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Desktop PC won't boot after power outage

My desktop PC won't boot into windows (stock after POST) after power outage although I am not working on the PC when this happens and it happens each time a power outage occurs. When I run windows ...
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1answer
56 views

Random Boot Loop

I am experiencing that my computer is rebooting at random times and not even reaching BIOS. It happens mostly after my computer have been turned off over the night. but sometime just random. Here's ...
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0answers
50 views

Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...
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68 views

Monitor no source with USB3 to VGA Device

I have a Toshiba Toshiba Satellite R945-P440 with Windows 8.1. I'm trying to connect a SIIG USB 3.0 to VGA Multi Monitor Video Adapter (JU-VG0211-S). It used to work but now when I plug the monitor ...
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1answer
80 views

linux boots but windows doesn't

On my computer I have 3 OSs , Ubuntu, W7 and W8. Both Windows won't boot, won't boot into any rescue or safe mode (on W7 it stops after printing loading classpnp.sys, I think I tried every solution ...
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68 views

HDD S.M.A.R.T bad status error

i have two SATA HDD on my computer, one of them (not the one with OS) displays something like this at start up: S.M.A.R.T Bad status backup and replace and after that windows won't come up and F1 ...
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1answer
115 views

System Interrupts are killing my Laptop

I have a Dell XPS 15 Laptop which had started overheating and shutting down. I had opened it up to clean it, which stopped the overheating. and after putting it back, 2 USB ports didn't work properly ...
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347 views

cannot install Windows XP on laptop

I booted using the Windows XP install CD but after setup loaded all the drivers, when it tries to load Windows XP setup, it gives the blue screen and says there is some problem with the hard drive and ...
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1answer
57 views

Windows 7 Not Recognizing Any Hardware, Linux Recognizing Hardware

I have a new desktop computer with two SSDs: one running Linux Mint 15 (SSD1), the other running Windows 7 (SSD2). My mint runs perfectly - USB wireless adapter is recognized, SSD2 (connected by SATA) ...
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1answer
301 views

Black screen on boot up no bios

I have a Windows system and when I turn it on everything runs and turns on but the monitor stays black. No BIOS shown or anything. Ideas? This is also a brand new system. No more then a year old ...
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1answer
2k views

My laptop freezes when on battery?

So, first and foremost I have an HP2510p with 4GB ram running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (I had Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit before but the problem was there so it has nothing to do with the OSs). I also know ...
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1answer
241 views

Windows Boot Manager 0xc0000225

I tried to start my computer, but it suddenly said: Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: Insert ...
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227 views

Can never using a laptop's battery harm the hard drive? [closed]

I have always used power connection with my laptop. Recently the hard disk was damaged, the tech replaced it and said, not using the battery can damage the hard disk, is this correct?
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What can cause “Reboot and select proper boot device” other than hard drive issues?

I'm having some weird issues with my computer that I'd be hugely appreciative if someone can help me troubleshoot. Recently, my HTPC will start fine, then after 20-30 minutes it will freeze up and ...
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1answer
225 views

Slow BIOS bootup

This is a new HP DV-7 laptop. When you turn it on SOMETIMES it will wait at 15 minutes on the press escape for menu and sometimes it will boot correctly. IS this a hardware failure issue or is this a ...
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1answer
126 views

Cannot Access Hard drive from a broken PC, I have it hook to a USB adapter and can see it in in computer management

I am trying to get the data off of a windows XP desktop hard drive that the motherboard died on. I have a USB adapter that allows me to plug any IDE or SATA hard drive into in then plug it into my PC ...
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3answers
651 views

System hangs after Windows startup

I have an Asus N61JQ laptop with Windows 8 Enterprise 64bit installed – same problems using Windows 7 X64 though. Sometimes my Windows hangs when I shut it down by pressing the power button, and when ...
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1answer
131 views

laptop screen goes blank

I have been trying to debug this laptop screen issue and the screen kinda flickers then it goes blank. The back light goes out as you can still see what is on the screen but it is very dark. There ...
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3answers
2k views

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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1answer
192 views

Wrong Sound Blaster's PCI ID within Windows

I own Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium, it was working with no problems under Linux or Windows 7. It's original PCI ID is 1102:000b but now I see different within MS Windows. BIOS setup: 1102:000b ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the equivalent of dmesg on WinXP and later?

The output from dmesg is often useful for determining which hardware is detected on a given system but it is also very useful for looking at hardware errors such as when wifi interface won't work or ...
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1answer
112 views

Ignore device that has malfunctioned

Using Windows 7, I am getting this message USB Device Not Recognized One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. However I do not ...
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1answer
77 views

Need help diagnosing cause of BSOD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any advice on what to do when getting a cryptic blue screen in windows? I've got a Windows 7 PC here that was getting very frequent BSODs. The error codes were variant ...
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Screen occasionally flashes black

A few months ago I bought myself a new computer. Since then the monitor have been occasionally flashing black for a second or so, and I've been looking for - and failing to find - a solution. Will ...
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1answer
86 views

Hard Drive checking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I troubleshoot a slow hard drive? I have a SeaGate drive and I ran the long and short generic tests and they passed. However, the system still seems slow after a ...
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1answer
115 views

No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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3answers
190 views

What would happen if the temperature of my computer kept rising?

I've seen a lot of posts about how the maximum temperature of a CPU is somewhere around 100°C, and then the computer will shut down to prevent damage. But what would happen if all of the fans for a ...
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1answer
2k views

Sysprep + Generalize + Windows 7 - Hardware has changed?

It was to my understanding that using Generalize will cause the system to ignore hardware changes and treat the hardware currently installed as the original hardware. However, I’m running in to an ...
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2answers
2k views

Hard Drive shuts down in the middle of gaming - computer crashes afterwards

When I am playing a game with high system requirements (this time: Battlefield 3) after a while my hard drive randomly shuts off (it's the hard drive. I hear it shutting down.) After Windows realizes ...
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2answers
344 views

Very slow bootup even after defrag

Have a computer that took over an hour to bootup and this was after a defrag and security scans. Could this be a sign the drive is dieing even if it is making no sounds? How can I check to see if ...
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1answer
875 views

My webcam doesn't work, how to set it up?

I just recently bought a third hand Dell Inspiron m5030 laptop, running Windows 7. The problem is, Windows can't seem to use my webcam, even though it is listed in Device Manager as "Integrated ...
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1answer
89 views

Error searching to find hardware freezing issue

I came home to find my computer frozen at the screensaver. I forced a restart, and it froze at the regular Windows start up. Sometimes it would launch completely, and then freeze pretty soon after. ...
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3answers
7k views

Windows detected a hard disk p⁣roblem — what should I do?

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, I'm getting windows error popups like this one for about 3 days, multiple times a day: This Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ 500 GB is about 2 years old and I already ...
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2answers
20k views

Chkdsk hangs at “chkdsk is verifying usn journal…”

I'm trying to recover some data off a crashed hard drive using Windows System Recovery. Startup Repair just hangs for days (yes, literally) with no disk activity. So, I'm trying to run chkdsk c: /f ...
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1answer
947 views

DVD drive not detected in BIOS / Windows XP

My parents bought a PC (a old Hewlett Packard Bell Pentium 4) just to watch YouTube. It worked well for months but last week, the DVD drives (there a 2 dvd drives) are no more recognized by the BIOS ...
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1answer
666 views

Weird RAM Upgrade Experience

I have a laptop, HP EliteBook 8540p having originally 4GB RAM and I've recently bought Corsair Value Select SO-DIMM 16 Go (2x 8 Go) DDR3 1333 MHz. It fits the required RAM specifications perfectly, ...
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2answers
1k views

Disabling “faulty” graphics card in device manager

I have what I believe to be a faulty graphics card causing random reboots to my machine. Unfortunately its plumbed with water cooling and removal is a bit more involved than I would like. ...
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1answer
72 views

Replaced a broken power supply with a new one, now a bunch of weird things are happening

Overview: I replaced a blown power supply with a new power supply in a desktop computer and now a bunch of weird errors are popping up everywhere (Steam, Malwarebytes, Microsoft Security Essentials, ...
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2answers
1k views

Assistance getting my broken hard drive to work

I had an external hard drive (Seagate) that I accidentally pulled down on my desk. Immediately after falling it started making a soft beeping noise, and my computer no longer recognized it. I ...
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1answer
30 views

Apps for multi-device firmware updating of my PC

According to this question, are there some free (freeware) applications that can help me easily update whole PC's hardware's firmware? App that can find and install new versions of firmware for every ...
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1answer
517 views

My homebuilt computer can't awake from sleep mode

So I decided to build my own computer about 3 weeks ago. Everything went smooth however I noticed a pretty nasty issue when the computer goes to sleep. Indeed when it goes to sleep for more than ...
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4answers
315 views

Troubleshooting an mysteriously unstable machine

I have a machine with a Core i7 CPU, 12 GiB of memory, 4 hard drives and a graphics card/sound card (both add-in PCI-E). This machine is somehow unstable, and I'm wondering how to troubleshoot ...