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Pc needs some time until post and case electricity

Q: Pc needs some time until post and case electricity

Hi, I have a problem with my pc. When I start it, it takes ~30 sec until post/bios, it just shows a black screen, after 30 sec I can hear the beep and everything runs fine. When I noticed that I decided to check if all the cables are ok and if everything inside the case is fine. But when I tried to touch the back of the case I got electricity. I switched off the computer so I can open the case but I still couldnt touch it, so I unplugged it, switched off the PSU, and checked the insides. Everything seemed to be fine, rams, video cards all plugged properly. What do you think is the problem? Unfortunately I can't find another power supply to test it. Fortunately the system is on warranty so probably I'll solve it soon. I just want to hear your opinions. Sorry for my english

A: Pc needs some time until post and case electricity

Welcome to Tech Support Guy.

Fortunately the system is on warrantyClick to expand...

Just check that this is the case.
You might be fortunate, but most warranties are declared invalid if you tamper with things, and opening the case to check every individual component and connection almost certainly crosses that limit.
If so, my advice is that you do absolutely nothing to the machine until you take it in.

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I have a toshiba Satellite S70-B-10Z laptop.

I use the following external HDD enclosure.
The case uses AC to 12V DC adapter.
the external enclosure has not ground pin.

When I use it, I feel in the surface , static electricity, not a spark but something like friction.
The same feeling is on the metallic surface of my laptop, when the HDD case is plugged in through USB3 interface.

Has the laptop ground pin?
Laptop's AC adapter is Model: PA5181E-1AC3 part no.:PA-1121-60
Checking the adapter, I think that it's not the adapter pin that is plugged in laptop looks like bipolar...

What's your suggestions?
Is there any danger for my laptop?

A:Electricity leakage in external HDD case and Satellite S70 metal surface

This is not danger for the notebook and the notebook usage.
Such symptoms can appear due to contact electricity.
As mentioned by other members, these happens due to the capacitive coupling in the power supply by insulated devices attached to the mains power.

You can solve this using an 3-pin ac adaptor.

Check this thread about the same theme

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I get a failure to post when I switch my computer on (I put it together in December 2004, I

have not added anything in the last couple of months or so, although sometimes the computer

would shut down by itself at night for reasons I could not figure out). No beeps (as far as I

can remember the computer beeped once when it used to start correctly), the MB light comes

on,the fans come on and in the beginning the HDD light just came on and stayed on. I started by

taking off all the pci boards. I reset the CMOS by unplugging the computer, taking the battery

out waiting for 15-20 secs, resetting using the jumpers and putting the jumper back in the

original position. I even tried booting without hard drive and optical drives and floppy drive.

As a last ditch I took out everything except cpu and tried to boot. I have tried to push down

on the power connectors and everything I could imagine no luck, no beeps. I strongly suspect

its the Motherboard. It could also be the memory or the PSU or the CPU. I don't have spares of

either. I have tried the graphics card in another computer and that seems to work. Here is my

system configuration

-Aus P5P800 865PE with AMI bios
-Coolmax True power 2.0 550 Watts power supply
- P4/3.2 Ghz 800MHz LGA775
-Mushkin pc3200 DDRAM - 3-3-3-8 timing (not a verified vendor by Asus but it has worked fine

for close to two years)
-3-hard drives - 2 PATA and 1 SATA and 2 Optical Drives and floppy drive
-Radeon 9000PRo graphics... Read more

A:Post Failure, cpu and case fan on

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I am really hoping someone else has already had this problem and has an easy fix!

We just bought a new Antech Nine Hundred case today and carefully and painstakingly transferred everything from our old home-built (which was only built this year - not really OLD). After carefully checking and rechecking everything, we hit the power button and get no post sound and no video. Everything appears to power up, all fans come on and everything seems to have power though we get no post beeps at all and no video. The video card fans come on, so I am sure it has power and we tried moving it to another slot with no luck. We removed non-essentials as well, but since everything worked this morning I don't think there is actually a defective part here.

The video card was replaced just 2 weeks ago, and everything worked perfectly this morning before transferring to the new case. We have checked and rechecked cables and pins and cannot figure this out.

We are running a 500W power supply, and an evga 9600 GT video card on a Gigabyte S-Series mobo.

Any suggestions?

A:Solved: No Post After New Case

I would pull everything out of the case. Do an out of case build to make sure you have not damaged something. Once you are sure the system posts outside of the case, then install the mb, pw supply, and video card only.

Again check to see that it posts. If it does, then shutdown and connect/install parts one at a time. Checking post each time.

I am assuming you marked the places to install standoffs and checked the board fit before installing.

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Ok, I'm in the process of updating my MOBO and Processor. I have bought a new powersupply to accompany it. I've got everything hooked up. Push the power button on the case, now all of a sudden:
- the LED light on the front of the case is 'Red' (use to be green).
-Along with this, the 2 cd drives dont power up, (no lights, tray-open buttons dont work).
-The HD starts to spin
- Heatsink for the powersupply turns on

Now, I have found that if I unplug the IDE cable from the MOBO (which is connecting the 2 cd drives, because the HD is SATA) the 2 cd drives are now working. I am able to open the treys.
-But, computer still doesnt get to the POST
-I have taken the processor out and tested, same thing
-I have taken the MOBO out of the case, same thing.
-I have taken the RAM out of the MOBO, same thing

So, I thought it was the MOBO. Called the place I bought it from, they sent me a brand new one. got everything hooked up, same thing.

It is a GEFORCE 6100-M9 MOBO, accompanied with a AMD 64 3700+.

Has anyone had this problem before? If so, I would really like some insight on what I could try next.

A:Case wont get to a post

Hello and welcome to techspot.

Did you use the riser pins under the motherboard to separate it from your case?

Please list your parts in detail. Are you using the integrated graphics or a graphics card? What are the details of the ram you are using? What power supply do you have (watts and how many amps on the +12v rail).

More details please.

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In the last 8 hours I've among other things, upgraded my computer case and tossed in a few more fans. The only difference in hardware configuration is that I removed a crappy PCI modem, new heatsink/fan/grease, PSU (350W Antech SmartBlue), switched the normal order of cards in PCI slots and altered the way I had my HD's n optical drives chained.

In my original configuration it was :

moboIDE2--->HD2 5400 rpm (slave)---->DVD burner(Master)
moboIDE1--->CD-Rom (slave)--->HD1 7200rpm (master with c: on it)

Never had any problems with it previously. DMA was enabled and I burnt DVD's in the proper amount of time and it never ever crashed when I opened up a folder with an ton of jpgs.

So today just due to the new case and convience reasons, I changed the config to :

moboIDE2--->CD-Rom (slave)--->DVD burner (master)
moboIDE1--->HD2 (slave)--->HD1 (master)

It booted up conflicts, everything looking great... Then I decided to surf a bit and see if the stability holds up. Well it was incredibly sluggish. In both IE and Firebird at first.
Thought it might have been my connection (but I know it wasn't) and decided to open up a folder with a ton of pictures and toss it on thumbnail view. That made the fan crank up(temp sensitive on processor) and hard lock.

I've tried unplugging certain things n rebooting but the only thing that I believe is wrong is that the small fan (i think its on the n bridge) is toast. It looks as if it... Read more

A:Post case upgrade - serious issues

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I recently purchased a brand new case

I transferred my current computer guts to this new case from the old one.

Corasair 750w CMPSU
Asus p5N72-T Premim
Corsair 240 pinn 1066 x2 Dominator
Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale E7600

After three hours of carefully taking out the parts from the old case and placing them into the new one, I try to boot. Everything turns on with the exception of the fan on the GTX280 card. Ive had problems in the past with the card booting up so I kept trying to boot up over and over trying to see where the problem was from. The problem was not in the video card, I was able to make the fan start a few times, and for good measure also tested with a working Geforce 8600 GTX which had no trouble.

The main problem is I have yet to make the computer POST. After day two of trying to make the computer work through booting attempts with combinations of with bare bones parts, the power supply begins to make a electrical crackling as if there was sparks flying around. This power supply is now completely dead, each time it booted the crackling got worse until it died. I have no idea why this recently purchased quality power supply started doing that.

Ive since put in another 680W power supply that works well and this successfully turns on all the components but still has the same exact problem, the computer wont post.
I have tried 3 different sets of working RAM, all compatible.
I have tried two different power supplies (both... Read more

A:Computer won't POST after case transfer

The power supply failure might have taken out the board.Have you tried a out of case test? Use only 1 stick of ram> video hooked up to monitor> cpu & heatsink> keyboard & mouse>power supply connections secure. Short the power pins to start to see if you get a display.

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I'm completely lost no hardware was changed at all the dam this wont post or give me beep codes it just sits there with a blank screen

This is what I?m running
Mobo: p5n32-sli Deluxe
cpu: pent d 3.2
psu:550 watt sli
two sticks of 1gb ddr2
two gforce 6800 Xtream 256 in sli mode
donno if you need any other info seeing as it wont post

I'm completely lost I didn?t damage any parts wile transplanting the system

Any ideas???

By not posting the monitor just sits there in sleep mode and nothing happens any beep codes no nothing

A:transplanted my comp into a new case and it wont POST

Probably just missed a PSU connection somewhere.

Do you have two connections to your motherboard? Both the 24pin and the 12vATX connector?

Did you connect your graphics cards to the PSU (assuming they need a PSU connection, some don't)?

Did you use the riser pins to separate your motherboard from the case?

Take out the ram and expansion cards and re-seat them to be sure. In fact, do this with all your connections.

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I just moved to a new case with a larger PSU (300 was old, 350 is new).

When I powered on the comp, I don't even get a POST. As far as I know, everything is plugged into the correct spot. I used to mobo manual for all the correct headers and I can see the power on LED illuminated. The HDD LED illuminates briefly too. The reset switch works, as well as the power switch (obviously). The CPU fan and Northbridge fan is turning. I did discharge the CMOS memory too using the jumper, but that didn't solve my problem. Any ideas? Could something have gone wrong when I moved all the components? Actually, obviously something did go wrong, but anybody have any ideas?

Athlon XP 2100
ABIT KR7A mobo
512 266DDR Mem
40 GB Maxtor HD
couple CD drives
Netgear NIC

thx for any help

A:mobo wont POST after moved to a new case

Disconnect everything except the cpu, fans, memory, and video card with monitor and see if it will post. If not I would start by checking the standoffs to make sure one is not shorting the motherboard to ground. To do this you could even take the board loose and put it on a piece of cardboard to insulate it and see if it will post.

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Due to age limited facilities I regularly post CAPS.. marvel at features now available for umpteen retro changes and languages but not it seems merely correction of this? so I understand.. If so? shows how limited technology actually is! AND who would not want updates by email?

A:rELACING Accident post CAPITALS With lower case

On the "Age" thing, don't even go there we have members in their 90's who get shot down in flames for calling the "Age" Card. I'm just 71 and, more than likely, there's a 17 year old reading this.
Unfortunately, in this Forum, once you've hit the "Post" button. That's what you've get, unless you grovel to FE and he makes the change with his Silver Mouse. But don't press your luck, he might weaken the once, but is unlikely to weaken a second time!
The technology is available but using it makes for sloppy composition and allows people to Post one thing and then change it, after others have replied, which might make them look stupid, which few of us admit too. Amateur - Yes, Enthusiasts - Yes, but Stupid - No. Unless you think that trying to help some damn-fool whose just done something unfortunate, is stupid.

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Well im going in to get a pc built for me in a few days time but the problem is this. The cases they have in there look really old fashioned! (bad spelling) and just plane yukky! Soo i have decided to buy my own case off of e-bay. So my questions are this

1: Are all the cases the same? please say they are! other wise im screwed and damned to live my hole life with a really horrible tower ..

2: THis is a really stuiped question but please..dont laugh.. if i went to and brought a computer..then i went to a smallish shop in town (which are very cheap) Do you think that the little shop would be cheaper? Just the computer i want off of dell is like 1,800. yet im only aming to pay 1,500 - 1,600. (with monitor) This would be for a good gaming computer. So which is it?

3: is it possible to get a great gaming computer for 1,500?

thanks for any help you can give - from Adam-knox

A:Case questions, new computer question (sorry if this isnt the right place to post)

1. No. Well not technically speaking. But the one used in the majority of motherboards today (I mean a large majority) is the ATX form factor. If you could prvide the mobo. name and model I (or someone) can tell you for sure. But its almost definitly an ATX.

2.Normally local shops cant compete with big retailers. I have found you will be paying more for the same "specs." at a local shop But take into acount that most PC shops use higher quality parts. ANd not to mention you have someone to actually talk to, instad of a phone number.

3. You bet. If you would like us to help you pick out parts, just say the word, its not as hrad as you think, and will save a lot of money.

Hope this helps


BTW-excuse any bad spelling, its late and i just got off work

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Normally, when I start up my Win8.1 computer, it starts up, in the system tray, I can see the Windows sound and network indicators, then the Realtek sound, avast!, and Steam icons show up, and the computer runs fine.

I've noticed a small fraction of the time, this doesn't happen as it should. The sound and network icons show up, but avast! and everything else never start up. Normally, I restart (or shutdown and then turn back on), and everything gets back to normal. (One time the problem re-emerged after the restart, but then a few minutes ago when it happened, the problem did not re-emerge after a restart). I do not remember what manually starting avast! resulted in, but there was no systray icon.

Does anyone know what is going.

A:Weird case where Win 8.1 isn't starting up properly only some of the time

Also, it seems from an avast bootscan that prncacla.inf and amd64_prncacla.inf are corrupted.

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Hello i was thinking about purchase the Dell Inspiron Slim 530s and switching out some hardware in it to get some better gaming out of it (500+ Watt Power supply, Graphic Card Upgrade (HIS X1650Pro IceQ Turbo) and Creative Sound Blaster X-treme Audio or X-treme Gamer Sound Card) Obvisouly, being thirteen and taking all this time and research and my lifes saving's (pretty much - I saved up about 470$ for no real reason), i want it to look cool and make all my friends jealous. So, to the point: If i buy a new custom case (here's some choiced B-low), is it that hard to move all the chips and drives from the dell case to another??

It doens't take a whole day and a huge instruction pamplet,right? I know this is a stupid question but I'm only being cautious before spending 30$. All you have to do is un-mount and un-plug
each piece and re-mount and re-plug it into the other case, right??

PS - If I buy 1 or 2 neon glowstrips and LED lights (which probably aren't worth the money and hastle, but for 5 buksa piece, why not??), do i... Read more

A:Easy or Not worth my Time?: Switching to a Custom Computer Case

Why pay $400.00 for a processor, motherboard, memory, hard drive, and operating system that you have little control over.






The above is a little more expensive but you have total control, and I'm a little leery about the motherboard but you can choose what ever you can afford and still works with the processor. You'd also have to have a video card too to get this running because it doesn't have built-in video. Any case you really like would be best. Neon usually connects to your power supply. You might want to spend the sound card money on your video card, and go with a cheaper sound card unless you really want the best sounding music, and you have a half-decent sound system to go with it. Planning your new computer usually takes the most time. Installing components into your case can take a couple of hours if everything goes smothly and much more it it doesn't, and yes, most of the time it's just take out and plug back in.

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Hello everyone, it's my first post here and I wanted to get some advice on what I should do about my comp. Im running win xp pro, and it shows my internet is running fine but I can't get into windows live messenger or yahoo or aim, I try resetting my modem and it doesn't seem to help. So I turned my computer off completely from the back for about 5 mins, turned it on and like magic I can log into everything and online. Before it was taking me to like google search page on mozilla, and when I'd type a search in it would not go, but if I typed it in at the top right search box it would go to that page. It was very picky, it showed a lot of broken images and would'nt load pages. Facebook would work, not youtube or myspace, that's why it was so weird. Besides all of this my 1g of ram is running at about 65%. when my comp is pretty much idle. I never noticed this before that it would run this high and now when I try to play a game offline my cpu and RAM are both at almost max and it freezes. I know it's kinda randomly thrown in but if anyone can further assist me I would very much appreciate it :D feel free to email me, write a message in a bottle and toss it in the ocean, whatever! -caleb

A:First time post, need help :(

tried a virus scan and spyware scan?

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Hello I have a DDS log regarding a possible malware infection on my XP pro Computer.

Any help with this would be appreciated, Thank you. =)

Here is the log.

DDS (Ver_10-11-27.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Zach at 23:55:01.04 on Wed 12/01/2010
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1178 [GMT -5:00]

AV: avast! antivirus 4.8.1335 [VPS 090831-0] *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\NCH Software\BroadCam\broadcam.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G PCI Wireless Network Monitor\WLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G PCI Wireless Network Monitor\WMP54Gv4.exe
C:\... Read more

A:Trying to Post a DDS Log but every time I do...

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here. If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. 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 your topic an do their best to resolve your issues. 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.scr DDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run. A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running. Notepad will open with the results. Follow the instructions that... Read more

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I wrote on the forum last week and never got a response so I will try again. I have an hp 2000 64 bit laptop with windows 8 basic. I upgraded to an 8.1 but have been having problems with the upgrade. I keep having my wireless card stop working suddenly and I have to reset it constantly. Then at times I will fire up my laptop and I would have a message, that says, "For some reason Microsoft is not able to connect.) I have no clue what that means. Then I keep getting this, I need to plug in my hard drive or I will lose my history files. It is like my computer freaked out when I upgraded to 8.1. Is there a way to fix this problem? I already tried to do a recovery twice and it wont let me recover files for some reason.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

A:Okay I will post a second time..

I would start by looking making sure my drivers were updated. If you've done so I'd then check into the cards compatibility with the os. As to the error u get there should be a number accompanying said error if not show plainly when the window pops up just click the + tab eg. show details and there should be a short description, error, followed by something like this 0xc000013a or maybe Error Code: Dec Error Code: Error String: Description: 0x00000000-4294967296:
You should really get a link to Microsoft help page in the window right there but not in all cases and i still find it easier to Google the error code for solutions.
If nothing at all denotes the error in the pop up Ur getting I'd guess your issue is malware/virus related because any windows error should and I believe is tagged numerically or at minimum a description string.
*word for word every character that appears in that pop up I would search even if no descriptors are included because you'll find out something almost certainly even if malware generated.

I hope that at least gives u someplace to start, and good luck

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This is the log. They have some serious problems here and I can't help 100%. Any help much appreciated.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:26:00 PM, on 4/16/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLDial.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
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A:First time LOG post for a friend. WE NEED HELP!

Click Here and download the the new version of Killbox and save it to your desktop.

Double-click on Killbox.exe to run it. Now put a tick by Delete on Reboot. In the "Full Path of File to Delete" box, copy and paste the following line then click on the button that has the red circle with the X in the middle after you enter the file. It will ask for confimation to delete the file on next reboot. Click Yes. It will then ask if you want to reboot now. Click No.

C:\Documents and Settings\mom and dad\Desktop\fo-m559c.exe
Restart to safe mode.

How to start your computer in safe mode

In safe mode navigate to the C:\Windows\Temp folder. Open the Temp folder and go to Edit > Select All then Edit > Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

Go to Start > Run and type %temp% in the Run box. The Temp folder will open. Click Edit > Select All then Edit > Delete to delete the entire contents of the Temp folder.

Finally go to Control Panel > Internet Options. On the General tab under "Temporary Internet Files" Click "Delete Files". Put a check by "Delete Offline Content" and click OK. Click on the Programs tab then click the "Reset Web Settings" button. Click Apply then OK.
Empty the Recycle Bin

Boot back to Windows normally now.
Go here and do an online virus scan.

When the scan is finished, anything that it cannot clean have it delete it. Make a note of the file location of anything that cannot... Read more

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I just installed windows 7 on a computer. for about a week it ran good starting fast and such. now all of a sudden it takes forever to load at the post screen and load windows. it does load ...eventually then all is good.

what gives??

its a new HD, on cable select
new DVD (SATA)
4 gigs of RAM All tested good

oh i did have a power outage and after that it seems to be doiong this. no surge protector.

any ideas???

A:really long post time

well i unplugged a few things. as soon as i unplugged the USB for the printer it fired right up with no lag time and worked fine.
any ideas why it would be the printer??

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Hey guys from the past few days i have been trying to tweak my system so that i can boot it up under a minute so i thought i would be fun to know all your boot up times

this is the time from the moment you press the power on button on your comp/laptop to the time you are on your desktop and then able right click on the desktop and click refresh.

well heres mine

Time since i installed Vista : 2 months
Boot UP time : 1min 41sec

A:Post your BootUP time

wow...urs has defintely gotta be better than that...make sure u set ur BIOS to boot ur HDD first and not cds, network, will save u about 10 sec

installed vista 4 months ago..

Boot UP time- 37 seconds

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Hi all.
I got all my parts today. Finally finished building it and there's nothing on the monitor when the magic button gets pressed. The fans go round, and lights are on. There is no beeping.

I Tried connecting the graphics card toanother PCI-E slot, and then unplugging everything except the CPU, outside the case on a cardboard box, and still no posting or beeping (with or without the video card).

The system is as follows:
CPU: Intel Core 2 E8500
Motherboard: Asus P5N-T Deluxe
PSU: Corsair 750W TX
Video: Asus GTX 280

My fairly-in-the-know friend suggests testing the PSU first, but I have no way to do that (no multimeter or replacement PSU). Plus, Corsair are supposed to be brilliantly reliable, right?

I have read another post or two about this problem, and so tried inspecting the socket pins by eye, and noticed (maybe it matters, maybe not) that two to three of them near the middle at one side looked like they had something white on them. I tried (very!) gently poking with a crafting knife to see if it'd come off but to no avail. Could this white-ness be a problem?
Look 3 rows up, near the bottom.

Also, the motherboard box appeared to have been opened, as though I'd been given a returned one.

I suppose I just want approval that what I should be doing is RMA-ing this thing.


A:New PC, first time builder, no POST

Ah, I just realized (and this is where 1st time builder comes in) this motherboard has no speaker to beep from. I know where to put it but don't have it. I suppose that negates everything I've done.

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It's been a while, but only because my computer has been running fine! (knocks rapidly on the wooden desk) Not the same for my friend's computer...

She turned it off one night before bed, and thought nothing of it. Come the next day, she powered it up, only to find her monitor telling her "...going into power save mode.", and then the screen went blank. She re-set the computer, and tried again, but the same result.

I took a look at it. I tried hooking the monitor to the graphics card, the on-board port, and even swapped out the cards... still nothing.

My brain has been fried due to a severe lack of sleep, so I am asking all of you; you who have helped before in my times of need! Does anyone have any suggestions?

(... I'm probably gonna kick myself when I finally figure it out... it's gotta be something simple... )

A:Long time no post!

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Hello. I've searched around quite a bit and have found a lot of problems similar to mine but not enough like mine to base a decision around. Anywho, my component specs are...

AMD Phenom 9950 CPU
Asus M3N-HT Delux Mobo
CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 1000w ESA & Cooler Master COSMOS1010 ESA
4 sticks of 1026 OCZ SLI Eidition PC8500 RAM (1 stick installed at the moment)
2 EVGA SSC Edition GeForce 9800 GX2s for quad-SLI
2 Maxtor DiamondMax 21 500GB HDDs (not installed so it doesn't matter)
Vista Home Premium 64-bit (cant get to post so it doesn't matter)

I've already read into all the obvious reasons of why my computer might not be booting up, but for obvious reasons, I want to be 100% sure this isn't just something I did wrong, because I waited a long time for this machine and I'm so excited to get it running it's killing me. I will give you all the info I think is relevant, but keep in mind this is my first time ever building a computer from all new parts; from scratch. I'm tech savvy enough (i think) to be doing this, but I am definitely a noobie.

Alright, I have nothing but a single stick of Ram, A VGA, a keyboard and my monitor hooked up. Asus was very clear on how to hook up the onboard speaker, so I should be hearing POST beeps but when I power up the lights all come on, the CPU, case and PSU fans all run but it just wont boot up. My monitor light stays a constant green and the screen just flashes NO SYNC. No POST occu... Read more

A:First time build. Can't get to post.

You should have picked Vista 32 bit. You probably have a bad motherboard

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OK, I have pop ups and unresponsive script warnings.  I ran Adwcleaner and here is the report.  After reboot I am still getting  popups on Outlook webmail and pop ups that come out of lower right corner.  Please computer runs so slow and it takes me 15 min to boot up.
# AdwCleaner v3.015 - Report created 17/12/2013 at 23:44:30
# Updated 10/12/2013 by Xplode
# Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32 bits)
# Username : Mark - HOMEBASEMENT
# Running from : C:\Documents and Settings\Mark\My Documents\Downloads\AdwCleaner(1).exe
# Option : Clean
***** [ Services ] *****
***** [ Files / Folders ] *****
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\AVG Nation toolbar
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\AVG Secure Search
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\AVG Security Toolbar
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\NCH Software
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\Tarma Installer
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\TubeDimmer
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\Viewpoint
Folder Deleted : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\RelevantKnowledge
Folder Deleted : C:\Program Files\Application Updater
Folder Deleted : C:\Pro... Read more

A:Ran Adwcleaner for first time (and my 1st post)

Hello justawildchild and welcome to Bleeping Computer.
My name is Satchfan and I would be glad to help you with your computer problem.Please read the following guidelines which will help to make cleaning your machine easier:
please follow all instructions in the order posted
please continue to review my answers until I tell you your machine appears to be clear. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear
all logs/reports, etc. must be posted in Notepad. Please ensure that word wrap is unchecked. In Notepad click Format, uncheck Word wrap if it is checked
if you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to ask for clarification before proceeding
the fixes are specific to your problem and should only be used for this issue on this machine.
please reply within 3 days. If you do not reply within this period I will post a reminder but topics with no reply in 4 days will be closed!
Please DO NOT install/uninstall any programs unless asked to.
Please DO NOT run any scans other than those requested
Please Note: Please run these in the order given in the instructions.
===================================================Download and run Junkware Removal Tool Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse... Read more

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I am having problems with my PC. Initially, all my browser requests were being redirected. Now the problems seem to have worsened. Occasionly, the computer only reboots in safe mode, other times in starts normally, but the browser requests are still redirected and my computer continues to freeze. I'm run numerous different virus scan programs, but only adware cookies are detected. any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:first time post - need help - at wits end

Hi tbherdman,Welcome to BC I suggest you start with a post in the Am I infected forumuse pertinent details in your subject lineslikebrowser requests are being redirectedandcomputer continues to freezeIn your sure to include your operating system and any pertinent data about the computer and the problems you are experiencing.

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Since i built my new machine i have been experiencing some strange boot and post issues. Basically when i press the power switch i can hear all of the fans turn on and the hard drive start to spin yet it takes at least 15 seconds for the post screen to appear on the monitor. When it does eventually appear its just like the normal post screen with no beeps or errors. Also it seems that the CPU fan has a hard time starting up. It tries to spin yet stops when i start the computer. When the CPU fan begins properly spinning the computer finally posts.

My last machine had a practically instant post screen, is this normal?

Also this may be completely unrelated yet when i open up a program that requires a UAC prompt, the monitor sometimes goes completely blank for around 4 seconds before returning to the prompt. The computer has not frozen as if i use the arrow keys to accept whilst the screen is blank, the program will start even before the display has returned.

Funny thing is this does not happen again after it has occured once. All others are instant and completely normal. This also occurs on shutdown where the screen goes blank before returning to the 'shutting down' screen, sometimes having skipped the 'logging off screen'. Again this is weird as after the UAC thing has happened this wont happen at all.

All recommendations or replies are welcome,

Thanks in advance

Specs -

AMD Phenom II X4 955 (not overclocked)
Gigabyte GA - 890fxa UD5 ... Read more

A:Delayed POST time

It's not normal. So I take it the starting problem occurs after the PC has been off for awhile and has cooled down. Before starting the PC try shutting off the power supply for a couple of minutes at the switch at the back of the power supply or you could unplug it. Switch it back on and see if it starts.

If this works consistently, you can use this for awhile as a workaround but I think it means a bad motherboard.

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My pc is infected with the virus, my internet browser keeps directing me to and I have an image in my tool bar tellling my that I have virus.

Have tried SE-adware and my suscription version of Norton Internet 2005 desn't pick it up, I've been directed towards Ewido and Smitfraudfix. Is this the best solution.

Thanks in advance.

A:M32.Myzor - First time post

Please Click on HERE to download a self extractable version of hijackthis. Double click on hijackthis.exe to extract hijackthis to folder c:\hijackthis. It will extract it to that folder and open the folder for you. It will also create a shortcut on your desktop to hijackthis.

Scan with HijackThis. Save the log and post it here in your reply in this thread.

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I have a computer that I built that when I turn it on, it won't beep on POST. The power button won't turn off the computer either. I unplug the power cord and plug it back in, then it will still not post, but the power button will turn off the computer. I turn the computer back on and it posts every time after that. If I leave the computer unplugged for a while, the same cycle happens. Any suggestions? I have booted with only the motherboard connected, then one device at a time. Is it a capacitor?

A:Time released POST

have you tried flashing the bios to the latest version??

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Could not run iexplorer for a while. It would simply not respond. Now it is working after Avast antivirus discovered a trojan and some viruses. I moved these to the chest. Not actually sure what that means but that is what the program recommended. Still cannot download anything from Microsoft. I get a message that says this page is unavailable. Tried to load and run Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool. Cannot download it so I copied to a cd from a different computer and saved to mine. I couldn't run it. Firefox is much slower than normal. Chrome and Firefox were the only browsers that I could run but they get redirected after a short time. That is very disturbing and frustrating. I try to run Spybot SD but it doesn't respond. I have run Sophos anti-rootkit, Aboutbuster, Ad-Aware (can't get updates), Threatfire, Windows defender(can't get updates). All of them find nothing. My HijackThis log below is from Trend Micro. I did not see any second log file for attaching, as discussed in the "Read this topic" guideline.Any help would be greatly appreciated? I am just about willing to give up on this computer but I really want to get my pictures and music off of it. I am concerned that copying these files to an external hard drive might allow what ever the problem is to be transferred to another computer.ThanksLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:07:51 PM, on 2/18/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.... Read more

A:1st time post. Do not know name of my problem

Hi My name is Extremeboy (or EB for short), and I will be helping you with your log.We 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 description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.If you do not make a reply in 5 days, we will need to close your topic.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. The topics you are tracking can be found here.Please take note of some 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. 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... Read more

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found tech pancake posting on 3-13-05 at 11:48pm. i was looking for help removing offeroptimizer pop ups. after following all the instructions he listed, he asked to post a new log so here it is. not sure if it all worked yet but will see.
thanks in advance to pancake,

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:52:51 PM, on 3/20/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,(Default) =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
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A:first time post offeroptimizer

I am currently reviewing your log. Please note that this is under the supervision of an expert analyst. I will be back with a fix for your problem as soon as possible.

Please be patient with me during this time

You did quite well.

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Hi, I hope that I am posting at the right spot. I have been stricken by a redirect virus while using Chrome. The usual cures have not been working. I have ran Malware Bytes Pro, Norton antivirus, and they are coming up with nothing. Spybot is coming up with a few items but cannot remove them, even after multiple restarts. I hope someone can help get rid of this malware or virus. I suppose the first thing I need to do is generate a log. If someone wants to delve into this please tell me what program they'd like me to use and what to record in generating that log.Thanks

A:Google Redirect, 1st Time Post (there will be more)

what operating system do you have?

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well i was on msn and my friend sends a link with my email in it without thinking i opened it then nothing happened i asked my friend and she says she didnt send anything now it sends itself to every1 on my contact list now my norton has found the file several times and i always remove it but it always comes back everytime i log in it attempts to change my home page to now trojans are showing up and i need help.

My operating system is windows xp
The adware problem is located as Adware.Maxsearch
and my norton constantly scans something called install.exe
any help would be awesome

A:adware problem (1st time post)

Click here to download HJTsetup.exe:;dl=item5
Scroll down to the download section

Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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Hi, New to this site- first time post
Also new to HJthis so the script below means nothing to me and i could use some help

My Mother in Law clicked somthing last week and agreed to install, Ive asked her what the pop up said and all ive got back is that it was some kind of update (she thinks it was either windows or an antivirus) but what ever it appeared t be it was obviously neither.

Its been 11 days since she clicked and ive only managed to get here today. I uninstalled her antivirus (Norton) and installed AGV I also ran a SpyBot search which found 5 things that ive now removed (one of which did come up malware)

Since she accepted the update all photos, music, updates (msn updates for example) files etc etc have been wiped. Games were also removed leaving only the icons.

The only images left on this PC are the ones that come free with Windows

I thought i had cleaned things with spybot but some problems still remain, the virus also changed some on the key responces on the keyboard so now all the symbols along the top are not corrisponding with the buttons.

Im affraid ive gone as far as i can with this,
Any help would be greatly appreiated
If you cn confirm the PC is clean id be happy
If anyone has any idea if it would be possible to restore the photos that would be a godsend, there were alot of shots that havent been backed up.

HJ This results

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:13:01, on 29-1-2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.... Read more

A:Trojan Deleted Everything / First time post

I think the pop up was a Mircosoft Update called

software distribution service 3.0

ofcourse im 99% sure that it was a trojan so what it was called may not matter at all

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Alright guy's, I'm not a complete idiot when it come's to computers, but I can easily screw things up as fast as I could probably figure something out. That being said, I'd like to make a checklist, double check it and make sure I have everything so their are no run-ins and I can have a clean, easy reformat and install. As I stated I'm sure this has been answered several hundred times so, I'll give a few details and I would greatly appreciate it if someone could lead me in the right direction. First off, I need to point out, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, but I don't have the original CD used to "build" it but I do have the CD Key / Serial that they used to build it (its a custom computer but I lost the cd). My wife's uncle owns a PC Repair shop and sent me a few versions of Windows 7 Ultimate OEM CD's. Will my CD Key work or no? If not I guess we just stop here. If not I will continue.

EDIT: I was Belarc Advisor if anyone would like more details about my system. Also I do not have any software for my drivers after I reformat, which may be an issue.

A:First time reformatting/restoring. I know! It's one of those post again!! Sorry!

and welcome to the Forum

The Vista key is not going to work with Windows 7.

Google and run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor to see what is compatible and what is not. If you post the Belarc Advisor here, be sure to delete the keys it reports

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Anyone feel like analyzing?Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:03:57 PM, on 2/25/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Windows\System32\WLTRAY.EXEC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\Sigmatel\C-Major Audio\WDM\sttray.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exeC:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint II\SetpointII.exeC:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exeC:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exeC:\Program Files\Fingerprint Reader Suite\psqltray.exeC:\Program Files\DellTPad\ApMsgFwd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Logishrd\KHAL2\KHALMNPR.EXEC:\Program Files\DellTPad\HidFind.exeC:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apntex.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exeC:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Ma... Read more

A:Hey folks... first time post [HiJackThis log]

Hello NPwannabe,Nothing there to analyze. Having specific problems?tea

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Hi guys, Ive recently been infected with a series of malware and spyware infections. Ive scanned with a few programs:
Spybot S&D
Exterminate It!
and ParetoLogic
all spyware/ malware removers.....all failed.
Theres some type of DNS infection also which redirects my browser when I try to visit Microsoft Support sites and most other updating or online scanning sites. I have posted a HijackPatrol log (generated by WinPatrol) for your expert review... please help.

A:(first time post!)malware infection

The site is telling me my Hijack log contains to many characters to post pls help..

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New build: gigabyte ga-p35-ds3l rev2, evga 8800gts 512, e8400, corsair hx620w, gskill 2-2gb ddr-800, wdigital caviar se16 640gb, ac freezer 7 pro

I am hearing that this motherboard does not support the e8400, except with the newest bios update (rev 8a). I understand it is shipping with rev 7. I have also read from reviews at newegg that the board is recognizing the chip right out of the box.

Question: will the board refuse to post if the chip is not recognized, or would it post and say "chip not recognized" or some such?

Also: I do not have another, older lga 775 chip sitting around. Is it possible to update the bios some other way? Possibly contact gigabyte and have a new bios chip sent?

And: does anybody have a good suggestion as to what to do to troubleshoot short of completely disassembling the system?

Any advice is welcome

A:help! first time builder, new build, won't post...

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I've noticed that my system, despite having the OS on an SSD drive, takes the same amount of time to boot as a well tuned spinner HD.

Right now I'm about 75 seconds but a good 40 seconds or more is spent waiting for the MOBO to post. I have the ASUS TUF Sabertooth.

On a boot, it seems to run through this check routine where these little red LED lights on the board bounce around and then finally ends near the serial ATA block. It hangs there for about 5 to 10 seconds and then posts.

Then there's the ASUS power up screen where you can go to the EFI bios if you want. It will chill out there for a while too.

Then windows.

All in all, the shut down and start up of the OS only is about 25 to 30 seconds, way shorter than waiting for the MOBO to post.

Any thoughts, comments, suggestions?

A:Reboot time - Mostly waiting for MOBO to post.

Have you looked for BIOS quick boot options?

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Blue screens no matter what is going on or when nothing is going on... it's not constant... sometimes hours between. I've updated the OS and applications as much as I can via WU, applications and the like. Upgraded to Win8.1 hoping that would help, but it hasn't.



Edit: I posted it quick so I could make sure it got up instead of crashing again.

Crashes have been going on for several months... can use the PC for hours at a time. Sometimes, I sit down and after the system has at some point in the day, booted up after a crash... no one has signed in or run anything... hit a key... only to BS.

A:Random BSOD's one happened the first time I tried to post

In general, if you upgrade an OS and it still has problems - then hardware is the most likely cause.
BUT, there are a lot of other things to consider if you've been using the system for any length of time (as the installed stuff can also easily cause this).

Memory dumps seem to point at RAM. Try these free diagnostics: Hardware Diagnostics
Start with MemTest86+ and Prime95 - then run the others just to be sure.
It may be difficult to run MemTest86+ If so, post back for help with turning off Secure Boot and enabling the legacy boot stuff.

The following is for informational purposes only.

**************************Sat Oct 19 18:22:33.355 2013 (UTC - 4:00)**************************
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\John\SysnativeBSODApps\101913-5968-02.dmp]
Windows 8 Kernel Version 9600 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Built by: 9600.16404.amd64fre.winblue_gdr.130913-2141
System Uptime:0 days 0:54:44.065
Probably caused by :Pool_Corruption ( nt!ExDeferredFreePool+852 )
BugCheck 139, {3, ffffd0002d2db310, ffffd0002d2db268, 0}
Arg1: 0000000000000003, A LIST_ENTRY has been corrupted (i.e. double remove).
Arg2: ffffd0002d2db310, Address of the trap frame for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg3: ffffd0002d2db268, Address of the exception record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg4: 0000000000000000, Reserved
PROCESS_NAME: chrome.exe
F... Read more

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Started having problems two days ago with malware/adware.  Included such things as ads  from edealspop and specialdeals and ninja games and and and pirrit ; occasional flashing boxes stating my computer is about to crash, or my computer needs an urgent update.  None of these will allow me to take screenshots.   Eset appears to be catching a lot, others keep coming through when I am on the internet.   My first  reaction was to run Malwarebytes, which found nothing.  I then uninstalled Malwarebytes, rebooted in safe mode and installed a fresh copy of Malwarebytes (downloaded on a different machine from your website), and reran in safe mode.  It found some things, in heuristics, and said they were being quarantined.  Rebooted normally, checked the internet -- same problems.  Downloaded ADWcleaner from your site, installed & ran in safe mode.  Same result. 
Contacted my computer support people and they advised me to try running TDSS Killer and Rkill from your website only.  Downloaded, installed and ran each in safe mode, rebooting after each.  Same result.  They then told me to run Combofix, which I did.  I have a log file but don't know what to do with it.  Same result as all other attempts. 
I run this computer on our business network, and most data is kept on the mirrored server, with daily backups.  This workstation... Read more

A:first time to post -- malware removal problems

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Click the Report button and the report will open in Notepad.IMPORTANTIf you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt (n is a number).===Download the version of this tool for your operating system.Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit)Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)and save it to a folder on your computer's Desktop.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first t... Read more

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I just joined the TechSupport Forum today and I am in need of assistance. My work laptop has been running great for the last 2 years, over the last month I have found that malware has worked its way onto it and I after repeated cleanings something keeps hanging around. I finally broke down last night and paid for a license from HitMan Pro to hopefully finally remove the files that are causing the wierd things my pc has been doing. I ran a few scans last night and I thought everything had been caught and cleaned.

This morning I boot up my laptop and after signing in the BSOD pops up. The error message reads -Stop: 0X0000007E (0X8470AA94, 0XB79E9A24, Oxb79e9720)

I have plenty of hard drive space (should be at least 20Gb free) and the only changes made to the pc recently was the HitMan pro activation and scanning last night. Nothing more than that... I ran the Windows setup disk this morning, chkdsk /r but after it ran it still blue screens on me.

can anyone point me in the right direction of what to do to resolve this issue. thanks for your help and please if more info is needed let me know, and if I posted anything wrong here please tell me. I am a n00b here and want to make sure I do things right.


A:First time post - BSOD (stop:0x0000007E)

Let's start with gathering this info:

Here's a link to info about the error: BSOD Index

While waiting for a reply, try this stuff:


I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


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)

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Scanners (read the details at the link)

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This trusty PC was mainly for running my faves - Battlefield 1942 , call of duty, - it did great except it slowed down when my son and I tried Battlefield2 and halo (multiplayer and single player)


AMD atlon 1.6 cpu 1800+
nvidia 4600ultra 128mb ultra video card
384 mb ram pc2100? i think
asus av7333 MB
(onboard sound)
60 gig HD (still only 45gigs full after 3 years)
300 or 350 watt pwr supply (prob300)
*Windows xp-pro without updates

I think the system is corrupted now - even with the norton security firewall and antivirus etc. because the windows updates could never be installed and I couldn't patch anything without a real windows disc. It starts twice - works ok and then bombs unexpectedly every 30 minutes or so. (NEEDS FIXING)

here's the bad part - the shop that built this for me never gave me the windows disc. (I didn't pay attention)
I guess this MUST GET A NEW WINDOWS DISC INSTALL and I'm ok with that -

My questions are

1. which windows? XPpro or XPhome or xpmediacenter etc?

2. should I buy a new HD and set it up with that and then once everything is great - hookitup and grab the old family photos etc that were on the old HD? Whats a good HD sizedata ol

3. what is a good lowercost cost videocard that would play battlefield2 online without frameyness?

4. should I buy a low cost more powerfull cpu at the same time?

5. more memory worth it?

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A:Hi - first time post -I need to fix an AMD computer and was wondering which path to

clambo said:

My questions are

1. which windows? XPpro or XPhome or xpmediacenter etc?

2. should I buy a new HD and set it up with that and then once everything is great - hookitup and grab the old family photos etc that were on the old HD? Whats a good HD sizedata ol

3. what is a good lowercost cost videocard that would play battlefield2 online without frameyness?

4. should I buy a low cost more powerfull cpu at the same time?

5. more memory worth it?Click to expand...

First, remove Norton, its a GREAT resource hog. Thy the free AVG antivirus.

1.- I would choose XP professional, but if you want to keep costs as low as possible, get XP Home, it is very good. I fully recommend it.

2.-That depends on you. If like high res videos or movies, or a lot of photos, I recommend a 160Gb HD. If you dont like that, a 80GB should be plenty.
What is your current HD?

3.-Again, that depends on the motherboard. It could have a standard PCI slot (the long white ones) AGP ( a little shorter slot located near the CPU) or PCI-Express ( the fastest and better slot). If you can tell us the EXACT model of the motherboard, we can help you.

4.- If you can afford it, yes. Go with AMD if possible.

5.- Sure, you should have at least 1024MB of RAM if you wanna play Battlefield 2 without too much lag.

Hope this long post helps!

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I have a problem as follows: When I power on my PC after an extended period (several hours) it takes anything up to 20 mins before it completes the POST and boots up. Actual bootup time, after the beep, is about 45 seconds. Re-starts seem to work normally. I have run BOOTVIS, disabled non-essential startup items, cleaned and defraged the drives. I suspected a power supply problem, however I have checked the voltages using Everest and they all appear to be okay. Obviously this is is done after the O/s is loaded, could the power unit be causing the delay to the POST but running fine once the system is up.
Can anyone suggest another cause to investigate?

A:Long wait time between power on and POST.

# suspects here to these symptoms...
1) PSU
2) A device driver conflict.
3) An incorrect setting in the BIOS.

Go to Control Panel/System/Hardware/Device Manager and see if all devices are listed OK.
If there is a device that is not working properly it will have a Yellow ? next to it.
Remove any of these Devices by rite clicking and selecting remove. Then re-boot and re-install the drivers for any trouble devices...
Let's start with this and see if it cures your symptoms...


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My friend has a dell P4, definitely outdated but still should be a decent computer. As soon as you restart the computer sits there for sometime before it posts and eventually loads windows. We are talking probably 3-5 min before anything except the cursor _ load on the screen. Any help would be great.

A:Computer Takes Long Time to Post

how much ram do you have, there is a setting in the bios that checks every bit of ram, 1 gb will take about 15sec

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Using a Dell Inspirion I6400 laptop w/Windows XP Media Center 2002 SP2 -
2 problems:
1) System keeps shutting down & restarting minutes after I start w/the following msg: This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress. Any unsaved work will be lost. Restart initiated by NT/Authority due to DCOM Process Server Launcher service unexpectedly terminated.
Has been doing this for a few days & started after my son was playing games on Not sure if he clicked on any pop ups. Shuts down too quick for me to do a HiJackThis or post a ? I am using a desktop to post this.

2) everytime I start computer the following DEP pops up:
To help protect your computer, Windows has closed this program.
Name: Generic Host Process for Win32 Services
Publisher: Microsoft Corp

Not a tech wiz, but smart... would be so grateful to fix this!

A:Win xp nt authority restart - no time to run scan or post ?

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I'm a first time pc builder from the Netherlands, and I'm having trouble getting my setup to work. I'm using these components:

ASRock P5b Pro
Intel E5300 cpu
GEIL 2x 1GB DDR2-800
GeForce 6200 PCIe
IDE Samsung hard drive
Some generic dvd-rom drive, also IDE
300W power supply...

So, the problem. I hooked everything up according to the manual (except the green power LED, since there's only two pins on the mobo to accommodate the plug, while my plug requires three pins), turn the machine on and everything comes to life. Fans, hard drive, dvd drive... even the hdd led blinks accordingly. Everything seemed to work, except there's no beep, nor is there any video. So I tried to isolate the problem.

What I tried
reseated the processor, heatsink and fan. I discovered that the thermal pad on the heatsink had melted, so at least the cpu is doing something... I have no reason to believe the cpu is faulty;
reseated the ram, as in lifting out one ram module to see if I might have a faulty module. I also removed both, as the mobo tends to alert you there's no ram installed. Didn't help either;
reseated the video card. The P5b Pro has no integrated graphics, it relies in a single PCI-e slot. I know the video card works properly in other machines, but still I reseated it. To no avail;
I plugged out all power drainers: the hdd and dvd drive. I thought it might be too much for the PSU to handle. Nothing;
I removed the CMOS battery and replaced it ... Read more

A:First time builder: no post/beep/video

It now works! I cannot explain what happened, but it now works perfectly!

So, I went to a local computer store and bought a 450W PSU. Very cheap, but it looks nice and it has a 120mm fan built in. I switched out the old 300W PSU, connected everything... but it still would't turn on.

Then, I had the idea to switch the hdd LED plug with the power LED plug. So now, the hdd light functions as a power light. That way, at least I could see if the computer is actually on or not. I didn't expect it to make a difference, and I was right.

Next, I dug up an old CRT display. Maybe there was picture, but the DVI port on my graphics card was broken. So I hooked it up and I once again fired up my computer. The fans started spinning, and then they suddenly stopped. The first thing that came to mind that my brand new PSU broke down or something. So the next couple of seconds I just stared at the mobo, when all of a sudden, everything got back to life. Fans started spinning, everything. Then there was a loud BEEP! I looked at the screen, and I saw the ASRock splash screen, followed by a message saying there are no bootable devices. I jumped in the air with joy!

Now, next I hooked up my IDE hard drive, but it appears my mobo doesn't play well with IDE hard drives. It has no problem seeing the dvd drive though. So I guess I have to get a Sata drive now, no big deal. And a much better video card as well, especially since I now have 450W at my disposal.

Thanks anyway for readin... Read more

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I lied about the little time part other than the fact that in a few minutes i might throw my computer out of the window. For a while I had my own computer technician. He worked for free and his name was but now i have a problem which google is screwing me over with (on to the problem already!)

I recently treed to install windows vista. I used a second Hard Drive i previously partitioned. After I installed something went wrong with registration. No biggie. I just had to back up the absolute necessities and format my hard drive. Well I made two partitions on my hard disk this time and once again i installed vista. problem: After i reinstalled vista and extracted my backups from my archive, things started to go wrong. iTunes AND Windows Media Player don't work in Windows Vista (I am running the RTM x86 version of Windows Vista Ultimate by the way) because it said either I didn't ave speakers installed, no driver was present or... yada, yada, yada. My speakers are fine an play the error sounds when I screw up so why can't they just play music? iTunes was different. If I clicked to play the Music, it just wouldn't start. (If this has something to do with the fact that I just dragged over the music from some back up folders than... nevermind... I just figured you'd like to know) Well that also goes along with how when I'm on Windows XP my speakers are fine with the error messages and, oh wait. My second problem is how iTunes doesn't ev... Read more

A:Lotsa Problems... Little Time (sorry for double post)

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I've posted a hijackthis log a while back and i didn't get a response. But now I'm still having the same problems. IE wont open up pages, itunes freezes when i try to update it, mouse cursor freezes, backlight dims all the way down at random times, yahoo messenger wont install/unistall/or open, and my cd drive malfunctions when burning cds. My antivirus doesn't pick up any problems but there are plenty of problems.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:21:22 PM, on 12/7/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\iS3\Anti-Spyware\SZServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\STOPzilla!\STOPzilla.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchos... Read more

A:hijackthis log previous post unanswered please help this time.

Hello oOTopGun21Oo,

You'll find that threads without the requested logs tend to get bypassed as we require a more comprehensive set of logs to determine the presence of malware.

Please follow the instructions in our sticky topic New Instructions - Read This Before Posting for Malware Removal Help and post the requested logs in your next reply.

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This computer was working fine when I sent my daughter off to college last week. Two days after she got there, the computer crashed. I need to get this fixed ASAP. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Problem: Computer powers on, appears to POST, but then goes directly to boot menu. It doesn't matter whether I select "Safe Mode", "Normal", or "Previous...", Identical results with each option: it will just reboot and return to boot screen each time.
Any suggestions??
Thanks in advance

A:won't boot past POST - (Urgent time crunch; help please)

At the top of this forum there is a Sticky called = Guide to Reinstall of Windows

You will find instructions for doing a repair-install that is non-destructive and should fix the computer.

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How long should a "Windows Checking For Updates" after reinstalling Win 7? Due to functional/performance issues (likely due in part to resizing partitions), I have reinstalled Win 7 Pro with SP1. Once installing all of the mother board hardware
drivers and verifying that there were no unknown hardware devices (i.e. no black exclamation points in Device Manager), I initiated a Windows Update check. After 6 hours of the "Checking For Updates" just moving the green bar I broke down and did
another fresh installation, but I used my Windows 7 Ultimate w/ SP1. I again installed all hardware drivers and started the Windows Update process. As of 1800 08/17/2016, the "Checking For Updates" has been running for nearly 18 hours. How long should
this take?
I have installed the current version of WUAPP (7.6.7600.320). I have also gone in circles trying to find a way to download the updates for offline installation, but the farthest I have gotten is directed to the Microsoft Update Catalog, but the add-on always
fails to install (even after reboots). I have verified that the update service (WUAUSERV) is running, but I do not see/cannot track the service to a process (e.g. WUAAPP).

Is there somewhere to download the post-SP1 updates for Win 7 Ult? Thank you in advance.

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i subscribe to the ny times feeds and alerts and suddenly, outlook has stopped posting these until hours later than the times sends the messages out. verizon says its not their fault, the times says it's not their fault, and i don't know what is going on can any of you help me out????


A:Outlook 2003 does not post feeds from the ny times on time

Check your Outlook settings against the information online at the Microsoft Knowledge Base. There is a great deal of information there on Outlook, and I suspect something is out of Whack.
You almost need one of the Outlook 2003 manuals from Amazon com to deal with all you have to know about Outlook. They will make you a better Outlook 2003 user.

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Hi, last few days my laptop running slow.
When browsing freezes for a few seconds (sticks) and within a minute or so freezes outright and cannot change between windows. May recover after 60 seconds or so but usually having to hit off button and reboot. Keeps happening.
See logs below.
Please help
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 11-03-2015
Ran by Owner (administrator) on OWNER-HP on 12-03-2015 04:53:41
Running from C:\Users\Owner\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Owner (Available profiles: Owner)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(HP) C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\TrueSuiteService.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atiesrxx.exe
(IDT, Inc.) C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\stacsv64.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atieclxx.exe
(Hewlett-Packard Company) C:\Windows\System32\hpservice.exe
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\wlanext.exe
(AVAST Software) C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
(Andrea Electronics Corporation) C:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\AESTSr64.exe
() C:\Program Files (x86)\Web Connection\W800\BackgroundService\ServiceMa... Read more

A:First time post - freezing laptop responds to reboot only

This topic is being handled at

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Hello all.....!!!!
Wow, I have not required help in a VERY LONG time.
But, well now I do.....
About 6 weeks ago I re-installed W7 on my SSD
While doing this I unplugged my two HDDs just to be safe.
Until today I had no reason to look at the HDDs
These HDDs serve a single purpose.
Storage & backup of family photos & videos.
I use Dropbox for the small stuff off drive C
When I went to do an overdue backup of last month's images & videos I could not see the following.
Not a single folder of images (1o years worth) on the "storage" drive , where Windows puts a system backup FYI.
On the other (backup) drive I could see everything fine except all of 2012 and most of 2011.
After a brief panic I changed setting to see hidden folders & files.
Now I see what I was not seeing but faded out a bit.
If I copy & paste anything to the desktop it works but is also a faded icon.
Is this some type of permissions issue or something?
I do have another external backup that is fine when I plus it in but I have not backed up to that yet this year (I bad).
Thoughts on oh to bring all of these files back into the real world?


A:hidden files of jpegs - my first post in a very long time!!!

Hello FMG,

Good to see you back.

Faded files/folders just indicate that they have their attribute set to be hidden. That's why you see them now as faded when you set to see all hidden files/folders.

If you do not want them to be hidden anymore, then you could use the tutorial below on them to set their attributes to be unhidden. This will have them no longer be faded, and still be seen when you set to not show all hidden files/folders.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

Hope this helps,

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(Originally started as:;#entry843728 , but moved away. MEA CULPA - MY FAULT.)Hello all...Well, this is the problem: My little Sister infected her new Vostro 1400 LapTop when she tryed to install a pirated version of "McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5i".There was a single "Setup.exe", plus instructions to "just double click it and follow the wizard..."Well, I was watching this and, just for curiosity, I opened that "Setup.exe" file with 7-Zip, and I found another big "Setup.exe" file inside, along with a little "is154343.exe" file (93.184 Bytes in size).When I opened the 2nd "Setup.exe" file, I realized the software was there, but encrypted ("ZipCrypto Deflate"), and so I realized my sister was fooled by some "script kiddie" (or the like), as the only possible option to install the software forces the execution of "is154343.exe".Then, I researched a little, and found a thread in this forum about that "exe" file: well, after further research in the affected computer, I found that this parasite force the inclusion of 2 entries in the "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" Registry branch. They are:dpnqwtgr = rundll32.exe "C:\WinNT\system32\dpnqwtgr.dll",bqslqsvax = Rundll32.exe "C:\WinNT\system32\qslqsvax.dll",sNo matter I deactivate or delete them, they regenerate automatically after reboot.Other 2 things this parasite does, are:It enforces the "Privacy" se... Read more

A:Virtumonde Infection - Crappy Is154343.exe (good Post This Time...)

Ah, one thing more:

Do you like / want / need me to provide a copy of the "Is154343.exe" file?

I can upload or send it wherever you want.

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Win2K with Time Zone set to London


I notice that 5 hours is being added to the time of my posts (the time is now11.37 p.m., but the time of this post will show plus 5 hours. How can I get my posts to show the correct time. Thank you.

This post is showing a time of 4.35 a.m.

I remember that when I first joined the Site my post times were correct.


A:(Solved) Time Zone correct - but post times still wrong

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I am trying to help out a neighbor today who has computer related problems. He boots up his computer, to go to the screen where it gives him 5 choices to start his computer: start windows normally, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, last good known configuration, etc. No matter which one he chooses though, they all give him the same result. He sees the windows logo with the bars loading up XP but shortly after that he gets a Blue Screen of Death for about a second (not long enough for me to see the error), then it goes back to the Boot options I listed above.

Not exactly sure where to go when I am trying to help him at the moment. Usually, I can get the BSOD error and go from there, but this time I'm stuck because I can't see the error in time. At the moment, I have limited computer specs. from him (pretty sure its a dell) but other than that, not much else.

If you need more information, ask, he really needs help so please whoever can, contribute. Thanks!

A:Cannot start windows, reboots to boot selection screen each time-see post

you could try reseating all the components
or also removing things like
etc and see if it at least boots with just HDD connected

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I Am Moving To Spain In The Coming Weeks And I Was Wondering If I Need Any Electricity Converters To Use My Equipment Ovef There All Information You Can Provide Will Be Greatly Accepted


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not sure where to submit my topic, but this seems to me the right place; since my problem ISN'T with connecting the computers through LAN, but more like connecting them to the electricity!

i have in my house 1 Phase, do you think it can handle 6 computers? or should i seek for another place to do the lan party? (obviously which got more than 1. probably 3)

thanks in advance,

A:LAN + electricity

it would be a smart idea. I'm supprised that your house only has 1 phase power, alot of people have 3 phase. Not to mention all the lights you might have on, t.v., etc.

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So, as I lie on my bed and move around, I build up static electricity which is released as a static shock when I touch my computer.
...this is bad for my computer, right? Should I make an effort not to do that?
Thank you in advance.

A:Static Electricity

OUCH !! Static discharge can kill ram, eprom and other onboard chips.

Attempt to avoid it by

touching a bedside lamp base (metal) before touching the laptop
get out of bed, walk to the door and touch the door handle
Find a means to discharge your body before touching the laptop

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Do you guys know anything about how much electricity it takes to power a desktop system and a laptop system? My mother is constantly complaining about the electricity bills so I want to see whats up with it.

I even got a laptop now to save money so she would stop bitching but that isn't working.

Do computers really use that much energy?

A:Electricity and Computers

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ok well i am wondering if i need a water cooling system for overclocking or not?

A:water + electricity

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Dear All

When I touch my CPU body at area where there is no paint, I feel an electric charge / shock over there.

Rest of the body which is covered by paint, I feel slight electric charge.

Is my power supply is earthed or some electric wire is conducting electric current in CPU body?

What other reasons there could be?
How to Overcome this problem ? Can I fix it or I have to take it
to some hardware guy ?

Best Regards

A:Electricity in CPU Body

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As the title says, The electricity went out so my pc has an unexpected shut down, After the electricity has come, The pc showed this screen

and when i pressed F8 it showed me some options for startup that I have tried them all but the problem still exists, So any help for this problem?

Note: I don't have a usb flash drive and my dvd-room is broken.

A:BSOD after electricity went out.

Hi back2revenge,

Hope all is well.

This link could help you solve the problem, it has for me before:

Solve Error Code: 0xc0000001 in Winodws 8 | Team Windows 8
Hope that helps


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Earlier this evening, it had happened that my monitor blacked out (like what happens when your away and the screen saver shuts off) but it happened at once, screen saver had not been going, and i could bring the monitor back up again only but shutting it (the monitor) off and turning it back on. this happened a couple times while i was online. I just remembered too that before my monitor started blacking out, my pc shut off, not going thru shut down the normal way, but as if someone pulled the plug. Well, anyway after a couple times of my monitor blacking out, my computer shut off again, but then actually restarted on its own. A time before this this evening it had shut off itself but didn't restart and when i started it, i should make note that after i had connected to the internet i got a message from norton antivirus that threat protected had detected a worn and stopped its intrusion. I got this message much earlier in the day too, but had not been having these other problems too yet. Well after all this trouble started this evening i decided to run norton virus scan and scan the whole system. I never completed a whole scan because while scaning my computer shut off, at once (like someone pulled the plug again) and then started back up again. I was not connected to the net when i was running the scan. my computer has been fine most of the rest of the evening, but before i started having these problems, for about the last week, i had noticed a couple desk lamps i have ... Read more

A:Is it a bug in my computer or my electricity?

Howdy Jutty1224,Try running your computer in safe mode, unnconnected to the internet and do a virus scan while in safe mode. If you can't even complete this, ie. machine shuts down again, you might have to check the power supply. I would have thought that the surge arrester should control the power flow and this should not therefore, be a problem? Here in Oz, that's what they are supposed to do.

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Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, it's my first post here.

Basically yesterday the electricity went out and since then I haven't been able to boot Windows 7 on my PC, so I downloaded Ubuntu on my laptop and went in to check if the files were ok (without installing Ubuntu just running it from the CD) and it turns out that my RAID0 was gone and so were the partitions on it, I had one for Windows and another for the rest in case I had to format so not to lose the data on my PC.

So what I'd like to know is if there's any way that I can recover the data that was on my partition D, didn't want to format right away because I'm scared that if I did the data would be lost, so yeah, help me out please.
Thanks in advance.

Oops made it in the wrong place actually, was pretty sure I was on the HDD section, argh forgive me, still sleepy.

A:Electricity out = Problems

Yes there is a way to do a partition recovery. I've done it a few times on WinXP haven't done a recovery on Windows 7 though. I'll do some researching and keep you posted. There may be some experts here who has experiences on Win7 partition recovery just wait for their suggestions.

Download HBCD 10

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In the building I have my computer the wiring is poor, for example lights dim when the dishwasher is turned on. Could electrical fluxuation be damaging to a computer? I was looking into surge protector, but a surge is when the voltage goes up, not down (as I assume it does when the lights dim).

A:Poor electricity

Yeah that happens, I wouldn't worry about it.

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I keep getting a spark of static electricity when I touch my laptop. I have changed outlets, power strips, and even laptops. It actually shuts one of my lap tops down. It is in an office, so I have no control over humidity. How can I stop the static? Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Please help with static electricity

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About 6 months ago my computer recieved a HUGE PROBLEM.. We have spent tons of money on it trying to find the problem, when it turns out that we have electricity problems at our house. When we turn the washing machine or dryer we will get a small surge and the computer restarts. We have just beginning to notice that its not only the washer and dryer we have noticed that when our fridge kicks in it also restarts. We have tried moving to differant location of house, but it still happens. When it restarts it will start loading up again and when everything seems normal it keeps reseting again! We probably will get an electrician to our house. The first time it happend was when i was playing WoW. Now sometimes when I play my games and the disk reader speeds up fast it resarts aswell. I usually wait 10-20 minutes and then go back on. Please has anyone else had this problem?

A:Electricity problems

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How to avoid them?

Do I need an antistatic wriststrap, or a antistatic pad, or an antistatic something? (Explain to me how to use these please.)

I need to install and plug in the PSU first?

I can't cross PSU wires within a centimeter or I get fried?

Any other suggestions?

I have to build tomorrow.

A:Death by electricity

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I am hoping to get an answer on this so I thought I would throw it out here. I keep my home dsl modem and router on 24 hours a day. How much money do you think I would save on my electric bill if I only keep it on for say 12 hours per day? I appreciate any positive responses.


A:Solved: Electricity

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my pc is plugged to a voltage regulator and the voltage regulator is plugged to the socket . my tv is also plugged to the socket. if i use my pc for 20 minutes and i turn my tv on i noticed that my monitor gets distorted and goes normal imediately. that also happens to my tv when i turn of my monitor for a few minutes and the tv is on, when i turn the moinitor back on the tv gets distorted and goes back to normal emidiately.

my question is... does that have to do with power voltage? if it has, i asume that it is low voltage. will that affect my system? will it destroy my system in the long run?

A:question about electricity voltage

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Please can you help me use my computer so that I dont use up too much electricity, and thus will save money and also not harm environment?

Now, I had been told to leave computer on all day by someone as it is suppsed to be best rather than turning off and on throughout the day.

But what I need to know is what you suggest. Are there ways to set it so that it 'sleeps' after a certain time of no use?

Should I turn it off every time I have breaks from it, however long or short?

I have the lowest speed Broadband.

Any help will do to help me save on electricity bills, thanks

A:Best way to use computer to save electricity?

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This question is purely academic on my part and have been a question to me since I still lack the formal education about it. So, to anyone who could please explain to me in lay or professional terms (I'll try to manage), what is the relationship of electricity (and which type) to the hardware in both electronics and computer terms (if they vary, that is) to making things work in those machines like how relative is an electric flow to a running computer or a running program in it?

A:Relationship of electricity with the hardware

Electwick......It make the electwonocic stuff work!!!!

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Hello everyone!

A few days ago the electricity in my house went out I believe it was the oven that was the cause as the 20Ampere stick was broke so i switched it and started up the electricity again.. Electricity worked after that.

Now I have problems with internet being unstable.
For example when I am playing Darkfall my Out can go so low I eventually disconnect from the server

Following are a few pictures showing me pinging the Darkfall EU, NA servers also Google. Togheter with a picture from ingame demonstrating the Out going really low it should be around 1000.

LevelOne PalmCon FSW-0807TX <- Switch
Fiber 100MB down/10MB up

Another thing that is worth to mention is that the modem for the telehpone (not involved to the ethernet as I have fiber also died and had to be replaced).

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Hey all

My electricity bill is out of the roof with a small computer i bought its only a standard p4 and has not been over clocked am i able to under clock and would this help my pocket with the electricity.

many thanks

A:Electricity bill sky high

On average, a computer uses $1.00 worth of electricity per day... if on a lot.

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Hello all!
I seem to be having an issue involving static electricity. Whenever I touch the front bezel of my PC and give it a shock it will restart with a BSOD. It doesn't seem to do this anywhere else on the case afaik. I checked the outlet and the surge protector and both are giving ground so that should be fine. My front bezel has nothing attached to it whatsoever, no wires or anything. The case I have is the Thermaltake Core V71. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

A:BSOD from static electricity

I guess it's the metal grille area that you touch and the static discharge goes to? The metal bezel portion of the front panel would have some means that is supposed to be grounding it to the rest of the case - perhaps a tab that presses against the case as it is assembled, or a screw that passes through from inside the panel. It would seem that however this earth connection is achieved is not making contact to ground the bezel. The static charge will be jumping to ground by another path, probably wiring between the front panel and the mainboard, which will shock the mainboard circuitry & give the blue screen. Finding how the earthing should be happening, and correcting the bad connection (scrape away a little paint, tighten a screw, maybe even reconnect a little earth tab that came apart) should cure it. But not knowing the case, I can't give any more specific details than that, sorry!

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How do you determine how much wattage your computer is using.

I just installed a new graphics card in a friend's computer but it's still not allowing her to play The Sims on her PC, I think the graphics card isn't getting enough electricity.

A:Graphics card getting electricity
That roughly calculates how much Wattage the computer is using.

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I'm considering buying a USB hub. My knowledge in electricity is about 0, so I'm not sure about the preferred power specs of each.
So there's that one, 7 ports, with a 12V/3A power adapter.
7 ports, 5V/4A.
9 ports, 12V/5A

The last one has only one port designed for charging, and the rest of them may not be good enough.
From the second one (4A):
To ensure a stable connection, don't use this hub with high power consumption devices (those exceeding a combined current of 4 Amps among all ports) such as some large-capacity hard drives.
This hub is not meant to serve as a stand-alone charger. It is not compatible with iPads or any other devices which have irregular charging requirements.Click to expand...

From the third one (5A):
With an additional port devoted exclusively to charging, this hub was designed with compatibility in mind. At up to 2.1A fast, the charging port max-speed charges smartphones, tablets or even other USB-charged devices.Click to expand...

Are they talking about the amp parameter? The third product says specifically that the special port is capable of 2.1A. So how much do the other ports supply?
I thought the device can provide X ampere total, regardless of how it's divided. (by all ports, or taken by just one)
Is there an amp limit to each port?

What are your thoughts? Thanks.

A:Questions about a USB hub and basic electricity

You are correct, the total current (1000mA = 1Amp) output of a powered hub shouldn't be higher than it's power supply can deliver.
But some Usb devices don't need the full 500ma maximum current that a Usb 2.0 port can deliver so in practise you may be able to use all the Usb ports on the hub even if they can't all deliver 500ma.

Usb 3.0 can supply up to 900mA per port but here again the total current should not be higher than the hub's power supply can deliver.

Any electrical device will only use the current it needs to operate, possibly a lot less than the power source is capable of delivering. The Voltage a device is rated for should be the same as the source's though.
So a laptop charger that is rated for the correct Voltage and at least the same or higher current output needed for a particular laptop will work ok, the laptop will only take as much current as it needs, even if the battery is removed or is charging.

This is a good explanation of Usb hub current ability :-
Usb ports designed for charging devices can deliver more current, more info on all this here :-
'Normal' Usb ports are 5 Volts but see the table at the above link for some other types.

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hey there (sory for my bad english)
my freind have a computer need to be formated
becuse his windows has crashed there is a system file
has been deleted so i tryed to format the pc but ??
i enterd the cd then i pressed the del button so i can
enter the bios screen but no such one button is worked
the num,caps,scroll, locks no one is on i tryed to light them
but they didnt work ,, so itryed an ibm keyboard but the
all the lights keep lighting and disconnect i tryd the mouse
(lasr mouse with ps port) but the laser light dosent work and
the weel light dosent worked too ,,, finaly itrayd a usb keyboard
but the usb doesnt work until windows start but i need to start
bios and usb doesnt work and the ps2 so how i will boot from xp cd
please heeeeeeeeeeelp ?
(sory for my bad english <<and for this story haaha)

A:My ps2 ports not working, no electricity

Basically in bios setting mouse are not work.
you only use with keyboard.
without keyboard you unable to reinstall the XP. you check the mobo is it any damage occur in ps/2 connector.

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HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY DOES A COMPUTER USE PER HOUR? Arguement going on a home on high electric bills,anyone have a rough idea how much electricity a computer(pen4) uses? i thought i read somewhere about 25 cents an hour

A:How Much Electricity Does A Computer Use Per Hour?

if ur pc has a 300w power supply, it's like leaving 3 100w bulbs on all the time

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HelloToday i've ecountered really stranhe problem with my PC. It was running pretty nice and cousing no problem at all untiil today. I've been browsing web and then my House got elecricity cut. I waited till the Power is back and launched my PC. It started different than it used to, showing mainboard info (How to enter BIOS etc). When it came to "starting Windows" and Windows sign, PC has stopped for a while and then showed Blue screen for one Second Or even less. I have tried Windows repair and system recovery but it didnt help at all. Im confused and dont know what to do.

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I tried Googling and searching Sevenforums for methods on how to ground yourself without a wristband (I don't want to buy one). So basically all you have to do is touch the metal part of the case with your hand and your screwdriver before touching another component?

Thanks for the help.

(oh, does anyone have a up-to-date guide on how to build computers?)

A:So, how would I deal with static electricity?

Make sure you're touching bare (unpainted) metal. You could also google for articles on how to prevent ESD (electrostatic discharge.) Some other things you should do are here:

What is ESD or ElectroStatic Discharge

As far as building your own computer, the basics haven't changed all that much over the years. You still need the basics like a case, power supply, motherboard, hard drive, etc and they all have to be compatible. What has changed over the years are the technological advancements like SSD vs HDD, terabyte drives vs gigabyte, number of cores in the CPU, and perhaps most important of all . . . how will you be using the computer? I think it's safe to say that if someone is going to do online shopping, send/receive emails, and maybe watch some videos or listen to music, his computer requirements will be less than the person who does 3D drafting, video editing, hard core gaming, etc. Couple of guides that might help:

How to Build a Computer from Scratch: The Complete Guide

Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC - New-System-Build - Homebuilt-Systems

And I'm pretty sure that others will jump in with other suggestions on what they think you should consider.

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If my power supply is rated for 450Watts, then how much does it really draw? I want to buy a UPS but I dont know how many VA's to get. Anyone??

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Having some weird problem with my computer I just put together last night. In my main computer my mouse works fine and there are no issues but with the computer I put together, every time I get up off my chair and I am charged with static electricity, my mouse light blinks and even goes right out especially when I touch the metal on the chair and the mouse loses power and I am not even touching the computer or mouse or anything near the mouse but the chair. I tried a different PSU cause I thought maybe that might be causing it and unplugged hardware and it still did it. Also want to mention that I did a stupid thing and I forgot my HDD wasn't plugged in and plugged it in while the computer was on then it shut off and I turned it back on and there was display but then it went blank or it was already blank (can't remember) so I did a hard shutdown and unplugged it and plugged it back in and it worked ok. Could there possibly be some sort of grounding problem?

A:Static electricity and mouse

Motherboard mounted correctly using standoffs?

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Hi there, i'll be installing a new hard disk and a memory card. I've heard about static electricity damaging electronic components.
I've heard that touching the metal case or any metal object earths you. Any tips i can get, and i can't buy antistatic wrist band cause they are not available here.
Thank you.

A:Static electricity concerns

Quote: Originally Posted by kirakun2

I've heard that touching the metal case

If you do the above every time before you touch other components you will be fine


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Do you have to leave this on all the time for it to record? Or can you just time it to turn on and turn off itself. I suppose this would use S3 sleep mode so that it could turn on really quick without having to boot all the time.

A:Does a home theater to a PC use a lot of electricity?

A DVR would be a better solution. I added a $300 750GB eSATA drive on my DVR. I can record 100 hours of HD TV. I connected a Sony VCR/DVD dubber to it. I can record to DVD in VCR format. I know which channels I can't due to protected DRM. TCM and Showtime allow me to record 99% of shows to DVD.

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yesterday there was an electricity failure in my house, which include the first failure and than the electricity company tried to bring back power but it fail after 2 second .

after power came back to regular , my pc started up but became very very slow .
every click on the mouse take a long time to respond and sometimes causing the apps to freeze.

system restore to earlier point fail and chkdsk isnt working - something about other program using the c: drive.

i dont know if its a windows failure that formatting will fix or hardware failure (hdd, MotherBoard, CPU).

any suggestion ?


A:Pc is very slow and unusable after electricity failure.

To find this out I would boot a boot CD of any kind to see if it functions correctly. Then you'll know its either your hard drive or the OS itself that needs replacement or repair/reinstall.

If you boot into a Boot CD like Hirens of UBCD you can test your hard drive, RAM and rescue your files. All of this activity will demonstrate if the boot CD functions normally which would indicate the mobo is still good. If so then it after testing your hardware from the boot CD if it proves OK I would move to the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

If you'll report back as you go there may be other repairs indicated.

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I am a great believer in always wearing an earth strap when I go inside a PC. Some on this board have the view that this is not necessary!
Lets look at what static electricity is! It is simply high voltage electricity with no current. It can and often does reach very high voltages. When you get that spark between your finger and a car door that can be measured at about 500v.
Different people generate different levels of static even though all other factors may be the same. You can have two people dressed in similar clothes next to each other at the same bench with wildly differening levels of static being generated! Certain atmospheric conditions create differing levels ie humidity, temperature, barometric pressure and a multitude of other conditions! Personally I generate a fairly high level of static as everytime I walk past our home radio we get quite severe interference. So my view is that as there are so many variables in the generation of static electricity it is better to err on the safe side and always recommend the use of a good earth strap. Better safe that sorry. I think it is encumbant upon all here who affer their advice and help to take a resposible attitude towards this problem and recommend the use of a strap but I would be pleased to hear what others think!

A:Static Electricity and earth straps

I have moved to using the "earth strap" (even though I haven't heard it called that) when working on PC's. I have fixed many a computer by grounding myself to the case by holding/touching the metal casing and have had no issues with it. I have heard of people never using one and never having any problems. but.... better safe than sorry. it is good practice to use it so that there is no doubt that the hardware is safe.

Edit: also, another reason for using it is that I have started working on laptops more and there isn't a lot of metal to ground yourself to. so it is easier to ground if you are wearing the strap.

I have known it as an anti-static wrist-strap.

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i'm a little embarassed to even have to ask such basic questions. however, it seems easier to find information to solve technical questions than to find information spelling out what most people just know.

background for static electricity questions:
i've read that--
grounding is important when working on hardware. this can be accomplished with an antistatic wrist band and a cardboard box.

1. if we open a case on a wood kitchen table and work while standing on a tile floor, is this sufficient?
2. is there anything i should know about the tools we use? i use chopsticks to hold things out of my way, for reaching things or to help me get the cases apart when they don't just have screws. is this okay?
3. i use a regular plastic screwdriver when i need one. do i need to do anything to ground it?

about cleaning:
canned air seems to be the choice. is it the only choice? can i use a clean paintbrush, a microfiber cloth, or a magic eraser on parts. is it a HUGE no-no to use the dyson?

some of the computers my son and i have been working on are very old, most have been stored in garages. while they are working fine without much cleaning, it goes against my instinct to put anything back together without wiping it down first.

for the record, we aren't running a business. it's just something fun to do and i don't want to put a lot of funds into it.

A:Static electricity? cleaning dust?

If you touch the metal of the case, you are at the same potential as the case
Therefore you cannot harm the parts (unless you build up Static Electricity by moving around again.

The brush is OK too

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I've been a Diskeeper user since it first hit the market about 10 years ago, and won't debate its ability to defragment any drive safely and efficiently, but save electricity?

Uses less electricity. Since your computer doesn?t have to work as hard to read and write files to your hard drive, it not only increases the longevity of your hardware, it also uses less electricityClick to expand...

C'mon now. They're not serious about that, are they?
How much less electricity do you think your computer uses because your hard drive is not fragmented?

I think this is pushing the green concept a bit.

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My friend is having massive problems with her computer right now, I have suggested everything possible and nothing is helping or she cant do it. I'm hoping that someone will have an idea of what she can do that won't involve her losing any of her massloads of files on her computer. Basically here is the situation:

After the power (electricity) flickered, nothing showed up in the task bar when she minimized things, they'd minimize right above it, and she could move them around on the screen. She restarted it, and nothing changed.. it was still doing that. But that was all that was wrong with it at that point. After awhile, she tried to open Outlook Express, but it wouldn't open, didn't show up on the applications or processes list or anything, and so she tried to do things in Paint Shop Pro, but she couldn't paste anything at all. (Which she also attempted on text documents after that. There was no paste option.) About an hour or two later, Outlook Express finally opened, and it said it was 'not responding' took her about 15 minutes to finally get it closed. Tried opening Windows Media Player, but it said there wasn't enough memory, so she restarted the computer, which took like 10 minutes, and tried again. Still said there wasn't enough memory. She minimized an internet window, and instead of showing up above the taskbar, it completely disappeared.

I had her correctly shutdown her computer, wait a few minutes, then restart ... Read more

A:XP programs problem after electricity flickered

Run a System File Check. It will replace any damaged system files.

Start - Run - in the Run dialogue box type "sfc /scannow" and press enter
Do not type the "" and make sure there is a space between "sfc" and " /scannow"

If its done correctly a status window will pop up. You may be asked for the XP CD if its not a pre-installed version.

Takes a few minutes.

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I am have an issue that nobody seems to have ever heard of happening before and I'm at a loss.

I recently got a new computer, well my friend helped me build a custom computer. Every single time the AC in my house turns on, or when i turn on or off a simple desk fan in my room, the computer locks up for a second, screen flickers, and my wireless keyboard looses signal for a few seconds before coming back on. This happens EVERY time. It seems like this computer is VERY sensitive to power dips from other electronics/AC in the house. This never used to happen with my old computer. Where could the problem originate and what solutions do I have? A UPS was suggested to me that might help regulate power, but still, there's some odd problem with my computer. Like I said, even a desk fan turned on or off causes this to happen. Any help would be very appreciated!!!

A:Problem related to electricity in house?

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