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Game runs flawlessly with YouTube video running and is unplayable otherwise

This sounds crazy but I've tested this several times and it is completely reproduce-able. If a YouTube video is not running in the background Skyrim takes approximately 2 minutes to load and the ...
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Is there software for stress-testing computer displays?

I am working with a monitor in our offices that appears to have a malfunctioning DVI interface. When the monitor is in DVI mode, even with cables disconnected, there is serious ghosting, artifacts, ...
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Two hard drives: same specs, different speeds. Need to find the configuration issue

I have two nodes (with 3 dedicated data drives each) that are showing drastically different write speeds. Their 'hdparm' output looks identical and their 'hdparm -t -T' output is comparable but ...
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All domains in Windows XP refer to 1.0.0.0

Today my mother has complained about issues with the internet connection on her laptop: a few days ago, GMail worked, but today it and all other sites won't load, resulting in a "time out error". The ...
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App to spot a hurdle between a user and an http server

I'd like to know if there is a tool that can be placed on a user's computer and given a url, can diagnose if and where a block is situated in accessing a web page (with a specified port). Sort of a ...
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How to diagnose the cause of losing connections in WLAN?

Recently I brought my laptop from my work to my appartment. At work the laptop works perfectly in WLAN, but at home I have the following problems with WLAN: When streaming movie from YouTube, the ...
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Toshiba Satellite A300 won't boot, how to diagnose?

I have a Toshiba Satellite A300 19P, It was working normally a week ago, today it just won't boot. After the initial Toshiba boot logo, I get a black screen and nothing happens, I hear the computer ...
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Possibility of hard drive failure? Current Pending Sector

I have a year old WD20EADS 2TB drive and the current pending sector count was going up. When I first noticed it using HD Tune Pro, it was at 15 and over the course of a month it steadily went up to ...
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How to find out which XP version a PC has [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine the installed edition of Windows XP if the OS does not boot up? Without being able to boot the OS that is. I was wondering about this for awhile - I ...
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Diagnosing random system crashes; is there a better way then waiting until it crashes (or doesn't)

I've purchased a system last week and ever since, it's been behaving erratically, not posting and random freeze ups in windows when it does post (with the inability to post right after). I've stripped ...
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Meaning of RCA DCM425 Cable Modem Diagnostic Statistics

My home internet connection is provided via a DOCSIS 2.0 complaint RCA/Thomson DCM425 cable modem. As far as I can tell the DCM425 is an un-managed device, but it does provide a web interface for ...
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Windows 7 disk errors after a few hours of runtime

I'm having trouble understanding what is going on with my work PC. Whenever I boot it, it runs fine for a while, then starts to randomly show disk errors. The displayed error often contains the ...
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USB HDD Hardware Diagnostic Tools

My wife has a Western Digital My Passport Essentials USB 3.0 HDD (P/N: WDBACY5000ABL - 00) which has started to behave quite flaky lately. Particularly, it's registering as unformatted despite ...
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I always get a “scan and fix” message for external HDD, but no problem ever found (Win 7)

I have an external HDD that, when I plug it into my Windows 7 laptop, always initializes with the "do you want to scan and fix" message. I've run it a few times, but the built in Windows scanner ...
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What can I do if my dasKeyboard has dead keys?

I have an out-of-warranty dasKeyboard Professional (with Cherry MX Blue key switches). I acquired this keyboard as a new replacement in a warranty keyboard swap. Their warranty service is very slow ...
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What Is a Boot Failure 4 Digit Diagnostic Tool?

How do I use this device? Designed to troubleshoot PC boot failures, when PC doesn't even show Video Card/BIOS screen (thus no error code/info is available) 4-digit numeric display ...
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Diagnosing / Servicing A Notebook GPU

I have a GPU (a GTX 260M) that is causing windows to lockup. I was talking to a service rep from the notebook manufacturer and they said typically the technicians go through this process: Usually ...
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Seeking USB hard drive SMART diagnostic tool

I have a pair of hardrives from a RAID which was warning of degraing on a desktop machine. That machien is out of commision & whether I repeair it depands on whether I can still use 0, 1, or 2 ...
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Diagnosing PC crashes (most often while using shared folders or torrents)

For the last few weeks my PC (pretty old P4 with Windows XP SP3) has been crashing randomly. It just suddenly reboots instantaneously. It feels hardware-related but I wasn't able to determine whether ...
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How to diagnose and fix Windows Vista crash on laptop

I have a Compaq Presario CQ50, and sometimes when I am using it the system crashes with a black screen. The only way to recover is with a reboot using a button on the laptop (not via software of ...
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HP Pavilion s3020.es died - how do I diagnose, and what motherboards are compatible?

My girlfriend got an HP Pavilion s3020.es some years ago (It came with Vista). The computer suffered from a "fall to the ground from 1 meter" syndrome. As a result it doesn't boot - the beeper keeps ...
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Hardware or Software Issue?

I have had an odd problem that arose while I was watching Netflix one day. I'm operating on an older laptop which had been fine until just recently (aside from being old and slow... but that's ...
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What are Targeted Read Test / SMART Short Self Test? What do failures of them mean?

I have a Dell XPS 420, about 4 years old, out of warranty. Drive C: (and smaller partition as D:) is a Western Digital WD5000AAKS-75YGA0 ATA drive. Seems to be running well, but the Dell predictive ...
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What are the symbols in VDT's output?

I've been messing with a curses-based disk check tool in Linux called VDT (visual disk test). It puts out a nice little chart on the screen as it's going, but I have no idea what each unit of output ...
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What does Raw Read Error Rate mean in SSD SMART?

I downloaded trial version of HD Tune Pro and I'm using it to benchmark my hard drives. In Health tab of SSD I found Raw Read Error Rate property. What does this property say about my hard drive? ...
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Do these memtest86 results indicate a defective memory module?

I just ran memtest86 and I received these results (the picture is from the 4th test of the second pass): Obviously something really bad is happening. I guess that red row should not be there. Also ...
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Is my hard drive about to fail?

I hear some squeaking noises sometimes when I use my computer so I ran smartctl. This is the results: === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION === SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num ...
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Bluray LightScribe drive slowly dying - any recommended fixes?

I'm getting sporadically functioning Bluray drive in my HP DV5T laptop. Anybody have any ideas that I could use to get it working again, short of replacing it? Here is the history I tried with it ...
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Using MHDD 4.6 to check hard drives

Following on from my previous post, I have run MHDD 4.6 from Hiren's Boot CD. 1) Does anyone know which commands I should be running to check the health of a drive? 2) I have run 'scan', but about ...
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Hiren's Boot CD - HDD Diagnostics

I have a bunch of hard drives which I want to sell, so am wiping them using Hiren's Boot CD. I want to check that the drives are healthy first. Can anyone recommend a tool for this? There are several ...
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Computer won't start unless power is removed for ~5 minutes

I have a fairly standard 2-year old desktop computer (quad-core intel, single hard drive, decent video card, 300W power supply) which recently started acting up. I'm not sure what the cause is, so ...
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Is there a Windows-compatible tool for finding PC specifications that displays its report in a user-friendly way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any good tools for reporting on a computer’s specs? I'm really looking for something that will display the highlights and hide the nitty-gritty details until I ...
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free system diagnostic tool like Dell laptops have? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recommendations for hardware diagnostic software (bootable)? My company issued Dell laptop has a pretty robust system diagnostic tool that you can boot into before ...
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Where do I start diagnosing a RAID drive that won't come up?

I've had this Cavalry 4TB RAID drive connected via eSATA to a Win2003 box for a year or two, and it's not coming up any more (can't see it in Explorer, or in disk management). I've also tried ...
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I suspect my system is locking up occasionally because it's overheating. Any suggestions to diagnose an overheating issue?

For about a year now, I've been trying to diagnose occasional system freezes/lockups--no BSOD, no warning or messages after reboot--the system simply freezes. I reboot/reset and everything works fine. ...
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Server NIC CPU fails diagnostic; could this be the cause of LAN performance issues?

I'm trying to track down the cause of some network performance issues. One of the many diagnostic steps I've performed was running the server NIC's diagnostics. Every test passes except the CPU ...
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How-to determine the number of physical CPUs under both Windows and Linux

When running cat /proc/cpuinfo under Linux, a variety information is kicked-back. For example: > cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 15 model ...
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What would cause a machine not to output a graphics signal?

I've got a PC which I built myself some time ago. It was working fine. Then we moved house - the PC was moved by the movers. After the move it worked a few times. At one point, it refused to come ...
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determining amount of CPU cache memory for a machine

How can we find the amount of CPU cache memory a given machine has. Assume Windows XP and a Intel Core Duo processor..
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diagnostic software for wifi adapter

I'm having trouble with my wifi connection. Is there any software out there that can help me determine if the problem is in the drivers or in the hardware? Regretfully, I'm working on Vista Edit: ...
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Good HD Health Checkers/Programs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: When to stop using a HDD? What rules/software apply? How to check the health of a hard drive Hello guys, Can anyone recomend me good HD diagnostic tools? Light ...
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Workstation Bluescreen issues

I attempted to log into my workstation this morning only to discover, when the monitors woke up, that I had bluescreened. My Workstation is Windows 7 x64. The error message was: ...
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Essential Macintosh Tools [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some “must have” Mac OS X programs? What are some tools you use a lot to diagnose and fix Macs? I'll start the ball rolling Temperature Monitor ...
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How to prevent Chrome from refreshing page when viewing source?

When viewing page source in Google Chrome, the browser opens a new tab and basically pastes the URL in with the view-source: prefix. This is undesirable. As a developer, I may include some diagnostic ...
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Capturing Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: PC Blue Screens and then instantly reboots. How do I stop this or find the error later? Sometimes I get a BSOD screen for a split second and I have no chance to see the ...
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Isolating external hard drive failure?

I have a fairly new (~1.5 years old) external WD My Book with a bunch of audio projects that I'd like to recover. I'm wondering if there are any clever tricks I can try before pulling the disk out of ...
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How to diagnose WiFi connection failures

I'm having trouble connecting to the WiFi in my new house. I'm sure I'm getting everything right - right network ID, right password type, right password (copied directly from the router's config page ...
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How to get results from Memory Diagnostics Tool?

I ran the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 7 64 bit. I have 16G RAM. It reported hardware problems. This is a new system with new memory. When the system rebooted I was expecting an icon in the task ...
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When to stop using a hard drive? What rules/software apply?

When having a old hard disk - when should you stop using it ? I recently got a new 1 TB hard disk, and am left with 3 old hard drives (320 GB, 250GB, 160 GB). I am now wondering which of them to ...
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software for laptop heat diagnostics

I had my laptop for about 6 months. Yesterday i hit shutdown and left the room and apparently it shut down due to temperature. Right now my laptop suddenly got hot fast. What can i do about this and ...