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What would cause a video card to show everything on the screen in one color (blue)?

I recently tried to upgrade to a better video card, and after putting it into my computer and installing the proper drivers, everything on my screen shows up blue... Not the blue screen of death, just ...
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How do I fix “hard freezing” issue when running games?

About 3 or 4 day's ago, while my roommate was playing a game on my computer that I had played plenty before, randomly hard froze. After rebooting and trying the game again, the same thing happened ...
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Find a website at some geographical location

The http responses returned from my server are very slow. After testing a number of things out, I suspect some router along the way has implemented a firewall to inspect higher level protocol data, ...
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Trace an Internet bottleneck

Access to my site is very slow. However, if I use an online tool that tests webpage performance, the performance is normal. This leads me to believe that somewhere between my computer and my server, ...
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ODX car diagnostic file editor

Is there any freeware/open source alternative to ODXStudio and VisualODX? I'm looking for software to create and edit ODX files (ECU diagnostics descriptions) for free. There are several freeware ...
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Ensure my Iomega NAS storage is working optimally

We have a NAS storage of 5.5 TB from Iomega which is around 96% full and around 3-4 yrs old. We have started doubting if the performance has degraded a lot of this NAS storage, e.g. IOPS. For example, ...
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Which network command does all the thing a windows restart would do?

Specification : 64 bit Windows, Core 2 Duo Network components used : Wifi - Intel 5100 AGN Datacard - NDIS based - Huawei 3g Issue when using Wifi : Every 15 minutes, internet connection gets ...
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Is my HDD on the verge of failing?

I have a 10 year old machine that I'm using as a small home theater server, and would like to know if the HDD is about to fail. I ran the following smartctl --all test and some of the error values ...
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What is the process for diagnosing a ViewSonic Monitor? [closed]

I have a ViewSonic monitor that has been busted for quite some time. I've been researching it and i still have no clue as to why it doesn't work. It doesn't turn on. Or rather, it will turn on, but ...
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Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware?

Is there a thumbstick Linux image for checking hardware? Ideally I'd like to take it with me to a second hand shop, boot it up and run a quick round of diagnostics on hardware. It must have both ...
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Debugging a laptop that won't turn on

When laptop won't turn on, how do I figure out which of these issues might it be? Power Button The AC plug The Motherboard Are there some tools or ways to debug and narrow down the cause. And how ...
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Track what is requesting a shutdown event

We have a workstation at work that is on a domain. Every night at the same time it is shutting down by itself. We have stepped through the normal list of items that might request a shutdown and have ...
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Tool to test HDD for health?

I've had my HDD replaced, and now my computer is freezing every 1 to 5 minutes for 5 to 10 seconds. Actually, only active applications freeze (but it can be ANY application), usually when I click ...
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Did I brick my pogoplug?

I just received a POGO-P21 and followed the archlinux installation instructions. Got to step 12 without any trouble or error message. Rebooted the device, and now it won't come up. Good news: ...
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Weird Memory Problems with Memtest86 Results [closed]

I'm having some trouble with one of my memory modules. The unit in question is a GSkill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL. I started noticing my computer was acting up yesterday when I started getting artifacts ...
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Where can i find a bootable ssd diagnostics tool?

I have a laptop, which has a Micron 128GB SSD. I have a feeling that it is defective, but I don't know for sure. I need a bootable SSD diagnostics tool to verify this. Where can I find a bootable SSD ...
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Software to check if a SATA III drive is connected to SATA III port?

I had an OCZ Vertex 256 GB drive installed in my PC at work, and the motherboard has SATA III ports. How do I check the drive is connected to a SATA III port and not a SATA II port without opening ...
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How can I quickly diagnose hardware on a Mac?

I'm buying a second-hand iMac tomorrow and the guy's coming to my house to complete the deal. As is standard, I'd like to check the system and make sure it all works properly before buying. Is ...
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Identify and repair/replace faulting component in LCD monitor

At present, I have 4 dead or dying-to-the-point-of-being-useless LCD monitors that I'd like to diagnose and fix. They're all 28" 1920x1200 monitors, of various ages. I seem to go through one every 2 ...
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Soft Read Error Rate for Hard Drives

I am currently testing many hard drives (with gsmartcontrol). My goto, rule of thumb of detecting a defective hard drive is to look at the Reallocated Sector Count and the Current Pending Sector ...
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Intel Core 2 Duo, Gigabyte MoBo, I-Box AC, ATA harddisc fails to boot with IDE/BIOS errors

I am trying to diagnose hardware malfunction Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3 ghz Gigabyte Motherboard (I don't know exact model) I-Box AC, 400 W ATA hard disc 4 GB RAM (2 x 2GB) First boot, ...
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Test for intermittent communication drops between machines

I am trying to diagnose intermittent communication drops between a computer and another networked piece of equipment. Can someone recommend me any tool or method to do this? Sure I can set up a ping ...
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Is there a way to automate computer diagnostics

What I'm wondering is if there is a way that you can make a cd that boots up Memtest86, runs it through, and if there is no error, restarts and then boots up a hard drive checker that verifies the ...
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How to add ISO images to UBCD4Win

First off, I love UBCD4WIN. I have, however, found other utilities or ISO images I would like to include with my current CD. When I open the menu.lst file, I notice it seems to only allow .IMG and ...
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Ten year old computer started smelling strongly of ozone

Recently, I decided to rebuild a ten year old computer to use as a Linux server. After running it as a Minecraft server for five months, I got a new machine and took the HDD, power supply, and ...
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Hardware diagnostic tool for nVidia cards? [closed]

I am thinking that my nVidia graphics card might be starting to fail, as the machine randomly locks while playing video games. Is there a (nVidia-specific) diagnostic program that can test the card ...
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How do I troubleshoot a slow hard drive?

My computer is suffering of slow-downs and I'm not surprised (it's around 6 years old). Here's what I've verified: They are not very frequent (only a couple of times a day). When they happen a ...
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How to Diagnose a Pre-Operating System Load or Hardware Issue

How can I find out if my problem is hardware based? If it is, how can I figure out what component is to blame How can I fix other pre-operating system issues? As an aside, what are all of these ...
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Windows 7 x64 installation freezes on new PC build

Symptoms While attempting to install Windows 7 (64 bit) on my new PC build, it freezes usually at the point where it is expanding the windows image, but has frozen as early as accepting the licence ...
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Can't diagnose why all of a sudden my computer is incredibly slow even though the cpu%, or mem usage doesn't change

I have had 3 operating systems(Ubuntu, Win7, Win8) on my computer and I have reformatted the drive for every new install. Sometimes all of a sudden my computer is really slow(I can barely minimize a ...
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intermittent power up failure after shut down

My desktop with ASUS P5L-MX motherboard does not immediately want to boot up whenever it is completely shut down. When the switch is pressed there are no visible lights, fan motion or anything. It ...
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What is the compaq diagnostic partition?

I have a very new Lenovo notebook but I see nowhere a compaq logo or something else. What is the compaq diagnostic partition and for what is this? Why do they use this in very new notebooks? Where ...
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Diagnose failure in Dell d630

A Dell d630 is showing signs of failure: On startup, often nothing is seen on screen. it's about 50:50 if it starts up fine or does nothing Plugging in an external monitor when nothing appeared, we ...
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Motherboard temperature reaches 124° C?

This is a brand new PC build (only a few days old.) There are plenty of fans in the case, but after a few hours of playing Skyrim, this is what Speccy reports: My usual motherboard idle temperature ...
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Increase ramdrive memory for Hiren Boot CD

Does anyone know how to increase partition for Ramdrive R: for Hiren Boot CD ? I installed a new Program with more than 64mb and I cannot run it. By default it's size in 64mb. IF not where I Could ...
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External Drive Having Issues… Best Diagnostic Hard Drive Checking Tool for OS X Lion?

I have a WD Elements drive that I use for Time Machine backups, I used Disk Utility to verify the disk, it found errors and I tried repairing it, which failed, so I reformatted the drive and it ...
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Any way to detect what is disabling the screensaver?

Is there any Windows application out there that will determine what process is preventing the screen saver from becoming active?
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How to diagnose problems with virtual machine?

My configuration is -- Linux (as host) using VirtualBox with 3 virtual machines -- all Windows: XP, Vista, Windows 7. All virtual disks are on the same partition, all worked fine until today. Today ...
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Extremely slow computer… not sure what to do next

A little over four years ago I built a PC with a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and 4GB of DDR2 800 ram. Not very good by today's standards, but it has served its purpose well. Recently (within the last two to ...
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Determine what component of my PC is broken

I was playing Skyrim and suddenly the PC froze. I had to reset it by pushing the button. On reboot the display is very weird and I can't figure out what's wrong. My guess would be the graphic card ...
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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 ...