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Apr 22, 2014

It's not just your everyday slowness. I accidentally dropped my computer, not too violently or anything, and now it's having extreme lag.

Even before you boot, it takes about 3 minutes just to wait for the safemode options screen after hitting F8. So far, it's taken 20 to actually load the files and start safemode.

The only thing I can think would be causing this is the RAM cards were damaged? Or it might also be a softwear issue - I was running a high memory video game when it fell and shut off.

I have a Samsung 64 bit Notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium.

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Sep 15, 2014

I'm just messing around with some configurations, at the moment with the aim of increasing productivity on my Win 8 laptop. I just scheduled a shutdown task, to be run every night and in the process I was wondering if there's anyway to prevent either:

Your computer from starting before a certain time or the operating system from logging you in before a certain time.

As an example, say I wanted to limit access to my computer before 9am how could you go about this?

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Can any hacker see my webcam or my pictures without putting any malware or virus to my computer and without me doing anything so they can see me?

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Is there a way to prevent windows 8 to turn my touchpad on each time I login? My notebook is a lenovo b590.

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So I gave him Ubuntu 13.10 as it has UEFI support and everything was fine until we updated to Ubuntu 14.04. Sadly it did not load windows via grub and windows would fail to boot.

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I heard recently of this story: [URL] ....

However I checked everything and windows seems to be the cause of my woes. As does UEFI. Now we would like to keep windows on this machine however I am thinking of removing the /efi partition

Will windows 8 still work if I do this?

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Afterwards I ran a sfc scan, and it came up saying something like it found some corrupt files but couldn't fix them all

I fixed the ethernet port problem, by re-enabling it (I was still able to connect to the internet via WiFi). Also ran a virus scan with Mcafee nothing showed up.

SourceWindowsSummaryShut down unexpectedly Date‎2014-‎03-‎15 5:07 AM
Status Solution available Problem signature Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.2.9200. Locale ID: 4105Extra information about the problem
BCCode: 9fBCP1: 0000000000000004BCP2: 000000000000012CBCP3: FFFFFA8011FA71C0BCP4: FFFFF8004B0EB810
OS Version: 6_2_9200Service Pack: 0_0Product: 768_1Bucket ID: 0x9F_4_IMAGE_L1C63x64.sys

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What I'm wanting to know is how can I get it to show me the information for me to diagnose it. Could I use a shortcut on the keyboard, or will the information be saved somewhere?

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I ran powercfg/energy and it appears from the report that this is the issue:

System Availability Requests:System Required Request

The device or driver has made a request to prevent the system from automatically entering sleep.

Requesting Driver Instance HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0&SUBSYS_103C2B04&REV_10014&3288eeae&0&0001 Requesting Driver Device IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

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Upon rebooting, I noticed an extremely long boot time (about 10-15 mins) which I found highly unusual but the computer worked fine until I rebooted it a 2nd time. The 2nd time after rebooting it, it was stuck at the HP loading screen so I left it on overnight to see if it would take longer to boot but to my surprise, it was still stuck at the loading screen when I woke up this morning!

Here are some specs:

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Mar 21, 2013

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I recently put this computer together as a cheap media machine. Everything worked. It connected via onboard NIC to the internet, it had sound. No problems.

Then I upgraded by adding another stick of RAM. Same module 4gb. and all hell breaks loose.

I lost lost and internet. Media sound service couldn't start. Said something along the lines that found new hardward. And it wasn't communicating with my NIC card anymore.. I tried updated the drivers. No joy.

I contacted Biostar and asked for an issue. They recommend me to update drives and then reset bios setting to factory defaults. I tried that. No joy.

I then RMA's the vendor and got another mobo. Installed it and it had the same issue. No sound no internet.

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This worked for a while, but now the computer will boot it shows - welcome Glenn and the circle is spinning, but it will not display the start page. It stays black.

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