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What diagnostics are available for a General Protection Fault from an old Windows program?

I have run an old (1996) Windows program that accesses DBF files. If I run with an old copy of the database it works fine. But if I run with my current copy of the database, I get the GP Fault when ...
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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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Intel server motherboard S1200V3RPS diagostic LED displays unlisted POST code

After some initial hiccups, I was able to get the Intel motherboard to at least power up. Now it does not start the boot process. I tried to understand the LED displays which explain problems ...
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What to do with this defective hard drive, recognized by BIOS but not by OS?

I’m trying to recover a 2.5-inch Toshiba HDD drive from a laptop, which suddenly stopped working. When powered on, the disk was totally silent and thus not spinning anymore. Since it is out of ...
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computer suddenly loses power: no event of the shutdown [closed]

I'm looking for some diagnostic advice. computer was assembled 2 years ago, no issues since. symptoms: computer randomly loses power (usually happens in 2's. IE computer suddenly loses power. I ...
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How to diagnose crashes? [duplicate]

My laptop recently started to shut down suddenly, in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04. The PC is 8 years old, it is not overheating (it was before, but the fan was cleaned last year) , I suspect the ...
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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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Why does my system show lots of memory being used when the total amount is way less than reported? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title makes sense but Windows reports 7GB of memory being used but when I check the task manager I don't anything close to this amount being used. Here is the pic where the apps ...
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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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99% CPU on Win8.1, Can't find offending process

For the last several weeks my laptop is running at 99% CPU, and have been unable to find the offending process. Task manager shows 99%, with no one process using all the CPU, it cycles between ...
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Smart disk error?

I performed disk tests with DLGDIAG and HDAT2 and none found bad sectors, but there is a !Smart error flag in HDAT2, What does this mean? Here's a screenshot.
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Getting syntax error messages with NTDSUTIL switches

Does anyone know how to properly input the switches for this command? I am on one of my domain controllers: Start>Run>Ntdsutil Then I try activating the command with ac i & activate instance ntds ...
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What could be causing my laptop to lock up? [duplicate]

My laptop has a problem of locking programs randomly crashing. I ran a diagnostics test through my bios and a thorough memtest through my bios. I installed a clean version of Kubuntu on it recently, ...
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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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brbtool error message

the instruction at "0x71c09aa4" referenced memory at "0x8b56ec8b". The memory could not be read Has anyone idea what is this? I get this when i try to print on my HL-2150N Brother network printer.
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Poor performance with large .txt

Is there an inherent bug in the design of .txt that signficant performance drops can be experienced when working with relatively large files? Working with a file of over a million characters on ...
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Computer won't start unless power is removed for ~2 hours

About 6 months ago I built myself a desktop. A few weeks ago the computer started to act strange, for example it wouldn't always give a video signal when it came out of sleep. Now the issue has ...
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Diagnostic why a fresh installation keeps freezing up for no reason

I've built a new computer and installed a new copy of Windows 7. Although this desktop is way superior than the previous one in terms of hardware specs, the OS just completely freezes for about 15-30 ...
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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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Many BSODs - where to look for the explanation?

I have recently been getting a lot of blue screen of deaths with various errors (see this for a crash report created with the WhoCrashed software). The many MEMORY_MANAGEMENT errors made me think it ...
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Different results with Memtest86

I've recently run a Memtest on my computer which have 2 x 4gb DDR3 RAM sticks due to a lot of MEMORY_MANAGEMENT bsods. The result showed 4 errors in a run of 10,5 hours (8 passes) so clearly something ...
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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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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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PC fails to boot after a knock to the top of its case

I accidentally knocked off a small block of fools' gold on-top of my computer case, but didn't actually hit anything inside (since the case was open), and now the computer is having serious stability ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Diagnosing random, temporary computer “pauses”

My computer that I use every day has had the problem for over a year where periodically (between once and six times per day) it will become mostly unresponsive for a short period of time. This is ...
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How can I see how much my CPU is being throttled?

Windows has a feature which can be set from the Power Options menu where the CPU is automatically throttled according to usage in order to save power. How can I view this throttling in real time? For ...
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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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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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Windows 8 Hardware Diagnostics

I have a new high spec. Windows 8 Pro work station that has now BSOD three times in 5 days due to NTFS problems. Is there a tool I can leave running after work that try to determine the root cause of ...
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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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Best practise for debbuging hdd

I just logged onto my machine when suddenly ls gave me an Input/output error. After rebooting the machine /dev/sda1 could not be mounted. dmesg results in : [ 545.691453] EXT4-fs (sda): VFS: Can't ...
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What do voltages 5 through 7 correspond to?

In the screenshot below, what do voltages VIN5 - VIN7 correspond to? If it's different per system how can I find out what they measure for me?
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ASUS RT-N66U how to identify source of traffic spike

I have an ASUS RT-N66U as my home router. We are experiencing some traffic spikes in downloading over WiFi that slow all other activity to a crawl. Is there a way to identify the source (ip/host) of ...
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Diagnosing Motherboard/CPU/ (most likely) GPU

OK, so I am trying to salvage my Mum's old PC for which she had bought a new power supply. After that it worked for a long time. After that time, it wouldn't boot (fans would come on very loud, power ...
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How to create an ASD (apple service diagnostics) boot partition

Can someone tell me how I can create an ASD boot partition. In my ACMT class we had a USB drive with multiple partitions each being an ASD bootable partition. One thing I don't understand is that when ...
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HD failure questions

I recently had one of my home PC hard drives fail. It was in a striped raid, so I had to rebuild the raid (no data lost, only the OS partition was there). Is there any way to diagnose exactly what ...
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Windows 7 Bluecreen Diagnosis

I have been getting these bluescreens once or twice every month and I have no idea whats causing it. Is there anyone who can show me how to diagnose it?
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Diagnostic puzzle - laptop randomly fails at OS startup

I have a problem which has been bothering me for a year now and I would be grateful if somebody could help me. I will try to be as brief and concise as possible: Laptop: HP Probook 4525s, HDD 160GB, ...
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Troubleshooting large spikes in disk usage on Ubuntu server

I have a server running Ubunutu 12. Today for the second time, the disk usage spiked from 300GB to 500GB in less then an hour. The same thing happened Friday and after about an hour and a half the ...
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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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Starting computer without CPU or with unsupported CPU can damage anything?

I'm building a vintage PC and It's not working. I'm using a Pentium 100 (A80502100) with a EPoX EP-MVP3G5. All is powered by a new Corsair cx400w. I've setted the VCore switches on the motherboard ...
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xbootmgr failing to run a trace, couldn't find a kernel logger

I am attempting to run a boot trace on a computer that is slow to log in using xbootmgr. It is a Windows 7 Professional computer that is on a domain. Based on the guide on this website: ...
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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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What HDD diagnostic tool to trust?

I recently purchased external HDD (Samsung M3 Portable External Drive 1TB). I run basic diagnostic tests with SeaTools for Windows and unfortunately Short DST and Short Generic tests fail. I then ...
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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 ...