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Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:09 am
by Ceruis
Just for your SA, my laptop is now offically dead. I don't know what happen, but I got a blue screen that said fatal error, then the screen with apexxxx. Now when it turns on it does not thing. The caps light blinks! No HD, no nuthin...I"m sad. Anyways, I won't be back on till the end of Jan so have fun. I'll cruise the boards when I can which might amount to once a day or once a week, who knows. Sorry for leaving some unfinished business but that the way the cookied crumbled this time. Good Luck guys.

:cheers

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:53 am
by Fenina
Noooooooooo /mourn

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:22 am
by Goofydoofy
New power supply?

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:01 am
by Ulrith
Lol, get it fixed! That or go finance a new computer for 500.00

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:01 am
by Ceruis
After about 12 hours it turn on and went to the repair start window black screen thingy. Looks like start window in safe mode etc screen except just start repair or start normally. I tried start repair but the screen would just blank for a split second and go right back that command screen. Finally just did start normally. It did some sort of disk check and deleted a whole bunch of things that scrolled to fast to see. Just completed a disk check that took about 3 hours but I didn't see any report on it cuz I didn't stare at the screen. It was at the login window when I looked at it. I don't know what would cause a fatal system error that would make the computer unresponsive but then after a period time boot up in the above mention way. Next stop, dell support. Maybe it will all work out. We'll see.

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:32 pm
by Fenina
Heat, I've found some computers shut themselves down when over heating and remain unresponsive until they have cooled down sufficiently. Being a laptop I would check that the input and output ventilation areas are not blocked and that you can feel the air moving when the fans are going.

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:24 pm
by Atzanik
Ceruis wrote:After about 12 hours it turn on and went to the repair start window black screen thingy. Looks like start window in safe mode etc screen except just start repair or start normally. I tried start repair but the screen would just blank for a split second and go right back that command screen. Finally just did start normally. It did some sort of disk check and deleted a whole bunch of things that scrolled to fast to see. Just completed a disk check that took about 3 hours but I didn't see any report on it cuz I didn't stare at the screen. It was at the login window when I looked at it. I don't know what would cause a fatal system error that would make the computer unresponsive but then after a period time boot up in the above mention way. Next stop, dell support. Maybe it will all work out. We'll see.


Next time it "just shuts down" and you can't turn it back on, try this:

1) Remove Battery
2) Remove AC power
3) Push and HOLD Power button for 10 seconds (yes, count to 10 slowly)
4) Release power button
5) Plug in AC power
6) Press/Release power button (turn on) - it should start to boot up
7) Once it has booted, pop the battery back in.

It is a common problem with Dell and Toshiba laptops.

Other notes:

Disk check can sometimes screw your OS when it runs after a crash. Generally these problems are trigged by failing hard disk drives. I suspect that is the case in your laptop. You can wipe the drive, and reload, marking bad sectors at the format stage, but I suspect that it will continue to corrupt. Might be looking at putting in a new HDD. Drives generally fail due to heat, being banged around while reading/writing, or just being defective. If you can get it back on to the point you can get to your files, I'd suggest backing up the ones you don't want to lose, like your eq character ini files :)

You may get luck and the drive will be okay, but 9 out of 10 times the drive gets worse.. so keep your eye on it.

Good luck, and hope to see you back in game soon.

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:31 pm
by Ulrith
Tarvas what have I told you! Those fan/vent holes are not for your pleasure!

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:16 pm
by cydian1
Check the event logs in control panel administrative tools for the logs generated by checkdisk.
If you see a bunch of stuff concerning the drive, even if it is now booting, I would clone that drive and replace it asap.

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:21 am
by Ceruis
ton of cdrom stuff...says this in general discription:

The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block.

CdRom0 in this instance would the hard drive?

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:43 am
by Ceruis
Thinking it the hard drive. Everytime the computer freezes on restart it does an automatic disk check. I'm now seeing bad sectors in the scan reports...seven days of internet left anyways so I get to save 45 bucks :D Damnit, I wanted to see UF before I went home!

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:05 am
by Ceruis
Adding new words to my on board dictionary....Hang and Freeze. Something to do with the internet is definitely the problem I think. The issue maybe in IE or Yahoo. Can't tell at the moment. Right now I'm using Google Chrome as a browser and it seems to be doing okay. Guess I'll know for sure if it locks up again or not. I understand $I30 means corrupt disk file or something, been seeing a lot of those on the automatic scan disk checks it does. God, I hate dell.

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:09 am
by Ceruis
Atzanik, I suspect your right about the hard drive, especially with the corrupt (or seemingly so) files being shown during the scan. I might try wiping the drive when I get home or it becomes completely useable doing it here. I have my reboot disk on meh so it might come down to it. Thanks for the info (even if it is kinda late.) I need that nerd Ulrith to come and fixed this crap!

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:24 am
by Ceruis
chrome.exe - corrupt disk

YAHOOM~1.EXE - Corrupt Disk

Stupid hard drive

Re: Computer Blew Up

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:42 am
by Atzanik
Ceruis wrote:Atzanik, I suspect your right about the hard drive, especially with the corrupt (or seemingly so) files being shown during the scan. I might try wiping the drive when I get home or it becomes completely useable doing it here. I have my reboot disk on meh so it might come down to it. Thanks for the info (even if it is kinda late.) I need that nerd Ulrith to come and fixed this crap!


It does sound like the drive is going bad. Especially if you are adding new things and they too are becoming corrupt. I would replace the drive before you reload the system, or you'll just be causing yourself more frustration, and having to do it in the end anyway. I would also backup the files you want to keep sooner than later, before they too become corrupt.

You can get hard drives for laptops pretty cheap these days... $65 - $80 should get you a decent size laptop drive.

Good luck, and hope you get it sorted out.