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      Reslivo
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      Re: Laptop Assistance
      Reply #30: Jun 06, 2012 08:27:58 pm

      Hardly.

      Just because a system hasn't been saving restore points, doesn't mean it's infected - just means it hasn't been setup properly.
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      Reply #31: Jun 06, 2012 08:31:24 pm
      I had a similar situation with my HP desktop.  At the end, I have to replace the motherboard.  I suspected the BIOS chip was defective.  Since yours is a laptop, if it is still under warranty, I would recommend sending it back to HP for repair. 

      Remind you that before sending it back, remove any private photos/videos which you don't want to share with everyone AND clean the hard disk with some tools so people cannot recover them.
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      Reply #32: Jun 06, 2012 08:33:09 pm
      That.... sounds like a virus mate. So I would get an online virus check.

      Got to agree with this, I had one in the past and couldn't get anything to recognise it, everything I done to fix it just ended up in a dead end. If everything you try the laptop has an answer to the it's a virus, a laptop won't methodically block you whereas a virus thought up by a human will.

      If possible try and get your photos off and do a new windows install, you'll probably be better doing that anyway because if it's been compromised there's a good chance that even if you get the virus out they'll leave a back door in your security to get back in.
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      Re: Laptop Assistance
      Reply #33: Jun 06, 2012 08:34:55 pm
      Hardly.

      Just because a system hasn't been saving restore points, doesn't mean it's infected - just means it hasn't been setup properly.

      Only time I have ever lost my restore points was through a virus, would be strange not to be set up correctly as windows sets it up automatically ?
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      Reply #34: Jun 06, 2012 10:17:55 pm
      Only time I have ever lost my restore points was through a virus, would be strange not to be set up correctly as windows sets it up automatically ?

      Yeah, they normally are set up automatically.
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      Re: Laptop Assistance
      Reply #35: Jun 07, 2012 12:57:07 pm
      This is gonna sound pretty stupid but have you tried making a new user account and using the computer in it? My PC has shocking lag when I have an Ethernet cable connected to it ever since a Trojan got into my PC but oddly I don't have that issue on my new user account?
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      Reply #36: Jun 07, 2012 07:03:26 pm
      Just to update everyone, and again big thanks to everyone who has tried to help.

      This morning the computer wouldn't start at all, and gave us an error message saying the hard disk was about to fail, and that we needed to save all the data we wanted to keep.

      Obviously we gave up trying to fix it and my wife took it to a small local business that specialise in computer repair. The guy seemed to think that the problem wasn't mechanic, but a virus, just a pretty f**king nasty one.

      We're hoping he can fix it or at least save our photos and other files we wanted desperately to keep, fingers crossed it should be ok. If it is a virus, and he has to completely restore the system, we're looking at €90, which I thought wasn't too bad really, all things considered.

      If it's mechanic, he'll get back to us (hope not as it would clearly be very expensive, but we have no choice if we don't want to lose our 18 months of photos).

      I'll let you know how we get on, but big hugs because you're all a lovely lot! :hug:
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      Reply #37: Jun 07, 2012 07:38:02 pm
      Just to update everyone, and again big thanks to everyone who has tried to help.

      This morning the computer wouldn't start at all, and gave us an error message saying the hard disk was about to fail, and that we needed to save all the data we wanted to keep.

      Obviously we gave up trying to fix it and my wife took it to a small local business that specialise in computer repair. The guy seemed to think that the problem wasn't mechanic, but a virus, just a pretty f**king nasty one.

      We're hoping he can fix it or at least save our photos and other files we wanted desperately to keep, fingers crossed it should be ok. If it is a virus, and he has to completely restore the system, we're looking at €90, which I thought wasn't too bad really, all things considered.

      If it's mechanic, he'll get back to us (hope not as it would clearly be very expensive, but we have no choice if we don't want to lose our 18 months of photos).

      I'll let you know how we get on, but big hugs because you're all a lovely lot! :hug:

      Hopefully it stops at the 90 quid. ;)

      Before you handed it over did you at least manage to get them photo's of you gimped up off?  :o

      If you didn't I still have copies. ;)
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      Reply #38: Jun 07, 2012 07:59:28 pm
      Hopefully it stops at the 90 quid. ;)

      Before you handed it over did you at least manage to get them photo's of you gimped up off?  :o

      If you didn't I still have copies. ;)

      :D
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      Re: Laptop Assistance
      Reply #39: Aug 10, 2012 10:45:42 pm
      Would appreciate some help with a laptop problem if anyone can.  Hope this is an easy one to fix, one of my cats has just bloody jumped all over my keyboard which has resulted in everything on the screen looking squashed and elongated.  And the text looks like it is all bold.

      I've tried Ctrl + and - to but that doesn't change anything.  I've switched it off but it's still the same.  Is there a combination of keys that I need to use to put it back to normal?
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      Reply #40: Aug 10, 2012 11:14:56 pm
      Could be a ram problem, I had a similar problem and that was a faulty stick of ram.

      I would first try loading the comp in safe mode with as little running as possible but with internet access..... see how that goes.

      If it seems o.k. in safe mode just download memtest (it's free), install and run it. Should tell you within 30mins if thats your problem. 

      http://www.memtest.org/
      Yeah...It could be a bad RAM stick.
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      Reply #41: Aug 10, 2012 11:18:31 pm
      Would appreciate some help with a laptop problem if anyone can.  Hope this is an easy one to fix, one of my cats has just bloody jumped all over my keyboard which has resulted in everything on the screen looking squashed and elongated.  And the text looks like it is all bold.

      I've tried Ctrl + and - to but that doesn't change anything.  I've switched it off but it's still the same.  Is there a combination of keys that I need to use to put it back to normal?
      Sounds like a resolution problem. Right click on the desktop, screen resolution and make sure it is set to the right one, usually says recommended.
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      Reply #42: Aug 11, 2012 08:38:45 am
      Sounds like a resolution problem. Right click on the desktop, screen resolution and make sure it is set to the right one, usually says recommended.

      Fixed!  Thank you mate!
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      Reply #43: Aug 11, 2012 11:29:27 am
      No problem :)
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      Reply #44: Aug 16, 2012 12:59:18 pm
      Can anyone help me I have a problem with my laptop.

      Basically it won't work unless it's plugged in and charging.

      The icon on the task bar says Fully Charged 100%. But the second I unplug it it switches off?

      This literally just happened this morning and I don't think here's been any drop or bang to it?
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      Reply #45: Aug 16, 2012 01:16:53 pm
      Can anyone help me I have a problem with my laptop.

      Basically it won't work unless it's plugged in and charging.

      The icon on the task bar says Fully Charged 100%. But the second I unplug it it switches off?

      This literally just happened this morning and I don't think here's been any drop or bang to it?

      Sounds as if the battery is goosed.

      Have you removed the battery, used the magic blowing on all the connections and replacing the battery?

      How old is it?
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      Reply #46: Aug 16, 2012 01:50:24 pm
      Sounds as if the battery is goosed.

      Have you removed the battery, used the magic blowing on all the connections and replacing the battery?

      How old is it?

      I'll give that a shot now mate.

      It's only a year old? :-\
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      Reply #47: Aug 16, 2012 02:18:18 pm
      Warrantee still valid. Battery should not fail after a year!
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      Reply #48: Aug 16, 2012 02:24:48 pm
      Should be 2 year on the battery
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      Reply #49: Aug 16, 2012 03:01:53 pm
      I downloaded Notebook Hardware Control, and the battery status comes up as this;



      Any ideas? Or should I just e-mail Asus?
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      Reply #50: Aug 16, 2012 03:24:35 pm
      I'd give them a call/e.mail.  They may have a recall on them.

      Good luck
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      Reply #51: Aug 16, 2012 03:50:08 pm
      Sounds as if the battery is goosed.

      Have you removed the battery, used the magic blowing on all the connections and replacing the battery?

      How old is it?
      Battery.  Most laptops need a battery in order to run when plugged in. If the battery is shot it cant run on AC.
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      Reply #52: Aug 16, 2012 04:26:11 pm
      I'd give them a call/e.mail.  They may have a recall on them.

      Good luck

      Cheers mate, sent them an e-mail there. So here's hoping I can get something out of it.

      Battery.  Most laptops need a battery in order to run when plugged in. If the battery is shot it cant run on AC.

      That's what I'm doing with it now mate. Just annoyed it's fried after a year.
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      Reply #53: Aug 16, 2012 06:14:28 pm
      Battery.  Most laptops need a battery in order to run when plugged in. If the battery is shot it cant run on AC.

      Did not know that, but I was getting at the battery may not be able to hold a charge, thus no AC, no power.
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      Reply #54: Aug 17, 2012 05:25:16 pm
       Looking to buy a laptop personally and was just 'googling' about which company to look for. It seems for middle-range prices Dell and HP's products are the best I can find. Any advice here??
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      Reply #55: Aug 20, 2012 12:46:45 am
      Can anyone help me I have a problem with my laptop.

      Basically it won't work unless it's plugged in and charging.

      The icon on the task bar says Fully Charged 100%. But the second I unplug it it switches off?

      This literally just happened this morning and I don't think here's been any drop or bang to it?

      Same thing happened too me a couple weeks back.. It just means the battery is defective and you need too replace it.. My one messed up after 2 years.. Pretty average :) If it's still in warranty contact the manufacturer or take it back to where you bought it from!
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      Reply #56: Aug 22, 2012 10:53:56 pm
      Looking to buy a laptop personally and was just 'googling' about which company to look for. It seems for middle-range prices Dell and HP's products are the best I can find. Any advice here??
      I have owned a lot of Laptops. I had a Dell, Gateway, HP, Asus....Hands down the best laptops I ever owned were all Toshiba. I have friends who have Toshibas and they will never buy anything but a Toshiba. I have had 4 Toshiba laptops. I still have 2 of them and they work great. Never had 1 hardware or software failure. The batteries hold a good charge and just regular online use you can get 4-5 hrs easy. Plus they are relatively low cost. You can get a i7, 6gb Ram, 750 gb HD, Windows 7/8 for $750.00 US. or get the same w/ the i3 for $525.00 US. The only thing is too make sure you get one w/ the flat black color and not the shiny case. Fingerprints and dust show up like crazy....but thats a piss complaint anyway.

      They have a great website in case you need updated drivers or programs. I will never not have a Toshiba.

      Thats just my opinion but if you know anyone who has a Toshiba laptop, just ask them if they like it. I have never heard of a solid complaint against them. A few years ago some of their laptops were installed w/ a defective wifi card and they not only replaced them for free but upgraded them from wireless g to wireless n and gave people a free Toshiba Canvio external HD.

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      Reply #57: Aug 22, 2012 11:09:31 pm
      Did not know that, but I was getting at the battery may not be able to hold a charge, thus no AC, no power.
      A little correction. I stated that "most" laptops....need a battery.

      Its not"most" but there are some that wont run on AC if the battery is removed or if it is defective or blown. I know that some of the Lenovo/IBM laptops wouldnt work w/out a battery installed, i also read that Acer has some models that wont run either, but those are the only ones I know for sure and that was about 5-6 years ago.
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      Reply #58: Aug 25, 2012 03:59:10 pm
      Looking to buy a laptop personally and was just 'googling' about which company to look for. It seems for middle-range prices Dell and HP's products are the best I can find. Any advice here??

      I've owned laptops from Toshiba, Sony, Samsung's, HP's & A crappy Asus NetBook.

      And by far Sony Vaio's are excellent laptops no faults excellent customer service even though they are expensive they are excellent laptops!
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      Reply #59: Sep 09, 2012 07:45:48 pm
      Can anyone help with this problem please?  A couple of weeks ago I downloaded sopcast and something called ilivid that I needed to run sopcast.  Everything was great, I watched the match with very few problems, but the next day when I logged on (I use chrome as my browser) there was a prompt and I stupidly clicked yes without thinking.  I've only mentioned sopcast because that was the only thing I had downloaded, it may have nothing to do with the problem.

      Preamble over, ever since I clicked yes, the address of every site I visit is prefixed with:

      "a bookmarked page shape" chrome://newtabhttp//page address

      The only site that doesn't have this prefix is twitter and that has a padlock shape before the page address.

      The problem that I have, and I assume it must be related is that ever since it's messing my internet usage up, for example, I cannot access the offal at all, unless it's through twitter links, and if I try to navigate off the linked page, I either get the different page options as headers and no detail underneath or just a white page.

      And worse still, and the most frustrating, is that quite often I can't read threads on here, if I click on a thread from the front page, I see the top of the last page of the thread but cannot move down, or go back a page (or to any page), or do anything.  The page seems to be locked, and I can't navigate out of it, so I have to close the tab and log on again.  And it keeps happening.  I've tried accessing threads from the first post, sometimes that works but not always.  There doesn't seem to be a pattern to it.  I've tried deleting my browsing history but that didn't help.  I ran a full system scan but got no bad results.  Have I got myself another virus ???  Or am I being incredibly thick (fingers crossed I am!)  Can anyone suggest a solution?  Bear in mind, I am the equivalent of a doughnut when it comes to techy stuff please!

      This is the address that I see for this post:

      chrome://newtabhttp//www.lfcreds.com/reds/index.php/board,16/action,post2.html

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