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What on earth is making my computer do this?


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Wol

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I run XP Home on a HP Pavilion, 3.2GHz, 512 MB and 160GB HDD.

It takes some 4 - 5 minutes to boot, with long periods of zero apparent HD activity, a minute's "Welcome" screen and a couple of minutes' blank blue screen. Then the Systray takes a minute or more to populate with the usual ZoneAlarm security suite, speaker volume etc.

In addition, the following (not even comprehensive!) happen intermittently. (A "*" signifies more often than not)

All open windows lose the input focus - can't close or minimise anything.
Everything freezes and I have to switch off the power and reboot.
*The hourglass runs permanently on a "done" pane.
*The bootup stops with a "STOP" message on a blue screen, followed by - typically - STOP : 0X0000008E (0XC0000005, 0X804EEEAD, 0XF7F88B90, 0X00000000). (The numbers vary from boot to boot).
* I switch to "Standby" using the keyboard HP standby key - but half an hour later it switches itself back on.
CTRL>ALT>DEL does absolutely nothing, or if it does bring up the usual pane it won't stop a non-responsive program.
*It can take a minute or more to close a window after clicking on the cross.

As I said these are just a few of the odd things happening these last few months

There doesn't appear to be any unusual or constant HD activity, I run antivirus and antispyware programs daily and keep them updated daily and I'm going potty!

I have run a RAM check program for hours at a time with no errors.

Help! :whistling:
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some of that stuff happened to both my computers. im pretty sure they got messed up from all the porn sites i looked at. I think your problem would relate to undetected malicous or altered registry files, spyware, addware, or viruses.

i fixed mine by backing up all my files and reinstalling xp.

reinstalling xp and programs seems to fix everything, but then there is the problem of updating all the drivers and reinstalling all the programs.

i hope that helped and that you could help me with my posted problems.
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actually, what it sounds like is some crazy virus messing up files. Unless you look at porn alot, which you probably dont do, it should be a virus
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Try disabling some start up items.

Click Start
Click Run
Type <msconfig>

Uncheck any unneccessary programs you do not want at start up.
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hi,

hopefully you have this resolved by now, however if you are still having issues and suspect that it is malware related I would start with our malware forum and see if they can make sure you don't have any malware installed.

http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html

cheers...xxx1
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Thanks: one thing I know is that it ain't pornsite related!

I did think it could be RAM connections or something like that - which makes me nervous since you never know what corruption might creep into say saved data or program files, to surface years later.

I will try pe-posting in the malware forum.

Cheers!
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