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WinXP desktop disappears continuously

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I'm new here as you'll prob have no probs noticing. I have a laptop that boots up but only maintains the desktop for about 20-30 secs and then it and the taskbar disappears. It does come back by itself sometimes just to disappear again. I see that you have discussed this topic before but I don't know if it's ok to just follow the procedures that you point out there as it talks about deleting items. I suspect this machine has a virus of some sort so any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. If we can't clean it, I'll just format and do a fresh install.

Thank you.
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Hi Cozgrove ...welcome to Geeks To Go... :)
Bad computer memory is one of the three main reasons for random system failures.. the other two are heat (usually

caused by fans or heatsinks being blocked with dust) or power issues...

lets make sure its not your memory going bad...get memtest +

the lowdown is here..

if you have a floppy drive you can get the 6th one down ...set the bios to boot from the floppy drive A:

first...then the cd drive then the Hard drive C:
or you can get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go

here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso

burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....

let memtest run for at least 2 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have

to replace the RAM...no errors after 2 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other


go here and get everest home...install and

launch it...click the + by computer...click on sensor...get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and

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Well, I ran the Memtest for over 3 hours and here's a screenshot of the temps. But, it said something about not completely supporting the processor so I don't think it was able to support and report all the vitals you would like to see. Here's the screensthot tho.
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