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

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

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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I dont even know the brand of my desktop except that it is a 3.0ghz 512mb ram and 169gb hard disk. NOOB Huh?
So my comp usually works fine and fast but If i use it for more that eight hours a day (which i usually do) It does not boot up the next day? I mean the power light comes on but the blinking prossesor light is not on and the keyboard lights dont flash? Or sometimes it boots up to the wondows screem and then restarts doing the same thing? Is is a hardware problem. (I have tried numerous virus scans etc)

Please help. And is it bad to keep the comp running for hours on end?

Thanks and sorry for the typos

A:Help with computer Login. Hoping this is the right place to post.

I had a similar problem once and I was advised by several people to format and reinstall my OS. It actually did the trick. I know it sounds like an extreme fix, but it is almost guaranteed to sort it once and for all. Otherwise, you'll spend months trying to find the perfect answer like I did and it just won't work, or you will constantly have that awful feeling of never knowing if your computer will start correctly or not every time you turn it on.

Backup your important files to several DVDs or a portable HDD and use your XP disc to do a clean install. You'll be so happy you did, believe me.

Also, about leaving your computing running for hours on end - Here's some interesting reading.

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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. Iíve 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.

Iíve 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.
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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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This was my first post entitled " need help in assesing value of computer" It seems all other posts have recieved replies but mine. Did I do something wrong? Please let me know.

A:Why Isnt Anyone Answering My Post?

rowal5555 has responded to your post, karen v.I moved your topic to the System Building and Upgrading forum, as I feel the system builders would have a better idea as to what your computer might be worth.Please accept my condolences, as well.

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What is the most effetive place to put a case fan?

Where should you put your case fans if you had the option of putting it on the side, front or back? (and everything inbetween lol)
Were would it provide the most cooling?

A:What is the most effective place to put a case fan?

I say back to suck out the hot air from the CPU

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hello everyone. im looking into buying a new case for my computer. i currently have the stock case that came with my sony vaio pcv rx860. I was looking to get one of the more custom cases ive seen on the web. my main concerns are if the vaio components will be easily transferable to whichever custom case i end up choosing. as well , are there certain types of cases i need to stay away from or that i should look at specifically ? ive never changed the case on a computer before and the vaio i have has a very interesting way of opening up. is there a site or set of specifications i should follow before choosing my custom case ? thanks.

A:Computer Case Question

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What is the difference between a OEM and Retail case? TIA


A:Computer Case Question

OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. They are produced for a middleman to use building his machines to seel to the public.

Anything OEM generally has a shorter warranty, no documentation and few extras. For example, an OEM harddrive does not come with cables or install software. You get a drive, thats it. For an OEM case, you may or may not get a powersupply for example.
Retail on the other hand, gives you the full manf warranty, documentation and any extras there may be.
Unless OEM is significantly cheaper, I usually get the Retail version.

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Hi, folks.

Can anyone recommend a forum that I can go to for advice about custom built PCs?

I am looking to build (or have built for me) a new desktop for work. I mostly use Adobe Creative Suite for...
print designweb site content creationvideo editingetc
I'm not a gamer, but I still have a copy of Flight Simulator X & rFactor 2 that I might install again.

My ideal system will be something like this:
2 or 3 monitors (very high resolution)2 NVIDIA GPUsa lot of RAMa SSD to boot off ofat least 1 TB of onboard storage space (I'm backing up to WD Passports)USB 3

Thank you!

A:Good place to get advice on mobo, case, etc.?

Our sister/brother site PC Help Forum has a lot of knowledgeable people and some of them/us are here too.
Some advice for a start, Since you already set what you need computer for, set the budget too, at least within some boundaries and be prepared to hear a lot of Intel vs. AMD and Nvidia vs. AMD arguments.
I do some graphics and video editing so here some of my experience:
CPU, more cores vs. CPU "power". Like, AMD FX8350 vs, Intel I7
As much and as fast RAM you can cram in the MB.
Speaking of MB, a quality MB with good cooling and power section durability.
Don't really need two video cards if you are not heavy gamer. one good one should suffice in your case. There are also some (expensive) video cards dedicated to graphic/ video work.
Do not skimp on a power supply, it will be called to do a lot of work. A good make would be preferable to a lot of declared Watts.
A large, properly ventilated case is preferably to fancy ones.
Consider a good CPU cooler, preferably water cooling, CPU coolers supplied with processor are barely adequate for ordinary work let alone for heavy use hour after hour you will probably do in the warm climate.
SSD, as large as you can/want to get, larger, 500GB or more are faster and more reliable than smaller ones. Video and to some extent graphic programs do a lot of work with disks even with large amount of RAM so it can speed up operations considerably.

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ok here is the inside of my case,

when the case side is off the cpu temp at idle is 37.2C and with load is 40.5C,
but with the side on the temp is 40C idle/45C load. i did have three 80mm fans on the side window but when i took them off i seen that my temps were lower without them can anybody help

A:computer case air flow question

it depends on where the fans are pointing

also it could be that the fans are keeping hot air inside the case instead of letting it out

try unplugging the fans and see how it affects the temps

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i am wanting to purchase an extra fan for my computer, but the thing is, i don't know what kind of fan to get or how to hook and or plug them up. any ideas or suggestions or links? i already have a really good power supply fan and cpu fan but i need to get one just to circulate air around inside the case. Thankxz!

A:a question about computer case fans.

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Alright...this is the question i have. Does anyone know where you can get a case that can be customized to have your name on the side, either just painted on there somehow, or have the name carved as a side window so that when the computers turned on the neons inside will show through the name only and make it have that neon glow. Does anyone know if there's a place that does this? If not, do you think air brushing it on there would work?

A:Custom Computer Case Question

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I have a gluegun, should that be strong enough to hold together everything?

And I'm a little worried about the heat, but i have two 5" fans keeping things cool.

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I will be building a new computer soon and I want to make it silently quiet

The one I have now is deafeningly loud and I hate it...

So I was planning on getting the Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS. User reviews have quoted it as very quiet which is nice. I'm thinking though, that I really don't need that many drive bays, so I may go for the junior.

I believe the standard case fans should be sufficient but I think I'll be wanting to get a custom fan for my quad-core extreme (whatever one i can get cheap off of eBay )

Anyone have any recommendations for fans or a better case? (I do enjoy pretty lights )

A:I want a quiet computer...(Case+Fans) question

This is easy... A good quality case. One that doesn't vibrate like a tin can. Use only 2 ball-bearing quiet 120mm fans. 1 for intake air in the front of the case and 1 at the rear for exhaust.

The most important fan is the CPU HSF (heat-sink fan). Make sure you can properly cool the CPU, but pay attention to the db (decibel) sound rating. The lower the better

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Hey lads and ladies, bit stuck, computer keeps restarting itself giving a blue screen, i'm not sure wtf is going on but when i click on the "windows has recovered from a serious error" it gives some files like .bml and .xmp or something i'm not entirely sure, please help =/

A:help, i'm not sure if this is the right place to post


Can you get into Safemode by tapping F8 on re-start about every second and choose Last Known Good Configuration

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I have recently been having an awful time with my comp in so far as virus's etc.

Last week I came across the Blaster Virus on my comp and a Boot Virus so, under advice, formatted my comp to remove these viruses.

I now have just run Housecall (trned Micro) and it has come up with '3' non-removeable viruses.

Plz see attached screenshot.

I also keep getting random search engines which i religiously uninstall from my comp and lo and behold...there they are again the next time I reboot.

Any help would be a godsend.....

Thnaks in advance.

A:Sorry if this isn't the right place to post but......

I recommend trying AVG Antivirus. The free version is complete- it's extremely usable, has no "trial period', and the definitions are constantly being updated. Give it a try and see if it'll remove those virii.

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does anyone know a good freeware pdf file editer? I need one to edit a file to make a ton of flyers but I don't have a pdf file editer at all and I have no money.

A:don't know if this is the right place to post this....

Take a look at this

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Can anyone help me?

This is what my desktop looks like now (scroll down). My desktop manager is gone. I cannot change the way my windows appears anymore since that portion of my manager is gone. When I go to my desktop and right click to properties, the only options available in the Display Properties are Themes, Appearances, and Settings. My volume has also been lost. It says that sndvol32.exe cannot be found. I also have a file, Gwbmpman, that I cannot delete. I recently had a lot of viruses and trojans on my computer, but downloaded Norton Antivirus and it destroyed them or most all of them. Whenever I run my Virus protection (Norton) without fail it always comes up with 1 low risk tracking item that I am asked to delete. There is also "Unknown dll picture" in my desktop.

Active Desktop Recovery Microsoft Windows has experienced an unexpected error. As a precaution, your Active Desktop has been turned off. To restore the Active Desktop, use the following troubleshooting tips:
Did your browser stop working, or did you restart your computer without shutting it down first? If so, click:
Did you recently change your background to a web page? If so: 1. Right-click the desktop and then click Properties.
2. On the Desktop tab, under Background, click the background you want.
Did you recently add a new item to your Active Desktop? If so: 1. Right-click the desktop and then click Properties.
2. On the Desktop tab, click Customize Desktop.
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A:My 1st Post Hope I'm In the Right Place

Welcome to TSG

Please click Here to download HijackThis to your desktop.

Click the Download button. When the Trend Micro HJT install box appears, double click on the HJTInstall.exe. Click on Install.

It will be installed by default here: C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis

A shortcut to the application will also be placed on your Desktop.

The program will open automatically after installation.

You can double-click the icon that was placed on the Desktop to run subsequent HijackThis scans or you can use the icon inside the folder. The folder HijackThis is where you will find the HJT logs that you save. When you use the application to remove anything, you will also find the backup copies made by HJT inside this folder.

Close all other windows except HijackThis.

Click on "Do a system scan and save logfile" When the log pops up in Notepad, copy and paste that file back here.

Do NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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I'm trying to contact Tosh with a pre-sales enquiry. Here's the question, "what's the most powerful laptop you have that has a screen less than 12"? Can't find anyone to ask, does anyone here know how I can e-mail a person in Toshiba?



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Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version:05-03-2016 01Ran by RAN11 (administrator) on DESKTOP-4UP6D6N (10-04-2016 07:04:16)Running from C:\Users\RAN11\DownloadsLoaded Profiles: RAN11 (Available Profiles: RAN11)Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1511 (X64) Language: English (United States)Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)Boot Mode: NormalTutorial 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.) (Realtek Semiconductor) C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RtkAudioService64.exe(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\NisSrv.exe(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atiesrxx.exe(Hewlett-Packard Company) C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Support Solutions\HPSupportSolutionsFrameworkService.exe(Intel® Corporation) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\RegSrvc.exe(Intel® Corporation) C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\EvtEng.exe(Intel® Corporation) C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\ZeroConfigService.exe(Hewlett-Packard Company) C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\hpqwmiex.exe( C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCore64.exe(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atieclxx.exe(Realt... Read more

A:I hope this is the right place to post this..

Greetings DD7725 and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that.===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met.Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter problems s... Read more

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I purchased a Samsung SSD 840 Pro, prior to installation I set the BIOS to AHCI. Put the SSD in and migrated my OS onto the new HD.

It wasn't until after a few boot ups, I noticed it was skipping the boot order of CD/DVD then HD. I double checked the BIOS to make sure this was indeed the correct boot order, it was.

I needed to boot off my Vista Disk, however, because it was skipping the boot order it didn't boot from the Disk.

The only way I could think of to get my boot order back, was to switch the BIOS back to IDE. Rebooted and it read the Disk.

What I would like, is to KEEP MY BOOT ORDER CD/DVD then HD.

Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P.

Any suggestions?

I contacted Gigabyte this was there response :-

Dear Susan,

Thank you for your kindly mail and inquiry. About the issue you mentioned, please change the battery and the model of the battery is CR2032. You can use any manufacturer for the bettery, but make sure the bettery model is CR2032 for 3V. After you change the battery, you may check if BIOS could work properly.



A:Not sure if this is the correct place to post.....

Does the computer have a Fn key you can press at boot time to bring up a Boot menu where you can choose what device to boot?
On my Dell it's F11, on my Lenovo it's F2.

You can try resetting BIOS as follows:

1. Power down the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Open the case and remove the CMOS (CR2032) battery.
3. Press and hold the power button for 10 cesonds or so.
4. Replace the CMOS battery.
5. Plug in the power cord and power up.

You should get a CMOS error, Press F1 to continue, F2 to enter Setup. Press F2.
See if there is an option of Fn key to load defaults. If yes, do it.
Set date and time then check Boot order/priority and set the way you want.

See if that helps.

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I am running an Acer 5315 with Vista Basic. It's OLD and SLOW! I was hoping to speed things up by removing programs from the start up but I'm not sure if I can or should remove these. All I use this comp for is Google, Youtube and Facebook. I play a lot of games. Mafia Wars, Candy Crush Saga... and so on. I have turned off a lot of stuff already, but I am unsure if I should disable these:

I hope you can see the image.
Thanks for any help given! I am a hopeless tech-tard.

A:i hope this is the right place to post this!

It's hard to tell what's what. Please expand the columns especially under startup item and command. Also how much ram does your system have?

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My computer(Mother board = micro star inc 7211) has a few issues with RAM

1. I Can only use 1 DDR ram if i place both of my 256 ddr ram the computer just beebs and does not start. but when i use 1 256 ddr ram its ok ,

2. when the computer starts with one ram and i check the ram capacity it reads 192 instead of 256

will someone please help me out



A:Computer only works when i place one ddr ram but if i place two it beebs

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Hello All,

I'm new to the site, so please forgive me if i'm posting in the wrong forum.

Here is my problem...

1. I'm running XP with all updates and just recently (about 2 weeks ago) I started getting this error: "Systems and Controller App has encountered and problem and needs to close", right after that there is a small popup window that says system will automatically restart in 60 seconds and starts counting down.

2. Another problem is that when the popup finishes that countdown, sometimes it restarts automatically, and sometimes it doesn't. Either way, right now I can't access anything on the computer, I can't run any programs and when I try to run Spyware programs, the computers slows down to almost a stand still. I can't even access the internet, so I'm using another computer to post this information.

3. I'm actually trying to run it in safe mode, but the same error pops up and doesn't give me a chance to do anything.

What can I do in order to get the computer to run long enough in order to at least run HijackThis and save a log?

Please help, need it ASAP. Many thanks in advance.


*Please not that I'm not very computer literate, so any explanations need to be very detailed. Thank you.

A:Not sure where to post.. new to site, please direct me to the right place

Hello Chris and welcome to TSF,

You've posted in the correct place.

Boot your computer:

1. Click Start> Run
2. Type or copy/paste shutdown -a into the run box and click Enter.

Run a scan with HijackThis and post the log here.

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Hey There,


I understand it says NOT to post here if you have posted logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum, so I guess I would like to know what I should do?

I DID post my logs in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum BUT have not rec'd help in 3 days...

Please let me know.


A:sorry may not be right place to post but haven't rec'd help in 3 days

There is a long wait time there, so you have to be patient.

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Was wondering if this is the forum that I could post my SharePoint Portal question on and if not, then which would be the most appropriate forum to post it in?

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Ok, my parents have a 120gb. harddrive with 512mb. or somthign like that, and i have an older computer with 20gb h/d and 136 mb. or somthing and my parents are soon going to run out of space and insted a new computer is there any way i could juss connect to the cpu's with a usb and use it as an external drive like ''drive e'' and not have to do any work withing the computer? Thankz.

A:Computer Question (Didn't know were to post)

Hey cnelson04
Ummm... networking them together would do as you want.

But... having an older computer workstation a newer one isn't the best thing to do in my estimation. And the computer with the overused HD will still operate odd because of the overloaded drive.

My bet is that everyone will tell you to put an extra drive in the newer one or even replace it.
It's not that hard. And that's what this sight is for.

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hello everyone ,

Before i start, i just want to say im sorry if i posted this in the wrong place, i just dont see a forum board to ask about a complete system upgrade.

after recently planning to purchase a guitar amp ($1200), i'd a lot of money left over ($800aus), and since i'd have nothing else to fix up, ive decided to fix up my pc!

so here's my problem:

i wanna get stuff that's better than what's in my pc now, but i dont really want to go over $800(i can go a bit over, like maybe $100).

heres my pc specs :giddy: :
AMD Athlon XP 2800+
1Gig DDR-400 Dual Channel RAM
270GB Total H.D.D Space (2 Normal Primary ATA, 2 RAID Secondary ATA)
2 DVD-ROM Drives
2 CD-R-R/W Drives
Nvidia MSI Starforce FX 5700 VT2DR256
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2 Rev.2.0 Motherboard
I'D rather to focus on just the motherboard, graphics card and the CPU.
The rest is fine (and yes i know the SB Live could be upgraded but it sounds fine to me, and plus I wouldnt have any money left over)

Here's what im thinking on getting:
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (939 Pin) $400.00
MSI 128MB NX6600GT-TD PCI-Express $329.00
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLi $369.00

I realise i would need an extra $200 for these, but i can fork out the money somehow.

Also, please tell me would this upgrade be any good (i know it will be fast, i just want to know if it would be worth the money and if its any different to installing parts?)

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A:PC upgrade--Need Ideas (couldnt find a better place to post)

the msi k8n neo2 board would cut your costs and it gives the best performance currently available for a socket 939 based system. it uses an agp slot so you can keep your old card if desired. here it's going for about $120 (USD). read a review and see benchmarks against other 939 boards at:

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I've got two files showing up
Windows media player 11
Windows media format 11 runtime

should I have both of these, and if not, can I delete the second one?

A:Windows Media Player help ( sorry if this is the wrong place to post it!!)

Windows Media Format Runtime 11 is for people who want to use the latest Windows Media Player codecs whithout installing Windows Media Player 11.

Windows Media Format runtime is required for WMA (Windows Media Audio) and WMV (Windows Media Video)

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Hello All,
I am using Mozilla Foxfire. When I open it my homepage is blank and when I try to do a google search. it opens a new tab that says jump. It is not going to search what I want to search. I would be so greatful if someone could please help me.
I have included my hijack this log.
Thank you so much,
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:18:05 PMon 9/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\SharedComponents\CA_LIC\LogWatNT.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\hpqwmiex.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllhos... Read more

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Now another question comes up regarding modifying the cooling of my case/ computer etc.

I was wanting to carve two 3 1/2" holes in the top of my case, for two 12cm fans. Now I know fully how to do this, however, I was wondering which direction the air flow should go. Should the fans blow into my case? (Like I suspect) Or should I have them blow out?

The orange highlights are the fans I wish to add. Which direction should I have the air flow setup?

A:Case airflow question before modifying case

I would have them sucking air out. Hot air rises, and the side panel fan will hit the VGA's mb, etc and spread out, also they are right next to the PSU. You wont have any really big difference either in or out , but I would have those two pulling the hot air that manages to make it to the top of the case out. and negative pressure tend to run a bit cooler overall.

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Hello All,I just got my very first brand new desktop computer, and I'm SO excited!! I just want to make sure that I don't do anything to screw it up since my Sony Vaio laptop crashed, and before that I had nothing but problems with it. I still don't know if it's something I did or not, so I'm being extra careful with my new computer.Here is the info:I have a Gateway Quadcore (GT5662) and Gateway 24in. HD monitor. My computer came preinstalled with Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. Other than that, I've only had two things installed and one thing downloaded, so far.A Geek Squad technician came to my home and installed their Webroot Antispyware and Antivirus from ESD, which they said was the best (I hope that was true!). He also installed the software to run my Lexmark printer, removed unnecessary software and start-ups, removed temporary files, and applied "Agent Tweeks." The only thing I've downloaded is a Move media player from Move Network. This was downloaded using a link on in order to take part in her webclass. Other than these things listed, the computer is exactly as it was when it came out of the box.So, my first question is regarding a video I want to watch online. When I clicked the link to watch it, I got the following message:"To view this video select the video that is made for the software installed on your computer & the speed of your internet connection. Download Real Player if you are unsure of which viewer ... Read more

A:Question Regarding Media Viewers And New Computer Questions.

Since you have Windows Vista Home Premium installed, you've already got the Windows Media Player installed on your system. To find out about QuickTime or Real Player, click on the Start button, then on Control Panel, then on Uninstall a Program. In that window you can view a list of what's installed on your system.The list is alphabetical:QuickTime may be listed under QuickTime or under Apple QuickTimeReal Player should be listed under Real PlayerHow do you connect to the internet? Who do you get your internet service from? Is it a dialup modem where you have to dial in and put in a password? If not, then you've either got DSL or Cable - depending on who provides your internet service.You can also go here to check the speed of your connection: Click on the pyramid that's closest to you and let the test run. If your download speed is less than 56, then you're on dial-up. If it's greater than 56 (usually in the range of 1500 to 6000) then you've got cable or DSL. It'll also tell you who your service provider is (just under the download speed in the results).As for routine maintenance - The biggest things are:Windows Update (should already be set to automatic)Antivirus and Antispyware definitions update (should already be set to automatic)Defragmenting your hard drive (should alread be set to automatic)Beyond that it'll depend on what you're doing with your system. Clearing out your temporary Internet Files is a good idea, but it'll also rem... Read more

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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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Is there any way to add power connectors to a case's power supply without changing to a different power supply? I have a cd-rom, cd-rw, floppy, and hard drive. I am out of plugs.

I see a lot of cases with tons of fans. How do motherboards support all those fans? I have one extra case fan beside that power supply and processor fans. From what I can tell there are no more places on my motherboard to plug in a fan. Thanks for the help.

A:Case questions

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Building a light duty HTPC. The HEC case has a front 80mm fan that is, I am sure, the cheapest available. In shopping a popular computer component site, when I have reduced choices to 80mm, I am presented with other options:

Bearing Type

1 Ball, 1 Sleeve (2)
2 Ball (15)
Enter100007998 600035580 600035616 (2)
Ever Lubricate(10)
Fluid Dynamic(12)


Variable (23)
<1600 RPM(8)
1600-1999 RPM(19)
2500-2999 RPM(29)
3000-3499 RPM(6)

As none of the fans are exceedingly $$, and I only need one, what should I look for?

A:Case fan questions

If it's just an opinion you're looking for..1600-1999 RPM is sort of a normal fan speed for light duty, and "Ball" fans are the Normal sort of choice (for me anyway)..Thats probably the area i'de go.

But you're saying there all cheap enough anyway, so maybe i'de go out on a limb and try a "Fluid Dynamic" 1600-1999 or 2000-2499 RPM fan, because i've never tryed one personally.

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I figured since I love this new LCD monitor you guys reccommended, I'd ask for more advice here.

I'm looking for a new case with a PSU. It's for a machine I'm giving my younger brother since his birthday is about half a month away. I recently put a P4 in it after the old one died and got this new LCD for myself so I can't spend alot. Maybe at most $60 if you need a ballpark, and yes I have to go that cheap due to time/budget situations. I still figured any P4 would work better for him on his light games than his current P3 setup. Theyr'e games that are older (but he says they still lag a bit on his P3) so it won't need an AMD64 and a 500+watt beafy PSU setup or anything.

Problem is, the PSU is a little weak. Here's what the system looks like now.

HP/Compaq dx2000 MT case with it's 250 watt LiteOn PSU (15A on the +12V rail I believe?)
Pentium4 "Prescott", 1MB L2cache, 533MHz FSB
Some (Asus?) microATX motherboard with 4 DIMMs supporting 2 (or maybe 4) GB of PC3200 RAM (has the AGP port on this version)
2 DIMMs are in use by 512MB modules (1GB total)
1 LG CD-RW Drive
nVidia GeForce4 Ti4200 with AGP8x

That's right, it's all running on a PSU that claims to be a mere 250 watts (I think his P3 setup with onboard everything is running on that much). With me adding in a video card and it having a Prescott processor, which I heard use alot of power, I'm uncomfortable with that. I searched on eBay a bit and ... Read more

A:A few questions regarding a case and PSU

This is about the lowest I could go:

And i'm really slumming it on the case!

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OKies... i dunnoe if this is the rite place to ask abt atx casing... but here goes my question on 'em

1. Is I-cute casing dat come with i-cute PSU reliable?
2. and how much hardware can a 480W take?

I jz need some comments before i buy them... so wat do u all think?

A:questions about atx case & psu

I'm using an i-cute PSU, but I know they're not 100% reliable. I've got 2 out of 3 failing on me. Meh, I just like their casings.

As I said, I am currently using a 3 yo i-cute PSU. Unfortunately its been modded, with a bigger (read higher CFM) fan replacing the old one.

That should answer your first question. For your second:

On this PSU, I'm running:
P4 2.8
120gb HDD
200gb HDD
Audigy Platinum (with the front panel)
Tt Ufo (92mm CPU fan)
120mm fan (36cfm)
120mm fan (67cfm)
2 x 80mm fans (unknown cfm)
a whole host of LEDs that came with all fans cept the small 120mm (includes the UFO)
2 x neon lights on case.
1 x LCD on case (temp readout)

Its a 3 yo PSU, I don't think its 480W, think its only 450W. So your PSU should be able to handle plenty.

However, keep in mind I have changed the fan, it might have affected things, but its not a huge increase (50% more cfm?). This voids any warranty, and I must say is pretty dangerous, so don't do it if you have no idea what you're doing.

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well, i have this idea... and im not sure if it will work... and i have a couple questions. any help is much appreciated.
first- my mod involves a transformer, i know these produce heat, but im wondering just how much. the size of the transformer is about 1.25" (square), and im wanting to place it on the inside panel of my case, near the front- as hidden as possible, but also near it's purpose. it will most likely have to go under the outside ledge of the 5.25" drive bays right up against the outside of the 3.5"... unfortunately, the airflow in my case will carry this heat right through my pc...
also- i dont know what those things are even made of, is it ok to be placed so close to my hdd?

latsly- can someone direct me to a good site for reading up on voltages that a motherboard puts out? i need some really detailed stuff here....


A:case mod questions

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I press the power button, the power button light turns amber, I hear some fans spinning, and the CD drive spinning. However, it never gets to the boot screen (or any screen). If I open the case and press the power button, however, the power button turns green and the computer works fine (loads all the way up and functions like normal). If I close the case after it has started, it continues to run fine. I'm guessing / hoping it's not the mother board or power supply that has directly gone bad... but maybe there is a connection or something? that changes from when it's closed to when it's open. I've heard of something like... the motherboard is shorting out by touching the case... but I'm not really sure where to look for that / how. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

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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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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.

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A:Post case upgrade - serious issues

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I am in the process of building a new system. I am going with:
AMD 64 3200+ socket 939
Asus A8V K8T800 Pro 1 GB ram so far. I have 2 questions; what is a good case to put this in? I am looking at a Kigwin Mutant X 420 w PSU for the price and cooling, but I am concerned as I do not know how good of a PSU kingwin manufactures as opposed to Anec, which I understand to be near, if not top of the line PSU's.
My second is in relation to the Chipset. Shuld I go retail with the AMD heatsink and fan, w/3yr warranty, or go OEM with aftermarket heatsink and fan w/6mo waranty. I have been told both ways about removing the thermal heat pad or going OEM.

A:New system case questions

With a top line processor and mobo I would only go with a good PS like Antec or Enermax. Ive repaired PC's where the cheap PS blew and damaged almost every component in the system. Go with the Retail processor. I just scrape off the thermal pad and apply Arctic Silver.

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Hey guys, i was wondering where i can hook up my case led's they are not the power leds they are the addon case lights that come with case you buy i have no clue where to hook them up, there is no plug on the wire it was cut by the case owner before i got it but i can splice a new wire on.

A:Solved: Case Led Questions :)

Hi there,

Case LEDs can usually be hooked up two different ways, depending on how much power they use. Usually, they are hooked up straight to the power supply, using a connection similar to the ones used for the CD drives and Hard Drives. The other way is to get a splitter for the "Front LED" pins, on the same panel as your power and reset buttons and so forth.

Hope this helps.

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I have a very picky friend who is interested in purchasing the Lian Li PC-65B Case. However, he's also recently purchased a power supply that is longer than normal. If there is someone here who owns one, I would like to know the distance from the back of the case to the back side of the top fan. This would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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ok i am getting a new case
and i need a 120mm case fan for the front. it can't be super loud i would rather it be quiet but push air ok. any suggestions on a good case fan? im not picky.

A:Case Fans Questions.


The lower the db rating the quieter the fan

I use these:

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hi all ,

i have a desktop

i changed my broken case to a new case like

i removed the HDD and the motherboard and the CD-rom ..etc and installed them to a new case

but when i press the switch button it works normally , and the screen display normally and there are no beeps , but after like 20 second my computer turns off automatically ! ,

what may cause this issue ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?

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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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For the purpose of these questions assume that the computer uses the UEFI firmware interface.

The questions below propose a "worst-case" scenario and are not addressed or answered in the Microsoft W10 upgrade FAQ's.

Assume a User upgrades from W8.1 to W10. Either during or immediately after the upgrade Windows crashes - Black screen, Blue screen or no screen.

Question 1 : Will the User be able to boot the computer using a USB Emergency Boot disk that was previously created using the W8.1 utility..?

Question 2 : Will the User be able to boot the computer using a CD/DVD previously created using a Seagate, WD or similar boot utility..?

Question 3 : Assume that the answer to either Q1 or Q2 is "Yes" then will the User be able to restore a W8.1 image that was previously created using the W8.1 "System Image Backup" (available from the File History utility)..?

Question 4 : Assume that the answer to either Q1 or Q2 is "Yes" then will the User be able to restore a W8.1 image that was previously created using imaging software such as Seagate Disk Wizard (Acronis)..?

Question 5 : The Product Key that is coded into the UEFI will be for W8/W8.1. During the upgrade process will this Product Key be re-associated for W10..?

Question 6 : If the answer to Q5 is "Yes" then will this Product Key work if the User tries to revert the system back to W8.1..?

Thanks for info.


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A few days ago I broke the door off my pc tower case now its just hanging so i think its time for a new case

My homtherboard is Nforce4-a939, I understand about the PCi slots and all that but I need a few questions anwserd.

1: Will any case do? as long as its big enough for the mother board and has all the right PCI slots and room for cd-roms/hard drives etc

2: how easy is it to unscrew everything and transplant it into the new case?

3: Can i use the power supply i have now in the new case?

thanks muchly love adam ....

A:PC case broken need some questions anwserd :( HELP

1- Yes
2- Havnt tried before,sorry
3- yes

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I purchased THIS CASE and THIS MOBO not too long ago, and while I was connecting the wires, I found two particularly odd ones. They were labeled + and -, and are from the front panel. They are 1 pin wires, and it doesn't show what to do with them in the mobo manual, or the case manual either. I was wondering, does anyone have any idea what to do with these?

A:Questions about + and - Wires extending from Case

Found at your Motherboard support page


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a few technical questions.

1st , I received my pc last week.. the installer had the HDD LDD put into the message LED on the MB and the yellow IDE light would not light, so i took it out and put it into the HDD LED on the mb.. now the 2 wires are red and black is this ok? the lights works fine now only when the HD is running.. Does the red wire mean anything like power or something? did i do the right thing, also why did he have it hooked up to the message LED?

2nd. I ran sandra and ran the mainboard information. Although i cant capture the screen it wont let me, i will tell u something that dont make sense.

under system memory controller it says

bank 1 dimm 1 empty
bank 2 dimm 2 empty
bank 3 dimm 3 dimm sychronous dram 512mb/64

is this right? if so then why under

logical/ chipset/memory banks ,(it says)

powerdown mode no
fixed hole present no

shouldnt it tell me my bank settings? i compare to other benchmark sites and they have different wordings in there sandra programs?

If i check the fan speeds in the bios i only get speeds for 2 fans. i think the cpu and the power but no chassis? why is this?
but in the asus probe i get values for cpu and chassis but no power? does this make sense? should i get all 3 values for fans? i have an antec s1000 case.. I have 1 cpu fan, 2 others next to it and i guess the power supply fan. am i missing something?

A:asus p4s533 questions and case

under system memory controller it says
bank 1 dimm 1 empty
bank 2 dimm 2 empty
bank 3 dimm 3 dimm sychronous dram 512mb/64

is this right?Click to expand...

Your stick of RAM is probably in the wrong RAM slot on your motherboard.

If i check the fan speeds in the bios i only get speeds for 2 fans. i think the cpu and the power but no chassis?Click to expand...

The fans are probably hooked up to the wrong fan connectors on the motherboard. Also as far as I know there is no way of determining how fast the fan inside your PSU is running.

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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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I know there are so many threads about this but I need quick answers!

1. I have two big 120 mm fans on the rear of my computer blowing air out of my computer (does that mean those are INTAKE or EXHAUST?), outside of the CPU and GPU fans that's all the fans I have

2. I am adding THREE fans, one on top, one on the bottom, and an expansion slot video card cooling fan. Since the two rear fans are blowing OUT, how should I set the top and bottom fans?

3. My video card is at the top of the expansion slots, how close to my GPU should I install the video card cooling fan?


A:Adding case fans noob questions

There are different theories regarding positive or negative case pressure.
My way of thinking is to have a negative pressure in the case so that the cool air will be drawn into the case (the cool air will actually be trying to get in there because of the very slight difference in pressure) and the hot air expelled better.
Positive pressure imo, will cause the warm air inside to possibly mill around inside the case before being evacuated.
So, the two fans on the back of your case are exhausting air, creating that negative pressure. I would put the one on the top as an exhaust also, as hot air tends to rise. I would then, if possible, put the other fan at the front of the case as an intake, so that the cooler air is drawn across the motherboard.
You can also have the one on the bottom as an intake too.

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Hi all,
I feel like a dinosaur for even wanting to buy a Desktop since most ppl are looking to get laptops.. But I dont normally bring my laptop around anyways n a desktop just feels right..

I'm looking for a desktop that has a slim case, like the Dell 573s. I looked it up, it seems the max ramI can have on it is 4gb? Is this true? I thought Windows 7 64 Bit would take MORE than 4gb of ram? I am looking to possibly just get the Core 2 Duo or the Core 2 Quad processor.. Im sure the Core 2 Duo would just be fine, without spending the extra $50 on a Quad.. unless the quad would take more than 4gb of Ram.
I don't plan on playing heavy intensed games as much, but i do run a lot of smaller applications.. like i would have 6 browsers, maybe editing a video or making music for fun, and a game here and there. I just want to be able to navigate with speed and efficiency.. i hate lagging.

Lastly, im a little hesitant to even use WIndows 7, im afraid that my old versions of software may not be compatible with it.. such has Windows Office 2000, older paint shop progs,.. what about HOMEBREW softwares? If i want to mess around with emulators and such.

I'm open to other slim cased desktops due to space- HP, Lenovo, Asus?. My budget's $400-500. Do these these motherboards have PCI Express slots? Just incase i want to upgrade the video card.
Or should I just buy a custom one off Ebay or something and call it a day?

Thanks 4 ur help

A:Looking to buy a DESKTOP , got questions, need answers (win 7,ram,slim case,etc)

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Hey all,

I want to upgrade my power supply to a 550/600 Watt one, as I want to upgrade to a 640mb nVidia 8800 GTS and I don't think a 450 watt PSU would do it justice with a Core 2 Duo E6600, 2GB Corsair Extreme DDR800 Ram etc, 250gb Sata 2.0 etc..

I was just wondering if there is anything I need to know? If I buy a 550/600 Watt power supply, will I need to buy a new case too? Or will it fit my current case (Currently has a 450 Watt PSU, Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard)

Any help is appreciated,

Thanx all

A:Power Supply and Case Upgrade Questions

Measure the size of your current power supply, and look for which plugs and sockets your motherboard requires.
The better quality new power supplies come with everything you need.
Avoid "cheap" power supplies, but there are hundreds that will work fine... FSP, Antec, Color Master, CoolMax, Thermaltake, Apevia, Sparkle, PC Power and Cooling (the best, in my opinion), Raidmax, XCLIO, and most of the ones sold on the more popular websites are going to do the job. I avoid OCZ, and Corsair, Delta, Powerman.... You will find that most power supplies are made by just a few manufacturers in China and Korea. Save your receipt, as even big name, expensive power supplies can suddenly fail.

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Hi people! My question is a little out this place, but I can't find the right forum for this question. Maybe matadors will move this to the right place for me. I'm looking for a device, that can take a Video Tape and a DVD-R, and copy that tape to the DVD, so that I have it on the DVD, not on an old fashioned tape anymore! I have a large library of videos, and I would like to transfer them on to a DVD (consume some space for instance). I saw this kind of device at Target, maybe I can find it on internet for a cheaper price! Your help is very appreciated!

A:Solved: A question a little out of place question!

Either need a capture box to capture VHS audio/video to computer then burn your movie


get one of these.

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I just received an inexpensive ATX case for my daughter on newegg. It's nothing fancy, thus no thumb screws, documentation, etc....its nothing like my own Kingwin case. But its no big deal.

I did notice, when I installed the MoBo, the board seems to seat right on the case, to a point where it seems some the solder connections on the back of the MoBo are directly touching the chasis.

Is this a problem? In my Kingwin case, I have a removable motherboard tray and the board doesn't seat so close to the chasis. Do I need to place some rubber washers behind the Mobo? Or is it not a big deal.

Also, the case has an exhaust port on the side with a tube leading directly over the processor, but does not contain a fan. Although, it seems a fan can be installed there. Will it make a difference if I do or don't install a fan on the side vent.

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Bought an inexpensive case...couple questions

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Hello world,
I'm looking to considerably upgrade my current system, which will become essentially a new system overall.

I was looking into something along these lines:
[Key: Currently Own | Looking To Buy]
Motherboard- Asus Sabertooth Z77.
CPU- Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4Ghz s1155 6MB.
Cooling- Corsair Hydro H100i.
RAM- Kingston HyperX Beast 2x8GB DDR3 1600MHz (x2= a total of 32GB).
GPU- GeForce GTX 460 (768MB).
PSU- Corsair GS600 80PLUS. (is it enough?)
HDD/SSD- *.*
Monitor- *.*
Peripherals- *.*
Case- Open for suggestions!

The rest is less of an issue.

What do you guys think?

A:A New (*upgrade) System Build, Components and Case Questions

The PSU is definitely enough. You could even have two GTX 670s with this PSU.

32 GB would be about 28 GB more than I would ever need, but hey.

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First of all let me apologize, I'm new to internet forums and new to PC building. That being said, I have recently decided to build myself a computer that I can use to comfortably play video games, and this has required me working very hard to understand all the different components and what my best options are. I was hoping to get some input and I could definitely use some suggestions for parts that I can know are 100% compatible with each other.

As I'm such a newbie, I know that I need a lot of questions answered that I don't even know to ask, so maybe I can start with posting a system build I've cooked up, and asking some specific questions about certain choices, such as which CPU would you all recommend. I hope this is a good way to go. Here's what I've got, keeping in mind I have in no way become knowledgeable enough to go out and start buying these parts.

Also, I'm interested in overclocking, so in terms of the case and the PSU I would like to leave some overhead, as well as buying a CPU and GPU that could let me do this at a later time. Sorry this will be a lot of questions, any help is greatly appreciated!

GTX 460 in SLI mode is the one thing I'm fairly set on. Two of these cards seem to be a good option. Question: Does "superclocked" mean it is already OC'd for me?

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Car... Read more

A:Gaming rig, case mobo, CPU questions, educate a newb please

Hi disczeiger,
The 1055T and the 1095T are the same CPU, just clocked differently with the exception being that it has an unlocked multiplier. If you go that route, you can save yourself $100.00 and OC it yourself. I run my 1055T @ 4.17Ghz (the 1095T) OC's to the same frequency and you can see in this review is only second to the 980X (Intels 6 core) at stock speed. As far as a gaming rig, you will not notice much of a gaming performance difference except with BC2 which will use as many cores as you have at your disposal. However hopefully this will be the trend in the near future.
Here are some benchmarks of those and other CPU's.

GTX 460 in SLI mode is the one thing I'm fairly set on. Two of these cards seem to be a good option. Question: Does "superclocked" mean it is already OC'd for me?Click to expand...

It is OC'ed yes, however they are usually rather mild OC's from the factory, and you can do your own OC'ing as well. I would not pay for OC'ing and just OC them yourself (my 2 cents worth).

First you need to decide if you are going with AMD or Intel. Then look for a MB that has the features and Chipset you want and supports the CPU you choose. IMO Asus and Gigabyte are the best options. Great build quality and as you expressed an interest in OC'ing, they are the best OC'ing boards out there. I recommend a P55 (Intel) or a FX 890/... Read more

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Hi, people! My question is a little out this place, but I can't find the right section of a forum for this question. Maybe matadors will move it to the right place for me. I'm looking for a device, which can take a Video Tape and a DVD-R, and copy that tape to the DVD, so that I have it on the DVD, not on an old-fashioned tape! I have a large library of videos, and I would like to transfer them on to a DVD (consume some space for instance). I saw this kind of device at Target, maybe I can find it on internet for a cheaper price! Your help is much appreciated!


A:Solved: A question a little out of place!

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Could anyone tell me the best utility for fixing the registry/broken links/shortcuts etc in XP Home. My computer has become quite slow and I think I may have a lot of rubbish cluttering up the system.I do tend to trial a lot of progs and then uninstall them.

A:This question may be in the wrong place

Personally I would not 'fix' anything in the Registry. Yes there may be a few broken links but they will be taking up minimal space and will probably not cause your system to slow down that you would notice.. Better to defrag your hard disc and run something like Cleanup! to clear out your temp files etc.

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I have tried in the past to use QuickBooks for Payroll. Not very often because I don't like the way things come out.

I've got a couple of questions. First, is there any way to get the payroll liability to break down into 941, 940, and State Unemployment? This is one of my pet peeves with the software. Second question is has anyone else noticed the Quarterly taxes not calculating correctly?

Pleas let me know if you can help.

Thank you very much

A:Is this the right place for a QuickBooks question?

Sure. It's the right place. But I'm afraid there's not many QuickBooks people around. Not here or any forum. If you get a response, consider yourself lucky.

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My apologies if it is not. Can I send an email from my PC to a friends' cell phone? All I have is the cell #. Thanks.

A:Hope this question is in the right place!

robnyt said:

My apologies if it is not. Can I send an email from my PC to a friends' cell phone? All I have is the cell #. Thanks.Click to expand...

No, you need to have his email account.
If he has email access on his phone they are getting sent to his email address - and transferred by a program he has to his phone.

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i was wondering if there is any software i can go from my pc from windows xp to windows vista, is there any software where u can switch windows, like for example on windows xp and vista u can switch user accounts, but i wanna switch windows, if u know what i mean

A:windows xp and windows vista softwares request, sorry if i post in the wrong place

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Hi all once again.

On my laptop i have a limited amount of HD space i currently have 37 gb free of a 160 gb drive. After i upgrade to W7 is there any way i can delete my old vista files? and if so where would they be located and is it safe to delete them?

A:Questions about post W7 upgrade

You will find them in the windows.old folder... Yes you may if you wish delete the entire folder... most dol...

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Hi everyone,

My firewall shows two things that I'm concerned about. Maybe you can help me.

1) applications services & controler (SERVICES.EXE) wants to communicate with IP port 67 (bootstrap Protocol Server, DHCP) over udp. I've been blocking it but I was wondering if this is something I should allow or I should continue to block.

2) I read another thread about ICMP activity on a firewall. I have some too. The destination IP is always the same but the source IP is always different. It's also being blocked by the firewall. Is this something to be concerned about?

I'd appreciate if someone can answer these questions for me. Then I think I'll be done for the time being.

Thanks in advance,


A:Two more questions unrelated to other post......if I may

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[going to vent a little, just so its out there] i got this bad boy installed, and i was expecting that it was like vista, but stable, so my co workers told me. my iphone just wanted to update to OS3, and when it gets into firmware install, i get BSOD. i get BSOD every, oh, 2-3 minutes when i'm using the computer. appearently theres a lot of people that cant use itunes on W7.

and..wth. 60+ processes, and (right now, just firefox running) 977mb of memory used. this was supposed to be "lightweight" compared to vista.

and trend micro anti-virus doesn't work either.

A:post install questions

Quote: Originally Posted by tonyk

[going to vent a little, just so its out there] i got this bad boy installed, and i was expecting that it was like vista, but stable, so my co workers told me. my iphone just wanted to update to OS3, and when it gets into firmware install, i get BSOD. i get BSOD every, oh, 2-3 minutes when i'm using the computer. appearently theres a lot of people that cant use itunes on W7.

and..wth. 60+ processes, and (right now, just firefox running) 977mb of memory used. this was supposed to be "lightweight" compared to vista.

and trend micro anti-virus doesn't work either.

Ok, lets not install any antivirus. As others have mentioned in this forum, antivirus programs are like viruses within themselves. removing them is a horrible task, they drain memory and CPU very heavily, and are never up to date. Let's stay away from those for now.

Your friends are right, Win7 is extreemely lightwieght, efficient, and quick. and yes, you should have between 50-70 processes at any given time, all allocating their own PrivateWorkingMemory Set; but should be using almost 0% of your CPU after a couple seconds. Assuming your on 4 GB RAM, and using 64 bit, your memory should hold steady at 1.1GB, but will be surrendered if any programs are launched that require it.

Most Apple products dont like to be ran on Beta sets; and you can blame Apple for that, for their responsible for their own drivers.

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Mod Edit:  Split from - Hamluis.
Couple of weeks ago I had to put my Windows 7 machine into "recovery mode".  I recovered most of my files and pictures with the exception of email addresses etc.  So now my computer is in factory mode (the way it was when i bought it 3 years ago).  My question is:  Is there anyway for me to add the updates that were deleted during the recovery process?  And not get Windows 8.1 or  worse yet 10?  I just want my computer the way it was before the so called recovery.  I don't know if this is even possible, but I'm sure someone in here knows.

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Hi everyone. I don't have much pc tech knowledge. I mostly just use them for 3D rendering and game development.

My questions might seem a bit rudimentary to a lot of you, but I thought I'd ask.

I recently got a new PC. Its got a gtx 580 video card. I've only ever had the quadro ones before, as I didn't care for games on PC. That changed when I actually saw how pretty PC gaming can be with this 580.

So I'm using it for games and I checked the temps of my PC using evga OC Scanner and ASUS suite 2. My temps for my motherboard and CPU are usually both around 25 or so, which I'm guessing is decent enough. The gtx 580 though sits on around 50 when doing nothing. After a bit of gaming it can go up to 75 or so. Is this normal?

Next question is about getting enough air and fans in there. I got this case because I thought it looked nifty, and was told that it was good for quietness and airflow:

In the bottom pic on that page you can see the fan at the back of the case. I've got that one and it came with another at the front, installed in the bottom section just like in those pics. The thing I realized is that there's nothing for it to actually blow air onto down there. My Hard drive is seated at the halfway point, which is inline with the gtx 580. Should I just move the fan up to the top spot? Should it make that much difference? And should I even have the HD in line with the... Read more

A:A question about how to connect and place fans.

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F4180 will not print
No error lights.
Connections are OK.
No tray jam.
Ink OK.
When I click to print I get the usual "Printing to HP 4100 Series"

then nothing.

A:Printer question? Sorry if wrong place.

Try deleting the printer, reboot, and then reinstall it.


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I performed an "in place upgrade" earlier this year to address some Windows Update issues. I noticed recently I have the following folders on my C:/ drive.

1. $INPLACE.-TR (the - is actually a squiggle)
2. $WINDOWS.- Q (Again the - is actually a squiggle)

Any ideas on what these are and can they be safely removed? The dates on these folders are when I did the "in place upgrade". Could they be creating other issues?

A:Solved: In Place Upgrade Question

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Power supply :- OCZ PowerStream 520W
Module size and kit size:-
CPU model and rated speed:-Athlon 64 3200+
Overclocked CPU speed:-
Divider and FSB used:-
Motherboard and revision:-DFI LANPARTY UT NF4-D ATX
Motherboard Bios rev:-
Video card:- eVGA Geforce 6600GT
Operating System:-None yet
CPU and System Cooling:-3 Case fans, mobo fan and cpu fan, gfx card fan

I have three case fans, all which have a 3 pin connection that attaches to the motherboard and a 4 pin (same as Hard drive sized power supply connector). The 4 pin connectors have both a male and female end so that they can go inline with another part or could even be daisy chained together. My question is which line of the power supply should these be connected to?

I have a few options, I could connect one or more to the cable the contains a few 4 pin connectors and a 5V/12V power connector at the end for the motherboard or I could daisychain them on the end of a power supply cable marked (VGA/H.D.D). Also do I need both the 3 pin motherboard connector and 4 pin power supply connector, connected or are these two seperate option, which I merely need to choose one of (ie. Motherboard connection OR Power supply 4 pin connection). If so, which is better to choose?)

A:Case fan question and other power connections question

If you connect them to your mobo then it will be able to monitor their speeds via the yellow wire. If you connect them to your PSU it doesnt matter which 4 pin molex connector you fit them to as they all join up inside the PSU. Another option is to buy a fan speed controller and plug them into that, the advantage is that you can control the speed and therefore the ammount of noise they produce, the more expensive controllers can also monitor speeds and temperature(s).

Hope that helps. Rik.

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Recently my work laptop fell victim to the rogue scareware SystemFix, completely out of the blue while working at home. Having sorted it out via a tutorial here and looking further into prevention methods and possible reasons, props and thanks to contributing members/ authors; I have some unanswered questions of how I fell victim to it.Looking at the malwarebytes log (supplied below) of the scan that cleaned it off my system and connecting possible related dots together from knowledge gained here, I suspect that I could've fell victim to a java exploit through my browser (current at time of posting, Firefox 8). This being said in the clean up of the aftermath, I realized my Java was outdated at version 6, update 27 (current being update 30); partially my fault as Java update did not work properly and I let it go the way side considering this was not my own computer.Would this theory of mine be plausible? Any comments and insight would be appreciated.Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Database version: 8390

Windows 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 (Safe Mode)
Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421

12/17/2011 6:13:36 PM
mbam-log-2011-12-17 (18-13-36).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 176771
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 16 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
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A:Some unanswered questions I have; post experience

System Fix is a fake computer analysis and optimization program from the FakeHDD family of rogues. Rogue security programs are one of the most common sources of malware infection. They infect machines by using social engineering and scams to trick a user into spending money to buy a an application which claims to remove malware. They typically use bogus warning messages and alerts to indicate that your computer is infected with spyware or has critical errors as a scare tactic to goad you into downloading a malicious security application to fix it. The alerts can mimic system messages so they appear as if they are generated by the Windows Operating System. Rogue antispyware programs are responsible for launching unwanted pop ups, browser redirects and downloading other malicious files so the extent of the infection can vary to include backdoor Trojans, Botnets, IRCBots and rootkits which compromise the computer and make the infection more difficult to remove. For more specific information on how these types of rogue programs and infections install themselves, read:Anatomy of a malware scamHow does rogue security software get on my computer?How to Tell If That Pop-Up Window Is Offering You a Rogue Anti-Malware ProductSocial engineering in action: how web ads can lead to malwareIMPORTANT NOTE: Your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log indicates you performed your scan in safe mode. Scanning with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in safe or normal mode will work but removal functions are n... Read more

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i am trying to trouble my socket a asus a7v motherboard. i take everything out and i get post beeps with the processor out. i then put in the processor and turn it on. i dont get any beeps for the video or memory. i tried putting in different memory and different video cards agp and pci. still i get no video signal. was wondering if the processor or motherboard is bad.

A:asus a7v motherboard post questions

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Thanks for the invitation to tell something of myself and for welcoming a Yank into your forum. At least I do have roots in England. My mother was born in Walthamstow in the late 1890?s to the Cullum family who later immigrated to Canada then the US. I am also a descendent of Nickolas Snow who sailed to New England 3 years after the Mayflower in the 1600?s. I am retired from a family retail business where I started computerizing the operation with first NCR magnetic ledger cards, then online terminals to data center where I learned to program in assembler and machine language and finally with first a mini-computer followed by several PC based systems I started using a business basic application to develop a POS (point of sale) and Inventory Control system. I am now retired. For my own use I have used a PC starting with Windows 95 to 98 and XP. Now to my reason for joining this forum:

In November I called Dell to order a Laptop that could replace both my Massachusetts and Arizona desktops and the problem of moving files back and forth. I asked for one that would also be excellent for gaming and would run XP. They said XP was no longer an option but that Dell have a very stable problem free version of Vista Home Premium. If I had problems I could call Dell Support. Both of these things were lies. So far Vista has given me more problems than I have ever had with any other system and I found that the Dell support was for hardware only. Any software help was limited to the suppo... Read more

A:A Newbe's initial Post and first questions

I ordered a Dell laptop with Vista64 in November also and had major system stability problems for the first three weeks. It was always crashing and trying to fix itself. The computer has been running very well lately. It seems whenever there is an update it would crash my laptop so I have turned of automatic updates and update manually now.

I was having similar problems with 64 bit Explorer. I've loaded 32 bit Firefox and have been running it problem free.

I am happy with my laptop now but I did not get off to a very good start with it. I place the blame with both Microsoft and Dell. Microsoft for the operating system, and Dell for telling me will work just fine.

This forum has been very helpful for me in solving many of my problems and I'm sure it will do the same for you.

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This section is devoted to the HP Sprout PC. If you have a question about an HP printer that is not related to the HP Sprout, PLEASE!  Do not waste our time by posting it here... The Printer sections can be found here: If you have a question about a printer and are reading this post, I thank you!!!!   WyreNut

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I've recently experienced a nasty hack attack that was time consuming, costly and might just throw me into bankruptcy.  Trying to claw my way back with my mostly understanding clients, but am now totally serous about reducing attack surfaces.  My computer programming skills suck - think the term "hackabilly" might be the most appropriate to describe them.  If you've ever seen the Red Green show, that'd be a good representation of those skills.  Anyway, I ran into an article that strongly recommended that you should never surf and run programs while online in an administrator account.  They instead advised to set up a standard user account for those purposes.  Of course my system's already set up under the admin account.  I've probably got over a hundred programs installed.  Is there a way to mirror and sync them to the user account?  Comments / recommendations?

A:Post-Attack Win 10 Hardening Questions

Creating a User Account will automatically sync all your programs from the Admin account. It will not sync your data such as pictures and documents. You would need to copy or move those manually. I have not seen this is in awhile but some programs require an admin account to run. I doubt you have one of these.
I would suggest you also make sure you are not using the default user name and password of a router if you have one. If you have a separate router make sure you disable remote access. This will be in the router settings you access through your browser. Also if using wifi make sure you have a strong password.
Have a good antivirus and also add software that can detect zero day malware such as hitman pro alert. Don't open email attachments from people you do not know or were not expecting. If an email from somebody you do know does not look legitimate then email ot call the person back to confirm they sent it before opening it. When browsing the internet you can use a program like Sandboxie that sandboxes your browsing. It can also be used when running an email client.
There are ways to harden a Windows 10 system beyond what I just said but it can affect how programs run. 
Even on a User Account you can get infected. It's just a little harder. This may be hard to take in for a computer novice so I would advise you either get somebody you know who is computer literate to help or hire somebody to do it for you. Good Luck.

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Well, I have just reinstalled windows XP (on a new 80GB Seagate SATA 3.0Gb/s hard drive) so my system would run faster because I only have XP and Windows office installed on that drive and nothing else. The usage of my computer varies quite a bit: I do play some pretty graphic intensive video games, I author my own DVDs and audio files, do medical research through hospital databases, and do my course work for college on it too. As you can see I use my computer quite a bit. Now for the specs:

GA-P35-DS3R v2
(Click for detailed MB specs)
2.33 Intel core duo
4GB of ram (2GB sticks each)
410 GB of total hard drive space
250GB Seagate SATA 1 drive
80GB western digital SATA 1 drive
80GB Seagate SATA 2 drive (where XP and office are installed)
ATI 2900 HD series graphics card
Sony IDE 4x(read and write) DVD burner
LG SATA 16x(read and write) DVD burner
Pioneer IDE 16x DVD reader

Now that you know everything I do about my rig it is time for the questions.

1) Since I am working with a clean slate here is there anything I should do now that would increase the performance and stability of my system?

2) Should I partition the bigger hard drive into small parts for my work related research, another one for my music and video files ect?? Would this really do anything but cost me time in the long run?

3) Should I use 3rd party drivers for my video card?

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A:Post windows XP install questions


Originally Posted by emtiman

1) Since I am working with a clean slate here is there anything I should do now that would increase the performance and stability of my system?

You will be fine, just do not install any unnecessary software that could increase your CPU usage...


Originally Posted by emtiman

2) Should I partition the bigger hard drive into small parts for my work related research, another one for my music and video files ect?? Would this really do anything but cost me time in the long run?

You should scan your HDDs for bad sectors. HDD that is the best you can use to store important data [but I must suggest you to backup important data on DVD media too just in case]

You should partition 250GB HDD abd leave 2 x 80GB HDDs unpartitioned...
On one 80GB HDD you could install operating system and all other programs and applications... Other one you can use for storage as well as 250GB one...


Originally Posted by emtiman

3) Should I use 3rd party drivers for my video card?

I am using 3rd party graphic drivers [for nVidia there are Forceware and for ATI there are catalyst drivers]


Originally Posted by emtiman

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Oi guys. I have a question before installing Windows 7 Professional. Computer is currently on Vista SP3.

Question 1: Suppose I wanted to 'migrate' my user account from Vista to Windows 7. Using the "Upgrade" path from the Windows 7 installation is out of the question here, since I have the Home Premium Edition for Vista. Can I just simply copy and paste the entire user directory, or do I have to do something else?

Question 2: Since I can't use the Upgrade function on 7, I will have to face the possibility of using the Custom Install. If I proceed, is it going to wipe everything the Vista drive, such as the User directories, documents, system folders, etc? Or is it just going to put the old stuff into the Windows.old directory, just like installing Windows XP over Windows 98. Keep in mind that it's been more than 10 years since I made a major OS install (last time: April 1999, MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.11 straight to 98. Would have installed Windows 95, but has terrible support for those obscure VL and ISA drivers...yet).

2A: In lieu of the c:\user\yourusernamehere directory that Vista uses, will it be also erased by Windows 7 or...move its contents somewhere? I can move the contents to another computer, but transferring 67 GB of stuff with a 4 GB usb stick takes like...eternity...

Question 3: If somebody talks here about partitioning the HDD, here's my setup. An NTFS system can only hold 4 partitions. It's 250 GB, partitioned into:

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Hi. I had some questions I hope someone can answer if possible. I'll list them below, thank you.

I have an active infection and am in process of diagnosing, but some important questions continue to arise.

1. My router is likely compromised, even after hard reset.. Is there any way for me to confidently know for sure if it is compromised, and if so, regain control?

(I should mention, I live in a condo complex, so have many wireless networks in range at all times. Likely others are infected and capable of reinfecting my router upon power on)

2. If I have a compromised router, what is my best suggested way of connecting to internet: Ethernet hookup through router anyway or direct ether to cable modem? Keeping in mind the virus can likely disable or control firewall and connections, is the router still providing some safety?

3. Since my system has been compromised, and my hardware info likely went out, are my wireless adapters more susceptible to reinfection? Is there anything I can do to change hardware id info? Especially if I do a reformat/reinstall I don't want my system devices wide open and broadcasting.

4. Must I assume any and all data saved while computer was infected is hazardous? All data and file types? For instance, songs, pictures, iPhone back-up, game data? Is there any way to scan or be sure one way or another?

5. Given my mulitiple network environment, is there any way I can power into a state where I know 100% I am disconnected from Internet?
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A:Some general pre, current and post malware questions


1. It is unlikely that your router is infected. If your machine is infected, it is more likely as the result of a careless click on a link, or clicking on a Fake AV to close it. It is very common to see several other wireless networks when you also use a wireless gateway. That is why it is important to secure your router with a strong password. If your router is unsecured, it is possible for others to use it to enable them to connect to the net.

2. If you connect by using an ethernet cable and disable the wireless, you won't see the other wireless users and it may make you more comfortable.

3. Since you are waiting on another thread to see if you are actually infected, I would recommend waiting for the results before doing anything to your machine. Your wireless adapters are not more susceptible to future infection.

4. Again, wait for the results before saving. Normally personal data is not affected, but music and downloaded game files can be iffy.

5. Right click on the local area connection icon, bottom right, on your desktop. You should see the option to "disable" which will disconnect your machine from the router. If you want to disable the router, turn it off or unplug it.

6. If you have a recovery disc or the ability to reset to factory condition, you would be able to do that once it is determined that it is the best way to go.

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My computer was previously infected with Trojan.sirefef and I decided to do a factory restore and my computer is back to normal. However, I did back up a lot of the data on an external drive and would like to make sure it is clean. What steps should I take to do this?
On my computer I currently have BitDefender total security, adobe is up to date, java is up to date, and security updates are up to date.
Let me know what needs to be done and I can get back to you with logs and whatever else may be necessary.

A:Post Sirefef infection clean-up questions

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results hereDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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I have 3 kids, where can they download music that they won't get a bunch of spyware or viruses from?

A:windows xp- just a question, where arre the best place to download music?

Assisting with P2P sites are against the rules here. If you want to download music safely and legally you need to pay for it.

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Ok so here's what I used to have orange boring cones for .mp3 .mp4 . all my many file types that I would look at daily.

I really need to change the look of things. So I downloaded something called "Filetypesman" which is totally freak out of this world for a quick way to change file typ icons in windows 10.

So I switched the file types icons with these pretties. For .mp3 its the little pink butterflys and for .mp4 and .flv there both flowers.

It looks like this! picture below.
Now once you see the image you will notice that for the first icon its a pink flower and then for the second its a folder icon from that show. Which is just something I used quickly to see if it would work. Now here's what I did I used filetypesman to change the file types icons to flowers and butterflys but for the shows folder icon I made a shortcut from the first file and changed its icon. But then I'm stuck with 2 of the same things in the same folder. Is here any way to remove the original file to keep the shortcut or to just change the icons on the originals.

I already have the folder icons changed I was working on that pretty late last night.

So now I was wondering if there's a way to change the flowers to something more specific like a image turned into a icon from that show. Because I can't use all of the images in the .mp4 the same for the assassination classroom because I also have some dragon ball z movies also downloaded to my pc.

So I'm looking for a way to change th... Read more

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I gave my old Athlon XP 2800 to my mom. I built it myself and it has an Epox 8RDA+ motherboard.

A week ago she said when she turned it on it beeped and nothing came on the screen. I had my dad look at it and he said the CPU fan wasn't running. This was the fourth or fifth time we had turned it on to troubleshoot it (I live 500 miltes away) so I'm not sure if it stopped running when he was messing with things, or if it hadn't been running the whole time.

Anyway, they sent it to me and I've tried troubleshooting it to no avail. When I first turned it on it got to the bootup screen before freezing. At this point I noticed the CPU speed was listed as 1100 Mhz. Now when I turn it on it doesn't show anything on the screen (what would cause this, a heat issue?)

First I was getting a C1 error, so I tried switching out and trying to each memory stick individually. No luck. Eventually I ended up with a wide array of post codes, including:

C1: Detect memory
26: Reserved
29: Program CPU internal MTRR, Initialize the APIC, Program early chipset, Measure CPU speed, Invoke video bios

Sometimes it would boot up to 29 and then go back down to 26

It seems 95% certain to me that either the CPU or motherboard (or PSU?) has gone bad. Is this correct? If so, how can I find out which one it is so I don't buy the wrong thing? Thanks a lot.

A:2 year old computer won't post; gives seemingly random post codes

well.. the best way is to try each single part in a different system to see if they do work or not...

i always use the thought that Electronical Stuff does WORK or NOT... they dont "kinda work"...

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i have a HPPav 8700(i think) its been working fine for like 2 years almost but in the past 4 months its been doin alot of weird things, and this is one of the worst problems ive had, alot of ones weird like this ive been able to fix by just unhooking certain hardware, right now its booting up to the screen that shows the big company name, where u hit like F1 to enter setup and stuff, well it gets there, it freezes, ive tried hitting F1 it doesnt go into setup it still hangs. any ideas?

A:computer isnt starting up all the way

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A:My Hp Computer Isnt Turning On!

It sounds like your power supply is failing, or your motherboard has failed. Are there any lights on, on the motherboard. Usually there is one or two green statis lights on the motherboard.

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I have just bought the parts to my new computer.
I have installed everything on the motherboard.
Evidently, nothing is running. The fan isnt running, the CPU isnt running, NOTHING is running. The computer only worked ONCE when my knee accidentally bumped into the case and it miracously started running. After that, it couldnt run again.
What could be the problem? Is it the motherboard, the power supply, or something shorted out? Please I need a answer, this problem is driving me crazy.

A:HELP my new computer isnt turning on

Hello kevlar22 and welcome to techspot

Did you connect the front panel connectors correctorly,

Does your motherboard light light up

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i thought that this new cpu was compatible with my motherboard but now it seems that it isn't. please let me know if it is or isn't, and if it isn't please let me know a motherboard that would work with it.

thats my cpu in a nutshell, ive upgraded to a Nvidia 9800 GT GPU
500W rosewill power supply
added 1 gig of ram
and tried to upgrade the CPU to

so please let me know

A:my new computer isnt working with new CPU

i accidentally screwed up the title, it ment to be new cpu to motherboard. and i really dont think that they are compatible now after really looking @ it. but i believe i found a motherboard that will work with it. ?

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Hey everyone, im dwaltin, new to this site but i need some help BADLY!

Comp Specs: ASUS mobo, 1GB Ram (2 512mb's), AMD Athlon 64 2800 cpu, Nvidia Geforce 5500 FX vid card, 200gb seagate hard drive, Aspire 500w psu, running windows xp home. (the new power supply was a Aspire 520w)

Heres my problem: Last monday or tuesday i came home and my computer (custom built w/ no problems for over a year) was not on (which it was when i left) and it was making a really high pitched ringing noise (almost like when your ears are ringing), i tried to turn the computer on but nothing, nor was the mobo led lit up, i found that the ringing was coming from the power supply so i turn it off from the back and pull the plug and it stopped. After trying it again and still no change i pulled the power supply out and it had a burning smell coming from it. so i ordered a new power supply which was a little bit better, aspire 520w. it doesnt work however it does make the mobo led come on. after unplugging everything and plugging them back in it turned on, i then hooked up the mouse keyboard and monitor but none of them would work, i reboot to try to fix this problem and now it wont boot at all. Then the new power supply starts to ring like the other one so i unplug it (it did not smell like something had burned tho) and it stops, however now when i plug it back in it does not light up the mobo led. i reset the bois by removing the battery for 30mins and still no change. Then i try my new power s... Read more

A:My Computer Isnt Working! What should i do?!

dwaltin said:

Hey everyone, im dwaltin, new to this site but i need some help BADLY!

Comp Specs: ASUS mobo, 1GB Ram (2 512mb's), AMD Athlon 64 2800 cpu, Nvidia Geforce 5500 FX vid card, 200gb seagate hard drive, Aspire 500w psu, running windows xp home. (the new power supply was a Aspire 520w)

Heres my problem: Last monday or tuesday i came home and my computer (custom built w/ no problems for over a year) was not on (which it was when i left) and it was making a really high pitched ringing noise (almost like when your ears are ringing), i tried to turn the computer on but nothing, nor was the mobo led lit up, i found that the ringing was coming from the power supply so i turn it off from the back and pull the plug and it stopped. After trying it again and still no change i pulled the power supply out and it had a burning smell coming from it. so i ordered a new power supply which was a little bit better, aspire 520w. it doesnt work however it does make the mobo led come on. after unplugging everything and plugging them back in it turned on, i then hooked up the mouse keyboard and monitor but none of them would work, i reboot to try to fix this problem and now it wont boot at all. Then the new power supply starts to ring like the other one so i unplug it (it did not smell like something had burned tho) and it stops, however now when i plug it back in it does not light up the mobo led. i reset the bois by removing the battery for 30mins and still no change. Then i try... Read more

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