Regarding Security errors (not red): could you write down an example?
They all seem to be the same:-
Event ID: 615
"IPSec Services: IPSec Services failed to get the complete list of network interfaces on the machine. This can be a potential security hazard to the machine since some of the network interfaces may not get the protection as desired by the applied IPSec filters. Please run IPSec monitor snap-in to further diagnose the problem."
Possible causes: IE and IIS are blocked by my firewall, and need permission to connect to the net. I very, very rarely use either.
Regarding Seamonkey, it looks like an obvious candidate, appearing so much in the Event log.
I agree. In fact, when it first started being the active program at reboots, I reinstalled an earlier version which had run faultlessly for about a year prior to the reboot problem. Then, I recalled that the first 8 reboots had all occurred with another program, but which had been run much more frequently at the start of the reboots. So, frequency of running startups was determining which programs were likely reboot candidates.
One other clue - although I have broadband, I tend to disconnect unless there is a need to be connected. A fair number of the reboots have taken place when disconnected.
I will follow up your suggestions about the hard drive scan and USB driver reinstall, and report back.
In general, I hope you don't mind me asking why your hard disk is divided into so many partitions.
A mix of factors. To start with, I am a geek, and have been for more than a couple of decades. As a freelance software developer I have long running projects, and it is convenient to separate them into their own filing cabinets. Add to that a few peccadilloes, idiosyncracies and the way that my mind works best. Also, in the case of physical disaster, I can live with losing a partition, but the loss of all if there was only C: drive would be unbearable. The withdrawal symptoms from total loss would have me in a padded cell before you could blink.
So, C: drive is for Windows only (or it would be if there were not so much unthinking third party software that installs on C: without the courtesy of a user option). J: is pretty full with sources for downloaded utilities and packages. D: is for current copies of third party software.
When I ordered the machine in 2004, the original size spec allowed for Win98 SE to expand into the rest of C: at a gentle and leisured pace. What I did not anticipate was a project requiring XP Pro + IIS + .NET framework + miscellaneous other requisites, or how much bloatware that would amount to.
Last week I had 1.8Gb spare on C:. Then I read that I needed a 1Gb pagefile on C: in order for XP to do its BSOD diagnostic dumps. (The virtual memory pagefile has been on I: for a long time.)
I agree with you about the tightness of space - I normally aim to keep around 20%-25% free on each partition. I have another drive ready to add and reorganise. The reboot problem and current workload have got in the way.
> Please see if you can free some space and run defrag.
Will do, as soon as circumstances permit.
> My honest advice is that this computer could benefit a lot from
> clear format during which repartitioning will take place (for C
> partition I would leave at least 30 gigabyte).
We are as one on this - and one day I shall get there, time and opportunity permitting.
If you choose to do so please format to NTFS file system.
In my circumstances, I do not need more security or access control, as offered by NTFS. I have not experienced hard drive problems for more than a decade of 24/7 operations. (Of course, there may be a soft error lurking there as I write).
To be honest, I am somewhat nervous about the increasing number of "thou shall not" and "thou cannot" barriers that come with every step that I take in Bill Gates's direction. And I am not too keen on the one way street of FAT32 ==> NTFS.
What overwhelming advantage would there be in NTFS for me as a user to justify the switch? This is a sincere question made in the hope that there is a good technical argument that overrides my reservations.
In case I do not get another opportunity - what a wonderful forum this is, and I am full of admiration for the skills and experience that you and your colleagues volunteer for those in need.
Thanks guys. Very, very much appreciated indeed.
Edited by arisme, 17 April 2008 - 05:58 AM.