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#1 NightBlade

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:36 AM

This is a bit of a mouth full, so I'll start from the very beginning and be as concise as I possibly can.

It started with me playing Left 4 Dead this evening, I closed the game and noticed it was taking an absurd amount of time for the game to close. I was forced to restart. The last time this happened, my diskeeper's auto defrag was off, so I went to check on Diskeeper to make sure everything was up and running, when I encountered an odd error, stating...

Diskeeper failed to connect to service. The service may have stopped. See windows event log for more details.

So, after being unable to look at the log for some reason, I check under the control panel services to try and start it manually, I get another generic error message... So at this point I move to uninstall / reinstall the program. Same deal. Annoyed, I uninstall / restart / reinstall with the same results. I break down and finally just get a trial version of O&O defrag just so that I can get a defrag done. I get similar errors and issues with this new program. I remove the program and go looking for a registry cleaner when I come across this number called Advanced System Care Professional.

I notice it on download.com, notice over 5000 reviews averaging out to be 4 1/2 stars, so I go to try it. The program itself finds a ton of errors. I set it to fix, and restarted my computer... But something didn't feel right after the reboot. First of all, the stupid windows security alert kept popping up after each restart, (the small annoying reminder window that I had somehow disabled before), and the fonts looked smaller and kind of... odd.


Here, I'll show a screenshot.


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Most programs have this weird new font; my email, firefox, etc. Its not specific to one thing


After I noticed this, I looked up some more reviews on the program, many were glowing, while some were from disgruntled users that have had to reinstall windows because of this program.

At this point, I'd like to ask a few questions.

1 - Why won't diskeeper / O&O defrag work? Bear in mind I've already tried the most common solutions (checking services and trying to start the service manually)
2 - How do I recover my older font layout?
3 - Is Advanced System Care safe to use? There seems to be a very big love hate thing going on with this program.

And the bonus question

4 - Windows restore refuses to work, I hit the final "next" button and nothing happens at all... Help?

Thanks in advance for any information on this. I fear it might be time for a new installation of windows.

#2 Frisky SKeleton

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:42 AM

how often do you turn off your computer?

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#3 Frisky SKeleton

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:52 AM

well looks like you posted this and ran. it sounds like you don't turn your computer off often, when the game forced you to restart all the updates that wait for you to restart were installed and that changed things. do you use thunderbird for your e-mail? i have a feeling the font problem is specific to firefox.

when your computer froze did it freeze completely or could you still press the capslock/scroll lock lights, move the mouse, ctrl-alt-delete etc?

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:55 AM

well looks like you posted this and ran. it sounds like you don't turn your computer off often, when the game forced you to restart all the updates that wait for you to restart were installed and that changed things.

do you use thunderbird for your e-mail? i have a feeling the font problem is specific to firefox.

when your computer froze did it freeze completely or could you still press the capslock/scroll lock lights, move the mouse, ctrl-alt-delete etc?


I turn it on once a day, and off once a day; when I go to bed. Maybe one more depending on whether or not I check my mail before work; but thats it. I do use thunderbird, but I dont exactly get what this all has to do with anything.

Left 4 dead stopped, but I could still move my mouse afterwards. I waited 5 minutes, nothing happened; I restarted. Also, I only noticed this font thing after I ran the advanced system care program and 'cleaned' my registry and such. `

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 08:59 AM

for the font problem type about:config into firefox and change the minimum font size to 96 (or whatever you want but i think 96 is standard)

If a program is unresponsive you can use the Task Manager to end the process. just fyi. also defragging isn't that important, when a program closes it has to close the space that it allocated itself in the ram. unless your page file is fragmented a fragmented harddrive should not affect closing speed.

i'm unaware of your specific programs but you might want to try enabling the shadow volume service (or something with a similar name)


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Posted 01 May 2009 - 04:48 PM

for the font problem type about:config into firefox and change the minimum font size to 96 (or whatever you want but i think 96 is standard)

If a program is unresponsive you can use the Task Manager to end the process. just fyi. also defragging isn't that important, when a program closes it has to close the space that it allocated itself in the ram. unless your page file is fragmented a fragmented harddrive should not affect closing speed.

i'm unaware of your specific programs but you might want to try enabling the shadow volume service (or something with a similar name)



Task manager wouldnt open in that state. And by "minimum font size" which do you mean? There's several dozen slight variations on that here.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:23 PM

Try setting window's font size down (or up, just change it), restart, then change it back. Have you tried running windows disk checker?

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:37 PM

Try setting window's font size down (or up, just change it), restart, then change it back. Have you tried running windows disk checker?


I tried changing the font, restarting and changing it back but it doesn't. It's almost like the font file itself was replaced by another font.

I'll look into windows disk checker, thanks.

Edit:

I ran disk check on the drive where I have windows installed and it appears to have found nothing. I'm given only a "disk check complete" message at it's conclusion.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 02:19 AM

Have you tried restoring all the windows default fonts in your windows\fonts folder? Are there any other programs/utilities/drivers you installed recently?

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 04:49 PM

Have you tried restoring all the windows default fonts in your windows\fonts folder? Are there any other programs/utilities/drivers you installed recently?


How would I go about restoring the default fonts? As far as any other utilities, no.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:30 PM

You can put in your XP cd and choose repair, that should restore your default xp fonts.

#12 NightBlade

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:09 AM

Ah, thanks for your input everyone, but I've discovered what the problem was.

Apparently, there was a setting under the display portion of the control panel that had some weird effect on how the fonts looked. Something smoother... or something like that. I disabled that, and the fonts were set back to normal.



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