My laptop has shat itself

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Aussie Willy, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    It is not starting up properly. I can do it in safe mode by pushing the F8 button the moment I start up, but it really is having major problems. It was okay when I started it early this morning and then when I started it up about 6 hours later is started being naughty.

    I have tried to do the System Restore, the Repair, check memory, etc but it really isn't working very well. And the safe mode at the moment is very slow.

    I have my very slow desktop that I can use but it is not the best option.
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  2. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    Got your data backed up? All your programs able to be reinstalled?

    A total format and re-install might be needed. Or it might be doing what mine did; it fritzed the hard drive, which had to be replaced.
  3. aliceanne

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    Yeah. I had to have my hard drive replaced too. It cost $134 US parts and labor. It was a high end laptop so it was worth it. I would try to reinstall your program(s) first, if that doesn't work try reinstalling the operating system. If that doesn't work, you can decide if it is with repairing.

    I think mine got overheated.
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  4. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Oh dear that all sounds really depressing. I have contacted some computer repair numbers from Google (currently on the old slow desktop) so hopefully someone will get back to me. Bit worried about that because it is the holiday break and you just don't know who is working at the moment. I suppose I at least have something I can use, as frustrating as it is.
  5. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    If your data is backed up, you can attempt a format and reinstall by yourself.
  6. professordeb

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    Wish I were there in person AW cause I'd be delighted to help you out. It sounds like your drive is about to die so at the very least I would get all your data backed up somewhere. Couple ways you could go for backing up
    1) back up the data & user settings to CD/DVD/USB memory stick (got a great buy on 16GB sticks, just $8 CAN)
    2) copy data and user settings to a second hard disk -- external or internal
    3) copy everything from one hard disk to another using an imaging program -- I use Ghost
    I wish you luck!
  7. AxelAnnie

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    Yuk! Hate that stuff. One of my desktops died............just up and died. Tacos as we say. Hope you can get yours going....or at least your data saved. There should be some fabulous deals this week on laptops though.:swoon:
  8. Aussie Willy

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    Thanks everyone for the advice (and good luck wishes). I have found a guy who can come and pick it up tomorrow and will have a look at it. He said it sounds like an operating system and software problem so hopefully it can be fixed up. I do save most of my documents, photos, skating admin stuff on an external hard drive already because of something like this. My main concern is probably iTunes (just the songs I have downloaded which most are on my mp3 player) and my Outlook (for my email addresses and also the emails). The rest I am not too concerned about because you can always replace them.

    On the other hand the sales are on at the moment so if I did have to replace it it won't be so bad :)

    Professordeb - I will have a look at those options too.
  9. ChelleC

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    Glad you have someone coming to look at it. When I had to reset mine to factory settings last year, I was able to redownload everything I had from iTunes, when you sign in to iTunes look for the link that says purchased, and it should let you redownload, if you need to.
  10. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Oh well what a pity. My laptop couldn't be saved and will need a full reboot which would have cost a bit. New laptop now purchased :). Do I seem sad?
  11. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on the addition to your family! Old Laptop RIP!
  12. ChelleC

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    Congrats on the new laptop!
  13. AxelAnnie

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    Oh that is such sad news. What did you get?:cool:
  14. Aussie Willy

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    I got a HP with 4gb and I5 intel core. It is shiny and red with a very nice keyboard and much thinner and lighter than the old one. Actually spent a bit of money on it because I will get value for money out of it.
  15. smileyskate

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    Glad you were able to get a new laptop that you liked. How old was the one that died?I may need one myself soon. Is it me or are these computers just not lasting like they used to?
  16. Aussie Willy

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    The other laptop was an Lenovo and it only lasted two years. However it was actually the operating system that was the problem, not so much the laptop itself. But to get it fixed was going to cost as much as getting a new laptop because it would have been a total overhaul.

    I don't think anything is built to last these days and they only ever give 12 months warranty. Thus a big business in extended warranties. Just cheaper to buy a new one sometimes though.
  17. AxelAnnie

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    Wonderful machine. Just bought one as a group gift for a friend. Enjoy!
  18. suep1963

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    I just had to get a new laptop yesterday--the hard drive was going on the other one. So now I'm dealing with Windows 8. So far, I'm dealing.
  19. Anita18

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    My dad has been using computers since before I was born. He was a PC-only guy, only recently made the switch to Mac. He doesn't think PC companies make durable laptops anymore - the materials are cheap and crappy. He prefers Mac for the materials. I mean, you pay a lot for it, but I recently gave up a 2008 Macbook Pro because I needed a faster computer. It still worked fine, and technically I could have added RAM myself if Alf wasn't going to buy a new Macbook Pro for business only (and give me his old one). In fact I'm going to donate it to my school, since they're still working with the 2008 model in the introductory graphic design class.
  20. Aussie Willy

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    I know what you mean. I freaked out when I couldn't easily find the Shut Down link. My friend's kid was offering all suggestions such as do CNTL-ALT-DEL or just switch it off. I was telling him off saying I should have to do that to a new computer. Finally found it and breathed easier.

    I am going to get some more memory for my old desktop so I can have that a reliable second computer. However being an hold model the memory is a bit more difficult to come by.
  21. suep1963

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    I just turned off the power button--gave up looking for a shut down link. I have managed to get vital programs up and running, so Yeah! for that!! :lol:
  22. suep1963

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    I googled shutting off Windows 8 (isn't it sad it's come to this!) and I now have a shut down short cut on my tool bar. Yeah me!
  23. Aussie Willy

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    :lol: How sad is a version of Windows when you have to do that? Still glad I am not the only one who felt like a goose. Must do that shortcut.

    In fact I have done a Google search myself and found out how to do the shortcut which I will share.

    http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/...6?seq=3&tag=content;siu-container#photopaging
  24. Anita18

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    ZOMG! :rofl: Having such a crappy UI that forces people to Google how to shut down their computer is a disaster!
  25. AxelAnnie

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    I have a Windows 8 at home. It is a touch screen...........so it is fun. But it has given me heart palpitations, I'll tell you.
    I can now swing out the menu on the right, and I can find the main screen to find my desktop. I feel like a star!