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I have Mah Jongg Ascension loaded on my hard drive. This afternoon we had a power failure and now I cannot run the program. I get an "Initialization Failure" message and the note to contact support.

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Try reinstalling or repairing the program. You can do this from Add/Remove Programs.

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I have an HP Pavilion dv6-1230us notebook. I noticed some skipping on my programs so decided to restart my computer. Upon restarting it I ended up with a startup failure screen, so I had it launch startup...


Get a new drive in a caddy and boot your computer within safe mode (press F8 as it loads).
Copy all you can to the new drive.
If you cannot do that, buy a replacement hard drive and load your system disk in the CD Rom drive booting from it. When the system is loaded and running, power the desktop down, fit the old drive and set the jumper as SLAVE.
Boot up your desktop and there will be what is left of your data on drive D. Copy all you require before it is too late!
Hope that helps.

Dec 09, 2010 | HP Pavilion 505n (DC470A#ABA) PC Desktop

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PC Tools- Ten Tips to Keep your Computer Running Smoothly


<span style="font-weight: bold;">Computer Maintenance Tips</span><br style="font-weight: bold;" /><br />1. Never, never, turn your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down.<br /><br />The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and your hard drive is not running (hard drive light is not blinking). In this situation, you can turn the power off without harmful effects to the hard drive. As cutting the power can also result in lost data or Windows files, you should only do this when you have to.<br /><br />Following this rule will prevent permanent hard drive defects caused by the hard drive heads contacting the surface of the drive disc, and it will prevent a host of Windows problems.<br />Whenever possible, recover from crashes by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. Press them again to reboot your computer.<br /><br />2. I highly recommend that you purchase an UPS (uninteruptable power supply) for your computer. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and will protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences.<br />An UPS is far superior to a surge protector and will save your computer from almost any type of power disaster. (See #1 above for what happens when your computer crashes.)<br /><br />3. Backup, backup, backup, any data you cannot afford to lose to at least two separate physical drives. So backup data to external hard drives, Zip disks, CD-RWs etc.<br />The time to backup is when you create something you can't afford to lose. Don't wait until tomorrow.<br /><br />4. Run Scandisk and Defragment at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes. Alternatively, purchase Norton Utilities and use it to keep your hard drive healthy.<br /><br />5. Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up. Unplugging with the power on can short out the connector socket or the motherboard.<br /><br />The only exception to this rule is if you know a peripheral is "hot pluggable". If you do not know what "hot pluggable" means then ignore this exception.<br /><br />6. Do keep at least 300 MBs of your C: drive free for Windows to use. If you use Windows XP or Vista then you should have 400-600 MBs of free space on your C: drive.<br />If you do not have enough free space you will choke Windows and it will start dumping data to your hard drive, or it will just get really, really, slow.<br />Use the ADD/Delete tool in the Windows Control Panel to delete unneeded programs from your drive.<br />You can also use Cleansweep included in Norton Utilities to clean up your drive. If you do use Cleansweep or another hard drive cleaner, do not delete shared files unless you back them up. The cleaners do a rotten job of knowing if another program uses shared files.<br /><br />7. Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources (Windows internal workspace).<br />All programs in your Windows System Tray (in the lower left of your screen) are running on your computer. Close them if you don't need them or run them and configure them not to load when you boot up.<br />Other programs running in the background can be found by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time.<br /><br />8. Do use a virus checker regularly. Everyone should use a virus checker. The best type of protection is continuous monitoring from a dedicated anti-virus program like Norton Antivirus.<br />The second best thing is to use is the free online virus checkers such as Housecall provided by Trend Micro.<br /><br />9. If you have a high speed Internet connection you need a firewall program. A firewall program keeps those who want to hijack your computer from gaining access to your system. You really do not want someone else running your computer.<br />I suggest you purchase and run Norton's Personal Firewall program. Your firewall should boot up with your computer to protect it from invasion.<br /><br />Case in point: When I am online 10 hours or more with my DSL connection, my computer is usually attacked by a hacker at least once.<br />Do not think you are safe from hackers!! Hackers use search programs to seek out computers at random. Get a firewall program and use it.<br /><br />10. Keep track of the software disks you receive with your computer and new peripherals. These disks contain valuable software drivers and programs for Windows and are needed when Windows must be reloaded. Keep these disks and your Windows software disks in a safe, dry, place -- you never know when you will need them.

on Apr 25, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Hard Drive Basics and Beyond Part1


Hard Drive Basics and Beyond

The typical hard drive is basically not much different than an old fashioned tape recorder.
There are magnetic heads which record data to your hard drive platters then read them back as information is needed. I won't get into how this data is stored right now, since what you really need to know is how to repair, maintain and recover your own hard drive.

Remember, a hard drive is not memory or ram (Random Access Memory).
If your program tells you there is not enough ram available to run an application, it isn't telling you that your hard drive has run short on space, but that your memory (ram) is not large enough to handle the program. You can also increase Virtual memory by using an area of the hard drive
to mimic Ram which will allow the program to run.

Whether you have a Serial ATA (AT Attachment) or standard IDE (also known as EIDE or PATA) drive, the mechanics are pretty much the same.
HDDs record data by magnetizing ferromagnetic material directionally, to represent either a 0 or a 1 binary digit. They read the data back by detecting the magnetization of the material. A typical HDD design consists of a spindle that holds one or more flat circular disks called platters, onto which the data are recorded. The platters are made from a non-magnetic material, usually aluminum alloy or glass, and are coated with a thin layer of magnetic material.

But the real important thing we want to address here is just How they get damaged in that sealed environment, and how to avoid it.

The best way to manage a failing hard drive is to use the software that originally came packaged with it. A lot of times you will discover a smart drive error has occurred and sometimes this error is false, but usually cannot be undone.
When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the drive is typically replaced and returned to the manufacturer, who uses these dead drives to discover where faults lie and how to prevent them from reoccurring on the next generation of hard disk drives. None of which help you right now.

A word of warning here about care, handling and maintenance.

Never cover that little breathing hole on your hard drive with tape. It is even better to make sure it is face down to prevent dust collecting on the hole.
Due to the extremely close spacing between the heads and the disk surface, any contamination of the read-write heads or platters can lead to a head crash, (a failure of the disk in which the head scrapes across the platter surface), often grinding away the thin magnetic film and causing
data loss. Head crashes can be caused by electronic failure, a sudden power failure, physical shock, wear and tear, corrosion, or poorly manufactured platters and heads.
Very high humidity for extended periods can also corrode the heads and platters.

So what we want to do here is first save the drive, second test the drive for errors and third try a data read and write to be sure the hard drive can do what it was designed for, Store Data.
All of this can be done with the CD that came with your hard drive. For those who are testing and fixing a drive that came with their PC, a disk may be obtained by finding the manufacturers site who made your drive and downloading the apropriate Drive Manager software for your Hard drive.

on Mar 16, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Dell dimension 2400 desktop-2003 model


Michael
Looks like a hard drive failure- simple as that. You can try a number of things but as far as my experiance goes the hard drive is dead. You either need a new hard drive or better a new computer.

Dont want to give false hopes...

regards
keshey

Feb 16, 2009 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Hard Drive Recovery


the best recovery program takes a long time, if any of the program takes shorter time then there is a chance of not getting all the data back. u can try get a ups so that if there is a power failure it will help u.

Dec 28, 2008 | Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop

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Trubleshoot Motherboard


More than 70% of all computer problems are related to cabling and connections. Ensure all cables are connected and connected firmly. IDE and floppy ribbon cables and power cables can often go loose. Ensure microprocessor, memory modules, and adapters such as video card are inserted correctly and didn't "pop-up" due to vibration.
System has no power at all. Power light does not illuminate, fan inside the power supply does not turn on, and indicator light on keyboard does not turn on. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Power cable is unplugged. Visually inspect power cable. Make sure power cable is securely plugged in.
Defective power cable. Visual inspection, try another cable. Replace cable.
Power supply failure. Power cable and wall socket are OK, but system is still dead. Contact technical support
Faulty wall outlet;circuit breaker or fuse blown. Plug device into socket know to work and test. Use different socket, repair outlet, reset circuit breaker or replace fuse.



System inoperative. Keyboard lights are on, power indicator lights are lit, and hard drive is spinning. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Expansion card is partially dislodged from expansion slot on the motherboard. Turn off computer. Take cover off system unit.
Check all expansion cards to ensure they are securely seated in slots. Using even pressure on both ends of the expansion card, press down firmly on expansion card.
Defective floppy disk drive or tape drive. Turn system off.
Disconnect the cables from one of the floppy drives. Turn on the system, check to see if the keyboard operates normally. Repeat until you have located defective unit. Contact Technical Support.
Defective expansion card. Turn computer off.
Remove an expansion card. Make sure expansion card is secure in expansion socket.



System does not boot from hard disk drive, can be booted from floppy disk drive. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Connector between hard drive and system board unplugged. When attempting to run the FDISK utility described in the HARD DISK section of the manual you get a message, INVALID DRIVE SPECIFICATION. Check cable running form disk to disk controller on the board. Make sure both ends are securely plugged in; check the drive type in the Standard CMOS Setup (in your motherboard manual).
Damaged Hard Disk or Disk Controller. Format hard disk; if unable to do so, the hard disk may be defective. Contact Technical Support.
Hard Disk directory or FAT is scrambled. Run the FDISK program, format the hard drive(See HARD DRIVE section of manual). Copy your backup data back onto hard drive. Backing up the hard drive is extremely important. All Hard Disks are capable of breaking down at any time.



System only boots from Floppy Disk. Hard Disk can be read and applications can be used, but booting from Hard Disk is impossible. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Hard Disk boot program has been destroyed. A number of causes could be behind this. Back up data and applications files.
Reformat the Hard Drive as described in the Hard Drive section of the manual. Re-install applications and data using backup disks.



Error message reading "SECTOR NOT FOUND" or other error messages indication certain data is not allowed to be retrieved. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
A number of causes could be behind this. Use a file by file backup instead of an image backup to backup the Hard Disk. Back up any salvageable data. Then do a low level format, partition, and high level format of the hard drive( see Hard Disk section of your manual for instructions). Re-install all saved data when completed.



Disk formatted on IBM PS/2 will not operate with this system. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
The IBM PS/2 uses a different format than other computers. IBM PS/2 disk format will not work in an AT type computer. Format disk in the AT type computer insert disk into the IBM PS/2 and copy the files you wish.



After install an expansion card (network card, tape drive card, etc.) the system no longer works properly. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
No power to monitor. All or part of the system may be inoperable. The new card may work but a mouse or COM port may not work. Change the interrupt or RAM address on the new expansion card. See the documentation that came with the new card in order to change pin settings. many expansion devices come with proprietary software that will assist you in doing this.



Screen message says "Invalid Configuration" or "CMOS Failure." PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Incorrect information entered into the configuration (setup) program. Check the configuration program. Replace any incorrect information. Review system's equipment. Make sure correct information is in setup.



Screen is blank. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
No power to monitor. Power connectors may be loose or not plugged in. Check the power connectors to monitor and to system. Make sure monitor is connected to display card, change I/O address on network card if applicable.
Monitor not connected to computer. See instructions above.
Network card I/O address conflict. See instructions above.



System does not boot from hard disk drive, can be booted from floppy disk drive. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Connector between hard drive and system board unplugged. When attempting to run the FDISK utility described in the HARD DISK section of the manual you get a message, INVALID DRIVE SPECIFICATION. Check cable running form disk to disk controller on the board. Make sure both ends are securely plugged in; check the drive type in the Standard CMOS Setup (in your



Problem PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Memory problem, display card jumpers not set correctly. Reboot computer. Re-install memory, make sure that all memory modules are installed in correct sockets. Check jumper and switch settings on display card. See display card section for information of settings.
Computer virus. Use anti-virus programs (McAfee/PC-cillin, E-port, etc) to detect and clean viruses.



Screen goes blank periodically. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Screen saver is enabled. Disable screen saver.



Keyboard failure. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Keyboard is disconnected. Reconnect keyboard. Check keys again, if no improvement, replace keyboard.



No color on screen. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Faulty Monitor. If possible, connect monitor to another system. If no color, replace monitor.
CMOS incorrectly set up. Call technical support.



Floppy drive lights stays on. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Floppy Drive cable not connected correctly. Reconnect floppy cable making sure PIN1 on the Floppy Drive corresponds with PIN1 on floppy cable connector.



Error reading drive A: PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Bad floppy disk. Try new floppy disk.
Floppy disk not formatted Format floppy disk(type ENTER)



C: drive failure. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
SETUP program does not have correct information. Boot from drive A: using DOS system disk. Input correct information to SETUP program.
Hard Drive cable not connected properly. Check Hard drive cable.



Cannot boot system after installing second hard drive. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Master/Slave jumpers not set correctly. Set master /Slave jumpers correctly.
Hard Drives not compatible / different manufacturers. Run SETUP program and select correct drive types. Call drive manufactures for compatibility with other drives.



Missing operating system on hard drive. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
CMOS setup has been changed. Run setup and select correct drive type.



Certain keys do not function. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Keys jammed or defective. Replace keyboard.



Keyboard is locked, no keys function. PROBABLE CAUSE DIAGNOSIS SOLUTION
Keyboard is locked. Unlock keyboard



If a problem persists, please search for a solution or post a question in our tech support forum in our Help Desk.

Oct 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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When powering up my computer, I get a failure. Primary hard drive 1 not found Strike the F1 to continue F2 to run the set up utility. I think the power supply fan is not working. What do I do?


your system can not detect your primary hard disk which host the operating systems,so you check the data cable to the hard drive and the power supply to the hard drive for supply

Jul 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Booting issue


You have a hardware failure of the hard disk drive. Only way to resolve is to replace the hard drive that is failed.

Apr 28, 2008 | HP Compaq dc5700 Microtower - Free Flat...

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Media test failure


Do you have the PXE error?
The media failure is in the boot sequence, on the toshiba press F12 on boot to change boot priority, select cd/dvd or hard drive, or to preclude from happening, press F2 on boot enter BIOS, select Boot options make sure to set priority as cd/dvd, then hard drive, then network or disable network boot. network booting causes media failure.

Mar 20, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Tryingto load mahjongg ascension and domino lounge


already directx9 comes with windows xp check the version of directx presently on your system just type in run ''dxdiag''

Mar 11, 2008 | PC Desktops

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