Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:15 PM
Before I start describing, I'd like to mention two things up front.
My machine is moving slower than a snail. It all started after I tried to install new RAM. Before I go any farther, let me mention a few things up front.
1) I'm certain that I got the right type of RAM.
2) The problem became worse after I put the old ram back in.
3) I am certain that the RAM is seated correctly.
This is what I have done so far.
The machine didn't want to install the new RAM. It said that I was missing some files (something about a kernal?). So I put the old RAM back in, and tried tried to do a repair installation. The first time I did this I got a command prompt. I wasn't even in safe mode! Didn't really know what to make of it, but I ran chkdsk /p. It said there were errors it couldn't fix. So I ran chkdsk /r. Three or four hours later, this finally completed and the machine booted up normally.
I shut 'er down, and put new ram back in, and tried again. This time the machine didn't even start.
Reinserted the old ram.
Machine started, but I got the "Windows has failed to start" error. So I tried the repair installation thing again. It took forever to complete, and it had trouble copying a couple of the files. Actually it didn't complete at all. It got stuck at the "Saving Configurations" part. So I rebooted and tried again. This time it had no problem copying the files, and the process went faster. But it got stuck at the "saving configuration" point again. Powered down, tried again. Got stuck again. Meant to try a third (fourth?) time, but forgot to hit the F9. Surprisingly Windows started--sorta. It gave me this screen that said that installation would be complete in 39 minutes. 18 hours later it finally finished, but its running very, very slowly. Even in Safe Mode Command Prompt. This is one slow machine! I ran microsoft's memory tester and it didn't find any errors.
I could take this to a repair shop but that wouldn't be any fun. Plus they charge an outrageous amount for simple repairs. And, the last time I took it in, I came out with a custom made piece of malware. (It took the people down in the "Am I infected" and HJT forums something like three weeks to get to the bottom of it).
So anyway, HELP!