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Hi everybody.
I've got a pc with XP Pro SP3 fully patched.
I use an E8400 cpu, 4 gigs RAM, 1Tb. Western Digital Black hard drive, Corsair HX620 power supply.
Protection for the system comes from a router, Windows XP firewall, Defensewall, Avast Home (free)and Prevx 3.
I don't go to porn sites nor do I do online gaming.
The only game I have on the pc is The Lost Inca Prophecy from Bigfish Games.
This pc has been running without a hitch for about a year.
Last night the pc was working properly.
I shut it down for the night and when I started it up this morning it went to check disc. That passed and the pc started as usual. It's never gone to check disc before.
Then I opened Firefox and the search engine, Google, just showed the words 11th birthday but no Google picture.
Closed the browser and opened it again and it was fine.
Started checking my email in various gmail account and none of them were working properly. I kept getting a pop up box from Google that some of the features were not working and that I could revert to basic text if I wanted.
Live Mail is giving me some problems too.
I closed Firefox and opened it again in Safe Mode but that made no difference.
There are no known viruses or malware on this machine. I keep after it so that I don't have a problem.
The only other info I can think of is that about a week ago I had a loose connection to the motherboard power connector and the pc shut down.
But after I pushed the connector in more firmly I had no furhter trouble.
Please, what's going on with this pc?
I'm still a novice.
Thanks.
J.
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Hello,

So... the only problem you're having is with the internet? Does IE have the same problems as Firefox?
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Makai,
I don't know if the problem is just with FF though email works properly in IE8.
However, I wonder what happened to cause the check disc at startup.
That has not happened before.
I'm thinking of reverting to a stable image.
What are your suggestions?
Thanks.
J
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I'm thinking of reverting to a stable image.

Do you mean using an image from like imaging software, or are you just referring to System Restore?

What are your suggestions?

Not really sure what to suggest...

If email is working in IE8, then it has to be FF. I was having problems with the latest FF version so I reverted to version 3.0.14 about four days ago. Maybe you're experiencing a bug. The latest version was acting weird/slow for me. You could remove/reinstall FF and see if it helps. Be sure to delete your profile data when uninstalling, and also the Mozilla folder in Program Files, and the two Mozilla folders located in your user profile (one in Application Data, and the other in Local Settings>Application Data.) Deleting the folders will ensure FF starts up brand new and not contain any corrupted settings/files/data. Don't forget to export your bookmarks before uninstalling.

As for chkdsk... no idea really. Windows must have picked up a dirty bit somehow and decided to fix it. Hard to say. Do the event logs show anything unusual?

If your pc is running fine, I wouldn't worry about it... especially if you can't reproduce anything. Just keeping an eye on things is really all you can do.
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Makai,
Thanks for your help.
1. I have Shadow Protect Desktop and was referring to that for an image.
2.Good advice. Removed FF completely and reinstalled frsh form web.
Working OK for now.
I'll just keep an eye on it.
Thanks again.
J
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You're welcome! Take care!
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