Troubleshooting is a form of problem solving that uses logical, systematic steps to solve the problem.

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How can I troubleshoot SSD disconnection problems on Windows 7?

I have a small SSD (Transcend StoreJet TS256GESD200K) which I am using on several computers. The drive is formatted with NTFS and recently I started noticing disconnects. Normally one probably ...
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mouse, keyboard or monitor randomly not working on 5% of win 7 boots

Sometimes (e.g 5%) I boot the computer and either the mouse (usb), or the keyboard (usb), or the monitor (dvi) will not work although the devices are powered. Nothing different is been done while ...
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Why do people suggest you try using another USB port? [duplicate]

Just curious why this is always on the list for trouble shooting USB devices. Is it just because how USB works, some kind of tech myth, or just in case there's an actual hardware fault with the USB ...
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Screen stops responding in full screen applications

Hi I am encountering a strange problem any ideas would be helpful. I am trying to run certain games in full screen whilst doing so my screen goes blank and get the no data received message. This ...
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Diagnosing Random Computer Freezes [duplicate]

I bought a desktop computer a few months back. About 3 months ago it started freezing at random intervals, sometimes as much as 2-3 times per day, other times as little as once per week. The specs are ...
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Sound stopped working on Toshiba Satelite C855

I have a Toshiba Satallite C855 running Windows 7 with a Realtek High Definition Audio card. Sound worked fine yesterday. Today, my two-year old did something to the machine, and I have no sound. I ...
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Obtaining IP Address Cycles - Wireless Connection Failing Troubleshooting

We are trying to connect wirelessly to our business' network through our router (BT Business Hub). It was working a week or two ago and as far as I am aware nothing has changed. Anything trying to ...
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How to find last-added USB device in Windows?

Is there a way to find the last-added USB device in Windows (perhaps something like "dmesg" for Windows)? I'm plugging the USB device in, and it makes the sound of connection, but when I check ...
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Window Remote Desktop Connection

I have PCs X1,X2,X3 in a network X (Ethernet Lan) all of them in workgroup XW and running windows XP pro 32 bits version. The same PC X1 is also in network Z (wifi Lan) with another PC Z1 via a ...
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Boot loop before POST

I built a new computer two months ago: Motherboard: ASUS H87-Pro Processor: i5-4570 Memory: Vengeance LP - 2x 4 Go - PC12800 - 1600 MHz - CL9 - CML8GX3M2A1600C9 in slots A2 and B2. Case: Advance ...
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First build, circuit breaker problems

This is my first build, so please excuse the fact that I don't know the correct terminology. I just built my first computer last weekend. Essentially I got everything installed last Friday, and ...
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Windows 7 with static IP | Suddenly stop working Internet connection

I have a Windows 7 installation and because I run an Apache web server with Virtual Hosts, I have assign a static IP in my network interface. The given IP is 192.168.1.100. Suddenly, today, my ...
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Lenovo G570 restarts randomly

My Lenovo G570 began to randomly restart once or twice a day about two weeks ago. It stopped for a few days and then started doing it again. I don't get a BSoD, it just restarts and gives me the ...
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Manually connecting to a wired network with linux

I currently only have wired internet via a cable modem connected to an Airlink 101 ASW105 switch. It works fine for my wife's mac. However, my laptop does not connect; I've tried connecting via eth0 ...
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Is Comcast blocking my SSH on a high port?

I am having trouble getting SSH to work. I am using a non-standard port (9876). I verified my server's IP address both by using an external whatismyip type site, and by using curl ifconfig.me, both ...
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Superblock set in the future, hwclock attempting to debug it

I keep getting errors messages about my Superblock mount time being in the future, and insisting on doing fsck on every other boot, Im worried it will mess up my SSD. Where is the last time coming ...
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Some service is bringing Windows 7 to a halt - how do I find it?

Something is preventing Windows 7 Home Premium from completing some basic tasks. I can't open the Networking and Sharing center, and the network icon in the system tray is frozen with the blue ...
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Fixing truncated *zip with Terminal, keep getting stuck

I have a *zip containing a lot of pictures from the past year, and it compressed incorrectly and is missing its end statement. I've been using "zip -FF" in Terminal, but it keeps getting stuck on a ...
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lock browser to troubleshoot javascript and css

Let's say I created some tooltip which displays a popup when the cursor is placed over a given part of the page, and removes it when I move the mouse. For an example, see http://jsbin.com/aCoboQo/1 ...
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Strange share editing behavior

For a while now, I have had issues attempting to change the share properties for any file or folder on my computer. When I open up file properties, this is what I see: I am able to edit these ...
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Asus Integrated Cards Crashing

I bought a used ASUS notebook several months ago, and I encountered a bizarre phenomenon: Whenever running resource intensive software it would crash. I tried many things to test this myself, ...
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Possible to determine what shell extensions are slowing down Windows?

Other than systematically disabling/enabling shell extensions, piece by piece -- Is there a way to measurably determine if/what shell extensions are bogging down the right-clicking of files/folders ...
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Do I need to replace my NIC or how is there a software based solution?

My connection intermittently fails and it is not because of my home phone or a microwave oven. I have a Realtek RTL8190 802.11n Wireless LAN (Mini-)PCI NIC. My signal strength is excellent. My ...
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What to do when machine fails a Prime95 stress test?

In an effort to diagnose the cause of random resets and freezes I have been running a series of stress tests on my two year old computer. Thus far the machine has passed nine hours of the Prime95 ...
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Where are the default audio settings located?

In the audio devices Control Panel in Windows 7, there's a button titled "Restore Defaults" for any given audio device -- Where are these defaults coming from? Where are they stored (i.e., on-device, ...
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Homebuilt system won't power off on shutdown, then won't POST within ~10 minutes of shutdown

I have a homebuilt system that has been giving me headaches on and off for the better part of a year. Whenever I try to shutdown, sleep or reboot (from Windows or BIOS), the system will appear to ...
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The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck

My Windows 8 computer frequently locks up when you try to wake it up from sleep. The power light appears on, but the monitor shows no connection and it won't 'wake up'. I have to hold the power button ...
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Two routers on network

I just had an incident where a router died and I went to replace it and entered what I thought were the same settings as the original, but I just can't seem to get this to work. Let me start by ...
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Windows 7 lags/hesitates on Start menu, right-click, and in Explorer

If I hit the Windows key to bring up the Start menu to search/launch something, the menu appears but shows "Searching...." for a few seconds. Sometimes, it shows what I was looking for, but then it ...
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Windows 7 Installer keeps popping up at startup

I have Solidworks Student Edition installed on an external drive. Every time I turn on my computer, a Windows Installer box pops up to install Solidworks, and I have to press Cancel. How can I stop ...
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Avast Antivirus Free Edition produces error code 0x80046401. All shields are down. How do I enable protection again?

All the shields of Avast are disabled. The GUI module reports, "The avast! antivirus is off: Start" I can not manually enable Avast and when I try to do that, I get an error code: ...
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VLC Media Player - Extremely long delays before some DVDs play / show any menu

With some DVDs there's a long delay before a movie begins. No menus, nothing. With a couple of movies it's an extremely long delay (For example Hollow Man finally shows a menu after about 7.5 minutes ...
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Hardware Tests for Malfunctioning Laptop (2730p)?

long story short, my 2730p has been giving me numerous problems and it seems like i will have to reinstall windows as many dlls have gone missing/broken (and the damn thing is barely usable now)... ...
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All browers fail, when there is internet connectivity

This may not be the correct forum but I hope somebody may be able to help me troubleshoot an issue I,ve had for the past 2 weeks. I'm running an Windows XP SP3 machine and at least once a day, my ...
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Why does CPU Time for the System Idle Process increase *faster* than the wall clock?

My computer has been up for 30 min but task manager shows that CPU Time for System Idle Process at 1:30 plus. Every second it advances another 3 or sometimes 4 seconds. The machine is also running, ...
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nVidia GTX 650 doesn't display any output after installing drivers

I have a nVidia GTX 650 that works (displays video output) before installing the driver, albeit with limited resolutions and no Aero Glass theme effects etc. When I install the driver, there is no ...
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How to troubleshoot network problems after fresh install of Linux?

Almost every time I install Ubuntu on any laptop there are some problems with connecting to the Internet. After the last installation neither Ethernet nor Wi-Fi is working. What would be the steps to ...
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Word templates opening as templates instead of a new doc

So the previous person who asked this question (Word 2010 template not acting as template -- saving over .dotx file!) was blown off because it was determined that the question already had an "answer" ...
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VirtualBox failed to import OVA

On a fresh (re)install of VirtualBox 4.2.13 running on a Windows Vista host machine, I go to File > Import Appliance, and grab an OVA file that I downloaded. I am given the following super helpful ...
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When should page faults become a concern?

In Windows 7, when should "page faults" become concern for investigation? I'm referencing the "Page Faults" column in Windows' Task Manager. Sorting by "Page Faults", there are a number of ...
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How to find drivers that are loading on startup?

How can I find what drivers are being loaded on a Windows 7 x64 startup? I've seen a couple apps that show what programs are being run via registry entries and Startup folder, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Error: Couldn't update to Windows 8.1 preview. How to troubleshoot?

Trying to upgrade my PC, the process goes forward but in some point, it revers back to Windows 8.0. How can I troubleshoot the problem?
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How can a website determine my language preference?

How can a website determine my language preference (and wrongly, I might add)? When I browse to a site, it defaults to setting the site language to Afrikaans. I've never selected this before, nor ...
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How flashplayer works in firefox for linux : flash player installation troubleshooting

I am using Slackware 14 and I installed flash player as in this blog post http://goo.gl/A0Yxf. According to which I simply copied the "libflashplayer.so" provided by Adobe to the firefox plugin ...
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Old Look@LAN software gives “No packet to read” log error; then won't ping

Yes, before anyone asks the question, I'm still using Look@LAN. It's the best free network discovery and resources program I've seen (but please, if you have suggestions for newer ones, let me know). ...
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Keyboard input stuttering and freezing

Last time I've noticed a problem that sometimes my keyboard input is stuttering and freezing for a few seconds; does this mean I have some keyboard hook buggy or gone rogue, or there can be another ...
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Diagnosing power supply failures

I had my power supply experience a catastrophic failure (distinctive crack and electrical discharge noise, electrical burning smell) not long ago. It had been in use for over two years before failing ...
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How do programs “decide” which network adapter to use?

In Windows, how do programs "decide" which network adapter/connection to use? I have dual ethernet ports on my motherboard. I usually only have one enabled, but recently, I've wanted to enable the ...
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How to isolate a software/driver or hardware issue

How does one go about isolating whether or not a piece of software/driver or a hardware issue is causing a problem with your PC? Or, how can you tell what combination of the two might be giving you ...
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HP Laserjet 200 prints Grey scale only

I have an HP Laserjet 200 colorMFP M276nw printer that only prints in grey scale. Even stuff like the supplies status report prints in grey scale, and the bar for yellow is really light, and cyan is ...