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1  General discussions / Hardware / Alienware hard drive help on: April 13, 2006, 09:02:20 AM
Can anyone please help?

   My friend has a Alienware Area 51 m5500 laptop computer. The warranty was for 90 days. On day 91 comes the problem. The picture has lines as if the video card is going out which I know is not the case due to it has a picture or not. But, also you get a blue screen and not the blue screen of death but never the less and the error reads:   \windows\system32\config\system
It was reading the card reader not the hard drive. I disabled the card reader in BIOs and it did the same thing. Also at one point it read: no hard drive drivers found. I am thinking that the motherboard is having a conflict with the video controller!? Alienware website says you can get a recovery kit but was told by many it doesnt work. I was able to get to the recovery console to type in to restore the config.system and it wont work due to not seeing the hard drive. I pulled this off of their site but no cd will work all all even when you bring up the BIOS to change to boot from the cd... FROM ALIENWARE WEBSITE> "If your Alienware system is experiencing Blue Screen Errors, irregular or slow system performance, abnormal activities or malfunctions, it is possible that your system has been infected with a virus."  If you can help out I really owe you one. Thanks so much for reading my post...Fireymom
2  CompTIA / A+ forum / hardware test on: December 28, 2004, 12:56:29 PM
If you go to you can register for your test and also get information about if they changed all or just some test.
3  CompTIA / A+ forum / A+ help on: December 26, 2004, 03:32:03 PM
quote:  can tell you that the A+ cert guide book titled "A+ For Dummies" (please do not be offended, thats the real name of the book - I am sure that you know their line)
will be a good study guide.
The printer questions are basic and the A+ for Dummies book covers those questions.

Like any exam, its more a matter of memory for these types of questions. At least you know what you have to concentrate on.

I have good study guides for the A+ and you may conact me for help.

I can use any help you can give me..thanks
4  CompTIA / A+ forum / hardware test on: December 22, 2004, 11:54:24 AM
Thanks on the reply's:

   How do you know there are 3 different test that they give you? When I took my hardware yesterday I was so ready for it, been studying for about 3 months and just out of college for PC's (That was a year) but never was taught anything about laser printers and BANG! The whole test was detailed and trouble shooting printers....I knew I was screwed.
   I will study about the printers and also keep studying the other stuff and try again!

I got 490...needed 515 to pass!
Guy said I missed it by 3 questions out of 80 questions
5  CompTIA / A+ forum / hardware test on: December 21, 2004, 10:50:56 PM
What was on your hardware test?  I took it and it was all laser printer questions and about 10 networking? If you fail and take it again do the change or is it the same questions?

6  CompTIA / A+ forum / A+ Help on: November 21, 2004, 11:28:01 AM

I am from Jax. and taking my A+ next week on the 27th. Good Luck on your test. Here is a good site to study for your test. It helped me alot.
7  General discussions / Hardware / Floppy Drive on: November 20, 2004, 07:02:38 PM
How do I replace this and where do I find it? HSFLOP.PDR file from the Windows ..\system\iosubsys directory

  Thanks so much Theknee
8  General discussions / Hardware / floppy on: November 19, 2004, 10:38:45 PM
ok, dont know if it was ended with a dos program and if it was abnormal. This is a pc that I was working on from a friends work. I have tried to reconnect it and all the normal stuff and no luck. I did do a regedit and under the floppy tab it reads that this is being used as a 16 dos mode application. This is my problem
9  General discussions / Hardware / Re: Floppy Drive on: November 17, 2004, 05:12:40 PM
It is with every floppy that I try. It is not the floppy its self. When I do a "regedit" under run it says that the floppy is running under 16 bit Dos mode. Says something about active x. I do not have the pc in front of me to tell you exactly what it says and I apologize for that.
10  General discussions / IT career women / Anyone Interested in forming an A+ Study Group Chat ?? on: November 16, 2004, 10:28:43 PM
I would like to join the A+ Chat forum. I am taking mine next week.
11  General discussions / Hardware / Floppy Drive/ 16 bit mode on: November 16, 2004, 09:17:02 PM

Help Please:

I am having problems with a floppy drive. I checked it with a multi-meter and it checks out fine. When I put a floppy in the drive and click on the A: drive it reads, "Do you want to format it"? I click yes and it says it can not due to it running in a 16 bit mode in Dos. How do I get it to stop running in Dos mode? I tried to restart in dos mode and it would go straight back into windows. By the way, it is windows 98.. A friends computer.
                       Thanks Fireymom   Wink
12  CompTIA / A+ forum / Yes Finally Fully A+ Certified on: November 16, 2004, 11:30:09 AM
GREAT JOB! On passing your A+ Test... I hope I do, I am taking mine next week; taking hardware first. I am more worried about the software, can't find alot of resources for studying it. Any Help on that?
                            Thanks a bunch Wink
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