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Posted 02 December 2007 - 12:51 PM
I'll re-initiate your previous instructions
Firefox is retarded or something
Posted 02 December 2007 - 01:03 PM
Posted 02 December 2007 - 01:38 PM
Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:30 PM
There are times when clear format is the only feasible solution. Personally, looking at this thread, I think that we are nearing this point. This is up to your judgment, of course, but at this point of time I would do the following.
1: Clear the BIOS. Disconnect the power cable from the back of the computer. Open the side cover and carefully take out the cmos battery (looks like a silvery button). Keep it out for about 15 minutes. Reinstall and reboot. You will probably get a checksome error or some other notification. If you do, enter BIOS and set time and date, save the new values and let the computer boot. There are computers in which other keys have to be used to enter BIOS. You can find the correct key when looking at the screen right after pressing the start button. Look for what key you have to press to enter setup.
2: Download Sandra XII from the link in my signature and create a Sandra Report. How to create a Sandra XII report:
Important Note: Sandra, like all computer test programs, stresses computer components beyond the average use. This is necessary to discover weaknesses in the system. On the other hand, if the system is in a marginal state a permanent failure of components may occur . Before running the program make sure to save any unsaved data.
Download Sandra XII using the link in my signature. Please note that if you run XP 64 you need a different version of Sandra then when using XP 32. Install and run the program. Click on Tools and then on Create Report. Follow the instructions and when given the option uncheck everything which is not a hardware test. Choose a place in which to save the report. The report can be very long and complex so do not attach it to your post unless specifically asked to do so.
Run the program. The test is quite long. On my computer just testing the hardware takes about 40 minutes. At the top righthand corner there is an idicator that shows that the test is running. At the end look at the report on the screen and report items which did not pass the test successfully.
3: If there are no errors in Sandra I would perform two extra hardware tests: The first, run a memory test. Use the link in my signature to Microsoft Memory Diagnostic tools. Create a bootable disk and run the program at least for an hour. Second, downlod the diagnostic tool of your hard disk manufacturer, create a bootable disk and run a full test of the HD. This should be found in it's internet site. If you wish us to help you with a link write down the name of the manufacturer and the model of your HD.
If there are no errors in memory and HD tests then I would reformat and clean install everything.
Note: Regarding cloning the hard disk, this can be a mistake. Clonning copies everything, to the last bit, to another HD or partition, either directly or by creating an image that can be "open" latter. If there are errors, malware or any other trouble with any of your applications or system, they will be moved into the image and you will return to square one.
Posted 02 December 2007 - 07:04 PM
Do i need to update it now since I'm back to the original default settings?
Posted 02 December 2007 - 07:16 PM
Posted 02 December 2007 - 07:17 PM
I see 6 icons:
Posted 02 December 2007 - 07:39 PM
I'm considering a reformat..
Posted 02 December 2007 - 08:01 PM
I think the thrust of Skeptic's last post was to check out your hardware with Sandra before going through the reformat/clean install process.
if serious hardware problems are at the root, you might just end up at the same place.
Before formatting, I suggest not only saving all your data to external media or hard drive, but also downloading all your drivers and fresh copies of your security programs' setup files. Burn those all to CD so that you can get 'driver functional' and install your security before connecting to the net the first time.
I always write down all my codes-Windows and software, so when the time comes to enter them I'm ready. Just to make sure, I write out the word 'six,' 'one,' and 'zero' so as not to confuse with letters.
Just think about everything you'll need at the end before you even start.
Edited by 1101doc, 02 December 2007 - 08:01 PM.
Posted 02 December 2007 - 10:35 PM
Assuming that it does not appear in the process list when it has been stopped, make observations about system slowness.
If you have already traveled this road before, good luck with making a clean start.
Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:44 AM
Posted 03 December 2007 - 01:28 PM
But I have no idea how to save my data to my harddrive before reformatting
i.e. How would I save drivers and stuff ahead of time?
Also would I have to install the software for my Wireless Internet Adapter before I could get online after a reformat?
And last what about stuff like Windows Service Packs? I read that I should have a copy of those too but have no idea how beforehand
..Also do I need to buy a certain type of CD's? The one's I have (DVD-R) aren't working or something.
and also do i need any type of cd code for my windows cd? all i have is the cd at the moment
Edited by Oniketsoku, 03 December 2007 - 02:05 PM.
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