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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3585 on: January 17, 2017, 03:41:36 PM »
Isn't Intel better than AMD? (I know nothing, please educate me)
Intel's worst is not better than AMD's best...Intel has certainly some better CPUs than AMD, but this specific AMD isn't that much worse than this specific Intel i5, and on the pro side you get double the RAM (not that you need it, but it will only make better not worse...), HP (which is considered better than Lenovo, even more so with this model Lenovo which is one of the lowest ones), and a bit cheaper (because I don't think there's tax for that item on eBay.)

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3587 on: January 17, 2017, 05:45:27 PM »
Anything else in that price range?
Not that I am aware of.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3588 on: January 17, 2017, 06:07:47 PM »
Not that I am aware of.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3589 on: January 17, 2017, 06:33:22 PM »
I have a Dell Vostro 230 desktop.


Processor:                    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU   E8400  @3.00GHz  2.99 GHz
Installed memory(RAM):    4.00 GB 92.96 usable)
                                       32-bit operating system


Big issue: the sound will randomly stop working.  When 'troubleshooting' it says the speakers aren't plugged in. I tried the settings and it doesn't recognize that the speakers are attached. 
To fix this, sometimes unplugging and replugging the speakers works. OR we reboot and usually that solves it. 
This is driving us nuts and I'm ready to buy a new computer.


Anyone have thoughts about what the problem/ solution is?




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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3590 on: January 17, 2017, 06:34:11 PM »
Anyone have thoughts about what the problem/ solution is?
You can try updating your audio drivers in Device Manager
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3591 on: January 17, 2017, 06:35:24 PM »
You can try updating your audio drivers in Device Manager
Did that.  No change.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3592 on: January 17, 2017, 06:36:15 PM »
Did that.  No change.
Do you have another pair of speakers you can test with?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3593 on: January 17, 2017, 07:34:42 PM »
First of all, be really cautious with anything you are doing (basically don't try to do anything that is suppose to make any changes to the drive. For instance, initializing the drive will make the drive blank) if you still want any chance of getting back data from it.

This can very possibly be a hardware error and you should consult a pro. Maybe from here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=18378.0

Now. Disk management says "Not Initialized" for the Disk and "Unallocated" for the Partition? Does it at least report the size of the disk correctly?


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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3594 on: January 17, 2017, 08:02:51 PM »
Do you have another pair of speakers you can test with?
That's such a simple idea, yet I didn't try it!
I'll find or get one.  Also different wires in case that's the problem (though I doubt it).

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3595 on: January 17, 2017, 08:03:22 PM »
Thanks. Keep up your amazing work around here!
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3596 on: January 17, 2017, 08:03:37 PM »
My 2 year old stuck a cable that was plugged into the USB slot into the power strip and fried my computer. It's a Dell Inspiron 3646, which is a basic $250 computer, with the power integrated into the motherboard, so (apparently) the whole motherboard is fried. (Plugging the computer and pushing the power button doesn't even trigger the vent fan, although it does give power to things plugged into the USB slots.) Not wanting to pay $190 for a new motherboard for a $250 computer, I bought a new computer. Is there anything for me to do to this computer? Is it trash, or could I still squeeze some money out of it?
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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3597 on: January 17, 2017, 08:09:36 PM »

here is how it looks
I can just repeat what I said, that it is almost certainly something really bad broken, if you have data worth a small fortune on the drive then consult a data recovery specialist (they are pretty expensive usually) and if not got a new one (maybe through the store return policy, manufacturer warrenty, or purchase CC company.)

(BTW, the partitions in the upper part of Disk Management are not from this drive, but system partitions of your main internal hard drive.)

One more question that might give a solution. When you plug in the hard drive "nothing" new shows up in This PC window, or there is something (a CD drive) that does show up everytime you plug the drive in?

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3598 on: January 17, 2017, 08:14:50 PM »
My 2 year old stuck a cable that was plugged into the USB slot into the power strip and fried my computer. It's a Dell Inspiron 3646, which is a basic $250 computer, with the power integrated into the motherboard, so (apparently) the whole motherboard is fried. (Plugging the computer and pushing the power button doesn't even trigger the vent fan, although it does give power to things plugged into the USB slots.) Not wanting to pay $190 for a new motherboard for a $250 computer, I bought a new computer. Is there anything for me to do to this computer? Is it trash, or could I still squeeze some money out of it?
If it is really a dead motherboard there is not much there. The HDD you can - and probably already did... - take out and use.

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Re: Computer Troubleshooting/Help Master Thread
« Reply #3599 on: January 17, 2017, 08:50:13 PM »
I'll find or get one.  Also different wires in case that's the problem (though I doubt it).
That was next :)

Also, if your computer has multiple places you can plug speakers into, try another one. It could be that the port is faulty.
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