Hello. I'm running Windows XP SP1 on a Compag Presario SR1130NX
Over the past day or so, things have gone all haywire
Whenever i boot/restart the computer, XP takes a minute or so longer to load. Once it gets past the welcome screen, windows and the taskbar appear with classic style graphics. After a couple of minutes, everything 'blinks' and reappears with XP graphics. At this point, i go from having 'Realtek AC97' as my audio device, to 'No Audio device'. The only sounds i can hear are basic windows alerts (chime, ding, etc.). The problem doesn't seem to driver related, since i hear the Windows welcome music, as well as the goodbye music when i shut it down or log off
The following programs either do not open at all, or crash immediately upon loading: (these are the ones i know about)
• Windows Updater
• System Information
• System Restore
• Windows Media Player
• Real Player (Quicktime player DOES work, however)
• MSN Messenger (process shows for one second)
• Yahoo Messenger (process shows for one second)
• AOL Instant Messenger. With this one, i can log in, but once it shows my buddy list, it crashes
• Google Earth
No programs load on startup which should, such as the 3 messengers above and WeatherBug
Clicking 'Help > Is this copy of Windows legal?' causes whatever window to crash
C:\Windows thinks it's a music folder, and has for several weeks. Under 'View > Arrange files by', the options given are: name, size, type, artist, album title, year, track number, duration. Clicking any of the last five has caused explorer to crash in the past, but now it will just 'responsively hang', meaning i can click Name, for example, and things will work fine again
C:\Windows\temp\~DFD032.tmp cannot be deleted, as it is 'in use by another program'
Windows Search only loads as a white screen. the File tab only contains Close, the Edit tab nothing at all. The Search helper on the left side only contains the X at upper right
Attempting to load a WMP video on the internet, such as at kontraband.com or similar, causes the browser (firefox) to crash. i am typing out most of this post for the second time as a result
Nothing adverse appears in any of my antivirus or malware scans, including Kaspersky, Ad-aware, ewido, SpyBot or Registry Mechanic. I don't recognize anything out of place in a HijackThis scan
I did rearrange my workspace yesterday, but the only thing which was physically disconnected from the computer was my printer, and it works perfectly
So, to summarize: My computer recognizes no sound device nor mixer, though it is capable of playing some sounds. Several various apps will not work, nor will any messenger program. Internet browsers work fine, and the computer appears free of malware
So now what can i do?
Edited by gylbert, 30 June 2006 - 05:52 PM.