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Question: windows randomly dies

Before i start, I am Running:

WinXP-Pro, Service Pack 3
2.22 GHz Athlon 64 3500+ Processor
2 Gigs of RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Graphics Card

What appears to happen is that once in a blue moon, without any prior warning, the entire computer will lock up solid for about 15 seconds then black screen me and none of my input or output devices will work. That means, Mouse, Keyboard, sound, Monitors, etc. They all die simultaneously. The odd part is, the computer is still working as far as I can tell as the system doesn't even hiccup.

It WAS doing this more than it is now, however it seems to have reduced somewhat. I'm guessing that it has something to do with my power supply as me replacing the 350 watt supply with a 550 watt supply (for a completely different problem) seems to have reduced the occurence of this issue. Instead of happening once or twice a week it now happens once or twice every 2 or 3 weeks. It's still annoying when it happens. Anyone have any clue?

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Answer: windows randomly dies

When you boot back into your machine...check the event logs and see whats happening just prior to the failure. If you can, check after a couple of occurrences and see if there are any similarities that might point you in the right direction. Anybody else have an idea?

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Hello there,
I've been pondering around this problem for quite a while now and I finally decided to inquire the mighty crowds of computer wisdom i.e. you all

I've had this exact same problem in my previous system (with Windows 7 32-bit and quite a bit different internals) but it wasn't nearly as frequent as it is now (with Windows 7 64-bit and brand new CPU/MB/RAM/GPU) - however, this problem never happened on my previous box while it had Windows XP installed for a short while. Namely, the audio in Windows would stop working at random, every app that uses an audio interface would freeze when attempting to access any sink, I can't change the volume or mute anything, and I cannot even reset the Windows Audio service (reset times out) when that happens - the only solution is to reboot after which everything works just fine. The only difference between my old system and this one is that now I rarely get the reset procedure to 'freeze' on 'explorer.exe - Playing log-off sound...' (requiring to force restart to continue the process), but now it more often hangs at 'Shutting down...' screen requiring a physical restart.

My audio stack consists of the integrated sound (disabled, I don't need it, but in my previous setup it was enabled) and two USB-based sound sinks, namely Logitech Z Cin?ma speakers (Default Device) and Logitech G930 headset (Default Communications Device). Both are connected directly to the motherboard USB ports so it's not a problem with wonky USB hubs.

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Answer:Windows audio randomly dies (probably USB-related)

Hiyya inco and welcome for starters I am definitely no expert mate I run a straight forward Asus Xonar DG card (the Xonar supports 7:1 systems) with my Ivy B with a Logitec Z 506 speaker set up and I have no probs at all, and it is a fairly cheap card at that.
Now I don't know what your audio set up is and it sounds like Ben Hur to me but just as a suggestion why not try a different brand card? I just really like the Asus control module that comes with mine and Asus do a really nice range of sound cards.

I am just getting a gut feeling the Logitec card is not the full dollar.

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linked to antoher thread on this board. Everyone stopped trying to help there and I need help ...

Maybe this is a hardware issue?

Answer:Win XP randomly Dies

You can test the PSU with a multimeter. Do a search on the web and you will find info on how to do this. Also, make sure the memory you put in is good. Download memtest. You'll need to put it on a bootable floppy. Then boot from the floppy and run it. It will run continously. Leave that running overnight. If it is the memory it will tell you. And if it is a problem with Winxp you'll know it because the system won't have locked up. If it does lock up the problem isn't Winxp. But rather a hardware issue.

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I just received my new X1 Carbon yesterday. When I booted it up the first time the computer died after I set up username and password in Windows. Next time the same screen appeared but the username was ofcourse taken already. I logged into windows and the computer died. After 10-20 HDD checks the computer logs into windows and I can install some software (Visual Studio etc), but then it just dies again. Sometimes it can't even login to windows before it dies.  I've tried to format and reinstall windows but it doesn't help, sometimes I can use it for one hour, and sometimes just for 10 seconds.  I can't really say that I can see a pattern in this whether I'm using the AC chord or not.. I've also done a memory check and a harddrive check without any errors. I guess I have to return it and wait for a new one.. really disappointing =(  Any ideas Lenovo? 

Answer:X1 Carbon randomly dies

>>  Sometimes it can't even login to windows before it dies.  When this happened to me on my PC a couple years ago, the problem was my one of my fans had died (either the power supply's fan or a system fan; can't remember which.) .  The system was shutting itself off as a defensive reaction to overheating.

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Hello. I am in need of advice once again. I'm staying at my uncles house who uses Keyon internet service so its like broadband with some sort of dish? Anyways...

The speeds were pretty random and slow. Spikes of 3000 pings and averages of 600. Updated the firmware (7 years old) and average is under a hundred now. However the internet still just completely dies for random amounts of time... 2 seconds to a few minutes. Pings timeout to google or yahoo but not my router.

As far as the setup goes, there is a dish or antennae they have aimed a little dish on the roof towards a few miles away. The "modem" is in a plastic box attached to it. The cable runs into literally the cheapest "splitter adapter" ive ever seen, which wont work if you hook up the modem line into "data out" and the router line into "data in", which confuses me in the first place. Shouldn't that be the other way around?

Anyways, I tried wifi and wired connection. I didn't try to bypass the router completely but I don't think it will make a difference. I decided to get a ladder and look at the "modem" and I was a little shocked to say the least. I opened up the big plastic thing that stores it and it literally is just a piece of like motherboard mounted with one little screw, covered in ladybugs and cobwebs. So I sighed and just left it alone.

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I have a user with a dell latitude d620 laptop. Her external usb mouse stops working every few hours-- apparently when she's doing nothing out of the ordinary, the "installing new hardware" dialog comes up randomly, and when she cancels out of it, the mouse will stop working at a slightly later time. Even the red LED light on the bottom of the mouse goes out.

We've tried different models USB mice, attaching it directly to a USB port on the laptop, via the USB port on the laptop dock, and even with a USB->PS/2 adapter via the dock's PS/2 port.... all with the same results. Every time, when the mouse is working fine, it'll pop up the 'installing new hardware' dialog, and afterwards it just suddenly stops working.

Any ideas? I have no idea what's going on.

She's running windows xp sp3 with symantec endpoint, all the usual office software, really nothing out of the ordinary.

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Question: Y500 randomly dies

Hello, Borught a y500 on amazon a few months ago, its runs great. However, the laptop suddenly just dies randomly, no blue screen, no shut down menu. It just dies, I reboot and check event viewer and its says it crashed(kennel-power). So then I checked for viruses, ran scans for chkdsk, sfc /scannow, and memory diagnostics, everything was fine. It also didn't overheat since the laptop died without gaming at all. The barrtery was plugged in as well I reset windows 8 just to check if its the OS's fault. It just died again today. If it's a hardware issue, what can I do to find out what component of hte computer is wonky? Would the limited warranty help me?  

Answer:Y500 randomly dies

Hi yomanking,
Thanks for posting and welcome to the Lenovo Community,
Am sorry that you?re facing this issue,
I?d like to help you with this case can you share with me the battery status is it plugged in and charging or not charging?
And I?d like to ask you when the machine shut off completely is it while working on the charger or the battery or both of them?
And can you tell me if you face this issue when you are using like a specific application?
Thanks and Best Regards,

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Well... I had a Win 7 Ultimate 64bit on this very machine (the one in my preferences) for almost 3 years until the moment when I said to myself: OK, time to refresh. And that only because my port 80 would die sometimes....sometimes thrice an hour for 10-15 min, sometimes twice a day. But it would happen every day. I re-installed with the hope it was just a bad Win installation but it happened again after just an hour in. What I tried? Well, I certainly tried a new router, but it didn't help. I knew it wouldn't since I also run Linux and OS X in home network and none is affected by this. I scanned old and new Win 7 with every possible malware finder, antivirus..etc. Even bought one (I have an "allergy" when it comes to A/Vs and such in general).. I went drastic today, I disconnected all devices (hdds, usbs, dvdroms, pcie) just to prove my point.. left a single 60 GB SSD with brand new win 7 with default drivers .. Took several hours but I still lost port 80 (it seems to be just port 80 since only browsers and windows LIVE are affected on my system)...Skype, FTP, rsync.. they'll all work just fine while nothing else web-wise does.

Help please! Any suggestions will be tested and reported.

Answer:Port 80 dies randomly, everything else works

What do you mean by "port 80 dies"? skype,ftp all works as you say. So not a tcp/ip routing/connection problem.
If you're having problems do:
in command prompt:


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My internet connection on my Vista machine dies after a few hours. If I restart, the connection will work again, but will die after a few hours again. I've used my computer with several different routers and for example in my friends' home network so I know the problem is in my computer because the internet connection always dies the same way. Usually if I'm listening music from my Spotify, that connection oddly stays on with that, same goes with some java based games like net poker and so on...messenger connection problem diagnostics say that problems are in the ports. Sometimes i've just been too tired to reboot and just kept doing something else with my computer without the internet connection then maybe an hour later the connection comes back to life. This problem is getting kinda old already that it's not funny anymore. Would appreciate if somebody had even a slight suggestion to repair this problem.

Answer:Internet connection dies randomly

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My computer has been randomly dying when i play graphic intense games. (Everquest 2, World of Warcraft, etc) The monitor says no signal and goes to standby and the sound plays the last sound playing for a few loops. I need to hold down the power button to turn it off. Sometimes after this happens the computer refuses to turn on afterwards, i would have to try a couple of times.

I have tried booting with only 1 of the 2 ram sticks (for both) and came with the same results. If the computer was already able to boot, it will. If it wasn't, it wont. I do not have an extra video card to test, and do not want to buy one until i know it REALLY is the problem.

Any input/ suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

My computer:
Windows XP
Asus A8V-Deluxe Motherboard BIOS Ver. 08.00.09
AMD Athlon 3400+
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS 256mb
1536 MB RAM (mixed of 512mb value-select corsair and 1g generic brand)
520W power supply

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Hi everyone, I've been having the same problem for months now and have finally decided to try to get some help after attempting multiple fixes. I use both a wired connection and wireless connection on my new laptop depending on where I am in the house (if I'm hooked up to my docking station its wired, otherwise i'll be on the wireless). The wired connection works fine, but the wireless connection will often completely die on me without any apparent cause. I'm pretty sure the problem is with my laptop due to the following reasons:

1) My dad uses the same connection when he works from home, and told me he doesn't have any problems with it.
2) Just for testing services, I tried using a neighbors WiFi connection, and received the same results.

I've tried changing my DNS server between OpenDNS, Google's DNS, etc. and have not had any luck. I made sure my wireless cards weren't sleeping by un-checking 'allow the computer to turn off this device to save power'. I uninstalled Hamachi to make sure it wasn't messing up any of my settings and still had the same problems. I've updated all my drivers and even re-installed them.

Just to describe what exactly happens during these disconnects, any live connections prior to the point where the internet disconnects stay alive (usually, such as Skype calls, AIM connections, certain games, etc.) and will stay open until closed. Web pages behave in a similar fashion, and in fact will ... Read more

Answer:Wireless Connection Randomly Dies

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Not sure if I should post this here or the networking forum but I assume some nice patron will direct me to the correct place if I'm wrong.

For a while now, and for no apparent reason, my internet connection completely dies. But, it's only to my computer. My computer will slow down DRAMATICALLY, stuttering violently as I try to do anything. But if I restart my computer it comes back on as if no problem was ever there.

I am hooked through a router through an ethernet cable and my wife is connected to it wirelessly and she is never affected.

Is this an XP problem, hardware, or maybe even the hardwire ports of my router?

Help! =(

Answer:Internet Connection dies randomly?

Bump! Please help me!

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Hi! T420 touchpad dies and trackpoint keeps on working. Sometimes after some time the trackpoint may also die. After boot, touchpad & trackpad recovers and is working maybe for an hour, or a day. Then it reoccurs. This happens randomly on some T420's, while other T420's doesnt encounter it never-ever. Any tips how to troubleshoot this one? Ran Lenovo PC Doctor and everything is fine, also cant find anything suspicious in Windows logs. Thanks in advance! 

Answer:T420 touchpad dies randomly

Hi eskoj
Try to run System Update and update all BIOS and drivers to see if the problems persist.
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I've just bought the components for a new PC, and a friend has built it for me. Everything works fine for hours at a time, I can be playing games, browsing the internet, whatever. Then all of a sudden the PC cuts out, exactly as it would in a power cut, except for an almighty fan noise that kicks in and stays on until I hold the power button down to force the power off. When I say an almighty fan noise, I mean the loudest noise I've ever heard a PC make. I thought it was a hair-dryer turning itself on in the room the first time it happened.

Temperature doesn't seem to be an issue, everything's always around 40 degrees, and before I took it home the guy who built it stress tested it for hours up to 90 degrees without any problem. It has always cut out during web browsing (never whilst gaming) although that's probably just a coincidence.

Any suggestions? I literally have no clue whatsoever, what with being somewhat PC illiterate.

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Answer:PC dies randomly, accompanied by loud fan

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15-5547 running Win 8.1. Every now and then the scroll feature (two fingers vertical swipe to scroll the screen), and the two finger tap for right click, will stop working. When this happens, all the other features on the touchpad seem to work. If I restart the laptop it starts working again. I've tried going into services.msc and setting 'Human Interface Devices" to automatic startup, but it doesn't help. There's something else pretty weird also... When I go into the system tray (lower right), right click the touchpad icon, and select Touchpad Properties, it takes me into the Dell Pointing Devices windows. Inside this window, there is a sliding switch to disable the touchpad. When I disable it, the touchpad still works. Weird. Does anybody have any ideas how I can get this sorted out. I'm also using a wireless USB mouse on the same laptop, not sure if that makes a difference. Thanks.

Answer:Touchpad scroll dies randomly

Hi Jools

Personally I would look to see what touchpad driver version you are using and then either update it with an in-place update, or uninstall (my favourite option, then install new driver) the current driver and then re-install, as it may just be a slight corruption.

Latest driver HERE
Also a thought, when the touchpad stops with the scroll feature, had your laptop been left not used for a period of time, like hibernation?

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I've had this laptop over a year now, and just recently I've noticed when I leave it on a while and come back, either the audio of the entire laptop will die, or online videos just won't play. After restarting it goes back to normal until a few hours later when it happens again. I'm not sure what to do here. Can anyone help me out?

Answer:Audio/Video randomly dies?

You are not alone with this problem, since the last windows 8 update there is sound problems with a lot of PCs. You can try this quick solution here :

You just need to enter to the Control Panel -> security and System -> System -> Device Manager

Then look for "sound, video and game controllers" put the cursor over it press right-click and select "scan for hardware changes"

3 secs after that you will have your sound working again, you gonna need to repeat this procedure every time the sound is gone in your PC and till now it always worked to me.

This should solve your problem for now, we need to wait for Microsoft's next windows 8 update, it hopefully will fix the problem in a more permanent way.


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Got my X1 Carbon yesterday. Does have the loose clickpad. Worse issue - it would power down randomly - as in you are typing and suddenly it goes completely dead, as in "lights out" or someone pull the plug type dead. Also does not sleep properly - often when it goes to sleep it dies and you get an improper windows shutdown warning when you restart it. Happens both with AC power and battery power. Was on hold for 1.5 hours trying to reach a sales rep to make an exchange and got disconnected. Tried to do factory restore just to see what will happen but F11 on startup does not work. The notebook looks great but otherwise I can't say I am very happy with my experience.

Answer:Defective X1 Carbon - dies randomly

Way to go Lenovo... 20th Anniv. flagship model and units are shipping with missing parts, poor build quality/loose screws and who knows what other issues will appear in another week. If mine isn't perfect when I receive it on Monday it will be my last Lenovo. Your long-time Thinkpad users are very disappointed... What a joke! EDIT: Now it looks like we're getting DOA's... Awesome. Who's building these things?!

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I've had  a X41 Tablet for about 2.5 years now.  Just recently in the past month it will randomly die on me, meaning it will lose all power (No shutdown screen, nothing).  If I try to turn it back on, nothing will happen.  If I plug in the AC adapter, still no power.  The only way I can get it to start back up is if I remove the battery, then place it back in forcefully or wiggle the battery around while it is back in the slot.  If it does restart, the battery is still charged like nothing had happened.  So  it isn't the battery losing it's charge.  I even tried putting another battery in from one of the X41 tablets in our office after the computer had died and it wouldn't start.  My thoughts are it has something to with the connection on the board.  Any other thoughts or ways to fix this? Thanks,JohnMessage Edited by cranjx on 06-11-2008 10:34 AM


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Answer:Thinkpad Tablet X41 dies randomly

I would suggested having it inspected by lenovo themselves. Do you have a 3-year warranty?

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This question has been asked by countless people, and the Internet is filled with a wild array of answers.
If you bought an HP system many years ago, and it came with Windows XP, and you have the re-installation disc, if your system dies or needs to be recommissioned because it's unreliable, can't you use the re-installation disc to install the OS onto the new system? I've heard some limitations are involved but I don't know fact from fiction on these:
1. You can reinstall only IF you upgrade the system with the same motherboard because the key for the install is tied to the serial number of the motherboard.
2. You can reinstall only if you move the hard drive of the old system to the new one (which for me would be impossible because the old drive is IDE and the new one is SATA).
3. You can reinstall only if the new computer is a model from the same vendor (e.g., if you have the reinstall disc for a Dell computer it will only work in another Dell computer).
4. If you call MS customer support and explain that your system's motherboard has died they will "reactivate" the license for you on the new system.
5. You can't do it in any scenario because your EULA will state that you agreed to install the OS on the one computer and agreed it would not be used on another system.
Anybody have any definitive answers on this issue?

Answer:T or F: Your OEM license for Windows XP dies when your system dies.

True...simple answer to your topic title.

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I have Lenovo T500 Thinkpad for around one year. The laptop started to die randomly without any notification, no blue screen, no shut down, it just dies as if there is no power to the laptop. First I thought it could be a problem with the battery so I replaced my battery with the battery of another Lenovo T500. Even after that the problem persisted. So I removed the battery and just connected the laptop to AC power. The laptop does not die any more and I didnt face any issues. What could cause a problem like this? Whenever I connect the battery, the battery icon on the task bar says its charging and even if I use the battery alone the laptop works fine for sometime until it dies randomly. Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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I have one laptop with Windows XP on it. The problem is that keyboard and mousepad both all together die randomly but usb mouse still works. This error occurs randomly. Not everytime i use the computer.

Anyone got the same problems?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Keyboard / mousepad on laptop dies randomly

well based on the info provided my first guess would be that the keyboard is shot.... or ... if its a toshiba TE 2000 it might be the connector that the the keyboard ribbon connects to might be loose and need resoldering...but that would be the only 2 i can think of right at the moment... let us know how you fix it so it can possibly be of help to others

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it seems to happen most often when playing video or playing facebook games of any type. there is no warning the computer is just OFF. it has done this in safe mode as well and i wasn't even watching video or playing any games then. the only time it has done this before it was over heated. now sometimes it is hot and others it is not so it really seems random. no viruses, no malware, regular maintenance is kept up. if i can find a solution other than formatting the machine that would be great, or at least knowing if formatting would do me any good at all. i have downloaded hijack this and the TSGInfo follows:

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OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 183119 MB, Free - 107917 MB; H: Total - 953859 MB, Free - 765073 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO, N/A, N/A
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Answer:computer shuts off (Dies completely) randomly

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Hello, I've been having this problem for a little while now, and I figured this would be the right section to post it in (if not, please feel free to move it). This is the problem I've been having. While playing a 3D game, after a short while, one of 3 things will happen :1. The screen goes completely black and I'm left with no choice but to restart my computer.2. Similar to number one, except now the screen has random blocks of crazy colors all over, and I'm still left with no choice but to restart.3. The computer saves me the trouble of having to hit the power button, and just goes ahead and instantly restarts itself (screen goes black for a sec, and then I'm on the start up screen).And one more problem that I've chosen to separate from those 3; sometimes my computer just completely freezes and I need to restart. This happens seemingly randomly, at any time.I suspect this has something to do with a new video card I installed recently. I've had those 3 problems a bit before, but they are occurring much more frequently with the new card, and the random freezing thing is something new. So perhaps I installed it incorrectly, or its in some way not compatible with my system? I don't know, thats why I come here to ask you guys, any ideas whats going on?Video Card : Nvidia GeForce FX 5200**Might be worth noting that I did not purchase this hardware, it was given to me by a friend, therefor I have no documentation or disc with it**Misc System... Read more

Answer:Computer dies during game, also sometimes freezes randomly

If it is a used card i would install it in another machine....same symptoms and the card is dying....

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My computer is being extremely odd right now. Randomly, usually while gaming but at other times also, it will just die. When this happens, it kinda just freezes while repeating the same sound on a loop. It loses all video and sounds like all the insides shut off. When it does this, hitting reset doesn't really work, and usually I cannot turn it off and back on. If I try, I get no beep in POST which indicates to me it would be CPU or MoBo...maybe a power supply?

If I unplug the power from the back for a minute, I can restart it and it will go through POST with the beep and all, and say CPU is unworkable or has been changed, and then play fine for anywhere between 5 minutes to many hours with no problems, then it will happen again.

I cannot tell what wattage my PS is. I built most of this computer about 5 years ago, and have since modded the power supply case, and lost the sticker. The CPU is the original one I got when I built it, the MoBo is 4 years old, and the video card is new.

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Abit IC7-G (5 PCI, 1 AGP Pro, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
System Memory 3072 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS (256 MB)
Audio Adapter Creative Audigy SE (SB0570) Sound Card

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Answer:Comp randomly dies, hard to restart

Hello & welcome to TSF

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it should be able to give you your voltages

the post them back here


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Hi there,

I can't seem to figure this problem out. Every so often (from seconds to a couple minutes) my internet connection will fail, but only for less than a second. Typically no one would even notice this, but it becomes a problem when you use software like Messenger or you play games online. The disconnection is long enough to sign you off.

I've been watching a ping I set to for a good 10 minutes, and sure enough, there are occasional spots where for just 1-3 attemps it will time out, then get replies just fine again.

I use a wired ethernet connection, not wireless. The ethernet port is part of my motherboard, its a fairly modern motherboard, not an old one, and I made sure the driver for it was up to date. Any ideas?

If this helps:
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Travis-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-4D-84-B5-34
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b87f:192c:248a:162f%11(Preferred)
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Answer:Internet connection randomly dies shortly

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Hi Everyone

In my previous house I would lose connection to the internet about 2-3 times a week. Since moving into my new house it happens more like 5-15 times a day. The internet light on my modem goes out and the broadband light blinks on and off.

95% of the time when I lose the connection it is for less than 2 minutes. But on some occasions it can take a half hour to work again.

Some more info:
- It happens on all 6 computers/devices in my household at the same time. (2 Macs, Win7 PC, iPad, iPod, PS3).
- All devices are connected wirelessly to modem. But, I have also tried Ethernet and still have same problem.
- I have tried 2 modems (including a brand new one that my ISP sent after I complained).
- I have tried using different jack points and cables.
- When the connection fails, I am still able to wirelessly access my modems config page. So wifi connection is not the issue.
- My ISP sent a technician out. He replaced one cable out by the road, but this did not solve the problem.

I have spent a few hours over multiple days on the phone with my ISP. First they said there was no problem with the line. Then they said there is definitively something wrong with the line. Then nothing wrong, then something wrong. Finally after they monitored the line for 3 separate 24 periods,they decided that the problem was solved. And I thought so too... I had good connection for about 36 hours. But then it started failing again, so far today I have lost connection about 10 times... Read more

Answer:Solved: Internet Connection Dies Randomly Often

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As the title says, my mouse stops working for a couple of seconds and then starts working perfectly again. It mainly happens when I am playing BF3, the game freezes for a second, then I hear the usb-removal sound Windows makes and the game unfreezes but the mouse is dead, then game freezes again for a second and mouse starts working. During the moment mouse is dead all other USB connected things works, only mouse that dies.
It has happened a few times before when im not in any game.

Why is this happening? I have never had any problem with this before.
I have tried putting my mouse a different USB port and it helped for a day or two and then it happened again.

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
i5 2500k
GTX 580 Twin Frozr II

Answer:Mouse randomly dies for a couple of seconds

I have had this same problem a few months ago. Although it happened with my mouse and keyboard simultaneously. My main harddrive was going bad. I replaced it and have not had the problem since. It was rather confusing at first as I had never seen these symptoms before from a bad harddrive.

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I've been having an issue with my X270 laptop since I bought it. The laptop is running Windows 10. What happens is randomly (this can take weeks, or days) the trackpad and pointing stick completely stops working. The only solution is to uninstall the drivers and reinstall them using an external mouse. I've tried various versions of the drivers, including the latest, and it still continues to happen. Any solutions to fix this?

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Also I successfully ran an Aida64 stress test until the battery died normally (it did NOT shut down). Any suggestions on what i should do? Edit: oops i sent this twice by accident

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I've had this laptop for about 2 weeks, and have Windows 10.  A couple of days or so ago, I unplugged it and took it into another room to use.  It was on battery at least 6 hours with no problems.  It's been plugged in since then. I just looked at the battery meter and it shows only 35% power remaining.  Why is it not fully recharged by now?

Answer:Aspire E5-575G-5328 randomly dies on battery

Hi,Try a battery calibration, the method is here:

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Any help on what i should do?

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I got this laptop 2 months ago and it worked just fine but lately it's been dying randomly (the battery was at 98%) for absolutely no reason, no prompts all i can hear is a sound coming from the hard disk just as if the laptop was force shut down by holding the power button key. The laptop temperatures weren't high at the time (mostly all components @ 45°C). I use this laptop for college and it's been REALLY unreliable & I can't return it at this time since I'm at a dorm and i don't think it would even get a RMA since it happens randomly (you can't expect it at all - i only had word and microsoft edge opened and poof it's dead) - also i can always start it again instantly but SOMETIMES it dies again in the booting process. Also I successfully ran an Aida64 stress test until the battery died normally (it did NOT shut down). Any suggestions on what i should do? Edit: oops i sent this twice by accident


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Answer:Aspire E5-575G-5328 randomly dies on battery

Sorry you are having problems with your Acer E5 laptop. Based on the info provided we recommend the system be checked by the Acer repair location for your region. Please contact Acer from the country list posted at for assistance with this issue.

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Yet another problem with my peice of crap i call the "computer".

I got a new monitor at xmas, hoping to solve the problems i was haveing with my old one too no avail however.

Sometimes when im playing games etc it just looses the signal from the computer. Im using a 9800 pro 128MB graphics card, and cant understand why this is happening. The computer is still running fine though. It just wont display anything. Why could this be? I only got the card 3 months ago, it shoudlnt be doing this. It also at random intervals decides to artifact and under both circumstances i have to switch off for a while and wait before it will work again.

Things ive checked.

The card i sseated properly.
uninstalled it and reinstalled it
using latest drivers.
Using Direct X 9c
On board VGA automatically disables when AGP card is plugged in.
when uninstalled it seems to run fine from the motherboard connection (Hence im thinking dodgy card)
The car dis connected to the power supply as is nescessary.

Im totally stumped here. I can live with the situation but its not ideal, especially whe im playing gamesa and it just dies on me. Its as though the card is stopping sending the signal to my monitor.

Could this be a dodgy card? If so who do i contact about it? The place i bought the card from, or the manufacturer??

Any help would be great. Thanks.

Answer:Monitor randomly dies/video card probs

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I have had my 3000 N100 Thinkpad for around 2 years now and after a year and a half I realised the Battery was no longer charging, soon after this happened my Laptop would just die randomly, when I say die I mean there is no shutdown screen  it is as iff all power to the p.c. suddenly stopped.At first I though it must be a Virus but after numerous scans and re-installing Windows the problem re-occured, Today I opened the P.C. and checked the fan as I thought maybe it was over heating and eventually giving in, I was relieved to see a load of dust and used the vacumn to clear the fan.I thought that would fix the problem but now if anything it seems worse, I know the battery is dead as the charge level is 0 and the battery indicator on the front of the laptop flashes 5 times organge before disappears completely...In a Final attempt I have disconnected the battery completely and am now running it only on the power adapter, I don't know if this will work but I need to do something...What could cause a problem like this, all of my settings are correct my power settings are set to always on with no hibernation.Any help will be wonderful.Thanks
Moderator Note; PIC warning addedMessage Edited by andyP on 05-07-2008 11:58 AM


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Answer:Computer dies Randomly (Battery also dead) [PICS]

Maybe the battery just went bad. The only way I can think of to test it would be to try the battery in another Lenovo 3000 or to try a new battery in your Lenovo 3000.

______________________________________________________T60 2623-D7U, 3 GB Ram. Dual boot XP and Linux Mint.T400 2765-T7U Windows 7Registered Linux User #160145FYI: I am not employed by Lenovo

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the last two days my machine has suffered a crash with similar symptoms. First, the display goes blank. I can see some disk activity. This continues for maybe 20-30 seconds and then the machine shuts down. Yesterday, I had to restart the machine twice b/c the first attempt also resulted in a shutdown during the boot process.I thought that perhaps it was an overheating issue, but I'm not convinced of that as today there was nothing obstructing the exhaust vents (though they were a bit dusty).I'm runing windows 7 pro, 64 bit. Have an NVidia card, but I don't know about the details. Where would I find them? Thanks in advance.


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Answer:Thinkpad W510 Display randomly dies and then machine shuts down

If it is a W510, graphics are probably 1GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX880M.  It is hard to diagnose from a thousand miles away, but my first guess is overheating. I suggest installing TPFancontrol (free) and monitor temperatures.

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I bought new pc parts this week and also bought Windows 10 Home while I was at it, due to W7 not accepting USB 3.0. But shortly after, I started having bad audio problems when using my headset, which is connected to my motherboard's rear 3.5mm output.

The symptoms consist of:
- The audio cutting out suddenly after just a few minutes of usage, e.g. 30 seconds of youtube, combined with the microphone not picking up any audio.

- Sound panel not responding occassionally or becoming sluggish. Can pop up later when clicking on things like browser tabs.

- High Definition Audio Device disappearing from choosable outputs in the notification area.

- Realtek High Definition Device disappearing from the Device Manager.

- Random pop-ups saying that I've either unplugged an audio device or I've plugged in an audio device multiple times in a row.

- Sound panel showing activity from both random thing I'm playing, and the Test Sound button, but no sound actually playing in the headset.

- Usually the sound cuts out with a small crackle, but other times it's completely silent when it happens. When loading the desktop I can hear some crackling too.

- ARK: Survival Evolved crashing, giving me a memory write error, followed by a notification of a decive being plugged in instantly after.

I've tried:
- Installing the latest drivers through windows update, realtek's latest drivers, motherboard's latest drivers and various .cab updates being rejected because the drivers "are up to date&... Read more

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Question: Windows 7 DIES!!

After a series of inexplicable problems, my 7 partition finally bit the dust. (read my other threads and you'll see what I mean). When I boot it, it says something about AUTOCHK and before, it gave a Windows Startup Recovery thing. Now, I see the autochk thing, a BSOD for a fraction of a second, and I hear the processor resetting (it restarts.) I now am migrating data onto a CLEAN win7 partition I just installed, and things are dandy. I would like to repair the corroded 7, though.

1. What happened?
2. How do I fix this?

PS. Wow. In a day, I've had 3 problems so far. Hopefully my clean partition stays clean.

Answer:Windows 7 DIES!!

you hard drive might have a bad sector in it causing the files to corrupt.

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Question: Windows 10 dies

When I turned the computer on this morning, it was flickering between white and black on the display.

I am not sure what is causing this. But I guess it is Windows 10 rather than hardware.

This could not have come at a more opportune time. So I am thinking about installing Windows 7 so I qualify for the free upgrade.

Answer:Windows 10 dies

I was running the Win 10 "try it and see" system, but had minor problems so I went back to Win 7 and like you await the free upgrade. Good luck in the future.

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Hi during a windows update my Laptop locked up for over half and hr before dying Now when ever i boot it up it goes to a recovery screen. After awhile it came up with a screen saying unable to continue:-
Info : An unexpected I/O error

I think its the hard drive but i've tried my recovery CD but it says it can't find a windows system to repair and when i try to use a image from a backup it doesn't find it. I'm assuming the HD is completely sha**ed?

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I just bought an inspiron 7559. After the upgrade of windows to windows 10, windows crashes and don't boot. 
If I boot in safe mode and disable nvidia card in the device manager, windows runs OK. 
I want to know how to solve. I tried to reinstall windows from factory image and works OK until update to windows 10. 
Also tried a clean install from windows 10 pen drive and the same happens.
installed the lastest nvidia driver and the same happens.
downloaded lastest intel driver with intel utility and can't install the driver because says that need to install dell driver.

I need to know wich pair of intel & nvidia drivers works for windows 10.


Answer:Inspiron 7559 display driver dies after windows 8.1 to windows 10

Download the Intel driver here - - extract the files to desktop.
Uninstall any existing video drivers from device manager - restart the system - go to device manager -> display adapters -> right click on the video adapter -> properties -> driver tab -> select update -> point to the files on desktop and choose install. This should force the driver update.
Once done, install the nvidia driver -
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details(Name and Email) for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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I purchased Sony Vaio Computer in 2007 with windows XP.

Consequently I have upgraded it to Windows 7. Apart from system shutting down irregularly due to power failures in home, every window I open freezes e.g like Google chrome, Microsoft outlook, Facebook or My Computer if i'm searching something. It also doesn't run Internet Games with flash.

How to Fix this.

Answer:Windows Freezes and Haults or Dies

You should invest in a good ups system if you have power problems.

They can cause all kinds of bad things to happen to any type of hard drive or ssd.
This could be the result of your problems.
If the PC is saving something or doing something, a irregular shut down power loss will cause problems.

Your laptop has a backup battery and thus would not be affected.

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I'm running Windows XP SP2.

I'm looking for a software utility (like SpeedFan) which will monitor the CPU fan speed and issue a shutdown to Windows if the fan speed drops to zero (or some other pre-determined non-safe RPM). I don't have a CPU temperature sensor so I can't use software that monitors that sensor.

Anybody know of such a utility?

Answer:Utility to shutdown windows if cpu fan dies

Windows will shut down everything by itself most of the time. If speed fan can detect it, Windows can detect it. I wouldn't want to get into the position of trusting a utility for something like that when SpeedFan is already such a problem.

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I have this computer that makes it passed the bios then continues on to the windows loading screen. I have xp on this computer, the blue bar goes across once and then it dies, fully off in the second.

I have tried..
New HD and cables
New ram
New psu
I have wiped the new HD it will load up a windows disc format the hd then install windows, but as soon as it restarts to continue the install it dies again at that dam same screen.
If its a cpu or motherboard gone ill just shoot this thing and move on.

Thanks ahead of time for any thoughts

Answer:Computer dies at windows screen

Check the mobo error code.

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Basically I've tried to config my pc to run through my tv, which works great in VGA but the when i try to add the HDMi the auto detect starts and i lose signal through both inputs.

I also tried taking the VGA cable out of the tv then rebooting the PC this works but after the windows boot screen appears it disappears soon after giving no signal

I also know about the Input's in the TV whch switch between VGA and HDMi

Answer:Hdmi boots but dies After Windows bootscreen

check your tv manual

some tv's will only accept a vga connection from a computer

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I'm having a strange freezing problem. Sometimes randomly my desktop freezes. I can't right-click any icons, remove icons or do anything for them. To solve this problem every time I need to reboot or log off and log in again. Then Sometimes my explorer.exe -process dies randomly and same kind of problem appears. Any fixes?

Screenshot from eventviewer:

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

Answer:Windows freezing problem - explorer.exe dies, help!

Hi. Yes. Uninstall any lesser known software(s) to test. Uninstall your antivirus solution to test.

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This morning when booting, the PC would either stay on the DELL screen (when you boot) or go right to a black screen with a small rapidly blinking cursor. When I manually turn it off, it goes RIGHT off....I don't have to hold the power button in for a second or two like when it is normally manually powered down.

SOMEHOW, my husband got it to boot to windows, but not before we got this message that "previous attempts to boot this system at checkpoint USBd have failed......" It then tells you to contact Dell support.

We previously thought we had a power supply issue and replaced the power supply, but I really don't think that could be it now, could it?

Answer:URGENT help needed before PC dies! Won't boot to Windows!

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I have a problem very similar to the one described in julian06's 01/09/08 post. Windows Explorer crashes at least 1X/day. Sometimes just after Windows starts up. Even though I haven't a clue what they mean, I always look at the reports that are generated. Here is what I consistently see:

AppName: explorer.exe AppVer 6.0.2900.3156 ModName: kernel32.dll
ModVer: 5.1.2600.3119 Offset: 00009783


The following files will be included in this error report:

The first 4 digits after "\Temp\" varies but the " _appcompat.txt" does not.

From time to time, including this morning, I also get DrWatson Debugger Post Mortem error messages. When this happens there is nothing for it but to manually shut down the computer-which I hate doing. I am unable to send the error report that is generated but I can read it. It always shows the same thing:

(I think I got these right, I had to hand write them and I was in a hurry to see if Windows would boot.)

Whenever I open another application, my desktop icons blink off (revert to that odd little generic icon with the red and blue dots on it), hang, and then struggle back on, one or two at a time. It is usually at this point that Windows Explorer ... Read more

Answer:Windows Explorer Crashes-debugger Dies

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I lose my internet connection only several minutes after starting up.
Windows XP pro SP2, Pentium 4 2,8GHz, ASUS P4C800-E De Luxe MoBo, 1GB RAM.
It works fine right after boot-up on Mozilla firefox. Shortly thereafter Firefox starts giving me timed-out messages and no page would load. Same happens with other browser programs. Bit Comet works uninterruptedly. Iam on a network and I can access other machines or print on a remote printer. Only internet stops working after a few minutes (it only works right after a fresh start-up)
Somebody please help, I really need Internet on this machine, I hope I don't have to do a clean XP install, too much work, too many apps. I'm communicating this from a Mac OSX computer.

I have done some things other threads suggested:
"Routing and Remote Access" service is disabled. I did the arp cache clearing using the
"netsh interface ip delete arpcache" command in run/cmd.
Here's my HijackThis Log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:49:57 PM, on 10/24/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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So i have a mix it has a n1996 mobo 2x2 gig stick's of ram 9500 geforce 1gig graphics a dual core processor 2.2 ghz 160 gig laptop hard drive.

When i looked up the mobo it isnt the same as the one i have it is basically the same but i have sata connections and ide not all ide like the model say's also it say's max ram 1 gig which i thought this might be my problem only thing is i used it for about half hour surfing the net installing programs as i just reformatted this computer. any ideas

Also i get a single short beep upon start up.

Answer:Computer gets to Windows start screen and dies

Oh i guess i should let you know what i have tried.
I have striped the computer completely reset the cpu cleaned everything out new power supply
4 or 5 difrent hard drives including the one in this comp which works fine. cables ive tried now here is the wierd part i put to 256 mb sticks of ram in from this comp which work i am using now and my screen would not even come on im thinking it is the ram some how but the 2 gig sticks are brand new.just want to narrow it down before i go buy a 1 gig stick and try that also in my bios it say's something about 3.25 gig's of ram under 4gigs and only 3.2 is available dont understand that. also some times when it freezes i can see different colors which made me think maybe the processor as well over heating or something maybe

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My desktop was working fine this morning. It uses windows 7 home professional. I powered down and turned it back on this afternoon (14 August 2013). During boot it automatically updated 36,000 system registry files, which took about 30 seconds. It then gave me blue screen of death. On rebooting, Windows started doing an automatic startup repair. After a few seconds this gave me a friendly message to say that it hadn’t worked. Now I can't get past the BSOD.
Can anyone advise?

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 does auto registry update then dies

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April 11: One Windows Version Dies, Another One Sees Daylight

April 11 turns out to be quite a special day for both Microsoft and its users this year, as it could witness two essential moments for the Windows ecosystem: the death of Windows Vista and the debut of the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Out of these two milestones, only one is confirmed so far, and it?s the end of support for Windows Vista. Specifically, Windows Vista, which no longer receives mainstream support since April 2012, is projected to reach end of extended support on April 11, which means that no other updates, not even security patches, would be released after that.

This shouldn?t be a problem though given the fact that less than 1 percent of the desktops are still running Windows Vista, and this shows how big of failure this operating system actually was.

Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, is still running on some 8 percent of the world?s PCs, while its successor Windows Vista is close to extinction with Microsoft pulling the plug on it.
The launch of Windows 10 Creators Update
The second key moment is the debut of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is also known as Redstone 2.

The April 11 launch date is not yet confirmed, but there are reports that Microsoft is planning to finalize work on this update as soon as next week and then ship the RTM build to insiders before releasing it to everyone else next month.

While the timing seems to make sense, there?s one little thing that cou... Read more

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With Vodafone 3g activated in my nokia lumia 820 , I see network fluctuation and it keeps searching the networrk always, sometimes no network and as aresult battery reduces 3% by every minute...
? Any solution ?
Does anyone felt the same?

Answer:VODAFONE 3g in Windows phone: Netwrok fluctuation and battery dies fast

Yes even I have a lot of network fluctuations with Vodafone 3G on my Lumia1320 running WP8.1
What I have noticed that with 2G it was stable but with 3G the fluctuation happens.

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I have had trouble with my laptop for a while now. It is an Acer ASPIRE 5741Z-5433. It worked great for many months, but after a while I broke the LCD screen and had it replaced. After the replacement, the computer itself stopped working. Once I turn it on, it seems to boot normally until it reaches the Starting Windows screen with the turning windows Logo, but right after this, the screen goes black. I've been doing this with an external monitor, because the laptop's LCD screen is having problems again (it's at 0 brightness, cannot see anything unless I focus on the screen for about half an hour and adjust to the light level). I have no idea why this is happening, because I reset the laptop. I know this worked, because if I start in safe mode it says Setup is preparing your computer for first use, before telling me that it cannot be set up in safe mode, which restarts it into the same problem, starting windows then going black. I've searched the forums, and nothing has helped.

Thanks in advance for any useful advice, because I've looked absolutely everywhere and nothing I saw helped.

P.S. Any solutions that require safe mode won't work because windows is not set up anymore. I'm willing to reinstall windows if this is the easiest solution, but Acer never gave me a recovery CD and I don't want to spend $150 dollars or more on something I already own.

Answer:Laptop screen dies after "Starting Windows"

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Question: Pc Just Dies...

Okay, so before i replaced the motherboard on my machine it died and would not turn back on. I took it apart, cleaned and rebuilt it. Then it seemed to work, but died again with the same problem. I was running dual monitor which seemed to be the issue. I since replaced the board and have not tried dual monitor again. But now when i go to view video my PC dies. Also when i start my PC for the first time it dies after logging in for about a minute or so.

Turn it on
Log in
Log into World of warcraft

Thats my normal morning, it will work after i start it again normally. Sometimes going 2-3 starts before it clears up. I really would like to be able to view youtube and such again. Please assist! i am out of ideas. Also, i have tried replacing the video card. Thanks!

Answer:Pc Just Dies...

reinstall video card drivers if nivida go to
if ati go to
i had this problem in linux but its sounds like your in windows but reinstalling the drivers might help

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Question: T43 CPU dies!

Did this occur to anyone? the workhorse of 2006 laptops T43 dies due to CPU complete failure.Here is what happened:I purchased a brand new T43 2686-DGU for ~$1500 in April 2006. I admit i have been using this laptop heavily for a long period. I love it ! I used to watch live TV, burn lots of DVDs, played 3D games.....I have noticed early this year that my laptop had been overheating, so the fan kicks in to reduce the heat. Nevertheless, it is still too hot to put on my Lap! Also, most of the time i set it to sleep mode instead of shutdown at the end of the day.Anyway, sometime in december, i tried to start it but no response. I tried all the trick to do so. NOTHING. NO POST. NO SIGN OF LIVE. NOTHING!!After lengthy investigation, it turned out that the CPU died!!! I suffered a lot after this, in terms of wasted repair time and money. It is a long story with an ebay seller that costed me $340 to replace the mobo....(details later) Anyway, did this occur to anyone, that is, CPU failure???

TP-390E model 2626 (retired but still working !) $2100 in 2000T43 2686-DGU (dead CPU leading to dead motherboard !) $1500 in 2006

Answer:T43 CPU dies!

Welcome to the forum!CPU is probably the least likely component to fail of all. What makes you believe that it was the problem?

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I know the question probably sounds stupid...

I have a crummy 350 watt PSU in my system and I think it'sstarting to die. What typically happens when a PSU dies? Does it just die and you replace it or can it destroy some of your hardware?

Also, I buy from New Egg, if anyone has any suggestions on a good PSU for $50 or under feel free to link, I'm clueless about what a GOOD PSU actually is...

Thanks all!

Answer:What happens when a PSU dies?

The easiest way to tell if your PSU is near death is if you have LED's and they start to dim or if your fans are running at lower RPM's then they did when you first got them etc...

Typically when a PSU does die you just lose the ability to turn on your computer, I would say that there isn't a possibility of damage to other hardware but...

Just yesterday my 1-year old stock PSU wen't on the fritz so I went and got it replaced only to find out that it had taken my motherboard with it. So I'm having to order a new one and after I get it installed I'm hoping I don't find that my CPU, ram, video card, or anything else has died too.

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Question: my pc dies

HP Pavillion 4000 series......2006 model.....recently has been RANDOMLY going black -- requiring can be on for a few days, or 1 hour or whatever, totally random system it a chip? needed cleanup? or........??

Answer:my pc dies

Advise what the part/product number(P/N) is on that HP Pavilion 4000 series computer so we can determine the exact model number computer you have.

Do you have any reinstall or recovery discs for it?


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Question: UT dies :(

When changing level, i get the following error.... anyone got any ideas?

Answer:UT dies :(

Try reinstalling the whole game after a quick defrag

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I had just had a solved porblem when.. it's ba-a-ack! My aol is randomly shutting down, so I ran Superanti again.. it found another 46 from yesterday when it found around 950.
Hjk, and SAP included:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:56:26 PM, on 9/24/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPF\MPFSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Modem Event Monitor\IntelMEM.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\MusicMatch\MusicMatch Jukebox\mmtask.exe
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Answer:The Trojan that never dies????

Sorry to bump this but I have been waiting for 2 days and this is making me crazy!! My windows pops up and says that I have changed adminstraot options and also, my KODAK software is popping up and asking me to change my photo options.. that has never happened before?

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Question: Dial up dies...

Running K6 233, 64 meg SDRAM, 56k modem...
After about an hour or 2 of being online, I find that I'm still connected to my provider, but my modem stops communicating. The only way I can re-establish a viable connection is to restart my PC. I've checked my Internet settings and I cannot find a setting that would cause this.

How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance for your help.


[This message has been edited by Great1 (edited 02-25-2000).]

Answer:Dial up dies...

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Some of you may not know this so, with apologies to those of you who are already aware of it, here goes. If you have an external HD and the drive goes "belly-up" there's no need to ditch the entire unit - you can open the enclosure, remove the "clapped-out" drive and replace it with a new one thus saving some money as the cost of a new drive is somewhat less than the cost of an external HD ( the jumpers are best set at "cable select" ). I've posted this in the "Helproom" as I wasn't sure as to the best forum for it.

Answer:If your externel hd "dies"...

Jumper should be set to Master on External Drive

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Question: Computer dies


My computer has recently developed an annoying problem. Frequently when I switch on my computer it will not come on, I have tried different power cables, power points, but these do not work. then out of the blue it will suddently come to life and I can use as normal.

My computer is an intel pentinum, model tsunmi aries with a windows vista operating system.

Any ideas guys?

Answer:Computer dies

try removing ram but 1

do a ram test

do a clean start up start type msconfig enter start up remove all or tick load basic drivers only

clean switch

start type sfc /scannow and leave it to check

check processor is snug cables all ok to it and motherboard

kick it ( only joking!)

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Question: computer just dies

alot of the time i will be on my computer and for no reason it will just shut off and make 3 melodic beeping noises, almost like a song, my computer also then turns back on automatically after about 5 minutes after shutting down like this, it constantly freezes as well, whats wrong?!
any help is appreciated thanks

Answer:computer just dies

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Howdy, guys. Problem is my 256Kb ADSL connection stops working after a while. it doesnt disconnect or anything but suddenly just stop working. the little computers that denote the working conenction still flash but no pages load, and downloads halt and i have to restart to get it working again. this could happen after 10 minutes or after 5 hours of being conencted.
One thing i do suspect is eMule or my firewall (McAfee Firewall Plus 6). just because emule was running at the times when this happened, but only recently.
Anyone know a way out? thnx

Answer:Connection dies after a while

have you scanned for viruses/spyware. the online scan below would be a good place to start.

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(Sorry - this is kind of long...)
Please help. I just built a new PC (intel DG965RY board, Intel Pentium D 935 processor, 2 GB ram, board has on board video so no video card, 600W Zalman PSU, SATA HDD)
I was having a problem with my computer & the boot process, where screen would start showing splash screen for a few seconds, and then just blank out - as in, nothing on the screen but the PC would still be running (fans and such).
It was suggested that there could be an issue with my having used a HDD that already had windows installed on it. So, I went and bought new XP software and new HDD, installed them.
I had also noticed that my temp was showing in high 60's in the set up screen. So when i put in new HDD, i also pulled heatsink and reinstalled it (with what I believe to be) better coverage of Artic silver 5. After i had done this i went and checked temp again in set up screen and saw it was in 30's - so I thought okay, I've got to be better now, with that temp difference and all.
However, after I finally got windows installed,( i say finally because it took a few times to get it to complete - it would die on me at times) and I boot up to the desktop (yea!) and I am good for a few minutes I guess, but then i try to install something off dvd drive and the screen blacks out, but i still hear drives running. So i hit restart and once again it goes to desktop.
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Answer:new build dies on me

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Question: CD Burner Dies

when I boot up, my cd burner has power, but after the windows logon screen comes up, it suddenly shuts off and will not turn back on...

Answer:CD Burner Dies

Try unhooking the drive and remove the driver, then hook it back up and let windows find it again.

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I was having recurrent problems evidenced by constant and consistent event log errors...


In the end my old HD, which was just a piece I was using for downloads, etc. bit the dust and I dropped it out of the configuration. Disconnected and reset the jumper on my WD120 for single drive per the WD website.

The problem:

This would actually be quite marginal and not a big deal if I hadn't noticed the adverse effect it was having on audio playback within Cubase SX. For those not familiar, its a somewhat resource intensive music production/engineering suite. Ordinary, simple WMP audio playback is fine.

When playing back with Cubase the sound consistently glitches out about once per second like a predictable CD skip. At first I suspected this problem was within the application itself or my soundcard's settings, but with careful observation, I could notice a similar "glitching" in something as simple as tracking a mouse pointer while moving it in rapid circles. This was at the exact same "frequency" as the audio glitches I was experiencing in Cubase. The pointer literally freezes for just a moment and then catches back up to where it should be. Seems like there's a deeper cause to both of these symptoms.

I personally think its just time for a new PC; this thing is a piece of garbage and I plan to enlist the wisdom of the resident gurus in constructing my own system. If anyone has any insight into what ... Read more

Answer:HD dies, now we're screwed

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 I have a 3.2 ghz machine that I bought just over a year ago, of course a 1 year warrenty. A few weeks ago a series of problems began poping up.  The first problem was after a few seconds after turning the power on my system would die. In other words it would start to boot correctly but then crap out.  Usually after a dozen or more times of this it would finally boot up ok.  To try and diagnose the problem I opened the case up and systematically began disconnecting hardware components. So first the floppy drive, but still died. Then the DVD drive, but still died. Then the harddrive, and it booted ok!! So i connected everything back up but the harddrive and it booted ok repeatedly. So I thought it was the harddrive. But at the same time I thought maybe it wasn't. You see if I can get the sucker to boot, I can use it for days, with all kind of intense harddrive access and it will never fail. So just to make sure I thought I would do a little more testing. So after my usual dozen times of getting it to boot up with the harddrive connected I starting trying to access other pieces of hardware that I rarely use. So I stuck a floppy into the floppy drive and tried doing some reading and writing, but everything seemed ok. Then I tried reading and writing from the dvd drive. And to my amazement even accessing the dvd drive caused my system to crash. And not only once, but several times, and everytime. So then I thought it has to be the dvd drive. But as I said bef... Read more

Answer:dies on bootup - and more

did you try replacing the connecting cables that connect the devices to the motherboard?

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Question: Connection Dies

I'm running XP and I use a Speedtouch router to connect to the net.

Mostly everything works well but sometimes I get the "this page cannot be displayed" message on Firefox and I can't even log into my Router!
(even when the router lights say everything is working: ethernet, DSL, internet)

When I reboot the problem goes away and it doesn't happen very often but whats' going wrong?

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Question: computer dies

ok im doing this again but i need help!! my computer when i start it up it like dies then restarts itself then dies by itself friend told me its because i need to reinstall windows 2000 i dunno how that would help tho....does it?

Answer:computer dies

does this happen in safe mode........hold down the f8 key on boot <safe mode> does just keep rebooting...or dies. win rip.....go in to the control panel/system/advanced/settings <startup /recovery>/system failure/ and uncheck the automatically restart does it do it now..

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hi, I have been having this issue for a couple of months now and I finally decided to seek help...

first off here is my system:
Dell Inspiron 1720
windows vista
intel centrino duo core @ 2.00ghz
2gigs ram
160gb hd
nvidia geforce 8400m gs

ok here is the problem...for a couple of months now my internet has been dieing out on me...the internet connection seems to be working (it shows the blue globe)...the thing is that all my applications associated with the internet stops working; internet explorer, mozilla, aim, opera, etc...

the only way to fix this is restarting my computer...i also tried taking out the dsl cord and plugging it back it and it still doesn't work...i also disabled and re-enabled the network, etc...

when the internet dies out i ping and it works...

i don't remember installing any recent programs also...i do remember doing a couple of registry cleanups and forgot to make backups...the problem also occurs when I use my internet back @ home...because currently I am living in an apartment and the problem still occurs..

not sure if this will help, but i get this everytime i start opera

i can't seem to find the problem as i did many things to fix it..

also i don't want to reinstall my operating system (this is my last resort)...

please help...


Answer:Internet Dies Often

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ok i just set-up my new system with new cpu, mobo, ram, and case

new stuff
albatron kx18d pro motherboard nforce2 chip set

AMD 2000+

Giel 3200 512 ram

case with 350w p\s
so i put it all together and plugged it in to the wall hit the power button on p\s the system powered up with out me hit the case power button. then like 3 seconds later it it all shut down minis the power light on case and floppy drive.

ok so i think that i didnt connect power swiches from the case to MB so after recheck all the connection i tryed again no change

Answer:power comes on then dies

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Question: Dial up dies

Running K6 233, 64 meg SDRAM, HiVal 56k PCI modem...

After about an hour or 2 of being online, I find that I'm still connected to my provider, but my modem stops communicating. The only way I can re-establish a viable connection is to restart my PC. I've checked my Internet settings and I cannot find a setting that would cause this.

I've installed the latest drivers, and still nothing.

How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance for your help,


Answer:Dial up dies

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when online; how can you shutdown your computer safely. Assuming you have no standby monitor?

Answer:If your monitor dies...

on your computer and hold it down for four seconds.

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Question: Internet dies

Having the exact same problem here..started yesterday.
I switched my cable modem to a different laptop thinking maybe the laptop had the problem but nope..same thing I am wondering if my modem is sick as it can't be both laptops developing identical problems!

BTW Im with virgin (was NTL) broadband..wondering if they are the issue!

Answer:Internet dies

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Question: computer dies

ok so i have a computer that i built my self its a AMD athalon xp 2900+ on a Abit KV7 motherboard with a ATI radion 9000 pro video card with 2 sticks of 512MB ddr PC3200 memory running Windows XP.

as of late when playing games or just doing anything that uses a little bit of my prosesing speed it will die the first time it will take about an hour then after that it only takes about 3-5 min for it to die again

when it dies it gives no warning or errors just dies now when i hit the button to turn it back on it wont turn back on but when i turn the powersuply off for a few seconds and turn it back on it will start back up like nothing happened.

when it first started i thought maby it was overheating so i took of the side panel and put a desk fan pointing directly at the cpu and downloaded the Program Speed Fan it still did it some times it would die at about 48*C and sometimes ive even seen it as high as 58*C

so i thought maby my memory was bad so i through some of my old PC2100 in that i know works and it still does it anyone know what i could try next im lost

Answer:computer dies

Sounds more like your power supply is crapping out on you.

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My computer keeps crashing i dont recive any error message it is liek i have turned it on standby but i have to restart my hole pc again which means i loose al my work :dead: PLEASE help me....i dont know much bout computers at all

Answer:**pc Dies All The Time**

This could be a whole lot of things. We're going to need some more info to be of any help. Start out with your system specs like CPU, RAM, Power Supply type with watts/amps, # of hard drives and optical drives, video card, name brand of your PC and what you are doing on it when it crashes. Has it been acting strange or slower lately? Have you added any new software or hardware or new drivers etc.

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i just finished building my new computer and am quite frustrated. first mb/processor fried the processor (defective, as i found out while returning it and found several others returned with the same complaint), second...keyboard was getting power (the power light was turned on, meaning everything was getting power), and the computer would not start up. nothing. press the button, andd....nothing. so, i 'm on my third mb/processor. its a tease. i've got it in the case, i put in my videocard, ram, processor, cpu fan, hard drive, all the goods, set the jumpers, connected all the power cables, ect. when i have the case's a/c power switch in the back on, the backup power light comes on on the motherboard, and the power light on the motherboard switches on when i turn it on with the front button, and the computer completely powers up and lights the monitor up, for for a time between 2-10 seconds (it's been variable). then, it all just dies. the fans shut down, the hard drive powers down, the power light turns off, but not the backup power light on the motherboard, and i cannot restart it like that until i've switched the rear a/c power switch off, let the backup power light die, then switch it back on. any ideas?

my goods:
ddr 512mb pc2700 ram
athlon axdc2400dkv processor
DFI nfII 400-al motherboard
nvidea gforce4 verto graphics card
maxtor 120 gig hard drive

Answer:new pc turns on, then dies

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MY PC has being acting up for like two months now
it start happening when i first got home from Chinese New Year
For some reason it just died, tried restarting it but there's nothing on the monitor and it's just blank
and a couple of hours later it comes back alive again when i tried my luck hoping it works.

Second time when it died, i felt static from my legs hair coz the PC is underneath the table,
reboot it right away and it still works

but after that if i let my PC on too long it will die, like for example if i have my Music playing, the music will skip and then it die showing BSOD in a split second which is too fast for me even to see what number it is which i need to search google with

okay when it dies, whenever i try turning it on, nothing will show up on Monitor.
CDROM will works, Fans spinning ecetra ecetra.
sometimes it even show no BSOD and die right away

i'm think it's either the harddrive like my friend had told me or it's the motherboard.

there's a few thunder storm before in KL so i wonder if mine had being triket by the thunder or something.

also happen to search from else where to find the fix, i notice someone had posted something like having a second harddrive and install windows in it so it will chkdsk the first harddrive that have problems in it since there's a partition in my first drive having problems and always have schedule of chkdsk whenever on reboot and i have no idea what to do with it
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Answer:PS dies and alive again

Try replacing the power supply

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Question: sound dies

ok so everything was fine before i left for 2 days. now that i am back my sound is all messed up and i have no idea how. when i start my pc the sound works fine for a while, then it will randomly die or partialy die. my sound in itunes, winamp, firefox, games, ventrillo, and more all die, yet the windows sounds work, as do AIM sounds. if i restart they will be on again as i start, then die eventualy, after id say 5 or 10 minutes, depending on what i do. i could use winamp a while then turn on itunes and sound will all die including winamp. i tried troubleshoot and such and found no answers i also tried a system refresh. i really dont get it. i got on ventrillo (microphone problem) which worked then logged on itunes which did not, and in turn neither did winamp, yet i could still hear and talk to people on ventrillo, then when i restarted ventrillo sound didnt work on that either... im totaly lost please help

oh and sound works oni videos and such for gamespot and youtube

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My worst nightmare--pls help if you can--sorry it's so long

Running a Sony RX560 with XP and SystemWorks 2003. Last week a "Programmed Analysis" automatically started and ran for about 1 1/2 hours, then asked "Would you like to format C:?" I said no, rebooted, and the system quit.

It now boots up to the Windows Welcome window, which (with some message overlaid) flickers off in about 1/2 second (before I can read it) and quits.

I have tried a) the Norton Rescue CD and, b) the three prepared 3 1/2s, with no luck. Then c) I started to run Sony's set of "System Recovery” CDs until it said to stop and back up everything.

1. Is there any way to back up this mess?
2. If I run the Sony Recovery system will it delete everything in the computer?
3. If it does, is there any way to retrieve any of it with the Norton program?

Answer:Bootup dies after Win XP Welcome

If you go into recovery it will ask you before you commit if you wish to restore or do a quick recover.

If your not using restore to set back to a proir date then use the qucik recover this will redo it with out deleting your files. Only the full recovery erases it all.

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Question: my internet dies

Hello, I am running my internet service with Wildblue (Satelite) every few minutes the modem goes dead and resets itsself. The company has been here several times and replaced everything and did what they could but without success. I was just thinking that the " HBO.Adware.Estalive" was possibly creating the problems, this only happens when i try to connect to the intenet or use a chat program. So i was reading a post from a member on the HBO.Adware.Estalive on this site and what he was told to download and try so i downloaded the HijackThis tool and ran it but i am not able to locate what it is and how to delete it. I am running XP with a AMD 2,4 processor and have 512mb ram. I use Bitdefender 10 for antivirus, firewall, antispam and antispyware. I would really appreciate help with this from you experts on correcting this problem, thank you for your help. here is what comes up when i scan my system:


<System> update failed

i then ran the HijackThis program and here is a description on what is goning on with my pc
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:02:02 PM, on 3/21/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 S... Read more

Answer:my internet dies

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Question: Monitor Dies Off

No idea why this happens as I have hibernation and sleep off, but if my computer goes unattended for 6+ hours, it will lock up. I'll come back to it and the monitor will appear to be "off", although on. I'll move the mouse, nothing. It's like it's asleep and won't wake up, but I have all sleep and hibernation modes disabled. My only solution is to do a hard boot. How can I prevent this and what is it?

Answer:Monitor Dies Off

Check for over heating, also make sure that your computer is dusted out with a can of air.

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I'm on Windows XP SP3 and using IE 7.0.5730.13

I'm using our company intranet, which is wrote using classic ASP and javascript. The home page of the intranet has several Iframes that use javascript to refresh the content at set intervals.

The problem is after a while the intranet just dies. You cannot refresh, clear the cache, etc, or even close the tab and open another one to reload it. You have to restart IE and load the site again, which will then continue to work. There is no set time as to when this things dies. Sometimes it can happen in minutes, other times it can go for hours or it doesn't happen at all, it seems to be a random event. All the other pages are fine, it just seems to be the home page. I'm sure it could have something to do with the constant iframes reloads, but I've searched everywhere but cannot find anything.

If you do try and refresh the screen goes blank for ages before finally returning 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage', I then run the 'Diagnose Connection Problems' amd it reports no errors???

I've had this problem for a while and was wondering if anyone else has had the same thing and a possible solution.

Answer:Intranet dies after a while

There could be a resource leak somewhere on the homepage. Check resources for the instance of IE you are using in task manager, and see if it increases dramatically over time.

Also, are the IFRAME content pages "huge" or relatively small?

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Any ideas out there?

XP Pro with SP2 and IE 6 and Zone Alarm firewall (and a dial-up modem.)

After 10 or 15 minutes, any new URL that I want to access just snaps up PAGE NOT FOUND without even involving any modem activity. Turning off the firewall makes no difference.

Even hitting the back arrow to look at previously viewed pages has the same result.

Can this be somehow an ISP thing? Or is it something nasty in my system? Re-booting the computer makes everything fine again - for another 10 minutes!

Scans with updated Symantic Anti Virus and Spybot reveal nothing infected.

Any ideas?


Answer:Ie 6 Dies After About 10 Minutes

can you check the energy settings in your modem? It could say that after 10 minutes of inactivity it will shut down.

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Hi all,

I had a laptop drive go bad.

The computer wouldn't even boot to it, nor could it even see it. So I removed it and connected it using one of those USB adapter things. Whats weird is it will spin up, I hear clicking noises, but after 10-15 seconds it will just stop. If I unplug and plug in the power connector it will start up and do the same thing.

Two things: Why is it starting up then stopping? Secondly, anyone got any recommendations to try to get this things to stay alive long enough to pull some data off? I've tried the freezer trick but that didn't work.



Answer:HD Spins Up but then dies...

" I hear clicking noises" - Typically due to a failed or failing hard drive.

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IE showed several small windows showing an update had failed. Now it will start but then closes as soon as the main window appears.

I have been unable to reinstall IE (6.x) as the installer states that the version I have installed is newer that the one I'm trying to install.

I don't wish to upgrade to IE7 at this time. Any suggestions on what to delete/repair to get around the reinstall problem?

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I just put together a new computer:Apevia x-cruiser caseApevia 520 watt power supplyGigabyte GA-M55SLI-S4 boardAMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPUATI (Sapphire) X800GTO GPU2 * 512 Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 RAMWestern Digital SATA 3.0 HDDThe system sporadically powers down, seems to happen more often when running games, but will also happen on startup or randomly overnight.  Does this sound like a bad power supply?  Or did I just do something wrong?Thanks

Answer:New Computer Dies, PSU?

Your PSU has enough power, what is ur voltage on the 12 rail? Slim chances that its ur PSU in terms of it not being powerfull enough, especially if its new.It could however be faulty, if ur experiencing random shut downs, especially when using much power (playing games), then it makes sence for it to be ur PSU, and since there is little chance its not good enough, it makes sence that its broken of faulty and in wich case u should return it and get a new one.Im sure u did some research before buying each part for ur PC, and since i dont know much abt PSU brands ill assume that its a good one and that the PSU isnt acting up because its cheap, even though a cheap PSU should still take a while to brake down.Any part of u PC however could be triggering this, but if a component such as the CPU, RAM or graphics card would be having a hard time (because of a fan dying out for instence), then u would see a more violent power down, and u would probably smell smoke.You will have to check to know for sure however if ur parts are doing OK. Download a program called Everest and evaluate ur PC. Google it.Last but not least, and it would make more sence then a PC hardware component malfunctioning (because we are talking of an instant power down), Windows could be the culprit.If u have a virus for instence, this could very much happen just like u have described.However, it would not make much sence having a virus so early on, and of course u say that it happens more when the system is being u... Read more

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I recorded this.. this is basically what was happening..

First Stage
Comp rebooted in loops
Went to Install, Error
Couldn't install Windows from DOS/Start Disc
"Failed to copy file/invalid file"

Diagnosed as "Bad motherboard"
1 Week Later

Second Stage
Replacement Case, Motherboard, CPU, DDRAM arrives
Moved CDROMs, Hard Drive, Video Card, Network Card, etc to the "Nameless" Computer
Went to install, Error
Couldn't install Windows from DOS/Start Disc
"Large Blue Screens of Death"

Attempted Switching CD-RoMs,
Attempted FAT Format,
Attempted NTFS Format,
Attempted Hard Drive (need to reattempt)

Diagnosed as "Unknown Problem"

Possible Faults:
CD-ROM is faulty
Hard Drive is faulty
New Motherboard/CPU Combo is faulty
Misconfiguration of Motherboard/BIOS Settings

Any ideas? Basically, I couldn't install Windows anymore.. I never had problems before.. but then I was told by many that my IDE Controller port probably went out on my PC. So, I ordered a new barebones system with just the case, mobo, cpu, and power supply (AMD XP 1800 is the CPU). After moving the needed supplies from my now "dead" computer to my new one, and now I don't even get as far with the Windows Installation as I did before. After formatting, it gives me a buggy "Blue screen of death" error. If it doesn't get that far, it doesn't even format. I've tried a 2K CD... Read more

Answer:Omg, /me dies @ Motherboard X_X


Have you tried a bootdisk form here
You dont usally get the "The blue screen of death" in dos mode

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Question: Dies in it's sleep

My computer is generally working great, but has this sad habit of dieing in its sleep and powering off.

I'm never around to see it happen. There's no BSOD as far as I know, but when I power up there's always the "do you want to power up in safe mode" screen - I choose normal and it usually starts up OK.

I've attached a few minidumps for your amusement.

It maybe a related issue, or another thing entirely, but sometimes on reboot, my D: drive doesn't show up. The BIOS sees it, but windows doesn't. I reboot again and it's back. It's a SATA drive, just like my C: drive.

Any help greatly appreciated


Answer:Dies in it's sleep

The disk thing is probably significant.

Try these free, bootable diagnostics first:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

If you have difficulties running the tests, try disconnecting your D: drive and see if that helps.

Also, please see these KB articles as they relate to Sleep/Hibernation in Windows 7:
KB 975599 Stop error when you put a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to sleep or into hibernation, or when you restart the computer: "0x9F"
KB 977186 Error message when you try to resume a Windows 7-based or a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer from hibernation: "Stop 0x0000009F"

The memory dump files seem to blame disk.sys - a Windows driver that helps to control your hard drive. So the hardware diagnostics are called for. Also, there's a relationship between the drive controllers and hibernation/sleep - so downloading the latest controller driver from the manufacturer's website may help.

Finally, your Creative XFi drivers are a bit out of date - please install the latest Win7 version from the Creative website. If there aren't any Win7 drivers, please uninstall the software and remove the device from the system.

Summary of the BSOD's:

Built by: 7600.16539.x86fre.win7_gdr.100226-1909
Debug session time: Wed Apr 21 22:19:59.... Read more

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Replaced the screen and ribbon cable in a T43. On power up the indicators light up for about 2 seconds then all power goes dead. If I unplug the screen multipin connector the computer will boot normally and has allowed transfer to a remote desktop display. Seems to work fine using the desktop display. With the screen plugged back in transferring the display back to the laptop screen immediately kills the power. Resetting buy pulling and re-inserting the battery allows the previously described actions/results. Any suggestions on where the problem might be? If the display lid switch were stuck, would that cause the symptoms? 

Answer:T43 dies on power up

did you get the OEM screen or compatible screen?

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