Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:52 PM
so about a week ago, i was multitasking on my computer... you know running DVD, surfing the net on graphic-heavy sites (deviantart, conceptart, etc) when next thing i know my DVD window closes, firefox's quit prompter comes up, and the system shuts down, which is strange considering i have the auto shutdown disabled.
no error message, no blue screen, it all happened really fast.
i panicked of course, paranoid as i am, and thought "hack!", yanked the Ethernet cord form the wall.
i try and reload and at first i can't get normal mode running.
so i load into safe mode, which works fine and i start running AVG anti-spyware, Malwarebytes' anti-malware, spybot all of which are yielding nothing.
i rollback to a previous save point, and i reboot but now normal mode works, everything seems in order, running faster now that i notice, but the only thing i can't seem to do is go into standby, it just hangs. i used to use it all the time, sicne i don't like leaving my computer on all day, but loadup is sooo slow.
so i thought crap, my drivers got screwed, so i go uninstall the old ones, reinstall them. i try again and the standby prompted me with an error message saying i needed to update the drivers. so i update them, but now it still just hangs in the welcome screen with "preparing to stand by..."
i can only assume there might be some kind of process running in the background, but i'm unsure on how to check this aside from the [ctrl alt del] task manager in which i don't see anything, that or my RAM might be failing, since my computer is 4 years old and i've been running it at around 496 MB without a problem until now. but the device manager says it's okay.
i run a windows xp home edition, service pack 2.
gateway, pentium 4 cpu 3.06GHz, 496 MB of RAM
and jetico personal firewall
i tried service pack 3 a few months back, but had to rollback and uninstall it as it disabled my ability to drag and drop files, even when the system said it was enabled (which is a pain as i move files around a lot).
should i move this and repost in the HJT log forum? in case there's some kind of files i'm not seeing.
thanks for any help.