Jump to content

Welcome to MSFN Forum
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. This message will be removed once you have signed in.
Login to Account Create an Account



Photo

Windows XP doesn't want to shut down

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#26
Sophy

Sophy

    Vista Home Premium SP2 / Avast Internet Security 5 / WinPatrol /

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 114 posts
  • Joined 12-June 07
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag
Thank you so very much. This would definitely be a keeper. And she and the oldest son (6 yrs.) do light gaming; games found on Shockwave as she has a paid membership. I really appreciate this input.


How to remove advertisement from MSFN

#27
allen2

allen2

    Not really Newbie

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,814 posts
  • Joined 13-January 06
I'd just add :
- you should also get an extended support when you'll buy the new laptop if it is not sold with a 3 years old warranty/support.
- As for the make of the laptop i'd add to major makes you might want to consider HP and Lenovo.

#28
dencorso

dencorso

    Iuvat plus qui nihil obstat

  • Supervisor
  • 6,097 posts
  • Joined 07-April 07
  • OS:98SE
  • Country: Country Flag

Donator

If I had to pick one for me, I'd buy ASUS or HP. But that's me, and YMMV.
BTW, Sony VAIO are good machines, too, besides the other brands already mentioned.

#29
CharlotteTheHarlot

CharlotteTheHarlot

    MSFN Master

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,054 posts
  • Joined 24-September 07
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag
Add Toshiba to the good list. They excel in the high end with i7 desktop replacements. In the mid to low range I imagine they wouldn't want to blow their reputation making crap.

... Let him who hath understanding reckon the Number Of The Beast ...


#30
submix8c

submix8c

    Inconceivable!

  • Patrons
  • 4,405 posts
  • Joined 14-September 05
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag

Most of the other specs there are irrelevant ( HDD size, DDR3 is dirt cheap, etc ) and shouldn't be used to decide anything.

Beware that! the RAM upgrades are just fine. IF you change a HDD, THEN you will have to FULLY CLONE the old HDD to the New, expanding the Running OS Partition. THEORETICALLY this should cause no problem with Vista/7/8 since as a "norm" WIMS are used for the Recovery Partition (remember those?). SOME manufacturers (cough - DELL) screwed folks up by "hiding" a special "item" in a "secret place" thus disallowing cloning between HDD's.

So if you go that route (changing smaller->bigger HDD) come back here FIRST before proceeding. ;)

However, normally newer PC's have more than enough HDD space for their needs. Video/Audio editing is a different story...

Someday the tyrants will be unthroned... Jason "Jay" Chasteen; RIP, bro!

Posted Image


#31
Sophy

Sophy

    Vista Home Premium SP2 / Avast Internet Security 5 / WinPatrol /

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 114 posts
  • Joined 12-June 07
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag
Again, thanks to everyone. I've been sharing your advice with her.

#32
Sophy

Sophy

    Vista Home Premium SP2 / Avast Internet Security 5 / WinPatrol /

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 114 posts
  • Joined 12-June 07
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag
Just wanted to add a final note to this. After the guy worked on her computer, she was able to shut it down ... sometimes. The way it sounds, sometimes she has to let it set for a little bit and then it will restart. He did manage to do a repair install, but then afterwards the second she would click on Windows Update she'd get some spiel about not being able to dowload Windows Updates.

Strange thing, but exactly at that time I got a newsletter about a winfixtool by Anvisoft that will often cure problems with Windows Update so I told her about it. What could it hurt? She used it and was able to download and install over 100 updates. After that she went ahead and reinstalled her Malwarebytes, but instead of using Avast (which this guy who worked on her computer had warned her off of) she installed Microsoft Security Essentials and enabled her Windows Firewall.

Her husband thinks she needs a new hard drive and I'm still no so sure some of her problems aren't coming from her power supply. She says when she is able to shut down and then tries to start up again, at times she can see by the orange light on her tower that connection is not being made, but her fans will run real loud.

In any event, she is still planning on getting a new laptop, but is thinking about going forth with trying to fix this computer for her 6-year-old son to use to play his games on because she really doesn't want him messing with her new one. She wonders if there is a possibility that he did something to this computer which caused things to go haywire.

Anyway, thank you all for your time and expertise. I truly appreciate it.

#33
submix8c

submix8c

    Inconceivable!

  • Patrons
  • 4,405 posts
  • Joined 14-September 05
  • OS:none specified
  • Country: Country Flag
First, there was probably an "unrepairable" (by AV software) problem in the Registry. Some "trojans" intentionally change many things (autoupdate/firewall/antivirus). Malwarebytes should have found that and corrected it. This was the case with a FAKE Antivirus that many folks inadvertently "click" on (cleaned two of those before).

Second, an "over-the-top" Reinstall (aka "Repair Install") won't cure many Registry problems nor will it "remove" the "baddies". If the CD is a FULL OEM-supplied CD (as I had described the difference between the two "types") and it was used (as an "over-the-top" which I suspect to be the case) then I might recommend that WHEN the new laptop is obtained that a CLEAN INSTALL be done to it, thus "curing the magic" (i.e. REFORMAT the partition and boot to the CD).

I would be willing to bet this is the case. IOW, why "toss" a (potentially) perfectly good PC. ;) Suggest a FULL SCAN with MalwareBytes in Safe Mode without Internet (after MBAM Update of course).

(p.s. the "Shutdown" MAY have been "altered" somehow to "Restart")

Someday the tyrants will be unthroned... Jason "Jay" Chasteen; RIP, bro!

Posted Image





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users