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Old 11-09-07, 09:00 AM
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Is My Laptop Dying?

Lately I have been getting a lot of the blue screen errors, and the one I am getting now is the IRQL Not less or equal error which does not allow me to boot up. I tried running the windows repair utility "chkdsk /r" which has usually helped in the past, but not this time. I cannot boot into Windows due to this error. Before that I would sometimes come home and my computer had crashed with a blue screen error of a different sort. It was random and annoying, but I could usually repair it. Now, it's not working.

Should I start looking into getting a new laptop? Does anyone have any recommendations to fix it?
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I would look at testing some new RAM.
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Damn, how do I test RAM? Do I have to buy new RAM?
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If you put in any extra RAM you could take it out and try it, then take out the original RAM and just use the added RAM. If you have more than one module of RAM you could try just one module at a time.
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I would also test the hard drive

The best way would be to figure out who made the drive that is inside your laptop and download the diags from their web site.

Example if it is a seagate hard drive to download seatools

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/sup...loads/seatools

If it either the RAM or the Hard drive, these are both faily easy to replace.
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memtest

http://www.memtest86.com/

there is a free download link
Old 11-09-07, 02:22 PM
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I hope it's not the hard drive. I haven't backed up my pictures in a while, which is really the only crucial thing I have on there that would be a nightmare to replace, but I have a feeling it is the drive. I have 2 sticks of RAM I believe so I will try that first. Thanks for the help guys.
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Well I tried both sticks and still got the same error. I can actually boot up in safe mode, but I have no idea what that means. What could be causing the problem?
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I'd suggest you backup what you want from the laptop, then if you are able, download the trial version of Norton Systemworks, then run their Checkit Diagnostics program. With that you can check each component.

http://shop.symantecstore.com/store/...rialware_en_US

You might also prepare for a reformat.
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Originally Posted by kayak99
download the trial version of Norton Systemworks,

Do yourself a huge favor and don't do this
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
Do yourself a huge favor and don't do this
I agree it can be a pain to get rid of but I have a way of getting rid of all remnants after the trial period is over.

I had to use this program in order to get rid of a Trojan DNS changer when nothing else I tried worked.
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I'm in safe mood, and unfortunately it seems to disable my USB drives. I would love to back it up to my external HD, but I can't get into regular Windows. I think it might be my videocard for some reason. I might try and share all my folders, and then use the external HD from the other computer and backup my files that way. Then, I'm going to format.
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your OS is corrupted...

the laptop is fine most likely...

the OS is broken...

back up any data you want to keep...

format the hard drive...

re-install windows and applications...

if you simply re-install windows without formatting the hard drive your OS will be corrupted again in short order...
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As I was doing the formatting of my drive it got stuck at 98% for a long time. I didn't feel like waiting so I turned it off, and the second time around only did a quick format. That worked, and now I'm working on a fresh install. Is that going to be a problem?
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I would not have stopped it at 98%. It was telling you something. A quick format does not actually test the sectors and it looks like you have a problem there.

But then...

Originally Posted by spainlinx0
I'm in safe mood
and that's not a very safe when it comes to computers.
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I don't know where my head was at with that "mood" typo. So do you think it's telling me my hard drive is screwed? Should I pick up a new laptop hard drive now? I was thinking of getting a new laptop since if I buy a laptop my job will let me take out a 3 year interest free loan to get it. Should I do that, or just pick up a new hard drive and save the cash?
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I think you should probably go to the hard drive manufacturer's website and get their diagnostic/testing program and run it.

Short of that I'd let format take care of mapping out the bad sectors. If it still has problems doing that I'd just get a new drive.
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I have a Toshiba drive, and I'm having trouble finding it.
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- yeah, it looks like Toshiba is the only drive maker to not release their own utility

http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Pat...veRepairCenter

some people say that IBM Hitachi diags will work on them, I have not tried it myself.

Whomever made the laptop MIGHT supply a diag on their web page

about halfway down this page is the Hitachi drive fitness test, try that

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
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I used the Hitachi test, and it tried to fix the corrupted sectors to no avail. Now, I don't know whether to get a new laptop since I bought this around 3 years ago, or just replace the hard drive. I'm leaning towards the hard drive because Dell doesn't seem to sell systems with Vista anymore.
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Originally Posted by spainlinx0
I'm leaning towards the hard drive because Dell doesn't seem to sell systems with Vista anymore.
Do you mean XP? If so, yes they do. You have to buy a 'business' model called Vostro rather than the Inspiron models.
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I am going to guess that your 3 year old machine has an ATA style drive

$65 shipped

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148128

This really comes down to a money issue.

Dell will sell you either OS on a new machine, call them instead of trying to figure it out online.
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Right, I meant without Vista. How would I know what style drive I have? It's a Dell Inspiron 6000.
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You could look up the specs on support.dell.com

Insp 6000 is an ATA style, the link I posted above to the seagate drive on newegg will work.

You can also get a full set of diagnostic software from Dell for it too
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Yes.

Dying.

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