Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:46 AM
I have been working the last month or two on an older Gateway my daughter got last year, she had done a clean install of XP and it seemed to be fine.
She ran AVG for protection but allowed some roommates to use it for surfing and games.
It wouldn't hardly boot, after removing 9 gigs of WOW files from the system partition, tons of junk video and audio codecs, replacing the power supply, pulling an old pata data drive, running every scan I knew, it was a little better but keep crashing or freezing when I tried any video work
I had reloaded WMP 10, latest Ffdshow etc.
Loaded or reloaded latest mobo chipset driver, disabled PAT in bios
AVG had long since been disabled when they were attempting to remove some old malware?
I even updated the dvd burner's firmware since reading dvd video files and burning was taking forever
Something must have corrupted some core windows files
I wondered about the ram since we had added another gig stick that seemd to be compatible and it was running in dual channel mode but memtest ran forever with no errors.
Repair disk with SP3 slipstreamed and a defrag and humptydumpty is well again
Copied 4.3 gigs of video files to the hard drive in 4 1/2 minutes, before 22 minutes if it didn't freeze up
No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.