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Forum: Hardware & Devices 08 Feb 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By pscowboy
You say the ram was tested in two sets of 4g...

You say the ram was tested in two sets of 4g each, and they both returned errors? Is that right?

#1) The cpu may be overheating because the thermal paste (after 7 years) has failed (I redo all my...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 08 Feb 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By pscowboy
More info would help us. How old is the...

More info would help us.

How old is the system?
Is it overclocked?
Where did you get the dvd media? You don't list a dvd drive.
How long did you test the ram? Four to six hours minimum is my...
Forum: Graphic Cards 08 Feb 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 19,408
Posted By pscowboy
Why can't you follow directions? I typed...

Why can't you follow directions?

I typed the file into my browser, and found it in three locations. I'm not going to do your work.

Get the file, extract it, and follow directions. It works!
Forum: Hardware & Devices 01 Dec 2013
Replies: 42
Views: 2,375
Posted By pscowboy
Random freezes are most often the power supply....

Random freezes are most often the power supply. Even relatively new, they can develop a bad rail.

Swap out and see if the freezing stops. You could try borrowing a friend's, other than purchasing...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 15 Jun 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 905
Posted By pscowboy
Some motherboards won't complete POST & boot if...

Some motherboards won't complete POST & boot if they don't detect a cpu fan plugged into its location.
Forum: Hardware & Devices 15 Jun 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By pscowboy
The laser lens may be dirty. Obtain a cd/dvd...

The laser lens may be dirty.
Obtain a cd/dvd drive lens cleaner. It will be a cd that you insert and run for 20-25 seconds.

Also, pop out the drive and clean the contacts inside and out with...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 Jun 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 740
Posted By pscowboy
A "quick" format tells you nothing about a...

A "quick" format tells you nothing about a drives' viability.

If you're talking about long format, I'm sorry, no tech in his/her right mind is going to do that. Not feasible. For arguments sake,...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 Jun 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 740
Posted By pscowboy
Even though the OP got his "used" space down to...

Even though the OP got his "used" space down to 104g, when you do a clone operation, the program copies every sector of the existing hard drive used or not. The clone capacity was higher than the new...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 Jun 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 740
Posted By pscowboy
You should NOT format a clean drive first before...

You should NOT format a clean drive first before transfer. The backup software will do its job without you having to perform that operation.

Secondly, do an image, not a clone. Cloning is a...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 06 Jun 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By pscowboy
Many drives come from the manufacturer with bad...

Many drives come from the manufacturer with bad sectors and reallocated sectors.
This does not necessarily mean failure. Those will have been isolated from use.

Failure comes from a steady...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 31 May 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,154
Posted By pscowboy
One should always have a spare hd on hand anyway...

One should always have a spare hd on hand anyway to quickly get you back up and running in case of a disaster.

I would continue to use the hd in question until it starts showing consistent...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 31 May 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 793
Posted By pscowboy
Under 70% is my limit to replace. If you...

Under 70% is my limit to replace.

If you have any warrantee value in either of them, RMA.

You can download the WD DOS bootable diagnostic iso and burn it cd and run its tests. But I'm afraid...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 30 May 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 793
Posted By pscowboy
Is that bad cluster number 34584 kb? If so, that...

Is that bad cluster number 34584 kb? If so, that is worrisome.

Download and install Acronis Drive Monitor (it's free). Run it and tell us the drive health percentage it determined. This is not...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 30 May 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,154
Posted By pscowboy
98% drive health is fine, IF it stays there....

98% drive health is fine, IF it stays there. Don't be frightened by the use of the word "degradation". This ONLY becomes bad if it does indeed degrade over time.

Give the drive a chance at life....
Forum: Hardware & Devices 29 May 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,154
Posted By pscowboy
I would continue to use the disk. But make image...

I would continue to use the disk. But make image backups to an external. Macrium Reflect is a good choice for that.

Chkdsk has isolated the 8kb and relocated the data. At this point, the hd may...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 22 May 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By pscowboy
Also remove the DVD drive. If its dicey, it...

Also remove the DVD drive.

If its dicey, it will stop the boot.
Forum: Hardware & Devices 22 May 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By pscowboy
Keep monitoring it. Once a week is recommended....

Keep monitoring it. Once a week is recommended. If it progresses on the sector count, replace.

Many hard drives have, or develop some bad sectors (which get isolated), and then stand pat for...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 May 2013
Replies: 23
Views: 7,353
Posted By pscowboy
It will definitely support the 2tb. As to...

It will definitely support the 2tb.

As to the 3tb, plug it in BEFORE you turn on the pc. Start up and enter BIOS and see if it is recognized.
You should download and print out the manual. Info...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 12 May 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By pscowboy
Samsungs and NEC's should also be considered. ...

Samsungs and NEC's should also be considered.

Please use quality media; JVC (Taiyo Yuden) or Verbatim (Mitsubishi) purchased from reputable houses such as Amazon, Newegg, or SuperMediaStore. Many...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 11 May 2013
Replies: 23
Views: 2,344
Posted By pscowboy
Change your nickel-sized motherboard battery as...

Change your nickel-sized motherboard battery as WHS suggested.

Four to five years is their life span on a pc that is shut down every day; in my experience.

Those that run 24/7 can go 7-8...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 09 May 2013
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By pscowboy
Fill in your specs and show us a snapshot of Disk...

Fill in your specs and show us a snapshot of Disk Management screen.
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 06 May 2013
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By pscowboy
Most of the time, the power supply is the culprit...

Most of the time, the power supply is the culprit on freezes. In second place is a failing memory stick. But in those cases, Windows usually stays locked up.

If you have a real good friend with a...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 05 May 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By pscowboy
I am back home, and the owner and laptop is in...

I am back home, and the owner and laptop is in Florida.

I will email instructions to continue diagnosing.

One will be to disable Quiet Boot (which is one thing I did not do - damn).
Second...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 05 May 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By pscowboy
W7 (or I should say Vista) is not the problem....

W7 (or I should say Vista) is not the problem. Once BIOS finally hands off to it, it boots to desktop just fine.
There are no peripherals attached (nothing USB) except the dvd drive; and I tried...
Forum: Hardware & Devices 04 May 2013
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By pscowboy
HP laptop takes one hour to start POST.

While visiting friends in Florida this past week, one revealed a big problem with his HP Pavilion Dv7-1245dx, manufactured in 2009 with Vista installed.

When he turns it on from a cold start, the...
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