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Nosfearatu

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Alright, I've been wanting to learn more about how to upgrade my computer and be able to play the mainstream games that are out right now.

As of right now I'm having to run WoW on all low settings. Lol. Any other game that I'd want to play would crap out on me or not run.

The only thing I know about my OS is that it's a Windows XP. Ha ha.

What I want to know is where I can look at to see my graphics card, processor, etc.

Then, if it's not to hard, how do I know which parts I need for my computer? I really couldn't tell you any of the latest tech that's out there but I want to know so bad. :)

Any help would be appreciated.
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Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"
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<sighs> Too bad I have some malware on my computer that refrains me from downloading programs. :[
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Well that is a piece of important information that needs to be cleared up before attempting any fix yet. :)
I suggest you go to the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal Forum and run all the steps located in the
START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own.
If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post the reguested logs in THAT forum.
If you are unable to run any of the tools then start a new topic in the malware forum and put this in the subject line...I am unable to run any malware tools

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).

Add a link to this topic so that malware tech can see what steps have been taken here
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Yeah. I did what the guide said. Have a little bit of more problems but I figured out how to download programs. I'll post my computer info a sec.
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--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer SHELDAN
Generator Ghxst
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2010-01-13
Time 18:26


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name SHELDAN
User Name Ghxst

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 520, 2800 MHz (14 x 200)
Motherboard Name Dell Dimension 4700
Motherboard Chipset Intel Grantsdale-G i915G
System Memory 502 MB (DDR2-400 DDR2 SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (01/10/05)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter Intel® 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family (128 MB)
Video Adapter Intel® 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family (128 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel GMA 900
Monitor Dell E173FP [17" LCD] (U493151K58NL)
Monitor Dell E173FP [17" LCD] (U493151K58NL)
Monitor Dell E173FP [17" LCD] (U493151K58NL)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Intel 82801FB ICH6 - AC'97 Audio Controller [B-1]

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel® 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651
IDE Controller Intel® 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Disk Drive HDS728080PLA380 (80 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Optical Drive Lite-On LTN486S 48x Max (48x CD-ROM)
Optical Drive TSSTcorp CDRW/DVD TSH492B
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 78520 MB (29755 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse HID-compliant mouse

Network:
Network Adapter Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection (192.168.1.105)
Modem Communications cable between two computers
Modem Intel® 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem

Peripherals:
Printer HP Deskjet F2400 series
Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
USB1 Controller Intel 82801FB ICH6 - USB Universal Host Controller [B-1]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801FB ICH6 - USB Universal Host Controller [B-1]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801FB ICH6 - USB Universal Host Controller [B-1]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801FB ICH6 - USB Universal Host Controller [B-1]
USB2 Controller Intel 82801FB ICH6 - Enhanced USB2 Controller [B-1]
USB Device USB Human Interface Device
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Part of a issue i would like to address is
System Memory 502 MB (DDR2-400 DDR2 SDRAM)

This is barely enough to run XP and a program or two. I would suggest taking this up to 1 gig and it will help speed the system up alot.
Go to HERE and run the Crucial online scanner.
This will give you the exact memory configuration for your system.
You do not have to buy the memory from there, but write down the information and if you need assistance in purchasing the upgrade memory GTG can assist with suggestions also.
Please post all your logs in the malware topic you will start and I will monitor that topic. I can not assist you in that forum but you will be in great hands as all the techs there are great.
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I'll go look up the memory stuff but about the malware I didn't want to post in that forum because I wanted to apply for GeekU (which I have). :[
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Well that is going to make this even more difficult.
I can only advise so much if you have a active infection.
Short of Format and reinstall.
Upgrading a infected system is futile as the OS still will not function correctly.
I will see what we can do by running some scans on the Os.

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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