Posted 06 September 2006 - 03:14 PM
Posted 06 September 2006 - 06:21 PM
I'm an old hand at re-formatting the hard drive...like you, I've long overstayed my welcome on the old activation key... I'm old friend with the folk in India.
If you have nothing to lose, I'd totally fdisk the hard drive...rather than doing a simple reformat. That should clean out any ghosts that might remain to mess things up. On startup chose that option, and reinstall SP1 to the old, now clean, partition where Windows was before.
If you feel the need for SP2, then reinstall SP1 from the start, and nothing else. At some point, check the malware group to see why you need it or do not need it.
Before reinstalling SP2, install all drivers, updated drivers, and third party software. Also install any MS progs that do not need SP2's presence to find their self-worth...Defender works, Messenger works, IE works...but others don't.
Then reinstall SP2 if you think that you need to. I am personally not a proponent of SP2 and see no need for it...still don't. For me it has been the root of most of my problems, as I need 3rd party-ware.
SP2 seems to be the cap on the genie's bottle... and seals everything in...
Edited by b1caez01, 06 September 2006 - 06:26 PM.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 07:07 PM
Posted 06 September 2006 - 09:37 PM
I am not a hardware person so I don't have a clue about spin speed. It may be a function of the readability speed of the disk. When hardware does not work, I run for updated drivers...that is as far as I can go. There are some other whizz-kids here that may help on that score. In fact, any score
I'm not sure if I am allowed to recommend any software in this forum any more. I got a pleasant but pointed note from one of the head honchos to the effect that I had to stop suggesting things, but when a problem over laps, then I don't see the harm.
One's problems can get lost in the fora if good tracking is not used ...and while you have someone's attention, then you sometimes take the opportunity to help then and there.
So, where are we at, specifically, with the problems, can you list them in your next post. I am sorry that I am closing up for the evening. I give a couple of hours each day to the list...while fighting my own demons. Got a CD-ROM drive issue going on here
Edited by b1caez01, 06 September 2006 - 09:37 PM.
Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:40 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:05 AM
Windows' defender seems to be making inroads. I run a few other bits and bobs, and they do not seem to have to work as hard, or as much, since Defender hit the scene. Now, that Windows has an anti-virus component, in beta-testing stage at present, I think, we'll see less of a need for too many of those components. Being paranoic, I like to run at least two of everything...except for firewalls...that's just asking for trouble.
Your four lines of defense are always...
Good user habits.
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