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thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby analog » Tue May 25, 2010 10:29 pm

system slowed down over course of several days and lost half its memory.
Then started crashing, wouldn't run long enough to do a virus scan.
Finally wouldn't boot gave only "FDC error" whatever that is.

I phoned my IRA folks and shut off internet access.

Was just about to put it out of its misery, decided to have one look inside for anything obvious. Sometimes you get lucky and see something physical.
Noticed the dust buildup around memory sticks was awesome and processor heatsink fins were packed almost solid below the little fan.

Took it out in yard and with a soft paintbrush and compressed air raised a cloud of dust like when you beat a rug.

Put it back together and it booted, ran virus check and got passing grade, seems fine now.

I guess the lesson is after winter when humidity goes up so does conductivity of dust bunnies.
Simple cleaning in bright sunlight where i could see well saved me a trip to the city.

Hope this helps somebody else.

But darn, i was so looking forward to that Mac....
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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby jamiebk » Wed May 26, 2010 8:47 am

I use that "canned air" stuff to blow the dust out of the fan area on a quarterly basis. It's amazing how much accumulates.
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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby analog » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:36 pm

well i guess it was more than dust bunnies.

it ran fine about a week then ground to a faltering halt....

now on windows 7 (UGH) trying to find out where's email.

curiously the old disk is in the new machine and the folders are still accessible - must be OS trouble?
I think Windows keeps on downloading updates until it self toxifies.

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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby dai bread » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:44 pm

I think Windows keeps on downloading updates until it self toxifies.


That wouldn't surprise me at all. Anything to keep sales up and the money rolling in.
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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby analog » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:58 pm

Anything to keep sales up and the money rolling in.


yep. You get no email with windows 7 they want you to send 'em another $140 for office..... but Mozilla Thunderbird looks like it'll do the job.

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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby barfle » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:32 pm

analog wrote:
Anything to keep sales up and the money rolling in.


yep. You get no email with windows 7 they want you to send 'em another $140 for office..... but Mozilla Thunderbird looks like it'll do the job.

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Windows 7 comes with "live mail," an email client. Office 2010 has no email client.
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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby analog » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:04 pm

Windows 7 comes with "live mail," an email client. Office 2010 has no email client.


?? well i couldn't figure out how to make it go, ...... but mozilla loaded right up and runs fine.

apparently i'm not alone.
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/For ... 21a4ccbf6d


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Re: thought sure it was a virus.....

Postby dai bread » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:30 pm

"The service is unavailable".
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