the desktop is up in resting state. Sounding like rotational noise I thought for sure it was my hard disk, but just replaced with new (no change). I have both cd drives open and empty and a blank disk in zip drive. Thats all that I can think of that is rotational. Must be something else that would growl back. Open for any ideas before it shuts down competely and I have not located the source. Taking all ideas! Thanks

Answer:Solved: Grinding whir

something getting in / against fan ?

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I have four fans in my computer: one in the power supply, one in the processor, one on the back of the casing and one in my video card. At least one of them is making a horrible grinding or whirring noise when I switch it on first thing in the morning. It goes away after the computer has warmed up a bit and doesn't come back for the rest of the day, even if I power off for a while and power back on a bit later. It'll be back next morning though.

I've tried opening up the computer while the fan is making this sound and having a good listen but I can't tell for the life of me which fan it is. Does anyone know if there's a technique to find the dodgey fan amongst many fans? I tried searching on google but it always just returns results on how to fix fans or what to do in the case of discovering a noisy fan (but not how to distinguish which fan it is). My friend suggested sticking the end of a pencil in each fan while they're spinning to test and see if the noise stops but I don't like this idea, it sounds dangerous. I don't want to get electrocuted or damage the fans.

I did also try removing any dust from each fan (impossible for the PSU fan because its inside the PSU) in case that was the cause but nope, it still happens.

Answer:Solved: Which Fan is Whirring/Grinding?

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I am running an personal Excel spreadsheet which at first worked OK.
As I added more calculations it started to slow down.
I am now at a stage where if I do a cut and paste within it, I wait two or three minutes for the Application to process the action.
Scrolling the page is a nightmare.

The file is only 5355KB - I don't believe that is huge by business standards.
Can anyone help please??

Answer:Solved: Excel grinds to a halt

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My computer screen looks like this:

Award Bootblock Bios V.1.0
copywrite 2000, Award Software
BIOS ROM checksum
Detecting floppy drive A media
Drive A error
System Halt

This system does not have a floppy drive A installed
When I turn off the computer from the back switch, and turn it back on, the screen is the same. It seems to be locked up.

Not sure where to start. I haven't removed the power cable. I will do that now.

Answer:Solved: System Halt Drive A error

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Hey guys, got a doozy for you!

Recently formatted and reinstalled onto my rig after a catastrophic error.

System was running fine before format, and fine afterwards until now. Today I had XP crawl to a grinding halt twice, which was only curable with a touch of the restart button.

I have run COMODO, no virus/malware. Checked RAM, all fine no errors. Thought that it may be the CPU overheating, but all system fans are working fine, heatsinks are clear of any dust or dirt buildups.

Its driving me nuts!

HijackThis report -

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:32:31 AM, on 10/8/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
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Answer:Solved: XP Randomly Slowing to a crunching halt.

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I recently purchased on-line a WinXP Box: Refurbished, as it turns out, not manufacture refurbished. I knew I was taking a risk but for $300.00-hey. Anyway, after a few weeks, sure enough...major error:

NMI: Parity Check/Memory Parity Error

and it is deteriorating. It seems to be heat related...if I leave it off overnight, it runs okay for a few hours or so. Anyway, I was wondering if there is
1) A checklist for correcting this-for example, making sure all cards are seated etc.
2) Might a bad video card cause such a problem?
3) Any diagnostics for isolating the faulty part, ram, etc?

Finally, if it turns out to be a motherboard...would it make sense just to replace that? Can I essentially take out the old mb, and replace it, load the drivers and go?

Thanks for your help again.

Answer:Solved: System Halt: Parity Error

I am replying to myself. There are lots of strings on this error in this forum, all of which pointed me in the right direction. I ran memtest and immediately found bad ram. I replaced the ram and problem solved.

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Right, got a brand new pc 2 weeks ago. Been really lovely to me so far, apart from the HDD grinding..
I've looked through the whole interwebs and a bit more but none on the solutions has helped me! I've disabled Super fetch and Windows search which helped a little. But i still hear grinding from my harddrive? is it just my case (ive removed the harddrive screws)?
I've been looking into the Reliabilty and Performance monitor and it looks like Svchost.exe is causing the problems.
Trying to get screenshots of it (in the reli and perfor montior) but for some reason its being quite quiet! Bah!

Light grinding
Semi grinding
Semi grinding 2
My system specs:
OS: Windows Vista 64 Ultimate

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2400 MHz)
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTS 512 512mb
Motherboard: eVGA 780i SLI
RAM: 2 x 2gb OCZ Reaper PC2-6400
Soundcard: Creative X-FI ExtremeMusic
HDD: 750gb WesternDigital CavierSE16

Is there any other information i can give?
Thanks a lot!

Answer:Harddrive grinding and grinding and gri....

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I am using a dell 510. After 20-30 min, the hd makes an unusual low grinding noise, and windows get slower and slower to respond, and almost freezes. This happens with certain programs open. Could anyone tell me what these symptoms are. Thank you

Answer:Solved: Help Needed - hard disk grinding noice, windows freezes

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Hey, everyone. I'm a first time poster but I feel that posting here will bring me far more useful answers than calling tech support.

My computer is a Compaq Windows Vista, Basic Home Edition. It's got 2.50 GHz of RAM and is fairly new in my opinion, purchased in the spring of 07. It has only one PS fan from the looks of it, the one facing the back to suck air out.

Shortly (guessing 3 months) after the purchase of my new computer, the Power Supply failed, and I had it sent off to the manufacturer for two weeks to be replaced. Since then it has been running very smoothly.

About a week prior to this occurrence, my computer made a similar noise (to the beginning of the video, link provided below) and more central in the computer. This was due to a dust build-up, which I cleaned out thoroughly. It was fine after that.

The matter at hand: This morning I turned on my computer to find it making ungodly grinding noises, coming from specifically the back of it. I turned it off and opened it up, cleaned out any remaining dust from the last time and turned it on with the side panel off to watch the fans. After listening and turning it off the second time, I decided it was coming from the power supply, since I'd realized that this was the only location I hadn't cleaned the last time.

I cleaned it with compressed air as carefully as I could, but there wasn't that much dust inside of it, nor on the fan. I turned it on a third time and the noises had quieted dow... Read more

Answer:Solved: Power Supply Fan Making Grinding Noises (video included)

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I recently updated Windows 7, on 11/16/12 and have not been able to get a reliable connection to the internet. I have done a clean boot, which helped a tiny bit. Still can't get a good connection or download anything. I am using a different computer that apparently likes to change my       type face half way through. Let me       know what kind of information you     need.

Answer:[SOLVED] Recent update to Windows 7 seems to have made my internet crawl to a halt.

Try restoring to a point before the updates to see if they were the cause of the connectivity problem and I think that the one you're using at the moment could have an infection.

As the connectivity problem could be coincidental, see if you can connect when booting up in Safe Mode with Networking - which should isolate your AV.

As for additional info - please read through the Networking pre-posting requirements and post what you can Pre-posting Requirements - for both Wired and Wireless Connectivity Issues

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diablo II error
location:, line #90
expressions: unrecoverable internal error 6f886faf

i have an 80 g hard drive with 1g ram. i just got my laptop upgrade with a bigger hard drive and ram. i can not get diablo II to work at all. i have an ibm thinkpad t30 now.

windows xp service pack 2
intel pentium 4
mobile cpu 1.60ghz
898 mhz 1.00gb ram

i cant remember how to get to the page that you would like to know all the information on.

i love playing my game and im very sad that i cant get it fixed. the tech support for diablo says they do not know what to do but have a professional tech look at it. which with a new hard drive and ram i cant understand what would be wrong with it. please help.

thank you.

Answer:Solved: diablo II error halt location:, line 90 expressions: unrecoverable internal e

Found this on google, worth a try.

"Eject the disc tray and then close it. When the menu pops up press options. Click run video test. Then click skip test. Change your DirectDraw from 3D to 2D. Press OK. This worked for me. Hope it does for you..."

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I am getting really big problems on every game I play, even old ones.
When I'm playing a game and I for example shoot a gun the game will just lock up the computer and on task manager it says the game is not responding. The game will freeze for about 10 seconds then it comes back again. It happens constantly and makes all my games unplayable.
I have the lastest graphics card drivers and latest DirectX.

I don't know all my specs so I will put on my dxdiag file

System Information
Time of this report: 2/15/2010, 17:44:27
Machine name: AARON-GAMER-PC
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.091208-2036)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3200+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
Memory: 1536MB RAM
Page File: 751MB used, 2682MB 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)
DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
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Answer:Solved: Games Not Responding, Repeatedly

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My computer restarts by itself repeatedly.I don't know whether it's the cpu or the motherboard.Or if it's a software problem.
I have a laptop,Versa Pro,Korean made with 32 bits.
Can you please help me solve the problem?
Thank you,
John Pearson!

Answer:Solved: Computer restarts by itself repeatedly

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When i start my computer, after windows successfully boots, i get a dailog box saying "Your system has recovered from a serious error", then the PC reboots again and repeats the same action.I tried formatting but when i insert the windows cd in the tray and get the msg saying boot from any key it does not yield any result but just goes ahead with the former.

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows rebooting repeatedly


Originally Posted by Aakashic

When i start my computer, after windows successfully boots, i get a dailog box saying "Your system has recovered from a serious error", then the PC reboots again and repeats the same action.I tried formatting but when i insert the windows cd in the tray and get the msg saying boot from any key it does not yield any result but just goes ahead with the former.

The problem is associated with Windows crashing. The disc you are inserting is not booting properly. Try another boot disc and go to the boot menu and make sure the default boot device is set to DVD-Rom or not.

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Recently upgraded my computer, but it shuts down repeatedly when I try to install Windows XP. Here are my specs

Intel i3 540
4th Corsair Ram
nVidia GeForce 210
Old HD 120gb
CD/DVD Combo connected to Mobo via a IDE to Sata converter
Keyboard and Mouse
Ultra LSP 650watt PSU

I'm sure that 650watts is enough for this system. Dosent make any sounds when turning off, just does. My guess is that the CPU is overheating, as the 2 of the heatsink's legs above the CPU are jammed and can't enter the MoBo (the other 2 legs are actually jammed inside the motherboard and I can't get them out). I enter BIOS and it says the CPU Is around 95C, which sounds normal for a i3. What do you guys suggest?

Answer:Solved: Comp shuts down repeatedly

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Someone gave me an 8800 GT and I put it in my Optiplex GX620 with first a 350w PSU, then a 450w, then finally a 1000w that I just purchased. In every case, the card would turn on, the fan would run at 100% for a second or two, then it would get quiet. The computer would then restart, and it would do the same thing. Is it just the card or am I doing something wrong?

Sorry, I meant GT, not GS.

Answer:Solved: 8800 GS Turns On then Off Repeatedly

Could just be faulty, it's a pretty old card. Just to be sure, you are plugging the auxiliary 6 pin power connector into the back of the card correct?

Just an FYI 350 watt PSU is too low for the 8800GT.

Test the card in another computer to get a 100% answer as to if the card is functional or not.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 650 @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8119 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5450, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938828 MB, Free - 580455 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0T568R
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

My computer repeatedly shuts down on me. Yesterday it must have shut down on me 20 times. My virus and malware scans come out clean. It usually goes to a menu asking me if I want to start the computer normally or in safe mode. However sometimes, I have to run start-up repair and sometimes I get a blue screen. The problem is the blue screen doesn't stay up long enough for me to write down error codes or anything else it says. I have had this computer for not quite 3 years yet. If something doesn't change I will have to get a new. Thanks for any help, I appreciate it.

Answer:Solved: Computer Shuts Down Repeatedly

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After a power outage for the last four days my desktop now turns on and off repeatedly every 10-15 seconds, the fan appears to be working. The monitor has power to it but says there is no vga signal when the computer first turns on and then goes black, the light for the monitor that is usually blue turns orange.
The desktop is custom built, motherboard is asus.
If you could give me step by step information it would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: computer turning on and off repeatedly

you need to check your PSU to make sure it wasnt damaged, best way is to swap it out for a KNOWN WORKING unit and test it. Next swap RAM, CPU, HD until you find the problem.

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My computer monitor started acting weird a few days ago. Whenever I turn it on (only the monitor - the computer is not turned on), it goes off and comes back on quickly for about 20 seconds (it kind of blinks very briefly), and then it finally stays on, and then I can turn on the computer. If I turn off the monitor, wait for five minutes, then turn it on, it goes on immediately. But wait for about half an hour, and the "blinking" is back again. I have checked the wires, connections etc.
The monitor is admittedly seven and a half years old - is this a sign of hardware failure, and could this be dangerous (short circuit, explosion)?
Monitor model: FP563. Don't think that's relevant, though.

Answer:Solved: Monitor: goes on and off repeatedly when it is turned on

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I am running a tiny computer about ten years old 1.5GHz pentium 4 processor with 256mb RAM, I've never modified it. I has been acting strangely lately.
When I switch on my PC it switches on and off repeatedly and then starts up. Some times it does not start after switching on and off repeatedly, and I have to physically switch it on/off until it starts. Once it starts there is no problem it can run for hours even if left on overnight.
When I switch off it switches off and stays off but occasionally it will start up again.
Could someone please throw some light into my problem!!
Any help very much appreciated! Where do I start and what could be causing all this?


Answer:Solved: When I switch on my PC it flickers on and off repeatedly


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When I open My Documents and scroll down, Explorer freezes and after a while says it has encountered a problem and needs to close. After this, my desktop icons and task bar disappear for a while, and come back after 30 seconds or so.

I have also noticed that when opening the My Videos folder it instantly comes up with the "encountered a problem and needs to close" error.

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Explorer repeatedly crashes

Sounds like corrupted Windows files.

Try going Start > Run > Type in sfc /scannow > Press Enter.

This will initiate the System File Checker. It will replace any missing or corrupted files with 'new' ones. It may ask for your XP CD - just insert it and let it go.

Let me know,


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When connected to the internet at regular time intervals I get disconnected and see the following message on my screen:

"Network protocol connection results.
One or more requested network protocols did not connect successfully. TCP/IP CP connected successfully. IPX/SPX or compatible CP reported error 733: A connection to the remote computer could not be completed. You might need to adjust the protocols on this computer. Press accept to use the connection as is, or hang up to disconnect."

When I click the 'Accept' button I am able to reconnect to the internet, but after a couple of hour the same story goes on...

Could you please help???????

Answer:Solved: Internet connection repeatedly lost

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Hello and thank you for your help again!
There are lots of "my computer reboots" threads up here, but this one is probably a hardware problem and is pretty remarkable.
My friends system recycles after about 3 seconds. Turn it on...then within 3 seconds it reboots, and this repeats over and over again. Never gets to a video prompt. Never gets to reading a drive.
The system is a 2 1/2 year old HP running Win 7 with 4 GIGs RAM. I have removed every non-essential card (except the video) with no effect.
I have swapped out SATA cables. No effect.
I have swapped out effect.

What else might it be? Power Supply?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Computer reboots after seconds repeatedly

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Getting repeated crashes of Windows Explorer (Error message: Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close ....).

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer repeatedly crashing

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Hi guys,

My drive gets corrupted and unreadable repeatedly and it's driving me nuts.

I was never able to format this hard disk successfully through disk management or the command prompt window.

So i ran the HITACHI Drive Fitness Test (disk in good condition), had the disk erased, and used Maxtor's Maxblast to partition and format.

But now whatever files i transfer into this particular drive gets corrupted instantly. It either doesn't play or open fully.

And after moving some files into the drive and restarting a couple of times, either of the follow messages shows when i attempt to access the drive:

- The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable
- The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable

I'm not worried about recovering the data now... i just want the damn drive to stop getting corrupted/unreadable/unstructured.

Anyone know what's wrong?

Answer:Solved: Drive gets corrupted and unreadable repeatedly

What is the exact model number of the drive?

What system do you have? Make & model? If self-built or not streamline, what motherboard?


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Have a brand new computer
Vista Home Premium - 32 bit
Service Pack 2
AMD Phenom 9500 quad-core
8 GB memory
1 TB Hard Drive
750 GB Hard Drive

The computer has started doing this 'momentary freeze' no matter what I am doing - reading email, using office, surfing the internet - it does not seem to be specific to any program.

The screen 'freezes up' and the little 'busy' circle appears - if I click on whatever I'm doing, the screen then turns a semi-transparent white. After about 10 or so seconds, the screen returns to normal and all seems well. Until it happens again, which is so frequently that it is interfering with getting anything done. It doesn't seem to be "doing" anything bad, it is just incredibly annoying.

Any help you can give me would be most appreciated!


Answer:Solved: Screen repeatedly freezes momentarily

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Windows 7 is trying to install the same update repeatedly.

I've already tried this option but it didn't work. There doesn't seem to be any other fixes available online.

This is the update name

Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2825635) 32-Bit Edition
Do you have any idea how to fix this?

What do?

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Update Repeatedly Installed

See if this helps:

Fix the problem with Microsoft Windows Update that is not working

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My computer is very old and I realize that may be part of my problem. However, my computer is always grinding away (even when I am not using it). I have seen in a lot of different posts where people have been advised to run that Hijack log, and then copy and paste it here and someone will take a look at it. I am not familiar with the Hijack program and have never used it but was wondering if someone could advise me how to do this and take a look at the file. I probably have a ton of stuff that could be removed, but I am too paranoid to do it without advice. I have previously disabled a bunch of my Startup programs and have also not allowed Automatic Updates on some programs, they must notify me that a download is ready first.

If someone could help me with my old dinosaur of a computer I would really appreciate it!


Answer:Solved: Computer is constantly "grinding"

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I have a perisistent problem with the wireless on my machine, it drops out for several seconds and then returns over and over while I am surfing the web or downloading.  It happens irregularly every so many minutes or sometimes over and over in rapid succession.  I just did a fresh reinstall of Windows to see if something was causing a conflict, also, I reverted back to a driver for the wireless adapter which I know operated just fine in the past.  But the problem still remains.  It seems like if I update to the most current driver for the wireless adapter then the problem actually gets worse. I am running Windows XP Professional and the mini pci-express wireless adapter is Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG. Since a clean install of windows didn't fix the problem, I'm tending to think that the wireless card is developing a problem.  I took it out and reconnected the antenna hookups to check if it was a bad connection - same issue. Any advice or similar reports of this issue?  Will try to find another wireless card to test with at some point soon. Thanks,Tom


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Answer:3000 V100 wireless drops in and out repeatedly - SOLVED...

I had this problem with my previous router.. a Netgear, fell off the net several times a day, packetloss the works..Bought a new d-link and its been like a dream ever since.Are your computer the only one with a problem on your wifi? A bit too early, i encounter packetloss, do you have that problem aswell? Message Edited by J0lle on 01-10-2009 01:41 PM

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This is happening to me too. I also twice daily keep getting the same adobe acrobat/reader update over and over again. I used to be able to play games in my ISP At&t but now get adobe scripting error.

Answer:[SOLVED] Re: Microsoft Automatic Updates Repeatedly Downloading

Please do not hijack another users thread. I have moved your post to it's own thread as to not confuse things with the other OP.
Uninstall Adobe Reader following Adobe's instructions and then restart the computer and download it again.

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I have an IBM E3N, AMD 300MHz, 182MB's RAM, a 6.8Gig H.D. with "C", "D", & "E" partitions. I'm running Win98SE. I first run Scan Disk on all partitions, then When I try to run the Defrag program, it starts on "C" and progresses to 10% and then stops. A message appears briefly before Defrag resets to 0% and starts the process over again. The message that appears is: "Drive's Contents Changed. Re-starting". This cycle keeps repeating itself until I cancel Defrag?? Any ideas??

Answer:{SOLVED} Defrag Operation Stops at 10% & Resets Repeatedly

If I could only have a nickel for every person that has the same problem as you do I'd be a millionaire. Anyway, Startup in SafeMode and run your defrag from there. Other tasks running in the background interfere with defrag, but SafeMode eliminates the problem.

Restart the PC and keep pressing F8 during the bootup. Take the option for "SafeMode" from the startup menu. Once in SafeMode, I can't remember if screensavers still come on in SafeMode but first be sure to turn off any screensavers just in case. Then run your defrag. When it's done click on Start>Shutdown>Restart to get back in Normal mode.

[This message has been edited by bhesson (edited 01-02-2001).]

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Hello, hope someone can help me. I have described as much as I can below.

The problem seemed to have started when I installed AnVir TaskManager (; soon after I installed it I seemed to be having problems with my browser (slowed down and links not working – explained more below). I uninstalled it, but it felt like it hadn’t uninstalled very well (for example, didn’t see the last dialogue box saying ‘Uninstalled&#8217.

Some details:
Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP1. Fully updated with all the most recent fixes, etc.
I use Opera and Firefox browsers simultaneously. Both are the most recent versions.
Outlook 2007 SP1

* When clicking on a link, especially in Opera, the new page will start to open – i.e. I get the blank page with the url on top - but it won’t load until I highlight the url and push Enter; on Firefox it will tell me that the connection has been interrupted and I get a button to ‘Try Again’. In theory this may be a network problem, but it only started happening so much recently and I’m sure it’s related to the overall problem.
* I’ll be browsing with Firefox, have a number of tabs going, and then a page will not load, the circle thing just goes round and round. This often seems to be connected with filling out forms – comments in blogs, stuff like that. This will continue for 5-10 minutes. So I close ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Firefox and Opera hang repeatedly, need to reboot

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This problem has been annoying me since I installed this second hard drive as a storage hard drive. It will shut itself down if you haven't used it for a little while and if you try to access it again, it takes like 10 seconds for it to spool itself up to speed. I can hear it power up. I don't have to even be directly accessing the drive, which is what REALLY annoys me. I can be saving or opening a file on my system drive and it will spool up because the storage drive is on the directory tree.

How do I make it so the drive is powered on constantly?

Answer:Solved: Second hard drive repeatedly shuts down and restarts

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Hi. First post.

I never post on tech forums because I can usually find the answer in another thread, but considering how many threads (and forums) there are out there, and how many fixes I've already tried, I thought it was time to ask you guys.

Computer specs (from Speccy)
Acer Aspire M5641
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
3.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz
512MB GeForce 9500 GS
C: 44.6GB free of 293GB
D: 200GB free of 293GB
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (SP2)
McAfee Antivirus Plus (provided by company)

In the last couple of weeks, my computer has been running really slow with programs crashing frequently, but mostly Windows Explorer.

Here's a list of fixes I've tried in order of how reliably they've worked over the past few years. In almost all cases, the first 2 or 3 have solved the problems, but not this most recent one :(
Spybot S&D
Advanced System Care - Deep Scan
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware in Safe Mode (saw this idea on another forum)
Piriform's CCleaner
McAfee - Full Scan
Microsoft Security Essentials - Full Scan
Opened it up, blew out all the dust and cleaned the fans
Here's a list of other possibly (ir)relevant information
According to Piriform, my Graphics Card's currently running at 70 degrees Celsius. That seems quite hot, but don't know if it would cause the problems I'm having.
After running Anti-Malware in Safe Mode, it found 5 new infections that it had failed to find in Normal Mode a couple of days before... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Vista running slow and crashing repeatedly

Your Graphics Card can take the temperature.
We recommend that you read this article…
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Recently, my computer has begun acting up. every minute or so, it attempts to open Internet Explorer and then tells me it needs to close, citing the addon "googletoolbar2.dll" as the source of the problem.

(error message reads:

Internet Explorer has encountered a problem with an add-on and needs to close.

The following add-on was running when this problem occured:

File: googletoolbar2.dll
Company Name: Google Inc
Description: Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer

After clicking continue on this message, it gives the general IE message about it having to close, and that I may loose any unsaved data etc.)

Its actually done this every time anyone opened IE since it failed half way through installing the google version of IE7, however, as I don't use IE, this hasn't bothered me much until now.

However, the constant opening of IE automatically can't be a good thing, so if you can kill two birds with one stone that'd be really great.

I'm running A genuine copy of Windows XP Home edition with SP2 installed

Here's my HijackThis Log (its rather long. I'm guessing that's not a good thing)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 15:09:27, on 08/07/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\S... Read more

Answer:Solved: Internet Explorer Repeatedly Opening and crashing.

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Hi guys,

I'm running Windows 7 on a Toshiba laptop bought last year.
My windows explorer is currently stuck in a permanent state of crashing every 3 seconds. I've tried restarting, shutting down, running virus checks and removing all suspicious adware, removing cookies, and calling tech support. They said it was a problem with a corrupted something (sorry, I couldn't understand the guy's accent clearly) to do with the explorer file.
It started by crashing once or twice whenever I viewed a particular folder on my desktop (all it had was some video files), and now it crashes when I'm not doing anything. Immediately crashes after reset.
I'm operating in safe mode now and the tech guy said the problem is fixable from my end, but wouldn't tell me how to do it unless I gave him $160. And I don't have a credit card, so please help!

If this helps, the tech guy was remotely controlling my computer and he's left open Services where he was looking at Computer Browser and he said he could fix it in one or two steps from there.
The problem with the browser crash was cited as

"The Computer Browser service depends on the Server service which failed to start because of the following error:
The dependency service or group failed to start."

Thank you! I hope I gave you enough information, but if I didn't, just tell me what you need to know and I'll tell you.

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer Crashes Repeatedly After No Action

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This began yesterday. When outlook is opened it begins a send/receive as per usual. Only it is receiving 700+ emails that date back to June. And it just keeps on receiving them over and over. I have received and deleted them numerous times. Actually, I've noticed that it doesn't always complete receiving all 700+.

I've checked the email account settings and all is well. I've spoken to the ISP (bellsouth) and verified with them that the settings are correct and that the webview version of my mailbox (ie, the server) is not holding/receiving these messages. So now what?

Answer:Solved: Outlook suddenly & repeatedly downloading emails from 3 months ago

do you have a check mark in the box on the account Properties, advanced tab, delivery?
i know it leaves a copy on the server, but i don't remember when it send them again.
check to see if you have this feature checked or not.

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My computer froze and rebooted, and now won't boot windows at all. When I start the computer, one of two things happens. The dell logo appears, and either the circle loading thing comes up and stays there, or it says is is auto repairing. If it auto repairs, it says its scanning and repairing the drive, this is all in white writing on black background, no part of windows has loaded. After that, the computer will reboot , and it will say that it is diagnosing the problem. Either it will stay on that screen, or it comes to a black screen and says no boot device available, press F1 to retry boot, press F2 to run the setup menu.. When I looked at each SATA connection on the menu, I noticed that one of my hard drives (the one containing windows) does not appear on the list. I assumed this meant a hardware issue, so I tried changing the SATA port, as well as the cable. Note that at this point, I ruled out a motherboard SATA port issue and cable issue by trying them each with my second hard drive. Each sata port works, each cable is working and the hard drive (the one with windows) is turning on and getting power. I have since removed the hard drive in question, and used a SATA/USB adapter and ran it as an external hard drive on my laptop. The drive is booting correctly, and I can access the files in it without a problem occurring. So the evidence is as follows

-When I boot either a repair runs and fails or runs and brings me to some menu, or it just loads indefinitely
-When I... Read more

Answer:Solved: Can't load windows, computer repeatedly repairs and reboots.

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These four security patches KB 2518869, KB2572077, KB2633873, KB2656356 repeatedly fail to install with errors 800B0100 and 80070308.

This started on since 23 March.

Win 7 SP1 was installed on 21 March 2012
I have run the Microsoft FixIt and the System Update Readiness Tool (KB947821) but no change.

Looking for any guidance on how to install these four updates.

Some background info...

Running Win7 Prof 64 bit SP1
The PC is 2+ years old (probably mid 2010)
Win7 was installed from scratch on the PC as new
IE9 was installed on 9 Feb 2012
Chrome and Firefox are both installed
MSE is installed
No other security/anti-virus tools have ever been installed

No registry cleaners have ever been used.

Answer:[SOLVED] .NET updates repeatedly fail to install with errors 800B0100 and 80070308

Run the DotNetFX_Cleanup_Tool and uninstall all versions of .Net Framework and restart. Go back to Windows update and download all version of .Net Framework again.

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Question: Serious grinding!

OK not serious but at the moment my hard drive will not shut up, constant CPU usage between 3 and 6 percent accessing something. All I can see in the task manager is a little bit of avg and some system tasks. Im at a dead loss on this. I thought I had it sorted when I told the .net framework to sort its self out all in one go instead of using a background process but it has started again.

Anyway any chance of you guys glancing over the hijack log.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 09:44:36, on 07/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Xbox 360 Accessories\XboxStat.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Pro\DTProAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Nuance\NaturallySpeaking10\Program\natspeak.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
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Answer:Serious grinding!

C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe, the Java Quick Starter service can cause unnecessary disk access. Unless you use a lot of Java applications and want them to start as fast as possible, open services.msc (Start->Run->services.msc) and change its startup type to manual. This is a particularly annoying service and will re-enable itself everytime you update the Java Runtime Environment.

I'd also disable the Java Update Scheduler (C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe) and the installshield update service (C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe) but then I prefer to take manual control of my updates rather than letting them happen automatically.



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Question: grinding fan

I have a fatal1ty an8 sli motherboard and the smaller fan on it sometimes will make a grinding noise. it'll speed up, then come to a near halt(this is when it makes the grinding noise) and then speed back up and repeat the process. in the image below it's the orange fan near the bottom left. sometimes the fan works normally but usually it does this...should i be worried? the metal part of the fan is hot enough that i can barely touch it for a few seconds before i have to stop.

Answer:grinding fan

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Question: grinding help

beside the fact it is very annoying sometimes my hard drive just grinding away for no reason. i did a gwscan on the Hd no errors found should i be curious abut this? is this happening to any oneelse? i have windows vista home premium express upgrade 32bit

thank you

Answer:grinding help

I would back up any important data asap.

Grinding is not good, your system may crash soon, I dont mean to scare you but, usually grinding on a HD drive means it wont be lasting very long

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Question: T61 grinding fan

I have a T61 7658 CTO, and the fan has been making more and more noise as time has gone by.  It started as a light clicking while the fan is running, and now it makes a fairly loud grinding noise.  I'm well out of warranty, so that's not an option.  Does anyone know if there's a way I can fix this, or do I need to replace the fan?  If I do need to replace the fan, any idea where I can get one?

Answer:T61 grinding fan

Bearing on the fan is properly running out of lubrication. Someone say, if you pull on the fan itself, it should pop off, which allows you add some high quality bearing oil/grease. I never tried this myself, so i don't know whether this will actually works.  If worst comes to worst, just replace the fan yourself, you can source one from ebay for around 70 to 100 USD.  Message Edited by lead_org on 04-05-2009 07:54 PM

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I already have the latest Flash Player. I check the control panel to make sure. But every time I want to see a video online, I get a message that I need to download "here" the latest Flash Player.

I did that again just a few minutes ago and went back to view the video and it told me again that I needed to download the latest Flash Player. What gives?

I get this message every single time I want to watch a video. I just don't get it.

Answer:[SOLVED] Repeatedly having to download "latest" Flash Player

What version of Flash Player? Also, the download and installation aren't complete until you've chosen Auto/Manual/or don't inform for future updates and then there's one more step. Just trying to make sure you're aware it's a multi step process.

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My computer has a serious spyware problem.
It mostly seems to be centre around I.E. (3 annoying pop-ups on every page, strange seach bar beneath the top panel, etc.) but I do occasionaly get icons appearing on the desktop. can anyone help? I've included a hijack this log in case you need it.
thanks a lot
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Dell\EUSW\Support.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.2_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Apps\Updater\01.02.3000.1001\en-gb\msnappau.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\sys... Read more

Answer:Solved: spyware even after running several anti-spyware programs repeatedly

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Hello, My lenovo P50 is about a year old and has started making this weird grinding noise. I suspect dusts in the fan and the easier option would be to hand it over for lenovo to look at but Im in Abuja, Nigeria. Doubt there are any Lenovo certified centers here. The sound started about 3 days ago and it gets really loud.Does the sound affect performance? I do alot of intensive 3D rendering and compositiing in After Effects, performances seems to have dropped whenever I try rendering. So all I've stopped doing any CPU intensive work to prevent probable damage. I have the 4k |i7 6820HQ | 16gb ram | 256 SSD| 2TB HDD. Thanks   

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I am having trouble with my HP pavilion notebook. When using media (online or offline) it intermittently freezes and makes a loud grinding sound. Sometimes its just for a second but sometimes I have to force a shut down to get it to stop. Also when I am listening to music or audio books with the lid closed, it will intermittently stop for a few seconds and come back on (it is set to "do nothing" when lid is closed). I have checked for over heating, that is not the problem.

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Soemthimes, not always, normally when I start the pc up after not using it for a night it makes some sort of a gridning/loading sort of noise.

It can be loud or soft and can last from 5 to 15 seconds.

Theer isn't anything stuck in the cpu fan.

Any ideas what's causing this?

Answer:Grinding on startup?

check all sys fan and then check hdd then check cd drives

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Hello everyone, I just bought an S10 because of how good quailty Lenovos are claimed to be. I, however am having a problem with my newly bought IdeaPad S10 4333-22u. As soon as I turned my Lenovo on and it booted to Windows I noticed the fan came on and was buzzing/grinding. It mas making a noise as if the bearing in the fan were going bad or the core of the fan needed a few drops of oil. I am a PC Tech by trade and have encountered many failing fans so I am familiar with the sound they often make before siezing. After the Netbook ran a little while and heated up, the buzzing/grinding wasn't so loud, but definately present. You could hear the noise from quite a distance away. After searching the web, I found threads complaining of S10 fan noise, but the general idea I got from the forums was simply that the "whirring" noise of a normal operating fan was simply quite loud for a netbook when the S10's fan was at full RPM. My fan on the other hand, is clearly and quite audibly gridning. I don't believe this is what the users on these forums mean when they refer to the S10's noisy fan, correct? I really like this Netbook and would rather not return it, so I called Lenovo and they promptly sent an RMA Fed-Ex label so that I can send the unit to their service center for a heatsink/fan replacement. My question is, what does everyone mean when they say their S10 fan is loud? Can anyone describe it? Is it possible someone can record the noise their S10 makes and up... Read more

Answer:Just bought an S10, fan grinding right out of the box

Well, I suppose it's the fan blades rubbing on the fan housing like I just read deep in one of the threads. Either way, to the service center it goes....

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Hi, can any one advise me? I have been getting a grinding noise from my PC roughly monthly since I obtained it in Nov. 2004, I think it may be when I push it a little??could this be the hard drive protesting ? it`s a pentium 4 3000ghz, asrobs.

Answer:GRINDING noise from PC

Some hard drives can get noisy when there is a lot of disc activity.......I have an IBM Deskstar 80GB drive which sounds a bit like a boiling kettle when working hard.It has done for the 3 years since I got it.Also some fans will speed up when temperatures rise and can become very loud.If this noise is infrequent,only happens when you are working the pc hard and most importantly not getting worse over time then I would be inclined to ignore it.If it's annoying you then you will need to track down the culprit and consider replacing it with a new quieter version.

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Question: Grinding Noise

Hey guys, I logged on this morning to my pc and started to play a game and all of a sudden every few minutes the game would just crash for 10 seconds or so then be fine. When the crash happened i couldn't press Ctrl+Alt+Del so i know it wasn't the actual game itself crashing or losing connection etc.

So then i decided to take off my headset and try see if there was any strange noises and there was a really weird grinding noise for 2-3 seconds.. then game pc crashes then 10 seconds later everything is perfectly fine.

Anybody had this issue or know any solutions? If you need any additional information don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks in advance, Pompey.

Answer:Grinding Noise

Oh my god, not long after writing this thread... Now my PC just turned itself off without any warning, bleeps or grinding noises. Didn't even reboot, just switched itself off.

When i boot up my PC, i don't get no errors, it boots up as quick as it ever has.

Microsoft XP S3 Pro

Intel core 2 DUO CPU
E4600 @ 2.40ghz

Graphics; Nvidia Geforce 9600GT

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I bought a new WD 2TB HDD and during the format process there were two points where it made a buzzing noise for a few seconds (the rest of the process was completely silent as usual). Could it just be random or bad sectors? I really don't like a new drive that has bad sectors because it will probably deteriorate quickly.

Answer:Grinding while formatting new HDD

Noises like that are unusual. I'd run a hard drive test diagnostic on it. WD has tools available for testing drives last drive I had that was new that made a strange noise crashed about a week later. It was a 300GB Hard Drive that occasionally would make a loud ping noise followed by drive chatter then it would get silent. The event log for this archive data file server showed many warnings in yellow that the hard disk is about to fail with delayed writes etc. This drive also was very hot to the touch which as abnormal for the fact that everything else in the tower was cool to the touch and adequate airflow. I sent this drive back RMA and got a replacement 300GB that ran warm, but not as hot as the prior drive that failed. This replacement refurb drive lasted over 2 years without issues.

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Question: Grinding noise?

can someone please help me?
just a few minutes ago i was simply browsing and heard a loud grinding noise from my pc, i checked all the fans and it seems to be from the gpu, i restarted pc and still goes on. i left it off for now but i cant seem to find the cause, nothing is hitting anything

Answer:Grinding noise?

You wouldn't be able to see anything. The grinding noise occurs when the ball bearings go ( at one point the balls start showing wear and don't run "round" anymore, causing the fanblades to tumble.)
Simple solution: you need a new fan. In cases of emergency (like you can't get your hands on a new fan anytime soon) there is a way to prolong the life of the fan a little bit. You get some graphite powder from your automotive supplier, peel back the fan label and carefully put a little bit onto the center of the fan.
I really mean CAREFUL the stuff is worse on cloth than laser toner
Make sure to put the label back on and don't use any form of will only cause a mess.

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Question: Grinding noise?

Hello. I've been hearing a grinding noise for sometime on start-up on my PC. Occasionally, the PC will pretty much hang at the windows XP logo. When this occurs i just hold in on the power button and go through the boot process without any problems. However, the grinding noise that comes at the start is very loud and doesn't sound healthy at all. I've opened the case and there's no cords in the way of the fans. What could the noise be? Should i have concern? My computer runs fine after the noisy few seconds into the boot but becomes normal after it passes the windows XP logo.

My specs:
nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU
amd 3800+ 2.4 GHz
1 gig of ram

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But my card gcard is now nVidia 8600GTS card 256 GPU.

Sorry this is confusing. Tired after the holidays :) thanks for any/all help.

Answer:Grinding noise?

try and isolate if it is coming from a drive or a fan
did you upgrade the psu when you upgraded the video

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when i first got the gfx card it was fine, recently over 6months on, there is a noise that is easily noticable when i stop/start the fan for a second.

it's sounds like it's beginning to i just need to use a paint brush to get of dust or should i go deeper and unscrew it all and clean it out. how about lube on the fan itself?

Answer:XFX TI4200 - fan is now grinding a bit

I recommend doing the latter - or better yet, getting a better fan for it.

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Question: grinding noise

hi guys
i have a problem everyday my computer make a grinding noise and during
that time my computer is frozen , i cant do nothing until it stop by itself.
does it mean i need a new hard disk or can i fix it.
thank you in advance

Answer:grinding noise

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Question: Grinding Noise

Hello, I have recently heard what sounds like a grounding noise coming from my computer. I usually only notice it when the computer is searching for something (say a Google search), and I seem to especially notice it while searching on e-Bay. Once the site or page is found, it then stops making that sound. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is there anything I can do to stop it, or repair it? Does this mean the hard drive is about to crash? I have a Dell Computer, and Windows XP system. Thanks for the help.

Answer:Grinding Noise

Just to be on the safe side do a back up if you havent done.Open the case and try to isolate the noise.

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Question: PC Slow/Grinding

The past two weeks, my PC has been at times slow, freezing, and constantly grinding.Each time I do the CC/SAS scans and it helps until a week later.So figured I would post the details of my PC and let me know if something else is wrong.After I did all the scans yesterday it worked just fine today.MBAMQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMmbam-log-2012-02-15 (14-36-09).txtScan type: Quick scanScan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUMScan options disabled: P2PObjects scanned: 197898Time elapsed: 7 minute(s), 7 second(s)Memory Processes Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Memory Modules Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Values Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data Items Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Files Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)SAS (Oh great, my SAS log from yesterday can't be found...six things were removed, what do I do)DDS txtQuoteMalwarebytes Anti-Malware version: v2012.02.15.03Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x86 NTFSInternet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421Johnny Ola :: JOHNNYOLA-PC [administrator]2/15/2012 2:36:09 PMm... Read more

Answer:PC Slow/Grinding

If there is a grinding noise it's probably the harddrive or the fans. You can check this by opening the box and disconnecting the fans one by one and see if the noise still persists. If the noise is still there you can run a diagnostic on your hard drive. Run hard drive diagnostics: tacktech.comMake sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: imgburn to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here:Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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What is up with my PC?It's not ancient (just over a year old - OK, I know that's a contradiction!)Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, 60Gb of free disc space. It'll chug along quite nicely for a bit, then suddenly start whirring as if it's doing some really memory hungry task (while all it's doing is displaying a web page) Can take forever just to open a Word document. And when it comes to closing down/logging off - it can take 5 mins or moreIs there some diagnostic software or something I can buy/try? I had Norton Utilities on my old 95 machine, and this seemed to work well, but have heard bacd things about it for XPThanks for any helpDave

Answer:PC is grinding away and really slooooooow

To be honest 256 mb RAM is the bare minimum for XP.Have you done any PC housekeeping - cleaned out temp files, temp Internet files, defragged, check disk?Or use this click here

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hello i just build a i7 cpu this past weekend and i noticed the past 2 days everytime i have the computer on for 3 hours or so i get a grinding sound. can someone please help idk what this is

Answer:grinding sound please help

You'll have to take the cover off your case when you hear it and see for yourself. It could be any of the fans doing it.

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Question: harddrive grinding

i was wondering if there is any software that can stop a hard drive from grinding

Answer:harddrive grinding

no.... only way to fix that is back up your data and buy a new HDD and format it....

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Question: Grinding Sound

Hello, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T61 Laptop. When I work on the laptop, it suddenly start producing a grinding sound. It is coming form the Top-Left corner of the laptop. It is not coming all the time. It is not coming immediately when I turn it on. But if I use it for like 30 minutes, it will start producing the sound. It will produce this sound for the next 15 to 30 minutes and then gradually stop after that. This happens every day. Is it a heatsink+fan issue? How can I fix this ? Thanks. 

Answer:Grinding Sound

It sounds like your fan is failing. My fan has failed on my old Thinkpad x61 tablet. You can get the instructions here look at page 88, the steps are there. PM me if you need any help. If you replace your fan remember to get new thermal grease.

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Question: Grinding Noise

I have an Everex Explora, AMD Athlon computer and at the start up and when I am searching for info it makes a grinding noise while it is loading the information. Also twice last week after typing and searching for what I wanted I heard a loud grinding noise. Not knowing anything about computers I have no idea what is the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Grinding Noise

Hi lag
Grinding noises aren't good. It sounds like you hard drive is going. I would back up your important data NOW. You can run a scandisk (surface scan) and defrag to help test out the hard drive. Many manufacturers of hard drive also have utilities on their web sites you can run to test out the drive. Is your system under warranty? Many hard drives come with a three year warranty.

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Question: Grinding sound

When Windows is closing down I think the hard drive is making a grinding twice before it closes down. It's not a beep but a grinding. On two seperate occassions it has done this.

Running: Windows XP, AMD gigabyte motherboard 1.8, 768 RAM, x800 ATI radeaon card.

What could be causing this?

Answer:Grinding sound


First of all, let me say you need to back up this drive immediately unless you want to risk the chance of losing all your data. This drive might be ready to bite the dust, so get that done.

I would go to the drive manufacturer's website and download the drive utility and run it on this drive to see what might be the problem. You need to get tha done quickly while the drive is still operational.

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Hello, Im getting a nasty noise from my pc at start up, never on restart. Ive had the cover off and tested the PSU but its fine ,also replaced fan on heatsink, it made no difference. Its definitley coming from the heatsink or CPU, very odd. Luckily I have a new motherboard bundle waiting for Xmas! Everything backed up. Cheers.

Answer:Grinding noise From CPU?

Stop each fan in the system one at a time. Use something like a coffee stir stick to hold the fan blades. Insert the stick before you pw ON not after.

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