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About JustinP526

  • Birthday 05/26/1981

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    In the woods with witches and fairies
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    Computers, playing guitar and bass and drums, heavy metal, Linux, open source, the revolution, taxing religion, ending corporate wealth/greed

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    Dell XPS M1330 (lappy)
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  1. We ended up taking it in to be sent for service/repair, which they will do for no charge. I'll definitely see about getting the SSD either way. From what I see in owners manual (for both of our laptops) should be able to go up to 512GB M2.2280 SSD. May also add 2nd stick of RAM to double up.
  2. Well I think we're going to try removing flash as I did on my system from the directions I seen here: https://lifehacker.com/how-to-remove-adobe-flash-from-windows-10-in-5-minutes-1845509875 But it's now crashing to BSOD with an error of CRITICAL_PROCESS_FAIL Maybe completely remove and then reinstall nvidia driver?
  3. Going to keep an eye on things for a bit and see if it cleared things up completely, but seems to be doing better now that we uninstalled Windows Updates that were for Flash Player. Looking into completely removing Flash from both our laptops, seems there was supposed to be an update (KB4577586) that removes it. But that update isn't showing for either of us. May have to get it via the update catalog only. Either way, as soon as possible, going to get her an SSD.
  4. Ran the tweaking.com tool and it found and fixed some errors. One was nvidia container, there was some it didn't say in file system check and 2 that were for hyperv. Can't do much on discharging the system as I have no clue how to remove battery, seems to be inside the laptop. It's not an owned machine, on rent to own from Aaron's. Seems to still be an issue though. It shows 100% disk use in task manager, all listed tasks show 0 MB/s so very difficult to know what's causing the disk use. File manager shows 308GB free out of 930GB, we are working on removing some programs that are no longer used. Thanks very much though for all the tips and suggestions.
  5. We were able to finally remove Chrome by deleting the Google folder in C://Users/UserName/AppData/Local and that got Chrome uninstall to finally finish. Took almost an hour for that folder to delete. It helped a little bit. More so, we disabled SuperFetch (SysMain) in msconfig and that seemed to help a bit more. But it will run good for a couple minutes before jumping back up to 100% disk usage again. Every process listed in task manage shows 0 MB/s throughput but it shows disk at 100%. Highest ones show occasionally as System and BITS. I'm wondering if a corrupt or missing driver, perhaps for storage controller. Wondering if a reinstall of Windows would be a remedy as this issue just started within the past month. Any easy way to find out what kind of SSD I can put in it without opening up the whole machine? Been hearing there should be possibly an M2 slot on mobo. Otherwise, it would be swapping in a SATA type one as exchange to the standard HDD.
  6. OK, we'll give that a try and see how it goes. Not sure what will happen though, already tried to uninstall Chrome and it never starts the uninstall process from add/remove programs. We did already defrag and run disk cleanup, no difference. Wondering if some issue with a driver gone missing or some corrupt files. Always willing to try anything that may solve this one, and it's a tricky one.
  7. Yes it was still at 100% disk usage even in safe mode
  8. CPU usage 1 - 2% when idle, Memory usually no higher than 45% even with programs open. It's always just HDD at 100% constantly and Task Manager will freeze up for minutes at a time then shows nothing is using disk but it's at 100% load anyways. No missing updates. We tried doing a full factory reset and it won't even do that, gives an error about having administrator do it or getting a disk. It's Windows 10 and should have latest version update.
  9. My wife is having issues on her laptop where it's constantly freezing, Task Manager is showing disk load at 100% all the time, but no programs are showing any throughput to indicate what is causing the full load. Laptop is an Acer Aspire 7 (A717-72G-53P7) Intel i5-8300H, nVidia GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5), 8 GB DDR4 system RAM and 1TB HDD This is the HDD that came in the laptop https://www.newegg.com/toshiba-mq04abf100/p/1B0-0011-000E9 I'm looking into whether it can take an SSD drive as well and what capacity so we can put one in for upgrade. So far we have tried almost every option on this page https://www.makeuseof.com/tips-fix-100-disk-usage-improve-windows-performance/ None of these has fixed the problem at all. We're currently checking Acer's site for any driver updates to see what may help. Even Check Disk ran and found no issues with HDD. I can run a disk utility from Toshiba to get all the SMART stats and see if the drive is starting to fail. Any other tips or ideas?
  10. Lost another 54k points because it couldn't finish in time. Going to reboot and check for client update. Hopefully that will get it running CPU work again.
  11. Hmmm, ran into a snag with my client. Maybe there's an updated version I need to switch up to? Haven't been able to get any new CPU WUs for about 48 hours now, just sitting at download status with everything showing as unknown. GPU WUs are still running and download just fine, though, they never finish and then I get no credit. I'm running an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with Radeon Vega 8, runs 8 logical CPU cores and also an independent GPU (not sure of exact specs). GPU work won't finish or credit because on web control page it shows that my machine has 1.75 days to complete, but it will take 3.50 days for it to actually get the work done. Seems pointless to download and start work that is not possible to complete within the limit. Plus it's costing me 50k - 60k points (for each WU that I lose out running) that could count towards our wonderful team here... so that's about 150k or so points that could have been in the past 2 days. And I'm only about 20k away from the 1M milestone I can check again to be sure my system is all updated, but last manual update check I only seen there's one for HP firmware that's listed as optional.
  12. Went back to the local store and they said could be a bad modem (xFi Gateway from xFinity). They gave us a new one and instructions how to set it up properly. It's all set up right, has to be done via smartphone app. There is a test via the app to show speed to the gateway, comes up at 1,192 Mbps out of 1,000 Mbps. Yet web pages and everything are still hesitating to load. Online speed test pages are even giving error messages that the test can not complete due to a problem with the network. Any other ideas or suggestions?
  13. We got Xfinity gigabit internet setup, using their supplied xFi gateway. Speed tests will report anywhere from 0.5Mbps to 475Mbps down speed. We have 2 laptops connected via ethernet cables. Both laptops have Realtek Gbe family network ports. I've already called for a signal reset and that didn't seem to change anything. Their modem diagnostic test reports that everything is functioning correctly. Even websites like here on PC Matic forum takes quite a bit of time to load, almost as if the connection is dropped then reconnected again. Is it possible the xFi gateway needs a firmware update? Should I contact tech support?
  14. Been away for a short while due to some setbacks and not having an internet connection. We now have a new internet connection and I've got my system all updated and [email protected] client up and running again! How's everyone else doing?
  15. Dell machines use very specific designed motherboards, probably nothing much else would fit in there without a ton of modification to the case and all. Best use for it? Turn it into a custom router for insane internet speeds!
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