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#1 Thirteenthmuse

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 12:02 PM

I am having a bugger of a time with my computer for the past few months. Everything was working fine and then it wasn't. Oddly enough it started acting up about the time Windows 7 came out. I've tried everything I can think of to make it better. I have even reformatted once or twice but it doesn't run any better. So I have come to lay my burdens on someone who might know what I can do to make it better.

Here are my problems:
Programs are constantly going from running to not responding to running.
Every now and then I get blue screens or the explorer crashes.
It literally takes about five minutes for Firefox to open.
The computer is just slow and sluggish.

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Microsoft Windows XP: Media Center Edition Service Pack 2
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3400+
1.00 GB of Ram

Graphics card is ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 Series

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 12:46 PM

Blue Screen Errors tell you that something is going wrong with your system. I am providing a few links about diagnosing blue screen errors, using the event viewer, computer slowness...

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/74712/how-to-find-bsod-error-messages/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

You also need to find out how full your hard drive is, How often do you defrag your system? Do you have enough RAM installed to smoothly run all of your applications? Do you run malware scans regularily? Do you have more than one Anti-Spyware program running at the same time? Firewall settings? The list of things that can be causing these types of problems is almost endless...I would start with trying to diagnose the Blue Screen Error messages first as this might take care of a lot of your issues...Download the de-bugging tool...Run it ...post any logs here for someone to help you find what may be causing your errors...May be a bad driver, bad hard drive, faulty RAM....MALWARE!!! But you have to start somewhere and that is where I would start...
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:17 PM

In answer to some of your questions...

I have 113 GB free of 181 GB.

I haven't run a defrag lately because the computer says I am not in need of a defrag. Minus the original programs that are installed on the computer, all I have installed since the last reformat is Mcafee Security Center 2009, Yahoo Messenger, Firefox, CCleaner, SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes. This computer, however, used to run World of Warcraft, Eve Online, and countless other games with no problem whatsoever. Now playing Farmville on Facebook is a burden.

Not only do I have Mcafee installed and it scans like every day but about once a week I scan with Malwarebytes because Mcafee misses alot of stuff.

The latest blue screen error happened while I was trying to install Service Pack 3. It was the KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR with the following numbers STOP: 0x0000007a (0xC07BA1B0, 0xC000000E, 0xF7436CA8, 0x033D1860)...or something to that extent.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:30 PM

Download BlueScreenView
No installation required.
Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.
Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.

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#5 Thirteenthmuse

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:58 PM

The program didn't do anything. I couldn't find on the page where to just run it so I downloaded it and ran it. It either did not do anything or it didn't find anything cause there weren't any errors show. Man do I hate my computer.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:00 PM

Make sure, you have correct settings to create .dmp files:

1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel (Start>Control Panel in Vista).
2. Double-click System.
3. Click (Advanced system settings link in Vista, then --->)the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
4. Make sure, there is a checkmark in Write an event to the system log.
5. In the Write debugging information list, click Small memory dump (64k).

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:06 PM

I just checked. I have all the correct settings.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:09 PM

Open Windows Explorer.
Navigate to: C:\Windows\Minidump folder.
Do you see any .dmp files?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:40 PM

And the mystery continues because I can not find any folders title Minidump, dump, or anything else like that. Unless they were deleted the last time I used CCleaner to remove my temp files and such.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:48 PM

We may be eventually looking for some hardware problem(s).
When was the last time, you formatted the drive?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

Um I think it was like the end of November. I've actually reformatted about 2 or 3 times since Windows 7 came out.

Wait, by formatted, do you mean wiping the computer and using the disks to reinstall?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:52 PM

Why are you referring to Windows 7 here? You're with XP here, correct?
Yeah, by formatting I mean clean install.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:54 PM

I am referring to Windows 7 to give you a time frame. Yes, I am running Windows XP but all my problems started when Windows 7 came out, so I am using that as a time reference.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:56 PM

I assume, you did reformat, because of the very same problems?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

I assume, you did reformat, because of the very same problems?



Exactly. The computer slows to crawl so I reformat hoping it will make things better.




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