Random BSODs and crashes when powering up system before Windows can bo
Posted 10 July 2011 - 08:48 AM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 08:52 AM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 08:55 AM
When you say the motherboard was to be RMA'd has that been done or are we still working with the original Motherboard?
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:01 AM
The motherboard being RMA'd isn't this one. It's MY motherboard that's being RMA'd. He still has the same one and it isn't being RMA'd.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:34 AM
But, if you want to look at it, go ahead.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:37 AM
Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
- Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
- It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
- Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
- Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.
Background info courtesy of DonnaB Thank you
As for TFC, this is a tidbit of an article I found a while back by a MicroSoft MVP.
TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB).
Before running, it will stop Explorer and all other running applications. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.
-- TFC only cleans temp folders.
-- TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail.
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:40 AM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:55 AM
One reason why I never defragged his drives is because he has RAID 0. Will the RAID array get damaged if I defrag it?
Never mind, when doing a little research I see that defragging a RAID 0 doesn't hurt the data.
Edited by MelancholyRose, 10 July 2011 - 10:00 AM.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:08 AM
I understand your hesitation but glad you found it doesn't hurt the RAID.
If you constantly add and uninstall a lot of games or programs it is a good ideal to Defrag your drive at least once a month. Cleaning the Temp files is as easy as running TFC right before you run defrag.
These are basic maintenance and have been used for years which will help keep your system running smoothly.
Let me know how everything is running when you are done and we may want to run a chkdsk /r on the main drive to make sure the disk integrity is good.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:23 AM
I'll run the defrag next.
Although when reading that defrag shouldn't hurt a RAID 0 array, doing a chkdsk DOES have a chance of hurting the array. I've read that running a chkdsk on any RAID can cause corruption. It may have been on just mirrored, but I think it's striped, too.
Oh, this is interesting. Right when I opened the defragger, I checked the system health. It announced that he had 6 different registry errors.
Edited by MelancholyRose, 10 July 2011 - 10:30 AM.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:33 AM
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:39 AM
It didn't tell me what errors they were. It just told me there were 6 and when I clicked "learn more" it took me to a page with a registry cleaner. That didn't tell me what they were either, so, I don't know what they are.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:42 AM
Registry cleaners are notorious for messing registries up to the point the system becomes unstable and in some cases unusable.
Posted 10 July 2011 - 10:45 AM
I'm still worried about the USB ports causing the display to crash.
Edited by MelancholyRose, 10 July 2011 - 10:46 AM.
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