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Intermittent booting problem with XP home


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No but have majority of files required backed up on this laptop.
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http://www.seagate.c...000f5ee0a0aRCRD

If you ever need it this is Seagate Disk Wizard, as your hard drive is of course a Seagate Barracuda 80Gb.

Could you please post when you have finished MSE scan, as to how it has done and are we now clean booted and in nromal mode.
Could you then please go Ctrl Alt Del - for task manager and on Performance tab se how we are doing with available ram.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 December 2010 - 01:02 PM.

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Ok running scan now obviously it is going to take some time . running clean boot but not sure what you mean by normal mode.

computer seems far more stable and responsive running in this state, is there a reason as to why it could not be left like this?.

Again many thanks for your continued assistance and patience.
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If you clean boot in normal mode - as we did, that disables most non-essential startup items and a number of processes.
If you clean boot and load Safe Mode that is even more selective, as Safe Mode itself of course does not include networking and loads ONLY a minimal set of drivers.
I should have explained more fully.
Keep this link for future reference.

NOTE Once you take the additional steps in clean boot you delete ALL restore points. - be aware of that please.
Important If your problem is not fixed and you do have to follow this step, it permanently removes all restore points from your computer. The System Restore feature uses restore points to restore your computer to an earlier state. If you remove the restore points, you can no longer restore Windows to an earlier state.



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316434

Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 December 2010 - 01:43 PM.

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Ok full scan by MSE found no threats

Available ram now up to 262700

running a clean boot in normal mode

Many Thanks
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I am very pleased it has to some extent improved the siutation.
You will be OKAY leaving it in clean boot.
If you examine the startup items, you will see that far less are loaded at start-up
and if you examine the services , clicking to Hide all Microsoft services, you will see that far less of those are running.

If it does not now crash at all, you can consider it solved I think and then if you do get another 1Gb ram, try going back to normal boot.
Any problems, of course, come back.
Thanks for being so appreciative of the help, it makes it all worthwhile.

You will be OK there with MSE and the occasional scan with MBAM which of course you already had.
If it was my computer I would download and run this every so often.
http://www.superanti...ANTISPYWAREFREE
Recommended on THIS GeekstoGo -
http://www.geekstogo...perantispyware/

and Finally - many crashes are caused by registry corruption, This was not your problem on this occasion, but if a crash occurs WHILST the registry is being written to - you can still end up with the registry problem
This little utility, is a simple effective answer. Recommended again on this site
http://www.geekstogo...covery-utility/


Take care.
Macboatmaster

Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 December 2010 - 04:29 PM.

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Thanks very much for all your help, i will see how it goes over the next few days at the moment running in this configuration it seems better than it has for a few weeks.

your time and expertise is very much appreciated, the machine would have been destined for the scrap heap without it.

:D ;) ;)
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