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My computer is doing some weird stuff! HELP!

I have a Dell Dimension 2400, it's an older computer, but has worked just fine for me since I got it about 4 years ago. Lately however, some strange things have been happening, like when I save a Microsoft Word document, it saves a backup in the same file. I didn't change any settings, that I know of, it just started doing it. And on my toolbar, I now have the little arrow in the circle to hide the icons down on the right hand side by the time. That was never there before, now it is. But the worst was today, when I started up the computer, everything turned on and booted up normally. I went into Outlook Express to check email, and got that error message box that says "Outlook Express has encountered a problem and has to close." I kept trying to open my email, and wouldn't even get time to select a message or folder before it shut down. About an hour later the same thing happened to Internet explorer, I had to open McAfee from my tool bar and click on a link there to get online. I went to dell tech support via online chat, and the tech had me do a system restore and change the date to a couple days ago, and now everything seems fine. However, I wanted some input on whether or not anyone thinks this may happen again, and why it happened in the first place.


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Re: My computer is doing some weird stuff! HELP!


... I wanted some input on whether or not anyone thinks this may happen again, and why it happened in the first place.


It's impossible to tell, without knowing exactly what you've done/what you've installed, from when everything was hunky-dory, until it started acting weird.


But obviously it could happen again. 

It's impossible to know how to prevent it, but you should keep regular backups of everything important to you - just in case it gets so bad next time, that (heaven forbid) you have to do a complete reinstall/restore!


If you're happy with the way everything is running now, you might want to consider cloning/imaging your hard drive?

Many are happy just to use Dell's 'Restore' option of course, which is fair enough if they're happy with Dell's choice of pre-installed applications.

But many others prefer to make their own image - after doing a 'clean' install of the OS, and updating all their drivers etc.

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


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4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
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8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
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Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
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230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

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