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Changed computer cases, now computer won't turn on

Question: Changed computer cases, now computer won't turn on

Hi all.
I moved out of a 14-year-old case (Gateway) and into an Ultra brand Gladiator mid-tower.

I have an EVGA nForce 650i Ultra Motherboard, and a "Power Up" brand 450-Watt power supply.

The setup worked fine in the old case, though Windows was freezing regularly after 15 minutes. I figured that was related to the hard-drive, since it wasn't tightly mounted, and I wasn't using enough cooling fans. So I got a new case and cannabalaized a fan from an old computer.

The power outlet and cord are good, and I swapped out the power supply with a 230 watt unit, and pulled the switch from the old case, but neither powered on the computer. Nothing seems out of the ordinary with the switch on the case I bought.

Did I buy a defective unit? Is there something I'm missing or should try again? Something else? Thanks for the help.

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Answer: Changed computer cases, now computer won't turn on

Have you considered that going from a 450 psu to only a 230 might have something to do with it?

Is the motherboard shortening out by any part of it touching the case?

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Hello, I recently changed cases because my video card did not fit. In the process of changing cases my power supply got really hot after I pressed the power button (nothing turned on). Is there any help I can get?

Answer:I changed cases and now my computer won't turn on.

Hi Frodolaggins, and welcome to TSG.

One possibility is that you did not properly use insulating hardware when mounting the motherboard in the new case. This could result in one or more of the power supply outputs shorting out to the case.

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I was hoping to get some advice from "those who know", on this subject. I'm so new it hurts!

Ok so I'm building my first Computer and have settled with an ASUS P5E Motherboard, but I don't know what kind of case to buy!?! Can I just pick up any old case? does it depend on the Motherboard? does it depend on anything else???

P.S. My system specs are based on the PC that I "want" to build, NOT on one that I currently have.

Answer:Computer cases... Which one?

Mobo's are based on a form factor. Your mobo will probably be atx form factor or mini atx form factor. Easiest thing to do is go for an atx form factor case then you will have plenty of room.

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Question: Computer cases

I like to see myself as computer idoit not knowing much till i do it once so i like to ask first.  I want to switch my computer case out for one that looks better and so on.  I have a sony vaio that i change the graphics card and installed a wireless interet card into also.  When looking at cases is there anything i should keep in mind about sizes and how hard will switching everthing over be.

Answer:Computer cases

The Sony VAIO is the computer you're talking about, right?  Frankly, I think this is a goofy idea.  Nevertheless, if you really want to do this, I believe you need to confirm that the Sony does not have proprietary components (motherboard, power supply, etc.) that will not fit in a standard ATX case.  I don't know the answer to that.  You might post the exact model of your Sony.  Perhaps someone can help with that additional info.

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Can anyone tell me how to open the HP tower computer case?

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Hi everyone,I am going to replace my aging Packard Bell Club 366 and have been looking at the various suppliers and weighing up the pros and cons for Mesh and Evesham and the rest,all of which do some very good systems but I have also toyed with the idea of building my own!Looking at Overclockers for the various components I was amazed at how many different styles and prices there are for system cases,some around 20 to over 100 and as I have never built a pc before I am now spoilt for choice.Any recommendations and tips from some of you pc builders would be much appreciated.Thanks in advance.pegleg

Answer:computer cases

I usually read the reviews of others. EBuyer is a good place to start click here Be wary of cheap PSU's as they can sometimes cause problems with reliability.

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I am thinking about getting a new computer case later on, but for now I'm interested in knowing what kind of cases there are and how they're classified. And also, are power supplies case sensitive?

Answer:About computer cases...

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I'm looking at computer cases and cant seem to make up my mind.

I'm mainly looking for good air flow rather than style or prettyness. It needs to be between $50-$80 and support Micro ATX motherboards.

Outside usb ports would be nice on the front or top

Answer:looking at computer cases

Either the Antec Two Hundred, - Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

or the Three Hundred, - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

would do.

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Question: Computer Cases

Does a ATX case mean that it fits all ATX(notmini or anythinglike that) Motherboards(anysize), the reason why i ask is because im lookn at cases to buy for my mother boards most just say for the type of motherboard they will fit is ATX, some have ATX and Max Size, if it just says ATX does it fit The biggest of ATX motherboards? Or do i need to Make sure and find the max size of every case that doesnt say a size. This is at newegg site

Answer:Computer Cases

Unless you have a very early huge motherboard, any mid-size and up ATX-case should fit.
Motherboard with ATX form factor = 305 x 245 mm

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where can i buy a cool computer case?   

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Where do you live?You can just Google it.Look at these:

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Question: Computer cases

I have a k8s-la Compac motherboard given to me. How do I determine which
case to get that will fit???

Answer:Computer cases

i beleive that is a micro-ATX motherboard. so look for a micro ATX case, or some reguler ATX cases can hold both ATX and micro-ATX. so find a case you want and check the specs on it. it should say what size mobo it can hold.

hope i helped..

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Question: Computer Cases

ok. I have an HP pavillion 325c-b. I love it , but its really plain . I want to buy a clear case side for my computer (like not a whole new case, just the part that slides on and off on the side.) Does anyone know if they're actually made? Help Please. I was interesting in putting either cold cathode lights in our neon lights. Do I even necessarily need a clear case, can't i hook it onto the outside of the case and "somehow" run the wire back into the case?

Answer:Computer Cases

Case Mods

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Question: Computer cases

I want to build a new PC, but I do not know which case to buy.

These are my choices.

Antec PlusView 1000AMG
Lian-Li PC-70
Coolermaster Praetorian PAC-T01-E1

Which case is the best? Also, if there is a better case than these, please inform me.




Answer:Computer cases

What is your budget for a case?

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Question: Computer Cases

new computer build :
right now looking at getting an ATX Mid-tower/ full tower case with better than average ventilation and low noise at the same time. sleek styling is also a plus.
i have been looking at
COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UW Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Retail $59.99
i've heard it can get a little hot ... but i like the design.

what else can you recommend (PSU need not be included unless it is good ) in the <$150 (<100 preferable) range that A. is cool B. QUIET C. sleek? i like the coolermaster designs but am open to suggestions ...

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Question: Computer cases

where can i buy a big computer case that looks great and has loads of modding possilbilites, ive looked all round ebuyer and novatech but find one that i really want, where did you guys buy your cases from?

perferbaly in the uk =)

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unfortionately i had to opt for pc world, the jeantech luna is a great looking case, and has a side pannel window and led's. This is the one i bought but it is not exactly cheap at 55

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Heres my problem, since i got my sister a newer pc i took her old hp pavillion pentium 2 celeron off her hands. now my intentions with this were tunring it into a little router/server but i really didnt like having to work on it becasue the case was incredibly small and clutered so i decided ide switch it to a much bigger case i had laying aorund. so i take everything out and move it into the new case with all the orignal parts except for the switch i plug it in then press the switch and i get nothing yet oddly when i plug the network card in the light shows up as if its powered on. so i figured it must be a bad switch so i pull out the original switch basically destroying the case and mod it into the new case and for some reason that is beyond me it still refuses to power on. now i know the jumpers are not in the incorrect place since it is the same switch and they are put in the same way in fact with how it is i cant put it in the wrong place as it is all melded into one unit. i have no idea why the computer wont turn on and ide really appreciate and help i can get.

Answer:Changed cases now it won't on.

Maybe you killed the motherboard, you definitely did something wrong. Did you notice any static shock? Is there any HD activity?

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My system is presently built into a flat desktop case which will only take a power supply which is less than 135mm deep, which restricts the power supply to below 300 watts. A normal ATX power supply measures 150mm deep. I do prefer this type of desktop case as it is less clumsy, and easy to work with, but I would like to increase the power supply. I did modify a similar case, by fitting an extra base on it to allow a normal ATX power supply to be fitted, but for some reason normal ATX power supplies of greater power do not appear to work with the case. It could be something to do with the wiring on the case. I have searched for a similar type case, which actually takes a normal ATX power supply, by searching the internet, and, although I have found numerous such cases on United States websites, I cannot find any british company who sell such cases. Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

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Try this oneclick here

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A MicroATX motherboard should fit in an ATX computer case, right?

Answer:MicroATX/ATX computer cases

Yes, it will.
You may have to move some risers though.

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Hello everyone:

For those of you who have built computers, I would like to know what your favorite computer case is? I would like to build a new computer in the near future and I would like a computer case that has a window, isn't too expensive and has USB 3.0 ports on it.

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I recently purchased a nVidia GeForce GTX 260 for my HP Pavilion a6235x PC, and I'm left feeling less than satisfied. My current case and layout is not ideal for such a large card, and the GPU temperature at idle has been around 51 C (not what I would like it to be). So, after doing a bit of searching, I've come across the idea of installing a new case with more space and fans to keep the card (and other hardware) cool. The case I'm looking at happens to be the Antec 900 (fits my budget).

Take a look at the case if you want, I'd love to hear your opinions.

But my real question is, how difficult is it for a beginner-intermediate user like me to remove all the hardware from my current case and install it in a new one? I've done some work with the hardware in the past (Installed a new PSU, multiple graphic cards, network cards, optical drives etc.), but I've never done anything with the motherboard. Would you recommend this choice to someone like me?

By the looks of it I should be able to handle the job, but that's just from watching videos. Do any of you have tips or recommendations I could use to help me with this task? Any help is greatly appreciated, and my thanks in advance to anyone willing to help.

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I may have just discharged a significant amount of static onto the front part of one of the metal side panels on my case. I trust this was grounded to the power supply, even though it entered the front and not the back. Am I correct? The comp was on, BTW.

Answer:Computer Cases and Static

When you touch any metal part of the case you ground yourself, so the static would of gone straight to the ground, and not damage anything.

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Hello everyone. Anyone know of any backwards computer cases for example the COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminumm bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case? Also is there a technical term for cases like these?

Thanks for the help.

Answer:Backwards computer cases

You mean BTX?

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Yesterday, I suddenly began getting different, larger, and bolded fonts displayed in just a few cases. One is warning messages (opening a file could be bad, and stuff like that) that are displayed when I am using Outlook. The other is in CCleaner. Most characters are displayed correctly in other programs, but in just a few they are strange.The first strange thing that happened was that a certain font disappeared from my Fonts folder. I was able to install it again, but I haven't found a way to get the other problem fixed.The only things I did before I noticed the problem was install Bioshock.I also upgraded my graphics card driver (NVIDIA). I tried rolling back to the previous driver, but that didn't solve the problem.Any ideas why might be happening? Or a way to restore all default font settings without a system reinstallation?Vista UltimateOffice 2003 Standard(I got the same problem with Office 2007 Standard, which I had installed for an unrelated reason.)Any ideas would be appreciated.Thanks.

Answer:Fonts changed in some cases

Travel  Here  to see a list of all the default Fonts in Vista...if you are missing any others replace them, re-boot and the condition should go away...

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Hi, I'm very new to building my own computer from scratch but I decided to give it a try for my new PC. I've shopped around for all the parts I plan to inculde in my build but one thing confuses me. I use a lot of USB devices, from my keyboard to my mouse to my usb internet adapter, but whenever I view a case on say, Newegg or such I can't tell how many USB ports the cases have. So, my utterly noob question is do computer cases come back usb ports as default? Whenver I read the specs about the cases on Newegg they only mention the front ports. The case I've had my eye on is the NZXT Tempest 210.

Answer:Solved: Questions About Computer Cases

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Just picked up a PCChips M599LMR mainboard and found the nifty color-coded connectors didn't match the case openings. Any suggestions about where I can find a proper fitting case?

Answer:PC99 Compliant Computer Cases

Either of these offer multiply i/o panels to match up with almost any configuration.

Addtronics automatically ships about 4 or 5 with there cases, antec has a page where you can pick the one you want.

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I just switched my computer cases over, is exactly the same setup on the inside, but I can hear no sound. I've uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled them, I've updated direct x, I've checked every single volume control and speaker setting I can find. Help.

I'm running Win XP home, the soundcard is an onboard Realtek AC 97, and my motherboard is a GA-8SGXP-FS.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Switched computer cases, no sound

Make sure the I/O shield isnt touching the audio ports.

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What are the benefeits of spending >100 dollars on a computer case? is the only benefit really sound reduction? or are there other benefeits?

Answer:Why are some computer cases hundereds of dollars and others $20-$50

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Lol, this might sound so retarted. But, i stayed up all day. I dont know how y'all get whne doing so but get hyper. Wanting to do something, like clean my room, re-arange furniture etc.. (probally from the large amounts of grain.)
Anyways. So i went to wal-mar, got some primer and a can of RED spray paint.
Cant remember the name, but its the brand that starts with a k, and is real popular. Oh, i also bought some sand paper. I totally stripped down my other computer, case and all. Because this is a case to a older computer, but it was customed build so its a pretty nice case. So i took it all apart. Cleaned and sanded everything (exept the plastic.) Cleaned it again, and painted it. The right panel is kinda bumpy but who cares, its against the desk so no one can see that. Then put all the stuff from theother case (the good pc in it)
I only had one problem. The power button connectors didnt work when i had it hooked up to the motherboard. So i had to use the one fro mthe other case. so i removed the usb port on the front panel and ran it through there, its hanging out in the front. I need to fix that. but over all it came out pretty darn good. All i gotta do now is put the other back together. I dont know if the motherboard will fit in it. It's a HP pavilion a520n. I also have a Antec 500W smartpower psu on the way. 1GB 2x512 CORSAIR memory on the way,
And a Evercool water cooling system kit WC-202 on the way. 2 case fans.
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Answer:Spray painting... computer cases!!

When* I* Wal-Mart*

*sips coffee, damn its 7am!*

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many people on other forums say that aluminum cases keep your computer cooler than steel cases because supposedly aluminum cases act like a giant heatsink? is this even founded or even true?

air would not be as good as a conductor of heat compared to two metals in contact. i mean if an aluminum case were to a better heatsink, it would have to touch the board or something to cool it. if air was better at conducting heat, would not we have a cpu HSF touch the air above the cpu instead of the HSF having direct contact with a thermal compund and CPU?

everything else being equal, is aluminum really that much better than other case materials with cooling?

Answer:i have a question regarding aluminum computer cases.

many people on other forums say that aluminum cases keep your computer cooler than steel cases because supposedly aluminum cases act like a giant heatsink?Click to expand...

I dont think that the kind of metal for your case makes allot of differens. Its better to place a small fan to blow the hot air out.
The impact of an alliminium case in staid of a normal one would be so minimal its hardly worth the extra cost to buy alliminium.

i mean if an aluminum case were to a better heatsink, it would have to touch the board or something to cool it.Click to expand...

the bord touching the case would be a very bad idea , metal conducts electricitie! Anyhow its not the bord itself that needs cooling, its the cpu and northbridge.

everything else being equal, is aluminum really that much better than other case materials with cooling?Click to expand...

aluminium conducts indeed better but for a case it would simply be more efficient to place a extra fan or to just make some more hole's in your case.

Greets Crazy,

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I want to try my hand at some modding ideas i have and was wondering if anyone knew where i can get Computer cases dirt Cheap. Bye cheap i mean like 10 dollars or less. I don't care what color they are or anything.I have done some searching and haven't found any that cheap yet . So if anyone knows plz tell me. Thank you .

Answer:Dirt Cheap Computer Cases?

If you have a computer/tech store near by you, try there. The one closest to me has old cases, which I asked about, and the owner offered to sell them for 5 dollars each. Your next best bet would be to ask friends and family if they have any old or broken computers you could take.

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I'm looking to switch my computer case to one that will quiet down the sound of my computer, an Antec case probably. What do I need to take into account? Does it have to be the same size as the old one? Do I need to make sure the motherboard is able to fit correctly? What do I need to know? Or is it a pretty easy thing to do?

Answer:Things I need to know about switching computer cases?

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My computer started to reboot randomly because of my 2 200GB WD HDD so i thought that it would be a good idea to buy a new case where you can add fans to.
So i went out and bought one. When i took out the parts and put them in the case, it doesnt boot anymore. I think it may be the motherboard because it doesnt even beep when i take out the ram, and the cpu fan still works. Anyone else come across this problem? Here are the specs (if it will help diagnose the problem):

ASUS A7N8X-X motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
2x 200GB Western DIgital Caviar SE Hard drive
LG 12x Dvd-rom Drive
NEC 4x -/+ Dvd-burner
768 MB DDR 400 (samsung)
MSI Tv Anywhere Pro Tv Tuner Card
ATI Radeon 9200 Video Card

Answer:Computer Doesnt Boot After Swapping Cases

might have shorted the board or it's grounding to the new case. :dead:

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I have completed all the necessary tasks that Major Geeks suggests to find a virus 3 times. Every setting or file is being changed on its own and this increases as I attempted to stop it. I cannot foward a log at this point because my computer willl not allow me to do anything. I am now in safe mode, ran HJ and found (it goes on forever, so I will do my best to post what I believe is important to attempt to create what is happening):

- over 56,000 files including systemfiles hidden.
-Enumerating Win9x VxD services (all I assume my d\: will not run)
-User shell folders and shell folders altstartup *folder not found*
-C:\windows\all users\start minu\programs\startup *no file*
-Adware & Spybot have all been password protected
-autorun entries from registry:
-HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run *no values found*
-Registry or subkeys are not found
-Enumerating active setup stub paths:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components
(* = disable byy HKCU twin)
[SetupcPerUser] *
StubPath = rundll.exe c:\windows\system\setupx.dll,InstallHinfSections SetupcPerUser 64 c:\wndows\INF\setupc.inf (or) applets.inf (or) fonts.inf

C:\Windows\Explore.exe: PRESENT
c:\Explore.exe: not present
c:\Windows\System\Explorer\Explore.exe: not present
c:\Windows\System32\Explorer.exe: not presetn
c:\Windows\Command\Explore.exe: not present
c:\Windows\Fonts\Explore.exe:not present

Winsock LSP files:
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Answer:COMPUTER TAKEOVER HAPPENING (my computer, settings & files are being changed )!!

If you cant post a HJT log, copy and paste it inline and and I will convert it for you.

Download HijackThis 1.99.1

Unzip the hijackthis.exe file to a folder you create named C:\Program Files\HJT

Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the ZIP file as your backups will not be safely stored.

Before running HijackThis: You must close each of the following:your web browser, e-mail client, instant messenger, and programs like notepad, wordpad, MS Word etc. And any other unnecessary running programs.

Run HijackThis and save your log file.

Post your log as an ATTACHMENT to your next post. (Do NOT copy/paste the log into your post as it will be removed).

Need help with HJT? See this thread: NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting

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I want to build a small portable but tough computer, able to withstand some abuse, it will be used outside at night in the cold to run a telescope mount and all the extras like cameras, guiders, image capture etc, needs to have a carry handle and I want to run Win7 and use an i5 processor with on-board video and 8 to 16gb ram, and the ability to add 6+ USB ports, I did a search but didn't find anything, I currently have an old Panasonic Toughbook doing this but it's slow and not really up to the task, and a newer one is lots of money and not enough USB ports, I'd rather have a little computer system with backlit keyboard and monitor. Any suggestions?

Answer:Does anyone make small tough portable computer cases?

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I recently installed Vista Home basic on my computer over Window XP( CHecked at the MS website and it said my computer could do the upgrade. I've noticed now everytime I log onto my computer the time and date are changed and set back to a earlier time usually around 12/2000 an the time is changed as well. While I have no other problem with other software I notice my firewall gets unchecked and doesn't boot up properly either now , so I have to recheck it for protection (I have online armor. I reied various removal methods and even did a download of unhackme to scan for potential problems but to no avail. I also I have advanced care downloaded on y computer which did a security scan similar to hijack this, . Here is the log. My thinking is if the time and date are tampered with then my security updates and other protection cannot update properly. Here is a copy of the log that I saved in my documents.Logfile of Advanced SystemCare 3 Security AnalyzerScan saved at 3:29:31 PM, on 5/9/2009Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.0)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.0 (8.0.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\System32\smss.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\Windows\system32\services.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\sy... Read more

Answer:Time and date on my computer get changed everytime I log on to my computer

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results, click no to the Optional_Sca... Read more

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First of all, I'd just like to say that I'm a blind man in a dark room when it comes to hardware. So please, keep it simple =[ I might not be able to understand a lot of the lingo.

Anyway, seeing as to how my computer is now out of commission, there is little information that I can help give you guys. However, here is what I do know:

Specs (Incomplete):

The mother board is a Dell Vostro 400 (from when I googled the serial). The processor is a QuadCore. There are 4 gigs of RAM (DDR2), and I'm going to assume the HDD and DVD are insignificant. The OS is Windows XP Home 32. The graphics card is as of now a GeForce 9800GTX.

Now, a summary of the situation:

I bought the tower 2nd hand from some IT guy. It ran perfectly for a while, but the graphics card eventually burned out. I bought a replacement, but that one burned out as well, as did the one after that. So eventually, I realized that they were probably burning out because there was a lot of dust being taken in. I suspected it was due to a section of the back panel that was missing on the old tower case. So I ordered a new one online, a nice gaming case that also had a huuuuge fan on one of the side panels (I swear to god, it's like 7" or something). Then, it arrived...and I had no idea how to take everything from one and put it into the other.

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Answer:[SOLVED] Computer failing POST test after swapping cases

The standoffs(Brass Spacers under the motherboard) are not always the same across case brands and models. They should be installed onto the case first and then the board placed on top.

Dell uses a lot of proprietary motherboards and cases meaning that the boards do not always fit correctly into retail standard atx/matx cases.

I think the fist step should be to remove the board disassemble the screws and standoffs, (did the new case come with standoffs?)

4 beeps on a Vostro is a memory error>

Try it with 1 stick of ram in the slot closest to the CPU, make sure it fully seated don't rely on the clips to show that it is all the way into the slot.

Do all the ports on the back of the motherboard line up with the I/O plate in the rear of the case?

What brand and model case did you get?

I would also consider doing the bench test if using the one stick and it still won't post>

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Hello, first time poster seeking some fresh ideas,

Ok this started when I received my new case and power supply in the mail 3 days ago, I unplugged all my peripherals, transferred everything to the new case, and went about plugging everything in (i must say i scratched my motherboard in this process which led me to a decision I will talk about shortly.)

Alright, well after I finished installing everything, I pushed power... no post. I turned it off, checked the connections, no post, freaked out, unplugged everything, dropped down to all different levels of barebone starts, using my old power supply, still no posting, this led me to believe that my motherboard had been damaged.

So, I went ahead and ordered a new motherboard, got it in today, went about the whole process again, still no posting, no beeps, no nothing, trying this with both power supplies, etc. Well, I am not sure where to go on to now, I don't think its the cpu, but am not unwilling to get a new one, I just do not want to get a new one and find out that the same problem still exists and do not want to take my build into any repair shops until i have exhausted all options on my own, I simply do not have another build lying around to go and plug pieces in to figure out what works and what doesnt.

My specs:

cpu: amd phenom II triple core 2.6ghz
Mboard: ASUS M4A77TD (previous mboard: asus m4a78t-e)
Vcard: evga geforce gtx 260
ram: g. skill 4x2gb ddr3 1333
psupply: corsair cmpsu 650tx
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Answer:Changed Cases/power supplies, bios no longer posting

If you have already reseated everything to no avail. I would suggest trying to put the rig back together in the old case. If it powers on, then there is something wrong with the wires or power button in the new case. (I really don't put much faith in this theory, but it's something to try).

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Hi, I have a problem with windows XP. Everytime I turn off my computer by clicking on "turn off computer," I receive an error message popup that states "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to be closed." After that pop-up message, the computer freezes for about a minute and goes back to its normal format (desktop) and the computer DOES NOT TURN OFF.

How do I turn off my computer without unplugging the computer? I try "ctrl+alt+del" to go to the windows task manager to "shut down" the computer but..the computer restarts again and doesnt turn off. Do I have a virus or a windows explorer problem? and how do i fix it? thank you

Answer:WINDOWS EXPLORER error and computer cannot turn off without plugging the computer

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I use my laptop for school and, by keeping it on power saving mode, usually get through two school days without charging my laptop. Ever since I've downloaded Windows 10, (1) my computer doesn't shut off all the way when I close it, which drains the battery, and (2) every time I charge it, it turns off the power saving mode, which is really annoying. This is especially annoying when I don't notice it isn't on and my battery drains even faster. Is there any reason it won't turn off? Is there a setting I can use to keep the power saving mode on at all times?

Answer:Why won't my computer turn off all the way and why can't my computer stay on power saving mode?

Your system might have a virus, try to scan using Malwarebytes, Superspyware , Trojan-Killer. Restart your system then try to download Hitman Pro then Run it. Then optimize your system using Ccleaner. Hope this would help.

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Hi, I have a problem with windows XP. Everytime I turn off my computer by clicking on "turn off computer," I receive an error message popup that states "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to be closed." After that pop-up message, the computer freezes for about a minute and goes back to its normal format (desktop) and the computer DOES NOT TURN OFF.

How do I turn off my computer without unplugging the computer? I try "ctrl+alt+del" to go to the windows task manager to "shut down" the computer but..the computer restarts again and doesnt turn off. Do I have a virus or a windows explorer problem? and how do i fix it? thank you

Answer:WINDOWS EXPLORER error and computer cannot turn off without plugging the computer

check check HELP?

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My sister brought me her computer to fix it for her, said it was running really slow. When I first started the computer up and logged into Windows, I found a blue screen with a warning on it, "Warning Spyware Detected On Computer Please Install Antivirus Or Spyware To Clean Computer". I knew then that she had gotten some malware somewhere. I had to press ctrl-alt-delete and manually run the explorer bar, and then I got an error stating that Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. I have been working around this and have searched the internet for ways to fix this malware problem. I have downloaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and ran that, removing over 270 Trojans. But to no avail, the blue screen with the warning is still there and you still have to run explorer.exe manually. Here are my Deckard's System Scanner logs.Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Michele McClure on 2008-07-19 12:35:38Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --55: 2008-07-19 17:36:06 UTC - RP1529 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point54: 2008-07-18 23:22:30 UTC - RP1528 - System Checkpoint53: 2008-07-10 18:11:37 UTC - RP1527 - System Checkpoint52: 2008-07-09 17:48:43 UTC - RP1526 - System Checkpoint51: 2008-07-08 17:18:40 UTC - RP15... Read more

Answer:Background Changed: 'warning Spyware Detected On Computer Please Install Antivirus Or Spyware To Clean Computer' On Blu...

Hello. I am PropagandaPanda (Panda or PP for short) and I will be helping you with your log.I will need some time to look over your computer's log(s). You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favourites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here. Please take note of a few guidelines for this fix:Refrain from making any changes to your computer including installing/uninstall programs, deleting files, modifying the registry, and running scanners or tools. Doing so could cause changes to the directions I have to give you and prolong the time required. Further more, you should not be taking any advice relating to this computer from any other source throughout the course of this fix.If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. I would much rather clarify instructions or explain them differently than have something important broken.Even if things appear to be better, it might not mean we are finished. Please continue to follow my instructions and reply back until I give you the "all clean". We do not want to clean you part-way, only to have the system re-infect itself. Finally, please reply using the button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if... Read more

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Hi all, my background changed to what is in the title saying Warning, spyware detected on yoru computer install antivirus or spyware to clean computer. I tried searching for solutions on google and already tried spyware doctor and spyware bot. When those didnt work I downloaded Hijackthis and ran it. The following is the long. Any help is greatly appreciated especially in layman's terms as I am not the most computer savvy. Thanks again. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 1:57:22 PM, on 7/18/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ibmpmsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Funk Software\Odyssey Client\odClientService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Connected\AgentSrv.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\m... Read more

Answer:Changed Background To Warning Spyware Detected On Computer Please Install Antivirus Or Spyware To Clean Computer

Hi kb1171,First, we need to backup your registry:Please go to Start > RunPaste in the following line:regedit /e c:\registrybackup.regClick OK.It won't appear to be doing anything, that's normal.Your mouse pointer may turn to an hour glass for a minute.Please continue when it no longer has the hour glass.Registry FixPlease open up an instance of Notepad.Click on: Start, thenAll Programs, thenAccessories, thenNotepadCopy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) the following text in the quote to Notepad


[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\PROTOCOLS\Filter\text/html]Save it as "All Files" and name it RemoveFilter.reg. Let the location be your desktop.Navigate to your desktop.Double click RemoveFilter.regA window will prompt you to Merge RemoveFilter.reg with the Windows Registry, this is normal. Choose Yes/Ok.Upgrading Java:Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 7.Scroll down to where it says "The J2SE Runtime Environment (JRE) allows end-users to run Java applications".Click the "Download" button to the right.Select your Platform and check the box that says: "I agree to the Java SE Runtime Environment 6 License Agreement.".Click on Continue.Click on the link to download Windows Offline Installation (jre-6u7-windows-i586-p.exe) and save it to your desktop. Do NOT use the Sun ... Read more

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I am having trouble with a 6 month old IBM R51 laptop - when I select TURN OFF COMPUTER from within Windows and the START button - the computer sometimes hangs and will not shut down. I have to press the power button to reset. Any idea what could be causing this?


Answer:Computer Hangs When Turn Off Computer Selected In Windows

Welcome to BC! There are many possible causes, however there is one common cause. Often XP's exit sound file gets corrupt and if it does not run then XP won't shut down. I am not sure based on what you have told us so far if this is the issue or not, but let's see:Go to:Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices > Sounds tabUnder Program Events scroll down until you see Exit Windows. Highlight Exit Windows by clicking on it once. Then under Sounds choose None. Click Apply and finally OK. Reboot if possible, or shut down computer and restart manually. Once it is up and running, shut down computer by going to Start > Turn Off Computer. See if it will shut down on it's own now.If it does, the only difference will be that you will not longer hear the 2 seconds of music that XP usually plays as it shuts down.

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so recently i took everything out of my computer to clean it..i put eveything back where it was but when i turned it on its starts making beeping sounds and the screen stays black.. fans and power run but dont know whats the problem.

i also recorded a video of how its sounds like:
so please help/B]

Answer:Solved: computer beeping sounds when i turn on computer

There are three possibilities here, all related to your memory.

1) You have forgotten to fit your memory back in.
2) Your memory isn't properly seated in its slot(s)
3) You have killed your memory because of not following antistatic procedures.

I'm suspecting it is either 2 or 3.

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As the title said, my computer freezes during games. When it freezes the screen just stop at the last frame (so no black screen or anything like that) and I can hear the game for about a second before it turns to a low clicking sound. At which point I have to manually shut down the computer and restart it. Nothing else works. Then I get the usual question of how I want to start the computer, I always pick &#8220;start normally&#8221; and it&#8217;s like it never happened.

I think it&#8217;s because the GPU is overheating, because that&#8217;s the only component that&#8217;s really hot. When I check the temp while playing it&#8217;s usually building up to about 60C (24-30C on idle) and stays around that number. And it fells really hot when I touch it after it&#8217;s happened. The only problem with that theory is that I can play every game out there usually on the best setting (haven&#8217;t tried every powerful game out there) and not a single problem with lag or such. Then again, I&#8217;ve never had that problem with MW3, and the temp stays around 50C on that. Not to say that the GPU is really that great. It&#8217;s average at best, but I&#8217;m not a hardcore gamer or anything so figured I didn&#8217;t need the best.
I built the computer myself in June 2011. And it went fine without any problems until maybe 6 months ago, not really sure when it happened.

Here&#8217;s what I&#8217;ve done so far
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Had problem message on Microsoft edge that computer could be corrupted.  Now can't turn on computer even though power is going to it. What can I do

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Hi Method 1:Run the apps troubleshooter and check if it helps with the issue. Refer to the following article and run the Apps troubleshooter:Run the troubleshooter for Windows apps If the issue still exists, try the next method. Method 2:Try to run a System File Checker (SFC) scan to check for any file corruption. SFC scan will scan for corrupt system files on the computer and repair them.Press Windows key + X, click Command Prompt (Admin).In the Command Prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:sfc /scannowIf the issue still exists, try the next method. Method 3:You may check the same issue with the new user account. Try these steps to create a new user account and check if it fixes the issue. Refer to the steps below to create a new User Account:Go to Settings.Choose Accounts and then select Other User Accounts towards the left.Select Add an Account.Enter a user name and hit Next.Click on Finish.Sign out from the current Account and Log into the new account.Check if issue persists. 

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New computer keeps blue screening during or after my computer goes to sleep. Was told to upload this, and also it says part of the reason is in the Minidump folder or the Temp folder.

Answer:BSOD after I turn Computer NEW Computer on, or whilst sleeping

Quote: Originally Posted by TheRealDanny

New computer keeps blue screening during or after my computer goes to sleep. Was told to upload this, and also it says part of the reason is in the Minidump folder or the Temp folder.

Hi TheRealDanny.

The crash dump (a Stop 0x3B one) is not saying anything in detail about the probable cause of the BSOD).

Test your RAM modules for possible errors. How to Test and Diagnose RAM Issues with Memtest86+
Run memtest for at least 8 passes, preferably overnight.

If it start showing errors/red lines, stop testing. A single error is enough to determine that something is going bad there.
If it does not show any error, enable Driver Verifier to monitor the drivers. Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Run Driver Verifier for 24 hours or the occurrence of the next crash, whichever is earlier.

Why Driver Verifier:
It puts a stress on the drivers, ans so it makes the unstable drivers crash. Hopefully the driver that crashes is recorded in the memory dump.

How Can we know that DV is enabled:
It will make the system bit of slow, laggy.

Before enabling DV, make it sure that you have earlier System restore points made in your computer. You can check it easily by using CCleaner looking at Tools > System Restore.

If there is no points, make a System Restore Point manually before enabling DV.


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Ok well, my computer is pretty old, but its not THAT old, it has always worked very well, and all of a sudden one day it froze and i tried turning it off but when i went to press the power button it wouldnt turn off, no matter how many times i pressed the power button. so i had to turn off the power switch in the back of the computer. it did this consistently so i decided to format my computer and delete the partition stuff like that, but it still did it, and i even virus checked and there were no viruses.

my computer freezes out of nowhere at random spots (startup, windows, my desktop, etc) and when i try to turn it off the power button doesnt work so i have to turn it off by turning off the switch at the back of the computer, please help me, i don't know whats going on!

Answer:URGENT PROBLEM: Computer freezes, but can not turn computer off

Try holding the power switch in for at least 4 seconds. There is a entry in BIOS for instant off and 4 second delay. Yours is probably set to 4 seconds. Delay is good as it prevents accidential power offs from hitting the switch by mistake.

If you are hiolding the switch in and it isn't powering down there are two possibilties. Switch is defective or connector has came off the header.

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First of, my monitor exhibited signs of flickering during start-up, but only minor ones and would just stop at the 'Welcome' screen of windows so I didn't give it much thought. Iv'e been using it with the cpu the same time I bought the monitor.

But after some time, the flickering got worse. It went from 1-2 second interval flickers to a whole 10 seconds of blackness before it showed anything.

Now,Iv'e got a new cpu but still using the old monitor. After a day or so, the monitor exhibited the first symptoms of my first cpu, so I just dismissed it. But after a week, It got a hell worse, before I even start-up my computer, the monitor doesn't show Analog/Digital at the top-left corner of the screen. PLUS my cpu keeps restarting after I pushed the ON button after 10 seconds or so.

My question, Is the monitor responsible for the restart and what could be the reason for the flickering?

Thanks for a fast reply.

Answer:My Computer monitor doesn't show anything when I turn my computer on.

Quote: Originally Posted by pokeman5

First of, my monitor exhibited signs of flickering during start-up, but only minor ones and would just stop at the 'Welcome' screen of windows so I didn't give it much thought. Iv'e been using it with the cpu the same time I bought the monitor.

My question, Is the monitor responsible for the restart and what could be the reason for the flickering?

Thanks for a fast reply.

Welcome Pokeman5 to the windows 7 forums.

The graphics card might be your culprit. Please update your system configuration settings under user cp so that others can maybe help you.
Usually the monitor won't stop your machine from booting. The graphic card most likely be the cause.

There is also the possibility that your power supply could be defective or going bad. Lots of possibilities.


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i pluged in my hard disk to another computer to format it. Now when i was finished i pluged my hard disk back to my pc. Now when i turn on computer monitor just go to sleep and nothing happends. I dont have any OS right now and i cant modify anything. Maybe i did something with my hard disk wrong i dont know. please help me.

Answer:My computer monitor doesn't come on when i turn my computer on

Why did you take it to a different computer to format?
Do you have the o/s cd in the drive to boot from?

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I just got this HP pavilion 762n last year. Now whenever I turn the computer on it won't respond(Goes to a Blank Black Screen) and the only way I can make the computer respond is to go to safe mode and UN-install the Graphic Card, then restart the computer back again. Once I've done that the computer would work, but I can't watch Videos or play Video Games on the computer. There also would be these little blue lines on the computer screen (Sometimes their would be alot of the lines and sometimes the lines would be made by the trail of my mouse).

I've tried lots of ways to fix the computer. I've tried:

- Un-installing and re-installing my graphic card (Nvidia Geforce4 MX420 graphics card with TV-Out) that came with the computer.

- Rolling Back My Graphic Card.

- Updating My Drive from Windows Update.

- I've tried using a program that test my computer and tells me whats wrong with it. It said I got a problem with something like the VIDEO MEMORY CARD and I don't know what that is.

Is the Only way I can fix this is to buy another Graphic Card. I do not want to waste $200.00. Please Help Me!

Thank You.

Dang Le

Email: [email protected]

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My computer is maybe 2 years old, and this problem only starting occuring recently. I turn on the computer and all is well until it gets to my desktop when the screen just goes black. I tried blowing the dust out and my computer worked again for a couple of hours, but now blowing the dust out doesn't work. I can login to safe mode, but I cannot get into my regular settings. What do I do to fix this!!

Answer:When I turn on the computer, the screen just goes black but the computer is on!

Hi and welcome to TSG try using your install or recovery disc to run a repair

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I have a bit of a strange issue with my computer. Forgive me if I'm a little too descriptive, but I'm not sure which details are relevant and which are not for such a problem. First, the specs:

Model: eMachines T2984
Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 2
Processor: Intel Celeron D Processor 340, 2.93 GHZ, 256K L2 Cache, 533 MHZ FSB
Power Supply Unit: Bestec Model: ATX-250-12E REV: P7
Motherboard: I can't tell, but it appears to be an Intel motherboard by the number of Intel labels on it
RAM: 512 MB DDR SD originally, added 1 GB a couple of months ago
Let me know if you need anything else...

Yesterday, I got home from shopping around 1PM, and I tried to start the computer. I pushed the power button, and nothing happened. I checked all of the cords, and they were all plugged in. Not knowing what else to do, I opened up the case to see if there was something obviously wrong. The only thing that I noticed (other than a bunch of dust) was that the power supply unit was still hot. I shut the computer down about 5 hours earlier after about 20 minutes of use, so it seemed strange that the power supply was still hot. I unplugged the computer just in case there was some sort of fire hazard.

At this point, I called a friend who suggested that the problem might be with the motherboard or the power supply unit.

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Answer:Computer Doesn't Turn on, Fans and Some Lights Turn on Automatically

I would suspect that the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is going south. If you have a spare one laying around, install it and see if the problem goes away.
You can buy a new,better PSU from Newegg for about $40.00. I have used a Thermaltake 430 watt in one of my machines for some time now and it works well.
You will have to check the size of your PSU to be sure a new one will fit into the eMachine.
Here's the page with that PSU on it. It's the last one on the list.

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I have this issue that when I turn on my computer, the power LED does not turn on but you can hear the fans working properly. I don't the issue and I'm not much of an expert with computers. Please help me solve this issue because I'm completely clueless.

Answer:Try to turn on my computer but only the fans work and the power led does not turn on

How old is the computer, what was the last change you made to the computer and when you last shut it down did it shut down correctly?

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I just put together my first computer 6 months ago. It abruply shutdow in the middle of writing a paper for school. I couldn't turn it back on right away. after trying a few times, it turned on. All the fans are working even the fan on the power supply, the motherboards lights are on. My graphic card in on the motherboard. I think it might be my power supply because when I first put it together I didn't plug in the smaller power connection to the motherboard and the same thing is happening, black screen. It's like my computer isn't giving my monitor any feed. I will have more info when I get home. I can't get in to bios or safe mode.

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Every time i turn on my computer within 10 seconds it restarts and repeats the process. A box prompts up with an error report saying:

System has recovered from a serious error. I view the technical information it says:


I click do not send two boxes have popped up indicating a problem they are:

The procedure entry point JS_IsDebuggerFrame could not be located in the dynamic link library Js3250.dlll
The instruction at 0x7c80c621 referenced memory at 0x00df0009. The memory could not be read.

Can some one please help me out here, much thanks; i am running windows xp

Answer:Computer starts up then restarts (Safe mode freezes)Every time i turn on my computer within 10 seconds it restarts and repeats...

Have you tried the Lask Known Good Configuration option?

I think it might be a Mozillla issue (damaged), calling for the uninstall/reinstall routine.


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Hello there, recently, I've been having an issue with my PC. Randomly, all peripherals (Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, etc.) turn off, but the computer stays on, and I need to turn it off by flipping the power off, and once I turn it back on, it boots normally and such. Like I said, the times this happens seem to be completely random, though I believe it has only happened at night, but that may be just coincidence. I have used virus scans, and nothing has come up, so I don't believe that's the issue. I haven't made any significant hardware changes recently either. Does anyone have an idea of what could be happening?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Computer peripherals turn off but not computer itself?

Get into the motherboards bios by pressing a key noted when you first power up the computer. Look for "hit F? for setup" or something like that. Reset the bios to defaults

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Anyone have any idea how or if it's even possible to turn this into a gaming computer (MMO's mostly). The cheaper, the better (but I plan on doing this over a long period of time as opposed to quickly).

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
PC: Compaq Presario CQ5300F
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor LE-1300, AMD64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1918 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 295192 MB, Free - 253458 MB; D: Total - 9949 MB, Free - 1497 MB;
Power Supply: 250W

Answer:Would it be possible to turn my computer into a Gaming Computer?

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How to find computer turn on time off time. I want to know during last month how many times my computer was turned on , when it was truned on & when turned off.

Answer:How to find computer turn on & turn off time

Have a look in the System event log. Normally a few events are logged at shutdown and startup.

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hello. im just a regular pc user but made a very big mistake last night. i changed my other laptop name after being logged on to the old computer name. now xp is asking for the password for the new computer name and will not log me in. i feel very very helpless, is there a way to fix my problem?im really stumped, please help me.

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My My Computer Icon has changed. The changed appears to have occured since the instalation of game. The Icon now appears as the same image but a worse quality graphic a bit lighter (ill post a picture later). Any initial ideas? Could it be a virus?
I've read somewhere the icon is stored in shell32.dll Could it have been changed.

Some things i've tried:
System restore before the installation
Changing resolution

All other Icons appear normal. Also if I make a My Computer shortcut in a folder it appears as it normally does, It is just the top left of the folder opened when you open my computer, and the desktop icon. Any ideas?

Answer:'My Computer' Changed...

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Hi. I installed a harmless app and have noticed that it's changed my icons in my computer. Does anyone know how I get the original Vista icons back? It makes no differece to the pc as it's working fine but it's annoying the hell outta me. I have 2 partitions and both have changed.
How is this possible that a simple app can do this? Very weird.

thanks all,

Answer:Changed icons in My Computer

Hey, whats the app? and what icons have changed(e.g. is it for a specific filetype, or all icons, or all on the desktop, etc.)?


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I have a Vista PC 64 bit with SP2. I've had it for a few years and for the whole time, the computer clock did not show the day of the week. I liked it like that. However, when I went back to my computer last night, it suddenly did show the day of the week and it's taking up so much room that it changes the size of the taskbar. I went into control panel > regional and language settings and removed the day of the week from anywhere I could find it, with no effect. If I have to, I will hide the clock, but I'd really rather keep it.

If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it!

Answer:Computer clock changed its look

It's not that the clock has changed, it's that the size of the taskbar has changed and being wider now shows information that was always there but hidden because it was only one line wide.

Click on the edge of the taskbar until the mouse turns into a double-sided arrow and drag it down until the taskbar is once again only one line wide. The clock and all else should return to normal. If you want, you can then right click on the taskbar and click "lock taskbar" to prevent this from happening again (and unlock it only when you want to make changes).

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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I bought a DVD-RW today and pulled the old CD-Re-writer out of the Base-unit.I plugged the new dvd one in the same as the old was (IDE/power cables etc) and after re-booting got no 'beep' and a red message saying about IDE master not being the slave.I went to Boot options and changed the Secondary to Primay and the computer booted fine.


I have no D: drive on the 'my computer' any more (no cd-roms are installing..etc..)

Have I made a massive mistake and buggered the BIOS up or can this problem be sorted without formating/re-installing XP?

btw The secondary/primary option on the Boot options has dissapeared, so I can't change that back.

Answer:Changed CD-rw to DVD-rw, lost CD(DVD) on computer

clear the cmos. then disconnect the DVDRW and its cable and set the jumper via master or slave, depending on how you want it. then boot to windows normally and see if the drive appears. good luck

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Just noticed that my computer icon has changed to a file type (looks like a piece of paper,lol).Any ideas how I change it back ?

Answer:My Computer icon has changed

Try TweakUI click here Repair Icons.

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I had to do a system recovery because of a virus had to have HP send me a recovery usb to do this after the recovery the computer name was T31CUQQ, Then I moved computer to a different location in my home after hooking every thing back up the computer came on said the name was D4LJHJI, how and why did this happen

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My daughter came home from college a few weeks ago with a laptop that was acting up. She couldn't seem to connect to our home WiFi network. Her computer would indicate the it was connected with good signal strength, but the IP address was unusual. Now the same thing is happening to my laptop. Is this some type of malware that redirects my computer's IP address?

I'm running XP Home SP3 on a Dell laptop. I have problems whether I use Windows Wireless Network Connection or Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility. Sometimes the laptop automatically connects to my wireless access point correctly, but at some point it changes its IP address from to A reverse DNS search indicates this address is invalid. The router's address is also changed to the new, invalid value. While in this state, I receive indications that my laptop is connected with good signal strength, but in fact I cannot send or receive anything.

I've tried forcing the connection by setting the Internet Protocal (TCP/IP) Properties with the correct IP addresses and subnet mask, which provides partial relief. For some reason, everything looks normal but my connection comes and goes.

Is there some kind of malware that resets the computer's IP address? I've run McAfee VirusScan, PCTools Spyware Doctor, and Windows Defender, but haven't found anything.

Here's the DDS.txt file and Attach.txt is attached:
DDS (Version 1.1.0) - NTFSx86
Run by Gary Beals at 21:06:00.65 on Sun 01/04/2009
Internet Expl... Read more

Answer:My Computer's IP Address Keeps Getting Changed

Hi gabeals,Welcome back to the BleepingComputer forums.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for assistance. Every one of our team members is a volunteer and unfortunately, there are often just not enough to keep up with demand. Thank you so much for your patience.If your issue has been resolved or you have received help elsewhere, please post a reply here and let us know so that we can close this thread.If you still need assistance, my name is SpotCheckBilly (SCB for short) and I will be happy to help you.I need a little more information to properly analyze your difficulties. Please do the following:Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from >>here<< and save it to your desktop.To launch RSIT, Double click the RSIT.exe icon .Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Your firewall may alert you that RSIT is requesting Internet access. Please allow it. Once it has finished, two logs will open: log.txt<-- this will be maximized and info.txt<-- this will be minimized.In your reply please include:log.txt and info.txt. A description of any other symptoms you may be having.I look forward to your reply. -- SCB

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Hi I changed my computer name and workgroup on an old work laptop that was given to me, and now it asks for the administrator password, and I am no longer able to access my desktop. How can I go back to the original point? When logging in through secure doc, my user name and password still work, but I do not see my profile, only admin. Can you please help me go back to what it was?

Answer:I changed the computer name and workgroup name, cant log in

Here is a starting point.Lazesoft Recover My Password Home Edition a Computer from a Windows Password Recovery USB Device

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Hi all,

So I was trying to setup a network attached storage device on my home network and everything was going fine. I was installing apps on the NAS (Synology ds212j) and I was just setting up the cloud storage portion of the NAS and was installing the software on my computer to sync files from anywhere on the NAS. I wasn't pleased with the default computer name and decided to change it to a something a little more generic (i.e. MyName-Laptop) to be recognized more easily if I allow others access to the storage. Ever since I changed the name my PC has been running HORRIBLY slow, both applications installed on the PC as well as web browsing and even opening the control panel. I assumed I had severed some kind of file connections for applications I was running, so I:
1) changed the computer name back to the default- didn't work
2) ran a system restore for the previous day- didn't work
3) ran CCleaner to clean out any temporary files, etc.- didn't work
4) I'm currently running Microsoft Security Essentials

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Ben

PS It's Win 7 SP1 and I can send you a file for the Speccy screenshot if you would like. Thanks!

Answer:Computer Name Changed- Everything Slowed

Thank you for your reply, but I'm afraid I wasn't being entirely clear. The issues I'm having with the general speed on the computer arose when I changed the name of PC (left click on Computer>Properties>Change Settings> Change [computer name]). I'm not sure what you're referring to with the credit card, billing info, etc.

Thanks again!

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Thanks so much for reading this
I will try to give as much detail as possible(I am new to this so will try to follow the guidelines) firstly just to let you know my computer does not have much disk space i am not sure if this has caused the problem but have ordered a potable hard drive so i can move some of my files when it comes.
when i started my computer this morning after entering my password it showed a blue screen which stated it was loading my personalized setting (not the usual one i get) it then said it could not do something (sorry to be vague but cant remember the actual words) I thought it could be a space issue so decided to delete some photos. the home screen has changed completely and when i tried to open my documents it said the path didnt exist, i then went through my computer and found my photos. i pressed delete but they didnt go to recycle bin as it is empty, i restarted the computer and the same thing happened. i opened internet explorer and it said welcome to internet explorer 8. my homepage and all my settings are different. Am i being daft and this is just an update???
DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Administrator at 10:08:20 on 2011-08-13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1271.453 [GMT 1:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Outdated* {EDB4FA23-53B8-4AFA-8C5D-99752CCA7095}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
sv... Read more

Answer:Please help computer has completely changed!

Hello molliemoo060304 and welcome,

If you look at this file path, you will see that another user was created by Windows:


c:\documents and settings\[B]administrator.your-44c319464b.000[/B

]This typically happens when there is a problem loading your existing user profile.

This is most likely a problem you'll need to post in the Windows XP Support section, but before we do, is there any reason you suspect malware to be the cause? Did any of your onboard tools detect anything prior to this happening?

Also, please run dds.scr again. It produces 2 reports - I would like to see the 2nd report it produces, named Attach.txt. Please post that in your next reply.

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Not sure where to post this.
Just recently My Computer on my desk top changed to jh ngbbm. I put that in a search and it came up with something Can someone help.
Thanks, Leon

Answer:jh ngbbm My Computer name changed

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I was working on setting up a PC for network usage with the understanding that it hadn't been used much previously. Unfortunately I found that it had a PC name already existing on the network and went to change the PC name and IP address as needed for a static IP environment

However, after selecting to "restart" the system never rebooted up and I cannot seem to access the CD drive to place a restore CD or basically do anything with the PC.

Any ideas on what happened?

I've unplugged the computer and waited a few seconds to plug it in. Once replugged it returns to having the basic lights on it blink about once every few second and appears to be otherwise disabled.

Is it possible that there was a HardDrive failure of some sort?

Just found out that the P6 and P4 connectors are inserted into a drive but P5 is not. I'm not sure if that is helpful but I figured it significant enough to update this question post

Answer:Changed Win 7 Computer Name; now won't boot at all

Is the HD detected in BIOS setup?

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

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So, I'm a big doofus. Big problems.

I bought my laptop from work a while back when I got laid off. I've been using it for a while with my own login credentials, when suddenly this morning I had the urge to make it 'my own'.

Here was my major screw up:

1. I went into my computer settings, and changed the computer name.

2. I changed the connection setting from Domain (which was set to my old company domain) to Workgroup - I typed in a new name for a home work group, and received a 'welcome to the workgroup' message.

3. I changed my old generic login name (user name) to my first inital and last name. I also changed the permissions to Administrator. The old name was already set up to be password protected, and I did not change this setting, or change the password that was set. My thinking was that I should change, rather than add a new user, because new applications I installed were aligned with this user. I think this was the big mistake.

I then received a message that I had to reboot, so, I did. (DOH!)

When the login screen appeared, it still had the old username as the default. I changed this to the new user name, tried the old password, no luck. I've tried every combination of new and old info I can think of, but can't log in to the computer.

Because it was a company computer, there is no default Administrator account, so I can't log in as Administrator.

Any advice? or am I completely hosed?

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Answer:Changed Computer Name and User Name, Can't Log In

Crisis averted!! I found a simple utility (Free) on the web that lets you manage passwords through a bootable cd. Hopefully it didn't drop some gawd aweful virus on my machine. If you get as desperate as I was, here is the link:

(worked for XP Professional)

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Hi, I have been cleaning my computer yesterday and I might have done something wrong, because today I can not see whatever I read the way I am accustomed to seeing it. Everything appears too big, stretched out and sort of blurred. When I first got on the computer this morning I got a message about NVidia drivers... What's that, is this the reason I can't see right? Please help me out, I am tired of screen being too wide and stretchy and having to scroll to be able to see the page...

Answer:display on computer has changed, please help!

How were you cleaning your PC. What was the exact pop up. If you managed to delete a driver go here.

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My computer (Hewybilt, Core two e6600, 4g ram, msi p965 neo mobo) just changed its clock to Jan, 2003. BIOS will let me change date and year, but not month!!??????? changing reset jumper has no effect. Anybody? Please? :blackeye:

Answer:Computer clock changed itself

You have a defective motherboard... Replace it

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I have the product key for win 7. how do I use it to obtain the installation software?

Answer:My computer originally had win 7 32 bit but was changed to x...

 Hi, Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 ISO Official Direct Download Links   Regards

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one day I went to appearance and themmes changed the number of colors and after that a message moved around saying something .Now each time I turn on my computer it turns on show the emachines part go to the windows xp loading screen or whatever and where it usually asks for my username and password it goes completly blank someone help.

Answer:changed a setting now computer can't run

Try booting to safe mode (hold down F8 while booting till you get a startup menu - choose to start 'Safe Mode with Networking'. No third-party devices will work in safe mode, but it should allow you to get to Control Panel and change colors back to 16bit (medium) or 32bit. The startup menu also gives you 'Last Known Good Configuration' which may be all you need to do (try Last Known Good ....first, if no joy try safe mode with networking.

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I use Windows XP, SP2 and when I clicked on My Computer the other day the layout/view had changed. It used to have everything in sections e.g. Hard Drives, removable drives...but now It's just a list. Does anybody know how to change it back? I've looked in View and all sorts but can't figure it out. I haven't instaedd or changed any settings recently, it just changed. I've used System Restore to try and change it back, but it didn't work.Si > : )

Answer:"My Computer" has suddenly changed

Im on Vista at the moment but i think its similar to xp;View and change to TILES

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I changed my SID and now all my computer files are gone. (The passwords, addons, and bookmarks on Firefox are also gone)
Some of the Programs like Firefox are on the computer but you have to reinstall them.
I have windows Vista home premium service pack 2.

What do I do to get my files back?
Please watch this video for more information:
YouTube - All my computer files are gone (HELP!!!)

Answer:I changed my SID and All my computer files are gone

Hi, system restore.

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Now for most if not all of us, Windows 7 has brought upon performance improvements, and course the new taskbar bring some new features that modify I our handling of applications, but has windows 7 changed anything in particular in how you use your computer?

For me there are at least a couple of things I do differently now:

I have the taskbar on top.
Never thought I would actually leave it like that, but I have. It just looks nice with seven I guess.

I run many more apps at the same time. Before, I would tend to close apps and reopen them if I needed to, rather than have several open windows in the background, sacrificing performance.

I rarely maximize windows anymore. Before, I would maximize almost everything. But now, thanks to the convenience of Aero snap, I can simply drag the bottom/top edge of a window to the bottom/top edge of the usable space, and it automatically vertically resizes the window. I prefer it alot this way, as it allows me to keep track of my contact lists while still browsing the internet or watevs. Not to mention it looks prettier and works more smoothly with aero peek.

I'm also making use of keyboard shortcuts within the OS more, as now there are more useful ones of these.

Overall, I feel more efficient, which at the end of the day, should be what an OS does.

Anything you've noticed?

Answer:Has Windows 7 changed the way you use your computer?

No you pretty much covered it, I change the themes allot more now and find that you can personalize it allot better than previous versions.

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When I open my computer it used to have a "memory card icon" and "MMC card icon". They have now morphed and become Removable disk C: and Removable disk G:
Note that windows is saved under drive F and my other files in E. I would appreciate any help. thanks!

Answer:Under My Computer some icons changed

Hi ,

The forums are really busy, that explains why logs get behind. If you still need some help, please start with posting a new hijackthislog in this thread. Don't start with a new thread.
Then we'll take a look.


Note: please post the log normal not as an attachment. Thanks.

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I am using Windows Xp. Recently, the layout of the icons in My Computer changed from being arranged by the type of drives under sub titles etc to being listed like files in most other places such as My documents.Does any1 know how to re-arrange them please?

Answer:Layout changed in My Computer

Hit View and have a play with the view layout, titles, icons...

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I write java programs now and I had to change the path.I set it to C:\Program Files\Java\jdk.6.0_21\binEver since I chaged it I can't use any commands in the command prompt outside of the system32 folder. How do I change the path back so I can use commands in other folders?

Answer:Computer path changed

"I had to change the path"exactly where did you do this?Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: Sorry no tech support via PM's

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ok I had a stick of 512 and a 128mb ram in my computer and it worked great, another computer in the house's moniter went out and I took a stick of 512 out of it and put in mine in place of the 128mb and tried to boot. Only the fans came on and nothing on the monitors. I took out the new 512 and put the 128 back in and booted and mother board beeped at me ( no I dont know the sequence of beeps and have no manual about motherboard) so I took the 128 back out and tried to boot useing only the 512 which has worked in the past, now only the fans will come on and still nothing on the monitors and no beeping, I thought I might have put too much ram in too old of a machine so I tried to reset the mobo by removeing the battery waiting 30 seconds and replaceing it but that did no good. I also belive the new stick of ram I tried to put in had more pins than the one I have in the comp already, it came out of a slimline computer thats mother board is much smaller, but the ram looked the same at first glance. think I may have fried my computer please help.

Answer:Changed Ram And Computer Died

One thing to try would be to turn off your system, unplug the power cord (or turn off your power strip), then hold the power button down for a good 40 seconds or so. If you listen close, you may hear a high pitched whirring sound. This is known as a 'power drain', and is a good thing to do always before and after installing pc parts. Often it will bring dead-seeming pc's back to life.

A couple things we'd need to continue further, though. Your current specifications, including your computer model (if it applies), your motherboard model if you know it, the speed of the ram (both old and new), whether or not the computer was plugged in during installation, and if you can recall, how many beeps you heard.

Installing ram can be difficult, especially on older motherboards. Sometimes you have to use two thumbs, one on heac side, and push quite hard to get both sides to snap into place. Try using that older 512 again, in it's original slot, and make sure both sides snap in and lock. Let me know how it goes.

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I changed my SID and now all my computer files are gone. (The passwords, addons, and bookmarks on Firefox are also gone)
Some of the Programs like Firefox are on the computer but you have to reinstall them.
I have windows Vista home premium service pack 2.

What do I do to get my files back?
Please watch this video for more information:

Answer:I changed my SID and All my computer files are gone

Quote from the video:
"I downloaded a crack so I could get it for free."

That's a problem. The fact that uTorrent is missing is more of a blessing in this case than a curse. You need to stop illegally downloading software and cracks or these things will continue to happen to you.

You also need a good backup plan so you have several copies of your important files.

As for your files, have you tried actually searching the entire drive for your files? Open C:\ -> Users and look for an old copy of your profile.

I hope you get your files back, and I also hope you make some changes in how you use your computer so this doesn't happen again.

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Hey guys/girls,

So I logged onto my computer earlier today and it came up with an error right after entering in my username and password. The error said something about changing my account to a temporary guest accout or something like that because a domain was unavaiable or something like that.

I cannot access any of my files even in my own account (b/c it has been changed to a guest) even though I still enter my own username and password.

I did try to reboot at last known good config but that did no good.

What can I do to change my account back?

This is a laptop I got thought my school (WIT) and they do have an admin account on this laptop. I did concider bringing the laptop to them but they aren't actually techs and will only want to reimage it.

Thanks again and sorry for the long story!


Answer:Computer changed account

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after serching all night to find out why his computer is in limbo, i leave my brother's house without finding needed help. his computer won't turn off...the fan, a couple little lights until he unplugs it from the wall. first, the computer did a restart all by itself, he said, then it would not turn on, except the fan and little lights inside that won't turn off. he took out the hard drive and it functions in his other computer...he puts the hard drive back into the new computer and it will not turn on or completely turn off that fan. he tried the "hold the on/off button for at least five seconds" step and nothing changes. he has had the computer for a year and a half, so he really wants to figure this out. how can he even get it to turn on so he could do a safe start up? so far we cannot find a way to troubleshoot. he have checked the cords, perhaps there was a freeze up that began this loop and that's why the fan stays on? please say this is something you have heard of and there may be a solution. the advice we have found usually goes back to buying a new computer. thanks in advance, tea

Answer:what's a girl to do when her computer won't turn off, or turn on?

Welcome to TechSpot

I'd unplug all drives and add-on cards (such as soundcard if there is one), and try booting then.

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Hello guysI am beginner on computers and recently my computer obtained a problem and i think its on hardware the problem.When i open pc it is open for 4-5 seconds and its turn off and few seconds later it's turn on automatically without me pressing the power button, also it;s doesn't send signal to my screen.Can anyone please help me?  Sorry for my english, its not my native language.

Answer:My computer turn off and turn on automatically

Could you please share the make/model number of the computer? Also if this computer is new and under warranty have you considered returning it under warranty replacement?

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I am using a client computer that is connected to a modem via a LAN cable which is in a neighboring house as far as about 50 meters. The host computer is there. The host computer is only using Internet Connection Sharing (without a router) to share its Internet connection with me. Within this network there are only two computers, the one I use (as client) in my house and the other one is the host computer as I mentioned earlier.

How do I know that the host computer is being turned on or off?

The purpose is to know so that I can use all the bandwidth from the modem when the host computer is not turn on. Because there are no restrictions on bandwidth from the host computer, and I just wanted to use all the available bandwidth only when the host computer is not turned on.

Both computers use Windows 7.

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I was playing counter strike then all of a sudden the screen went blank then the fans started to make loads of noise so i turned it off and now when i turn it on the fans start the dials move and light up but it makes some beeps then nothing happens just the fans spining, its happened before and i sent it back and they put a new motherborad in but the company has gone bankrupt so carnt send it back is there any way i can tell for sure its the motherborad and help choseing a new one??.

Answer:computer turn wont turn on

1) Punctuation.2) More info on your system, OS and what happened prior to this and someone will be along shortly to assist.

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  Well this just takes the cake.  I was always unhappy with Microsoft for linking my computer password, to my Microsoft account.  Now here we go.  I changed my password with Hotmail.  Now I cannot sign in to my computer in my administrator account. (I'm using Win 8.1) I think I changed it yesterday.  I put it in sleep mode, and today I restarted it, then found out I couldn't sign in, because it wouldn't take my new password.  I know that password is right, because I can use it on the email just fine.  I have a very long, and difficult password for Hotmail, and this is one reason I hate that they are linked.  I destroyed the old password, after using the new one, and it worked.  I guess the Windows 8.1 wants the older password.  Why is it not taking my new password?  If I have to start all over, I'm gonna be furious.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:changed microsoft password, now I can't log in to computer

Hi kelkay Before doing anything, try the old password and see if it works. If it doesn't, I suggest you to follow the instructions below in order to recover your password, or even change it once again. on Reset your password and select the second option, which is that you know your password, but cannot connect and then go from there. Let me know how it goes.

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