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 Post subject: Random Weirndess After Power Failure
PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 11:54 am 
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A friend asked me to help him fix his computer, but I'm not sure where to begin. It's his home office computer that he keeps on most of the day as he works from home. A few days ago, his entire house experienced a power outage. Now the computer has to have the clock reset after you boot it up. And evertime you boot up it runs the hardware wizard and finds and wants to install an ethernet card - he can connect just fine to his DSL line as is. Also a couple of times it put him into the BIOS and asked to accept the default settings.

Any ideas?? I'm kinda stumped.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:50 pm 
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Ouch...I've seen this happen before.

You can try resetting the CMOS (short the jumper for the cmos battery...disconnect the psu from the motherboard first, and unplug it also even before). The odds of this fixing it arent great. If he can still use the computer, good for him....but I've seen power surged computers detect ghost hardware as this seems to be doing. Actually the one Im thinking of I worked on last week, and it had had that power problem well over a year and more ago. I think it was like, just before xmas 2002.

Anyway bottom line is tell him to start doing backups of any important data he may have on there religiously, in case he needs to xfer it to a new system.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 2:28 pm 
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If this is an XP machine try to run a "repair" by booting to the XP cd.

When the machine went down due power failure, it may have corrupt files in the system directory.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 10:47 pm 
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No..its a Windows 2000 machine, not an XP machine. Would the "repair" still work on it??


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dreamawake wrote:
No..its a Windows 2000 machine, not an XP machine. Would the "repair" still work on it??


Yes ;)

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