I've been working on an issue with my system for a couple days now. Couple days ago, my outlook express started popping up randomly. Everything else, including graphics, was working fine. I thought it odd, and suspected spyware. I restarted into safe mode with networking, ran some scans (housecall.trendmicro.com, superantispyware) and removed a few items. Upon rebooting, i got a BSOD (0xBE) dealing with vidstub.sys, stating that it was trying to write to read only memory. This i knew to be a component of BootSkin, a winxp skinning application i use. i restarted into safe mode, removed the offender from system32\, restarted, and got an IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (0x0A) with no reference to any files. Everyone's favorite; i for one was overjoyed. After experimenting, I found i could SOMETIMES boot to VGA Mode. Either in normal mode or VGA mode, when the error occurred, it USUALLY occurred once the desktop and start menu hit, after the welcome screen. a couple times it happened while logging in during the 'loading your personal settings' bit. I restarted to safe mode again, removed my video drivers. Same issue. I removed all files and registry values associated with BootSkin, though there wasn't much, it just uses the one driver files (i think) to modify the boot screen. I removed all other skinning applications, desktopX, windowblinds, logonstudio. all gone. Same issue. I ran a chkdsk /r from the winxp recovery console. After a successful boot to VGA mode, i ran an SFC /Scannow using the winxp pro sp2 cdrom. I also uninstalled ZoneAlarm firewall, as i heard this can cause such an error. Well, one of those worked, as i can now boot into normal mode and operate normally. Almost. Everything is great, and windows response time is normal, except any games i play run like molasses in january. and i don't mean north carolina january, more like vermont january. The windows interface is sluggish as heck. windows open normal speed, but graphics in windows load slowly. windows, when dragged, leave trails. Icons underneath take 5-20 seconds to reappear. Here is what i have done so far to resolve this:
Disk cleanup. Another chkdsk. Remove all signs of ATI products left and reinstall both the most recent drivers, the drivers that came with the card, and the full ati catalyst suite from both. Before the first install, i reinstalled my chipset drivers. In between i have run driver cleaner, disk cleanup, and regcleaner. All drivers have been uninstalled in vga mode. I have done defrags until they run smooth as warm butter. All startups and non-microsoft services have been disabled. I've reinstalled and uninstalled all stardock windows skinning programs in case their uninstalls went wonky last time. I'm out of ideas, and google has none for me. I would greatly appreciate your assistance with this issue, as i'm running up the walls with this issue.
OS: Windows XP Professional
Ver: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
MB: DFI Infinity p965-S
CPU: Pentuim D 805 B0 3.30ghz (40c load)
RAM: 1024mb PC800 at 661mhz, 661mb avail
GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon x1600 256mb, driver version 188.8.131.5255
Resolution: 1280x1024 x60hz
Audio: Realtek HD Audio (onboard)
Attatched is my msinfo log if you need it. Again, thanks in advance to all that offer help.
PS- i installed win vista x64 on another partition, and with all drivers loaded, it works great. I just can't port all my crap over to it.