Recovery CDs

Gatewa / T5026
January 14, 2010 at 10:10:24
Specs: Windows XP, 3.066 GHz / 1508 MB
For about a month I have been having a series of problems one after the next. This website has helped me alot. I still am having different troubles come up - the latest - the computer is freezing up ( never used to happen ). I know its 4 years old and is considered a dinosaur but I was trying to troubleshoot before having to get a new one. What are thoughts on using the recovery cd's - wil this help me start fresh and in good working order ( my current problems still are connectivity problems like - all of a sudden scanner isnt working correctly after working for years i get message connect your scanner and all of a sudden i cant sign on to aol - and all of a sudden - in the middle of something my computer will go black out of nowhere and just reboot itself - grrrrr )
I have checked and scanned for viruses and spyware and i seem to be ok - i run chkdsk and defrag twice a week.

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#1
January 14, 2010 at 10:13:23
also - i can not do a system restore to an earlier date like the first week in december when all was well - the system restore has no previous restore points at all.

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#2
January 14, 2010 at 11:09:14
This does not sound like a software issue but a hardware issue. If your system overheats it will reboot. Is your CPU fan working at 100% efficiency. If the bearing in the fan is wearing out it could be the cause of your issues.

The problem with your scanner could indeed be a software issue. Have you tried reinstalling the drivers for the scanner?

One problem could explain all of this is that your motherboard is going bad. I hope not.


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#3
January 14, 2010 at 12:13:08
i hope not to - thank u for oyur advice ace. I tried re-installing the software for the scanner quite a few times and also with an aol tech for aol. It seems I have a connectivity problem.. the message for the scanner is please connect the scanner - and for aol it keeps saying to restart when i attempt to open ....? How do i determine if it is a hardware problem like the motherboard?

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#4
January 14, 2010 at 14:28:28
I never worry when I do a system restore. It almost always works. After a few times it isn't so scary. Some restores take only 10 minutes or so.

Be sure you don't have any virus's on flash or cd's.

You can also try ultimate boot cd and run diags if you want.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#5
January 14, 2010 at 14:41:11
thank u jefro - how do i do those things you speak of - i will try them - until i hear from you i will try looking up the answer myself as well.

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#6
January 14, 2010 at 16:45:36
jefro
Poster couldn't do system restore - no restore points.

elibet
Re #5
Most virus checkers have an option to check Flash Disks or CD's if you think one might have a virus. However anything that gets onto the C drive and causes problems should be picked up by the AV.

"Ultimate boot disk" is something you can download and create a CD. You can boot from it and it has inbuilt diagnostics.

Re #2.
It can be hard to determine whether a problem is software or hardware at times. Nothing lost by cleaning out fans and air vents. While you are in there clean the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser and pop the RAM in and out a few times to ensure there are no oxidized edge connectors. Same applies to any cards with edge connectors. Ensure all plugs are pressed firmly home too. Not quite so easy if it is a laptop tho.

some other bloke...


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#7
January 14, 2010 at 17:02:26
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.

The recovery CD for my Compaq computer can restore my PC harddrive to factory new condition, as if I just bought it. All of my data is lost.


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#8
January 14, 2010 at 17:39:14
As above you need to save off data if you can.

You have to follow the directions that came with your computer. Some require you to make your disks. Some can be returned to OEM state by booting and then pressing F10 or so. Some can be recovered by using a windows programs that may be found on the all programs menu usually under the company name. (if gateway then look something like that)

The owners manual ought to be on their site also.Usually in PDF forms.

Some restores can save your current hard drive. All might be stored in a file called backup or such.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#9
January 15, 2010 at 01:23:40
Thank you to all - I will try each one of your advice and let you know how it goes.

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#10
January 16, 2010 at 08:15:17
Thank u Jefro and Derek. I attempted to build the ultimate build cd at ubcd4win - I was going to use c-net to tdo this but first i watched a you tube video from Britec teaching you how do to this exact thing and it said I will need the XP cd as well. I purchased my eMachine at Best Buy 4 years ago and Windows XP was already installed so I do not have a disk. But I did make a set of 4 recovery disks. Do i use them or is there a place on my hardrive where I can find the Windows XP program?

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#11
January 16, 2010 at 14:37:52
It would probably be OK if you borrowed someone else's Windows XP CD. I doubt the recovery disks would help unless you can find the XP system on them. The XP program will not be on the HD unless you or someone else has deliberately put it on there - this is quite different to what is installed.

Sorry this is not much help.

some other bloke...


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#12
January 16, 2010 at 19:30:37
The only restriction is that you will need an OEM copy of XP Home for the repair, a boxed (Retail) version will not work, the license key on your XP sticker on the case only works with OEM disks. The recovery disks are OS and program install packages only. They are not designed to access XP installs.

Richard


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