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#1 beholder

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:30 PM

I was playing this game, and suddenly the computer froze up.
Alt Tab did nothing, ctrl alt del did nothing, just stuck in the screen completely uncreative. I had no choice and hard booted the computer.

When the computer started up again, the windows 7 splash screen was going and going forever, and I noticed some weird patterns on the screen (like little dots all over the image.) I had to hard boot again, and this time the computer try to go into recovery mode, but was unable to recover (the automatic recovery didn't work). I tried to use advanced mode and go into system restore point, which is on my external drive, but I can't find it.

I remember something similar to this happened to me and it was faulty RAM chip.. I ran some RAM program to diagnose the problem, but I don't remember which one is it.

Is there a solution to this problem, as in accessing my files on my external and trying to restore it, or am I looking into flushing everything and reformatting? Is it faulty memory? (I am worried because of the dots that show during the bios start up). What's next?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:33 PM

I agree that checking ram is a reasonable first step: http://www.memtest.org/

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:11 PM

Not sure how to use the tools memtest, they have a usb flash drive option but I can't get my computer to boot up from it. I did run the windows diagnostic tool though for Ram, and it seems to be fine. Right now my computer is frozen on the windows 7 splash screen again.

To make things worse, I can only find my Vista CD, not windows 7. I will have to download 7 from my school again and upgrade. But with these dots in the background and the computer frozen, I'm not even sure I have a working computer to try that out.... what is the problem??

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:47 AM

Memtest86+ Guide-How To's - Overclockers Forums - http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409152

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:25 PM

ok since I can't burn a CD (my netbook doesn't have CD drive, main computer is down, that's the point) and floppy disks are no where around me (maybe at staples...), how do I boot it up from the USB? this guide just say "it's complicated" but doesn't explain how.




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