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Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 27 Apr 2011, 04:17

We're talking the number three PC here, the old P4 in the range-room. One of my ex-housemates, who was thrown out for being a destructive asshole, managed to get the PC virused while visiting. It was unbootable after they'd messed around with it!

Between me & my ZBPC member 'Tim' we managed to get windows functional again but with 2 big probs-

1) The wireless card properties say something like "this device cannot find enough resources to function, disable other devices to restore function" i.e. there is no internet connection any more

2) The soundcard has lost it's drivers, I have no disk, I think its a Soundblaster 24, & of course it won't go online to find one.

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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby Sublime Oz » 27 Apr 2011, 17:29

at what point do you get that error message?

possibly try uninstalling and reinstalling the driver for it? Is it on board, or did you purchase it separately?

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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby Toshi Sasaki » 27 Apr 2011, 19:21

At this point your PC drivers, cards, etc. can no longer be executed by your PC's mainframe. I would suggest removing them from the circuit board and installing them in working one.

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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 01 May 2011, 16:20

Toshi Sasaki wrote:At this point your PC drivers, cards, etc. can no longer be executed by your PC's mainframe. I would suggest removing them from the circuit board and installing them in working one.

lol what???

why dont you just re-install a clean image of windows?
soudns like its pretty messed up, and this would fix any issue you are having and clean off any malware.

all you need is the discs that came with the computer or any windows disk (home or pro depending on the key thats on the sticker on your computer somewhere)...


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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 01 May 2011, 16:37

Yeah, that's what I thought when I read that one too :)

That PC came with a cracked version of WinXP on it, I never had the disk (I bought it privately as a living room media player a couple of years ago)

I have a bought version of Win 7 Pro but I don't think the old girl has enough oomph to run it :(
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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 01 May 2011, 17:20

what are the specs? a p4 with hyperthread and 1gb ram will do fine.


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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 02 May 2011, 09:33

I don't think it has more than 512mb RAM, as I said it was just bought for surfing & playing music in the living room more than 2 years ago. I have no idea how to find out if it has 'hyperthread'.

CPU is 1.8mhz P4.
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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 03 May 2011, 17:50

1.8mhz? :lol: surely you mean 1.8ghz??? no, a 1.8 would not have hyperthreading. only some 2.8ghz+ p4 had it...

Id you have a 2.4ghz i would say fine...but 1.8 on a single-core CPU is pretty lame.


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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 04 May 2011, 10:19

It's so slow it feels like 1.8 megs ;)

...but it was cheap & did 3 years without missing a beat until that damned punk got it virused up :(

Ah well, another corpse for the recycling pile. Maybe I'll treat myself to a tablet PC or something.
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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 14 Jun 2011, 08:56

Did you ever find a solution for this problem?


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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 14 Jun 2011, 09:39

Well, yeah, kinda...

I 'got hold of' an XP installation disk, wiped the HD & did a clean instal. No resource errors since but I was able to plug it straight into the network, I had a lead going to a network webcam just above where the PC is now, only needed a short extension lead RJ45. Also found the driver disk for the soundcard, it's running through a huge old Sony slab-amp to a pair of hanging speakers.

The 'hardware error' in BIOS turned out to be a(nother) CPU fan gunged to a standstill with nicotine & cat hair :(

This PC now sits OUTSIDE (but under a lean-to roof) as the music/scoring PC for our new twin outdoor ranges.

It's also good for sitting out with a coffee in the early morning sun & listening to 'Planet Rock'-

- the neighbours have already requested that I use headphones once!
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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 14 Jun 2011, 14:46

Well, i am glad you got it working and just go tell the neighbors to go f**k themselves and leave you alone :P


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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby LionOfNarnia » 14 Jun 2011, 15:45

I would have if they'd actually had the balls to talk to me -

I got a message through the letterbox, written in marker-pen, on a piece of cardboard, that "they" weren't happy.

-They're in for a shock the first Friday night it's shootable outdoors! "Long Live Rock'n'Roll" ( R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio) & 'F*ck 'em'.
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Re: Hardware issues after system restore

Postby shovenose » 14 Jun 2011, 16:05

My neighbors havent said anything yet about my latest pandora.com habits...


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