Thanks for some clarification!
Will work on obtaining the memtest86 and running it (see below)
As for your questions.... If I recall, the windows media player 10 is fairly new (updated from older version)--about the same time as all this strangeness started. (including the alerts from zone alarm...a part of the puzzle I still don't understand)
Other software that's new might be some of the spyware fighter/detectors. I uninstalled most of the new ones as they were not helpful. I could give a more succinct list if required.
Glad the music is ok...essential to life!
Alot of memory issues are corrected by simply reseating the memory modules.
is this fairly simple to do? just want the normal computer back without having to reboot 3 times (not an every day occurrence). Everything else seems to be o.k. (except the PING alerts....)
will give an update after I'm successful running the memtest.
question! I have this website: http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
then there's all these options. I downloaded: Pre-Compiled Memtest86 v3.3 installable from Windows and DOS
it was on my desktop (is that the right one?). I extracted the files.... the wizard pops up and then I got asked for a password for the ".bat" file. The read me text was a bit overwhelming at this point in the day for me...
Do I have to download the extracted files to a cd-rom (or floppy)? It just doesn't seem obvious to me what to do next in order to access the memtest and have it run while I sleep. Assistance is greatly appreciated!
ps-so today (8-24) zone alarm is popping up with "new" alarms.... asking if firefox (a "new" program) can have access to the internet. it hasn't updated lately, so, as far as I know, the program should be the same and ALREADY has permission to access the internet. this worries me and happened initially around the time all of this started. is it connected somehow to my bsod? coincidence? sends up a red flag to me, but I'm no expert. thought it might be pertinent. THANKS.
Edited by discorae, 24 August 2007 - 06:48 AM.