The system was rock solid for about 1 yr then started acting up. I added a made a new C: drive from scratch (format & fresh windows install). Improved but over time small annoyances. in past two months started getting crashes "can't read memory at ......" but no other problem. Then started getting crashes that windows says are due to my ADAPTEC ASPI.SYS file (I have an Adaptec Scsi controller card but I have removed it). I downloaded newest aspi file from adaptec. Crashes continue sometimes claiming problem to be the ASPI file, sometimes claiming unknown reason, sometimes claiming memory problem.
During this time I installed MS Visual Web SW. This seems to have made things worse. Suddenly Adobe Acrobat won't run. Tried to uninstall it & clicking on Control Panel causes crash & restart. Same variety pack of crash causes listed by MS. I downloaded MS Memory check tool ran it several passes over all 2 GB - passed 100%, Swapped memory - same problems - tested new memory - passed 100%. Ran a 2nd brand memory checker - passed. Crash reports still sometimes say "Can't read memory at ..."
I use this PC for business, so I built a new C: drive - format & fresh install. Update to SP2. All hardware installed fine, only loaded SW needed for work (about 45 progs). PC running good then things start going awry in same way. I show no hardware problems, other than swapping C Drives & removing scanner board hardware is same as it has been for a long time. Deep virus & spyware scans show no infection.
I did a Boot to Windows CD, Install - Repair option -- got several errors including "COM+ setup error... error code 0x8007007f" and "an error occurred during loading C:\windows\system32\inetcomm.dll the file may have not been installed or it has been corrupted" and same mesg for msoe.dll and wab32.dll. Now the system boots to the desktop but hangs before completing the load of firewall, antivirus, etc. Also can not uninstall from Add/Remove Software (in Safe Mode) - get message "windows Installer Service could not be accessed." (note: can not get to control panel except in safe mode - it crashes in regular mode)
I can boot it to Safe mode & I did that & copied all my mailbag & any data files off of C:
So worse & worse.... Ideas? Suggestions? Catapult it from the nearest rooftop?
Help would be greatly appreciated.