1. Post #161
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    generally yes

  2. Post #162
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    Ok, which one should I remove?

  3. Post #163
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    Driver Sweeper also found drivers from two different manufacturers for sound, Realtek and Creative. Is it bad to have those two together?
    Yeah, probably.. maybe.

    Why didn't you just reinstall your OS 3 weeks ago and be done with it?

  4. Post #164
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    You mean System Restore?

  5. Post #165
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    You mean System Restore?
    Yea just save us ALL the trouble, and just format your drive and just reinstall windows. Then all you need are video drivers. Unless you have a stereo system connected to your computer, you dont need special sound drivers.
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  6. Post #166
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    You mean System Restore?
    No.
    What jord said.

    Backup your documents that you want to save. Don't back up your program files or that. Just music etc..

    Format your harddrive, and reinstall the entire operating system. From the ground up. This should have been done WEEKS ago.

  7. Post #167
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    So I have to reinstall everything else? Also can someone explain the process of reformatting and reinstalling Windows, as in what steps do I do? By the way the Windows 7 Disk is OEM, not retail. Because of this is there anything I should be aware of?

  8. Post #168
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    So I have to reinstall everything else? Also can someone explain the process of reformatting and reinstalling Windows, as in what steps do I do? By the way the Windows 7 Disk is OEM, not retail. Because of this is there anything I should be aware of?
    You can still reinstall it.

    Just put the disk into the CDRom, and boot to it. Press F12, or Del (whatever POST says for "quick boot selection")
    Read the prompts and go from there. Its just like installing Windows for the first time.

    Then install your drivers and your programs and all that. Be clean about it. After you reformat, you should take that as a lesson to learn how to organize your computer better. But most importantly, its the best thing for windows. Its obviously messed up at the OS level.

  9. Post #169
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    Organize computer better? Need clarification for that.

    Edited:

    Getting my Windows 7 Disk right now.

  10. Post #170
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    Organize computer better? Need clarification for that.

    Edited:

    Getting my Windows 7 Disk right now.
    Anywhere from folder structures, to drivers. I'm sure you learned a great amount from this thread so far. For a fact, page 4 looks like a tech support chat.
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  11. Post #171
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    I guess, learned about Memtest, msconfig, and a couple other things. I really only knew about specs and building computers, never really learned about the software side of things.

    Edited:

    Gonna reinstall Windows 7 once my family members get their files, homework, and stuff onto flash drives.

  12. Post #172
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    So I have to reinstall everything else? Also can someone explain the process of reformatting and reinstalling Windows, as in what steps do I do? By the way the Windows 7 Disk is OEM, not retail. Because of this is there anything I should be aware of?
    Take a note of how big your C drive is

    When you get to this screen:


    You click drive options
    You click your drive that is the size of your C drive (if there are multiple options)
    You click the format (eraser)
    Click yes and it will format the drive.
    Click next and it will install windows.

    If you have itunes, deauthorize the computer and back up everything you need before doing this.

    Back up anything else. This format is a quick format but quite a bit of it will be damaged beyond repair.

    ONLY INSTALL VIDEO DRIVERS WHEN YOU GET BACK ONTO YOUR DESKTOP

    Limit the programs you install to things you actually use. Everything else should not be installed or uninstalled after you are sure your done using it (it can be installed later).

    Edited:

    Do not choose upgrade you want to do custom.
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  13. Post #173
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    I'm confused as to the last few sentences Jord. Oh and my iTunes library is already safe. Only things I'm upset about is having to reinstall over a couple dozen games.

    Edited:

    Limit the programs you install to things you actually use. Everything else should not be installed or uninstalled after you are sure your done using it (it can be installed later).
    .
    I think I get what you mean here, if you need to use a program only once don't leave it (even though you think you might need it in the future).

  14. Post #174
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    I'm confused as to the last few sentences Jord. Oh and my iTunes library is already safe. Only things I'm upset about is having to reinstall over a couple dozen games.

    Edited:



    I think I get what you mean here, if you need to use a program only once don't leave it (even though you think you might need it in the future).
    Explain what you are confused with.

  15. Post #175
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    ONLY INSTALL VIDEO DRIVERS WHEN YOU GET BACK ONTO YOUR DESKTOP
    Windows Update automatically installs video drivers when you log on, albeit to very old drivers right? That's what it did last time. After the OS reinstall I'll go to nVidia and get the latest driver.

    Edited:

    "This format is a quick format but quite a bit of it will be damaged beyond repair"

    Confused with mainly this sentence.

  16. Post #176
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    Windows Update automatically installs video drivers when you log on, albeit to very old drivers right? That's what it did last time. After the OS reinstall I'll go to nVidia and get the latest driver.

    Edited:

    "This format is a quick format but quite a bit of it will be damaged beyond repair"

    Confused with mainly this sentence.
    When it is done installing, choose to not have windows automatically install updates. You can set it to automatically do it after your done (it will bug you).



    red shield.
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  17. Post #177
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    Just put the disk into the CDRom, and boot to it. Press F12, or Del (whatever POST says for "quick boot selection")
    Read the prompts and go from there. Its just like installing Windows for the first time.
    -snip- nevermind

    Edited:

    Formating my C drive only took a few seconds, is that supposed to happen (I'm follow Jord's guide).

    Edited:

    What the fuck apparently I forgot my password for my new Windows account.

    Edited:

    Reinstalled Windows 7 because I "forgot" my password :saddowns:. Seriously, it was that password! Well I only got so far as installing the nVidia drivers and MSE.

  18. Post #178
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    You're quite the mess Falco lol. Hopefully this resolves your issues though.
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  19. Post #179
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    Yes. I am a mess :buddy: but I swear that was the password.

    Edited:

    Ok password works now on second reinstall haha. I'll post back in this thread in a couple hours to tell how things are going.

  20. Post #180
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    Wow I think it BSOD'd. I was letting some of my Steam games download so I came back in a hour and found the computer restarting. How do I check if a BSOD occured?

  21. Post #181
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    C:\Windows\Minidump

    If there is no folder then you did not blue screen and windows might have restarted to install updates automatically.

  22. Post #182
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    Back from dinner. It BSOD'd for sure since I just saw it BSOD. :saddowns:

    1) RAM? Maybe, but remember I did a 6 hour Memtest.
    2) CPU? I got a Phenom II as an upgrade to my Athlon back in January.
    3) Motherboard? Don't know how to check if it's a motherboard though.
    4) HDD? Chkdsk came up fine a couple pages ago
    5) GPU? Probably the drivers
    6) Drivers? Only drivers I installed was the 275.33 driver for my GTS 250 and it was the first thing I installed after the Windows 7 reinstallation. I did install Chrome, MSE, Steam, and some games right after in that order.

  23. Post #183
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    give us whatever is in the minidump folder.

  24. Post #184
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    Ok give me a sec

    Edited:

    How do I show you the .dmp again?

    Edited:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?7g4dcdag326t1hc

  25. Post #185
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    I think it can be something with the voltage, or something else with the hardware. Now we definately know its not OS related. Unless you installed a driver for something you shouldn't of have.

  26. Post #186
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    Oh also I got a MEMORY.dmp file in C: Windows but it's 300 MB. Also I can't upload it because of insufficient privileges (even though I'm administrator).

    Edited:

    I think it can be something with the voltage, or something else with the hardware. Now we definately know its not OS related. Unless you installed a driver for something you shouldn't of have.
    I did overclock my CPU from 3.2 GHz to 3.6 GHz for about a month but then the first set of BSODs came rolling in. Bringing it back to stock 3.2 GHz didn't obviously solve the BSODs . I didn't touch the voltage on the RAM, but if somehow I affected the voltages how can I bring it back to stock?

    Edited:

    Should I try running with one stick of RAM at a time? Although my 2 2 GBS sticks are dual channel, does that mean they can't run without the other?

  27. Post #187
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    Oh also I got a MEMORY.dmp file in C: Windows but it's 300 MB. Also I can't upload it because of insufficient privileges (even though I'm administrator).

    Edited:



    I did overclock my CPU from 3.2 GHz to 3.6 GHz for about a month but then the first set of BSODs came rolling in. Bringing it back to stock 3.2 GHz didn't obviously solve the BSODs . I didn't touch the voltage on the RAM, but if somehow I affected the voltages how can I bring it back to stock?

    Edited:

    Should I try running with one stick of RAM at a time? Although my 2 2 GBS sticks are dual channel, does that mean they can't run without the other?
    you can use one stick. you wont be able to much at all but it will work. I do not do overclocking so I dont know what to tell you there.

  28. Post #188
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    Hmm. I'll try the one stick thing tomorrow or after you guys check out the .dmp files. Also do you want the MEMORY.dmp file? Only problem is that I don't know how to upload it because the websites say insufficient privileges and crap like that. Should I move the .dmp to the desktop or something?

  29. Post #189
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    Hmm. I'll try the one stick thing tomorrow or after you guys check out the .dmp files. Also do you want the MEMORY.dmp file? Only problem is that I don't know how to upload it because the websites say insufficient privileges and crap like that. Should I move the .dmp to the desktop or something?
    memory.dmp is worthless. the media fire thing is completely empty. move the dump files out to the desktop first before zipping them
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  30. Post #190
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    Getting an error from trying to compress it. "File not found or no read permission"

  31. Post #191
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    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...menu-in-vista/

    run the registry entry (install) and then right click the dump files and click take ownership

  32. Post #192
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    "File not found or no read permission" still

    Edited:

    Also Jord when I Take Ownership CMD pop ups for a second and then disappears.

    Edited:

    Is it because I don't have WinRAR or 7Zip?

    Edited:

    Ok I think I fixed it now (copy + pasted .dmp to Documents and just compressed that one)

    http://www.mediafire.com/?2j9vxbpceg0z7x0

    Also do I just delete the .dmp after you guys get it or put it back in C: Windows?

  33. Post #193
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    kmode_exception_not_handled

    I dont know, it might be time to take it to some professionals now. Seems to be a bigger problem than software.

  34. Post #194
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    kmode_exception_not_handled

    I dont know, it might be time to take it to some professionals now. Seems to be a bigger problem than software.
    Theres professionals in here, such as myself.
    (may not act professional, but unfortunately my career in IT doesn't allow me to do that)

    I think its a problem with a driver to be really honest. Or a voltage/Hardware problem elsewhere. Memtest isn't 100% accurate.

    But yeah, take it to a shop. Or start investigating your BIOS's advanced options.

  35. Post #195
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    Theres professionals in here, such as myself.
    (may not act professional, but unfortunately my career in IT doesn't allow me to do that)

    I think its a problem with a driver to be really honest. Or a voltage/Hardware problem elsewhere. Memtest isn't 100% accurate.

    But yeah, take it to a shop. Or start investigating your BIOS's advanced options.
    Professionals that are not trying to fix a computer through a series of tubes :colbert:

  36. Post #196
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    Ok I'll start looking for shops in my area. Not Best Buy or Geek Squad right haha.

  37. Post #197
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    Professionals that are not trying to fix a computer through a series of tubes :colbert:
    Come on, we're all technical. We know its just a giant dump truck.

  38. Post #198
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    Should I check my memory's voltage and stuff? I'll tell you guys what I see and won't change anything in the BIOS. Or maybe just explore the BIOS and see if anything is out of place.

  39. Post #199
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    These guys seem pretty good:

    http://www.ccoh.com/

    Really close to my place. Also reviews seem good and judging by the customer reviews the employees are actually literate unlike Geek Squad:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/computer-cen...mputer%20Store
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  40. Post #200
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    So that store seems eligible? Also I guess an advantage to reinstalling Windows 7 is that it loads a bit faster without some of that junk I had.