I suspect I've about worn out my welcome here with numerous lame postings about problems. Those were all due to a single problem, become frustration, become hysteria. I'm in a rather desperate position, trying in vain to restore my computer to usefulness. Other subjects of threads were to get this different computer I'm now posting with up to speed, or else build yet another one out of old used parts, all exercises in futility.
Single problem: lost PCI dialup modem, but then found LPT 1 printer not connecting either, on computer in Signature line. I tried every way I can find to reinstall modem, no go, same with the printer. System Information still shows original modem installed, though it's long gone & uninstalled. Tried about 5 other modems, including new in box. The Sys Info also shows the latest modem installed.
During the course of events I discovered 126 pages/screens of 'Startup Programs' now listed, instead of the former 1-2 pages. These programs are listed as files, with 36 different types [file .endings]. In Startup Programs there are 2 copies of each file. These are not 'programs' but files, dll's, .exe, .cpl, .vbs and 32 other types of files. They are all listed as either 'NT Authority System Default, NT Authority System, or Default. There are 'program' names starting with every letter of the alphabet except Y. The majority are dll's. They sure don't look like 'Programs' to me!
From what little I know the computer says all systems are just fine.
PCI Bus & Direct Memory Access Controller
IRQ 10 -
Intel 82801AA SMBUS Controller & Intel 82801AA AC '97 Audio Controller
Memory Address OxA 0000-0x Bffff -
PCI Bus & Intel 82810E Graphics Controller.
I/O says all is 'OK', including Com1 & Com 2 & LPT 1. IRQ says all OK including Com 1 & Com 2. Memory - PCI bus shows 3 entires, all OK.
Com 2 shows the original Best Data Data Fax modem attached, and Com 4 shows the latest 56SPS modem attached. Ports shows Com 1 OK with IRQ 4, and Com 2 OK with IRQ 3.
Problem Devices says printer drivers aren't loaded but they should be.
I had Online Armor, Avast, Malwarebytes, Super-Antispyware installed & all scans show OK. Fairly safe internet search habits, as far as I know...
Some program installed sometime managed to shut off System Restore, when I don't know, but in the past. Dead in the water there. I used Registry Booster to restore the registry to several days before problem occurred, but that didn't help. I can't download anything to this computer and run through CD player on broken computer because no burner on this one that I know of - old Win 98SE machine, stripper with with no bells or whistles. I'm apparently too stupid to install the other's HDD into this one as a slave and fear messing up this one too! If I could that would sure help.
I either need to get that modem working, or else find out how to shove that HDD into this machine.
Edited by Spectacle, 18 September 2010 - 12:36 PM.