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Computer often crashes within minutes. Weird problem.


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#1 ggalf_einneaf

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:59 PM

I use a Dell Inspiron N5110 Core i5, Windows 7 XP, and i'm having a pretty annoying problem. 

"all of a sudden"; a week or so ago (a few days before this issue), I downloaded the most recent drivers for my computer off of the Dell site, according to their detection tool. I don't know if this will even be relevant, just throwing it in there. 

 

When i turn on my computer, it can take a few minutes for the login screen to show up, or sit at a black screen with nothing but my cursor visible after i have logged in. If one of those don't stop me i have a very long wait as my desktop loads, with the icons flashing from their regular images to a white page image. (I've gotten a DSD-260/2736 (not responding) window that pops up a few times, the number changes.)

After the 'loading' animation on my cursor has gone away, if i make it to this point, i can open a program such as  task manager, the simple volume adjustment interface, or google chrome etc, and it will slowly run for a minute before becoming unresponsive along with the rest of my computer and i am forced to do a hard restart.

 

The most frustrating part is that sometimes i can boot up and it works properly. After 1-50 tries it'll power on and run without an issue all day. I've had no luck searching for similar problems.

If there's any more information i can give just say so, thank you in advance to anyone with some insight on this issue.


Edited by ggalf_einneaf, 08 January 2014 - 05:01 PM.


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#2 Allan

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 05:49 PM

 
 

1) Test the hd:

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 

 

Make sure you select the tool which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.

Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.

If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurnhttp://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.

For Toshiba drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic

 

2) Test the ram:  download memtest (http://memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd using a dedicated .iso burning utility (http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm), make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.

 

Let's see where we are after that.






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