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Everything posted by SnooSnooKachu

  1. 1. People who use their laptops as coasters when they're not using it. When I see a coffee stain ring on the back of the screen I feel the urge to rub their nose in it, swat them with a newspaper, and yell "No! Don't do that!" 2. People who store sensitive info (such as email passwords and credit card numbers) in text files on their desktop or on Post-It notes on their desk.
  2. A couple of over-easy eggs, hash browns, and sausage. Washed it down with some generic Juicy Juice and a Sam Adams. My classy breakfast-for-supper meal.
  3. I have two Samsung Spinpoint hard drives and I use both for streaming media to my laptop that is hooked to my TV. I have yet to have a problem with either drive, and I have owned one for 3 years and the other for 2.
  4. USB drives aren't the only USB device that can hang a restart. I just had a similar issue with my computer and I found it was caused by my cell phone being plugged in to charge. I suggest unplugging all USB devices but a mouse and keyboard and see what happens.
  5. I just became sick of using the onboard audio, so I moved the card out from between the video cards and put it in the only other slot I could, which is right above the two cards. It has been working for about a day now, so let's see what happens. Thanks for all the help, guys!
  6. Bad news, I'm afraid. I got that same BSOD again today. I had to uninstall the sound driver to boot into Windows. I'll try to find those Daniel_K drivers, but I think something else is the issue here. Does the fact that my sound card is sandwiched between my 2 4890 video cards mean anything? I didn't think heat would be an issue, considering there is a 120mm fan on the side of my case blowing fresh air onto it.
  7. When I tried reinstalling the drivers I downloaded the latest from Creative's website, but no luck with those. In my search for a solution, I did come across someone having a similar issue being caused by a conflict with ATI's HDMI audio drivers, so I installed the latest drivers for my video cards. Still no luck with that. bp9801 - Where did you get those drivers? I just installed them and it's pretty slick having everything wrapped up into one installer. I'll know in a few days if those drivers fix the issue.
  8. I have a Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum installed on my computer, and everything has been working fine for the 2 years I've owned it. Recently, every time I shut down and start up my computer I get a bsod stating SYSTEM_EXITED_OWNED_MUTEX and it refuses to boot unless I go into safe mode. After some looking in the event viewer, the first error that appeared was caused by my sound card driver. As soon as I uninstalled it, I could boot in regular mode again. I tried reinstalling the driver and it survives the restart that is required afterward, but if I shut it down completely I get the BSOD again. Could this be caused by the sound card going bad? I've been running Windows 7 since it launched and haven't had any problems like this.
  9. A buddy of mine wanted some lighting for his case, so we installed some blue LED fans and a UV cold cathode. The blue LEDs seemed to be enough to get the UV effect when we had the cold cathode turned off. He later added some Lego ghosts in his case for fun, and it turned out quite well, since the ghosts are glow in the dark.
  10. I recently started using Windows 7 sleep instead of shutting down my computer completely, and I've noticed some weird but minor things happening. When my computer wakes from sleep, my hard drive LED starts to blink at a slow pulse, like the power LED when the computer is sleeping. It does this even when there is no actual hard drive activity. Also, when I made the computer sleep a second time without restarting, Windows Aero was disabled. After I restarted my computer, Aero came back and my hard drive light stopped pulsing. Does anyone know of a way to remedy these things? I haven't been able to find any info through Google. Thanks!
  11. The Vista install thing was definitely related to having more than 2GB ram. Good catch! I forgot I had to do that the first time we installed Vista on his computer. Just completed install and everything went smoothly. I also checked the BIOS version and it is 1.40, which is the latest version. I also ran Memtest and it completed all the tests without errors. Now I just have to install some games and see if the BSODs come back. Thanks for the great help!
  12. Hmm... now that I think of it, the original motherboard required a BIOS update to even POST with his processor, so perhaps I'll start my research there. As for how I tested the RAM, it is the RAM he is using now is the RAM I had in my computer for over a year. The RAM he bought wasn't compatible with his motherboard, so I gave him my stuff because I knew it would work. Just to be sure, I'll try Memtest.
  13. My friend's computer isn't working properly and I've tried almost everything. When I try to install Windows Vista on the computer, most of the time I get a BSOD right after it finishes loading stuff off of the dvd but before it gives the installation options. I can run an Ubuntu live cd just fine, however. I've tested the RAM, hard drive, and video card with my computer and they work fine. I used a PSU tester and the PSU seems fine. We even RMA'ed the motherboard, but still no luck. Is there a way to test the CPU to see if that is the culprit without having another processor to drop in? Or is this problem related to something else. Thanks in advance for your responses.
  14. I installed a copy of Windows 7 and most stuff seems to be working fine, but when I try to use any sort of device to play music off of my computer, such as my Xbox 360 or my Sony Bravia TV, my computer hard locks to the point where no mouse or keyboard input is detected. I have all of the latest Windows updates. I know for one thing I can't trust the Windows update for my wireless network card, however, because it prevents my card from connecting to the internet. I used what seemed to be the latest drivers for my card from the manufacturers site, so I think those are good. Any ideas?
  15. As I stated in my first post, I ran Memtest from cd and everything passed fine. I tried putting the memory in a different computer and running Memtest and it still passed. A buddy at work has a psu tester, so hopefully I can borrow that and check that out.
  16. Here are the specs: Core 2 Duo e8400 ASRock Penryn1600SLI-110dB motherboard 4GB G.Skill ram 750 GB Samsung hard drive EVGA 9800 GTX+ OCZ 600W power supply As for swapping the ram, the ram that is in it used to be from my computer. The original ram he had wasn't compatible with his motherboard and wouldn't post if 4 sticks were put in it, but that is unrelated to the problem. The low temperature that I was talking about was recorded while playing games like GRID and Prince of Persia 08. The processor would peak at about 50C and the video card was in the 70C area. Slightly higher temps were recorded when I had my 8800 GTX in his computer, but that is probably due to the different style of card. And thanks for the quick responses, I knew I could count on you guys!
  17. My friend has a computer I build for him several months ago, which was running Vista. Up until recently, it was working just fine for games. Now, if we try to play a game on it, it will give a BSOD after a seemingly random amount of time (sometimes after 5 minutes, other times after an hour and a half). The BSOD would give a message IRQ_NOT_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL. I've tried reinstalling all the drivers on his computer and it made the BSODs go away, but the games would still crash, saying the exe stopped working. Then I reinstalled Vista, but the BSODs and crashes still came. I installed XP and I still get the BSODs, but this time they point to dxg.sys when it fails. I tried swapping out the video card, but that didn't work. I ran Memtest overnight and it came out fine. His processor and video card are at great temperatures. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go from here to try to diagnose this problem? My forum scouring has left me to this seemingly dead end.
  18. I thought that may be possible, but can anyone verify this for sure?
  19. This question isn't really related to computers, but seeing as how these forums have never let me down before, I was hoping I could get a little help. Here's the story: I bought my girlfriend a dvd player that can record on DVDs because she likes taping TV movies and such. One thing I failed to realize is that this DVD player doesn't have a built in cable tuner and it only has RCA inputs. Since my girlfriend is currently hooked up to regular old cable there is no way to get the cable from the wall to her player. Is there any device, such as a plain old external cable tuner, that would allow me to hook cable to her DVD player? I have scoured Google and some random online stores, but have come up with nothing.
  20. I know that the maximum data rate of a USB device is much more limited with a hub. At work, I did some experimenting with six OptiTrack USB optical tracking cameras. The software for them displays the data rate on the video feed, and when the cameras were hooked directly into a computer, the data rate was about 100-200 KB/s (I think. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but it was a 3 digit number for sure). When I hooked the cameras into a Belkin 7 port powered USB hub, the data rate dropped down to about 10 KB/s, but performance-wise, the cameras were still able to perform just as well as before. I tried turning the hub from self powered to powered through USB and I was getting camera freezing issues and troubles with the software properly detecting all of the cameras. The moral of the story is that a keyboard and mouse should be fine in a USB hub, as long as it is self-powered.
  21. Problem solved: it was the processor. I put my older e8400 in my friends computer and I was able to boot up and install windows just fine. I updated the bios and put his processor back in and everything worked well. Thanks for your help, everyone!
  22. I tried no ram sticks and I get three beeps from the motherboard speaker, as expected.
  23. But I can't even get into the bios to change settings because it freezes before getting there. I've tried clearing the CMOS and that didn't do any help. I can try different ram sticks and see what happens, though.
  24. I recently assembled a computer for my friend, and when I power it on, I get video feed and see the motherboard's splash screen, but it freezes there. If I jam on the F2 button as it starts, it goes to the screen showing its posting and such, but it freezes after it does the RAM count. I removed everything but the video card, processor, a stick of RAM and tried it again, but still the same problem. This is an ASRock Penryn1600SLI-110dB motherboard and a C2D e8400, and from what I've read, the motherboard has issues with the new e8400 e0 revision, but not the c0 revision. Since my friend purchased this a couple of weeks ago from Newegg, so does this mean he likely has the e0 version? Is there any way to tell? When the post screen freezes, it recognizes the processor as an e8400 at 3.0gHz like it should be. Is there any slick way to somehow update the bios at this stage, or am I going to have to hunt down a sure-fire compatible processor to stick in this thing temporarily? Thanks
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