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The case of the booting crashing rebooting Windows XP PC

Introduction Here is how I repaired and cleaned up a PC that was not functional.  It was stuck in a loop: crashing after the boot up Windows XP Home splash screen.   I tested the hard drive then used Malwarebytes (4) … Continue reading

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Dell Dimension 3000 and SB0410 sound card driver

Reinstalling Windows XP Home on a Dell Dimension 3000 computer with a SoundBlaster Live! 24bit audio card SB0410 can be tricky until you find the right driver.  To cut to the chase, here is the right driver: File Name : … Continue reading

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Repairing a laptop with a broken power connector jack

Recently I repaired a laptop with a broken power connector jack. The HP zv5000 laptop would not charge the battery or run on ac power unless the power connector plug was wiggled around until it made contact.  My diagnosis was … Continue reading

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troubleshooting a Dell Dimension 8100 PC that will not boot

Troubleshooting a Dell™ Dimension™ 8100 PC that will not boot. Symptoms. Plugging in the power cord, the green power light comes on, the CD light briefly goes green, nothing appears on the screen. Further investigation reveals that the case/CPU fan … Continue reading

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