Medion M3 Composer 5200
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 540
Microsoft Windows XP
512MB RAM PC 32
1 MB L2 Cache
800 MHz front side bus
200 GB SATA 7200rpm hard drive
128 MB NVIDIA GeForce FX 5300 PCI Express graphics card
First, the computer started restarting itself at random times. It just restarted itself and then came back and it was all fine.
A couple of days afterwards, after it restarted, the computer came back up normally but not before a blue screen came up saying:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer:
STOP:0X0000000A (0X00080056, 0X0000001C, 0X0000001, 0X804E1630)
Two days later, turned on the computer and the following came up:
We apologize for the incovenience, but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
And it also gave me the following options:
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration
Start Windows normally
I tried choosing the last one, and it just restarted and the same screen came up again. I tried using every single one of the options and it either just restarted and the same screen came up again or the following came up:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows\system32\Drivers\sr.sys (and all the subsequent lines where the same except the last part -sr.sys-)
and so I just had to unplug the computer.
Two days later, unable to do anything else, I used the "Application and Support Disc" provided by Medion.
First, I tried the first option (recovery of start-up files) and got the same screen I had been getting before.
Then, I tried the second option (recovery of system and driver files) and got:
ERROR 505: Specified path (\windows\system32\drivers) does not exist in PQI
So, I decided to try the last option (restoring the factory settings) and it seemed to work. The computer seemed to be working fine. I reinstalled the printer, the antivirus, and was back on the internet.
Six hours later, I turned the computer back on, went to check my e-mail and, all of a sudden, a black screen comes up and the keyboard and mouse are unresponsive. So I just unplugged the computer.
Turned it back on and the screen giving the options (safe mode, lkgc, start windows normally,...) came back on. I chose Safe Mode and it worked. I used the system restore and restored it after I installed the printer but before the windows media player updates were installed.
The computer restarted and it seems to be working fine, but I don't know how much this will last and I am uneasy because I cannot install anything or save any files without fear of having to start from scratch again.
About 8 months ago, the computer was working fine but I started getting a black screen and I could do absolutely nothing. So because it was under warranty, I sent it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they gave it back to me working fine telling me that it had been a problem with the memory, but that they had fixed it.
I don't know if the problems that I am getting now have anything to do with the problems I had before.
Because I formatted the computer, but the computer seems to still have problems, I'm guessing it is a hardware problem. But I don't know where to start. What should I do? Would it be still a memory problem? Or is it something else? Please help. Thanks in advance!!!