How can I find out what my computer is doing when it is running? I'm just sitting there, no windows are open, but I can hear it running. McAfee does have an icon when it is scanning, so I know about that.
And, how can I turn off these automatic things? I want to do them when they won't interfere with my stuff. Especially Windows updates. It turns my computer off when I'm in the middle of something!
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Re: What is computer doing?
Hit CTRL+Shift+Esc, It will bring up your task manger allowing you what processes are running. to disable updated go to control panel, security center, Automatic updated and select download but let me choose when to install.
To disable startup programs type msconfig into your run command line, select the startup tab. You will be able to see all your programs that automatically start upon login.
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You best bet is to pull the hard drive and attach it to another computer. This will allow you to copy the infomation you are worried about to another sorce. Most computer retailers that offer services will have a back up service and can do this for you. The average cost in my area for a back is $100.
Once you have the computer repaired, make sure you back things up. If you are worried about loosing something back it up twice. External hard drives are reasonably priced, and most computer have some kind of optical burner.
Relays may have corroded contacts from sitting. Take them out and open them up, if you can,and clean or replace.
Have someone apply power, to the windows and locks,so you can hear which ones are clicking.
Do you hear any sound? If it is faint, try stopping and restarting the audio services. (for Windows Vista and 7) Click the Start button and type Run, click on Run. (alt press and hold the Windows key and then type r) Type services.msc in the window. Then scroll through the list and select and click Stop for all audio services. Then repeat this but click Start for each one. Click Apply and then OK.
If you do not hear any sound, open the device manager and see if there is an exclamation point or an x (usually in a triangle) at the audio device lines. Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound. Right click on the line and choose Properties and try updating the driver. Check Windows Update and HP Update for any available driver.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (if these don't work, the wire from the motherboard to the speakers may be damaged/disconnected in the laptop case.)
START->PROGRAMS->ACCESSORIES->SYSTEM TOOLS->DISK CLEANUP ... now let it run a bit and another window will open...put a check mark in each and every box ... click on OK ...it will ask are you sure... YES ... sit back and let it run ... if you have never done this it will take pretty long...let it run... then it will close by itself. Then S->P->A->S T -and this time DISK DEFRAGMENTER towards the bottom left you will see DEFRAGMENT...click on that and sit back and relax...it too will take some time...when that is finished reboot. Now another thing comes to mind, open add and remove programs in the control panel. another window will open, look through them and if you have use it for a long while...get rid of it. Now of course don't remove anything that you are using like updates or office programs or antivirus stuff...look for old programs you put in and thought they would be cool but they **** ...rip'em out. and if you are not sure, just let them alone. This should really help, do this weekly and it will only take you two minutes to do it all.... Hope this helps (it will ) please leave a rating, thank you
on newer computers... especially desktops, the cooling fans are using a new brand of a.b.e.c. bearings.the bearings make it run faster and super silent! OH!, and one question before you VOID YOUR WARRANTY...... do you sit the case on the floor or back to the wall?