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by thelazer2003 / January 16, 2007 5:22 AM PST

Ok, when I download game demos or programs(seems like most of them are above 300mb) I install them and then the program prompts me to restart my computer like any other program. I restart the computer and I click on the program and the hourglass pops up next to my pointer and then goes away after a few seconds. And that's it! Someone please tell me what is wrong!!!

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First problem is this highlighted in red when you post
by PKsteven / January 16, 2007 5:53 AM PST

***Note: 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.***

It's very hard to say when the only word that stands out is "CRAP". not much to go off. My first thought is bad "bit torrent" or "P2P" downloads. Possibly spyware\virus\trojan on your machine or the machine needs a good old cleaning up, registry, defrag, etc...Hard to say at this point without info.


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by thelazer2003 / January 16, 2007 6:05 AM PST

Well, I just defragged it yesterday. And when I defrag it I also run 4 other programs on it such as adaware se personal, spybot search and destroy, avast, and regscrubxp. So it is fully clean pretty much. It's been doing this for awhile though. What do you mean p2p?

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RE: What do you mean p2p?
by hashishin666 / January 18, 2007 3:47 PM PST
In reply to: Well...
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Video Card?
by thelazer2003 / January 18, 2007 10:24 PM PST

What about a video card, do you think that could be the problem?

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I'd take care of the virus/spyware scans first
by linkit / January 18, 2007 10:38 PM PST
In reply to: Video Card?

What antivirus and antispyware programs do you have?
What firewall are you using?
Is your computer connected to a router?

* * * * *

If needed, here are some free utilities:

ANTIVIRUS (install only one antivirus program, scan with updated definitions):
AVG Anti-Virus

ANTISPYWARE (try more than one scan with updated definitions):
AVG Anti-Spyware
Spybot Search & Destroy
Ad-Aware SE Personal
Windows Defender

Tell what P2P program (LimeWire, etc.) you are using.

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(NT) Oops, you did say that you scanned. Sorry abt that.
by linkit / January 18, 2007 10:40 PM PST
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by thelazer2003 / January 18, 2007 11:00 PM PST

I am connected to a router, and I used to use limewire but got rid of it like 2 weeks ago.

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Safe to Say..
by castingRod47 / January 19, 2007 9:22 PM PST

That you may need a Proper START-UP and SHUT-DOWN Procedure..
Try this/
1/Every SHUT-DOWN should Contain DSKCLEANUP..
.................CLICK Start Menu/Right-Click PROPERTIES-CUSTOMIZE-
.................Click/CLEAR LIST..Click/Advanced-CLICK/CLEAR LIST
.................for Recently Opened Documents(un-check)that BOX..
2/I use the SET PROGRAM ACCESS and DEFAULTS..and choose Microsoft..
3/Read your EVENT VIEWER in ADM. TOOLS..
4/Experiment by REMOVEING some Software Programs..multiple programs
..............................might cause problems(ROXIO-NERO)..
5/START-MENU...>>RUN>>Enter>>msconfig..and decide on a NORMAL
.............................Start-Up or a Selective Start-Up..
.............................I use both/switch..UN-CHECK..
.............................ADOBE..ROXIO..MusicMatch..leave the
.............................System STUFF..Security STUFF..or..
.............................Figure how to:NORMAL Start-Up..
======================================================================START-UP...I let my Desktop sit about MODEM LOADS does McAFEE..
I even STALL before entering my Password for XP..sometimes I wait 20-minutes before doing anything..
After this Period/say 10-minutes..
I re-check DSKCLEANUP..and Defragmentor..
I check MY DOC. for a Clean up of that FOLDER(old stuff)..I like to RUN on EMPTY..
I'll go online and CLEAR-out my EMAIL..I'll usually only SAVE like 3-EMAILS..and for about 2-3 days..
I check any WEBSITES for LINK-backs..and take care of them for a DELETE Process..
At that point I'm ready to RUN my PC.

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You seem knowledgable, can you help me?
by morninglory / January 19, 2007 11:05 PM PST
In reply to: Safe to Say..

Using Windows XP, IE6 (at times), mostly Firefox; I have searched the Cnet forums for this, defragged, run my virus and trojan scans, also Ad-aware but I still get "this page cannot be displayed" randomly.
The only way I can get rid of it is to go Task Manager and click on End Task. Could a Direct X be causing this? It has just started in the last week. It is very annoying!

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by thelazer2003 / January 20, 2007 1:31 AM PST
In reply to: Safe to Say..

Ok I'll try that. But, do you think it has something with me not having a video card to run the graphics. I probably should have told you this before, but it only happens with large and graphically enhanced games. For instance, I just downloaded battlefield 2 demo and it won't run that, but it does run a flight sim on my computer that has pretty bad graphics. And also one of my friends was having the same problem and a vidcard fixed it. So , do you think that could be the problem?

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BOXED PC Software../
by castingRod47 / January 21, 2007 7:33 AM PST
In reply to: OK

Has the System Requirements on the side of the BOX..
If you have some Software that was not delivered in a BOX..then you need to find the System Requirements..
For a Video need a Pentium Processor..or the equivalent..
RAM Modules actually come in Gaming RAM
PSU(power supply) important..I have read that you need 600-watts Minimum..(don't really know)..I use a 400-watt PSU/I don't do Gaming..
I don't know what to tell you..
Exept we as CONSUMERS are in a new day on Electronics..
I have 1-year Old Equipment..2-PC's..
I built one..
I bought one..
and I figure that five years from now-->>
I'll be searching for answers also..
XP SP1 is out....get a NEW XP SP2/or VISTA..
Check on your RAM(age)it might need to be replaced..
IE7 is running very nicely..
Try a new MODEM..use CHKDSK..what-ever..
Parts do wear may not be noticeable..but these Semi-Conductors can lose their CHARM.

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