I've been working on fixing whatever the heck was/is wrong on my computer. Heres the earlier thread
In brief heres the rundown
-Computer so slow/effed up as to be nonfunctional. only things it was capable of at this point was listening to mp3s and burning cds
-defragging did nothing
-only 256 mb of ram, but I want to make sure that there isnt an irreconcilable hardware/software problem that would render it simpler to just get a new comp, before I drop the $70 on new ram
-tried scanning with ad aware, ad aware would scan about 60k files and then just stop. it didnt finish, it just stopped, no matter how long I waited
-I tried reinstalling windows, the computer wouldnt let me because I had a later version on my comp than on the cd. I wanted to just reinstall and update with service pak 2, no dice.
-I tried formatting and got this message
Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Format may run is this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume?
I said yes and then got another error message saying the volume was in use.
So heres what I did:
-I did everything this site
told me to, which consisted of showing hidden files, reducing my anti-virus programs down to one (avg), ccleaner, adaware, microsoft defender, hijackthis!, cwshredder and kill2me, rebooting in safemode and running all those, and restarting in normal and running some online scans. Didnt really do much.
-Ran system restore, which seemed to help, despite the fact that it was resetting itself to a point AFTER teh initial problem. But like I said, it helped.
-Somebody suggested reformatting thru the cd by having setting BIOS to read the cd as the first boot device, but i couldnt get into BIOS (i think) by hitting F8 when I started teh computer I got this
Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an Option:
Safe Mode w/ network
Safe Mode w/ command prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last known good config (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Disable automatic restart on failure
Return to OS choices
the only OS choice I had was 'start windows normally'
-One of the posts suggest I had bad clusters or sectors on my harddrive, so i ran scandisk. NOW I got somewhere. Much computer lingo spat forth
CHKDSK is verifying indexes
Correcting error in index 4I30 for file 230
same thing repeated several times
Recovering orphaned file
Replaced bad cluster
whatever it was, it did wonders. AdAware scanned my entire comp the very next time
So heres where I stand. In order, the major problems are:
1. The SOB wont play WMVs. Not off the web, not off the hd, nothing. MPGs are fine, they get played through Real Player, but with WMVs I get this message 'Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress this file.' I tried windows suggested fix which prompted me to download somehting called xml parser which when I tried to install it gave me this message "Microsoft XML Parser Setup Wizard ended prematurely because of an error - Your system has not been modified" and then suggested no fixes. I tried running the WMVs through Real Player, it gives be the same bs. It's Windows Media Player 10, so that doesnt need to be updated, I tried installing xvid codec, no dice, WTF is the problem.
Numerous, frequent "Connect to the Internet boxes" admonishing me that the web page is not available offline,despite the fact that I have a cable modem connection that is ALWAYS connected. I have to keep clicking cancel until finally the computer gets fed up and acknowledges that i am in fact connected
Lots of program errors taht end up in "End Program X - This program is not responding - End now"
Finally, today I tried installing a driver that'll allow me to download clips from my digi video cam, and the comp gave me crap about THAT setup program too. I wonder if theres another problem with setting stuff up.
Writing it all out it sounds pretty bad, but I am really happy at the progress, made, at least I can use it on the internet again, I am game for any suggestions you guys have, thanks!