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Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:54 PM
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my uncle bought a used computer for a litttle bit of nothing about 2 days ago and wanted to me to try to fix anything that is wrong with it. really for what he is going to use it for (playing cards) its fine, but theres still a couple problems i hope you guys can help me with.
The computer probably has too many programs that are set to run at Startup (Icons usually near the clock). You can see these programs by going to Start > Run and type msconfig then press the
1. sometimes while starting the system up, it automatically reboots itself while loading all of the programs. it's only done this when first starting up, if all the programs get completely loaded its fine.
Turn the computer off and unplug it. Open the case and pull the graphics card. Use a clean pencil eraser to clean the contact area of the card then blow any residue off and reseat the card.
2. sometimes after u turn the computer on, the monitor doesnt read that the computer has been turned on...says check connetions or something to that effect. its hooked through an old radeon 9250 graphics card so im guessing that the card could be bad? when it does this, you usually have to restart the computer 3-4 times before the monitor finally recieves the signal from the pc.
You will probably need to clean the computer up and defrag. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System tools and run Disk Cleanup. When that is done open My Computer and right click on the hard drive that the operating system is installed on. Click the Tools tab then click the Check Now button under Error-checking. Check the box for Automatically fix file system errors then click the Start button. You will receive a warning window that it cannot be run unless the computer is rebooted. Click Yes and restart the computer through Start > Turn off computer... Let the Disk Check run until completion. When done and you are back to your desktop restart the computer again and start tapping F8 to boot into Safe Mode. Defrag the hard drive in Safe Mode. Don't stop it even though it may take awhile.
3. if you stay on the computer for more than just a few minutes, it takes ages for the shutdown menu to pop up. just so i know im being clear, by shut down menu i mean when you hit start --> turn off computer, the menu the pops up and asks you to shut down, restart, etc.
Download and install AdAware, SpyBot S&D, AVG Anti-Spyware plus run some of the online scanners. Read the tutorials from this site to set the programs up. The link below provides the needed information for these programs.
4. just to be on the safeside, what can i do to make sure theres nothing on this hard drive thats not supposed to be there, i.e. illegal files, etc. people are wierd, and i dont really trust somebody that i dont know.
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