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My computer was hit by lightening last summer. Sometimes when I turn it on, it will not run through and start, but it will sound like it is running and just sit there indefinetly. I have so far been able to fix the problem by removing the internal battery for a short period of time and then replacing it. Recently this has quit working. I am wondering what I may have to replace inside to put this whole problem behind me. I have a gateway gt5040.

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You Will Have To Replace The Motherboard

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I think the governor on my dell gx260 fan is stuffed, when I try to start it revs up like a boing taking off, I have been told it needs a new motherboard. If this is so what will I buy and could I install...


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The first question I have for you is who told you need a new motherboard and what problems are you having with your computer other than your loud fan.

Note with modern computer they have variable speed fans that fan faster when the computer is hot. It is the summer so your computer is going to run a little hotter than in the Winter.

Also another thing to look at is when the last time you cleaned the inside of your computer. Dust can build up and cut back on the air flow making the computer run hotter in turn causing your fan to run louder.

These are the things I would look at first. Then if you did have to look at a new system it would depend on the form factor of the case that you have. If you have a micro case you would be better off building a new system.

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Aug 24, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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Optimize your computer in few steps


You can optimize your computer in few steps.

By Removing Junk file:
Go to >> Start >> Run >>(type) Temp hit Enter >> Delete all files and folders.
Go to >> Start >> Run >>(type) %Temp% hit Enter>> Delete all files and folders.
Go to >> Start >> Run >>(type) prefetch hit Enter>> Delete all files and folders.

Go to >> Start >> Run >>(type) cleanmgr hit Enter>> check all box and click OK.


http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/maintenance/speed.aspx

on Oct 09, 2010 | PC Desktops

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My computer is running slow


In order to optimize your computer performance, follow the instructions given below.
1. Delete all of the temporary files.

a. Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type temp(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton left hand side corner, once you click Start), hit Enter, (hit Continue if required), Click Edit at the top in the menu bar, click Select All, Right Click on Mouse and hit Delete. This would delete all of the temporary files.Note:in Window Vista and Window 7, Menu bar would appear by hitting Alt key.

b. Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type %temp%(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton left hand side corner, once you click Start), hit Enter, (hit Continue if required), Click Edit at the top in the menu bar, click Select All, Right Click on Mouse and hit Delete. This would delete all of the temporary files.

c.Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type prefetch(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton left hand side corner,once you click Start), hit Enter, (hit Continue if required), Click Edit at the top in the menu bar, click Select All, Right Click on Mouse and hit Delete. This would delete all of the temporary files.

2.Run Disk Cleanup to free up wasted space.Click Start, click My Computer, right click C drive and click Properties. Now, click Disk Cleanup. It will delete all of the useless temporary files.If it ask to click Next, click Next.

3. Run Disk check.Disk Check program is used to check and clean any errors on your computer and keep it running smoothly.
How to run Disk Check:Click Start, click My Computer.Right-click on C drive, click Properties.Now, click the tab, Tools. In the Error-Checking section, click the Check Now. Also, check both of the check boxes: Automatically fix file system error and scan for and attemp bad recovery of bad sectors.
Now, You will see a message box that says you can schedule the disk check to start the next time you restart your computer. Click Yes. The next time you restart your computer, it will automatically run through a disk check before displaying your login screen. After the disk check finishes, Windows will automatically bring you to your login screen.Note: Check Disk can take more than an hour to check and clean errors on your computer.

4.Defragment Your ComputerTo arrange the files in a sequential manner, it is recommended to defragment the hard drive. Click Start, click My Computer, right-click Local Disk, aclick Properties.Now, the Tools tab, click Defragment Now. Now, Click first hard disk, click Defragment.Note: Disk Defragment may take long time like 30-40 minute to complete.

5.Stop Programs from running at the startup.
As soon as you restart the computer a number of programs load themselves at the startup and you will be able to see them at the bottom right-hand side corner. In order to stop some of the programs (except security software and programs which you use immediately after starting up your computer) to load itself automatically, please follow these steps.
Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type msconfig(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton once you click Start),hit Enter, (hit Continue if required)You will see System Configuration Utility. Click Startup at the top right hand side corner. Now,uncheck the items which you want to stop to load automatically.Now, click Apply and then click OK or Close. Click 'Exit without restart'Now, you have to delete the startup from registry.Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type regedit(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton left hand side corner, once you click Start), hit Enter, (hit Continue if required),.Now, scroll up to the top and click Computer, rigth-click it and click Export and save it as file name say backup on the desktop.
In order to remove startup from the registry go the following locations:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSharedToolsMSConfigstartupfolder
Right click startupfolder and click Delete.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftShared ToolsMSConfigstartupreg
Right click startupreg and click Delete.
Restart your computer.

6.Uninstall the useless programs(like gaming softwares, unnecessary toolbars like my web search, myfreeze toolbar)Click Start, click Control Panel, Click Add or Remove programs(Programs and Features or Programs in Window Vista and Window 7),you will see a list of the programs. Click on the programs, you want to uninstall and click Remove(Uninstall in Window Vista and Window 7).

7.Scan the computer with good antimalware, antispyware, antivirus.
http://malwarebytes.org/http://superantispyware.com/

8.Update the drivers on the computer.Click Start, Click Run(Window XP) and type devmgmt.msc(Window Vista and Window 7-type in the Start Search box which appears at the botton left hand side corner, once you click Start), hit Enter, (hit Continue if required).Right click the device, click Properties.Click Driver tab, and click Update Driver.Follow the on screen instructions to complete update.

9.Upgrade RAMWindows can run slow if you do not have enough RAM.Many newer operating systems and programs use more RAM when they are running.How to check RAM.Click Start, right click My Computer, click Properties. You will see the RAM mentioned her.You should have at least 1 Gb(2 GB would be even more better)RAM.

10.Update Windows
Windows XP:Click Start, click Control Panel,Click Performance and Maintenance, Click System, click Automatic Updates tabclick Turn automatic updating on and click install updates.
Windows Vista:Click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance,click Windows Update,click Turn automatic updating on and click install updates.

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Dell Inspiron Desktop PC won't start up


Hit FN at boot then let me know what it does

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Hp desktop won't boot


Firstly how on earth did it get hit with lightening? i have several computers in my house none of which have been hit with lightening during a storm.

secondly it sounds like some of the components are damaged i would try the different components in different machines to rule them out if certain components are damaged you will have to replace them.

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Windows starts to set up then screen goes black and


sounds like you have a heating problem I need More information to help you, try pulling the side off the pc and blow off the cpu fan with compressed air for a computer store also blow out the monitor as best you can, next start up the computer but go into safe mode by pressing F8 before windows loads load without networking if it works there and does not turn off you have a driver problem after performing the first two suggestions if it stays on reboot hit F8 again before windows loads and click load in safe mode with networking then go to Microsoft's help page it's http://www.microsoft.safety.clean and run their cleaner if it detects a bug remove them then go to microsoft support and download the latest drivers next defrag the computer in safe mode then go to www.drivers.com and run scan for driver updates there it will give you a list of out of date drivers for your entire computer save the screen in word by using the ctrl V and ctrl p and then reboot normally and if windows stays on go to the driver site and down load all the latest drivers, next go to male-ware bytes and download their free trial software and run a scan on your computer. The latest virus has did ansi bombs with Delaware and worms and has killed your monitor drivers once you run the male-ware and remove the virus's and worms reboot to safe mode do disk cleanup and then do disk defrag in safe mode. good luck.

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When I turn on my computer, I can hear the fan running and all the lights are on in the front but the monitor screen stays black. The computer doesn't beep or boot up. If I turn it off and on at the power...


The video on that particular system is integrated in the motherboard. With that being said, I would say that your motherboard is going out. It may have taken a hit from lightening and just did not kill it completely. It's a good looking computer, I would look into another motherboard that has the same specs that yours has. You can get a new motherboard for about $50 USD if you go to www.pricewatch.com and look under MOTHERBOARDS and then look for PROCESSOR TYPE and then ATHLON X2. Hope this helps you.

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When I start up my laptop it comes up to a blue screen saying there is a technical problem and I need to contact the maker for assistance and then restarts to the same thing over and over


There's a lot of possibilities why that's happening. post back the error code written after the word 'STOP'. this will give us more clue. then try to boot up your computer by tapping F8 right after turning the computer on. choose safe mode. hit enter for microsoft windows. then once you see your desktop (may look different) hit no to run system restore. then choose a date when the computer last worked. if the restore was successful, it should restart back to how it was before you started getting the blue screen.

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Game crashing


when the computer starts- click START - RUN - type MSCONFIG in the text box - select the startup tab at the top- uncheck all boxes but your virus protection and ones having to do with your mouse and keyboard. hit apply and ok - reboot.
run the game and see if the freezes continue.

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Getting blue screen after start up


Try booting up to the recovery CD, it sounds like a software conflict error that is locking up your computer.

Try 1st if you can get into safe mode (hitting F8 when you first apply power to the computer, till the safe mode screen comes up)

Then try booting up to the last known good configuration (same F8 different selection on screen)

THEN try the recovery CD.

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