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Jukka Närhi
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PostSubject: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeWed 19 Sep 2012 - 17:30

Alright, here goes. For the last couple of days I've been having trouble with Windows startup. The desktop shows up fine but, basically, I can do fuck all as the whole thing kinda jams.

However, I'm currently on Ubuntu Live, running off a CD, and can browse all folders with no problem. I tried the Windows repair thing but it didn't find anything wrong. Done virus and spyware scans as well, came up clean. Is it a hardware failure? Please help before I smash this thing into bits Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeWed 19 Sep 2012 - 18:54

I have had a similar problem in the past. Can you run a Scandisk on your primary hardrive (likely c:) and see if you have any bad sectors. What happened to me is a core part of Windows was corrupted on a bad sector of my hard drive. I reinstalled Windows, imaged the new hard drive image, replaced the hard drive, and had the image moved onto the new hard drive.

I also backed up all my files after installing windows again just in case I failed massively on the hard drive transplant.

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeWed 19 Sep 2012 - 19:46

Actually, the system has thrown a few warnings at me that the hard drive is about to fail... I suppose I've now got some corrupt data messing things up. I'll try to do a scan and see if anything shows up.

There's no way I'm gonna go through the Vista reinstall/update hell again so will likely change the OS if I have to buy a new drive. In fact, I've been thinking of doing a system upgrade... Anyone got any recommendations, preferrably affordable?
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeWed 19 Sep 2012 - 21:38

Based on what you just said it sounds like a bad sector for sure.

As far as new, not sure what the differences are in Europe but the Dell Alien series laptops are good. The base models are superb. I run rFactor with max everything and it runs nicely. The base Alien desktops are about the same price.

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeThu 20 Sep 2012 - 15:07

The scan didn't find anything but the computer works fine now. I daren't reboot anymore :D
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeThu 20 Sep 2012 - 20:30

Jukka Maattanen wrote:
The scan didn't find anything but the computer works fine now. I daren't reboot anymore :D

Have you checked for any loose connections inside the case scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeFri 21 Sep 2012 - 14:45

Bah, back to normal today. I'll buy myself a laptop so I can browse the web etc. May invest in a new gaming PC later if I bother.
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeFri 21 Sep 2012 - 15:29

For the price you'd put in a laptop, you'd get a much better central unit Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeFri 21 Sep 2012 - 15:40

Guillaume Siebert wrote:
For the price you'd put in a laptop, you'd get a much better central unit Smile
I Agree. Laptop is evil. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeFri 21 Sep 2012 - 16:26

Or better, an apple.

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 15 Oct 2012 - 18:42

I ordered new parts today, should probably arrive in a week or two. Mind you, will try assembling the thing myself so may never be seen again.
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 15 Oct 2012 - 19:34

lol!

What components did you order ? If its a new gfx card or RAM its easy to install Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 15 Oct 2012 - 19:43

Laughing

Well in fact even the CPU is pretty easy to install, the only thing is that you must not be afraid of breaking it What a Face :D
Seriously, it's not a big deal Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 15 Oct 2012 - 20:00

Jukka it's easy once you've done it you won't ever look back Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeTue 16 Oct 2012 - 17:42

Gui, everything except the graphics card and DVD drive affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 29 Oct 2012 - 21:00

Been spending the evening putting the new machine together. I'm so confused with all the different slots, PCIe 2 vs. 3 and SATA stuff etc. Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 29 Oct 2012 - 21:12

There are plenty of tutorials around the web if you need :top:

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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeMon 29 Oct 2012 - 21:29

Mainly the PCIe and SATA backwards/forwards compatibility is what delays me at the moment. Otherwise it's been quite fun assembling the thing. Will finish tomorrow and hope for the best when I finally hit the power switch Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeTue 30 Oct 2012 - 17:16

Not a trace of smoke or sparks cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Computer woes   Computer woes Icon_minitimeWed 31 Oct 2012 - 15:41

Nice :top:

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