Computer Help forum

General discussion

should i nuke my computer or just just use the recovery disc

by swiftf0x / May 19, 2009 6:21 AM PDT

i want to start over on my laptop considering i can't even run scan for viruses with mcafee anymore (my computer automatically shuts down every time i try) so i was wondering should i nuke the computer and then insert the "operating system disc"? or should i just run the disc? any advice would be appreciated. thanks

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: should i nuke my computer or just just use the recovery disc
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: should i nuke my computer or just just use the recovery disc
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
The make and model would affect my answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2009 6:24 AM PDT

For example those old P4 laptops or the newer HP DV6000 and DV9000 lines have issues that I know which affects my answers.

Collapse -
make: gateway model: 4525GZ
by swiftf0x / May 19, 2009 6:31 AM PDT

thanks

Collapse -
Age, cleaning, heat, vents, etc.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2009 6:41 AM PDT
http://support.gateway.com/s/Mobile/Gateway/4536GZ/3728sp3.shtml pegs this as about a 4 year old laptop (I'm guessing.)

Tell me about your YEARLY blast of the vents and given the story and the age would you consider getting it serviced to have them REALLY do a good cleaning? My mom returned a laptop they broke and besides the laptop jack repair while I was inside I got down to the heatsinks to get every piece of lint out as well as drop fresh heatsink compound onto the CPU.

While we will have to decide if a new laptop battery is worth it on a 5 year old laptop the laptop survived the operation and works very well now. The OS did not need reinstalling!

It was just the heat and laptop power jack issue.
Bob
Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?