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Computer keeps crashing!

Hi! my computer has started acting crazy. first I needed a new AC adapter as mine was frayed. When I got it (off ebay, not a dell brand) it worked fine, but after a week I got a message AC adapter type cannot be determined. So I bought a new one from Dell thinking that would fix it. The new one worked for a few days, then did the same thing. Now sometimes when I move my computer with the adapter in I get the blue screen. I have had to restore my computer 3 times this month as it will tell me it can't read the hard drive at start up. Press F1 to retry.. nothing works. it will go into BIOS (?) so I put it to boot from CD and restore it when this happends. Then it works for a few weeks more. But still I keep getting the blue screen, and it keeps telling me it has dirty files, or can't read hard drive. Also the adapter error pops up every few SECONDS then won't for an hour or so, then 50xs in a few minutes. Please help!! My computer is only 3 years old!

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  • allisons81 Sep 23, 2008

    I am able to work in it now with out being in safe mode. I restored it a few days ago, and even though it is still acting crazy, i am able to work on it. I just have to deal with the annoying "AC adapter type cannot be determined" error code every few seconds, and not move it too much or else I get the blue screen. I keep it on "on all the time" so that I don't have to restart and risk the "cannot read hard drive" or "hard drive failed" message. I am just looking for a more permanent solution than restoring it every few days.. kwim?

  • allisons81 Sep 23, 2008

    I am kinda computer dumb. can you tell me how to do that?

  • allisons81 Sep 23, 2008

    I am in the device manager, but am not sure how to look for flags. This is what I see

  • allisons81 Sep 23, 2008

    Thank you, I will try this and get back to you. I am leaving in a few hours to go out of town, if I am not done then I will resume in a week. Thanks!


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Hi there,

Thanks for your posting in FixYa.

Please can you reboot your PC in "Safe mode with Networking".

Tapping F8 key as soon as PC bootup.

Let me know if you are able to work in it then.


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    Puneet Jain Sep 23, 2008

    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    Could you please check if there is any flag in the device manager entries.

    Let me know so I can assist you further.


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    Puneet Jain Sep 23, 2008

    Your Harddisk need to go for Error checking and Defragmentation first.

    Step 1:

    Click on start >> Programs >>Accessories >> System tools >> Defrag

    Defrag your hard drive >> This may take some time.

    This would take 2 or 3 hours but able to fix system errors.

    Step 2:

    REPAIR Hard drive - THROUGH CHEKDISK command

    1: Open "My Computer", RIGHT click on the C drive icon, choose "Properties".

    2: When that loads, click on the "Tools" tab, then click on the "Check Now" button in the "Error Checking" section.

    3: When that little window loads, place a CHECK in BOTH boxes, then click on "Start Now".

    4: A message will pop up saying that Error Checking will run after you restart the computer, so......Restart the computer. Error Checking will run automatically after the restart and it locks you out from doing anything until it's finished. It takes a little time to perform the task but after it's finished, it will restart into Windows automatically.

    Let me know after this steps and dont forget to Vote the solution.


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    Puneet Jain Oct 18, 2008

    Reply please if the soluton work for you.

    Give your rating to the solution either Helful or Fixya.

    If you dont fix the problem yet by the solution given then I would suggest you more options, let me know for it.

    Since your voting is precious to me in providing the help for others.

    Have a Nice day.




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