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Loss of power when plugging in multiple USB devices

Q: Loss of power when plugging in multiple USB devices

This is so odd. I'm running Windows XP SP2 on Dual core INtel with 1 gb memory.

I've installed a front USB panel that has 4 ports in front and 2 more on the PCI card which it's attached to. (added on peripheral).

I can deal with the "this device can run faster if plugged into a 2.0 device" but what is really frustrating is that if I plug in 2 or more USB devices. At least one of them won't work.

This computer is in my family room and wirelessy networked to my other computer in another room. I use a Motorola USB device to connect for the purpose of printing stuff off the printer in the other room.

If I have too many USB devices plugged in - there doesn't seem to be enough power to allow the wireless connection - resulting in not being able to print.

This isn't the only issue. I have some software that requires the USB "key" in order to work. If I need to use that software using the "key" and then I need to print something from that particular software to the remote printer - I have to save it to my desktop firsti - then disconnect the "key" and then I can print.

Do I need a bigger PS? I have a 500W now. I thought that would be big enough. Perhaps the USB issue isn't related to that at all? Is there some way to regulate how much power is assigned to USB devices?

Since my computer is in a desk against a wall - it's very difficult to plug and unplug stuff into the rear slots. Hence the install of the front panel USB.

This is very puzzling and frustrating.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the full report on what I'm running - cut and pasted from the "Advisor" software:

Drive "F" is an external drive I had plugged in at the time I ran Advisor. I had also followed advice previously given that said to delete the USB ports - copy a command to a folder on my desktop and following the advice to "fix" the registry. That didn't seem to work either. I dont' recall if all the USB ports had been re-installed when I ran the Belarc Advisor program.

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

Intel Corporation
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.67 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache

1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Intel Corporation D945GTP AAC97834-304

Serial Number: LATP61526954

Bus Clock: 133 megahertz

BIOS: Intel Corp. NT94510J.86A.3239.2005.1205.1900 12/05/2005

Drives Memory Modules c,d
260.28 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
224.84 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6L100M0 [Hard drive] (100.25 GB) -- drive 0
WDC WD16 00JB-22GVC0 USB Device [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 1 1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6H1' has 512 MB (serial number 0x00000000)
Slot 'J6H2' is Empty
Slot 'J6J1' has 512 MB (serial number 0x00000000)
Slot 'J6J2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 100.24 GB 80.59 GB free
f: (NTFS on drive 1) 160.04 GB 144.25 GB free

ALi PCI to USB Open Host Controller (3x)
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C8
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller

HID-compliant consumer control device (3x)
HID-compliant device (2x)
USB Human Interface Device (3x)
HID Keyboard Device
HID-compliant mouse
Generic USB Hub
USB Composite Device
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub (9x)

A: Loss of power when plugging in multiple USB devices

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2430M CPU @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6058 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, -1988 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 670404 MB, Free - 623020 MB; D: Total - 29696 MB, Free - 9353 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, Emerald Lake
Antivirus: None

I've just restored my laptop in an effort to fix a problem I had with my mouse, a razer Naga epic, losing power. It was a last resort and I had already attempted updating firmware, and drivers, and I've come to the conclusion that the problem is not with the devices, but the usb ports themselves. I just started using a usb logitech headset and it, and the mouse lost power, at the same time. I know for a fact the problem is with the port and not devices but I haven't the slightest idea how to fix it. Any help TSG?

A:Random power? usage ability loss to usb devices

Additional note. When the mouse stops working, the mouse seems to be receiving power, and the laptop recognizes that the mouse is connected but the mouse doesn't move the pointer. The lights flashing is how I know it's receiving power.

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I had just bought a G19 keyboard for my wife, we both have windows 7. Of course we first get it, we get giddy with excitement because this looks like an awesome keyboard.

We install the software from the CD then plug it in, it works fine and operates as expected. We plug in a USB flash drive (because it says we can finally do that now) and the keyboard just stops working, i tried to rescan for hardware changes, unplug it and plug it back in.

I notice the processor usage jumps to almost 100%, and after looking at the resource monitor, it's stuck on System Interruption and doesn't go away until I reboot the machine. After that I see this problem it just happens randomly even without any devices plugged in. So I download the latest version of the software from logitech and install it. Works great again, so later I tried to plugin our camera to the keyboard, again, same problems as before, reboot and works fine.

One thing I noticed is that it's showing 2 Logitech G19's in my Device and Printers section with different sets of hardware on it.

So pretty much we cannot plugin any data related devices to the keyboard without it failing. Should I send it back or is it just not working with Data related usb devices?

Any thoughts would be great.


A:G19 and Plugging in USB Devices

Are you plugging the USB flash drive into one of the ports on the keyboard or the main system? As far as I am aware (and someone will probably correct me on this), the sockets provided on keyboards are mainly intended so that you can plug a mouse or pen/tablet pad in.

It could also be down to the USB mode. A keyboard is typically a USB 1.0 or 1.1 device (there is no point in it being any faster) and, as such, the port to which it is connected effectively becomes a 1.0 or 1.1 port. This means that any device plugged into the socket(s) on the keyboard will be restricted to the slower speed associated with the USB 1.0 and/or 1.1 revisions. In effect, the maximum speed of a particular port is limited to the slowest device in the chain. If you attach a device that is normally 2.0 rated, such as a flash drive, it can cause your system to slow down whilst it ascertains what data is stored on it.

The reason why you've got 2 instances of the driver is probably because you have installed 2 sets of drivers - one from the accompanying CD and one that you've downloaded. I advise that you uninstall both sets of drivers (reboot after uninstalling) and then reinstall the one you downloaded.

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Hey all ^_^

So. My newly built computer is running amazingly well, except that it has begun BSODing when I plug in USB devices. Funnily, nearly all devices work once the computer's done rebooting, but some do not, leading me to finally seek help.

The System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Full Retail. The system is a little over a month old?built same day as OS installation.

I really appreciate the help! Thank you in advance.

A:BSOD when plugging in USB devices

Welcome to SevenForums.

These crashes were caused by prl_usb_mng64.sys, a driver used by Parallels Desktop.

This seems to be a common problem which was discussed in their forums, you may find additional information there.

This may fix the issue:

In Parallels disable the USB Controller in the Virtual Machine Configuration.
- Open the device manager.
- Show hidden devices
- Expand 'non-plug and play drivers'
- Double Click 'Parallels USB Device Manager'
- On the 'Driver' Tab, go to the startup section, then select 'Disabled' from the drop down menu.

If that doesn't work you should either remove(uninstall) this program or find a newer updated version.
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Hey guys. I ran into a little problem recently, and would like to share it.
I know it is supposedly ok to plug USB cables in and out while the computer is on, but, to be safe I have always gone through the Safely Remove Hardware icon.
For some reason, though, I have always felt it is safe to just plug sound devices in and out with no regard to whether the computer is on or not. Have done this for years.
However, I noticed a few days ago that one channel of my onboard sound line input had quit, on my newest MB. I did not realize this for awhile, because somehow the system had just rerouted the one channel into both sides, when writing to the CD or DVD. (I noticed that Joe Walsh appeared to be playing an unplugged guitar on the Eagles Hell Freezes Over concert after transferring from my old VHS tape to DVD, even though both speakers were working! LOL)
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A:Plugging/unplugging sound devices

No, 1/8" jacks can freely be plugged/unplugged while the computer is on, and when you're outputting sound.
As to why the jack went dead, coud've been just natural death of age, removing the plug at an extreme angle and damaging the jack, etc...

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A:Plugging in 4-pin 12V supply causes power to shut off

At the least you must try another power supply. It could be any rail, or a short, that is causing it.
And if it's not that, I would suspect the CPU or motherboard died.

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Hi all,

Acer 7740g, Windows 7 HE.
I have this annoying problem that when my AC power is plugged or unplugged it makes a beep.
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I tried the following and no luck:

Editing a registry entry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound\Beep and changed it to "No".
Uninstalling the Beep device from my device manager.
Turning off my pc speaker, unfortunately, I didn't find where I can disable it.

My sound card drivers are: Realtek

Anyone has another idea?


A:Annoying beep when plugging/unplugging AC Power

This forum is for "Business Applications", not hardware problems.
Please post on the correct forum which is "Hardware" here:

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Hi all,

Acer 7740g, Windows 7 HE.
I have this annoying problem that when my AC power is plugged or unplugged it makes a beep.
Muting the sound completely helps, but that's sometimes not an option.

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Editing a registry entry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound\Beep and changed it to "No".
Uninstalling the Beep device from my device manager.
Turning off my pc speaker, unfortunately, I didn't find where I can disable it.

My sound card drivers are: Realtek

Anyone has another idea?


A:Annoying beep when plugging/unplugging AC Power

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This seems to happen often when using Firefox, but also at other times, even when Firefox is closed and the computer is idle/unattended.

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A:Random Power Loss / Event 41, Kernal-Power / no BSOD

Are you certain your PSU is OK? I'd check RAM too with Memtest86+
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As long as the power cable is plugged in in my notebook the brightness of my display is fine.

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Try going to the Power options and then click Change plan settings for your power plan then in the next window under battery at the bottom is a adjustment for brightness. Be sure to save changes one done.


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I have a Dell Vostro 1400 running Vista Home Basic and have had two periods in the laptop's existence where it would mysteriously freeze. You could see everything on the screen, and the power lights were on, but it would not respond except to a hard reboot by holding the power butting down for 5 seconds.

I am going through one of those periods now, and have discovered that the problem happens when I am either plugging or unplugging the AC power adapter, but don't know why. I have been all over the web for a solution, and while it does seem I am not alone with this problem, I have not read a sensible solution yet. My favorite bad answer is "don't unplug your laptop when it's on."

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A:laptop freezes when plugging and unplugging AC power adapter

being a member of the Dell Community Forum, I looked there and found this

A lot things happen in Windows when inserting the AC power adapter.

To check if it's a classic CPU lock-up: repeatedly press capslock. If the capslock light doesn't change, there's no live in there.

Assuming the CPU is locked up: It's possible there's a log entry in the system log just before the AC power adapter is inserted. These entries give clues where to look, just before things went sour.

Next try to reproduce it in Safe Mode (press F8 when Windows start) If it's also in Safe Mode - try running an alternative OS (no need to install)

If the problem also shows up here - most likely it's a hardware issue.

Otherwise it's a windows issue - might be driver related.

the "alternate OS thing is a link on the forum web site. Click here to go to that site.

Hope this is some help... Raybro

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I have a weird problem with my computer.....a little background:
I didn't turn the computer on for a LONG time....perhaps a year, so one day, I decided to boot it up and it won't boot past the post! So I replaced the MB battery, checked the power supply, replaced the memory...and it booted. But then, I turn it off, and it won't boot again...same problem with it not booting past the mem. post. So being that it was an old computer, I figured I'd just build myself a new machine and use the hard drive as a slave. There are programs on the drive that I want to use that I cannot replace! Well, I tried doing that, but the new computer won't see the won't even boot with it plugged in. So....

I take the hard drive to another machine that I know works fine, and it boots. Problem I thought. I turn it off, and try and turn it back beeps, no post....nothing. So I tried changing the power supply, and plug all back in, and it boots. Turn it off, nothing. Long story short, if I unplug the motherboard power cord from the board, and plug it back in, it boots, but if I turn it off, I have to repeat the motherboard plug thing to get it to boot again. I have had the drive checked for viruses, and it's clean.
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Can I damage my motherboard by plugging in the case power button connecter backwards? Neither my case nor my motherboard specifies what is negative and what is positive.

Can I damage my motherboard by turning it on with nothing in it? (Ram, processor...)

I attached a picture of my current set up and a scanned diagram of my mobo manual.

Current set up:

A:Damage mobo by plugging in power button backwards.

The case power switch is just a switch which shorts the two pins on the mobo via the leads and case switch. Short answer : no it doesn't matter which direct the case power switch leads plug into the mobo.

Can you damage the mobo by turning it on without RAM and, but why would you want to? Really destroyed RAM or CPU which looks like a short (electrically), yes! time to buy new mobo. But no RAM or CPU is just an open circuit so you'll just hear alot of beeping from the BIOS.

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anyone know how to do this? when plugging in to AC adapter, the system switches to a different power plan?

A:Any way to auto switch power plans when plugging in to charger?

In what way,
There are already different settings for plugged in and battery usage
Power Plan Settings - Change

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Hello, I have a Y510P notebook and I am having some problems with it. Once I was playing on this laptop and it suddenly it turned off. The power cord would make a weird noise and it wouldn't turn on. After a while it started to work normally. It was probably a high voltage spike in my house, since we already lost a cellphone. After that I notice that the laptop would turn off, as soon as I plugged the power cord. I ordered a new power cord and battery, but this issue is still happening. Anyone has an idea? Thank you!

A:Plugging power cord turns laptop off (Y510P)

Hi Tiagoramosleite,
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
You can initially start isolating the issue using the power checkout guideline (page 21). 
Try to notice anything on the DC port like bent pin , unusual appearance / marks or smell of burnt . 
Would any led status light (page30) still be lit when plugged in. 
It would be best to have it further checked for further isolation for dc in port issue against failure on the systemboard itself with nearest service center or call in technical support for further recommendation. 
Update us how it works best for you.

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Well my computer (gateway gt5662) has been working great the past 2 years but all went down 3 days ago i turned off my computer (Doing a normal shutdown) unplugged the cables and all the others and left to goto my dads house so me and my friend were bringing all the parts to my dads car when we got to his house i plugged it in straight away fans started blowing i was all like wtf... and the blue power button was not lighting up about 300 unplugs and replugs it lit up then crashed about 20 more clicks turned on i went into bios eveyrthing seemed normal i just said to put on fail safe i did that my comp finally turns on then about 3hrs later it dies again.... I've seen lots of people with this problem i just don't fell like buying a new comp when there could be an easy fix
Thanks Slipknotic

A:Computer Auto turns on when plugging in the power cord

It might be the power supply, a lot of the Gateway and eMachine computers have problematic power supplies. See if you can borrow a power supply, say from anther computer, and try it.

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Within the first five mins of any game or using Netflix, my computer will lose all power. The system does not freeze; the power just goes out like a light. I cannot power my system back on after that point unless I turn the switch from the power supply itself off and then back on, and then I can power my system back on. When I get back into windows I check the event log and it shows it was a Kernel- power ID 41 (63). I have been searching all over the web to find an answer to this issue and so far the only answers I can find are from posts over a year ago which talk about older versions of windows and hardware. The CPU and Video card?s over clocking is turned off.
This system was built on 11/18/2011

Asus motherboard: M4A87TD EVO (BIOS: Up to Date) (Drivers: Up to Date)
? VIA Audio Drive: Up to Date (v.
? AMD Chipset Driver: Up to Date
? Realtek LAN Driver: Up to date (V. 7.46.610.2011)

? AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Processor 3.40 GHz Quad-Core
? Hard Drive: WDC 500GB 7200RPMwww
? RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600
? Window 7 Pro 64 Bit Service Pack 1
? Video Card: GeForce GTX 560 1GB Driver: Up to Date (v. Have Direct x11
? Power Supply 750W

Log Name: System
Source: Kernel ? Power
Event ID: 41
Level: Critical
Task Category: (63)
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A:Windows 7 64 Bit System Power loss from Kernel power ID 41 (63)

* Event ID 41 is basically a timeout waiting for a device to respond.
There is both a description and several fixes here...
Event ID: 41

* If we had the actual DMP file we might be able to tell you which.

* Your problem may be caused by many things > RAM problems >graphics drivers > overclocking > heat issues > using more than one AntiVirus at the same time > etc etc.

* Make sure PSU is working properly

* If overclocking, restore to original

Some troubleshooting steps you might care to consider.

* How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

* Run DiskCleanup
Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

* How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

* Check Disk
Disk Check

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I consider myself an advanced user, but this one I've never seen, nor can I find info out for...

I haven't been able to plug a video camera or external hard drive into my computer via FireWire. I then tried a different cable, nothing. I then tried a different device and cable, nothing. I then tried a different computer with two devices, nothing.

My USB2.0 works fine with each device and computer. I also took the new computer into CompUSA and they tried their firewire device and all worked. I bought a new firewire cable, but I have the same luck with each device.

How can 2 external hardrives, and one sony camera not work, after working for a year. What happened? What do I need to do?

A:Multiple firewire devices on multiple computers not working

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OK this is my story,
First I spilled pop on my lap top. nothing worked stay on for 20 sec then turn off. Took it apart cleaned it off with denatured alcohol and distilled water. let it dry for a few days. Now it only works in saafe mode. But it works more than before. I have no battery in. Only using power cord at first. I turned it on and a choice of regular start or safe mode or safe mode with networking, If I pick regular then it only booths as far as it plays a little tune the microsoft shows on bottom of screen. that is how far it gets. I turn it off if I turn it back on same thing happens. But if I unplug power cord from computer and plug it back in turn on computer then the safe mode screen choice come up. If I pick safe mode then OS vista come up on the screen. If I put the battery in nothing comes up not even a choice of safe mode.I did a restore didn't seem to change anything. I have read a few things like the bad ram I changed ram same, I read a bad cpu and heat sink. I took off heat sink and put on new thermo paste. now out of ideas. ny other ideas out there. I is a aspire 5610Z laptop.

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Hi. My power adapter cable recently broke, so i replaced it. But I accidentally got the 90 W one when I was meant to get the 130 W. When I plugged it in, for some reason, i couldn't access the internet or my home network anymore.

A lot of the network adapters in device manager have exclamation marks next to them:
I tried updating the wireless device driver, but it didnt change anything.

Any ideas what I might be able to do to get it working?

A:Solved: Cant access internet or network after plugging in different power adapter

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hello,i am  using hp 15-r201tx notebook since 1.5 year with intel core i3, geforce 2gb grphicscard and  windows 10.My laptop screen goes black when I plug in the power cord to charge it. If I remove the powercord from laptop the screen comes back on. It does still charge the laptop however, even though the screen goes black. so i thaught i have solution for this problem if anybody really have intrest and want to know the solution for this  problem please contact me 

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My computer wouldn't shut down, even with holding in the power button, and so I just let it run out the battery. Then it wont turn on. I tried holding down the power button to clear out any charge that might be remaining. I have managed to get it back on, but I have to make a connection at the clip where you plug the power button ribbon into the mobo. Also, this is the second time I have had to do this. The computer works fine afterwards...or seems to anyway.

Question 1-I any ideas what causes the computer not to power on when it has sudden power loss?
Question 2-What can I do so that the next time I have a sudden power loss I don't have to take it apart to get it working again?

I like learning computer/electronics repair so be as detailed or technical as you can be to help me learn more about electronics.


A:Computer wont power on after power loss

The power switches do go bad and can result in all kinds of strange behavior. You might try replacing the switch.

But before you do try removing the switch and starting/stopping the computer using just the wires to see if it is indeed the switch.

Laptop Power Button Repair - YouTube

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When I plug a power cord in, the power light instantly (almost) lights up, whether or not I've pressed anything to try powering it up. When I DO press the power button, nothing changes. Nothing sounds like it's running at all. Someone suggested moving the RAM around, so I placed it in a different slot, but that didn't change anything. This was a frankensteined computer that was given to me, so I can't even really provide much in the way of specs. It's an IBM ThinkCentre S50 (shell anyway), but appears to be loaded with a 40GB Seagate HDD, Intel P4, 512MB RAM, and an AcBel power supply. In case this matters, and I don't know enough to know or what I would do about it, but there are a few open plugs for power. The motherboard has a couple plugs running into it, but one still open. The HDD has two empty plugs, but one plugged into it. I would have no idea how to play around with the power supply. Not to say that's the problem. Thanks for any help.

A:Computer shows power light upon plugging in, but no boot, noise, or any startup

It could be the power supply (officially called a "PSU" or Power Supply Unit) that's faulty and needs repalcing, but you were right not to go messing with it as even a faulty one can give you a nasty shock from the power that's stored up inside it. I've worked on fixing & upgrading computers for many years, yet even I draw the line at changing a PSU. I let my local PC shop do it for safety reasons, plus I believe in supporting little independant PC shops whenever possible.

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There are multiple websites that I cannot connect to, facebook, rottentomatoes, youtube, to name a few. Others seem perfectly fine. A few seem okay, but seem to be running slowly.

This is the case for both my computer (on which I am running Windows 7), which is connected directly to the router, *and* mobile devices which are connected wirelessly.

On my computer I have tried using several different browsers to no avail, but when I used the TOR browser to proxy, I was able to access them.

I apologize if this has been asked, but I haven't been able to find anything this specific.

Thank you.

A:Can't connect to multiple websites on multiple devices

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Our ISP recently updated their hard ware to work with the Sprint network. Note: our ISP is not Sprint, but the local phone company.

Our Hardware:
Internet: DSL 10.0 (highest speed available)
Modem: Comtrend (ISP provides)
Router: Belkin N
Computer: 10 yr old Dell running XP - service pac3 - wired connection
Kindle Fire (first edition, no HD, etc) - wireless connection
Xbox 360 - wireless connection

Xbox - went from constantly bumped from Xbox Live game by losing internet connection to not being able to enter a game at all
Kindle - went from occasional "network error' message during online tasks to having to restart download (multiple times) or refresh page for most any or all online tasks
Computer - have to click refresh to get most any page to load after the home page

What we've tried so far:
I have recently cleared the cache on both the computer and Kindle. XBox's new security measures have been met.

My questions:
Do any or all of these issues seem to be related?
Is there a piece of equipment or something we may be missing to make all of these things work? I am a networking novice.
Who should I call to get these issues corrected, my ISP or a tech service? Note: if I start with the ISP and they do not find an issue I have to pay for the call.

A:Multiple issues over multiple devices

First. You should try to NOT use a wireless connection for any type of gaming: PC, Mac, Console, etc. If you can hard wire the xbox you'll be waaay better off than using wireless.

Now... Yes, the issues could be related - there maybe an issue with the Belkin N router. I'd try to first reset the Belkin router to default settings, check on manufacturer website for instructions how, most routers you can press a "reset" button w/ a paperclip or ball point pen. Reconfigure the Belkin router, recreate the wireless network and see how everything works. If you are still having issues, humor me and connect the Dell directly to the DSL modem, bypassing Belkin router. See if you still have connection issues, if you do then it could be the DSL modem that is the problem and call your ISP to replace. If you don't have same issues then it's most likely an issue with the Belkin router. Replace it. Don't buy the dirt cheapest router at the store, but you most likely don't need the most expensive one either. Find a good middle ground router, ask sales associate to assist you accordingly.

Post back, Hope this helps!!

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Mini031511-08.dmp 3/15/2011 1154 AM MULTIPLE_IRP_COMPLETE_REQUESTS 0x00000044 0x8681a770 0x00001bc0 0x00000000 0x00000000 afd.sys afd.sys+b2d7 Ancillary Function Driver for WinSock Microsoft? Windows? Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5657 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini031511-08.dmp 4 15 2600 94,208

I have attached a sampling of dump files. Any help is very much appreciated.

A:Multiple BSoD' a loss

Just FYI - this forum isn't designed for Windows XP BSOD troubleshooting. There's a significant difference in the skills needed for XP and Vista/Win7 troubleshooting.
That being said, I'll give this my best shot...

All of the BSOD's are STOP 0x44's - more info here: BSOD Index

So, our first question is "When does this occur?" - During the boot process? While hibernating/resuming? While playing games? Any other significant issues?

The next Question is the status of your Windows Updates. I see that you have SP3 installed - but do you have ALL the updates after that? (this can be caused by an update issue).

Another issue with XP memory dumps is that we can't easily tell which drivers are current and which aren't. My solution is to have you update ALL of them from the PC manufacturer's website (I will include a list of the older drivers, but it's rather intimidating due to the number of them)

- Please update these drivers from the device manufacturer's website - or uninstall/remove them from your system. Reference links included below.
- DO NOT use Windows Update or the Update Drivers function of Device Manager.
- Please feel free to post back about any drivers that you are having difficulty locating.
- Windows Update exceptions may be noted below for Windows drivers:



NAVENG.SYS Mon Dec 13 20:42:27 2010 (4D06CB83)
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Strange things happening here! I am borrowing a computer to send this to the forum.


- can't connect to the internet via Firefox (preferred) or IE (both time out)
- e-mail works to receive mail but when attempting to reply or forward I get the message "There was an error opening this message There is not enough memory"
- can no longer 'drag & drop'
- can no longer 'cut & paste'
- can no longer update antivirus (AVG free) and Spyware Detector (updates fail)
- AVG and Spyware Detector state No Infections
- RegCure seems to function but doesn't fix the problem
- System Restore doesn't work "System Restore is unable to protect your computer ... please restart, etc"
- Restart now includes blue page with "systemroot/windows/system32/autochk.exe not found"
- Zone Alarm has disappeared and won't reload
-original taskbar now 'locked' or disappeared. I created a new taskbar in order to access Start menu
-'beep' sound now associated with error messages. No sound previously.
-minimized windows now "sit on top" of task bar and don't "hide".
- ran HijackThis but can't copy scan results to memory stick to transfer to this borrowed computer because of loss of function re cut & pasteand drag & drop

I think I need help!


A:Multiple Loss of Functions Trojan?

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Lost my WAN. I am troublshooting router/ modem issues so I am direct connected to my modem bypassing my router. but to maintain my LAN for sharing I am using a wireless dongle as I only have one ethernet port. as soon as my wireless is connected Win7 drops internet from the ethernet. even if I have net then merge the connections.

I just had a fresh install a few weeks ago, nothings been tweaked cuz for the most part it works.

help is much appreciated. searching for this is hard as queries pick up everything with the word internet and network


Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Asus USB-N53(drivers installed only, no utilities)
Asus RT-N56U Router(not the one with issues but a temp LAN router for future replacement)

s/w: Win7x64

A:Multiple networks results in loss of WAN


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I had a power loss in my apartment and now the computer will not boot in any mode. not safe, not normal windows..... nothing. it will make it to the screen it where it says it was not shut down properly and then just reboot. i tried to repair using a windows xp disk and got a blue screen of death. can my HD be toast after this? i don't see the difference between this power bump and a hard reboot. the computer was shut off in a hurry and thats it. please let me know if there is anything else that i can try before getting another HD.

A:Win xp is tko'd after power loss

If you can't do a repair, try to for a format/reinstallation. If you need to get some data off the hard drive before that, try getting an external USB enclosure for the drive & do a backup on another computer.

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My windows XP H.E. keeps shutting down, it seems to be temperature related but not 100%. When it shuts down it's to a full blue screen with, to me, a lot of mumbo jumbo about how, why, what, with a counter that goes to 100 before it either restarts or tries to restart. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much

A:power loss

Why do you suspect it is temperature related?

To help you need to post the mumbo jumbo so we have some thing to work with.

Also post your PC specs and what was open and you are doing when it happens.

For example, use MS Word or playing a game.

Also are you over clocking your PC?

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Hi there,

Had a recent problem occurring, whilst using the PC (and normally in the middle of doing something) my PC will suddenly power off, windows does not shut down, its as though someone has pulled the plug out.

Also, when i boot my PC up, it will start to boot up for about 5 seconds, power off, then start again.

I have disconnected all the wires, cleaned out the case, and then tried booting up just using the power lead and still got the same issue when booting up.

The graphics card was slightly loose which i have sorted out but i am still getting the same boot up problems.

Any idea's?

Thanks in advance

A:Power Loss

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I'm running a Compaq computer with XP Home, SP3 and all updates. Twice lately the CPU power has failed for a second and then come back. When the computer has rebooted itself it gives me an error message as follows:
BCCode : 10000050 BCP1 : E3C2101C BCP2 : 00000000 BCP3 : BF8374D3
BCP4 : 00000001 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 768_1

and then:

Any ideas what's going on and what I can do about it?

I'm not very techie but will try to provide any further information if needed. Any help would be much appreciated.

A:CPU power loss

The compaq most likely has a 250 watt bestec supply. These after a few years of use they tend to fluctuate at will. If you can enter the bios menu, post the voltages and temps.

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I have been having problems with my computer losing power like the plug has been pulled. The timing of this can vary from 30 seconds to 30 minutes after booting. It would usually go quicker if I used the USB ports. After looking into this I changed the PSU with a like for like 300w from pcworld. But this hasn't cured the problem. I have also read that it could be overheating but the CPU fan seems to be working as I have opened the case and turned the unit on and the fan spins.

Any other suggestions or could it still be the CPU overheating?

Many thanks inanticipation.

A:Power loss

If you've added more hardware (or a more powerful graphics card) to the system since it was new, a 300w PSU may not be sufficient to feed everything, so it could still be a PSU issue. Whenever you fit a new PSU you should always use that as an opportunity to fit a more powerful one (higher wattage output) than the one it replaces, and especially if the one it's replacing was only 300w.

Fitting a higher-wattage PSU than the original one will in no way harm your PC. It will ensure that it's well able to cope with the demands placed upon it with plenty in reserve for future upgrades, which in turn means it run's cooler and lasts longer.

I've no idea what your system's total wattage requirement is, but personally I would have replaced that 300w unit with at least a 400w one, certainly not a "like for like" one.

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I have an old Advent 3217 pentium 4 80gb hard drive. Now I have 2 choices I could remove the hard drive and create an external drive this getting the files from it... But first I wanna try get it back alive. It broke last year the pc was on and running. And there was a pop a flash of light a smell of burning and now no power. If I buy a new power supply do u think it will bring it back to life? 350watt can I buy 400- 500 watt or do I need 350??

A:Power loss

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My name is Zaid I'm from Kuwait and I'm looking for software or hardware that give me the option to restart a PC after a power loss.

the Kiosk (running windows server 2003)


A:power loss

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Hi, I am experiencing a loss of RAM in windows XP with a multi-video card setup. Here are the system specs:
P5W64WS Professional
QX6700 Intel Processor
4 x 1G Supertalent DDR2 800
2 x Seagate 160G HDD
4 x XFX 7300 GT video Cards with 256 MB DDR2
XP Pro

Here is what I have done so far. For the people that may not be familiar with this particular motherboard, it has 4 x PCI-Express slots, and readily advertises its ability to handle 4 video cards and 8 displays on the front of the box. Tested the system with one video card, the normal 3 Gigs of RAM were visible in XP. I put another video card in PCI-E slot #2 and visiable RAM drops to 2Gigs in XP. I switched the second video card to PCI-E slot #3 and same issue. I added a third video card and visible RAM stays at 2 Gigs in XP. When a fourth card is added the RAM drops to 1.37 Gigs.
At this point I took out 2 Gigs of RAM and removed all but 1 video card. The 2Gigs were displayed in XP with the single video card. I added another video card and 2Gigs remained visible. I added a third video card and the 2 Gigs were still visible. The fourth decreased visible RAM to 1.37 Gigs.
All displays are running fine and system is stable. I am just curious if this RAM decrease is normal, if there is anyway around it, and why it is dropping at all if the video cards have dedicated memory. THanks for your time.

A:RAM loss in multiple Video card setup

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Heres the problem, I have Norton anti virus but got probs with adware and popups. Followed symantec things to try and delete, rebooting in safe mode etc didnt work. I also tried to reload an earlier registry backup which it partly did and then said there had been error? - perhaps I shouldnt have done this??I downloaded windows defender which got rid of most of my probs, it detected downloader, trojan adclicker, trojan:win32/vuodo.gen!Q, PWS:win 32/cimuz.gen!A, Program:win32/antispyware, trojan:win32/agent, adware:win32/clickspring.b, meredrop etc. I now have two issues, when I start up I get the following message: Rundll error loading C:\windows\system32\gxnjnsaq.dll. I then dont get any sound and windows media player wont play wav files or MP3's. When i double click on certain shortcuts (e.g. Active Primary and even the DSS program?)i get a prompt saying that the feature i am trying to use is on a cd rom and to insert it, I click cancel three times and the program then loads up??Help!!!!!!!!!DSS and Kaspersky belowThanks in advanceGazDeckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Four S on 2008-07-04 20:53:10Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --12: 2008-07-04 19:53:23 UTC - RP12... Read more

A:Multiple Infection Causing Loss Of Sound Etc

Hi and welcome to Bleeping Computer! My name is Sam and I will be helping you. Please download the OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer. Save it to your desktop. Please double-click OTMoveIt2.exe to run it. Copy the file paths below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\winlogon\notify\efcYRLbB
Return to OTMoveIt2, right click in the "Paste List of Files/Folders to Move" window (under the light Yellow bar) and choose Paste.Click the red Moveit! button.A log of files and folders moved will be created in the c:\_OTMoveIt\MovedFiles folder in the form of Date and Time (mmddyyyy_hhmmss.log). Please open this log in Notepad and post its contents in your next reply.Close OTMoveIt2If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you ar... Read more

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I have used firefox since it was called Firebird. As you may know from this I love this browser.

1. I updated to 7 recently and thought nothing of it.
2. I can now no longer OPEN more than one tab at a time without partial loss of page loading in the proceeding tab and etc etc. It simply stops loading tabs. Eventually, and SOMETIMES not at all, it loads the tabs. Sometimes even the first won't load.
3. Chrome opens everything instantly and without question.
4.1 I removed all my plugins and retried. I tried firefox safe mode. Same result.
4.2 I USED REVO UNINSTALLER and FIREFOX'S uninstaller to remove it today.
4.3 I reinstalled a clean copy of 7 and the addons (all compatible)

5. Browser is still not loading anything. I am using chrome to type this.

Any ideas?

A:Firefox 7 update causes loss of multiple tab connectivity

That's very odd. I'm using firefox verson 7.0.1 currently, and everything's running flawlessly.

I would suggest uninstalling firefox and running ccleaner to clean out your registry. Or maybe look here and download an older version of firefox to see if it works. If it still doesn't, then it's not the update, most likely a software issue with your particular computer. If it does work, however, try updating it to 7.0.1 using firefox update. It should work then.

Other than that, I can't think of anything.

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System information (Toshiba laptop PC, Windows XP Home, XP firewall, Internet Explorer 7, AVG 8.5 Free Edition, ZyXEL wired router)My Toshiba laptop PC has recently been attacked by one or more viruses. It started when I clicked on an apparently innocent forum page, a site which in the past has never posed a problem (not that I visit too often). I immediately received a notification that my XP firewall had been turned off. The hard disk started to get very busy and I knew something wasn't good. I immediately powered off my router to avoid further trouble but I guess by then it was too late. I went to do a System Restore but I noticed that all of my restore points had been deleted. At the time though, I could create new save points. I knew they would have been worthless as I had already been attacked but wanted to see if I could actually perform it.I rebooted the PC and saw straight away, upon running Internet Explorer, that my Google searches had been hijacked. Like many others, I was starting to get redirects to, among others. Over the course of time, the redirects seem to have grown so the correct links become less and less common the first time I click on them.This isn't the only problem though. My firewall defaults to Off everytime I reboot and sometimes switches itself off while the PC is on. I have also noticed that the hard disk is gently and briefly accessed every ten seconds. It never did this before. I have tried using a program called Process Ex... Read more

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I didn't remember to write down my motherboard's model number, but it is an intel socket 775 board as well with a 2.8ghz P4 cpu.

I woke up to find my computer off, so I turned it back on. When it first booted it just held a blank screen and then rebooted itself. After this try, BIOS booted and left me with an "CMOS failure" error. The error was followed by an option to press F2 to enter setup. I made sure that all of the hardware was detected in setup and that the settings were still set for default.

After that the computer rebooted upon leaving setup. During this boot I never saw BIOS attempt to load and I was left with a black boot screen with a flashing underscore character. A minute later I would finally get a message stating "error loading OS". Every boot after that I get a blue "intel inside" logo screen that I have never seen before in the last two years. All of the hardware appears to be intact, and there have been no beeping or alarm sounds coming from the motherboard speaker."

This forsaken apartment has had problems power causing lights to flicker slightly and computers to reboot. I had been meaning to purchase a UPS within a months time. Also, I have no idea if it's a possible problem with my PSU from OCZ. Though it's sensors on it show that it's putting out proper voltage.

A:Power Loss -> Bad Mobo / CPU?

Eh fluctuating power is never a good thing, motherboards are very sensitive.

You need to start checking the continuity of your parts. Do you have another PSU you can use temporarily?

Does the green power good LED on the motherboard light up?

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I have installed a new motherboard, at boot the computer completes POST (single beep), identifies the cpu, completes RAM test, runs another 5-10 seconds and powers off. I changed power supply, this occurs with floopy in A drive or from either of 2 know good HDs in place. javascript:smilie('')

A:power loss after POST

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(My OS is Windows XP, Service Pack 3.)

Hey guys, this is killing me. Lately, 2-3 minutes after my computer boots up, it just shuts itself down as if just suffered from a power outage. There is no 'windows is shutting down..' screen or any other indication that it's powering down. If I attempt to turn it back on again right away, the power goes out within 10 to 20 seconds instead. I've found that leaving it alone for a while and trying again resets this process, but obviously doesn't fix anything. I don't think this is a fan issue as they sound to be running normally without skips or stops.

I'm not able to spot anything that seems wrong in the couple of minutes I'm given; nothing unusual in task manager, no newly installed programs or files, and everything on my hard drive remains untouched. (I could be mistaken about task manager though, there's a few programs running that I have no idea are what for..)

On a positive note my hard drive seems to be intact, but I'm afraid to mess around with the computer in fear I might wipe out my drive. Before all this happened, I (OCCASIONALLY) received a message during boot, 'failed to load operation system' or something along those lines. I also had a registry error involving me being unable to make any wallpaper or theme changes. Annoying as it was, I didn't find it to be that big of a problem-- now I'm afraid that it was a sign. ):

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A:Loss of power after boot?

You would first determine if its hardware or software by booting into the bios and staying there for awhile.

If it shuts down it could be failing power supply or overheating.
if it doesn't shut down then move to step2

come up in safe mode and see if it shuts down
if it doesn't note via task manager what applications are running and then compare to what is running under a regular boot. You are looking for a program that was missing in the safe boot.

if both safe and regular mode shutdown disable all power options in both control panel /power as well as in the bios.

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Hi All,

I am having a problem opening up my browser. I still use Netscape Navigator as my main browser. Yes, I know it's old, but it has worked fine for my limited computer use. I do use Internet Explorer now and then, including now to log in here, but I will admit for many reasons I hate it. I simply can't figure out, Netscape to a computer dummie like me, that does limited stuff online works just fine thank you, and I know how to use it.

I posted a few weeks ago about slow computer problems and freezing up. I was told to go through all the steps in the slow computer info here. I have spent the last few weeks slowly making my way through the list. The only thing that really helped a little, was not on the list - it involved opening up my computer to clean out some of the pet hair inside.

So my computer still is barely running, still runs painfully slow, still freezes up all the time. I give up, I'm going to eventually within the next month try to afford a new computer. But I really need to get into my Netscape to access my bookmarks and stuff and to hopefully get it limping and usable for another month or so.

Anyway this all started this morning, when my computer was freezing up as it usually does after being online a while, and I did the only thing that has worked - unplugging it.

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A:After power loss, Browser won't run

There are a lot of alternative browsers today other than Netscape. IE, FF, Chrome, Opera to name the dominant ones.

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how can i make the HP ProDesk 400 G2 Mini to startup automatic after power loss. I can not find this settings in BIOS. 


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A:AC Power Loss / Resume

@HPAC15 Did you look here???  REO

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New HP PC of a few weeks, running Windows7

Last night, inadvertently hit the AC power strip on/off button that the PC is plugged into.

Seems like the power strip being turned off, while PC was running, shouldn't be any big deal. We certainly have power outages also during the winter.

Turned it back on, turned the PC back on, and get that blue screen that has the
recovery option like F10=Setup, F11=System Recovery, etc.

Nothing works.

The keyboard does absolutely nothing.
Surprisingly, even the caps light won't come on, but perhaps the PC has to be actually functioning for this to work ?

Also tried, many time, to start the PC holding down F8 during the start.
Also tried pressing F8 on and off several times during the restart.
Nothing changes.
Still only that blue screen.

Pressing any of the option F keys during the restart process, or afterwards, does nothing.

Tried the keyboard in another USB slot with no change.

Pressing the power on/off button on the computer itself will not turn off the PC
once it has been pressed to turn it (back) on.

No restore, recovery, or W7 were shipped with the PC.

Any thoughts would be most appreciated.


A:Big Problem After Power Loss: Help Please

Do a repair install.. You may need to do this three times to ensure that everything is resolved... Hope this helps...

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Hi all,

I have an old pre-built PC that I use from time to time, specs being a Pentium 4 (don't know clock speed), an ATI 9200 GFX card, 250 gb hard drive, etc. and running Windows XP (SP1 I think).

Anyway, today I lost power for a few minutes. Upon rebooting, the computer was unresponsive, wouldn't open programs, etc. So, I hard-rebooted it and now it won't boot into Windows, it will get to the loading screen of Windows and then reboot. So, my question is, was something perhaps damaged from the power cut? Or even from the hard reboot?

Thanks for any help.

A:Power Loss Killed PC?

Lost a semester of data a number of years back. Lost power as data was being written to the drive. It is possible that the OS was damaged. You should be able to recover however. Have you tried a restore point or possibly a system repair? A reinstall may take care of the problem also.
Edit: That loss of data is also the reason I have UPS on both my desktops and NEVER turn one on without the UPS.

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i have a weird problem: every time i reset, whether soft reset or hard reset, my pc turns off with a clicking sound and refuses to turn on again for around five minutes, during which the PSU power button must be on. Trying to turn the PC's power button on too soon causes the fans to turn on for a second before turning off again once. Doing it again nets no result until around 5 minutes have passed.

Everything else works perfectly.

The machine is built with spare components i had stored safely, which were never used before and are practically brand new:

mobo: asrock g41m-gs
cpu: intel core 2 quad 9550s
ram: 4 gb ram Kingston 800 Mhz DDR2 HyperX 8500
HDD: Hitachi 1Tb
GPU: ati radeon sapphire 5750
PSU: LinQ P4-500W

I'm fairly sure i setup the jumpers and the case connectors right, so i dont know what could be causing this.
Resetting the CMOS and running the mobo with default settings seems to make soft resets work for a while, but it doesn't last.

Any ideas? This machine is made of spare parts so i'll have to use it even if it's a cripple, but it would be nice if there was a solution.

A:Power loss at reset

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here is the situation
windows 98se
dell laptop
1 usb port
have a linsys usb hub powered by its own power supply
a lexmark usb printer
a linksys usb nic
when i try and plug in both the printer and the nic into the hub it reports insufficant power to run both of them any way to fix this or is the hub i bought just junk?

the only item that pulls power out of the hub is the nic

A:(Solved) usb hub power loss

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Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Problem: When booting up, the computer is fine until it gets to the windows load screen. The bars roll across the screen, as it would if XP was going to start normally. But it does this for about 8 minutes, and then goes to a black screen.

Possible causes: This problem started after the computer was unplugged while operating.

What might be the problem/ what can I do to fix this?

Thanks again.

A:After power loss, XP won't restart

Boot from the XP CD, press "R" on the first screen, log into the Recovery Console, and run:

chkdsk /p

Chkdsk should always be run after an improper shutdown to repair disk errors.

If you have no disk, try Safe Mode. Run chkdsk /f and restart.

If you can't boot in Safe Mode and have no disk, make one:

XP Recovery Console CD Image With Formatting Enabled
Recovery Console ISO Image (original)

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Experienced a power shutdown during update restart - tried safe mode to repeat shutdoun & only got worse

Restore points gone

Tried to uninstall update

Tried recovery console with Windows disc & got locked out totally

Removed HD and setup as USB drive & can see everything -

Anyway to fix OS without restarting?

Can Vista's "Windows Easy Transfer" work from USB to new HD?

Thanks in advance!!

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Friend needs help, they are running windows ME, when they try to start their computer it will start up like normal and under one minute they lose all power. We have tried to use a boot disk but system shuts down before before the process can be completed , have also tried to restore Me , with recovery disk and it also fails, so far no matter what we have tried the system will not stay running for over two minutes the best we have gotten so far is to get to the desktop loading before shut down.The tech support for the system says they have a virus on the system tried boot disk ,tried safe mode , tried just about everything and still can't seem to keep the system powered up. by the way it is 14 months old with 3 year extended part and labor , not sure what else to do except change power supply.any help would be appreciated.

A:Power loss at boot up

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hi ...
yesterday after the power restored in NY my computer went down ,
when i press the on switch it doesn't do or sound like anything ... absoloutly DEAD
i guess it either the transformator or the mother board .. how can i know what should i buy ?
the transformator is a pentium 4 atx and my mother borad is asus for Amd processor .
thanks for your help and sory bout the english

A:NY power loss & my computer

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I've recently had a psu fail and had to replace it. It didn't cut out mid use, just one day my computer wouldn't turn on, but replacing the psu solved the problem. Ever since I have suffered with random episodes of power loss.

I can be using my computer fine for hours and then suddenly the power cuts. the computer then boots back up, sometimes it boots up fine no problems, sometimes it makes it to the windows screen then cuts out again, sometimes it won't even post. It also loses power sometimes when i put a dvd in the drive or bang my foot on the floor.

I haven't been able to recognise a pattern of when this happens it just seems totally random. I've gone from a 620w psu to a 550w so no massive difference in power. I've tried disconnecting the dvd drive the sound card and swapping the memory modules but I still get the problem. I have thought could it be a loose connection somewhere? a problem with one of the hard drives?

My cpu (from 2.4ghz to 2.8ghz) and gfx card were overclocked slightly ( both have uprated fans and heatsinks) but I reset everything to standard speeds when I replaced the failed PSU. It was happily running overclocked for 2 years without any problems so I'm not sure that could be the problem. I've always used a surge protecting extension lead so I'm confused at what the problem is, could I have overdone it with the overclocking and fried something??

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A:Random Power Loss!!

It could be a bad power supply, especially if its a no name or cheap brand unit.

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Hi Guys
I was in the middle of doing a system restore from a disc and everything was going well until we lost power. Now when I boot with the recovery disc in the drive I get a message that says there is an error.
When I try to boot without the disc it says 'no operating system'.
When I first started the recovery it gave me a choice to recover from the hard drive and disc or recover just from the disc. I chose both options but I have no idea how to recover from the hard drive or whether it is even possible now that the recovery operation was interrupted with a power failure. Can anyone help?
Thanks in advance.
I have a viao laptop model name VGN-FS940 with an XP OS.

A:Power loss during recovery!

If this is a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, I doubt the power failure damaged it, maybe the system has a problem from the power failure.

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Sometimes while playing intensive games, often during flashes of light or highly intense areas my computer will simply lose power. Nothing else happens, the PC just turns off. No warning.

It's not my CPU or Graphics card temperatures, so those can be counted out. It's also not the power sockets in the house.

The problem started occuring when I put a _second_ 9600GT in my system. It would randomly shut down. But after a while it stopped doing it, then after sending it back for testing (Because at one point it disabled itself and I thought it was broken) it started doing this again, but more frequently. The only thing that has changed about my PC is the amount of gathered dust in the PSU.

I have a 700W Quad Rail power supply from "X-Power".
AMD 6000+, no overclocking.
2 sticks of DDR2 RAM
3 HDDs
4 case fans
Two 9600GTs in SLI

I didn't think this would cause issues for the power supply. So I checked the temperature of the PSU, my BIOS said 52C after crashing, PC Wizard 2008 said 60C.

I think it's the PSU either overheating or being over-consumed. But I would like to see if there was anything further I could do to identify the problem, or what other people think the issue might be?

A:Random power loss

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I'm putting together a computer for my dad out of a few parts I no longer need and was creating a new partition on the hard drive in preparation for a format and installation of Windows.

However, whilst the the partition was being created the power died. Now the machine won't switch on. There is a red LED on the motherboard that lights up when the power button is pressed and the processor fan twitches, but doesn't start turning. There's no power to the CD-ROM drive.

I've tried disconnecting all disk drives, removing/switching position of RAM etc, but nothing seems to work.

The case and power supply are new and the machine was working fine for 30/45 minutes prior to this happening.

I'd appreciate any thoughts - I'm afraid it might be a problem with the motherboard, but am not really sure.

Thanks in advance, Jake

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We had a power loss for about 1 sec. during which I happen to be rebooting. After I cannot access the OS, the BIOs, or even the DVD drive. I get the Bios Logo screen only. Any suggestions for solving this issue are greatly appreciated.

A:Power loss during reboot

Can you get into the BIOS/UEFI settings?
There may be a note on that BIOS splash screen telling which key to press.

If you can get into the BIOS settings, go to the EXIT Menu and Restore Defaults.

If you can't get into the BIOS then try a Clear CMOS procedure (Note Clear CMOS and CLRTC are the same thing):
Note all your current BIOS settings
Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
Remove the motherboard 3v coin battery.
Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time in BIOS.
Can you hear/see all the parts running?

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I've been having an intermittent problem with my system, where it will lose power and reboot. I really need to do something about it.

I've set up the computer to not reboot (to give BSOD) on errors, and this told me it probably wasn't a software issue. I forget exactly how, but I checked within the system log's logs and it said there was a sudden loss of power.

I have been monitoring the temperatures, and, while it's hard to say what they are when it crashes, I haven't seen my GPU go up past 65-70C (I think the 'trouble' zone is supposed to be 80), CPU doesn't seem to go above 40-45, and the general temperature zones don't go above 40. I think I may have a broken thermometer, since it always reads 127C and never changes... but I figured I'd include that in case it was relevant.

I've had this problem with several configurations and variations on this build. At first, I thought the problem was the PSU, so I replaced the old earthwatts 650 with the beefy new BFG, but that didn't fix it. I was worried it might be a cooling issue, despite evidence that temperatures were fine, so I got the fans. I've also tried with and without the 2x1gb ram sticks, but the issue still crops up.

I think it *may* have to do with the video card, since it most often happens when I'm playing a game (1920x1080 res), but it has occasionally happened during boot, or while I'm just doing text editing.

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A:Intermittent Power Loss

Does Foxconn have motherboard drivers for Windows 7?

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PC Specs:

Intel Pentium 2.66 GHz
Intel desktop board d945GCPE
1GB Ram (kingston)
80 GB SATA HDD (samsung)
Windows XP Professional SP2

Hi. I'm facing a problem when my computer lost power yesterday. I have two windows (both XP SP2, one for work, other for fun stuff, may be u find it unusual). Yesterday i was running my "work windows" and i lost power. I turned my PC on, about hours after that improper shutdown and i'm facing this problem

1) my "work windows" (that i was running when electricity disappeared) doesn't run. Its like i start that windows (by selecting form boot menu), windows xp logo appears on screen with loading bar under it, it (may be) loads and then PC restarts.

2) my "fun windows" starts but takes a lot of time while loading, and then "windows is starting up" box is displayed for a long time, then desktop comes up but icons are displayed one by one and this takes a lot of time as well. The icon click and program exec. time difference is too much. I viewed my PC's performance in performance monitor (run->perfmon) and it shows a strange thing.
a) % Processor time is fine
b) avg. disk queue length goes on top for two seconds and and comes at the bottom for one second
c) pages/sec goes on top for two seconds and and comes at the bottom for one second (just like avg. disk queue length but they do it alternately, i.e i can see both of them separately)

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Hi looking for a little help regarding an old commodore 64 and the power supply.

Trying to get my old c64 up and running.

Hadn't worked for several years. Stored away.

Checked both the internal fuse in the c64 and the transformer fuse. Replaced the transformer fuse with a new 1 amp fuse.

Now the bit I cant work out.

Computer powered up fine. I loaded a few old games without any problems.

After a couple of hours the computer started losing power. The indicator light started to fade in and out and the screen became a mass of gibberish letters. I turned the power on and off and everything was fine again. However 15 minutes later the process repeated. This has continued. Last night the computer powered up for a few seconds, then lost power. This morning... No power at all.

Does anybody have an idea what has happened? No wiggling of wires makes a difference.

Thank you


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I have two case fans connected to my Motherboard
I was using Speedfan to monitor speeds and Temps.
I had to remove the onboard graphics drivers to install the ATI card
All was well until I installed an ATI Radeon 128mb PCI Graphics card.
Then, No power from the mother board to the fans.
Is it possible to reinstall my Bios without losing everything.
Or is there something else I should be looking at?
I have connected the fans to an unused power pigtail.
They are working fine but, Where did my mobo power go?
I am not using Speedfan with this configuration.

I would really appreciate some help.

WindowsXP Home
Intel PIII Celeron 3.06 Ghz
Intel Motherboard D865GVHZ
512 mb ram
80 Gb HDrive
ATI Radeon 128 MB PCI graphics card

A:Case Fan Power loss

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Hello, here are my specs:

vista 64 SP1
Intel E8500 (stock)
Zalman 9700 Pro Cpu Coller
DFI X38 T2RB Mobo
8gb Gskill DDR2 1066 ram
Asus HD4870 Pci-e Vid Card (stock)
XFI Pci Sound
Kingwin Mach 1 800W PSU
WD 500gb 7200rpm SATA
Seagate Barracuda 320gb 7200rpm Sata

All drivers are current and for the most part it runs fine. Occassionally playing WoW or during an overnight Prime95run I get a full lockup including loss of usb power.

I cannot figure out what is causing it, as there does not appear to be an error log with Prime 95, its just an exe file that runs. On the hard lock, I reboot and Prime 95 starts over as if it never ran.

I'm looking for suggestions or other methods to try to determine what is wrong.

My ram Voltage is set of 2.0v per its specs, and some utilities I've used show that the psu is about 11.97v on the 12v rail, so I'm not seeing anything obvious.

Thanks in advance for any help. This is a new build and I''d like to get this figured out.

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My dad owns an HP Pavilion a1410y, and it won't power up after our power went out recently. The light on the power supply is lit up, so i'm fairly certain that means that the power supply is not the problem. However, there is no light on the motherboard that is lit up anywhere. I'm not sure there was one before, but there usually is... Anywho, i know this isn't a lot of information, but if anyone has any suggestions that would be great

A:no bootup after power loss...

If the power went out in your area or there were lightning strikes that caused power to go off and then when the power was restored the PC had a power surge.If so the surge could have taken out the power supplt or the motherboard or both. Try and get another power supply of same or greater wattage to use as a test first.

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I put a pretty decent load on my laptop a lot. It is not uncommon to have Firefox open with around 15 tabs while running a game like Bioshock. I have been able to put this load on it since I got it (around a year ago) and starting today it has been randomly turning off like the plug is pulled (no shutdown sequence, just immediately off). My first guess is temperature, because I am fairly certain no malware would do that and I know it is plugged in and my battery is charged. I have the laptop on a cooling pad (metal top grate with 2 fans powered via USB) and when it shuts off, nothing on the bottom of the laptop is hot to the touch. Speedfan says that my GPU is running at 70C with a light load (no games running or anything) and my 2 CPU cores are at ~52C and ~56C. Is it possible that there is a lot of dust or a bad fan? Or is there another possible cause beside temperature?

A:random power loss

Power supply?

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I have a HP Pavillion 533w W/ 256 MB RAM I am running WIN XP (not sue if it is SP1 or2).

The power went out for a short time last night; I had a game running but paused. When I went to turn the machine on it started to load up, it stopped, went to a black screen with the message:
I got the computer refurbished from Tiger Direct, It had XP Home installed but came with no Disks of any kind.
The only thing I have is a copy of a XP upgrade CD labeled- os_wxpupg (457mb).
I have tried to get to safe mode using both Ctrl and F8 with not luck.

I seem to be totally stuck, can anyone help??

A:Power loss has me in a pickle

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Hi all,

I'm running Win XP SP2 and have a big problem booting up. I turn on the power and it starts to boot, but then the computer seems to power down. It usually takes about 15 tries for it to boot properly. Does this sound like a hard-drive on the way out? or could it be something else?

I've had a look inside, switched power cables, tightened everything, but it's still the same. No new hardware added recently

One other thing, I have noticed, occasionally, when my computer boots that one side of my screen is 'wobbly', again I have to shutdown and restart to fix.

Thanks for any advice

A:Power Loss during Boot up

I expirenced a problem close to that and i reccomend you first of all scan for viruses then if that does not work then you need to get a new motherboard.

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my dad's computer is losing it's cookies on power loss. Doesn't matter if computer is on or off when power is lost...

At first I thought coil cell battery, but that's only for what else could it be?

I forget the system specs. It's a custom build from years ago. It might be my old P965 board but i forget which of my parents' computers I used it for.

A:no cookies on power loss

Let me get this straight.
It only occurs on a power loss, and not a normal power cycle?

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I have a 1.4 gigahertz processor, or atleast I'm supposed to.

One day I turned on my computer and realized as it was starting up that instead of saying 1400 megahertz it said 1050 meaghertz.

I have been living with 1050 megahertz for a few months now, but I would like to get that power back since 350 megahertz is as much as some "older" computers. Any suggestions on how to fix this??

A:Loss of Processing Power???

Look in the BIOS and see if the FSB is set up right ( sounds like you are running at 100 instead of 133 )

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(I apologize in advance for the headache reading this will cause)

I'm trying to move my Windows 10 partition to another hard drive, and change the disk to GPT without losing data.
I'm trying to avoid a clean installation as it takes me several days and even weeks to install all the software and I need to keep working.
It is a music recording / mixing setup, so it will be great if I could divide some of my hard drives in more than 4 partitions.

I'd like to:

1) Move my WIndows 10 partition (MBR in Disk 2) to Disk 0 (changing it to GPT) [if this is at all possible]
2) Keep Disk 1 as it is (data that cannot be lost)
3) Use Disk 2 for different as basically a wildcard for other data, backups, old projects, etc.

Does anyone know how this can be done?

I'll clarify why the messy partition setup...

Originally disk 2 wasn't part of the equation, I had a hard drive stopped working, and I sent it for an RMA.
In the mean time, I purchased disks 0 & 1, and installed as follows:

Disk 0:
- Partition 1: System Reserved
- Partition 2: Windows 7
- Partition 3: Data
Disk 1:
- Partition 1: Data
- Partition 2: Data
- Partition 3: Data

I received disk 2, I installed it, and a while later, Windows 7 failed (it stopped detecting the ethernet port for some reason and I couldn't make it work), I decided to do a clean install but I kept that partition in case I managed to find a solution.

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Hi, im wondering if anyone can help me, i had to do a system restore which i've done before with no problems, this time however when the comp started back up we had a power cut and now when i turn on comp all i get is a black screen even starting in safe mode etc all i get is the microsoft logo at the bottom of the screen and it just goes back to the black screen, the only thing working is the cursor
can anyone PLEASE HELP!!!

A:please help power loss during system restore

Hello sarahjo, welcome to Vista forums!

If you have a Vista install disk you can do a repair install; have a look at the tutorial, at the link below.

Repair Install For Vista

Be sure to post back to keep us informed.

Later Ted

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My Windows 7 laptop recently suffered a power loss during shutdown (I've been running it without the battery since the battery could only provide about 10 minutes of power anyway). Upon turning on the laptop the next day, the computer automatically entered Windows Vista system recovery mode, and restarting the computer again didn't help. The laptop was running Windows 7 Pro, upgraded from an OEM installation of Windows Vista Ultimate.

I proceeded with startup repair, but the repair utility wasn't able to recognize any operating systems on my disk. Proceeding with the repair anyway, startup repair reports that the problem could not be automatically repaired. After that, I've tried the following:Run chkdsk /f from the command prompt under the System Recovery Options window.After claiming that a few sectors were unreadable, chkdsk reports that it encountered an unexpected error

Connect the laptop harddrive to another computer as a secondary drive and run chkdsk /fchkdsk identifies the supposedly unreadable sectors and proceeds to stage 2 and sometimes stage 3, but eventually encounters an unexpected error nonetheless
While attempting to repair the affected sectors, chkdsk reports that there is insufficient space to recover the lost data
The data partition on the harddrive appears to be readable in explorer, but the former system partition appears to be unreadable.

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A:Unable to Boot After Power Loss

Try pulling out the CMOS battery for 2 minutes then reinstall. That might get you going.

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hi all,

i had a power loss during startup last week and since that my system stops with various random BSODs during startup (minidump attached)
i tried launching the systen via any startup options given by pressing F8, checked the HDD using chkdsk and sfc, tried startup repair multiple times and nothing changes at all.
the most common stop screens are 'REFERENCE_BY_POINTER' (0x18), 'IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL' (0xA), 'cng.sys - Address XXXX base at YYYY, DateStamp ZZZZ' (0x8E) and some others like 0x7B, 0xD3 (pcw.sys)

it would be awesome if anyone has an idea what else i could try to fix the system..


A:random bsod after power loss

Quote: Originally Posted by athu

hi all,

i had a power loss during startup last week and since that my system stops with various random BSODs during startup (minidump attached)
i tried launching the systen via any startup options given by pressing F8, checked the HDD using chkdsk and sfc, tried startup repair multiple times and nothing changes at all.
the most common stop screens are 'REFERENCE_BY_POINTER' (0x18), 'IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL' (0xA), 'cng.sys - Address XXXX base at YYYY, DateStamp ZZZZ' (0x8E) and some others like 0x7B, 0xD3 (pcw.sys)

it would be awesome if anyone has an idea what else i could try to fix the system..


Ok where to start
Ancient drivers from 2002 till present

SonyPI.sys 0x826d1100 0x00008100 8/19/2002 21:59:29 0x3d61b091 0x826c9000
tosrfcom.sys 0x94f39d80 0x0000fd80 8/1/2005 02:45:06 0x42edd302 0x94f2a000
tosporte.sys 0x983db280 0x0000a280 10/10/2006 05:33:20 0x452b76f0 0x983d1000
dwvkbd.sys 0x8edba000 0x0000a000 4/11/2007 16:23:28 0x461d51d0 0x8edb0000
nvlddmkm.sys 0x96cfb140 0x006c9140 5/12/2007 01:39:48 0x46456134 0x96632000
SFEP.sys 0x826d4480 0x00002480 8/3/2007 00:36:08 0x46b2bec8 0x826d2000
vnasc.sys 0x9831... Read more

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Windows 7
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 55 C
Brisbane 65nm Technology


OCZ ProXStream 1000W

4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 256MHz (5-5-5-15)
AS-Rock ALiveNF6P-VSTA (CPUSocket) 53 C
A70 ([email protected])
512MB GeForce 8800 GT (Gigabyte) 55 C
Hard Drives
488GB Western Digital WDC WD50 00AAKS-22A7B SCSI Disk Device (ATA)
488GB Western Digital WDC WD50 00AAKS-00TMA SCSI Disk Device (ATA)
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S183L SCSI CdRom Device
High Definition Audio Device (on board audio)


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