Originally posted by Trueman
Brothers & sisters, Please I need a hand with this old desktop and I trust more in you than those service technicians.
The PC : HP pavillion a6419fh, NVIDIA GForce 8800 GT. 32 bits OS. Windows Vista.
The Problem : First it was crashing, with a frozen-rainy screen. So I think it might be a graphic problem, but not sure. Now it got worse, today the
pc only runs in safe mode.
What I Tried : Manual updated driver for the Nvidia card. Run Norton 360. Restored back a few days.
I really need your help, Gods bless you all.
Hello there friend, glad to help. I have had a lot of experience with HP machines just like your Pavillion, they generally run good for a long time,
and have great hardware in thiem, unlike some. I can see two problems in yours. One is Norton, trouble from the start and a problem for anyone, and
the other is a thing called “Windows Rot.” This is the name given to the phenomenon that every install of Windows degrades over time, gradually
getting slower and slower, using more and more RAM, until the computer running it needs to be reformatted and have Windows reinstalled. This
phenomenon has existed since Windows 3.1 and is alive and well today more than ever in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (although 7 hasn’t been out
quite long enough to see some of the worse cases of rot). The machine also gets very dirty inside the case, and it is a good idea to clean out the
accumulated dust once a year, twice a year if you smoke.
I use Ultimate Boot CD.
Download the iso image and burn as an image, not a file. Start the computer on the CD.
1. Place a bootable CD into your optical drive, then close the tray.
2. Restart your computer.
3. Hit either the "F1" or "F10" keys to be taken to the BIOS setup screen when the first Hewlett Packard screen appears.
4. Use your right or left arrow keys on your computer keyboard to scroll to "Advanced."
5. Use the up or Down arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll to "Boot Order," then hit "Enter."
6. Go to "Boot Order" options, and select the first boot device, then press "Enter."
7. Select "CD-ROM" as the desired device to boot from first, then press "Enter."
8. Press the "F10" key on your keyboard to save the settings changes and to leave the BIOS setup screen. Your HP Pavilion will restart itself, booting
from the CD this time.
Scroll down to "HDD," that is your hard drive. You need to look and see, but your machine should have a Western Digital HDD, a very good HD in my
opinion. Scroll down the HDD program to "Diagnostics," and find your hard drive, and run the tool. Use the tool to erase the drive, or, alternately,
there are other wiping tools if you feel like using one of them. The important this is this: Never stop the erasure by force during it's operation, or
you could damage the drive.
When the operation is completed, restart the machine and configure the Bios again to start on the hard drive first, DC second, and start with your
operating system CD/DVD in the tray. Follow the prompts and install your system. As soon as you have installed, update the system and configure power
settings and such. I always install, on every customer's Windows machine, the following software:
Avira Free Antivirus
This would also be a good opportunity to try one of the many Linux
operating systems which are
getting more popular these days.
Memory sticks are getting cheaper, as are power supplies and larger hard drives, so a full upgrade would set your machine on a fast track, if you are
so inclined. Good luck to you.
edit on 9/12/12 by autowrench because: (no reason given)