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#31
DaffyKantReed

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I have Zone Alarm Firewall running in the background and I'm running Windows XP Home SP3.


Reboot your PC. While it's rebooting, tap F8 repeatedly until you see the Windows Advanced Options screen. Choose 'safe mode with networking', press Enter and let it boot up.

Login as normal and launch your browser. Can you surf? If you can, my first suspect would be Zone Alarm.
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So i reran chkdsk and i think it did the same thing.. as for Daffy's suggestion, i have already tried to no avail.

chkdsk /r log:

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Local Disk.

A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cleaning up minor inconsistencies on the drive.
Cleaning up 3 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 3 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 3 unused security descriptors.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.

312560608 KB total disk space.
272272852 KB in 158288 files.
66876 KB in 14619 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
360444 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
39860436 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
78140152 total allocation units on disk.
9965109 allocation units available on disk.

>CK
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There are still problems then if chkdsk /r is finding and fixing them. You need to rerun it and rerun it till it stops finding and fixing problems.
This will ensure that the files, mft, mbr, file allocation table are all corrected.
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i reran chkdisk again, i think it's just the same errors tho...


A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
Cleaning up minor inconsistencies on the drive.
Cleaning up 8 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 8 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 8 unused security descriptors.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
Free space verification is complete.

312560608 KB total disk space.
271420304 KB in 158765 files.
67376 KB in 14700 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
360780 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
40712148 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
78140152 total allocation units on disk.
10178037 allocation units available on disk.

>CK
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OK well we can try a SFC /SCANNOW and after that I would suggest uninstalling FF and reinstalling it.
You can save your bookmarks before hand to make it easier to get you favorites back after re installation.

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



Revised and Simplified:


Do you have a valid XP CD?

If so, place it in your CD ROM drive and follow the instructions below:
  • Click on Start and select Run... type sfc /scannow (note the space) (Let this run undisturbed until the window with the blue progress bar goes away)

SFC
- Which stands for System File Checker,
retrieves the correct version of the file from %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.
If you want to see what was replaced, right-click My Computer and click on Manage. In the new window that appears, expand the Event Viewer (by clicking on the + symbol next to it) and then click on System.
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i ran SFC and reinstalled FF, in that order? no change :) i might just have to resort to reinstalling windows...

>CK
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Well before resorting to a format and fresh install why not try a Repair Installation first?

What I would suggest you do is to Backup your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure. This will allow you to keep your Important Data safe and Separated from the main system in case of problems. The cost for this kind of Backup System has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig capacity for your needs. Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.
HERE
HERE

I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup even at night.

Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above.


After the above is done then go on to the next step.



Repair Installation Instructions

· Insert your Windows XP CD in your CD-ROM and then Restart your computer.
· At the first post screen start tapping the Del key to enter System Bios
· Find the Advance Options or Boot Sequence screen.
· You will need to change the boot sequence so that the CDrom is first and the HD is second.
· Press F10 to Save and Exit and then press Enter to accept.
· The system will now reboot
· When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
· When you see the following message displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER
· To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
· At this point an option to press R to enter the Recovery Console is displayed. DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION.

· On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
· Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected and highlighted in the box, and then press the R key to repair Windows XP.
· Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.

You can also go HERE
to read a step by step tutorial with screenshots.
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Well it's been a while since my last post because i figured wiping my computer would be a surefire answer to this nightmare...

My computer must just hate me or something, even after the wipe internet connection is slow, can't load certain pages, etc.

I'm certain it's not just me either as i had to use my downstairs computer for a while and it worked perfectly...

My only ideas are hardware or drivers at this point...

>CK

Edited by Ckenward, 26 January 2010 - 04:38 PM.

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