I have read quite a few posts on what sounds like similar problems but from what I am reading there may be various different problems causing the same symptoms.
I prefer not to system restore or recover unless I have to (but all data is backed up).
SYSTEM INFORMATION: (See attachment for full report)
HP Pavillion Model #542X S/N KR22208400
System Information report written at: 01/26/11 10:41:50
System Name: YOUR-M5D4U9R2UV
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name YOUR-M5D4U9R2UV
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 04
System Model P9806A-ABA 542x
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~1794 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies LTD 6.00, 5/24/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.31
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name YOUR-M5D4U9R2UV\Owner
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 148.91 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.22 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Internet Explorer 8
Application Path C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer
Language English (United States)
Active Printer Fax,winspool,Ne01:
Cipher Strength 128-bit
Content Advisor Disabled
IEAK Install No
ISP and Security:
ATT high speed DSL
McAfee suite that comes with the ATT service
Purchased computer originally for my college daughter in 2002. After a a couple of years of downloading music players and who knows what it totally crashed. I mothballed the PC and my daughter go a new laptop.
In 2008 I pulled it out of mothballs and was able to perform a system recovery and get it running for a basic internet PC. I keep no files on it that are not backed up. The computer did not come with an XP Disc as it touted the recovery partition. I have had to do a system recovery a few months ago after downloading a program that was supposed to let me play mp4 music files with WMP (it failed).
I have no problem wiping it clean (Sestem Recovery) and starting over as a last resort since it took me many hours when I last did it.
Edited by hamluis, 27 January 2011 - 02:07 PM.
Moved from XP forum to Am I Infected.