Hi everyone... I've encountered a problem that has become critical on my home computer. I think there is more than one issue
present so I was hoping your expertise could help me separate cause from effect. And help me determine the ORDER in which I
should address the issues.
symptoms: 1- computer reboots whenever it feels like it, to the point that yesterday
it rebooted about 15 times during the night and froze once. upon restart, which takes an inordinate amount of time, the
famous, "your system has recovered from a serious error, do you want to send a report to microsoft" The report contains a
minidump file. The brilliant online crash analysis says a device driver is the culprit but it can't tell what, who, or
2- IE forget which version (5.5???) seems to be possessed. At random, my mouse goes wacky, the start menu
opens and closes and the possessed mouse opens programs or the control panel. The mouse dances around the screen, windows
flash, it stops when it feels like it... This all happens very rapidly... In the very mildest of attacks, a window i'm typing
in might lose focus and minimize all by itself, but usually it's the severe form.
3-miscellaneous issues -
system is exceptionally slow... the cpu is literally moaning and groaning and clicking inside. I am not lacking in hard
drive space have about 6 gigs remaining, and running about 128 meg of ram
History: I have always had a problem with the original cd rom that came with the puter... it worked properly only for a short
time. OCCASSIONALLY my computer would freeze and the error msg from microsoft would be about a device driver... I ASSUMED it
was the cd rom drive. Solution, I don't use the drive and purchased a cd-rw drive to work from. fine. Over time the
freezing has increased and now it's rebooting itself all the time. For about two years I've barely taxed the system
resources and the marked increase in crashes SEEM to be related to the use of multimedia devices and applications. I have
Speakers, Webcam, Keyboard, Mouse, Cable modem, Monitor, Microphone and all in one scanner, printer, fax HP jetsuite device
plugged into the unit. Applications that tend to run are yahoo messenger, RealPlayer, a java based chat that I visit,
visualstudio and visual c++ and IE. I also have this adware that helps set off the IE problem and can't get rid of it
(gator/GAIN popup adds which no blocker can cure)
One crash lead me to a knowledge base article that told me to
change the hardware accelertion setting to none, which I did, and to uncheck some box (enable writing something or other).
That seemed to help. The article further stated that my video (graphics) or sound card could be malfunctioning. Fine.
Yesterday, I uninstalled yahooIM, dowloaded directx9, dowloaded the drivers for the cam, then reinstalled yahoo.
*and put the hardware exceleration to none*. I rebooted in between all these processes and it seemed to stabilize it
alittle. If necessary I think I can handle reinstalling the operating system, but i think that the conflict is with my
system and a device or driver. As an aside... with yahoo, I tend to use the cam and mic at the same time with it's
conferencing feature this is a deadly combination. Also, I can't run Realplayer and listen to a cd when I have yahoo running
or the cam.
Any suggestions are appreciated.