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#1 Gaz Arnold

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:07 AM

Hi,

I have just registered a new account as I have quite a seriuos problem with my computer that I can't figure out. I have a very old PC running Windows 98SE with an AMD Duron 900MHz.

For some time now my PC has been extreemely noisy so I assumed it was a problem with the power supply fan. Last week it started booting in safe mode so I decided I should take a look. I replaced the power supply with a newer (not brand new) one. I then removed the processor fan to find that there was 1/2 a centimeter of dust build up between the fan and heat sink across the entire area of the fan so no air was getting to the processor, plus one of the fan blades was almost broken off.

I removed the heat sink, cleaned it, replaced it and replaced the fan with a newer (working) one. When I switched my computer back on I realised that I had made the foolish error of not connecting the fan to the mother board correctly so the processor effectively had no fan, and the computer froze before Windows loaded. I then re-connected the fan and ever since this time my computer will not start in normal mode without crashing straight away.

Now every time I startup the computer I get various error messages regarding missing .VXD files, Windows can't find some drivers such a USB drivers, and I sometimes get a CONFIG error advising me to restart. The only way I can get onto the computer is in safe mode,

I don't know if i've burnt out the processor, or if the damage is to the hard drive or mother board or if it's just a registry problem,

If you can help me out I would be most grateful,

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 05:03 AM

Hello Gaz Arnold and welcome,

When you replaced the CPU fan/heatsink, did you apply thermal paste to the CPU?
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:22 AM

No, do you think that is the cause of the problem?

If so, will removing it and re-applying some paste fix the problem, or would you say that it's irreversible?

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:00 AM

You could try re applying the paste, however the processor may be too badly damaged. its worth a try though.
http://www.techpowerup.com/printarticle.php?id=134 is a good guide to re applying the paste.
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Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:11 AM

Thanks a lot, A friend gave me his old computer the other day which has an AMD Athlon 1.4GHz processor in it, and I beleive it's compatible with my mother board. Do you think any other components could have been damaged? I could try to install the other processor but I don't know if it would be worth it, I might end up getting the same error messages,

Cheers

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:24 PM

Changing the processor is up to you, but if the original can still do the job then its best to keep it in there. What specific .VXD files are causing problebms?
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:20 AM

I don't have them written down, but three are certainly related to AVG (virus scanner). I have seen other error messages on startup but I think they are the only ones regarding .VXD files,

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:14 AM

.vxd files can be used for a number of things, audio, network drivers, virtual drivers etc. without the names of the files it will be very difficult to diagnose the problem. If some have been removed by AVG, it could be that the files were infected.
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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:33 AM

I don't have them written down, but three are certainly related to AVG (virus scanner). I have seen other error messages on startup but I think they are the only ones regarding .VXD files,

Cheers

which version OF this program do you have on there?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:26 PM

Thanks a lot, A friend gave me his old computer the other day which has an AMD Athlon 1.4GHz processor in it, and I beleive it's compatible with my mother board. Do you think any other components could have been damaged? I could try to install the other processor but I don't know if it would be worth it, I might end up getting the same error messages,

Cheers


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Posted 02 June 2008 - 04:24 AM

Hi,

The version of AVG i'm using is 7.5.

As for taking parts from the other computer, it seems that both are in a bad way. I might just cut my losses and buy a new computer,

Thanks for you're help,

Gary




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