TechSpot

PC acting strangely

By Nick_M
Feb 23, 2004
  1. Ok here's what happened. Been on the computer a few minutes just browsing the net when I hear a series of rapid beeps, coming from my computer. Thinking somthing had gone tits up I quickly shut the computer down and restarted.

    On reboot I got the Windows check disk program appear and it said it was checking my drives for 'consistency'. As it was checking I noticed it picking up and fixing quite a lot of errors which got me worried.

    The it restarted and I was back in WIndows as normal, but all of a sudden for no reason the Keyboard switched off. I took out the keyboard connector gave it a blow and rewconnected it to the back of my PC. The keyboard came back to life but as that happened the mouse switched itself off.

    I took out the mouse and reconnected it to the mouse port but it was till dead, i then took off the adapter and plugged it into the USB port and it works.

    Now everything seems to be working apart from the Keyboard which jerks when holding the backpace and deleting large amounts of text, beforte it used to smoothly delete everything now it stops and starts after every space.

    My specs are:

    P4 2.4 ghz (HT Enabled)
    512 DDR PC2700
    GeForce4 Ti 4200
    Seagate Barracuda 80gb SATA
    SB Live 5.1 Digital
    Abit A17 Mobo
    Windows XP pro
    Chieftec 360w PSU

    Can anyone tell me what happened to my PC?

    I built it myself so Im worried I screwed somthing up on it, its been working fine for 2 months though.

    Thanks for any replies.
     
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Check your event viewer and device manager for conflicts, if there is nothing suspicious than definitely take a look at bios/cmos settings.Is either the mouse or Kb older, dirty or spill your coffee someplace you did not see?
     
  3. Nick_M

    Nick_M TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    The mouse will now not work at all when plugged into the regular serial port, it only works when plugged into the USB.

    The mouse did power down once before but that was when I plugged my MP3 player into the USB drive.

    Could this be a power problem perhaps?
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Borrow someone else's keyboard. Although KB and mouse are supposed to be "hot-pluggable", it does not always work, and you need to reboot first.

    I also assume your mouse uses the PS/2 (round 6-pin) port rather than the trapezoid 9-pin serial port.
    If you want to use that mouse under USB, change your Mouse settings in Control Panel to reflect this. The driver might still be hooked into the PS/2 mouse-driver.
     
  5. Nick_M

    Nick_M TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    My mouse works fine in the USB port already, it just won't work in the PS/2 port.

    Also now noticing that one of my icons has the wrong image displayed. For some reason my connect to the internet icon has the Deus EX icon, very strange.
     
  6. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    Have you done a thorough virus scan with your virus software? Also a good hd scan with Ad-Aware 6.0 would be in order.
     
  7. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Sort your icons by rightclicking on the desktop and select Refresh, or logoff and logon (no reboot).
     
  8. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 822

    Open your case and check to make sure the heatsink is still on the processor, sounds like heat-protection kicking in to me....
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.