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  1. Thread: Dead laptop?

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    No, I don't have another Vista system. And...

    No, I don't have another Vista system. And unless I am mistaken, you would need the ability to boot into the repair disk. A rescue disk like that is good if your Windows install is borked, but not...
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    Yes, I know about the HP/Nvidia issues... ...

    Yes, I know about the HP/Nvidia issues... Between my ex and I we had several HP laptops (we both worked at HP) and at least one of them had this problem. I "fixed" my ex's laptop by wrapping it in...
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    Isn't, I'm afraid. In the...

    Isn't, I'm afraid.

    In the reboot-every-5-seconds mode (RAM inserted), the laptop doesn't turn on the monitor until it's almost ready to shut down. Nothing gets displayed.

    In the...
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    Well it was certainly worth a try, but... new...

    Well it was certainly worth a try, but... new battery == no change. :(

    Out of curiosity I tried pulling the battery entirely, but that didn't change the behavior either. Same brief video...
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    ?? My last post seems to have disappeared. I'm...

    ?? My last post seems to have disappeared. I'm *sure* I posted it... Will try to reconstruct.

    With a stronger light and a darker room, I determined the screen IS doing something. But it looks...
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    Sudo15, that is indeed what the manual says. But...

    Sudo15, that is indeed what the manual says. But it's wrong. :) Here's the battery in its holder:

    42773

    It does use DDR2 PC2-5300. Max of 2 x 2GB SODIMMs. 2GB sticks are $25 or so, only...
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    Sudo15, the battery is easy. It's in a battery...

    Sudo15, the battery is easy. It's in a battery holder right next to the RAM. :)

    If the battery doesn't help, then RAM is a sensible next thing to try. It could also cause everything (WU, boot,...
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    When I'm working at my home office, I never sleep...

    When I'm working at my home office, I never sleep or hibernate the system. It's always on, always plugged in. (Which is not optimal for Li-On battery life, I know.) But when I travel for business,...
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    I had 10GB free, which was 9% of the 111GB...

    I had 10GB free, which was 9% of the 111GB available on the drive.

    I already have a 6.2GB C:\hiberfil.sys and an 8.3GB C:\pagefile.sys (currently 8GB RAM), so they shouldn't suddenly get that much...
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    That seems very unlikely that the inverter would...

    That seems very unlikely that the inverter would die JUST as the WU fails AND the boot gets hosed...

    I can't see anything (with flashlight) either without RAM (when it just beeps and probably...
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    Large new file in C:\Windows

    Last week I reinstalled Win7 onto a WD Black2 drive -- a combo of 120GB SSD and 1TB HD. The 120GB is a bit tight to fit everything I want there, but I can live with it. I had everything I needed on...
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    No. The screen doesn't light at all. I think...

    No. The screen doesn't light at all. I think it's in the BIOS, since it beeps in POST if there's no RAM, and it tries hitting the disk / CD in some conditions. But I can't see anything so I can't...
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    OK, I'm thinking new RAM wouldn't help anything....

    OK, I'm thinking new RAM wouldn't help anything.

    * I cleaned the RAM contacts with De-Oxit, and blasted out the RAM sockets with compressed air. No change.

    * The RAM sockets are "stacked," one...
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    Thanks for the excellent suggestions, folks! ...

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions, folks!

    No joy from removing the battery or the HD.

    I removed the RAM and it successfully got far enough through POST to beep a complaint, AND it didn't...
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    Dead laptop?

    I have a laptop that I fear may have shuffled off this mortal coil...

    It's about 6 yrs old, running Vista. It was working fine, and I ran Windows Update to install some recommended updates. At...
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    That's what I'm trying to do here. :D Yes,...

    That's what I'm trying to do here. :D


    Yes, but since ALL my tasks/events come from one calendar (Google), that doesn't help me much. I want to choose colors on a task-by-task basis.

    Take a...
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    Coochin, I installed Lightning. With some...

    Coochin, I installed Lightning. With some digging I found the instructions to hook up to my Google calendar. The help wasn't accurate and it took some experimentation to find my way through it, but...
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    Tried that already, Tony. It just redirects you...

    Tried that already, Tony. It just redirects you to the Microsoft download site, which no longer has Outlook 2007.
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    I do. :) Have for 8 years or so. I had to use...

    I do. :) Have for 8 years or so. I had to use Outlook email for a particular client. I'm not working with that client any more but I'm used to using the Outlook calendar.
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    Office 2007 installer

    I ran Office 2007 for years. A few months ago I installed Office/Outlook 2013. I REALLY do not like it, and I'd rather have Office 2007 again. I just re-installed Win7 on that laptop and I decided...
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    True, it was not a pure MS install disk. But it...

    True, it was not a pure MS install disk. But it was the same OS image that was originally installed on the laptop when it was new, and it worked just fine then... So you'd recommend the All-In-One...
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    I tried timing the Quicken startup time as a...

    I tried timing the Quicken startup time as a metric. Maybe not the best or most representative test, but it's repeatable and easy to measure.

    After I'd been running my normal load for a day or...
  23. I didn't have the white cursor. My screen was...

    I didn't have the white cursor. My screen was totally turned off. No backlight, no pixels turned on. Like what happens when a monitor goes into power-save mode. And I couldn't go into safe mode...
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    No suggestions? No ideas what could cause a...

    No suggestions? No ideas what could cause a totally fresh install to act like a slug?
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    Generally sluggish new install

    A month+ ago I wiped my laptop and reinstalled Win7. In the process I also installed the current release of several major packages: Office 365, Quicken 2015, etc.

    I noticed several of the new...
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