Since I reported the above, I have done some work with videos - that went very well (thumbnail-wise). However, THIS PC has deteriorated further - shows even less content than before. Disabling Icaros in ShellExView, does not improve THIS PC behaviour now. The inconsistency is maddening !
Telegram Desktop converts a paste into an attachment
Posted 25 February 2021 - 08:47 PM
Yes. Avast eats FRST. That's why I say in my instructions for downloading FRST:
Smart Screen, Windows Defender and Avast have all been blocking FRST recently. It's a false positive so pause your antivirus when downloading or running FRST.
Looking at your event logs:
Error: (02/26/2021 01:45:14 AM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-LoadPerf) (EventID: 3011) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: Unloading the performance counter strings for service WmiApRpl (WmiApRpl) failed. The first DWORD in the Data section contains the error code.
Error: (02/26/2021 01:45:14 AM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-LoadPerf) (EventID: 3012) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: The performance strings in the Performance registry value is corrupted when process Performance extension counter provider. The BaseIndex value from the Performance registry is the first DWORD in the Data section, LastCounter value is the second DWORD in the Data section, and LastHelp value is the third DWORD in the Data section.
"Rebuild the list of available counters
Membership in the local Administrators group is required to complete this procedure.
To rebuild the list of counters in the registry:
- Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
- Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
- At the command prompt, type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER."
Error: (02/26/2021 12:07:23 AM) (Source: Application Error) (EventID: 1000) (User: )
Description: Faulting application name: firefox.exe, version: 126.96.36.19952, time stamp: 0x581d78ba
Faulting module name: msaud32_divx.acm, version: 188.8.131.5287, time stamp: 0x3dd50000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00052170
Faulting process ID: 0xfbc
Faulting application start time: 0x01d70b75fc68dd4e
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\msaud32_divx.acm
Report ID: 9b711b15-7c40-4051-81f5-74b02848c371
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Let's see if the file has been corrupted:
Pause Avast, start up FRST. Put
in its search box. Hit Search Files. You will only get one file. Please post.
Error: (02/26/2021 01:40:56 AM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-USB-USBXHCI) (EventID: 14) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: Windows failed to start the USB xHCI Compliant Host Controller for the following reason:
I expect the USB controller is the one that talks to the USB connected hard drives so if it doesn't work then This PC is not going to show what you want.
Step 1: Click in the Windows Search box
Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
In Device Manager, click on View in the Menu bar and select “Show Hidden Devices”
Expand Universal Serial Bus Controller and uninstall the ghost drivers.
Also, uninstall the USB xHCI Compliant Host Controller along with the above once again
Windows will reinstall the USB controller. Perhaps this will fix the corruption so it starts reliably. Also possible that one of your USB connections is dragging the system down.
Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:22 PM
I thought you wanted me to rebuild performance counter, so I entered lodctr /r into elevated Command Prompt, and got "Error: Unable to rebuild performance counter setting from system backup store, error code is 2"
Your next paragraph mentions Firefox - I realise v50 is a very old out-of-date one, but it has an advantage that I will NOT sacrifice. I can use up-to-date versions of Chrome or Edge when the age of Firefox becomes an issue.
'USB connected hard drives'
The USB stick (16Gb) is the only 'permanent' contender.
Although I've had difficulty in seeing USB-connected-HDDs TROUGH A USB HUB WITH A SWITCHE FOR EACH DEVICE- it seems to be under control currently.
'uninstall the ghost drivers'
Can you clarify which drivers are 'ghost', please ?
I have at various times in my attempts to get a PCIe-USB3 card recognised, uninstalled that USBxHCI Compliant Host Controller.
I might add that the card is recognised and works in a PC with the 64bit version of Win10V20H2.
I have four spare PCIe slots in which I have tried the USB3.0 card - same problematical in Device Manager for that Host Controller.
I leave that card disconnected until such time as I have a solution to the problem of its non-recognition.
With that card not connected the problematical does not appear in Device Manager.
Posted 26 February 2021 - 05:16 AM
I think I have found a clue. THIS PC was consistently failing (but no longer excluding just C:\); Even a reboot would no longer fix it. I was using uTorrent and it indicated loss of access to T:\, the HDD to which I download movies. Paradoxically, File Explorer displayed T:\ contents without missing a beat. I reseated the leads into T:\ - both THIS PC and uTorrent came good !.
Posted 26 February 2021 - 06:01 AM
Posted 26 February 2021 - 06:26 AM
Firefox works EXCELLENTLY although many sites object to it - I do most 'security' applications (financial transactions) in the latest Chrome.
I'll do the experimenting you suggest later.
Posted 27 February 2021 - 06:19 AM
Have not yet done the experimenting I promised, but can report an erratic pattern of THIS PC working and then failing and then working again - the only pattern is RANDOMNESS !
Posted 27 February 2021 - 09:28 PM
There should be a version number and a date under Details in Properties. Is it the same?
Posted 27 February 2021 - 10:11 PM
What I attached was the Details window - It shows a date of 3/2/2003, but no version number. Your URL shows a version : 8.00.00.4487, but no date. So comparison is impossible.
Posted Yesterday, 01:24 AM
I experimented with isolating msaud32_divx.acm in a folder on the desktop; There was no immediate improvement in THIS PC; but THIS PC was OK immediately after rebooting - which had not been the case for a couple of days.
Posted Yesterday, 02:50 AM
THIS PC is back to behaving badly !
My original question was about Telegram. I appear to have found a work-around. I discovered that an image of one line of text would turn into a file (attachment), but if I enlarged the field (so there was more than just one line of text) the paste into Telegram was successful.
I had also discovered that failure to paste into Telegram was NOT confirmed in WORD - where pasting was successful - eliminating Clipboard as the source of the problem
Posted Yesterday, 11:01 PM
What exactly is bad behavior? Do the event logs show anything? Let's try
Full Event Log View
The download is near the bottom of the page. Choose the one appropriate for your system.
Download FullEventLogView (32-bit version)
Download FullEventLogView (64-bit version)
Right click on the downloaded file and Extract All, Extract. Doubleclick on FullEventLogView.exe
Once the program starts: Options, Advanced Options and in the new window uncheck Informational verbose and Undefined.
Show only events from the last 1 Days
Now Edit, Select All
File, Save Selected Items, to your desktop, call it events, Save.
Close the program. You should have a file called events.txt on your desktop. Open it, Edit, Select All, Ctrl + c to copy and then move to a Reply and Ctrl +v to paste it into the reply.
in the FRST search box and then Search Registry. Does it find anything?
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