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My computer randomly loses the ability to properly display g

by Sebrith / November 22, 2010 11:47 PM PST

I will be using my computer normally, and then my browser will stop being able to load pages properly. On Chrome the page will crash, on Firefox the pages won't load how they are supposed to. Then I try to do other things and if I try to open a program it says stuff like "that image archive is corrupted." When I try to open the task manager it will go "cannot open tskman(or w/e).exe". After that, all the images for icons and the start menu will stop loading properly and since I have no other choice I'll end up having to restart the computer.

Does anyone know what could be wrong?

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correction
by Sebrith / November 22, 2010 11:51 PM PST

The last part in the title is supposed to be "[g]raphics and run programs." I was copying the title from another forum, sorry.

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Let's see that other forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2010 2:21 AM PST
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Okay.
by Sebrith / November 23, 2010 2:55 PM PST

First I downloaded ultimate boot CD and then realized while it has a hardware diagnosis tool, I have no idea how to use it... Then I got Everest Ultimate Edition and ran a hardware diagnosis and the... glitch? happened again so I had to restart. I guess it is indeed a peace of hardware but I can't understand that report... Any suggestions?

In the end I have to figure out which peace of hardware is messing up and replace it, right?

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Yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2010 3:55 PM PST
In reply to: Okay.

That's called computer repair. It's an area full of folk that you see at service counters and other places. Over half the work is finding out what part has failed.
Bob

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Wonderful.
by Sebrith / November 24, 2010 2:51 AM PST
In reply to: Yes.

Doesn't sending them in for repair cost like $200? Think I should just buy a new netbook?

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That's the old financial trade off question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2010 4:15 AM PST
In reply to: Wonderful.

The office has a few netbooks. We pay from 199 to 299 for them and repair is not an option.
Bob

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It might be software but ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 24, 2010 3:09 AM PST
In reply to: Okay.

you haven't told us whether or not you have made use of any of the many malware detection and elimination utilities.

Somewhere in the thread you did mention that this is a netbook and yes, a hardware problem could be rather expensive to repair. Try a few utilities such as MalwareBytes ( http://www.malwarebytes.org/ ), Super Antispyware ( http://www.superantispyware.com/ ), Hitman Pro ( http://www.hitmanpro.nl/ ), and a couple of online Antivirus scans besides whatever you have installed such as Trend Micro's Housecall ( http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ ), BitDefender online ( http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html ), Eset online scanner ( http://www.eset.com/online-scanner ), or Panda online scanner ( http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/ ).

See what you find.

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huh...
by Sebrith / November 24, 2010 7:25 AM PST
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results
by Sebrith / November 25, 2010 9:33 AM PST

Well I did what you suggested and they found like 3 seemingly big problems (I can't really tell, they weren't ad/spyware) and I ran the Everest program again and my computer didn't go into seizure mode... It may have worked, though I guess we can't know.

Well... barring it turning up again, thanks for your help everyone. Unless you have more to add?

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NM
by Sebrith / November 26, 2010 3:23 PM PST
In reply to: results

Never mind, it happened again.

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At this point I would suggest ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 28, 2010 2:43 AM PST
In reply to: NM

that if you haven't backed up all your data to removable media that you do so NOW.

After backing up all your data take advantage of the Acer AspireOne's eRecovery to see if you can restore the netbook to factory condition.

You can press Alt and F10 as soon as the Acer Splash Screen shows when booting to bring up eRecovery.

The password by default is 000000 (6 zeros) and it is displayed when you are asked for the password.

Follow the prompts to restore to the factory configuration.

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Okay...
by Sebrith / December 9, 2010 2:07 AM PST

I used the Ultimate Boot CD on a Live-USB created from the Universal USB Installer for running Linux but it didn't find any problems... Also I still don't really know how to use it or what I'm looking for exactly, or even if it can actually FIX any problems. There aren't any diagnostics for Toshiba drives either.

Anyway, I don't want to reinstall Windows because I don't want to have to reinstall all my programs. I think I'll wait until I get my hands on an external hard-drive and just put everything on that, then do it. It isn't really that bad a problem right now anyway.

Unless anyone has anymore suggestions? Well barring that, thanks for the help and goodbye.

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I suggest
by PKsteven / December 9, 2010 2:51 PM PST
In reply to: Okay...

having some patience and listening to what the others were telling you but it's your choice.

I have to ask, and this isn't too technical a question but one that may save you some data loss I hope.

You don't want to reinstall windows, because you don't want to reinstall your programs?
But wait, you will put them on an external driver first, THEN reinstall Windows?

(If Sir Proffitt reads this, I would like to know if he gets the feeling we've done this before?)

You do realize you cannot simply transfer those programs right? They are installed onto the system and most if not all, will not work after you back them up as you will not have the setup files. If you in fact downloaded them, then no worries, keep the setup files but you can only backup things like Documents, Pictures, Music, etc... not the Programs folders.

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