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Old 11-26-2004, 09:45 AM  
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Holy Crap...I hate people.

This is the tale of a mere female mortal, who likes to believe that a kind heart and resiliency can get her through anything. However, today, at 8:12am Central Standard Time, she discovered....it could not. At the risk of garnering ridicule, for which I am sure I risk every time I step within these great hallowed walls we call Chiefsplanet, I am going to tell you about my woes.

They start with a computer. Not just any computer, but one that I purchased in the land of all things evil. This evil is no more apparent than on one particular day of the year, the dreaded and heinous day after Thanksgiving. My 26 day new and quite frankly, ostentatious computer became possessed the day before Thanksgiving. After booting, it resets itself, and reboots. This interminable cycle goes uninterrupted and if one had nothing more to do with their day, they could be quite amused by waiting until infinity for this to stop.

Knowing that there are times when viruses, worms, and other vicious malware can creep into the system, like jelly, sticking a piece of dropped toast to the floor, I checked my Norton virus definitions. All were up to date. No known problems in that category. So, being under the 30 day return agreement with the castle of the land of all things evil, I thought that I would like to return my piece of infinitely rebooting crap and have the demonic staff who entertains employment there look at it. Knowing that today, of all days, more blockhead schmucks would be in their cars, racing to find the treasures they think they have to have, I also thought that hopefully few of those schmucks would actually be returning or repairing their electronic treasures.

After standing in line for 45 minutes, with 5 other schmucks, I realized, I may be the biggest schmuck of all. What was I thinking?? One of the evil servants reluctantly agreed to try to diagnose my ills. After connecting my computer to his important diagnostic thingy, low and behold, there appeared a welcome screen....then a login screen....then a desktop. Could it be true? Did my eyes deceive me? Was my computer booting without issue right before my very eyes? It was glorious and caustic all at the same time. This couldn't be. Shaking my head in disbelief, I asked the coy rogue why this was not happening at my own domicile? He asked about antivirus software, he asked about virus definitions. When both of my answers were returned with confidence, he shrugged and offered up a rebuttal that I'm sure was intended to deceive. He proclaimed the problem must be in my faulty surge protector. What is this? My surge protector?

Could this seemingly shy scoundrel, a mere boy of 20 at most, be correct? My surge protector? Logically, this made no sense. However, my mind was racing and it was difficult to concentrate over the hoards of people scrambling, shouting, and scuffling to grab the last copy of Grand Theft Auto in one corner, and the Aladdin DVD in another. Then, there was the sound torture of Jessica Simpson which wailed from some sort of medieval sound system that was meant to drown out all kindness and resilience from those that entered the dark castle. The dark knight stood there, staring, with steam pouring from his nostrils (ok, not really, but it sounded good) and I, the fair maiden, staring back at him, feeling desperate, afraid, and ironically, alone, in this vast dominion of shoppers.

I stuttered, stammered, and asked what I should do? This boy, looking at me as if to knock me over with his words states "Take it home, plug it into the wall, and if it works, you'll know you need a new surge protector". It was victory at its finest, but it would not be mine. It would be enjoyed by the blue and yellow wearing demonic knight who would gleefully enjoy his victory over good by shouting "I'll help whoever's next!" And just like that. I was brushed aside.

Still not knowing for sure why my new computer refuses to boot for me. Looking for answers, I turn to you....oh fair and righteous people of the Planet. Please help me in my time of need. I am certainly not going to get help from the evildoers in the land of all things evil.

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Old 11-26-2004, 09:50 AM   #2
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It is obviously not the PC itself, but rather something peripheral. What you are connecting to the PC at home that was not connected at Best Buy?

Oh, and was Jessica Simpson actually there, cuz I have this cool fantasy about you and her that I get about halfway through 3 times a week before my wife strikes the back of my head.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:55 AM   #4
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Pound your fist on the side of it several times, push the power button on and off several times, if the does not work unplug it then plug it back in. If after all this it still does not work sit there and stare at it with a confused look of despair, and then take it to a repair shop. Works for me.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:56 AM   #5
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Ok, this is the thing. I had plugged a card reader, a printer, a keyboard (duh), and a mouse. Then, the cables for my digi camera and my i-link connector for the video cam were plugged in, but the camera and video cam were not plugged in the other end. I thought this might be the issue, so I unplugged these last two and still the pc was having trouble.

I started it in safe mode and even did a system restore which didn't solve any of my ills. This is just so damn frustrating.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:57 AM   #6
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Pound your fist on the side of it several times, push the power button on and off several times, if the does not work unplug it then plug it back in. If after all this it still does not work sit there and stare at it with a confused look of despair, and then take it to a repair shop. Works for me.
I have found that placing a hanger with tinfoil on it around a metal contact on back helps get better reception.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:58 AM   #7
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I have found that placing a hanger with tinfoil on it around a metal contact on back helps get better reception.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:58 AM   #8
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That machine doesn't like you.
In the word of my six year old: "Well...duh".
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Ok, this is the thing. I had plugged a card reader, a printer, a keyboard (duh), and a mouse. Then, the cables for my digi camera and my i-link connector for the video cam were plugged in, but the camera and video cam were not plugged in the other end. I thought this might be the issue, so I unplugged these last two and still the pc was having trouble.

I started it in safe mode and even did a system restore which didn't solve any of my ills. This is just so damn frustrating.
Have you tried a different keyboard? I know it sounds stupid, but that keyboard may have a stuck contact that is causing the issue. It is worth a cheap shot.
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I have found that placing a hanger with tinfoil on it around a metal contact on back helps get better reception.
That is why I hang out here I am always learnin cool stuff.
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Seriously, if you have a voltmeter, check your voltage at the outlet you are using. I once had a location on my video game route that only had 114 vac. Some of my games wouldn't work there. You should have 120 vac at the outlet. Or I could come over and check it for you.
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Have you tried a different keyboard? I know it sounds stupid, but that keyboard may have a stuck contact that is causing the issue. It is worth a cheap shot.
Ok. I will try it. Any other ideas?
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Old 11-26-2004, 10:00 AM   #13
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That is why I hang out here I am always learnin cool stuff.
Hell, what are you talking about. I am going to pound my fist on my kid and press his buttons until he cleans up his room and takes out his garbage. I obviously have learned from you as well.
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Old 11-26-2004, 10:00 AM   #14
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Seriously, if you have a voltmeter, check your voltage at the outlet you are using. I once had a location on my video game route that only had 114 vac. Some of my games wouldn't work there. You should have 120 vac at the outlet. Or I could come over and check it for you.
Ok. If you could come over that would be great. Take 65 Hwy north. Just keep going. Can't miss it.
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Ok. I will try it. Any other ideas?
Unplug EVERYTHING else except the mouse and a different keyboard. Then if it boots up add the printer and other peripherals one by one until the issue occurs again.

You might want to even initially try it without the mouse.
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