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Author Topic: The Generic Computer Advice Thread  (Read 205347 times)

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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3855 on: February 14, 2019, 11:55:15 pm »

Not without a sacrificial UPS to buffer the power.

A cheapie "power strip" 5-minute special would do.  I used to use one for this purpose when I lived out in super rural-land USA.  Wind + overhead power lines + Neglect from the county electrical commission because "County is rural and poor" == Very unstable power at various times during the day.  After destroying a few 60$ PSUs, I decided that a sacrificial UPS was called for.  Worked great.  It will just beep all the damn time.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3856 on: February 21, 2019, 09:49:41 am »

My PC has a tendency to crash (no response to input, loops last few samples of audio played), sometimes managing to progress to the Windows 10 BSOD, most of the time not. When it did, the error I usually get is THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER or something similar. For reasons unknown, it's most common when the PC is idling, which means that I have to keep an instance of a game open, framelimited to 3 FPS, to get any semblance of stability.
I've tried updating the BIOS and drivers, and they're all up to date, so what else could be the culprit?
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3857 on: February 21, 2019, 09:52:39 am »

what hardware is in that system?  I will look for any problem children.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3858 on: February 21, 2019, 10:06:57 am »

Can't answer now, my keyboard decided to be a PITA and broke. Expect me to update in around 23 hours.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3859 on: February 21, 2019, 10:08:08 am »

ok.
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« Reply #3860 on: February 22, 2019, 09:30:25 am »

I just got a replacement because (membrane) keyboards don't appear to be user-serviceable.
Anyway, this is the list of hardware:
Motherboard: (how and where do I get the exact name?)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460  CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Installed RAM: 8GB, 1/4 slots filled
GPU: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series, @1075 MHz, 1GB VRAM
Network adapters: D-Link DWA-566 Wireless N 300 Dual Band PCIe Desktop Adapter
Disk drives:
  • TS128GSSD370S (SSD, 128GB, is (C:), main boot device)
  • ST9500423AS (Laptop HDD, scavenged from laptop, is Second Disk (F:), used mainly to redirect Documents (savefiles are huge), Downloads and Pictures to save space on the SSD.)
  • StoreJet Transcend USB Device (External USB 3.0 HDD, 1TB, is Transcend (E:))
  • ST500LT012-1DG142 (Laptop HDD, 500GB, taken directly from another (now-broken) laptop, is (H:) and System Reserved (D:), still contains an install of Windows ...10? 8.1?)
DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24D3ST (I don't use this thing much, is (Z:))

What have I missed?
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3861 on: February 22, 2019, 09:43:36 am »

Often times, you can get information about the motherboard from dxdiag.

If that fails, you can try sisoft sandra.
https://www.sisoftware.co.uk/download-lite/

Sandra should be able to tell you *ALL KINDS* of stuff. (Including what kind of RAM you have, what features your CPU supports, etc.)

I also want to know if there are any integrated modems, what kind of sound hardware there is, etc.  I want a full list of the drivers that are installed.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3862 on: February 22, 2019, 10:27:08 am »

I guess I'm gonna have to dump what amounts to raw data here: (also, can spoilers be titled, and if so, how?)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Under Communication Devices, there's this (USB tethering? ADB/Fastboot/Odin?):
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Under Audio Devices:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

How do I quickly get a full list of drivers, assuming you only need the names?
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3863 on: February 22, 2019, 11:43:31 am »

The above dump should work for hardware at least. I will look for problem children. Give me some time.

UPDATE:

I have dug a bit.  I see several references to this happening with that (series) video card.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/blue-screen-with-windows-10-and-r7-200-thread/aecbb37b-4a03-4ae9-a4b3-c8ef2e2d4685
https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/thread-stuck-in-device-driver.2751613/


that last one gives something to try at least; try disabling the radeon HDMI audio device, and see if that alleviates the problem.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3864 on: February 23, 2019, 07:17:36 am »

My response was delayed because I don't get notifications for edits of posts.
I've now disabled the audio device. I'll see if my system gets more stable.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3865 on: April 16, 2019, 11:44:39 am »

So, in light of my recent HDD fuckery, any reccomendations of hdd diagnostic/repair software? I'd like to not shell out for a new one if I can avoid it for the time being and even a temporary fix of any sort would be helpful to tide me over until I get a proper desktop pc up and running.
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« Reply #3866 on: April 16, 2019, 03:50:40 pm »

So, in light of my recent HDD fuckery, any reccomendations of hdd diagnostic/repair software? I'd like to not shell out for a new one if I can avoid it for the time being and even a temporary fix of any sort would be helpful to tide me over until I get a proper desktop pc up and running.

I'd say chkdsk (pronounced check disk)? A full format will apparently also catch bad sectors, but requires a format. You have a back-up of whatever you want to keep? Alternatively, see if there are diagnostic tools from the manufacturer.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3867 on: April 16, 2019, 10:40:15 pm »

Spinrite

https://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

If you have some bad sectors, it will aggressively scrub the data from those sectors than instigate sector remapping from the spare track.
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« Reply #3868 on: April 17, 2019, 03:03:16 pm »

Oooff, that one costs more than a new HDD would :V

Luckily, managed to find a shadier alternative, did the scan/fix thingy, found 600ish bad sectors, fixed them all, hopefully that'll last a while.

What's also funny is that chckdisk said everything was pretty fine with some 32kb of bad sectors and I shouldn't worry :V
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« Reply #3869 on: April 17, 2019, 08:44:06 pm »

600 sectors is pretty extreme.

I suggest getting a new drive, then cloning it as soon as possible. (now that you recovered and remapped the sectors using the spare track, you can do a clone operation without it eating itself.) That many bad sectors is usually indicative of the platter having experienced some pretty extreme trauma, and the normal order of things is for the platter to continue to break down in there.

Getting your data off that sinking ship is the best suggestion I have.
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