Computer stats: Windows XP Pro SP3 4GB Ram Core 2 Quad processor
(this is a dual-boot system with Windows XP on partition H: and Vista 64 on C: none of these problems applies when in Vista)
When first booted, everything is normal.
Several hours later, and often after the computer has rested a while (overnight or for a couple hours unattended) the following symptoms happen:
Text labels on icons and in task bar disappear and/or become fuzzy.
Internet explorer text disappears, sometimes flashes when I mouse-over
Certain windows become clear (restart/shutdown window shows only the edge and buttons)
Programs refuse to start "TaskMGR.exe unable to execute" Internet explorer will not re-start when ended.
This can only be fixed by a restart, but eventually it happens again.
These symptoms were preceded by a new shut down sequence. Previously, the entire screen would go to windows "windows is shutting down..." screen, but since these symptoms started, a smaller (maybe 2x6 inches on the screen) Windows XP blue box appears saying "windows is shutting down..."
About 13 pages down a fellow suggested this was a windows update problem. The next poster stated that "this could not be the case, or lots of other folks would be having the same problem." From what I am finding during a search, there ARE a lot of XP users having this problem. Probably more prevalant for those of us who leave the computer on 24/7 as it takes several hours to manifest itself.
What I have done so far:
Uninstalled Google desktop (was giving "could not upgrade database" error)
Uninstalled AVG 2011
installed Avira Anti-Vir
Installed and scanned with SUPERantiSpyware
Edited by Trouble68, 02 December 2010 - 03:54 PM.