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January 25, 2013, 02:20:39 PM
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Is there a free program out there that you can run and it checks for all problems on your pc?
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January 25, 2013, 02:23:08 PM
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If there was there would be no IT technicians lol

Whats wrong with your computer?

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January 25, 2013, 02:27:03 PM
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nothing is wrong with my system, I do a lot of computer repair for different clients and would like to know what others have used in the past with positive results.
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January 25, 2013, 02:44:49 PM
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nothing is wrong with my system, I do a lot of computer repair for different clients and would like to know what others have used in the past with positive results.

When I am undoing my wifes doing on her pc, I ask her, besides "I did nothing and its started acting up" what did you actually do?


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January 25, 2013, 02:45:27 PM
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nothing is wrong with my system, I do a lot of computer repair for different clients and would like to know what others have used in the past with positive results.

Get these clients to pay you money.  Then you don't need a free program.   Wink

I like Spybot search and destroy.



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January 25, 2013, 02:50:34 PM
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When I am undoing my wifes doing on her pc, I ask her, besides "I did nothing and its started acting up" what did you actually do?

haha I can relate, to which the answer is nearly always.....nothing, it just started doing that all by itself! I swear!

Computers are getting more and more advanced these days, they can infect themselves with the latest malware completely free of charge! lol

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January 25, 2013, 02:52:29 PM
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... I like Spybot search and destroy.
+1

Also dump windows and switch to linux. I never have to think about that stuff anymore. When you think about it, the real problem is windows.

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January 25, 2013, 03:23:16 PM
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I always enjoy it when people say dump windows... Undecided

the majority use windows, and I fix the usual problems, but would like something that checks the computer hardware too.
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January 25, 2013, 03:31:06 PM
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I always enjoy it when people say dump windows... Undecided

the majority use windows, and I fix the usual problems, but would like something that checks the computer hardware too.

You could look at some of the free rescue CDs. I know they usually contain the memtest program. Other hardware might be more difficult to diagnose. Each of the disk manufacturers have their own validation programs for example (though the one from WD seems happy to run test on other drives). dxdiag might help you with the video cards. You might want to check AMD and Intel for processor validation software.

I'd be wary about using commercial full-system testing software. Too much risk of it going out-of-date. YMMV.

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January 25, 2013, 03:37:42 PM
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I always enjoy it when people say dump windows... Undecided

the majority use windows, and I fix the usual problems, but would like something that checks the computer hardware too.
I know that solution is not always practical. But Ubuntu on the Thinkpad I'm working from now shows more about my hardware than win ever did. I can find out way more about my battery, for example.

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January 25, 2013, 03:40:03 PM
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Oh look, someone telling Windows users to just up and switch to Linux without context/situational analysis. Never seen that before.

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January 25, 2013, 03:42:35 PM
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Oh look, someone telling Windows users to just up and switch to Linux without context/situational analysis. Never seen that before.

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January 25, 2013, 03:45:34 PM
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January 25, 2013, 04:44:52 PM
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January 26, 2013, 03:15:12 AM
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I could use some tech help now that I see this thread.

I have a somewhat old desktop, not decades old, just crappy hardware which was up and running until a few weeks ago.


Whenever I plug it in to the socket it lights up, does what I think it's doing to turn on, but I suspect that windows is not going through the POST process.

The mouse isn't receiving power and neither is the keyboard. I also never hear the post POST 'beep' anymore and the screen always tells me "no signal".

I don't know whats going on with it.

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January 26, 2013, 05:51:40 AM
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Sounds like something serious is wrong. Are you offering BTC if we help you?
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January 26, 2013, 07:25:36 AM
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Windows has nothing to do with the POST process.

If it's not making any kind of beeps or anything, first guess is your PSU is dead (even though lights are turning on). Try and swap it out with a known-good one. After that, it's real troubleshooting.

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January 26, 2013, 03:36:52 PM
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Windows has nothing to do with the POST process.

If it's not making any kind of beeps or anything, first guess is your PSU is dead (even though lights are turning on). Try and swap it out with a known-good one. After that, it's real troubleshooting.

Or the motherboard could be fried. 

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January 26, 2013, 04:33:59 PM
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When I am undoing my wifes doing on her pc

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January 26, 2013, 07:50:04 PM
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Windows has nothing to do with the POST process.

If it's not making any kind of beeps or anything, first guess is your PSU is dead (even though lights are turning on). Try and swap it out with a known-good one. After that, it's real troubleshooting.

Or the motherboard could be fried. 

Could be. That would fall under the real troubleshooting.

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