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Power Outage - Slow Computer


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#1 Thom--

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:33 PM

After a power outage my computer has been running extremly slow (109 minutes to uninstall Quicktime). At first, it corrupted my user account, so i made another account and thought that would fix the problem but it didn't. Also, after the outage my computer screen has dimed quite a bit and can't be fixed with messing with the color. I don't know what to do besides reformat.. Any other suggestions could help me out greatly. Thanks

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:56 PM

Well...the problem with a power outage situation is that such can corrupt many files...and the only way to "tell" it's file corruption is just from the symptoms evident and the fact that all else can be ruled out.

If it were me, I'd just do a clean install and minimize the self-torture. I don't tolerate a system that is not performing well, usually because I know that I'm the cause of the malperformance :thumbsup:.

Just my take...others will probably have more ideas/suggestions.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:25 AM

Try running the System File Checker (SFC).

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:48 AM

About a year ago my wife's office had a bad power surge that damaged several computers in her office. One computer was acting strangely and we performed a repair install of XP on it. It was slow for a while thereafter - but eventually came around (with a bunch of work). It still has some "quirks", but nothing that we can't work around.

Looking back at this, I realize that I should have opted to backup the hard drive, then reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP (actually, I would've just restored an image of the drive from before the power surge).

FYI - the systems had surge suppressors on them. But the first lightning strike took them out. When the power came back on, the systems booted back up - then another lightning strike hit and took the hardware out! :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 05:33 PM

I tried the System File Checker (SFC) and all files were fine. I might just have to reformat.... Any more ideas?

Thanks for the replies

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:02 PM

Have you tried checking for errors using ScanDisk? Try schedule an error scan on boot-up and see if that helps?

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 07:16 PM

Brings up a good point...any maintenance (chkdsk/defrag) done routinely on this system?

Any error messages in Event Viewer that need some attention?

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