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Computer is many issues- Start up and restarting.


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#1 Antheaa

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:11 AM

Well, I had originally posted this in "Operating Systems > Windows XP Home and Professional" but I then got told to post here after backing up all my important files to an external harddrive (Which I have done)

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My computer has been having many issues over the past few months, which have been extremely annoying.

Firstly, When I try to turn on my computer it gets stuck at the black screen which has the Windows XP logo and loading bar.
After it's been on that page for a while, i restart my computer.. with the same result. It doesn't matter if i leave it on that page for hours (Trust me, I've tried)
I need to restart it at least 3-4 times for it to turn on.

Secondly, my computer randomly restarts itself.
Sometimes my computer has been running for a few hours, sometimes even 5 minutes.. then it restarts.
And that restart isn't always sucessful, sometinmes this also causes the computers to get stuck on the black Windows XP page too.

Lastly, My computer just has many other faults and It just doesn't run smoothly.
For example, sometimes it won't let me go on IE. It'll open the internet page then close is 1-2 seconds after.
Another example, Whenever I turn on the computer the time is wrong. I then set it to the right time, but when i turn it off, and turn it on again, the time is wrong. (I'm pretty sure this has something to do with a battery inside the computer)

I have previously run Malbytes Anti-Malware and all my viruses were removed, but I think that somehow corrupted some files as I cannot run system restore anymore (Yes, I have turned off system restore and turned it back on, with no success), I can't run 'Error-checking' either.
Whenever I right click on C: > Tools > Error Checking > Check now > Tick both 'Automatically fix file system errors AND scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors' then click start, it says "The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer" After i click yes, i restart the computer (multiple times, to actually get running) but the disk check doesn't run.


These are my computers specifications,

System:
Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Computer:
IntelŪ
PentiumŪ 4 CPU 3.20GHz
3.21GHz, 1.00GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension.

Update:
My computer has just gotten worse lately, it still takes multiple "turn ons" to load the desktop, but now it keeps restarting even more. It restarts about every 2 minutes if i just leave it alone, but if i open the internet, open a folder or any other application it restarts straight after almost every time.

When I backup up my files, i went to 'Last Known Good Configuration" and started it up. When the desktop had loaded I'd open my external harddrive, and the folder with the files i want to move.. then I'd have anywhere between 10 seconds and 2 minutes before it restarted again.
I also found that if i tried to move anything over about 500MB it'd immediately restart, where if it was under about 500MB It'd just follow the 'normal restart pattern'.

Update:
I disabled 'Automatic resrart on system failure' and this is the error that came up every time it restarted.
PAGEFAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
0x00000050 (0xFFFFFEF8, 0x00000000, 0x8054B5?P, 0x008000000)


Im guessing there is something wrong with my RAM, but I'm not sure exactly.
Oh, and I am not prepared to lose any/all files if necessary.

Edited by Antheaa, 02 September 2009 - 02:14 AM.


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 07:15 PM

Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and then restart the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive if you are prompted. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

Type: chkdsk /r

It's important to have a space before the "/".

To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 01:34 AM

Im guessing there is something wrong with my RAM, but I'm not sure exactly.
Oh, and I am not prepared to lose any/all files if necessary.

Sorry, I meant I am noW prepared to lose any/all files.


And I ran chkdsk /r
and it seems to be working a little faster, but it still came up with the BSOD which said
"Pagefault_in_nonpaged_area".

What shall I do now?

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 04:15 AM

You can test your memory with this:

http://www.memtest.org/
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