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  1. #1 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    My brother has a Compaq desktop with tons of problems. It used to run on Windows ME, which is what we thought was the cause of the problems. So I installed Windows XP on it over the summer. That didn't fix the computer. I can't figure out what the hell is wrong with this thing... :eyepop:

    It moves files on its own
    It used to turn itself on, but doesn't anymore.
    It won't burn CDs
    It gives tons of application errors, sometimes it doesn't even say what program had an error.
    Sometimes, a program won't work for a month, then it suddenly starts working, and then eventually it stops working after a few weeks, days, or hours.
    Things take a long time to open
    restores recycle bin files to different locations.


    Virus scanner finds nothing... though I guess that doesn't completely rule out the possibility of a virus. But what are the chances that a virus survived a reformat?
    Spybot S&D finds nothing
    Scan disk doesn't help
    Defragmenting doesn't help
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  2. #2 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    i say get a new computer, MINE isnt that bad.
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  3. #3 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    a computer in my marketing class turns on by itself... as soon as Dave goes to use it it turns on
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  4. #4 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    Well does System 32 pop up as a program window when you turn that on?

    If so it is a trojan hacker...And Hackers can just go to the harddrive and then after the reformmatiing they can get on your computer again.

    I tryed that before on my old PC in 00...I had Windows 98 and I hacked into it and got on my harddrive....I kept my files so that could be your problem...After the reformmating I could still do the same stuff as on W:98.
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    Nope, he says that doesn't pop up a window when he turns the computer on. Plus my mom has dialup and the computer does this strange stuff on its own even when he's not connected to the internet. He doesn't even get on the internet much cause my mom's always using it from her comp.
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  6. #6 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    Must be a hacker...or a weird trojan virus...
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  7. #7 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    Zayne can help!! he knows these things.
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  8. #8 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    I doubt it's a trojan cause the weird stuff happens while the comp isn't connected to the internet. Plus nothing detects anything and there aren't any unusual processes running.
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    i still say trash it...
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  10. #10 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    Yeah, that's my brother's plan. He wants to try to get himself a new one sometime soon.
    What types of hardware issues could cause these problems? Could a bad stick of RAM cause this?
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    im not that big on computers but i think there could be many things that could cause stuff like this.

    -memory problems. you said that some programs would stop working then start again. maybe the memory is making it too hard to find everything needed to start those programs?

    -"certain" websites. 'nuff said.

    -like you said, bad stick of RAM might do something.

    -maybe it was just a crappy computer to begin with and it just never really showed how bad it was.

    those probably wouldnt really have much of an effect but might as well put in a few theorys.
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    just get a new HD, or better yet upgrade. Get more ram, hard drive, faster CPU and that should take care of most of the problems. As for it turning off prolly your power supply. No offence but you better off getting a new PC. All the upgrades and maintainence will cost you almost close to a new PC.

    It's a PC just like a car sooner or later it gets old and dies.... you can always rebuild but not many people do.
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  13. #13 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    I'm going to go along with Gimpy and just say you ought to just buy a new computer.

    -memory problems. you said that some programs would stop working then start again. maybe the memory is making it too hard to find everything needed to start those programs?

    Simple, get a faster CPU which is capable of handling larger work loads.

    -"certain" websites. 'nuff said.

    Porn sites will not cause things like that to go wrong with your computer. Only trojans, viruses, and browser hi-jackers can make any actual changes to your computer.

    Beside, if he did go on any "harmful" porn and/or hacking sites (such as Seriall.com) sites he would have at the very least gotten some tracking cookies (almost all sites you go to on internet use some sort of tracking cookies), some spyware/adware or perhaps a porn dialer, or even so much as a browser hi-jacker (such as Lop.com's infamous CoolWebSearch hi-jacker, which is ever evolving and becoming much more complex with each of the many versions which continue to plague the internet).

    Note: Do not go to Seriall.com. I did once before when I was looking for some lisence codes, and ended up getting a trojan

    Note: Do not go to Lop.com, either. I am unsure as to the consequences which may incur after you go there, so please do not go to their site.

    -like you said, bad stick of RAM might do something.

    RAM is memory, its just an abrieviation for Random Access Memory. I suppose this could be a factor in the fact that his computer is having so many errors and whatnot.

    -maybe it was just a crappy computer to begin with and it just never really showed how bad it was.

    A brand-new computer shouldn't be having problems like the ones his brother's computer is having. If it is, then something must have seriously gone wrong in the manufacturing of the computer.
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  14. #14 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    i told you i wasnt that big on computers........but damn i didnt expect someone to write a novel as to why my theorys are wrong.
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  15. #15 My brother's computer has a mind of its own... 
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    He's right. Don't go to that seriall site unless you completely disable java and javascripts. That site sends a trojan to you through a script on the page. The trojan actually attacks Spybot: S&D, making it unable to download updates unless you reinstall the program. The trojan also deletes your firefox extensions if that's the browser it infects. It only seems to affect the browser you're using to view the site. I have no clue what Lop is, and I'm not going to find out. Anyway, I really don't think my brother looks at porn.

    I really think bad RAM could be responsible. The majority of the problems started when I put a stick of 128MB in to upgrade it from 256 to 384MB. Or maybe I added a stick of 256MB... I can't remember if the computer had 256 or 128 to begin with. Anyway, like I've said, he does plan to get a new computer sometime soon.
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