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Desktop PC powering down shortly after powering on -- what next?

My four year old home-assembled Windows desktop PC was working fine until a recent move. Now, when I turn it on, it seems to be booting as usual but then powers down about 15-45 seconds after powering on. What's the likely problem? What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Reclaming (critical) hard drive space

Can anyone help me determine what's safe to delete in the WINDOWS/Installer folder? [more inside]
posted by yorkeandvedder on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Windows XP Profile Won't Load

Windows XP "cannot load user's profile"....."insufficient system resources". - HELP! [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom on Sep 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Why are my file sizes so different?

I'm having a problem with screen recording software on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Sep 10, 2010 - 12 answers

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)?

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Windows Easy Transfer Hangs

Windows Easy Transfer Hangs [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Oct 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Acer Crystal Eye goes blind

What is going on with my Acer Crystal Eye webcam? It suddenly died and won't revive again. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Software to help troubleshoot Windows crashes?

I have a hand-me-down Intel server running Windows XP Pro... most of the time. Once or twice a day it locks up completely and without warning. Connected peripherals go dark but the screen stays frozen. I'm not a hardware guy; is there some free/cheap software to monitor the hardware & OS and tell me what's causing this?
posted by Tubes on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Fix my WiFi

Suddenly, my laptop and wireless network aren't playing well together. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Performance issues when sharing digital media between computers at home

Help me troubleshoot performance issues with digital media sharing between two computers. [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro on Jun 6, 2007 - 5 answers

Why is my Windows XP acting wonky?

My Windows XP acts really weird when I have a lot of programs open... [more inside]
posted by qvtqht on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 answers

Ghost In the Machine(s)

What could cause every desktop computer in the same house to begin randomly powering down on their own? [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella on Feb 22, 2007 - 18 answers

How to force Windows Media Center addition to prompt for a username and password when connecting to network shares?

Windows XP Media Center Edition / Home Edition Networking Problem: I don't get prompted for login info when I try to access network shares. I just get "Access Denied"-type errors. [more inside]
posted by jeb on Dec 2, 2005 - 3 answers

I should have backed up my files. Now I'm stuck in DOS.

How do I backup lots of files in DOS (Windows "recovery" mode)? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Jul 31, 2005 - 15 answers

help me stop my XP folders from opening in new windows.

How do I get my XP folder windows to stop opening in their own window? I'm aware of the "open in new window" option in Control Panel > Folder Options and that's not it. [more inside]
posted by miniape on Jun 26, 2005 - 8 answers

Help me stop crying...

Hi all, for some unknown reason (I haven't changed anything) Firefox 1.0.2 (windows xp) suddenly stopped responding to my ctrl/shift-clicks (the keys are working fine outside of FF). This has made me *very* sad...I have tried pretty much everything and look to this great pool of knowledge to furthur my troubleshooting...maybe someone else has run into this? Is there an extension that could force the issue?
posted by gren on Apr 13, 2005 - 16 answers

Why am I having problems with a USB 2.0 card reader and my Win 2000 laptop?

A USB 2.0 card reader is causing my Windows 2000 laptop to completely hang up. [mi] [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Aug 16, 2004 - 1 answer

Useful Windows diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities for house calls

I'm compiling a disc of useful windows diagnostic and troubleshooting utilities for when I have to make house calls for friends and relatives. what are some maybe lesser known tools that you guys have found particularly useful? freeware would be nice, but not necessary.
posted by mcsweetie on Aug 6, 2004 - 28 answers

Help me get my Dell to work with certain connection types again.

My wonderful Dell has a quirk: suddenly streaming media, antivirus updates, and MSN messenger are no longer able to connect. My netwrok settings 'seem' okey-dokey, so short of a long ass tech support call to India*, what gives?
*Not that I have any misgivings about that fabulous region.
posted by moonbird on Jun 26, 2004 - 12 answers

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it.

My laptop has developed a serious issue during startup, and I have no idea how to fix it. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on May 23, 2004 - 7 answers

Why is my mouse so sluggish?

Does anyone know why my mouse is so sluggish? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Why wouldn't an embedded WMP work for one user?

I've got problems with an embedded windows media player, and msdn is being predictably useless... [MI] [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Apr 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Norton Ghost question

I have 100GB and 160GB hard drives in my XP computer. I tried using Norton Ghost to move the 100GB info to my latter drive, and it worked but with serious partition errors (windows not booting). I then moved a large amount of data to my 160, the 100 not really having changed. Everything in windows functions, but when I use Partition Magic 8 I get the following error: "Disk 1 appears to have partitions created using a different drive geometry (255h 63s original, 240h 63 current) You should back up...." etcetera. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Mar 7, 2004 - 2 answers

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