WTF is with my computer...?

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  1. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    For hardware issues. I'd unseat everything, including the CPU and memory, blast out the slots with compressed air, and reseat them again. Also check the cables with vometers, while wiggling them, to make sure there aren't any intermittent connection problems. If there are known questionable hardware items, they need to be swapped out one by one with known good items, to see if the problem persists. Also, one big culprit for these kind of problems is dual-channel memory. Try running with just one stick of memory, then switch to the other stick the next day, and see if your problem happens either time or both times. These are things for your Otousan/computer specialist to perform in your stead, if you feel unconfident in your disassembly/reassembly skills. :)

    On the software side, your computer specialist ;) should also check to see what all your computer is doing at night while nobody is looking, such as automatic updates, attempts at hibernation/sleep mode, and the like, and looking at the event logs to see if a raft of errors are piling up in the background.

    Edit: Posts happened while I was typing all this mess. You have a hardware/wiring problem, for sure. It could be anywhere, since PSU, memory, and/or CPU problems can corrupt a boot sector/boot record in a hard-drive, in addition to the possibility that the hard drive or hard-drive cable is bad.
  2. GiggidyGee

    GiggidyGee Nice bum, where ya from?

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    I'm not willing to pay a guy to come tell me my computers a piece of shit.:)
  3. demonizeZ

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    Dont worry about those wire. The first one is molex connector, basically a power wire for drives. Second one look like another kind of power wire.

    Check your Hard drive. Double click My computer, then right click on your hard drive (Probably C: ). Go to properties, there is a tab Tool. Error Checking, it will check your drive for error. If any thing it can either tell you the problem or say its fine. In any case we can rule out one more thing.

    Also see what your event viewer saying. Click start go to run and put this in "eventvwr" without the quotes, and click OK. Then look in System, and see if you see any error around the time your system went in restart.
  4. GiggidyGee

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    K so the ErrorChecking thing finished and it said errorchecking complete click ok...clicked okay nothing else happened so I went and did the run eventvwr....tons of errors and shit...
    [​IMG]
  5. Goofus Maximus

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    Double click on one of those Error entries for disk, and post a screenshot of what it says.
  6. demonizeZ

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    Right click on those ERRORS, go to properties and see what they say.
    I am no way near good with windows but i think those error are related to Either Drives or Controller. You should be able to see what drive is the error is related to. Post some info back.

    However you can start with some thing simple, go to device manage. Right click on My computer, Properties then Hardware Tab. Click Device Manager. See if you have any question marks and stuff. Just to see if any thing some how got messed up on your system.

    EDIT: Didnt see Goofus post. :p
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    Start>Accesories>system>scandisk /fix. C drive
  9. demonizeZ

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    Yeah your first error is your Hard drive related. So check the device manager and see if you see any question marks or some other error.


    I think she did Error checking, No error reported. Which makes me think its controller issue... Not sure.
  10. Goofus Maximus

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    Since it's Windows XP, there's only chkdsk, rather than scandisk. Whatever you do, ALL YOUR DATA ARE BELONG TO FATE! You may lose it all at any moment! Back up all the data you can, like family photos, address books and e-mail archives (if you don't use web-based e-mail), and all the documents like your needed word files for homework/regular work, while your computer cooperates. Do this before doing the the total drive scan. I regularly copy all my needed data to a thumb-drive for this reason.

    Run checkdisk from the "tools" tab of the hard drive, making sure to check both boxes:
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    It will tell you it can't do this right now, and ask you if you want it to run when you restart your computer, so it can thoroughly check the disk (say yes). At this point, if your disk itself is going bad, there is a chance that things will go HORRIBLY WRONG at this point, and you will either end up with something the computer doesn't recognize as a hard-drive at all, or a hard-drive which is much smaller than you had a half-hour ago (the disk check may take that long to complete).
  11. GiggidyGee

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    So pretty much I have no idea what you guys mean and I'll probably end up killing my computer explosions will happen and you will never see me again :( But I'll try it out anyways...
    I should save all my important things I want to keep in my email before I scan my computer? And, what about doing a defrag...would that maybe help my computer....?
  12. Goofus Maximus

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    NAY! Don't defrag right now!

    Not to worry. There will be no explosions. At worst, there will be sparks and a circuit breaker tripped! :)
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    Defrag just organizes like data close together. You have a drive issue (wheter it be physical or a corrupt file system).
  15. GiggidyGee

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    Soooo this kind of sucks a lot of assholes cuz I've got some movies and discographies that I've downloaded and all the files are too big to save to my email :(
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    Cross your fingers... :D
  17. Goofus Maximus

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    What he said. If your drive is going bad, you really don't want vast chunks of data to be moved about by that drive, since it might move said data onto the bad area of the drive, where it will be lost or corrupted.

    Since your Father built this, if he's at all close by, he should come over to check it for you, if you find yourself nose-deep in the tech-jargon cesspool, and sinking fast. :)

    I can state from experience, when hard-drives start going bad, they go from bad to worse unexpectedly quickly. I barely got my own hard-drive replaced with a new one before it did the "horribly wrong" routine on me, and 20 of it's 40 gigabytes of capacity mysteriously vanished.
  18. Mr. Ali

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    At my last job almost 9 times out of 10 if we saw any disk errors we would just replace the drive. Not worth having a future dead drive if you can do something about it now.
  19. demonizeZ

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    If you have gmail account, then get Fire Fox addon call Gspace. Using that you can log in your gmail account. That add will turn your 7 gig you get from Gmail, in to back up server per-se. Upload your stuff that way to you gmail account, as long its not illegal stuff. You will be fine.
  20. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    Or you can buy an external hard drive and copy them over via USB
  21. GiggidyGee

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    K it's happening a lot more now that I've opened up my computer given it a blow to get most of the dust out and I've made sure there wasn't anything loose, I've done everything you guys said to do except the whole sending files to my email and then doing whatever I was suppose dto after wards, but now my comp is like restarting itself and now there's a new screen that popped up while it was restarting...took me about 5 tries for my computer to actually fully load....[​IMG]

    also, what is this? I took it off for a second cuz I thought it was just resting on it but it was magnetized to it....[​IMG]
  22. demonizeZ

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    Have you already checked your device manager, and see any thing out of order.

    As for that speaker,its your system speaker, like when your pc boot up you hear beeps. Also those beeps can be use to diagnose problem depending on system.
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    LOL it's just a card-slot cover plate. Speakers have magnets you know? ;)


    Sounds like your hard disk is dying... as Goofus said it might.
  24. Goofus Maximus

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    It's a random piece of junk stuck magnetically to your pc speaker! :)

    I think you may need to get a new hard drive, and just do a clean install on it. What fun! Getting to install all the stuff you usually use, all at once! (Yes, I know you will now hunt me down and kill me, if it's the last thing you do, to rid the World of my twisted sense of humor!) :axe:

    Great scott! What is with this tag-team posting we are doing here?!?!?!
  25. GiggidyGee

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    But whats the plus minus thing on it? should it be there? haha wow I'm so full of questions...I really appreciate everyone's help and suggestions...I hope you guys know that:heart: