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

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Why does my computer take an abnormally long time to shut down?

I am booting Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit off an SSD (specifically, a 128GB ADATA SP900), and while it boots up incredibly fast, it also takes an obscenely long time to shut-down. The time to go ...
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Nvidia Ion HDMI output problems with Acer Revo

I bought an Acer Revo. First I connected it to my Sony TV via HDMI output. For a few days it worked very well. Then one day when switching on the computer, it boots and the TV screen turns black ...
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Not getting any output from video card or onboard- is my motherboard dead?

Probably a lost cause, but I thought I'd ask before I start replacing hardware. I have a desktop that's been boxed up for a while, and when I set it back up I wasn't getting any video output. I ...
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Cannot import .ova

I'm trying to import an .ova file into my VirtualBox on Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bits), but when I do this I get the following error: Failed to import appliance /media/USB/Respaldo 11 (Armando)/SW/Maquinas ...
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Dell inspiron n5010 has failed to recognize AC adapter

Recently my dell inspiron n5010 has failed to recognize my 90W adapter (despite powering it just fine). Full error message: "The AC power adapter wattage and type cannot be determined. the ...
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Why is my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 no longer recognized?

Last night, after a year of continued and problem free use, I discovered that my computer no longer detects my Scarlett 2i4. My DAW (Ableton Live 9.1) says that no audio devices are detected and even ...
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Vista doesn't sleep - how do I diagnose?

Please note: I am not looking for a solution to the problem. I am looking for how I can get extra information to figure it out... give a man a fish, he's fed for a day. You know the rest. This is ...
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Can't access router's web interface

I had this problem for a while, however it only became really annoying recently as I needed to forward a few ports. My problem: I can't access the web interface of my router when typing 192.168.1.1 ...
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Why is notepad++ blocking my autohotkey shortcuts?

I have a series of keyboard shortcuts defined in my autohotkey script. Currently, none of them work whenever notepad++ has focus. The script is loaded as usual. The keyboard shortcuts (mostly stuff ...
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Why does computer hangs everyday?

My Linux computer hangs every day (sometimes twice a day). It also hangs my home network until the Ethernet cable is unplugged or I reset it. I can`t find any severe exceptions in log. This computer ...
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Transcend External hard disk: continuous beeping

I have a 500GB Transcend StoreJet external HDD. The problem is it beeps for long time. When it beeps I can not access the drive. Even sometime I can, I dont see full file listing or empty folder! It ...
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PC requires multiple reboots to boot

For the past two years, ever since I upgraded my Motherboard, RAM, PSU, Hard Drive and Case, I've had to reboot multiple times in a row to make the PC recognise the hard drive and boot into windows. ...
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All in one solution to fix Windows XP common problems? [closed]

I am looking for an all in one portable .exe that fixes Windows XP problems. Like this one but is for 7 and Vista.
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Beep code due to lose connection

There are various beep codes to indicate errors at start up. I need to know this one thing. Can such a beep code occur due to lose connection of external cables. For example one single long beep is ...
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Cannot see all available wireless networks?

There are two wireless networks setup in my office, a primary one and a backup. Plus there are few other wireless networks nearby. However, Windows (XP SP3) has ceased to show other available wireless ...
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How to set Windows Sound default settings for a device?

In Windows Sound settings, is it possible to set the default settings for a sound playback device, such as the speaker configuration (7.1 vs Stereo) and the "Default Format" (e.g., 24 bit 48000Hz)? ...
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Windows 7 is not mounting one of the partitions

I used to have 3 primary partitions on my drive, and windows was installed on one of them. The other two are for recovery and for personal files. Just yesterday, I resized the personal files partiton, ...
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Dell Studio 1555 not starting up

This is a 3-year-old laptop. I never had a big problem with it until now. I updated Kubuntu the night before yesterday. And Firefox got updated to version 18 and a few other related packages got ...
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Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5123 Refuses To Boot DVD or USB Windows 7 Install Disk

I'm trying to downgrade a Toshiba Satellite C55T-A5123 that came with Windows 8.1 on it to Windows 7 x64 bit. I'm stuck at not being able to get it to boot the installation media. I've turned off ...
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Except for the GPU, what can cause persistent graphical artifacts during boot?

I'm getting these graphical artifacts during boot, as early as the BIOS screen and during the Windows startup as well: The pattern seems to stay identical, and it is visible on every single boot. I ...
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Windows minimizing automatically

My computer (running xp sp3) keeps minimizing windows or deselecting them automatically. It's so bad that I can't do anything before the windows close. (typing this on my phone) and no, I'm not ...
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What is the purpose of using a large ping packet?

While analyzing some traffic logs, I noticed a node pinging its gateway with a large ping packet size, ranging from 700 bytes to 1 MB. It's a constant ping from node to gateway and the size per ping ...
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Wifi network undetectable on a Lenovo G470

I have a WPA2 secured network with a visible SSID at home that works perfectly fine with a Dell laptop,a HP netbook and sundry mobile phones. When I try connecting my sister's Lenovo G470, it refuses ...
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Why does my screen turn black after installing ATI on Ubuntu 10.04?

I'm having a problem installing the drivers for my video card. I've just finished installing the driver, rebooted the OS, and the monitor starts up in energy saving mode and doesn't boot Ubuntu. What ...
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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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Why is the Windows Help & Support screen not working?

When I click on the icon in the Start Menu, the error is: The Windows Help And Support can't start A problem has occured with Windows Help And Support Center. For online help visit Windows ...
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can't connect to the internet after setting up the router N300 netgear wireless

I set-up my router which I got from the provider of my internet. So far my internet was working was fine. I got N300 netgear wireless router. I followed the instructions in the manual in connecting ...
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How to fix Firefox menubar items unselectable or invisible

In Firefox 5, the menubar and sometimes even the right-click options do not render above the screen content, making them unselectable. They momentarily appear for a fraction of a second, but make the ...
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Outlook 2013 updating inbox but no new items

I have Outlook 2013 with an Exchange account configured. Nothing has changed but suddenly I am getting the message "UPDATING Inbox (980 MB)" in the status bar. There is constant progress in the ...
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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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Can I delete .dylibs in usr/lib after uninstalling Homebrew?

I am in the process of uninstalling Homebrew from my Mac Lion 10.7.5. I see that there are 181 .dylibs in the Macintosh HD/usr/lib folder that has the same "date created" when I installed Homebrew. ...
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Debugging shell-extension that causes windows to freeze

For some time now, I have been living with and working around an annoying problem in Windows XP whereby any time I open a file dialog (Open/Save) in any program, not long afterwards, that program will ...
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From Windows Server 2012 to Windows 8

Hi I formatted my laptop a month ago to test windows server 2012, now I want to format it again to back to its previous OS which is windows 8. I used a bootable flash drive(IMATION 8gb) containing the ...
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How can I disable the network troubleshooting in Windows 7?

We have a very specific network setup with static IP addresses setup on some Windows 7 machines in a localised network. We need to keep these IP addresses as is, but the windows network ...
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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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How to perform “tracert” like operation from browser?

I'm remotely investigating issue with my friend's WIN XP computer. The browsers (Chrome and IE) won't show any pages but message with err_connection_reset in details. I've tried to perform "telnet ...
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Why do some PDFs lag in Adobe Acrobat?

I have a handful of PDFs open. One of them in particular is extremely laggy, almost to the point of being unreadable. When I scroll through its pages, it's almost like an extreme version of v-sync ...
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Dell Inspiron 1545 display inverter

I own a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. The screen is not working, but I get a picture with an external display. I am told that the problem is the inverter. What is it and is there a way to repair it?
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Any advice on what to do when getting a cryptic blue screen in windows?

What are some steps that you usually take? Are there any good ways of finding out what they mean etc.? For example I have gotten these ones where it pretty much only says "IRQ less or equal to" (or ...
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Troubleshooting a Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep

I have a new Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep (not just automatically, but also when specifically told to). The screen goes black momentarily, but within two seconds the machine comes back as if ...
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How do I find what's eating up all of my system's memory? (not SuperFetch)

How does one diagnose/discover memory-related problems, if Task Manager appears to not be reporting correctly? I must have a memory leak or something -- I'm at 75% usage of my 12 GB of memory, but ...
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Google's blue arrow doesn't show up until I TAB

I didn't really know what to name this question, and I have no idea what's causing this either. Usually when you do a google search a little arrow shows up to the left of the first result, so all ...
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Computer not switching on swithed power button

My computer is not powering on when i push power button, I tried cleaning the power slot of motherboard and tried changing the SMPS (PSU) of the machine, Even then the computer is not powering on. But ...
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Can the wifi connection still be poor even if I have many bars?

On my Windows computer, the wifi indicator shows 4-5 bars out of 5 most of the time - I conclude that the signal is strong. My internet is occasionally very slow - between 1/5th and 1/100th ...
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Desktop PC does not power up on power button

When I press the power button on my desktop, it does not power up completely. Before I press the power button, I see lights on the motherboard. Everything is normal. On power button press, the fans on ...
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Truecrypt Causing Other Applications to Crash

Has anyone experienced Truecrypt causing their applications to crash? Our org is moving to Win7/IE9/.NET 4.5.1...several computers run a webapp that has an IE plugin. Post-upgrade the IE plugin locks ...
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Sending file to computer via bluetooth results in “connection failed” error

This was working fine a weeks ago, but now when I try to send a file to my computer from my phone via bluetooth, it results in "Connection failed." I noticed that if I look in the GNOME Bluetooth ...
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Computer makes buzzing sound when windows are open

I am visiting my parents. I notice their screen makes a buzzing sound when a window is open. the tone changes when the window is reduced. The tone stops when i close the window. I am guessing, this is ...
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Windows 7 and 8.0 bug: Network icon is marked as “no internet access”

When does windows mark network connection icon as having no internet access? I have internet access, but the icon says I don't. If I run troubleshooter, it finds no any problems. But the icon still ...
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uTorrent 3.3.2 seeding status - peer connected but not uploading

I have installed new stable version of uTorrent 3.3.2 and have some weird issued by uploading to peers. Port is opened and forwarded (green check icon) same settings as in old 2.2.1 but users can't ...