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  1. Hm. If I remember right, I didn't have any AV...

    Hm. If I remember right, I didn't have any AV when I did that repair-install. Just MSE. The system booted but it wouldn't turn on the screen. I even had some success connecting to the system with...
  2. Heh. Hopefully the repair-install would work...

    Heh. Hopefully the repair-install would work better than it did for me the last time, when I still had the HD. It rendered the system totally unbootable.
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  3. I understand the airflow. The laptop is sitting...

    I understand the airflow. The laptop is sitting on a hard surface. Temperature (measured with SpeedFan and OpenHardwareMonitor) hasn't been a problem since I blew out the vents.

    Now I'm just...
  4. Sorry, was out of town for over a week and forgot...

    Sorry, was out of town for over a week and forgot to check here.

    CEScott, I do definitely suspect the Black2. (Unfortunately I didn't notice problems until after Newegg's 30 day return window,...
  5. No joy. Came into the office this morning and...

    No joy. Came into the office this morning and several apps were hung. The CPU monitor indicated temps in the 50's when it hung. Interestingly Task Manager was also hung, and it showed a LOT of CPU...
  6. AAMOF the system ran CHKDSK automatically after...

    AAMOF the system ran CHKDSK automatically after several of the crashes, but I haven't run it recently.

    CHKDSK ran very quickly without the usual long file-verification pass. It found a few...
  7. Ran memtest86 for 8 hours and no errors. So if...

    Ran memtest86 for 8 hours and no errors. So if it's not heat and it's not the RAM, what's causing it??
  8. Crap. It was cruising along in low 60's. I...

    Crap. It was cruising along in low 60's. I started flipping through facebook, watching a few videos, and... oh crap, it's hanging again. When the CPU monitor hung it was only in the high 60's. I...
  9. I really, really hate cases that require arcane...

    I really, really hate cases that require arcane knowledge, 4 passwords, and a genetic test to open up. I removed every screw I could find and I couldn't even pry any corner of the case open.

    So I...
  10. Fair enough. :) My wall thermometer reads in F...

    Fair enough. :) My wall thermometer reads in F and the CPU monitor reads C.

    I am somewhat less certain this is a heat issue. The laptop just crashed again (for the second time today, grrr). ...
  11. So I guess it's not surprising that my system...

    So I guess it's not surprising that my system gradually locks up when it gets up around 90.

    Coochin, no doubt a cooler like that would help, just like the icepacks do. But I travel frequently...
  12. I downloaded SpeedFan but it only sees "GPU Fan"...

    I downloaded SpeedFan but it only sees "GPU Fan" sensors -- and those both say 0.

    If the fan wasn't running at all, I would assume the CPU would fry in seconds. That's what would happen with a...
  13. Win7 hanging since I replaced HD -- HD or laptop problem?

    I have a 2+ yr old laptop (HP dv7-6199us) that had been very reliable. Over time it got more and more sluggish, until it was nearly unusable. I tried re-installing win7, and it wasn't much better. ...
  14. Thread: Dead laptop?

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    And money. :) In this case I suspect it would...

    And money. :) In this case I suspect it would require a new graphics chip, more likely a new motherboard. And a new inverter for the screen backlight. And then it would still be questionable,...
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    That actually worked better than I expected. I...

    That actually worked better than I expected. I didn't remember the magic key so I tried DEL, F12, F11, F10 ... and hey! With F10 held down it didn't do the 5-second-reboot thing. The screen (as...
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    Sodu15, won't I run into the same problem I...

    Sodu15, won't I run into the same problem I mentioned with the Vista repair CD? You have to boot into the Kaspersky rescue disk, and the laptop won't boot from anything. If you have suggestions how...
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    Sorry guys, I got distracted and forgot to check...

    Sorry guys, I got distracted and forgot to check this thread.


    No, HP sez it can go up to 16GB.


    I've cut it down to 91GB, leaving 18 GB (16%) free. I've got all my work files &etc on C: so...
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    No worries, cmptrgy. And yes, I cleaned the RAM...

    No worries, cmptrgy. And yes, I cleaned the RAM contacts with De-Oxit and let it dry.

    Thanks for the offer of the Vista repair CD (I can't respond to your email) but I don't see how that could...
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    Nope. I tried that, and I tried removing power /...

    Nope. I tried that, and I tried removing power / main battery / CMOS battery for 10 minutes. No change.
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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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