Skynet is my tech support.

Thanks to everyone who helped me, my computer got optimized quite a bit. Thanks to John Lewis, we now have a solution to the freezeups. He ran my PC in Linux, found that the mouse was repeatedly disconnecting. Same happened on a laptop. The culprits turned out to be a pair of bad mice. I am back to working on a reliable and fast PC!

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4 Responses to Skynet is my tech support.

  1. Rivrdog says:

    Did he change your O/S to a Linux distro? If so, how do you access your old files on the previous distro? Did he put Wine on your laptop also?

  2. Skynet says:

    Rivrdog, bootable thumb drives FTW. From what I can tell, Windows doesn’t rationally log the events I was looking for. Linux does. The goal wasn’t to change OS’s to fix the problem, but to definitively isolate it.

  3. freddyboomboom says:

    Hi Rivrdog,

    He probably ran a “live” Linux distro. I would guess since there was speculation the issues were USB related that he did so using a DVD.

    If you are unfamiliar with the term, a “live” Linux is run directly from the DVD (or USB thumb drive) and it doesn’t usually touch the hard drive or change the usual OS on the computer.

    The nice thing is, after you shut down Linux, you can reboot the computer in the usual OS.

    There are several out there that come with “live” versions, and many that the “live” version is the installer disc (such as recent Fedora versions).

    These can be very useful for data recovery in the case of a corrupt OS.

    If you’d like a demo, I can do that for you if you’re still in the Troutdale/Gresham area. I’m over in Hillsboro and we met years ago.

  4. Paul Koning says:

    Wow. Nice job. So much for the rule of thumb that the same problem on two systems isn’t a broken hardware issue. Just as any other rule of thumb, that one is usually correct. But not always.

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