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My machine has been driving me crazy lately keeps crashing ,freezing etc.I've run anti virus,adaware,datbase scans etc.Its gotten so bad Ive tried repairing XP from the disk.I called Dell they are going to send me a new version of XP and talk me through the reinstall over the phone.Heres something else i thought i would pass on .I checked my tower since i keep it on a small platform on the floor.the intakes for the fan etc were COVERED in dust.took a vacum to it then opened her up and used a whole can of compressed air actually 2 1/2 cans because they would get cold.lol.Then i rerouted the jungle that was the power and other cords down there.The dusting helped but the install should go down tonight.anyone know how to back up all yout files?I got disks but they are for writing CD's im thinking it may take a ton of em to do that any suggestions?I dont want to lose all my phtos ,music stored docs etc:confused:
 

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I feel your pain. I just got my computer back from the shop because one of the kids getting on Myspace and downloading a adware from hell. It cost me about $90 bucks to reinstall XP and another $35 for them to back up and reinstall the files. I think I had about 8 gigs of files to backup, I could have never done that muself. The real kicker was I had to reinstall every program from scratch Which was a pain in the rear.

A while back my machine was freezing like what you describe and it was the mouse had gone bad I bought a new mouse and that cured it. That was until the new Mouse had a USB conflict with another program and it started freezing up again. Arn't computers wonderfull?
 

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THANK YOU BB THAT DID THE TRICK.Im gonna be able to do tech support soon :lol:im spending so much time in the manual and reading how to pages
 

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AGGGGGHHHHHHH I SPOKE TO SOON.the intaller wont load the program.:wallbash::wallbash::wallbash::wallbash:.On the plus side my new cds arrived so tonight ill be chatting with india on how to rebuild my puter
 

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Well my ordeal is over i crashed the whole thing and started from the ground up.I had to reinstall everything and update it all.I lost all my pic,music and favorites.thank goodness for photobucket .the pics i had there were saved at least.what a hassle i tried doing it myself kept hitting roadblocks.wound up using tech support .seems like its running smoth now .:bag:
 

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Possible early signs of hardrive failure. Certain sectors within a hard drive are prone to fail before others effecting sys performance.
 
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