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Let's try a couple more things to see if this will help.

Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Let me know if this fixes the problem

Once this is done and if no improvement then follow the next steps.




Go Start and then to Run ("Start Search" in Vista),
Type in: sfc /scannow
Click OK (Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) finds any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc does not find any errors in Windows XP, it will simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

For Vista users ONLY: Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it to Flyupload, and post download link.


If you don't have Windows CD....
This applies mostly to Windows XP, since Vista rarely requires use of its DVD while running "sfc"
Note This method will not necessarily work as well, as when using Windows CD, because not always ALL system files are backed up on your hard drive. Also, backed up files may be corrupted as well.

Go Start and then Run
type in regedit and click OK


Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

You will see various entries Values on the right hand side.

The one we want is called: SourcePath

It probably has an entry pointing to your CD-ROM drive, usually D and that is why it is asking for the XP CD.
All we need to do is change it to: C:
Now, double click the SourcePatch setting and a new box will pop up.
Change the drive letter from your CD drive to your root drive, usually C:
Close Registry Editor.

Now restart your computer and try sfc /scannow again!


Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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Okay, ran Chkdsk, nothing out of the ordinary. Was about to run SFC, and the computer did its thing, a good old crash and reboot. Nothing from VEW or Whocrashed. I don't know if that helps, going to run SFC now...
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http://new2.flyuploa...BwRAFHqcvXdQAjt

And scan done...
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At this point we have checked the hardware and everything seems to be working correctly.
We can do a couple of things at this point
  • Do a malware scan to check for possible infection
  • Do a repair installation on Vista
  • Do a parallel installation of Vista
  • Format and install Vista fresh

Now when you got this system was Vista already installed?
Did you get the Genuine Original Microsoft Vista disk with the Hologram or did you get a recovery cd?
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I figured it would come down to this... No malware on it, I am neurotic about that, Firefox with NoScript and AdBlockPlus, MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D, Avast, everything updated weekly if not more often, and scans run weekly if not more often.

I am just going to reinstall Vista fresh. Thank you very much!
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Any data you need to backup first make sure to do that.
Format and install is not as bad if you have a good backup of your data.
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Oh, yeah... Downloading all the drivers I need to my external, music, videos, pictures etc. there also. Now I just have to find my Vista disc.

You are a gentleman and a scholar.
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Thank you and I will be here till the end.
If you need assistance or any questions I am here till we get you back up and running.
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Ran MemTest with each stick alone, 2 bad sticks. Ran the 2 good sticks in slots 1 and 3, ran Memtest, came up with errors. Ran with them in 2 and 4, no issues. So, since the solo tests were done in slot 1, I assume it is good, and since the 2 sticks I am running are good in 2/4 or alone in 1, slot 3 is bad.

So, 2/4 sticks of memory bad, 1/4 slots bad. Haven't had issues since, for a week or so.
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Well that is good to hear and it is very possible a bad ram slot can cause the issues also.
So you are running in slots 2 and 4 with no issues at all?
If that is the case then it sounds like a new Motherboard may be in the near future unless you can live with the configuration the way it is.
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Yeah, 2-4 no issues, but I miss the other 4gb... Not that I need it, really, but knowing I can't have it. So, new motherboard it will be, along with 2 new sticks, and maybe another video card for SLI if I can talk the wife into it...

Thanks again, man!
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Yep the boss has to be the ok person. By replacing the MOBO you will be able to use all the memory then.
One issue is to make sure your existing memory will work on the new MOBO.
Let me know if there is something I can help with as far as suggestions.
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