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carl4286

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#1 13 years ago

Well, back in August I started a thread ("wierd computer crashing problem") about a problem I was having. I corrected the problem (described in that thread) by flashing my BIOS to an updated version. The problem went away for a few months, but as of about 5 minutes ago, its back. I'm wondering at this point if I should try flashing my BIOS again, or if I should RMA my shuttle barebone, my RAM, or my hard drive. Any advice would be greatly appriciated. Edit: sorry for the vauge post, but as you can understand I'm a little hesitant to type a lengthy post with the computer crashing randomly again.




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#2 13 years ago

And another problem to add to my list. Whenever I download files, they end up corrupted on my computer. To correct this problem, I tried stopping both of my firewalls and disableing my anti-virus program (AVG). With the firwalls and anti-virus disabled, I downloaded the install file for iTunes, the Star Trek Armada 2 patch (exe), and the Twilight mod (.zip). When I attempted to install the two execs, they both gave me I/O errors and said that the installation file was corrupted (I also recieved this when trying to install flash, java, and shockwave). When I attempted to extract the .zip file, I got an "unexpected end of file" error. What other than my firewalls and anti-virus could be causing this?




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#3 13 years ago

Download The ultimate boot disc, burn it on a CD, boot up with the CD in, run the different hardware diagnostic utilities. If anything you might be able to identify what hardware pice is faulty, if any..




carl4286

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#4 13 years ago

Thanks for the app. Haha... hope I can download it uncorrupted.




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#5 13 years ago

I think there are downloading-managers which check the integrity of a download.

I had similar problems some weeks ago, turned out that my harddrive was broken and every restart damaged the files even more. So better make backups of all the files you'd like to keep :)




carl4286

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#6 13 years ago

Oh crap... my hard drive is an OEM and it only carries a 30 day warranty. Well, damn. Thanks for the advice.




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#7 13 years ago
carl4286And another problem to add to my list. Whenever I download files, they end up corrupted on my computer. To correct this problem, I tried stopping both of my firewalls and disableing my anti-virus program (AVG). With the firwalls and anti-virus disabled, I downloaded the install file for iTunes, the Star Trek Armada 2 patch (exe), and the Twilight mod (.zip). When I attempted to install the two execs, they both gave me I/O errors and said that the installation file was corrupted (I also recieved this when trying to install flash, java, and shockwave). When I attempted to extract the .zip file, I got an "unexpected end of file" error. What other than my firewalls and anti-virus could be causing this?

sometimes really old lan cards, or a bit defective lan cards, download corrupt files, and cause other menaces. if your using onboard LAN, its your motherboard.




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#8 13 years ago

Really? Yeah, I actually am using onboard LAN. Unfortunately, I have a sff system with only a PCIe x1 slot and a PCIe x16 slot, and the x1 slot is being blocked by my video card cooler (a massive NV Silencer 5). I did some digging and found that my OEM hard drive actually has a 5 year warranty (and the estimated life is a million hours/114 years, just thought that was funny :) ), so if I find out its defective I can still RMA it. I'm on my dads computer right now about to download this Ultimate Boot Disk program... hopefully it has a test for my onboard LAN. Unfortunately, I had to mod my barebone a few months ago to install my NV Silencer, and I voided its warranty. Thanks for the help.




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#9 13 years ago

Wow! In a completely random and desperate act, I was messing around in my network settings and stumbled upon a setting called "TCP Segmentation offload". After a little reading, I discovered that this was a setting that allowed windows to segment large TCP (?) packets into smaller ones. I had no idea what this was, and figured it wouldn't make a difference, but I changed it anyway. I downloaded a .zip file, and viola! My downloads are no longer all corrupted! I havent recieved the blue screen of death and prompt restart since I made the initial complaint a few days ago, but I'm sure you'll hear it if it comes up again. Thanks for all the advice.




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#10 13 years ago
carl4286Wow! In a completely random and desperate act, I was messing around in my network settings and stumbled upon a setting called "TCP Segmentation offload". After a little reading, I discovered that this was a setting that allowed windows to segment large TCP (?) packets into smaller ones. I had no idea what this was, and figured it wouldn't make a difference, but I changed it anyway. I downloaded a .zip file, and viola! My downloads are no longer all corrupted! I havent recieved the blue screen of death and prompt restart since I made the initial complaint a few days ago, but I'm sure you'll hear it if it comes up again. Thanks for all the advice.

well, diddnt think it was that, i wonder what changed it, np for the help, wasnt just me :D




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