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post Nov 18 2011, 08:40 PM
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my lab top is geting so bad ,that now it won't even follow links without crashing,and I am geting sick of reading reviews from someone or something I don't know
so ,I am turning to people just as twisted as I am for their opinion( yes I am talking about the GMC community)
so,is this fixable or is their a good lab top you guys can recommend(thinking at least 3 ram)
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post Nov 18 2011, 08:48 PM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Nov 18 2011, 08:40 PM) *
my lab top is geting so bad ,that now it won't even follow links without crashing,and I am geting sick of reading reviews from someone or something I don't know
so ,I am turning to people just as twisted as I am for their opinion( yes I am talking about the GMC community)
so,is this fixable or is their a good lab top you guys can recommend(thinking at least 3 ram)


Which one do you currently have?
In general - I would say it is fixable : just re-install the operating system and it will run like new. It is usually like that.


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post Nov 18 2011, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Nov 18 2011, 08:48 PM) *
Which one do you currently have?
In general - I would say it is fixable : just re-install the operating system and it will run like new. It is usually like that.

dell inspiron 1525
is there a way to do that with out loosing all your documents ?
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post Nov 18 2011, 09:02 PM
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You may have a re-direct virus, do you have any anti virus software installed on the machine? If not, go to Microdoft Security Essentials Download and run a complete scan. Its a free anti virus program and works great. Good luck!


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post Nov 18 2011, 10:25 PM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Nov 18 2011, 09:02 PM) *
You may have a re-direct virus, do you have any anti virus software installed on the machine? If not, go to Microdoft Security Essentials Download and run a complete scan. Its a free anti virus program and works great. Good luck!

Mcafee,and it is up to date with nothing malicious
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post Nov 18 2011, 10:47 PM
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Run a full virus scan set on "all files" then run the disk utility to check for bad blocks/sectors, on your drive. Then run the microsoft updater an make sure you have the latest patches/browser. Then try a new browser, chrome, firefox, safari. If all that fails you might need to take it in for service.


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post Nov 18 2011, 11:08 PM
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Probably best to reformat/re install your OS and start "clean." Especially if you use your laptop for recording - you'll want minimal applications on it anyways to conserve processor load.

It's always good to have a network drive of some sort to back up your documents / files. Especially if you have a ton of large files like videos / music, pictures etc. Being a musician - if you record, this is a *must*!

It's also an extremely good idea to write down all of your username/passwords for all website accounts, product keys, URLs to sites you have accounts with instructions and software version information, support emails and phone numbers, etc..., into a file then Zip that file up into an encrypted file - Winzip is pretty convenient, but most compression software packages have encryption options these days. Then burn that file to a CD as a back-up and keep it in a safe place. Lock that CD/DVD up with the password on a piece of paper.

This way if you ever have to rebuild your machine or transfer software over to a new machine, you'll have all that information at your finger tips instead of having to search your email history for the past 5 years, or open up every software box you ever purchased in search of install keys, etc. Been there, done that at least 20 times before deciding to stop hitting myself over the head!

As for back-up strategies - If you don't have a ton of large files, you can get by with a simple back-up strategy like getting a drop-box or box.net account that gives free storage up to like 2-5 GB. Then you can just back up your important documents there (advantage being remote access from anywhere, and it's a free option). The downside is that it is encumbant upon you to remember to update your files when they change - and keeping track of file versions, etc.

For $6/month, you can get a Mozy account with 50GB of backup space, which is an online back-up service - I use this for alot of things, including my wife's Quickbooks files.

Here's a list of pretty good online services & prices:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp


If you DO have a lot of files - invest in a network drive - most drives come with back-up software packages that will work just fine - you can set it up to audit certain folders for changes and update when detected. Keep in mind that back-up drives fail too! In an ideal world-you'd have 2 back-up plans - but for most people this is overkill - it would be very rare for both your computer AND your back-up drive to crash at the same time... - don't store files on your back-up drive that you don't also have on your laptop and vice-versa - this will ensure you have two copies, one on each media device, reducing your exposure surface to data-loss.

I also make sure that all of my computers have a second hard drive - it is very rare for both hard drives in a computer to fail. If the primary fails, just buy a new one, install the OS, and the second drive will still be accessible. or you can just yank the second drive out and stick it in another computer as a slave (second drive), and the data will be accessible by exploring that drive letter.

Good luck with your computer.Nothing worse than planning after the fact - plan now while you still have a computer that turns on!

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post Nov 18 2011, 11:10 PM
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Download this one, free version, run cleaner and then run the registry cleaner ,you will be surprised wink.gif


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post Nov 18 2011, 11:14 PM
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Good luck man..Looks like you got a lot of good info here..


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