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Red light on front panel

By nubian13
Jan 10, 2009
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  1. my computer has a problem somtimes i turn it on it freexes before it turns on i dont think it did anything but i when to the bios page and i set it to defaults and put save and exit and it cared me back to the first place i starded at and it started too work again but what i have to do to keep this from hapining again ill leave my computer on for the night awaiting a respone from anybody please help so that i can prevent it from hapining again and would it be safe to put in a new video card at this state
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please run Memtest on your Ram
    You can run that for 4 Hrs ;)
     
  3. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 105

    when i try to play a game the screen says that the input is not suported and usually it plays really good know i cant play at all somthjings wrong and i think somthings wrong with my pc because it has a red light always on at its starting to freeze at startup part when i turn it on

    im having a problem with my pc it has a red light thats always on and every time i turn on the computer its there and my pc freezes alot whats causing it

    ill try that later on tonight any other sugestions till then

    how do i lower it down its causing me alot of problems i really need to lower it down i need some recomendstions so that i can lower it down or some program to tell me whats making it so hi
     
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,346   +49

    Your PC is probably heavily infested with malware and is busy sending out thousands of copies to the rest of us. See the specific forum about malware on this site.

    Also please do not double-post, and read the thread about 'how do I make a good post'. We are not mind-readers.
     
  5. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Maniac Posts: 598

    Have you installed anything new recently software or hardware?

    Also have you checked error reporting? Control panel>Administrative tools and then Error reporting. Then looking under system and see if anything in there is relevant to the game.

    Also go start>run and msconfig

    Check all of the items in start up and make sure everything in there is necessary

    i dont tend to do alot of Gaminig but a bit of gaming :D
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Usually HardDrive failure (or imminent failure)
    Can also be a faulty Harddrive data cable
     
  7. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 105

    so what should i do do to fix it

    theres alot of erors like somthing wrong with my hard drive or somthing
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Firstly always confirm all backups of your data are completed ;)

    Next, depending upon your model of computer (presently unknown in your specs listed)
    You could reseat the internal HardDrive cable, or replace it
    Otherwise run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive
     
  9. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 105

    well im going to do a drive diagnostic but i would like to know how to reset my internal drive oh and how would i check for malaware what is it and how can i delete it
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Just unplug the data cable going to the internal Harddrive
    I noticed you still haven't put what type of computer you have in your specs drop down list
    I'll assume standard PC (manufacture and model unknown)

    With the computer off, and ideally power cable out
    Remove the side cover (usually two screws at the back left, holding the left cover on)
    Slide the cover backwards, where it will then completely come off

    Looking inside the computer
    Locate your internal Harddrive
    You should see two cables connecting to it, one power, and one data cable
    Carefully remove the data cable and then securely re-insert it
    Do the same on the motherboard end (the other end of the Harddrive data cable)

    By the way, whilst looking inside your computer case, have a look to see how much dust is in there. This dust can be removed by a vacuum cleaner (plastic end) or high pressure air (preferred)

    Put the cover back on and screws
    Put the power cord back in securely
    Turn it on
    Is the Red light still always on?
     
  11. nubian13

    nubian13 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 105

    well thanks it came of after a clean. i opened it and it was musty in there and dusty and dirty
     
     
  12. ydennek07

    ydennek07 TS Rookie

    i did this and there was still a red light on my computers front panel. after i turn on my computer it is suppose to change to green after about 2 seconds and beep and then the computer should boot up but im getting nothing. and i just installed a new power supply. fans are working and lights in case are too. any ideas??
     
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On Self Test)

    I'd say it may be the Power Supply Still

    By the way you quoted me, but decided not to post what system you have or anything :confused:

    Please put your System Specs information in your Profile

    You might also want to look at creating a New Thread, please read H E R E, on how to do that

    :)
     
  14. ydennek07

    ydennek07 TS Rookie

    is it necessary to reset cmos after installing a new psu?
     
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No

    But under (unknown) fault condition - Yes

    I hope this helps :)
     
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