How Do I Unbork My PC?

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  1. Tuckerfan

    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    I seem to have really borked my system, and I don't know how to unbork it. I've been having a few minor issues with some things, so I figured that it'd be a good idea to take care of a few things that I had been meaning to take care of, but just hadn't gotten around to, in hopes that they'd fix the issues I'd been having. (Machine's been a bit noisy of late.)

    Here's what I did, after powering down the machine and unplugging everything hooked up to it, I opened up the case, pulled out a fan that had died, replacing it with an identical model, yanked out one of the video cards and stuck in a newer card by the same manufacturer. Used a can of compressed air to blow all the dust rhinos and balls of cat hair from the machine, put it back together, and plugged everything back in. Now, I made one change in how I plugged things in. The USB hub I had plugged into the front, which has the Bluetooth dongle, printer cable, and webcam hooked up to it, I moved to the back. (I've got a bad habit of catching the cable with my foot when I get up and have already destroyed one of the USB ports on the front.)

    I boot the machine up, everything goes fine. A couple of minutes after I log-in it says that it needs to reboot to update the video driver software (not really a surprise). I do the reboot, and that's when the problems start happening. For some reason, it won't see the Bluetooth keyboard. I grab an old style PS/2 keyboard, plug that in, it doesn't recognize. When I hook up a USB keyboard, it sees that just fine. (It also sees my Bluetooth trackball just fine, as well.)

    I log in, let it finish going through the last bits of the start up/set up procedure, and then try to get the Bluetooth keyboard working. Nothing. Yank the batteries out, replace them with fresh ones, still nothing. I also notice that Chrome won't launch. Other browsers on my machine work just fine. I say "the hell with it" and do a system restore from a 2 week old back up. Bluetooth keyboard works just fine, but Chrome still crashes. I do a redownload and reinstall of Chrome, that fixes that.

    Next I check out the audio side of things. The mic works fine, but when I go to playback the file I recorded in Audacity, I can't hear anything. I check YouTube, nothing. System audio, however, plays just fine, as does anything I select in iTunes. I've fiddled with the obvious settings for the audio output, and I've managed to get garbled audio when I play a video on YouTube or from Audacity, but nothing. From Skype, I get intelligible audio, but it's so low you can barely hear it. How do I fix this?
  2. ed629

    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    I had something similar happen with the audio on computer, you might have done this already though. I checked the main volume and the audio properties, the volume on almost everything was at or near the lowest setting.
  3. steve2^4

    steve2^4 Aged Meat

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    New video card is using HDMI sound output by default instead of your speakers? Check the video card properties; you may need to disable its audio functions.

    Or the new channels formed by cat hair were disrupted. Ask your cat to fix it.
  4. Tuckerfan

    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    I can't find them. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't caused by the video card, but there's nothing I've been able to do with the video card software to change things. I even made sure that I downloaded and installed the latest version of the software.

    I don't dare. He'd probably piss on the motherboard if I asked.
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    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    I'll take "Shit I Don't Understand for $10,000, Alex." I reinstall the video card drivers, thinking that might help. Nope. Then I think, "Hmm. Maybe a reboot would help things." Nope, and I accidentally break the headphones I have hooked up to my PC. I buy a $5 pair of headphones hook them up to my PC, and for shits and giggles I decide to see how a YouTube video sounds in the new headphones. Turns out, I can understand everything just fine. There's literally no logical reason why this should happen, but it does.
  6. We Are Borg

    We Are Borg Rey of sunshine

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    I have borked your PC through the use of sophisticated malware.

    Please send 100 bitcoin to yummybum@ransomware.ru to unbork it.
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  7. The Night Monkey

    The Night Monkey Definitely not Peter Parker

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    You shouldn’t have borked it in the first place.
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