AMD Athlon x2 775 7750 Black Edition Dual Core 2.7Ghz.
Asus M3A78-EM AM2 (revision 1508 )
ATI Radeon HD 3200 (onboard video)
OCZ Reaper PC2-6400 3.25GB ram (4gig actual)
OCZ Stealth xstream 500w PSU
1Terabite Western Digital Caviar Green Sata (WD10EAVS)
Windows XP Pro Ver. 2002, SP2
I've had nothing but constant problems with this computer. When it was initally put together, it was upgraded to SP3, and that caused a whole other world of problems. Long story short, I tested all components (all work fine-seemed to work well after I pulled out & reinstalled the RAM, so may not have been sitting right), tested all SATA ports (all work fine), I managed a fresh format, updated up to SP2, and did many of the key windows updates, as well as all driver updates.
It was working fine until recently. I don't know what happened. In SAFE MODE I ran a virus scan, and Ad-Aware; nothing was found. It's running at a good temp. And the power supply is brand new with lots of power.
Here is the list of problems I'm currently facing:
-BIOS (and windows) won't recognize my DVD drive most of the time, (sometimes it does for no reason)
>It will work if I unplug it, and plug it back in. This only lasts a little while. I have tested it in different SATA ports, all give the same result.
>I have swapped drives twice just in case.
-VERY slow to load windows.
>Loads Express Gate without issue, but then...
>It spends a few minutes at the main Windows Boot screen (with the three little scrolling cubes)
>Slow to boot up actual windows once I select the 'user' ...there are very few programs in the startup (in MSCONFIG), and most where there before I started having these issues.
-Cannot install IE 8. I'm currently using IE 6, have done all the updates, and selected to install IE 8; it said it was successful, but it never updated!! I witnessed the download and extraction of the files.
> I restarted, thinking that it may just be required. When I did, the computer loaded past Asus Express Gate, then froze at a black screen with a flashing cursor. I waited a very long time, and after a few restarts, the computer loaded again.
> Checked windows update again, it shows that everything BUT IE 8 was installed. It says that IE8 has been downloaded, but not installed. I tried to install it again, and had the same result!
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm getting tempted to contact ASUS, thinking that it may be their motherboard!!
Edited by RGS83, 27 June 2009 - 03:18 PM.