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  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by freelancer91 View Post
    Best buy seemed to think that the reason my computer was crashing was due to an optical drive failure. It apparently didn't work (although I haven't had any problems in Windows 7 since getting it fixed).
    Impossible theory on their part. I don't want to put down a company or its hard workers, so I'll simply say that they tell customers things they want to hear. A faulty optical drive will not stop error a machine. The worst that would happen is the drive doesn't read discs.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by freelancer91 View Post
    I spoke too soon. I just went over the check on my laptop and it was frozen. Back to square 1.
    When you say frozen - do you mean permanently until a reboot or frozen for only a few seconds or a minute?

    Something that can not hurt and only help: Open an elevated (ran as admin) command prompt. Type this and press enter: chkdsk /r

    Then follow the simple instructions on screen.

    Edit: Good stuff fafhrd. The system won't allow me to rep ya again. heh
    When I say frozen, I mean that whatever was on the screen when it froze is stuck there until I reboot. If sound was playing, then whatever happened to be coming out of the speaker at the moment it froze will continue to play, resulting in a very annoying glitchy type roar (if that makes any sense). The only thing that responds when it has frozen is if I had the keyboard backlight set to light up when a key is pressed, it will react. Other than that, it will stay frozen in perpetuity until the device is reset by holding the power button.

    As for chkdsk /r, I can try it, but I have already run Dell's desk error checking program as part or several extensive diagnostics that I have already run.
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  3. #23


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    Windows 7


    Too bad it froze again

    About overheating... I have both W7 and W8 on the computer. It works on W7, but freezes on W8. It must be something else (I've also tried apps that place heavy load on the CPU and the GPU and I've gotten very high temperatures, without problems).

    By the way: I just saw that there was a new GPU driver on Windows Update (released just a couple of days ago).
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  4. #24


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    Did you check for a minidump folder in C:\Windows

    Maybe it made one and did not reboot because you set it not to, like zigzag's post said.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 37
    Windows 7


    Crap. Mine just froze too :-\
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  6. #26


    I'm running chkdsk but it's taking its time. It has been on 27% for the last half hour or so. It hasn't frozen yet because the animation is still playing...
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  7. #27


    Posts : 37
    Windows 7


    28 % yet?
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  8. #28


    OK, I walked away from the laptop for a while and when I came back, I was at my lock screen. No indication that anything went wrong so I guess we can rule out a disk problem.
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  9. #29


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    Windows 7


    I wonder if it would freeze (while being actively used) in safe mode... and if it will ever freeze if just left alone, without use.
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  10. #30


    I'll try it in safe mode. If it freezes then, I've got problems...

    Secretly, I'm hoping that it is a hardware issue, because if I can convince Best Buy that it is a deep hardware issue (something with the motherboard, CPU, etc) then I will get my device replaced with a newer model with similar specs....
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