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Multiple problems, sound included

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#1 teiresias


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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:59 PM

The past few days my computer has been acting oddly, mainly freezing when I leave it unattended for a few minutes (like over 15, guessing) and being slow to respond, so my father recommended I perform Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmentation. I had been reading on Firefox and listening to music on Winamp today so I know it worked then; after running disk cleanup on my C:\ drive (I have G:\ solely for storage), it came back with some results, with the big one being over 60 MB of temporary files. I chose to 'cleanup' the ones it listed for all categories save offline pages, though some had 0 KB already. Did I mention I'm on Windows XP?

Next I ran disk defrag but it after analyzing and recommending defragging it told me I should prefer to have at least 15% free space on C:\ (I only ran it for that drive) before defragging, so I went around deleting a bunch of old installers, zipped files, copies, pictures, etc. etc. until there was enough free space and then defragged. I was bored and tried to listen to music in Winamp while it defragged, and I was shocked to find that it would not play! The files open and then go to 0:00, and I can move the statusbar but it never plays anything, or moves at all. I went into the Ctrl Panel and found that system sounds did not play either. I am currently using the onboard sound card, though I plan to install a recently-received soundcard soon.

In between Winamp and CtrlPanel I went to YouTube and found that not only was there no sound when the in-browser videos played, they also ran much faster than normal, i.e. a four-minute video would 'end' in 20 seconds or such, with nothing appearing on the video portion save a blinking faster-than-normal icon and no sound, but the statusbar for the video much faster than it should be.

Before the whole Disk Cleanup thing today I came to my computer after leaving it on overnight to find a 'blue screen of death' - I should have written down the whole thing, but all I copied was that it said Kernel_stack_inpage_error. When I restarted the computer using the power button, I ran an antivirus AVG scan and it said 'hosts' and 'ntoskrnl.exe' had been changed, and after leaving it unattended for a while it ended up freezing so I had to hit the power button again. I'm currently running another AVG scan and the same popped up as well as notification of 'Trojan horse Generic12.AMED', but the identified file (the TimeLeft stopwatch program) makes me think it misidentified it as malware much as keygens or such are often misinterpreted.

I was able to play an AVI file in VLC media player without sound (but video showed up); should I test any other types of files in certain players? There is no sound (system sounds included) regardless of if the video works, though.

What other information should I include in this post? I will be very grateful for your help; this is very frustrating as audio and video were working fine a few hours ago before defrag-analyzing, deleting files, then actually defragging C:\. What should I do? Is it driver-related?

Oh, and before the sound/video issues with only the blue screen and freezing to worry about, I went into Event Log and these are the two that popped up most often:

Error on device \Device\Harddisk1\D during paging operation
Browser unable to retrieve list of servers from browser master \\D35XGW1 on network \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{406CF207-4E87-4AB8-AF36-A06DDFC5960A}. Data = error code.

... the second of which leads eventually to "Failed (to retrieve list yada yada) too many times, backup browser is now stopping" (paraphrased)

I am unsure as to whether either of these are even related.

Can anyone please, please, please help me recover my audio and video? I am unconcerned about the freezing at the moment unless it freezes again.

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