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Old 09-18-2012, 09:44 AM   #21196
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I got my first computer about 15 years ago and I believe this might be the first time I have a computer problem that I just can't figure out. I'm getting a blue screen, garbled screen, no screen or automatic reboot and I just can't figure out what can cause all of those symptoms. Grrrr...
I'd say faulty power supply as a starting point, but that could lead to fried cards and other things.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:00 AM   #21197
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That usually means that the computer is broken.

or your video card is stuffed.

Either way, and opportunity to buy a new computer yay!
I can't believe how cheap they are now. Those tiny laptops cost less than the iPad.

I used to get excited buying a new computer. Like a kid with a brand new 10 speed bike. After all the PCs, Macs, i-things etc. over the years the one thing I'm most grateful for now is that you can pull the thing out of the box and get it up and running in just a few minutes instead of the hours of loading software.
I think Word was about 16 floppies.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #21198
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ahh! floppies. When I worked in the bank we had to boot our computers with 8" floppies and they were actually floppy. You could see the needle working through the little hole in the front. And we had modems. A message used to come up on the little screen that was on a 3' stick above the desk and say Modem Ready MR. I thought it was addressing the male staff for a while.

But I am too old to have seen the punch cards in action - they were still in the stationery cupboard, but were obsolete. And we had guns, but only the blokes were allowed to use them. Then they brought out the anti-disrimination stuff and nobody could use them.

I feel really old now.....
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:24 PM   #21199
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I'm most grateful for now is that you can pull the thing out of the box and get it up and running in just a few minutes instead of the hours of loading software
Disagree here.
Back then we actually GOT install media. Nowdays a restore-partition which along with the factory installation is as shitfull of test versions and useless crap as possible. It's worse than on a cellphone. To clean that up can actually be more time-consuming than an installation from scratch would have been were one given the stuff on discs.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:35 PM   #21200
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That usually means that the computer is broken.

or your video card is stuffed.

Either way, and opportunity to buy a new computer yay!
I was thinking it might be broken. Are you sure?!

I thought it was the video card, so I replaced it. Well, the new one has a larger heat sink and no fan, so at least it's quieter. The PC's less than 2 years old, and was a mild gaming computer, so when it's running, it runs great and processes quickly. Of course... I have to get it running first.

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@SolRaven: Modern technology won't help at this point. You need to drive a stake in your computer's hard drive and perform an exorcism.
As WT pointed out, an exorcism just might be what it needs.

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I'd say faulty power supply as a starting point, but that could lead to fried cards and other things.
After I changed to the silent video card, I thought I heard something coming from the power supply, then I realized that a cord was rattling on the edge of it.

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I can't believe how cheap they are now. Those tiny laptops cost less than the iPad.
Thank goodness for that or I wouldn't be able to sit here and type on this little netbook, which costs less than half of what my iPad was when it was new.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:29 AM   #21201
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:52 AM   #21202
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Disagree here.
Back then we actually GOT install media. Nowdays a restore-partition which along with the factory installation is as shitfull of test versions and useless crap as possible. It's worse than on a cellphone. To clean that up can actually be more time-consuming than an installation from scratch would have been were one given the stuff on discs.
I bought a new computer last month. It has four parts.
The computer, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and a power lead. Plugged it in, entered my email and logged onto the wi-fi and that was all there was to it. It was good, so we bought another one.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #21203
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Disagree here.
Back then we actually GOT install media. Nowdays a restore-partition which along with the factory installation is as shitfull of test versions and useless crap as possible. It's worse than on a cellphone. To clean that up can actually be more time-consuming than an installation from scratch would have been were one given the stuff on discs.
Those used to annoy me quite a bit. But http://pcdecrapifier.com/ has really helped me when I have to clean up friends/family new systems.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #21204
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What you are looking at is the "Personalized English Bridle Leather Dog Collar" from HipHound.com. It costs $28.95, but with $8.95 S&H the total comes to $37.90. This is a quality collar; not a trace of plastic on it anywhere. I bought one of these for Norton, and one for Crystal.

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Now the collar I bought for Norton is missing. This is the second collar that's disappeared from around Norton's neck without a trace. The first had his rabies tag and city tag attached. Crystal has a nasty habit of grabbing Norton's collar when they play and sometimes pulls it off completely. I'm beginning to think Crystal eats them.

Make Tom angry. Crystal no want see Tom when Tom angry. Crystal would no like Tom when Tom angry.

Who am I kidding? I'll probably just buy him another and not even scold her. But not today.
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