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comment Laptop hard drive is silent, but it was noisy before. Should I be worried?
It could be a software update. Many hard drives have power saving, performance and noise level options, and some software may have changed that value. For example, spinning the disk faster is noisier. Moving the heads faster is also noisier. Both of those take more power too, so a power-saving feature may also make a driver quieter.
Apr
29
comment Booting my PC takes a couple of tries
Hard drives use a lot more power during spin up so yes if the system is on the edge it might fail to boot until the drives are up to speed.
Apr
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Apr
15
comment Booting my PC takes a couple of tries
Oh hey, is your Gigabyte one of those with the LED readout on the board? You'll have to look in your manual but if you read the code off the LED just before it reboots it might inform you. Of course, Gigabyte is probably the only people who can really help you.
Apr
15
comment Booting my PC takes a couple of tries
Maybe the primary BIOS flash chip is defective...that would be a motherboard replacement.
Apr
15
comment Booting my PC takes a couple of tries
Could be a motherboard problem. But the behavior is exactly what Gigabyte boards do on a failed boot. They reboot and attempt recovery using default clock speeds and the backup Dual BIOS... could you have a failed BIOS flash?
Apr
15
answered Windows 10 Low Memory Warnings when I have plenty of available memory
Apr
15
comment Booting my PC takes a couple of tries
My Gigabyte board does this when I overclock too far. Or when I have certain USB devices connected (recent BIOS update fixed that). Remove all USB devices and run at stock speeds to see if it makes any difference.
Feb
2
comment Did I just get hacked?
I used to work for a company that produced Linux based firewall boxes. Each one had remote support (SSH) disabled by default, and a unique SSH key and SSL certificate which we recorded during production right after the test stage. So yes, consumer boxes can be secure.
Jan
11
comment CPU and Memory Running Well Below Set Clock Speed
Double check your chosen power settings in Windows. Had a similar, rather hilarious situation with a MMO guild member's laptop doing this. He had accidentally left it in super-power-save mode from his last airline flight when he needed maximum battery life.
Jan
11
answered How does windows 8 prevent BIOS access
Dec
15
comment What does it mean to “align” partitions?
@AnkurTank: No, the question there seems well covered.
Dec
10
comment I need to repair SSD (RAW)
Sometimes this happens because the drive is dead and gone, and the controller is simply returning zeros to all reads. Best thing to do is to go back to your last backup.
Nov
24
comment Hard drive clicking for 16 times during startup
It certainly could be a power issue. I once ran into a "server" while doing some volunteer work whose hard drives trashed most of a track whenever a power brownout happened. I replaced the power supply with something better than a $20 "sparkle" and added a UPS and the hard drives were fine after that. A hard drive demands either 5V power or 0V power. 2V is right out.
Nov
20
comment Excel insists on formatting HTML
Wayyy old but may be relevant to someone: Excel can use SQL queries as a source for cell contents. support.office.com/en-us/article/…
Aug
17
comment How to transfer saved games from a Windows user profile to another user's profile?
Another place to look for game data is C:\ProgramData and / or C:\Users\All Users. I have seen some programs put all their data there and you pick the save file per user or per character. You can also delete/overwrite other user's save data.
Aug
17
comment How to extract a .dmg file in Linux?
It is a disk image. Unless someone has gone to all the work (which I guess 7z did) to write file system readers into their program, the easiest way is to use the Linux kernel filesystem modules to read the data. Which means mounting it.
Aug
17
comment When is too much voltage too much on a PC?
Where more precise values are needed the motherboard will have voltage regulators for each component that needs them, like the CPU and RAM. See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltage_regulator_module
May
15
comment Could a bad energy grid system cause a BSOD back in the year 2000?
A really good PSU in the computer saves you from most problems. The worst that can happen then is a power shutdown. However, a lot of desktops have bad PSUs made for $30 in a Chinese sweatshop and called Sunshine or something like that. Those don't protect you from anything.
Feb
19
comment What is the difference between BIOS and firmware?
Video-BIOS is from the days when BIOS loaded Option ROMS from peripherials into the BIOS. This is how the various BIOS video INT services are provided.