Crashing computer

FTSE Beater

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Hi all

My computer is throwing a complete wobbler at the moment and I'm not sure why.

It keeps crashing for no apparent reason. Task manager shows nothing abnormal when it crashes. It even crashes when I haven't been using it. :eek:
I'm running windows XP pro, I installed the latest updates yesterday and that hasn't sorted it. Incidentally one of the updates duplicated my mouse. I have 2 monitors and when I move the mouse, a mouse on both monitors move :confused:

PC pitstop says there is nothing wrong, and I can't run adware because when it gets to a file called C:\found.014 it crashes. Not sure if that has anything to do with it

Any help would be much appreciated
 

FTSE Beater

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Hello Mr Options Sir

That is a last resort at the moment, but if it's the only way to do it, then I will :cry:
 

options

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Just pick a date to before you started geting problems. Simple excercise that might sort it out. You won't lose nothing apart from installed programs back to that date. And one of them may be the problem or any site you have been on recently.

If you get an error from Lavasoft/adware, the reset to an earlier time is the first thing I would do, as it's the easiest.
 

Rognvald

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FTSEB
You don't need to be afraid of it - it works :cheesy:
 

Trader333

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FB,

Yes a good idea you could try restoring to an earlier date. That said I was having a problem with my pc crashing but only occasionally. I consulted my fellow members on T2W and ended up getting a defragmenting program called diskeeper by executive. When I ran it it found that the paging file (which is part of the boot sequence) was fragmented. Windows is not able to defragment this and you need something like Diskeeper to do it. When I first ran the boot drefag it took overnight to complete.

Since then I have had no problems but it is noticeable that after trading the drive becomes fragmented everyday so I have set the program to run automatically at any time other than between 1pm and 9pm when I do most of my trading.

Of course it may have nothing to do with that but I didnt realise just how much the hard drive gets fragmented after trading.

Attached is a screenshot of my drive taken at 8.30pm the red sections are the fragmented files and this was defragmented only this morning.

I hope it helps


Paul
 

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FTSE Beater

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Thank you kind sir.

I think I will do that. So if you don't hear from me for a few days, you know that I managed to make things worse :cheesy:

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Hi Rognvald

Sounds like your talking from experience. ;)
I'll trust you!

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Hi T333

Ah ha. That's what that error is on boot up!!
That's now my first point of call :p

I defraged the drives about a month ago and I know what you mean. Hard drives have worse filing systems than me :cheesy:


Thanks all
 

Trader333

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FB,

Bear in mind that Win XP cannot defrag the paging file. You need a program that can do a boot defrag to achieve this.



Paul
 

madasafish

Well-known member
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You can defrag a paging file by cheating..

Firstly set the paging file to 0..
then defarg the drive.
then reset the paging file again.. to a FIXED value .. thi stops XP continually allocating disk space and fragmenting the disk where page files are stored..
 

FTSE Beater

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Hi Paul

I've done the defrag by executive. Will that have done the paging file as well?

Thanks all for your help. Much appreciated :cool:
 
 
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