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Q: Apparantly Microsoft "Needs My Help"

Catchy title I ll get to it Its at the end of my autobiography below Recently while playing Oblivion my pc has been displaying the blue-screen-of-death Sadly there is nothing written on the blue-screen-of-death Its only an empty blue screen It just turns blue after about minutes of playing and I just restart my pc Microsoft Apparantly "Needs My Help" It didn t always used to be like this though I used to play Oblivion a lot - hours at a time Until one day after a couple of hours of playing I got the BSoD The first thing that came to mind were those hundreds of ffdshow audio icons that appear in the Apparantly Microsoft "Needs My Help" system tray when exiting Oblivion if you ve played oblivion and watched movies on the same pc you know what I m talking about So following the advice of a FAQ on the offical Oblivion site I configured ffdshow not to open with Oblivion Then it truly began Everytime I would play Oblivion for Apparantly Microsoft "Needs My Help" more than half an hour the audio would start messing up and then eventually I would get the BSoD The first thing I did was re-install the audio drivers graphics card drivers and even ffdshow No help I had already purchased a new Watt PSU for soon-to-come upgrades I hope to replace my Watt one So I put that in its in now and no help Upon restarting my computer after one of those BSoDs Windows informed me as it usually does afterwards that it has recovered from a serious error This time I decided to submit the error report Internet explorer opened and took me to a webpage informing me the Microsoft was aware of this error and they needed more people to give them full memory dumps to help them analyze it However they needed the full dumps and I only had minidumps so I couldn t help them out at least until I reproduce the error and get a full dump Anyway you now know the story of my life so can you help me out I don t think my problem is on the top of Microsofts to-do list You may wonder why I haven t posted this in some sort of Oblivion forum and I ll tell you I got the BSoD once while playing FEAR I was playing many games to test out the new Watt PSU and I played Doom Half-Life FEAR Quake and the Chronicles of Riddick all day long I got the BSoD when exiting FEAR I haven t been able to reproduce the BSoD for FEAR since For this reason I don t think this is strictly an Oblivion problem and this place is the most helpfull among the many forums I have seen the Oblivion forum is full of annoyed and annoying people Here is the error I get upon restarting if anyone can decipher it BCCode a BCP BCP C BCP BCP FF OSVer SP Product And here are my specs - Pentium D Processor with Dual Core Technology GHz FSB - GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at MHz- DIMMs - GB Serial ATA Hard Drive RPM w DataBurst Cache - MB PCI Express x DVI VGA TV-out ATI Radeon X SE HyperMemory - Sound Blaster Audigy ZS D Card w Dolby and IEEE - FSP PSU AX -PN W RT nbsp

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A: Apparantly Microsoft "Needs My Help"

Your problem IS with ffdshow.

ffdshow is much more than just a simple movie viewer... it also replaces several windows media format CODEC's with it's own versions of these.

Most games use several Win XP CODEC's, which in your case, have now been overwritten by beta, open source, untested or unsupported CODEC's. Oblivion, for example, uses the Windows CODEC For MPG2 video streams. Users of both ffdshow, DVD X-Copy Platinum and dozens of other 3rd party packages have been experiencing this problem as these packages replace the supported, tested Win XP CODEC's with their own.

My best advice to you would be to try removing all unneccessary 3rd party applications that have replace XP CODEC's, or try various 3rd party CODEC downloads with your fingers crossed one will yield the same compatibility as the stock Windows XP versions.

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A:Removing "line in" echo from Realtek HD Audio output (if it is not a sound effect)

Two same signals

You're doing the right thing... getting rid of the other input signal.
 

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A:24" monitor or 27"

I think 1080P is the best bet for your GTX 760. 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 (27 inch panels) might be a bit too much. It is really personal preference whether you weant a 24 inch or a 27 inch. There are 1080P monitors in both sizes. I recommend Dell, BenQ, ASUS, Samsung, and ACER monitors. There are some other good ones, but I cant think of them off the top of my head.
 

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A:Drive is not accessible - "incorrect function"

First try this from the Windows Explorer after you have inserted a disc.

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A:I can hear "computing sounds" from my computer, through my speakers

Checked some settings in the Bios, noticed the sound isnt there while navigating it. Static started once windows loaded. Maybe it is some sort of issue with the hard drive
 

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A:"Network cable is unplugged" but its really not..

sadgyrl514 said:





I have a desktop computer that is running on Windows Xp, up until this morning, everything was fine, I could connect to the internet with no problem.

I turned on my computer, and it is telling me that the network cable is unplugged, as well as my network is not showing when i go to "my network connections"

But yet.....

I AM connected to my router, and there is no problem with the cord (I tried it on different computers as well as my Xbox 360 on the same port....so I know its not the router)....when I go into device manager, everything seems to be working correctly, and my network adapter and ethernet card both are marked as working properly.

Any ideas how I can fix this issue ?Click to expand...

Try rebooting,
 

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A:Copying to/from flash drives stuck on "5 seconds remaining" for 30 sec before finishing

Marty9231 said:





Hello!

It may seem like a simple problem, but I know nothing of the subject and I've had the problem for ages.

Whenever I copy large files (Movie size, think 700MB+), the copy progresses very fast (~100MB/s) until it reaches about 99% where it gets stuck for about 30 seconds to a minute, and it says "Time remaining: 5 seconds" during all that time.

I have this problem with any flash drive, in any USB port (2 & 3). It also happens when copying to network drives and external harddrives, which leads me to think it's a software/windows issue.

Some vital information:

The flash drive I mainly use is USB 3.0, quite new and easily capable of ~150MB/s writing speeds. It reaches about 120-130 MB/s during the copy until the final point where it still says 130 MB/s but does nothing for 30 seconds.

USB port is also 3.0, and I've also tried every single other port in my computer. None are broken, and none ever show any signs of being slow.

The flash drive is NTFS formatted, but it used to be FAT32. I ran checkdisk to see if there was anything wrong, but there wasn't. It's NTFS since I occasionally need files >4GB.

I tried using TeraCopy to bypass the issue, but this way doesn't reach speeds of over 20MB/s which takes even longer in the end. It does fix the 'hanging at 99% issue'.

I tried converting the drive back to FAT32, which removes the issue of it hanging at 99%, but again the speed doesn't go above 20MB/s which means it takes longer in the end, making it not worth it.

What bothers me is that the files transfer at the maximum speed right until the very end, where it just magically gets stuck for 30 seconds or more, before finishing like nothing happened.

Please advise!!

P.S.: I shamefully have to admit I never safely remove my hardware. Click to expand...

Although I've had the same happen on my downloads, this "P.S.: I shamefully have to admit I never safely remove my hardware." could be part of the problem, good luck.
 

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A:"cmos checksum error - defaults loaded" after battery replaced

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My dell 1905fp finally crashed after a lot of years. I'm not a gamer, but I was very happy with that monitor.

Of course they no longer make it, and I understand refurbished monitors of this type are not necessarily a good option.

I can't seem to find reviews or comparisons which point the way to other similar monitors. I'm retired and just can't afford the $600 and way up price of what I've seen so far.

I just need a basic monitor with VGA and DVI, but would like the screen performance to be decent, incl for watching movies etc.

Any recommendations, and where to get a reasonable price? Again, don't want a wide screen.

Thanks much!
 

A:Reasonably priced 19" or 20" monitor, not wide-screen?

Nothing wrong with buying refurbs. They may have a few blemishes in the frame but nothing serious to keep them from functioning. I've bought a few myself and have had no issues with them. Although the monitors I bought were 20" widescreens that averaged $120 or less. For what you need/want, I wouldn't spend more than $150.

I know you said no widescreen, but movies do view better on widescreen.

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-1905FP-Rotating-Landscape/dp/B00091R6KC - less than $100
 

http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/reasonably-priced-19-or-20-monitor-not-wide-screen.201641/
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A:"Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password” even with correct credentials

I experienced a similar problem when I was trying to network my 8.1 machine the host network. As you say the host PC can see and connect to all of the machines, but not the other way around. Not sure if it is the same in your situation but I found that Microsoft's idea of network sharing on the Windows 8 class of OS differs greatly from previous OS's in that you can connect to it from an external host, but when trying to do the other way around it doesn't "see" the PC in question due to differing network sharing protocols included in the OS.

Anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong, I am speaking only from what happened with my network.
 

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A:Question on Acer 29" monitor and other monitors

Heres the link for that monitor.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1GC2421
 

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If I enter BIOS from cold boot, it does not detect my SSD. After rebooting it detects my SSD. Seems like the SSD is slow at firing up?

I have run chkdsk and memory test without any errors.

My motherboard is the MSI Z87-G55.
 

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device"

Just installed newest BIOS, it didn't help.

When I go into Board Explorer in BIOS it says SATA port 1 is empty. After reboot it says the same port is occupied by my SSD.

Update: Plugged in another hard drive (non-SSD). Same rules apply to it. On cold boot, none of the drives are detected. After reboot, both drives are detected. I used a non-SSD as system drive before this, worked perfectly.
 

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A:Edge DiskGo 3.5" network harddrive

Ouch if this is a NAS Device or has an IP you can use an app called FIng for your mobile device to find its ip so you can put it in the browser and get to the gui site. If you cant try fing you can use angry ip scanner for winwdows to find its ip.

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As most guys will tell you here its very good idea to have three forms of back up. Local, external and online. If you don t know how to use fing or any of the software I duscusses please let me know. I will have links to the downloads below. Goodluck.

http://angryip.org/w/Download
For Fing just type in Fing in either google play or Itunes.
For Recuva: http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard
 

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A:HP G7 17" screen starts up white and stays white

Try attaching an external monitor and notice what it displays...
 

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A:Yet another "can't ping hostname" title - but different

Any luck with this issue?
 

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A:Microsoft Zune will not recognize my Nokia Lumia 800...

Any luck with this?
 

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Thanks.
 

A:What 10" tablet for my missus?

To make this simple. What Operating System you have on your PC or your wife PC. Should stick to what you have so you already know how to use it on the tablet.

Windows Users get Windows tablet
Surface RT, Pro, 2nd Gen (remember these cost more)
DELL has one for $299 8-inch. You wanted a 10-inch.

Now some Windows users have Android tablets because at the time there was much of choice even though Windows XP Tablet and Windows 7 Tablet options where available. Android tablets were used more.

If your both are on MAC apple get the iPAD 9.7-inch 4:3 ratio tablet. They do have 7-inch again 4:3 ratio tablet.

I have one Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit dual core 9.7-inch 4:3 ratio tablet. I use the touch pen with mine it's the same one for the iPad. Surface tablets uses digitize pen with 2 AAA batters inside.
 

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A:Does anyone here game on a 30" 2560x1600 monitor

I game on a 100Hz+ 27in 2560x1440 Qnix QX2710. The extra pixels and the higher framerates are excellent for FPS gaming, and for the price you can't get much better. A quick google will show up lots of useful threads if you're interested.

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A:Repeated "bad image" error (think it's something to do w/laptop)

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A:Realtek Microphone "Set Default Device"

Try doing a system restore to a previous time in which this was working correctly.
 

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http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/drive-diagnostic-utilities-compendium.7602/
 

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A:"The drive cannot find the sector requested" - External hard disc is not working

Hey Allen. I would call Western Digital support and see what they say.Since you have data on it you need, I wouldn't play around with it, get some answers from the drive makers, and as is always said, have important data backed up in at least 2 different places, with at least one being to CD/DVD.
 

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A:Error message "audio engine error could not activate asio driver m audio delta"

List any Problem devices

Make sure devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
On the other hand, if no devices are listed, tell me so
Generate and attach a DirectX report

Click Start->Run, enter dxdiag and click OK
===> If you?re running 32 bit Windows, dxdiag will launch on its own
===> If you?re running 64 bit Windows, you?ll see 64-bit DxDiag. Click it to launch the 64-bit version of dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save as a text file to your Desktop
Click the Upload a File button to upload and attach the file to your next TechSpot post


 

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Any way to totally delete this annoying feature other than throwing the mouse away and
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A:Microsoft mouse scrolling so annoying

Wow I know that feeling. I had a MS mouse that did the same thing. Never could figure out how to stop it from doing that. I search over the internet and never found a answer. Even tried its support site. I ended up getting rid of it and going back to a Logitech.
 

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A:Windows 8 File Copy "Interrupted Action" Issue

I missed to say that there is an easier alternative method to copy files with properties is by creating image of the files need to be copied. For example, iso, daa , bin, etc.
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A:"Your port is not open or not reachable."

Okay what are we working with here?

OS?
Router?
System Specs?
System OC?
System Tweaked to the Max?
System Ports Changed or on defaults? Meaning you haven't changed anything only on the Router.
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Are we using any other layered firewall software?
Are you using a Proxy?
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A:Apollo Imation 500GB 2.5" HDD is not detected in Win 7

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A:Headset for gaming? "iDEQN10?"

Lol, I see you've posted this on multiple forums..

Give me more info on it. All I can find is this, which doesn't tell me much. Open or closed back? Either way, Google has no results for reviews... so good luck.
 

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Error :
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A:"WD hard" can't be open and explore

Which OS are you on for Windows XP, 7, 8? Also make sure there isn't any USB connections other than the mouse and keyboard. Also you might want to look for a program called USBDVIEW run that as the admin. What that does is searches your PC for multi-USB connections that are dead (disconnected) Those disconnections need to be removed off your PC. So you would select the red X to fix your issue.

Another way is to go into the System Device Manager then under USB Controllers and remove all of them. DO NOT DELETE driver. Then reboot the system. Windows will re-build the Controllers drivers.

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A:Is a 60" Samsung Plasma HDMI motherboard compatible with a 52" Sony Bravia HDMI motherboard.

No, it would not be, in the past I had to repair a tv for a friend that had his board shorted that was an LCD Sony Bravia 52 Inch and its board was very specific as with all Sony Products. The Boards on the TV's are the hearts and the companies that built them don't allow for parts to be interchanged easily. Your best bet is ebay and finding the part number to find a board, that's how I got the one I used to fix it.
 

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A:Looking for "techie" ways to extend battery life

Removing the HDD and booting from a flash drive is probably the worst decision you can make. Flash drives have very slow speeds (even though they are flash memory, they arent fast) and very little capacity. Keep the HDD.

There are only a few more ways to improve battery life other than dimming your screen and adjusting the power usage settings. Under-clocking the CPU is really done by the "power saving" mode.

Try these suggestions:
1) Run this tool: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_battery_power_settings
2) Turn of your network adapter. There is usually a switch on the side of the PC that toggles the network adapter on and off. That will save you a ton of power. Also make sure bluetooth is off. I dont think your older PC will have it, but just make sure.
3) Use this tool to remove any unnecessary processes from start up. This will speed up your computer while also reducing the amount of processes that run (thus reducing CPU and RAM usage).

I can suggest other options, I just need your OS. If it is Windows 7, it is easy too, if it is XP, I cant really help there since I forgot the OS.
 

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A:WD External Drive "not initialized" but has data on it?

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What Manufacturer and Model is the HDD? Also, on Windows 7, I believe the max partition size a computer can recognize is 1TB, so a suggestions is using Disk Management, seperate it into separate partitions of 750 gb or so, then just link them in a RAID configuration. This will allow Windows 7 to recognize it as a single drive, but will also allowed you to use the full 3TB of space.
 

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A:Suggestions for a "gaming" laptop under $999

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A:HDD error "1720-SMART hard drive detects imminent failure attribute failed: #83" ... failing?

The fundamentals still apply:

for every partition ?X?
chkdsk ?X? /f /r​
The /R will remap bad sectors in an effort to avoid future I/o errors.

a} fix all partitions
b} get the SMART data and save it for reverence (it will not be reset to zero by chkdsk)
c} view the SMART data every day
d} look for increasing statistics

PLAN on getting a new HDD asap
 

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A:Looking for help with a "random shut down" problem with a Toshiba Satellite A305

The blue screen should produce a minidump file. Locate this file on your pc and upload it please.

Usually in c/windows/minidump.
 

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A:2.5" HDD recovery

Nevermind, after hours upon hours of grueling testing and troubleshooting I found that the problem was that it was a HDD for a mac/linux. I had to go into unbuntu and mess with Nautilus to be able to get the permissions to access the drives folders.
 

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A:High latency, "Open Sessions" through the roof

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The silence from AMD on this is deafening. I honestly can't in good conscience recommend anything AMD related unless they get this situation fixed. The fact that they have tried to silence other manufacturers on forums says a lot. I would feel much better if they were just open about it and said what they are doing to fix the problem.
 

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also I have a
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A:Monitor "no signal" and video cards?

DLambie said:





geforce GT 220 is this one better than the 8800?Click to expand...

No
The 220 is less than half the performance value of an 8800. Of the 200 series, you would need a 260 to better a 8800.

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A:Stuck "x" key

a HAMMER ? :sigh: Sorry for the cheap joke at your expense, but this happens all the time with laptops.
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A:Computer not visible in Microsoft Windows Network

My understanding is that

a given system(A) may be attached to a domain OR
unattached and accessed in a workgroup; mutually exclusive.
That says your request is not possible
 

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A:I think My 1TB WD external HD went "bye bye"!

It may not be the hard drive. Sounds to me like the drives USB controller went out. If you can get the drive out of the external case and directly connect it to your PC, there is a chance the drive will still work. If you find that the drive still works, you could then purchase a new external case for the drive.
 

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I've narrowed my options to Razer Onza TE BF3 Edition (Wired):

http://store.razerzone.com/store/razerusa/en_US/pd/productID.235034100/categoryId.54297600

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http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Xbo...d-20&ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322381006&sr=8-3

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Which one is better ?
 

A:Razer Onza or Microsoft controller for Windows?

Do you already own a wireless 360 controller? You can use a 360 controller on your PC if you add one of these. I use it and it works fine.
http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-Wire...FCT2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331256805&sr=8-1
 

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A:Another "which 24-inch monitor" thread

The Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a cheaper version of the U2410 as it uses a cheaper 6-bit e-IPS panel instead of 8-bit.

The U2412M uses LED backlighting so also less electricity.
 

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A:"Gibberish" files on external Western Digital 500GB HDD

Have you tested it with a hard drive diagnostic utility like SeaTools?

I'd consider checking for a firmware update on the drive and applying that. I think I've seen something similar like that happen with a dead hard drive but I can't exactly remember. So it might be worth waiting for someone else to respond before going ahead with the firmware update. I don't entirely know how those work and I wonder if updating the firmware may make recovery impossible (if it ever was possible to begin with).

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A:HP Officejet will not print "Printer not installed/services that Windows needs is.."

uninstall the printer; reboot and then reinstall
 

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please i need help regarding this as fast as possible.

also in disk manager it say's not initialized and when i try to initialize it say's device not ready as well...

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thank you for reading

// mackesacke
 

A:HDD shows as "device not ready"

etc

also there is not any valuable information on the disk either
 

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A:Laptop will not "see" new graphics card

Have you tried running driversweeper to remove the old drivers, before installing the new ones again?

I would also try a clean install of Windows, just in case you have corruption to drivers, as that is a much faster way of ascertaining if that is an issue.

If that doesn't work, either the new GPU is faulty, or there is a difference between the two you have, and your replacement is not compatible with your hardware.
 

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A:Dell XPS 17" i7/3GB 555m/6GB RAM/1920x1080

I would suggest getting a laptop that comes with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (make sure you get an actual CD with the laptop and not just a "restore" function). Also, that preinstalled McAfee is going to slow your system down right out of the box (can be resolved if you do a fresh install of Win 7 if the laptop comes with a Win 7 CD). I don't know the $ conversion but it looks like a decent laptop.
 

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I tried downloading both intel and sony display drivers where at first I was able to install, now when I try to install any of the drivers it says I don't have the right drivers for the right OS.

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edit: I have already restored the HDD to factory default.
 

A:"Operating system not found" and freezing while playing videos

http://esupport.sony.com/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=VGN-NW350F/B
 

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I remember having this same problem years ago with XP but forgot how I fixed it.

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A:Network "dialer" stopped loading at startup. Weird.

run SERVICES.MSC and verify Network Connections is enabled and autostarted.

View Network Connections and be sure the connection properties are correct.

Move the shortcut in my Startup folder to the All Users\Startup
 

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I'm planning to buy a new gaming computer from scratch and was looking at the following setup under the Techspot Desktop PC Buying Guide; The Enthusiast's PC (I can't post links yet)

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Any other suggestions?

My budget is about 1400$ for the core system.

Regards.
 

A:Customizing "The Enthusiast's PC" guide

Spruce said:





Hi

I'm planning to buy a new gaming computer from scratch and was looking at the following setup under the Techspot Desktop PC Buying Guide; The Enthusiast's PC (I can't post links yet)

I read about the CPU and there it was stated that it does not support DirectX 11, which I think would be a good thing to do for future needs, can you recommend another CPU without raising the cost too much?

Any other suggestions?

My budget is about 1400$ for the core system.

Regards.Click to expand...

CPUs don't determine support for Directx because directx is a graphics library used by game developers, so, it only depends on the video card and OS. The setup is pretty good, don't worry just go get them parts.
 

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I've tested the monitor with the same VGA cable but with a different computer - this worked fine, so i'm assuming it's something to do with my computer.
I've tried reinstalling my video drivers, but this had no effect. My card is an ATi Radeon HD 5770, haven't had any problems with it before.

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Any help appreciated
 

A:Monitor displays "Out of Range" at 1080p (graphics card issue?)

Best thing I can advise is. Grab the latest WHQL ATI and CCC drivers.

before installing, uninstall your ati drivers in safe mode and your monitor from device manager.

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"Are there really any major differences between the two?"...
In a word, No
 

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A:Assistance in buying a new "gaming" PC

Please let us know what your budget is in U.S. currency. Ritwik7 is a regular contributor from India especially when it comes to builds. Hopefully he will see this.
 

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Please could somebody help?

Thanks in advance!
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A:Trouble using laptop 2.5" HDD as external storage with a desktop PC

Your enclosure gets power but does you hard drive? You can place you ear next to the hard drive to hear if it is spinning.. There are also 2.5" to 3.5" adapters which are specifically made so that you can connect a laptop hard drive to your desktop. When your computer does not "see" a hard drive it can be
1. no power to the drive
2. no interface to the drive
3. the hard drive is dead.
4. in your case the enclosure could be malfunctioning (unlikely but possible)
 

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A:GPU "no signal" on friends PC

Did you try disabling the IGP via BIOS?
 

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A:Wi-Fi not working "can't renew IP address"

a) google for disable ipv6 and follow the instructions (or use the FixIt) for your version of Windows {XP, Vista, Win7}. Then reboot.

b) google for the drivers to your wired NIC and WiFi adapters - - download and install as appropriate.
 

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