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Pc Lapses Into Coma

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#1 hoodsystems


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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:44 AM

OK everyone. Here's what I got.

I have a 2-3 year old eMachine (I know, I know) w/Windows XP, Media Center Entertainment T6532. 200 Gb Hard drive

It is used for web surfing basically, but I do have M/S Office Accounting 2007 (trial) installed. No large add-ons.
Computer was "on" essentially 24/7 since its purchase. Almost never shut down unless on the advice of Webroot or a storm.

I've had the following problem for the past few weeks. Whenever I come back to the PC after it has sat idle for awhile, it won't come back up. Usually a shake of the mouse brought it back to life, but now I get nothing. I have to shut it off, and on again by using the power button. But that doesn't always work. Sometimes I just get a "running disc" or "fan like" sound. This process could be repeated three to four times before the PC comes to life.

Here is a list of particulars in case they are helpful in diagnosing the prob.

I run Webroot Antivirus w/Spyware. (aside from cookies no threats detected.)
Firefox installed about a month ago. Replacing IE7
Was (no longer) receiving the virtual memory warning. (I deleted my sons cumbersome Limewire file)
Window Media player (11) now plays back my videos erratically or distorted.
Have been getting the zHotkey.exe window EVERY time I start up.
Computer has recently been set to "hibernate" - never. The hibernate function is enabled.

OK. What do I do? If possible, please dumb down the response. I ain't no rocket scientist. :thumbsup:

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#2 OldGrumpyBastard


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Posted 11 June 2008 - 12:02 PM

You might try to un-install then re-install your video drivers which can be found here:


Look for NVIDIA GeForce 6100 driver which should be your driver. Read the instruction file for the install and removal procedures.

The zHotkey.exe refers to your multimedia keyboard...It supposedly enambles special keys on your board.
Does this look like an OldGrumpyBastard or what?

#3 usasma


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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:38 PM

Most computers that we see at work (with Limewire installed) are infected (I'd guesstimate 98% or better). So, I'd suggest trying a couple of these free, online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection (viruses can disable the protection on the system):
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal

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