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Old 07-26-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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[OT] vista problem - where do I turn?

Apologies, but I would point out that also directs to this site. Was somebody backing both horses in the race?

I have this HP6715S laptop, amd throughout, turion 2 core & 4 gigs ram, runs fine in linux, but I never deleted the vista 64bit system in case it would come in useful. It did. My windows nerd son used it a lot every day for a few weeks while he he had the plague. He reports that vista (64 bit business edition)crashes out every four hours, despite power supply plugged in. It tries a reboot, fails, needs power off - power on, and is good for another 4 hours.

How do I go about sorting that in windows? Who/Where could I ask?
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You could go to, I hear they send all the Vista requests to General

Seriously, I'd probably try something like
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This is the only Windows forum I've come across, never used it though:
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As 'general computer forums' exists for the dutch speaking under us (e.g. 'gathering of tweakers'), I'm sure they exist for the english speaking as well.


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Old 07-27-2010, 04:16 AM   #5
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Thanks for the links, guys. Pursuing them now.

For the record, redirects to It's up to moderators after that. And it probably would be a vista user who would post a vista question to a Linux <something> forum
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There's also
Never having had a computer with Windows, I can't say how good they are.
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Visit That site is one of your best choices for Windows support. And I tell you this with no sarcasm or humor intended, unlike several of the other posters who have responded.
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LQ provides Windows support in the General forum. In fact, used to divert directly to the general forum - IIRC, several years ago Jeremy bought it for a joke (search General if you want to see the thread, I think) and it stayed. There is also a discussion in LQS&F regarding having 2 General forums - one for technical issues and one for other stuff. Feel free to post there if you feel you have something to add.

So, if you want to ask at LQ, this is the correct forum and many of the members here are knowledgeable about Windows issues.
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Thanks everybody. Funnily, I don't mind the sarcasm, jesting or flames, in fact I sort of expected them, and enjoyed it tastefully done. But however we may joke, we do have to fix that stuff. I am grateful for the help. Just looking, I see vista crashing when the sun goes behind a cloud, when battery is finished charging, or randomly every few hours like I had. The answer in the latter case was to update the ATI video driver, which I did. Have a look on
in the BSOD forum - crashes and debugging. It is a collection of faults that the user never should have.


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