I have been mucking around for a while with my 2009 Vista Dell laptop 64bit SP1.
Problem: It freezes up occasionally and several programs will not run,,, Nero start smart.... skype.. nikon viewfx
Error messages I get when I start up:
Dell wireless WLAN Card Wireless Network Tray Applet does not work.
GfxUI does not work
ProssID=oxba8 (2984) Thread ID=0xbac (2988)
Autostartup Service does not work
Other error messages that have comeup recently but not on the last restart;
Things I have tried.
I have backed up all my files on an iomega external hard drive and *shrug* nothing is sacred on my computer. I am willing to risk all to work through the problem
I use CCleaner and Malwarebytes programs and i have all four essential windows security measures ON and run AVG free 8.5 antivirus program.. oh I usually use Mozilla and Chrome browsers
I have updated windows and looked at update history Lots of failed updates going back 1 month for Skpe 5.10 for windows (Kb272727727)
and WOW! I just noticed this!?! NO update record from 9/52009 until 6/9/2013!! I and my husband are this computers only user and I know I have updated all along.
It lists successful security updates from 6/9/2013
I have tried System restore. When I looked at the list of restore points there was only the most recent
7/5/2013 10:32:35 AM Install Windows update and a 2009 install. I did attempt to install at the 2009 date but nothing changed. Now that is not even listed as a choice.
I went into safe mode and did a memory diagnotic scan and everything passed.
I have always had an informal policy to sspend at least one month trying to fix problems before I Ask For HelP! I have learned a great deal along the way trying this and that. I have no formal education with computers.I am fully aware my mucking around may have caused some of the problems but thats the risk of learning.
I usually research on line have used bleeping computers several times *cue eternal gratitude* with many past successes. I have become appalled at the vast masses of awful/bogus/ads information that have appeared recently online.
I have a back up Dell Latitude windows xp laptop I can research with while I work on my dell studio .
So what to do next?
I have a origianal reinstallation DVD or I noticed under Computer> RECOVERY (D:)> TOOLS PCRestore
Or what else would be a good next step.
I am going to work on it today and will check in regularly but will be busy all day tomorrow 7/7/2013 and back at it on Monday. Thank you in advance for your sincere efforts!