I have a rather annoying problem with my XP pro laptop and would be most appreciative of any help. When I bootup, the pc displays my desktop, without any icons, then appears to do nothing. I have left it in this state for up to 15 mins, before launching explorer.exe through the Start -> Run.
After explorer launches, my normal desktop returns and I can use the PC to perform most functions normally.
There are however a few additional annoying 'quirks'. The first of these is that the XP Themes appears to have stopped working. It is possible to restart the themes, however the next time the computer is booted, the XP Themes have again stopped working. In addition, the clock has lost 15mins of time (since the symptoms started appearing)
Perhaps the most annoying aspect is that my wireless internet drops out. I've done some exploration and it seems that the Wireless Zero Config has been disabled. This can be restarted from within services, but regardless of the settings I try, getting an internet connection (even after reboot) is sporadic at best. Even using WinsockXPfix doesn't work all of the time and requires a reboot. The only thing that seems to work is to enable both the DHCP Client and Wireless Zero Config to restore normality in wireless functionality.
When the internet is up, I also suffer from the Google redirect virus, but that's not the greatest of my worries at the moment and will deal with that in due course in the appropriate forum.
I have run DDS with success, however Gmer continually crashes my computer, therefore I don't have a log file for Gmer.
I would be most appreciative of any help or suggestions to try and rectify these very annoying afflictions.
Many Thanks in advance,
Edited by twills, 13 June 2010 - 08:11 AM.