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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

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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.

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


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Age, cleaning, heat, vents, etc.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2009 6:41 AM PDT 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.
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