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Having a hard startup with the computer, takes time to get the computer to start, doesn`t start at the exact moment, I need to keep pushing the button on the tower to TRY to start the computer, but to no avail.

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Probably a power supply failure is imminent if it's not already dead. Make sure the vents on the power supply are clean and aren't stopped up with dust. There needs to be room for the system to breath and keep itself cool.
You can replace the power supply yourself, as long as you get one with the same power connectors for the motherboard. The number of pins and the amount of connectors are quite different for different systems and power supplies (more than you need is better than less). I would also get one that has a bit more power than your current one. For instance, if your power supply is 300 watts, I'd get a 350 watt one.

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Acer desktop with black screen and line blinking

I'm thinking from what you describe that you are just looking at the cursor blinking in the upper left corner of the screen.
You haven't said what you did or what you are trying to do, but I suggest you turn the computer off (just push the power button in for about 7 seconds) and then restart it after about 15 seconds. If it doesn't start, go through the process again but this time, after you turn it on, tap on the F8 key. Like tap---tap---tap and keep doing that until you get a black screen with a white menu on it. Use your arrow keys to select "repair your computer" that you will see if you are using windows 7.

This should repair you startup problem.

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How to Decrease the Boot Time of My Computer/Laptop!!! Make My Computer...

This is a very exciting topic that I will be showing you. It is only known by a few and it can benifit all those that own a Computer/Laptop.

What we are going to do today is reduce the time that it takes to boot your computer, there are of course other befits that are attributible to this as well, such as a more responsive Computer/Laptop. Another is a computer system that can operate more effieciently and effectively this is simply done by reduceing the number of things that take use of your precious computer resources. Such as RAM and Processing power.

Before continuning I reccomend that you back up all your personal information. This is nothing new it should be done anyway as data can and does get lost, this can happen at any time. In which case you can smile as you backup your data all the time, ie regularly.

We begin the process by clicking the START on the Windows desktop.
Now Select RUN
Type msconfig into the field provided.
Click Ok

A screen like the one shown below will be displayed.


Don't worry if it is not set exactly the same as this one!!!

Notice the tabs on the top of this box!
You need to select the one named STARTUP.

It now displays all the processes that are selected to be loaded every time your computer is powered on, remember that each of these processes also needs to be closed by your computer when you power your computer off. Thats a lot of time that can be saved, getting you doing what you need to do quicker, whether it be to check the net or play a video, your PC will boot faster than before.

Things that you can unselect are applications that you don't need running from startup.

Use Google to see what each selected startup item is there for!!!
If it is a System process leave it SELECTED!!!
Unselecting an important startup item may result in failure so it is important to know which are safe to unselect and which are not. Use Google!!!

Keep your Anti-Virus selected as it must be running at all times!!!

Now you click Apply and then Ok.
You will then restart and a message will pop up.
When the message pops up all you need to do is select don't show again and then click ok.

Happy Computing!

on Jan 05, 2011 | PC Desktops


Having slow performance? Make your PC/laptop run faster (only for WIndows XP)

There are some steps which you can try to boost your Windows XP PC/Laptop's speed & performance:

1) Removing Startup items

Click Start, point to Programs, click Startup, and then right-click each item in Startup and select Delete. Your Startup folder should be empty


2) Remove unnecessary programs from Add & remove programs list

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. Double-click Add or Remove Programs icon.

Scroll through the list of installed programs, and remove the one you don’t need. Be sure about the programs those you don't need.

3) Setting PC/Laptop for best performance

Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
Switch to Advanced tab and click the Settings button under Performance subsection. Performance Options window will open.
Select Adjust For Best Performance option and click OK button.

This may degrade the looks but will increase the performance of PC/Laptop.


4) Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Computer Management window will open. Maximize Computer Management window.
Click plus sign next to Services and Applications, click Services, and switch to Standard tab on the right.

Disable the following services one by one:

Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Help and Support (switch to Manual)
Indexing Service
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Upload Manager
Wireless Zero Configuration (don’t disable if using wireless network/Internet connection)

To disable the service, search the service name in the list of services & double-click on it. Change Startup Type for the service, selecting Disabled from Startup type dropdown box and clicking OK button.

Restart the computer.

5) Run CCleaner regularly.

Download CCleaner application from here. Install it.

Run it time to time to run your PC smoothly.

6) Defragment hard drive (may take up to 30 minutes or more than that)
Click Start, select Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.

When Disk Defragmenter window opens, select a drive in the top portion of the window, and click Defragment button.

on Jun 15, 2010 | PC Desktops

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When i install windows xp there is no drive

I take it you are trying to install the operating system. If the computer tells you there is no drive, then you need to check in the setup (like pushing F2 or DEL or whatever the computer tells you to do at startup) and check to see if it actually sees a hard drive. If it doesn't, then your hard drive has gone bad and will need to be replaced.
This all assumes that you have installed the hard drive correctly and if an IDE drive, you have correctly set the jumpers.

Dec 08, 2011 | PC Desktops

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I get a norton warning that I have high cpu usage yet Im not running any programs.My computer is running slow and doing alot of clicking noises.I have 98% available free space on my hard drive and i...

1. Try disabling some of the Startup Programs.Press the "Windows" key on your keyboard and the "R" key at the same time. When the run dialog box comes up, type "msconfig" then press OK. The System Configuration Utility will open. Go to "Startup" tab, disable all startup programs, hit OK then restart computer.

2. Test if the computer still runs slow, if it doesn't try repeating the step 1, and re-enable the startup programs one by one or you can just check on the programs that you want to automatically start whenever you start Windows. These startup programs eats your computer resources which should have been used by the computer for processing instead.


3. If you hear clicking noises from the computer it might be the computer's Hard Drive. Download and run a Hard Disk test. You can download Hard Drive Utilities from here - click this link

4. If the Hard Drive test fails then we will need to replace the Hard drive. If it passes run a full system scan using your Security software. The computer might be infected by a virus/malware which causes slow performance.

Hope this helps.

Mar 21, 2011 | PC Desktops

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It takes too long to start up

Try deleting your temp files to clear up space as well as run hard drive defragment and disk clean up. This helps most time. If you find that your systems is still running slow, you may need to add more memory to process the data you have on your hard drive.

Good Luck

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Possible virus

. I would suggest three things. A malware scan, a maintenance cleaning, and checking your startup applications.

To run a malware scan goto:

And follow the instructions on the page, let this run, until the results dialogue window pops up, this make take a while. 1-3+ hours. Just let it run, you do not need to attend it once it tells you it is scanning.

For maintance cleaning, visit this site to download an application called CCleaner

After these steps.
To adjust what programs you have starting up in the beginning:

Start > Run > Type "MSCONFIG" > Click the Startup Tab then un-check any program entries that you don't need starting up in the beginning. This does not remove them from your computer, just from starting up in the begining and taking resources in the background. When you need the program, you can simply click on its link in your start menu. It is your choice what you keep and what to remove.

Let us know if you run into any bumps

Apr 18, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Cant restore to factory settings

Looks like your Recovery Partition or the Software for the recovery option isn't accessable. Here is a link to the website for that desktop. Can you access the Bios and View the Hard Disk Settings to Verify that the Hard Drive is installed and recognizable.

Link to Recovery Guide:

You may need the Recovery CD's to invoke this option. Did you burn the images when you first got your computer?

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How to fix Hp slimline Error Code BIOHD-5

1. Restart the computer.
2. Keep tapping the F10 key when the Compaq logo appears. BIOS Setup Utility.
3. Select the Diagnostic tab.
4. Select the "hard drive self test" option and press enter to perform the test. Note: This test takes atleast 40 minutes. This will take you to

Pass - The hard drive is not damaged.
Fail - The hard drive is damaged and may need to be replaced.

Mar 09, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have a Gateway notebook model MX6956. Upon startup, I get ascreen that asks if I want to start normally or in safe mode. Either one gets me an error message that starts with UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME and...

1. That would indicate your hard drive is either bad or corrupt.
2. You can try and boot of your windows xp cd, select R at the first prompt to go into recovery console and run chkdsk. That often fixes these kinds of problems.
3. If that doesn't work, you can take your hard drive and, using a usb enclosure or cable to convert the type of hard drive you have to usb, attach it to another computer and remove your files that way.
4. If the chkdsk didn't work, it may be time to purchase a new drive.

Thanks and please take a moment to rate as fixya. Thank you.

Jul 12, 2008 | Gateway PC Desktops

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