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Old 06-15-2011, 07:26 AM
Location: FL
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I got a nasty virus a few weeks ago so I reinstalled Xp and wrote over old XP. Since then I can't open PDF files, have no system sound (and have not found a button to make it work again)..........having trouble copy and pasting stuff like Youtube videos.

A friend of mine who likes linux and slax put those OS's on my computer as well which are not running,( some sort of glitch). What should i do, i want to get the slax and linux out of there and get my audio and stuff back.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:40 AM
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The problem with sound is most likely because you need hardware drivers. The problem with PDF files is that you need a PDF reader (Adobe Reader is commonly used). My guess is that looking in the Device Manager will reveal other hardware that is not working correctly. Linux removal depends on how it was installed, but at this stage, you could reinstall Windows from scratch and how Windows delete all the hard disk partitions and create one big new one, and the Linux installs will definitely go away.

Actually, what you mention are not Windows components.

Last edited by mensaguy; 06-15-2011 at 07:41 AM.. Reason: added thought
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:34 AM
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With a friend like that who needs enemies?

mensaguy has it right. Let the Windows install get rid of all of it and start over. Make sure you delete those extra partitions so the hard drive is one large partition. Remember that you have to install drivers for your hardware if it is needed. Remember that you have to download some software (Like Adobe Reader) and install it. The reason you didn't have to when you bought the computer is that someone else had already done it for you.

If you get stuck post here and help will be given.
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:48 PM
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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^^^ What they said, and . . . try looking in 'device manager' to see what other drivers your pc may need:

Control panel > system > hardware [tab] > device manager.

Look for little yellow doohickeys [question marks?] next to the items listed... those'll tell you a driver is needed. It MAY be able to search for and find the driver on the net.

I experiment with my pcs and I routinely reinstall windows now and then... a few months ago I found a wonderful [free] tool that gathers together all your drivers and stores them away safely for a future windows reinstall : Double Driver - backup and restore installed drivers.

It might help next time you have this problem.

Last edited by Tantalust; 06-17-2011 at 05:04 PM.. Reason: I forget..
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:16 PM
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What they said. Also, opening PDF documents is not a function of the Windows OS, you need to install a PDF reader such as Foxit.
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