Computer Issues.... God Where do I start....

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by CB, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. CB

    CB Guest

    Hello All

    Well I've decided to try and lay pretty much everything out on the
    line here. In a nutshell, my computer is a POS! I've had it for
    about a year now and have had NOTHING but problems since day,
    literally ONE!! Oh and I know, like every new computer it takes a
    while to get it setup to your personal liking. And even more time to
    make every program and piece of hardware work together in
    harmony....If I could have been so lucky...

    This is a list of what I purchased a HP n1740a computer at "CompUSA"
    last year. And for those of you playing along, "CompUSA" is bankrupt
    and have very limited support if any now. Anyway, here is the
    basics...

    General Features:
    Microsoft Vista Home Premium pre-installed w/COA
    Intel Viiv Technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    1.86 GHz CPU Speed
    2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB maximum)
    320 GB SATA hard drive
    16x DVD±RW DL drive with LightScribe Technology
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    Realtek ALC 888 integrated 8-channel audio
    56K data/fax PCI modem
    Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    9-in-1 memory card reader

    Wanted better graphics so I upgraged to: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video
    card.

    I think McAfee and Norton and the biggest jokes on the planet and have
    destroyed more computers than fixed so I upgraded, good or not, to:
    Trend Micro - PC-cillin Internet Security 2007

    First off, I had a lot of issues with the PC-cillin getting installed
    properly. I had a nice gal at Trend Micro walk me through and finally
    get me setup about 9 months ago. So I THINK it's working properly.

    NVIDIA video card has me concerned. I run Call of duty 4, Microsoft
    FSX (on medium settings) and my son runs Guild Wars. Since the first
    day...FIRST DAY...I have experienced some crazy things going on with
    this sucker (at least I'm thinking this might be part of the problem)
    Some very weird colors and spikes coming out of 3D objects, computer
    freezes and complete computer restarts. This could be a Vista issues
    but....Who Knows!?!

    Vista!! What in the hell is up with this SOB?! It's always amazed me
    from day 1, again, how a computer can just have the ability to do
    whatever the HELL it wants to! Just today I opened up the control
    panel and was looking a list of "Medium Sized" icons and went to
    "System files" and then closed out. Within 10 seconds I opened the
    control panel again and NOW there in front of me, instead of "Medium
    Icons" is a "Detailed List!" Now, that seems petty (Tom) but I just
    have to ask.......Why!?! Why does this damn thing change
    everything.....ON IT'S OWN!?! I don't get it.....

    Vista Restarts
    I am not a very patient person but this restart shit is the most GD
    rediculous thing I have EVER seen. IF and only IF it doesn't go into
    some kind of "File Recovery" BS thing, it might take 15 minutes. And
    sometimes I get the ole black screen asking me choose startup.. "Safe
    Mode" or "Normal.." Well at this point, my keyboard isn't working
    anyway so why give me an option. The longest I have waited is an hour
    and that is too long.

    Anyway, I'm sure I'm missing 1000 other issues but I wanted to get
    some things out at first to see if anyone has any thoughts. Or what
    size of sledge-hammer they would recommend.

    Thanks in advance.

    CB ~
     
    CB, Apr 13, 2008
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  2. CB

    flaming-o Guest

    On the hardware side your power supply is probably inadequate and your
    system may be overheating.
    Call of Duty maximally stresses your system and power/heat issues will cause
    everything you see.
    I do not know if Gateway uses a proprietary power supply, like Dell, if you
    want to upgrade.
    If you have a socket 775 core duo processor you may also want to upgrade
    that.
    You are correct about Norton: it has hosed more computers than any other
    program I know about. Most studies show it slows many systems by up to 10%.
    A better free solution for anti-virus protection in Vista is AVG (easy to
    find on the web) or AVAST.
    If your copy of Vista does not include the Microsoft memory testing software
    then download that from Microsoft: defective RAM can cause what you are
    seeing.
    Since you have a low end Gateway I doubt you are trying to overclock the
    machine, which will also cause what you see.
    Your system specs are such that you may be invited into a class action law
    suit against Microsoft, Intel and Gateway as the onboard graphics were sold
    as Vista capable but they are not and were known not to be by all the above
    parties. I have just such a machine that I use in my office ("downgraded" to
    XP so it will usable) and look forward to seeing how this plays out.
    As an OS Vista has problems. The interface has arbitrary changes from XP
    that add no functionality and simply confuse most XP users. Under the hood,
    even with SP1, Vista is written in a way that all operations that access the
    hard drive are much slower than on an equivalent XP machine, and networking
    in a mixed Vista/XP environment can be very frustrating. Vista requires far
    too powerful hardware to run smoothly for the types of uses that most people
    will use their computer for. The only machines I have used where Vista runs
    smoothly have higher end Intel CoreDuo/Quad processors with their massive L3
    caches. Even on these machines, when dual booted into XP, performance in XP
    is significantly faster. Lastly Vista is burdened with an onerous and
    utterly useless UAC system that gives pointless, uninformative warnings
    about everything and slows system usage to a crawl.
     
    flaming-o, Apr 13, 2008
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  3. CB

    Guest

    On 13 Apr, 18:29, CB <> wrote:
    > Hello All
    >
    > Well I've decided to try and lay pretty much everything out on the
    > line here.  In a nutshell, my computer is a POS!  I've had it for
    > about a year now and have had NOTHING but problems since day,
    > literally ONE!!  Oh and I know, like every new computer it takes a
    > while to get it setup to your personal liking.  And even more time to
    > make every program and piece of hardware work together in
    > harmony....If I could have been so lucky...
    >
    > This is a list of what I purchased a HP n1740a computer at "CompUSA"
    > last year.  And for those of you playing along, "CompUSA" is bankrupt
    > and have very limited support if any now.  Anyway, here is the
    > basics...
    >
    > General Features:
    > Microsoft Vista Home Premium pre-installed w/COA
    > Intel Viiv Technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    > 1.86 GHz CPU Speed
    > 2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB maximum)
    > 320 GB SATA hard drive  
    > 16x DVD±RW DL drive with LightScribe Technology
    > Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    > Realtek ALC 888 integrated 8-channel audio
    > 56K data/fax PCI modem
    > Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    > 9-in-1 memory card reader
    >
    > Wanted better graphics so I upgraged to: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video
    > card.  
    >
    > I think McAfee and Norton and the biggest jokes on the planet and have
    > destroyed more computers than fixed so I upgraded, good or not, to:
    > Trend Micro - PC-cillin Internet Security 2007
    >
    > First off, I had a lot of issues with the PC-cillin getting installed
    > properly.  I had a nice gal at Trend Micro walk me through and finally
    > get me setup about 9 months ago.  So I THINK it's working properly.
    >
    > NVIDIA video card has me concerned.  I run Call of duty 4, Microsoft
    > FSX (on medium settings) and my son runs Guild Wars.  Since the first
    > day...FIRST DAY...I have experienced some crazy things going on with
    > this sucker (at least I'm thinking this might be part of the problem)
    > Some very weird colors and spikes coming out of 3D objects, computer
    > freezes and complete computer restarts.  This could be a Vista issues
    > but....Who Knows!?!
    >
    > Vista!!  What in the hell is up with this SOB?!  It's always amazed me
    > from day 1, again, how a computer can just have the ability to do
    > whatever the HELL it wants to!  Just today I opened up the control
    > panel and was looking a list of "Medium Sized" icons and went to
    > "System files" and then closed out.  Within 10 seconds I opened the
    > control panel again and NOW there in front of me, instead of "Medium
    > Icons" is a "Detailed List!"  Now, that seems petty (Tom) but I just
    > have to ask.......Why!?!  Why does this damn thing change
    > everything.....ON IT'S OWN!?!  I don't get it.....  
    >
    > Vista Restarts
    > I am not a very patient person but this restart shit is the most GD
    > rediculous thing I have EVER seen.  IF and only IF it doesn't go into
    > some kind of "File Recovery" BS thing, it might take 15 minutes.  And
    > sometimes I get the ole black screen asking me choose startup.. "Safe
    > Mode" or "Normal.."  Well at this point, my keyboard isn't working
    > anyway so why give me an option.  The longest I have waited is an hour
    > and that is too long.
    >
    > Anyway, I'm sure I'm missing 1000 other issues but I wanted to get
    > some things out at first to see if anyone has any thoughts.  Or what
    > size of sledge-hammer they would recommend.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    > CB ~      


    simple.

    reinstall windows. maybe choose windows xp.
    install drivers.
    Or use some computer recovery disk that might have come with your
    machine

    use a Good well reviewed free anti virus if you want an anti virus.
    (eg the free version of AVG by grisoft , google free avg)

    if you really cannot do it then look in your local paper and pay a
    techie to. Installing windows is simple but takes ages. Drivers can
    too sometimes if you have to locate them.

    note: win xp can restart too , it does by default. It is an
    alternative to freezing when it crashes. A nuisance for diagnosis.
    But can be useful if you run a server!
     
    , Apr 17, 2008
    #3
  4. CB

    Guest

    On 13 Apr, 18:29, CB <> wrote:
    > Hello All
    >
    > Well I've decided to try and lay pretty much everything out on the
    > line here. In a nutshell, my computer is a POS! I've had it for
    > about a year now and have had NOTHING but problems since day,
    > literally ONE!! Oh and I know, like every new computer it takes a
    > while to get it setup to your personal liking. And even more time to
    > make every program and piece of hardware work together in
    > harmony....If I could have been so lucky...
    >
    > This is a list of what I purchased a HP n1740a computer at "CompUSA"
    > last year. And for those of you playing along, "CompUSA" is bankrupt
    > and have very limited support if any now. Anyway, here is the
    > basics...
    >
    > General Features:
    > Microsoft Vista Home Premium pre-installed w/COA
    > Intel Viiv Technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    > 1.86 GHz CPU Speed
    > 2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB maximum)
    > 320 GB SATA hard drive
    > 16x DVD±RW DL drive with LightScribe Technology
    > Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    > Realtek ALC 888 integrated 8-channel audio
    > 56K data/fax PCI modem
    > Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    > 9-in-1 memory card reader
    >
    > Wanted better graphics so I upgraged to: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video
    > card.
    >
    > I think McAfee and Norton and the biggest jokes on the planet and have
    > destroyed more computers than fixed so I upgraded, good or not, to:
    > Trend Micro - PC-cillin Internet Security 2007
    >
    > First off, I had a lot of issues with the PC-cillin getting installed
    > properly. I had a nice gal at Trend Micro walk me through and finally
    > get me setup about 9 months ago. So I THINK it's working properly.
    >
    > NVIDIA video card has me concerned. I run Call of duty 4, Microsoft
    > FSX (on medium settings) and my son runs Guild Wars. Since the first
    > day...FIRST DAY...I have experienced some crazy things going on with
    > this sucker (at least I'm thinking this might be part of the problem)
    > Some very weird colors and spikes coming out of 3D objects, computer
    > freezes and complete computer restarts. This could be a Vista issues
    > but....Who Knows!?!
    >
    > Vista!! What in the hell is up with this SOB?! It's always amazed me
    > from day 1, again, how a computer can just have the ability to do
    > whatever the HELL it wants to! Just today I opened up the control
    > panel and was looking a list of "Medium Sized" icons and went to
    > "System files" and then closed out. Within 10 seconds I opened the
    > control panel again and NOW there in front of me, instead of "Medium
    > Icons" is a "Detailed List!" Now, that seems petty (Tom) but I just
    > have to ask.......Why!?! Why does this damn thing change
    > everything.....ON IT'S OWN!?! I don't get it.....
    >
    > Vista Restarts
    > I am not a very patient person but this restart shit is the most GD
    > rediculous thing I have EVER seen. IF and only IF it doesn't go into
    > some kind of "File Recovery" BS thing, it might take 15 minutes. And
    > sometimes I get the ole black screen asking me choose startup.. "Safe
    > Mode" or "Normal.." Well at this point, my keyboard isn't working
    > anyway so why give me an option. The longest I have waited is an hour
    > and that is too long.
    >
    > Anyway, I'm sure I'm missing 1000 other issues but I wanted to get
    > some things out at first to see if anyone has any thoughts. Or what
    > size of sledge-hammer they would recommend.
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    > CB ~


    simple.

    reinstall windows. maybe choose windows xp.
    install drivers.
    Or use some computer recovery disk that might have come with your
    machine

    use a Good well reviewed free anti virus if you want an anti virus.
    (eg the free version of AVG by grisoft , google free avg)

    if you really cannot do it then look in your local paper and pay a
    techie to. Installing windows is simple but takes ages. Drivers can
    too sometimes if you have to locate them.

    note: win xp can restart too , it does by default. It is an
    alternative to freezing when it crashes. A nuisance for diagnosis.
    But can be useful if you run a server!
     
    , Apr 17, 2008
    #4
  5. CB

    Hp Guest

    CB wrote:

    > Hello All


    > Well I've decided to try and lay pretty much everything out on the
    > line here. In a nutshell, my computer is a POS! I've had it for
    > about a year now and have had NOTHING but problems since day,
    > literally ONE!! Oh and I know, like every new computer it takes a
    > while to get it setup to your personal liking. And even more time to
    > make every program and piece of hardware work together in
    > harmony....If I could have been so lucky...


    > This is a list of what I purchased a HP n1740a computer at "CompUSA"
    > last year. And for those of you playing along, "CompUSA" is bankrupt
    > and have very limited support if any now. Anyway, here is the
    > basics...


    > General Features:
    > Microsoft Vista Home Premium pre-installed w/COA
    > Intel Viiv Technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    > 1.86 GHz CPU Speed
    > 2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB maximum)
    > 320 GB SATA hard drive
    > 16x DVD±RW DL drive with LightScribe Technology
    > Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    > Realtek ALC 888 integrated 8-channel audio
    > 56K data/fax PCI modem
    > Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    > 9-in-1 memory card reader
    >
    > Wanted better graphics so I upgraged to: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video
    > card.
    >
    > I think McAfee and Norton and the biggest jokes on the planet and have
    > destroyed more computers than fixed so I upgraded, good or not, to:
    > Trend Micro - PC-cillin Internet Security 2007
    >
    > First off, I had a lot of issues with the PC-cillin getting installed
    > properly. I had a nice gal at Trend Micro walk me through and finally
    > get me setup about 9 months ago. So I THINK it's working properly.
    >
    > NVIDIA video card has me concerned. I run Call of duty 4, Microsoft
    > FSX (on medium settings) and my son runs Guild Wars. Since the first
    > day...FIRST DAY...I have experienced some crazy things going on with
    > this sucker (at least I'm thinking this might be part of the problem)
    > Some very weird colors and spikes coming out of 3D objects, computer
    > freezes and complete computer restarts. This could be a Vista issues
    > but....Who Knows!?!


    snip

    > Thanks in advance.


    > CB ~


    There have been reports in the computer press about the NVIDIA Vista
    drivers, have you also updated those????
     
    Hp, Apr 18, 2008
    #5
  6. CB

    CB Guest

    Re: Computer Issues.... God Where do I start.... - Task Manager Window.jpg (0/1)

    As far as I know I have all of the latest drivers. I've gone to the
    Nvidia site and use the "Smart Scan Tool" and it says I'm updated.

    I wonder if maybe I have too many things shut down to keep this thing
    running. I've attached a pic of what is running.

    This thing shuts down during youtube vids as well sometimes. I don't
    know, it just all seems video related. And during Microsoft FSX which
    is a memory HOG! And it's happened many times when my son is playing
    "Guild Wars" too.

    Thanks again for the reponses!

    CB ~


    On Thu, 17 Apr 2008 21:31:16 -0500, Hp <> wrote:

    >CB wrote:
    >
    >> Hello All

    >
    >> Well I've decided to try and lay pretty much everything out on the
    >> line here. In a nutshell, my computer is a POS! I've had it for
    >> about a year now and have had NOTHING but problems since day,
    >> literally ONE!! Oh and I know, like every new computer it takes a
    >> while to get it setup to your personal liking. And even more time to
    >> make every program and piece of hardware work together in
    >> harmony....If I could have been so lucky...

    >
    >> This is a list of what I purchased a HP n1740a computer at "CompUSA"
    >> last year. And for those of you playing along, "CompUSA" is bankrupt
    >> and have very limited support if any now. Anyway, here is the
    >> basics...

    >
    >> General Features:
    >> Microsoft Vista Home Premium pre-installed w/COA
    >> Intel Viiv Technology with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300
    >> 1.86 GHz CPU Speed
    >> 2 GB DDR2 RAM (4 GB maximum)
    >> 320 GB SATA hard drive
    >> 16x DVD±RW DL drive with LightScribe Technology
    >> Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
    >> Realtek ALC 888 integrated 8-channel audio
    >> 56K data/fax PCI modem
    >> Integrated 10/100Base-T networking interface
    >> 9-in-1 memory card reader
    >>
    >> Wanted better graphics so I upgraged to: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video
    >> card.
    >>
    >> I think McAfee and Norton and the biggest jokes on the planet and have
    >> destroyed more computers than fixed so I upgraded, good or not, to:
    >> Trend Micro - PC-cillin Internet Security 2007
    >>
    >> First off, I had a lot of issues with the PC-cillin getting installed
    >> properly. I had a nice gal at Trend Micro walk me through and finally
    >> get me setup about 9 months ago. So I THINK it's working properly.
    >>
    >> NVIDIA video card has me concerned. I run Call of duty 4, Microsoft
    >> FSX (on medium settings) and my son runs Guild Wars. Since the first
    >> day...FIRST DAY...I have experienced some crazy things going on with
    >> this sucker (at least I'm thinking this might be part of the problem)
    >> Some very weird colors and spikes coming out of 3D objects, computer
    >> freezes and complete computer restarts. This could be a Vista issues
    >> but....Who Knows!?!

    >
    >snip
    >
    >> Thanks in advance.

    >
    >> CB ~

    >
    >There have been reports in the computer press about the NVIDIA Vista
    >drivers, have you also updated those????
     
    CB, Apr 18, 2008
    #6
  7. CB

    Guest

    Re: Computer Issues.... God Where do I start.... - Task ManagerWindow.jpg (0/1)

    On 18 Apr, 04:29, CB <> wrote:
    > As far as I know I have all of the latest drivers.  I've gone to the
    > Nvidia site and use the "Smart Scan Tool" and it says I'm updated.  
    >
    > I wonder if maybe I have too many things shut down to keep this thing
    > running.  I've attached a pic of what is running.  
    >
    > This thing shuts down during youtube vids as well sometimes.  I don't
    > know, it just all seems video related.  And during Microsoft FSX which
    > is a memory HOG!  And it's happened many times when my son is playing
    > "Guild Wars" too.  
    >
    > Thanks again for the reponses!
    >
    > CB ~
    >


    you can trigger the problem to an extent.. that is good..
    it means a)you can deduce where the problem is b)you can test
    solutions to see if the problem has gone

    you could check event viewer , the red Xs, see what happens at the
    time of crashes. e.g. just after one. Or note times of them, and
    check. You could possibly do it without even noting times, just look
    for red Xs..
    But if you know the times then you can be more sure.. I don't know if
    it could be a yellow exclamation mark. My experience is a freeze/
    restart is usually recorded with a red x.
    What does event viewer say?

    Now.. since you have already suspect the graphics card, why not CHANGE
    it. That is how you diagnose problems. Swap things. swap components.
    You got a cheap video card that works? You should have one, if you are
    trying to find problems?

    good to have some RAM, could try changing that.

    pretty obvious really. that is how you troubleshoot.

    google troubleshooting, if it isn't logically obvious enough to you
    already.

    and a Win XP PE CD is useful for seeing if a problem is with windows
    or not.. If it works with Win XP PE / Bart's XP PE, it that tells you
    a problem IS with windows.. (though could still be RAM I suppose.. if
    it uses the ram differently)
     
    , Apr 29, 2008
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