I downloaded a Software package which had Malware. I was unable to remove all of it and was unable to reinstall Windows XP Home.
I took the machine to a Computer Expert who works in a business that repairs & sells Computers. I trust him and he is very good with computers.
Trusting someone to fix your computer is very similar to having someone work on your Car. He was away,not likely to be around for over a week,and as I needed to have the PC for a number of ongoing issues I decided to leave it with one of his colleagues who reinstalled XP home.
The system is not functioning well,in fact its functioning badly, and I am not sure what is wrong but I am trying to sort through a number of possible options. This is my first option but there is another which I will get to if anyone can help me with this one.
The system was purchased, a ready assembled system, in 2010 and my old hard drive(From my old PC) was fitted into it as the backup drive.The system has worked like a 'dream racing car' and has the following key elements:
Intel Pentium E5300 processor,ASROCK Intel Motherboard,2Gb DDR2 Ram of memory. The PC case(Tower) has 2 bar-codes. The first is a combination of letters & numbers in a 5-4-5-5-5 sequence. The second has 14 Numbers in a 5-3-3-3 sequence. There are 2 other non bar-coded registrations. The first is 8 letters and numbers in a 3-5 sequence. The second is 9 letters & numbers in a 3-6 sequence.
Q1) Is it possible the Ram could have been switched for older Ram?
Q2) Can the RAM to be linked to any of the bar-codes?
Q3) Is there a way of dating Ram?
I have the purchase documentation and have absolute confidence in the man who sold it to me and who normally repairs it. But I need to be on solid ground when I go back to complain about the machines performance.
Can anyone advise me on this particular aspect of my suspicions.