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My computer keeps bringing up a screen thats is chinese writing and freezes and say shut down computer. this keeps happening. what do you think is wrong?

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I don't know what is wrong, but I'll bet it can be fixed by reinstalling your Operating System. You will have the option of archiving your old system, and the files won't be touched. 

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