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After doing hours and hours of research in the last week or so, talking to coworkers, and friends online, and reading reviews and such, I believe I will go with this build for my gaming PC.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gxLvsY

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That looks like a really nice build, my only 2 cents is that for gamer PC's I always throw in a larger then stock heat sink. They are less then 50 bucks and keep things very cool. Besides it's always better to install on a fresh build then realize you need it later and have to mess around with thermal compound any more then you have too. One and done and computer stays chill.

Just look for one that is quiet. As my only complaint is some can get rather loud.

 

Oh and hardwear. The little screws that hold your mobo/ cards/ brackets and the stand offs, some mobos come with them, some cases come with a little assortment, some have none. Use the ones that come with the mobo, if there are any with the mobo.

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I held it quarantine. I deleted the quarantine afterwards. Is the threat gone or no? What does quarantine mean anyway? What if I click restore as opposed to delete or ignore it?

 

Based on my (rather limited) knowledge of anti-virus software, I'd guess that "quarantine" means it stays in the limbo of a separate folder, pending user's decision. Can't execute and cause harm, but isn't gone yet. "Restore" returns it where it was, "ignore" postpones your decision some more and "delete", well, deletes it!

 

That said, my last clash with a virus (NB: never use a USB in a teenage gamer boy's computer unless you format it clean immediately after biggrin.gif ) was quite something. The virus was meant to open a fake Autorun window saying "Mount, view, open?", do whatever you chose and install itself while at it. Since the executable was caught by the antivirus, Autorun.ini tried to run a non-existing file - so double-clicking the flash drive to open it didn't work and complained profusely. Right-click -> "Explore" was OK, so I removed the .ini and waited for half an hour until Win finally took that file out of some cache and forgotten about it.

Bottom line - removing the virus doesn't always remove all strange behaviour. It might also not work straight away, a reboot generally cleans some things up, but not always.

 

Edited: If you look closely, you can see the vertical blue line I'm talking about. I apologise for the photo being blurry.  xd.png I captured it using my iPad. I stand corrected. The blue line appears right from the start when the screen is on NOT when the logo appears. So I guess the problem is with the video card. However, how did that happen? It was only like that when we checked it after the technician 'fixed' it. In my opinion, the technician makes it worse than it is and never fixed anything. The BSOD still appears anyway.

 

Permission to be wordy some more?

 

The monitor itself can sometimes be tested by turning it on while the computer is not plugged into it. No computer - clearly, no computer-related problems, so if the line persists, it's the display hardware. However, modern monitors are often too smart to turn on while nobody is feeding them signals.

 

If the monitor itself is OK, it's probably either a software problem or a hardware problem of the rest of the computer. As an aside, strictly speaking, a "CPU" is a 2'' by 2'' square with a lot of legs, sitting deep inside the computer ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU ) and the thing you brought to the technician is likely a "system unit" (a big box into which mouse, keyboard, monitor and stuff are plugged in, unless you have a Mac-style "all in one" system, in which case naming gets complicated... and "another monitor" becomes hardly an option).

 

For software problems, you can try running a live-CD version of Linux. (Do be careful to avoid installing it, nuking your Windows and files. I presume you are an intelligent human being and read what the computer says before you do anything drastic like that, but I can't be sure if it's obvious enough and wouldn't want trouble ) Being a totally different operating system, it is highly unlikely to run into the same software problems, so if the line is gone, it might be software. Or it might be not - being (usually) a less resource-intensive system, Linux might also refuse to notice your hardware problems (particularly if the problem is overheating. Random BSODs might indicate that, as well).

 

If the problem is oveheating, the BSODs and the line might be linked by that avenue. If the graphics card got hot for too long, it could malfunction. However, I'd presume the technicians would have cleaned everything of dust and changed the thermal paste as needed - on the other hand, you don't seem to have a high opinion of their handiwork. Dunno. Anyway, fur, dust and a long life might lead to a lack of proper cooling in a computer.

 

Finally, hard to see from a photo, but that line looks a lot like what I get on my laptop - in my case, it's a barely noticable lighter-coloured line where some buttons are high and rub the closed screen. "Lighter" is blue in your colour scheme and it might be an exernal scratch. Apologies if it's an insultingly ludicrous idea, but thought I should mention it. One never knows...

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I am looking for a laptop under $1000 with good graphic that live longer than 4, 5 years. Is there some brand that anyone recommend? I would only play one game (Tera) on it and most of the time is just surfing of the internet. I tired customized laptop but it was a miss, an infected RAM and a dysfunctional SSD... in 6 months. I know I am not knowledgeable enough to tweak with laptops.

 

So is there a brand that you would recommend, or even a specific laptop series?  smile.gif

 

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long life

good graphic

long battery life

good cooling system

Those are the main things I want for a decent laptop.

I can't imagine what an "infected RAM" means, so I'm rather curious - what did you mean?

 

My hardware is "old, weak and why don't I use a stone tablet while I'm at it?" and I use a minimalistic Linux desktop environment, meaning little of it is applicable to high-end gaming Windows Aero machines... It is mostly an indication of good and bad things I wouldn't have thought of looking at if I didn't meet them personally. Newer models might be of better or worse quality than those ancient warriors.

 

I've had an old Toshiba of model I can't recall (nifty volume control wheel on the outside - I used it a night-time story reader and not needing to open it each time I need a volume adjustment was cool). It would've lived with me for a long time, but caught its death of overheating - I left on a soft surface for too long and emergency shutdown was non-existent then sad.gif

 

The second beasty I had was an Acer Travelmate 290 - DVD drives on them seem to be the weakest point, the lens gives out after a while or something. Spins a lot, reads only the best quality disks and only if you ask nicely. Battery lasts for an hour and a bit or so (remember, this is a 2003 laptop - not too shabby). Totally silent at normal utilisation, but a Flash game (or running Windows, then XP) made the fans run full-tilt and wasn't too fast. 1GB RAM, 1GHz CPU, 80G hard drive scavenged from Toshiba.

 

Current one is Lenovo Thinkpad E520, with extra-large battery pack. While new - lived for 7 hours off that battery, now it's worse (about 3-4, 5 if I'm careful).

 

Bad points

* passive cooling doesn't seem to be enough, so the fan is on (albeit slowly) most of the time. I'm not sure if that's "bad cooling" or "modern horsepower". The holes where the fan is are smaller than Acer's;

* touchpad is a bit too touchy and tap-to-click has to be off, otherwise I'm clicking stuff while typing (might just be wrong settings, but I haven't managed to make it as unobtrusive as the other two's);

* the usual signal lamps - CapsLock, ScrollLock, NumLock, HardDrive, Network - are non-existent.

 

Good points

* dedicated numpad. Useful in some games and for number-based spreadsheets;

* wide screen (still too narrow for many website designers, what do they use that a user of a 1366x768 monitor needs to use horizontal scrolling?!);

* the machine can survive more than one Flash player at a time. Flashblock rules, anyway - it's "more than one well-written Flash player" and they don't always play nice with each other, which is not the laptop's fault;

* the trackpoint is also useful when the touchpad is off. Seems that like an outside volume control is a Toshiba specialty, a trackpoint is a Lenovo feature - few others have it.

 

 

To summarise, from the "sturdy and hard-working" point of view, all of Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo and Acer have been pretty good on me.

 

Looking at features - look really carefully, because it's little things like lack of activity indication or a weird keyboard layout that can turn out to be really annoying.

Think of things like the number of USB ports - many external hard drives use up 2 at once, or you might like to use a proper mouse - will you be able to plug in everything you need?

Note that SSD is quieter and less power-hungry, but fails with far less advanced notice than HDD (the latter usually gets slower and starts making odd noises before failing), so backups are more important.

 

And don't forget - three cycles of "Full charge - full slow discharge" before use greatly increases battery life and capacity. Do at least one cycle, if you're pressed for time. This applies to all rechargeable gadgets. Good luck!

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Alright. I now have time to fix my hardware. How does this work? How do I check if the monitor is the issue or what now?

 

Also, I now have problems with my iPad. The sound would be blurry. This seems to be not a speaker issue as same goes when I use earphones. Seems to me like a software fault. There are times when the sound doesn't- there's no sound at all. I didn't even mute it.

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Think of things like the number of USB ports - many external hard drives use up 2 at once, or you might like to use a proper mouse - will you be able to plug in everything you need?
I haven't really seen an external hard drive that takes up two USB ports, and I've at least a few dozen different ones over time. Many hard drives nowadays come with just the USB connector, others come with SATA connector and direct current in only (rare), plenty come with both USB and SATA(and DC/in). - SATA does not power the drive, so a separate power cable (DC/IN) is needed.

 

But yes, having an adequate number of USB and other ports is often needed. (This laptop - one I didn't buy myself - has too few for my liking.)

 

weird keyboard layout
Unless you mean the physical buttons, you can always redo keyboards. Stickers are readily available.

 

Note that SSD is quieter and less power-hungry, but fails with far less advanced notice than HDD (the latter usually gets slower and starts making odd noises before failing), so backups are more important.
A large HDD is also cheaper than SSD of equal size. Generally, as long as you don't literally melt/shatter the hard disk inside the drive, you can always get the information out of a broken drive. Including "deleted" information.

I'd guess that "quarantine" means it stays in the limbo of a separate folder, pending user's decision. Can't execute and cause harm, but isn't gone yet.

You *can* execute quarantined files. They are pretty much just in a separate location, and will require extra permissions to run. They, however, cannot autorun or automatically alter/create files in other locations. So they are definitely safer, and should be gone when deleted, but can still get loose if you click the wrong button.

 

For software problems, you can try running a live-CD version of Linux. (Do be careful to avoid installing it, nuking your Windows and files.
By default, most Linuxes install alongside Win, and do not harm it. Just about anyone can make a WinLinux dual-booter. rolleyes.gif

Linux might also refuse to notice your hardware problems (particularly if the problem is overheating. Random BSODs might indicate that, as well). 

You can run *very* detailed hardware analysis from terminal if you know the appropriate commands. General hardware info is inbuilt, temperature/voltage and such was separate package, I think. Alternatively, there are some graphical programs which might be a bit more humane for Win-users.

 

 

Also, I now have problems with my iPad. The sound would be blurry. This seems to be not a speaker issue as same goes when I use earphones. Seems to me like a software fault. There are times when the sound doesn't- there's no sound at all. I didn't even mute it.
I suspect the sound drivers. Edited by Shienvien

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If the problems are with the sound driver, what should I do?

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Alright, I'm getting really annoyed here.

 

You know the confirmation popups you get on cave for abandon and such and the popup you get for deleting a post on the forum? If I restart my computer, these work fine for a little bit (maybe a few hours)? After that they get stuck. I can't press the button, I can't move tabs, I can't refresh the page. I have to close the laptop and open it again and it will have loaded just fine - the action goes through and the popup disappears.

 

I can't figure out what is causing this stuck and it is hecka annoying to have to close my lappie to get things to load when I'm trying to influence and incubate my eggs. =_=

 

I'm on a Mac Airbook 10.9.4, FF 31. I don't have anything but FF up. I did try a virus scan when this first started and found nothing. Same for malware. I have tumblr savior, adblock, checkfox, session manager, and xkit. This problem is recent and doesn't line up with the download of any of those addons, but perhaps something is too out of date. I haven't tried disabling any of them because I use them all. =X I'm hoping someone else knows something to try before I start disabling addons to see if any of them are at fault.

 

So... any other ideas for this?

 

I actually uninstalled and reinstalled FF and it made it wait a little longer to crash for the first few days and now it's back to basically every few hours. I tried FF beta and Aurora and both did the same thing. I did disable some addons to no effect. I really don't like any other browsers (I use the addons I have and other browsers don't support the same ones), so I'd like a fix. =X

 

Another odd thing I have noticed is that ever since this has started eggs, hatchies, and some adults don't always load. The image just plain won't show and they'll do it 1 - 12 at a time. Fixes itself in a refresh. Not sure if it's related.

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So... any other ideas for this?

 

I actually uninstalled and reinstalled FF and it made it wait a little longer to crash for the first few days and now it's back to basically every few hours. I tried FF beta and Aurora and both did the same thing. I did disable some addons to no effect. I really don't like any other browsers (I use the addons I have and other browsers don't support the same ones), so I'd like a fix. =X

 

Another odd thing I have noticed is that ever since this has started eggs, hatchies, and some adults don't always load. The image just plain won't show and they'll do it 1 - 12 at a time. Fixes itself in a refresh. Not sure if it's related.

You should try disabling all of your addons and see if the issue still occurs. If it doesn't you should then re-enable your addons one at a time and check for the issue after enabling each one. If it starts glitch out again after you enable any specific addon then that addon is likely causing the problem. This could take a little while but it will help narrow things down.

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So just now I was working hours on an important project using Photoshop CS5, then all of a sudden a pop-up appeared and said:

"Photoshop.exe has stopped working.

Close program

Close program and check online for a solution."

 

It closed and I re-opened it with my project completely gone.

Is there any possible way to recover the file? I wasn't able to save it too. It's really censorkip.gif annoying. I'm just really frustrated right now.

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So just now I was working hours on an important project using Photoshop CS5, then all of a sudden a pop-up appeared and said:

"Photoshop.exe has stopped working.

Close program

Close program and check online for a solution."

 

It closed and I re-opened it with my project completely gone.

Is there any possible way to recover the file? I wasn't able to save it too. It's really censorkip.gif annoying. I'm just really frustrated right now.

Sadly there never is. Photoshop is a PIA that way. I save my work every single time I make an important change.

 

It is specially annoying when you use it to scan several images and you lose ALL your scans mad.gif

 

ETA Just checked their forums. They must KNOW there is a problem - with CS6 there IS a way; they have added autosave ! sad.gif

 

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_fa...hop_cs6_crashes

 

 

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ive had that happen with SAI as well. it really sucks. :c i managed to get myself into a habit of pressing ctrl + s to save semi-frequently so that helps if autosave isn't an option.

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Ah, well thanks anyways! I was able to remake a better version of my project, so it's all good now.

Sometimes I get so engrossed in my work that I forget to save. Lesson learned. tongue.gif

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Okay this is a REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEM and I really need to figure out why it's happening to avoid it in the future.

So I use SAI and I think there's a topic for art programs but this is kind of an important technical problem so I thought I should post here.

 

about a few days ago, one of my Sai files and its png got corrupted a day after I saved and uploaded it. I was hoping this was random but last night, another png file got wiped several days after I finished it, and THEN a Sai file I had no backup of failed when I tried to open it and the thumbnail turned white. Weirder thing is, it was made in August and I opened it only a few days ago with no issue, and the version windows offered to restore dated to a week ago also had a blank thumbnail and wouldn't open

 

so I can only assume my Sai has turned rogue and is corrupting files it comes into contact with at random. I can't find any other people who have had this issue so my only idea right now is to uninstall and reinstall SAI. If that doesn't work I don't know what I'll do. I'm on mobile so I can't do it now but I'll try later today.

Even if I fix it, I really really need to know what's causing this so it doesn't happen again. I've looked everywhere else.

 

I've been using SAI for almost 3 years with no issue, so this is very sudden and disappointing. I haven't made any changes to the program itself in several weeks and all I did was add new brushes. ._. Oh and I'm sure I don't have any malware.

 

Oh yeah, and my friend has been using the same version of sai as me with the same settings, brushes, etc for several weeks as well and has had no problems. So I may have inadvertently done something to break it, but I really really can't think of anything I did that would cause this??

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it's less than a year old. i just got this computer a few months ago.

 

i reinstalled SAI and haven't had the problem so far, but it's only been a day so i'm still nervous.

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I hope this is the right thread to ask this ^^; Before I ask my question, I'm using my mom's new Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet - my question is, until a few minutes ago, I was able to single tap on the touch-pad to click on links and such, but now it just decided that I need to double-tap on links (including simple functions like closing a tab) in order to access them, which is not what I want it to do (and it also makes clicking on tabs a pain as when I single tap, the tab moves) >_> Is there a way I can switch it back to the way it was, or am I stuck with double-tapping everything? =/ I apologize if this question makes no sense, I'm not that good at explaining things ^^;

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I just got a couple of calls from "Patrick" about my Windows machine which is broadcasting my personal info somewhere, got one call yesterday, too. I first got these calls in late September, when my computer had been sitting with the power off for almost 3 months.

 

Since the rebuild, there has been no Windows here. I assume that these people are the scam artists that have been looking for ways into people's bank accounts. Does anyone know if there is anything official being done to catch these guys?

 

It always sounds like the guy is calling from a phone room full of people make calls with auto-dialers.

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We've had people call us at work, claiming to be from some kind of Windows service center (scam). Once I called them out on it, they hung up and haven't called back since.

 

Did you put something else on your system as an OS? If not, for your Windows installation, do you have a disk? If not, there should be a sticker on the machine with your serial number for your OS install. Call MS and see if there's anything they can do for you.

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We've had people call us at work, claiming to be from some kind of Windows service center (scam). Once I called them out on it, they hung up and haven't called back since.

 

Did you put something else on your system as an OS? If not, for your Windows installation, do you have a disk? If not, there should be a sticker on the machine with your serial number for your OS install. Call MS and see if there's anything they can do for you.

My OS is not Windows, since I am pretty fed up with MS. When my hard disk died in July, I did nothing about it until about 3 weeks ago. Therefore, there was no computer running to send signals of any sort anywhere at the time these calls started coming in.

 

I have heard a little bit about this scam, and I have called them on it. I been asked why I would say that, and then they hang up. Other times, they immediately hang up. The calls were maybe once a month between September and January, but now I've gotten three in two days.

 

I just wonder if anyone knew if there is any official investigator trying to trace these criminals.

 

 

 

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My OS is not Windows, since I am pretty fed up with MS. When my hard disk died in July, I did nothing about it until about 3 weeks ago. Therefore, there was no computer running to send signals of any sort anywhere at the time these calls started coming in.

 

I have heard a little bit about this scam, and I have called them on it. I been asked why I would say that, and then they hang up. Other times, they immediately hang up. The calls were maybe once a month between September and January, but now I've gotten three in two days.

 

I just wonder if anyone knew if there is any official investigator trying to trace these criminals.

Nope and I had the exact same thing happen with me. Called them on it and they hung up. Seems it is just something people need to become aware about by word of mouth.

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Scams that prey on those ignorant of their charade. They're nearly as bad as those identity thieves that call senior citizens and rob them blind.

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I just got a couple of calls from "Patrick" about my Windows machine which is broadcasting my personal info somewhere, got one call yesterday, too. I first got these calls in late September, when my computer had been sitting with the power off for almost 3 months.

 

Since the rebuild, there has been no Windows here. I assume that these people are the scam artists that have been looking for ways into people's bank accounts. Does anyone know if there is anything official being done to catch these guys? 

 

It always sounds like the guy is calling from a phone room full of people make calls with auto-dialers.

It's a scam through and through. They gain remote access to your PC by asking you to install a program which permits it, and later ask for credit card details to purchase programs to "fix" your PC. You've done the right thing by calling them on it, unfortunately they prey on many people who aren't quite as tech savvy to realise that they're a bunch of scammers.

 

This is an Australian website known as the ACMA: Microsoft Imposters, and here's one from the Federal Trade Comission: Tech Support Scams in America. It does seem like they are being investigated, but how effective the investigations are is beyond me. I recall getting calls from these scammers at least three times before putting my number on the Do Not Call Register, on top of paying for a private listing. Haven't had calls since... but you kinda need a phone plugged into the wall to receive calls. laugh.gif

 

On the FTC's homepage there is a Do Not Call Registry as well as a consumer complaint button. Maybe have a look at those? The Do Not Call Registry should be free, it puts your number on a list that telemarketers aren't allowed to call. If they do and you complain, they can get served with a warning or other such punishment. Give it approximately one month to to take effect. Note: I'm not sure regarding the FTC DNC register, but for the Australian one it doesn't stop all telemarketers, places like charities can still call without repercussion.

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I need some help and guidance with linking the scanner to the computer. Our scanner is included with the printer. The printer is Epson L210 series.

 

As we changed to a new CPU, we're having problems with the scanner. We have the CD at hand and installed the driver for the printer; however, the scanner isn't functional as it was in the old CPU. Anyone knows the problem? I tried searching for drivers online for this printer but they don't work.

 

Update: No need. I fixed this already. Bazinga!

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