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    Is my PC possesed?

    I've had PC's since the days of my IBM 386 20mhz. I've never had a virus on any PC. I built this PC from scratch about 2 years ago and have never had any problems. I'm still not seeing anything wrong but the weirdest things keep happening.

    #1 I bought a new Garmin Nuvi 1370t last month. Everything worked fine but then I would suddenly lose the sound. This included the beeps between menus as well as the talking routes. I sent it back to Garmin and they exchanged it for a new one. I've been using it for about 3 days and today the new one started to do the same thing.

    #2 I have an Ipod Touch. I've returned the Ipod Touch 3 times to the apple store. Each time it would completely brick. When updating from Itunes I now get an error "unable to read/write files to Ipod touch".

    What's weird is that I buy a ton of electronics and I've never had anything break. OK I had another Ipod break but that was after a few years and I could hear the hard drive failing.

    Any ideas? Could it be something with my PC or am I just having bad luck? I've tried different USB ports. It's an Asus motherboard, Windows Vista etc. I've never ran any virus software on my PC's. I do use ZoneAlarm for a firewall.


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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    It could absolutely be a voltage problem with your PC. I've actually seen this before where a friend of mine kept blowing out various devices that connected via USB, but it's not a common problem at all. I think in his particular case it was the power supply that was causing the problem.

    And ditch Zone Alarm if you're behind a router at home...you're wasting processor and memory. :)



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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    It could absolutely be a voltage problem with your PC. I've actually seen this before where a friend of mine kept blowing out various devices that connected via USB, but it's not a common problem at all. I think in his particular case it was the power supply that was causing the problem.

    And ditch Zone Alarm if you're behind a router at home...you're wasting processor and memory. :)
    If I tried using a USB hub would that eliminate the problem if it had to do with voltage? The power supply is a good Corsair model.



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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    Probably the thing to do would be test the voltage on your USB. The thing I've learned over the years with building PC's is not to inherently trust brand names. You'll have less problems with certain brands, but every brand has their problem.

    Here is a pinout guide for USB: USB pinout and wiring @ pinouts.ru



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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    Maybe you were never intended to listen to manufactured sound. This could be nature's way of telling you it is time to move to a remote location, learn to distill whisky, and forget everything you once knew.

    Or you're cursed.



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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've had PC's since the days of my IBM 386 20mhz. I've never had a virus on any PC. I built this PC from scratch about 2 years ago and have never had any problems. I'm still not seeing anything wrong but the weirdest things keep happening.

    #1 I bought a new Garmin Nuvi 1370t last month. Everything worked fine but then I would suddenly lose the sound. This included the beeps between menus as well as the talking routes. I sent it back to Garmin and they exchanged it for a new one. I've been using it for about 3 days and today the new one started to do the same thing.

    #2 I have an Ipod Touch. I've returned the Ipod Touch 3 times to the apple store. Each time it would completely brick. When updating from Itunes I now get an error "unable to read/write files to Ipod touch".

    What's weird is that I buy a ton of electronics and I've never had anything break. OK I had another Ipod break but that was after a few years and I could hear the hard drive failing.

    Any ideas? Could it be something with my PC or am I just having bad luck? I've tried different USB ports. It's an Asus motherboard, Windows Vista etc. I've never ran any virus software on my PC's. I do use ZoneAlarm for a firewall.

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    Re: Is my PC possesed?

    Could well be voltage on the USB port being either too low or too high, or surging at some point.

    This could be caused by the power supply, or by the motherboard itself.

    Or it could be you're just unlucky.


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