Few facts before I get into the entire situation, I'd like to state that I have a HP Media Center PC m7680n which originally came with:
intel core 2 duo E6400
2 GB ram
500 GB HDD
Nvidia 7300 LE
wireless desktop keyboard/mouse
Upgrades I made (which should not have anything to do with the problem seeing that these are somewhat old upgrades which I did a few years ago and the pc worked fine with them for a few years):
upgraded to Windows 7 Pro (the upgrade itself is old, but... recently reformatted and reinstalled.... well... yesterday)
added two extra 2 GB ram sticks (Ballistix)
added a new graphics card (Nvidia 8600 GTS)
Now lets get down to the actual problem...
As I start my PC, after the windows logo appears, the screen goes black. It remains black for a couple of hours after which it finally shows the blue welcome screen and sets everything up and logs the user in.
After logging in, if I immediately try to open a program (within 5-15 minutes)... I get the following error, "Blablabla.exe - The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion". I must then wait another hour or two for this to go away after which it sort of works
Now that I can open up folders and programs, I try to open up "My Computer". When I try to do so, it takes a really long time to load the entire folder of "my computer" and the green loading bar slowly inches its way forward. From there, I can get access to any drive easily (w/o it taking years to load).
Going into control panel, then into Devices, USB Reader seems to have a caution sign on the bottom left of the icon. When I plug in a media card reader / external HDD, it does not respond or show me what is inside the hard drive or the sd card. But my mouse which I also connected through USB is there and working.
Unable to connect to the internet after re-format which makes the windows auto-update system absolutely useless. So I reformatted last night and realized that all of those problems mentioned above are still there (so maybe not a software issue but a hardware one?!)
Will edit / add more stuff if I run across any other problems to further clarify the situation!
Suggestions I received:
Replace HDD / Insert new one / do another clean install
Replace Mobo (seems like a lot of work though, seeing PC is about 4 and a half years old)
BIOS Error (for the long boot time and black screen) and maybe the fact that USB reader is not responsive due to windows not having installed the drivers for it
ANY HELP / FIX WOULD BE AMAZING!
Thanks in advance!
Edited by ojhaa, 21 March 2011 - 01:10 AM.