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#1 Rick287

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 11:20 AM

Over the last couple of days my PC has developed what I think is its first Vista error (it's nearly 18 months old).

The first thing I noticved was that the network notification icon showed me as disconnected, even though I was web surfing with no problems at the time. Since then, I've noticed a few things wrong:
  • Not only does the network icon not work, clicking on "connect to a network" or anything on that just causes the PC to hang.
  • No programs start up automatically now, even if they are in the startup folder.
  • Civilisation 4 (the only game I have installed) doesn't run - I just get the little spinning disc.
  • Paint Shop Pro loads its splash screen, but stops halfway and doesn't open the program.
  • Anything I do that requires admin access causes the computer to hang - I can't access Computer Management, run any programs as admin, or even move/copy some files.
  • The PC won't autorun any CDs or DVDs, though I can open their folders.
I've been trying to fix this, and googled a few solutions, though none have worked so far, probably due to me not having administrator access. I've used the Vista disc to System Restore the PC a few times, and although this works, the next time I restart the machine the same problems are back again. The first two things that appear after System Restore works is my antivirus (Avast) telling me it needs to restart (which of course will cause the PC to go bad again) and a program I've never heard of called "Bigfix" telling me that it can't connect to a site so I'm being unsubscribed.

The PC is a Gateway desktop GT5072b, with an extra 1GB of RAM, a second hard drive and an NVidia GeForce 7300SE/7200GS graphics card.

One thing I did also try was to install my old XP disc onto my second hard drive, but I got a Blue Screen of Death before it let me. I don't know if this is related...

Thanks for any help!

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:24 PM

Would people generally recommend reinstalling Vista? I've got all documents saved on the second HD, so it'll be an inconvenience, but not a nightmare.

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 02:50 PM

I would go to the Control Panel>Programs and Features, and see if Bigfix is listed there. Not sure if it was packaged with the Gateway software or not, but reading a brief description of the program, it sounds like it could give you a hassle
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