Computer's a piece of crap

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Kendra, May 28, 2005.

  1. Kendra

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    There's a computer we have that's been a piece of junk lately. I don't have a clue what's wrong with it, so maybe somebody can give me some advice. Here's what happens:

    First of all, the computers got Windows Millenium in it. (Don't know whether that matters or not) and its a Gateway computer. Whenever anybody tries to turn it on, it will lock up, and sometimes it will make this weird hissing sound. Most of time, you have to restart it three or more times before it will even get to the desk top.

    If the computer is put is safe mode, it will lock up right at the beginning when the help screen pops up. It also commonly locks up after a while when anybody manages to finally get on the internet. We occassionaly do virus scans, but all that's ever found is a couple of adwares.

    If anybody could tell me what's going on with this piece of crap, it would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. MournSanity

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    Install Linux.

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  3. stoliohranj

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    try not to be an asshole. this is a help forum.

    a hising sound...doesn't sound good. maybe its just a fan, or a hard drive spinning up. probably a hardware failure. do you have another computer that you can test out the hard drive on? are you experienced in re-formatting?
     
  4. Goonigoogoo

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    run your machine at eye level with the case open, problem #1 should always be checking for that hissing sound, could be any piece of hardware.

    Once you get into Windows DL and run ad-aware SE and Microsoft Antispyware beta. Both can be found at www.download.com
     
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    honestly, it sounds like you need to a) check the hdd in another system to see if it is fucked and if so buy a new one. b) upgrade to windows xp sp2 c) as far as the hissing noise, probably either a jacked up hdd or a fan, not much else would be moving in a gateway pc when booting. Anyway, like was mentioned boot with the case open and make sure that you can narrow down the source of the sound.
     
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    It's broken.

    First off, your hissing sound is a big problem Sounds like HW failure of some type. Open the case and start the machine. Look for problems. If you don't see anything obvious (fan not spinning) listen closely. One thing that can help is to use a pencil. Place one end of a pencil in your ear (carefully and not too far in!!!) and the other end on the suspect part. If you hear the "hissing" sound loud and clear, you've found your culprit. Replace as needed.

    Next, if the OS is still being sketchy, you may need to wipe the drive and reinstall Windows. First thing you'll want to do is create a Windows boot disk that has FDISK on it.
    Use FDISK (there are tutorials all over the Internet) to wipe the drive and master boot record (FDISK /MBR)
    After that, depending on the CPU speed, you may want to install Win98 (don't bother with WinME) Win2k or WinXP. XP should only be installed if you have a 500 mhz or faster CPU. 300 is bare minimum, but its pretty much unusable. 500 will get you around nicely provided you don't bury the OS in crap.
    Next, download Microsoft Anti-Spyware Beta and AVG anti-virus. Both are free and work very well.

    First thing you'll want to do though(before wiping the hard drive) is edit what programs are starting up when Windows boots. Run MSCONFIG (Start>Run>MSCONFIG) and check Selective Startup. Next, click the startup tab and remove almost everything.
    http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/ is a barebones list of what you MUST have. I'd skip teh anti-virus software depending on what it is (Norton is crap, delete it) I'd seriously download AVG from Grisoft. Excellent product that far outshines Norton or McAfee.
     
  9. MrMan

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    This hissing noise when it locks up... is it a silent hissing noise, or is it a clicking noise. The clicking noise means that the hard drive is messed up and needs replacement. Possibly, the read/write arms is not moving correctly. It will lock up when it tries to read a part of the hard drive that is corrupted.. such as loading that help file.

    But again, other things can cause a lockup.
     

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