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If your computer or phone is giving you issues:

Please read this before posting: 4 Reasons Why IT People Ignore Your Requests for Help
Restart the computer. Hopefully this will take care of any issues
If your problem has not yet been solved, try to Google it. There may be a very simple solution
On a Windows computer, a system restore may do the trick.
(This is a work in progress, please feel free to add whatever you may feel is helpful)

Please post whether or not the problem was fixed
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #60 on: August 20, 2013, 11:23:29 AM »
It depends on your manufacturer and model.  Many computes have a restore partition that you can access by hitting F10 (sometimes, F2 or F12) right when you turn on the computer (before the Windows screen comes on).  It usually called 'boot options', or the like.  From there you will have options such as 'boot to hard drive' and 'boot to cd rom'.  One option may be, 'boot to system restore' (or something similar).  Select that option and follow the steps.  Note that this will remove your data and programs (many times it gives you a backup option,  but not always).  If the above steps do not work, let me know.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #61 on: August 20, 2013, 02:39:06 PM »
I want to add, that if your intention for doing this is to give away or sell the laptop, be aware that although your data will be erased, it could be recovered with a data recovery software.  Although the chances of someone having nefarious intentions and doing this are slim, it is good to know.  If you are concerned, you could download cc cleaner (or other, similar softare) and use their free space wiper.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #62 on: August 20, 2013, 07:24:08 PM »
Many Options. Hirens boot CD have some options.
For the future, I like recommending this one, although it looks scary:
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

There's also this tool, which will make bootable USB:
http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/12---bootable-usb-drive-to-reset-windows-user-pasword

ETA:
Turns out Hirens uses same tool:
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/resetting-windows-password/
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2013, 03:13:26 PM »
For the future, I like recommending this one, although it looks scary:
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

+1  It does look scary but the prompts really do hold your hand.  I removed a workstation from a server network to home network using the windows 7 built in option and it locked me out (apparently you have to unhide the admin account first, last time I follow windows instructions).  This tool let me create a new admin account without any trouble.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #64 on: August 24, 2013, 09:23:32 PM »
There's an awesome tool for non techies on the geek squad mri CD.  It has a really simple gui that any novice can follow.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #65 on: October 01, 2013, 08:53:07 AM »
Looking for help with my t430 the fan is always on and makes a spinning sound.
Any way to control the speed or temperature of the computer?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #66 on: October 01, 2013, 09:38:23 AM »
Looking for help with my t430 the fan is always on and makes a spinning sound.
Any way to control the speed or temperature of the computer?
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http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T430-Fan-speed/m-p/1056557#M76364
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #67 on: October 01, 2013, 01:25:34 PM »
There was a utility we used to used on the old laptops that would speed up the fan, I'm sure it can slow it down as well. I don't recall the name though maybe speedfan or something

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #68 on: October 01, 2013, 03:57:38 PM »
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T430-Fan-speed/m-p/1056557#M76364
There was a utility we used to used on the old laptops that would speed up the fan, I'm sure it can slow it down as well. I don't recall the name though maybe speedfan or something

Thanks for the help I'll try them out

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #69 on: October 01, 2013, 04:46:39 PM »
On Mac I would use smcfancontrol.
It works great.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #70 on: October 01, 2013, 05:36:27 PM »
Looking for help with my t430 the fan is always on and makes a spinning sound.
Any way to control the speed or temperature of the computer?
TIA
IMO it is not advisable to change the fan speed, unless you know for sure the cpu is not running hot.  First check the cpu temp, or cpu usage.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #71 on: October 01, 2013, 10:20:10 PM »
IMO it is not advisable to change the fan speed, unless you know for sure the cpu is not running hot.  First check the cpu temp, or cpu usage.
which do you use?

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #72 on: October 01, 2013, 11:45:03 PM »
which do you use?
The quickest check would be looking at the task manager, on the performance tab.  If the CPU is at 100 that is why your fan is running.  It is probably overheating.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #73 on: October 02, 2013, 12:15:32 AM »
IMO it is not advisable to change the fan speed, unless you know for sure the cpu is not running hot.  First check the cpu temp, or cpu usage.

I would only set it to make the cpu cooler, never the opposite. Smcfancontrol also has cpu temp so that's a plus.
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #74 on: October 02, 2013, 12:33:57 AM »
I would only set it to make the cpu cooler, never the opposite. Smcfancontrol also has cpu temp so that's a plus.
Perhaps I misunderstood the OP.  I thought the OP was looking for a way to make the fan 'quieter' (i.e. stop spinning), hence my post that I did not think that was a good idea if the problem is a hot cpu.