I have a Windows 2000 Pro system that I've been using for nearly 10 years. Up until 1 week ago, it was working normally.
Then, we had a thunderstorm and while trying to shut it down, the power went out.
Later, it seemed to restart normally but now appears to have a couple mysterious issues.
1) I first noticed that I cannot load a website I had been visiting quite often with Firefox. The site is WWW.BEA.AERO. I tried again with Internet Explorer... same thing. [Both browsers time out or take exceptionally long to display the page after getting it from the server] My first thought was that the site changed some code, and made the page corrupt. So I tried it on another PC, also running Windows 2000 Pro and the same version of Firefox... it loaded and displayed fine.
Other websites appear to load fine, and I've not found any others that do not.
2) In an attempt to perform the usual corrupted system disk checks, which I often do after unexpected shutdowns... I discovered that the "Disk Cleanup" option [under Disk Properties] hangs calculating the amount of space that would be saved by compressing files. It never did this before.
The cleanup had to be canceled.
What I've done since to try to find or correct the problem:
- Forced CHKDSK to run on the next reboot.
- This yeilded two "lost" [or maybe it said "unattached"?] jet database temporary files. [name was something like JET5E9A.TMP]
- After reboot, the file was located in C:\WINNT\Temp\ along with others which were dated considerably older.
- To get the Disk Cleanup to run, I temporarily removed the registry key "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress old files"
- I then noticed the disk was approaching full and cleared it of saved data until it was about 20% free
- Then ran a DEFRAG, which took a little longer than usual, but completed normally.
- Re-testing showed the problem still present.
- Next, I decided to remove and re-install the Java Runtime Engine, as it was common to both I.E. and Firefox. No effect.
- Ran a system scan with SpyBot S&D - nothing found.
The problem persists.
I was thinking of removing and re-installing TCP/IP on the ethernet adapter, but decided to check with you guys before going any further instead.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.