Never had to post for PC problems before as I have always managed to find the problem using google and/or a bit of common sense but I am struggling with persistent and (for me) unidentifiable problem(s).
New PC (AMD phemon 1075T with Asus M4A77T/USB3 motherboard, 4Gb RAM, Radeon HD 4670) came preloaded with XP Pro SP3. Slight error there as my original licence was for a SP1 or basic XP disc. I was having intermittent crashes and couldn't register the original key so I decided to reformat and install the original version of XP. This would not happen, presumably, because the original copy of XP would not work with my new setup (so I was informed by the PC suppliers).
I eventually got XP working (I cheated) and am still experiencing random crashes. The only wisp of information I can find is that around the time of a crash I commonly get:
The Remote Access Connection Manager service terminated with service-specific error 3221356592 (0xC0020030).
After loads of registry scanners, repair internet connection, install new bios for M/B (same version as it was the latest anyway) and probably more malware scans than was necessary I stioll struggling and am wondering whether I have a hardware issue.
In desperation I have run Combofix (it was only after I had run it I saw the post on Bleeping Computer NOT to do this unless asked) and it appeared to find rootkit activity, although this could have been AV amtivirus.
If anyone can suggest something to try short of reinstalling XP or setting fire to my new tower it would be much appreciated. Combofix output files attached if they help.
Something I just remembered - original problems MAY have started when I hit 4 (Core unlocker) during boot up - my processor does not support core unlocking but the MB does. Resulted in a reboot and the option went away during all susequent boots. Option has reappeared since Bios re-install. All Bios setttings to default.
Another observation is that the problems mostly seem to happen when multitasking e.g. several browser pages with flash on the go or burning optical discs when surfing. I would not have thought this a problem with a hex core processor but the processor does bost the clock by 500 Mhz sometimes....was considering switching this off in the bios...
Hope someone can have a good laugh at me and point out an obvious solution :D I think I am too far into it to see clearly now....
Forgot to mention - was infected with AntivirXP but I believe that to be succesfully uninstalled now.
Merged posts. ~ OB
Edited by Orange Blossom, 31 December 2010 - 12:41 PM.