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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:28 PM   #1001
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OK all you guys with the virii kicking your asses this little bugger is the shit.

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Hook up any drive to another pc and it acts just like it's a removeable drive so you can scan it with booting it up, and all the virii on it. I ran Malwarebytes on a drive and had my McAfee 8.5i Enterprise with OAS enabled and it found about 50 virii on it and deleted them. Malwarebytes found another nine buggers and cleaned them. I cleaned and defragged the drive and when I reinstalled it it was good to go. Oh and it's the shit for ghosting drives too.
Damn, that's cool. Ordering 2 for myself & biz partner. I've been doing it the hard way. We keep a couple skeleton boxes @ the office to toss the drives in. This will be way easier; thanks@
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Old October 12th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #1002
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Hmm... My laptop has been slow lately. When I check the taskmanager it shows that explorer.exe is runing the CPU at almost 100%...

Tried to search for some info and help regarding this.

Done full virus scan with my antivirus program and also run Ad-Aware with no improvement...

Not sure what to do any more...
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Old October 12th, 2009, 12:17 PM   #1003
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Check how many processes are running.
Some programs might have installed themself in the start up routine.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 12:31 PM   #1004
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How do I check that?

Guess I found it. Looks like 34-35 processes?

Should the explorer.exe read SYSTEM as the username not anything else?
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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:02 PM   #1005
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heb, ctrl alt del will open the tsk manager. once the window opens you will see how many processes are running on your system. in the processes tab you can click on the colum labeled cpu that will change the order of processes tro either the lowest amount of usage or the highest amount of usage dependinf on how many times you clickl on the cpu colum header.

once you see the process thats using the most cpu usages in the colum you can right click that process by placing your curser over the process and thn chooose end process . windows will let you know if that process is a needed process or not and wont let you turn it off if so.

i always if i dont know what that proces does is to google it and i can get a description and action for that process.


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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #1006
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Have you run Spybot and Adaware recently ?
Spy Cookies can slow down a system.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #1007
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Hmm... My laptop has been slow lately. When I check the taskmanager it shows that explorer.exe is runing the CPU at almost 100%...

Tried to search for some info and help regarding this.

Done full virus scan with my antivirus program and also run Ad-Aware with no improvement...

Not sure what to do any more...
Kristian,
Download this program and run it on your system. It's one of the best out there, in my opinion (as well as many other folks' opinion...). And it's 100% free.

It's called Malwarebytes:
http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebyte...-10804572.html

My mom had a bug on her laptop that NOTHING could remove. Wouldn't let you delete it, or uninstall it... even disabled the "system restore" on her laptop...

Both Norton AND Mcaffee didn't even see it, Ad-Aware didn't pick it up either. Was told about this from a friend of mine who used to be a programmer with microsoft. Installed it and ran it on her laptop... had it good as new in under 10 minutes.

Worth a shot.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #1008
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As far as which startup files are required on your system to make it tick...

Open up your task manager like Roger (XISLED) said up there... and check each process against this list here:
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

More info on HOW to check your start up programs:
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php

It lists about anything imaginable that could show up on your process list as well as point out questionable ones you should remove... It categorizes them as:
"needed"
"not required or recommended"
"User's choice"
"definitely not required (spyware, etc)

Hope that helps... good luck!
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:09 AM   #1009
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Is there some ketboard method to adjust volume ?

My nieces were playing on the computer on the weekend,
now the volume is seriously low.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:23 AM   #1010
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which operating system you have. most of the time i can goto control panel then sound options and find the main mixer and change volumes.


or if you have the speaker icon in the lower right tasktray you can right click on that and then choose properties and choose the spekers and then options for them.


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Old October 13th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #1011
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Got it, thanks.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 06:25 AM   #1012
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Hmm..
The display on my laptop died...
Seems like the lamp that died because I can see the screen as shadows if I put a lamp close to the display...

Will have to look for an external display for now as I cant afford to buy a new laptop nor replace the old display..

The Laptop is about 5 years old so it would not be wise to replace the display as it would be more expensive than buying a new laptop...
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Old October 26th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #1013
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Is it possible to replace the light behind the screen ?
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Old October 26th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #1014
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Depending on the make and model it is possible to replace the bulb that backlights the screen, however they are extremely delicate! I broke one trying to install it in my daughter's Dell Inspiron. I ended up buying a whole new aftermarket lcd display and installing that. A new aftermarket display cost about $140 for the Dell.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #1015
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The price of monitors have really come down and most laptops have a monitor out, either via s-video or 15-pin connection. That's what I'd say to go for. Simple to setup, easy to use if you don't want to shell out the clams for a new laptop.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:52 PM   #1016
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Well I connected an external "fatchick" monitor to it from the VGA port for now. When I activated it by hitting fn key and F4 the laptop monitor started working again but after a short while it went black again. Seems like the lamp or the cooling makes it overheat so it turns off.

Well, I'll use the external monitor for awhile now.

Checked the prices for the HP monitors and the repair would be closer to 300 Euros. So I think we'll skip that and buy a new one as this one is over 5 years old allready...
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Old October 26th, 2009, 08:13 PM   #1017
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also try once your up and running to goto a dual monitor setup. then bring the resolution down to lowest setting in 32 bit and see if it will still work and stay on.

sometimes a graphics card problem or too high of a resolution will do the same thing.


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Old November 1st, 2009, 08:02 AM   #1018
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I was backing up some anime DVD's and my dvd player/recorder in my laptop crapped out (I think).

It will no longer read discs that are put into it. I tried my store bought movies as well as blank discs and it still won't read them or recognize a disc is in there all though it does spin.

I checked out the dvd drive in the "device manager" and it says;

"This device is working properly.

Windows did not start a related device driver. To learn more, click the Driver tab and then click Driver Details."

Is there something I'm missing or is my dvd drive fried?
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Old November 1st, 2009, 08:19 AM   #1019
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finally back in business on my home labtop. new hard drive and a new update on alot of things. Love it when i have an it guy thats a close friend of mine willing to do it for me for free.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 09:36 AM   #1020
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Turbo Punk, Go back into the device manager, highlight your DVD drive, right click and click "Uninstall". Reboot the laptop. If the device is working OK, the DVD device should reinstall itself when the laptop starts up again. If it doesn't reinstall, then the dvd device is probably fried.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 10:56 AM   #1021
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Ok, doing it now. Be back in a few.

Fingers crossed.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 11:11 AM   #1022
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Nope, no differance. It re-installed but won't open the dvd's. I'm thinking the optic is fried.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 01:31 PM   #1023
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so it wont read them at all. or just when you insert the disk? can you manually make them read it?

like opening them from within the cd/dvd itself?

i have seen instances where they wont do that and the settings just eroniously changes to not read disks automatically.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 01:50 PM   #1024
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I tried opening them through "My Computer" and clicking on the dvd drive. It just pops open the drive and tells me to insert a disc. When I do, and click on it, it does the same thing.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 06:58 PM   #1025
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Looked up on line and found others have had the same problems with their DVD drives. It's dead. I just ordered a new one. Good thing I sold my dropped spindles.
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