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Friday, May 17, 2013

Computer issues

The last couple of days I have been unable to get my computer to even turn on.  It had been giving me a few minor issues but nothing major until it decided to puke and perform a memory dump.
After that it started having issues booting up but usually fixable with a start-up repair.
The other day that failed and I've been doing what I can to try and recover my system to no avail. Looks like my last option is going to be a full wipe and reinstall to see if that makes her able to keep on chugging for another year or so as replacing a computer is very low on my list of things to do currently. 

Also, typing blogs on my phone is not very ideal as well.  Times like this I wish I had the bigger Kindle Fire to make it a little easier, whatever. 

Everything other than that is going well. Looking at possibly putting the deposits down on our two venues today to make sure everything will be set for the same day.
Also, it appears as we choose a bad date with April 18th (sorry cokeboy) because it turns out that next year the 18th is Good Friday.
So we are either going to do the week before or after.
Time will tell.

5 comments:

  1. If it settles after a bit, I'd guess power supply.
    Second choice memory. I have had both fail in similar manner -- start trouble and then fairly stable.

    Most Windows BIOS have a series of test that can be run to help ID the problem. It will be one of the F-keys as you are booting to select it.

    The intermittent nature seems to make the HD the last choice. There are a bunch of file test programs around to see if files have been corrupted that'd work beyond the disk test under the computer icon.

    You probably know all that but I figured a reminder might help.

    P.S. If your phone has Bluetooth, you should be able to use a Bluetooth keyboard.

    And, if all else fails, check the yellow pages for computer repair shops. Not to fix necessarily. They usually have dirt cheep XP system that are at least suitable for surfing.

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    1. I got 'er back up and running currently.
      We'll see if/what problems persist.

      Gotta scour the net for free diagnostic programs to run and see what they come up with.

      I'm going to try to do as much as possible before rebooting as I have this fear in the back of my head that it might decide to go through the issue again (computers being stubborn like women and all).

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  2. Don't overwrite your hard drive with a reinstall. Get a new one and install on that. You might then still be able to read from your old one.

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    1. Most of my important files I keep on External's after a few harsh lessons.

      Also, during my college years I used to love the Format C: function a lot. My roomie and I used to have reformat parties where we'd stay up till 3 am drinking beer, eating pizza and re-arranging the furniture while reformatting our computers.
      We didn't need to, but we just really liked to for some reason.

      Thanks for the suggestion though.

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  3. Thanks for all the help suggested via reply and via email.
    Even though the author caught the issue I did want to point out the most amusing reply I received.

    JT88Keys "2. Can you get the computer to boot into Safe Mode by hitting F8 just as Windows starts to load? If so, can you restore to a save point in the near future...like a week or two before the errors started?"

    First person to catch the "error" wins a cookie

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