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Not Responding The history: I have an Acer 5100 laptop from 2007 Two weeks ago it failed. The tech told me the only thing I could do was to use the partition to reinstall the operating system (which I did). But this meant (stupid me) I didn't have any recovery disks. Long story short--I had to send it in for warranty work--they replaced the hard drive and fan (supposedly). I got it back and it had the original (so I thought) software on it. I got it back a few days ago and have loaded stuff on it. I notice the keyboard gets very hot. It also doesn't always catch all my letters when typing and will often give a twirling ball and show the webpage as "Not Responding". It takes forever to do anything. Is this a software or hardware issue? Or both? What do I need to do to fix it? I'm ready to pitch it out the window! Help!!!

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  • bidrequest Jan 24, 2009

    I've kept the windows settings up to date since that was my first thought.

    The problem with bringing it back in:

    Circuit City did the repair

    I do not have back up disks (they didn't ask for them, and just installed the software that came with the computer originally somehow)

    The techs taking over for Circuit City--Assurance Solutions--first asked me to send it in--then told me it was probably a software issue and I had to send in the back up disks (I don't have them--and wouldn't you need new backup disks for a different hard drive anyhow?). I'm not a techy--I don't know what the issue is or isn't.

    So that's where I stand. Do you think the Defrag would do any good? I tried it early on and it didn't help. Any other suggestions?

  • bidrequest Jan 24, 2009

    I don't have any CD backups

    I did a recovery when it first failed and it worked for a day or two (after I had reloaded much stuff) then failed totally.

    so I believe they installed a new hard drive (but since it's CC didn't get any paper work and the new techs are not likely to have/give me that info)

    I will try a defrag (but tried that originally with no luck)

    Mozilla-don't think so--why?

  • bidrequest Jan 24, 2009

    This did nothing. No device issues. The defrag is set to go off every Wednsday. But I did it again. I still have all the same issues. I don't think I should set MSN as my home page. This shouldn't make a difference.

  • bidrequest Jan 24, 2009

    I'm not sure what you mean by diagnose connection, but all it does is stop and the webpage says (Not Reponding)...sometimes if I hit escape multiple times it will bring it back but it still take some time to get it to type and work again.

  • bidrequest Jan 25, 2009

    I have done these and nothing has helped. Any other suggestions. I'm in CST.

  • bidrequest Jan 25, 2009

    I tried this and it didn't work. I'm in CST. Thanks for all your help so far.

  • bidrequest Jan 25, 2009

    I'm here and it's a.m. morning. What's the next step?

  • bidrequest Jan 25, 2009

    I typed it in and the website came up. Let me know.

  • bidrequest Jan 26, 2009

    It helped a little--I think--but hasn't resolved the issue. The not responding happens on ALL websites not just one.


  • bidrequest Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks for your help. There's nothing there.

  • bidrequest Jan 27, 2009

    Do you have any other thoughts since none of these seem to have worked?

  • bidrequest Jan 29, 2009

    I don't have the money to upgrade right now. Just want to fix the problem.

  • bidrequest Jan 29, 2009

    where is bios setup-what will this do to the rest of the computer? it started only when I got it back.

  • bidrequest Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks for all your help. But I decided to take it into the shop. If it's not repairable I need a new one and if it is I'd rather have someone who knows what their doing work on it. Thanks for taking all this time to help me out.

  • bidrequest Jan 30, 2009

    He thought it was a configuration problem.



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If you just had it for repair I would take it back
the twirling as you call it is in your mouse settings.
you can try to do a winupdate let windows find the updates then make sure you install the recomendations.
see if that helps
your keyboard should not be hot
please let me know if any of this helped

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    you can use your one cd for many hard drives

    in my computer do you have anything that says recovery

    and a defrag sometimes does help

    are you using mozilla at all

    I'm wondering did they change hard drive or did they restore

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    have you loaded more stuff and yes do disk defrag

    and go into device manager and make sure no drivers have errors

    do that before you defrag

    let me know

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    I want you to let me know if any of that helped

    I also want you try a different webpage

    and et that as home page

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    on your webpage click tools internet options

    then security resset all zones to default

    then privacy and make sure thats set to default

    then advanced and reset all settings

    then restart the pc

    If that didnt help then open internet options again and this time click advance

    at the bottom says reset internet settings

    let me know

    when your webpage fails are you able to do a diagnose connection or does the webpage just stop

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    do the steps i have just given in tolls internet options

    if that does'nt help then we will look at the connection itself

    we just first need to reset everything

    just follow the instructions above.then let me know

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 24, 2009

    I still want to help you

    I am just trying all small issues that can cause your web to not respond

    if you still nedd help message me anytime i do not know what time zone your in

    i'm in ontario canada

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    okay I'll be back on in a few minutes then we'll check your network connections.

    I can't believ they sent it with you like that when I fix a pc I check everything before I return it.

    And if you don't have the pc in front of you its hard to determine

    be back in half

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    oh my lord i lost you

    took me forever to find ya

    it's 12:15 am here so what time is it there

    we need to look at your network connection

    and no ireally cannot believe they sent it back to you like that

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    i still want you try you dont have to set as home page just type it in and see what happens

    we're gonna check your connection in network coonnections

    it is 10am and i hvae to go see my mom in the hospital but i will be back at 1:30pm

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    okay whenevr you are ready

    Device manager click your network driver click update


    I want you to open control panel and network connections

    if your connection shows right click if you have option to Enable then click if not click repair

    let me know what happens after repair

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    were you able to get on okay

    if you were then it's the page you are trying to use not responding

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 25, 2009

    i still want to know if your system is okay and i still want you to update your driver

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 26, 2009

    did you go to tools internet options and set everything to default level

    if you did then go back there and then to advance click to reset advanced settings and then under that

    reset internet explorer settings

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 26, 2009

    when you have done all the steps i mentioned and it still does it

    then go back to internet options then content under publishers make sure there is nothing

    when you click on it.

    BOY YOUR A CHALLENGE but i'm havin fun

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 28, 2009

    maybe you can upgrade your memory

    what windows di you say you are using

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 29, 2009

    i am wondering if it's your memory

    can you go to bios setup and restore every page to default

    then press F10 to save and exit

    did you tell me it only started doing this after you got it back or before you sent it in

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 29, 2009

    the setup is entered usually fom pressing delete F2 or F1 or F12 during startup

    I believe yours would be F2 then a page appears with all your informmation for your pc at the bottom you'll see some default options choose default then F10 to save and exit.

    usually omstartup of pc it tells you what to press for setup

    I am thinking maybe you need a new cmos battery or memory

    It also may be your internet connection is weak

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 30, 2009




  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 31, 2009

    that would be in the bios setup i tols you about

    or windows config but i already walked you through the steps for windows configuration.


    your welcome




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