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I have read and followed a lot of posts to no avail.
specifically I have followed the advice in "Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek" and "How to make Windows 7 work with older Windows versions for networking and file sharing"
- both machines are in the same workgroup
- there is no trouble going from Win 7 to the XP box
- on win 7 the network is defined as a 'Work' network
- firewalls are disabled on both boxes
- Advanced Network settings
- Network discovery in ON
- File and Printer Sharing is ON
- Public folder sharing is ON
- password protected sharing is OFF
- Allow Windows to manage Homegroup connections
- the shared folder in Win 7 says its shared (its not in the public tree)
- On folder Advanced setting decurity, 'Everyone' has been added
- On folder Advanced setting sharing it says "People without a user account and password for this computer can access folders shared with everyone"

The XP box is using XP Home which can only use 'Simple File Sharing'.
On the XP box the win7 machine appears in the Network list under the workgroup.
If I click on the machine I get a login prompt!
Attempting to map a drive to the win7 box the same network is shown but browsing to the win7 machine does not list any of the shares. (it also does not ask for a login)

Interestingly if I go back to the network and enter the userid / password then I can see the shares and over in other windows I can map a network drive and see the shares as well.

So it looks like Win7 not honoring the request to allow anybody to access a specific share.
Is there something else at the macro level that needs to be adjusted ??
Or I could even live with it if it asked for a user and password directly


i recently built my machine. it was working fine doing things in windows and out. i have an SSD now and liked how smoothly the computer would resume from the default sleep mode power settings that came with win7, so for the first time i've actually been using them on my desktop.

however, since installing sp1, sleep no longer seems to work. when i woke up this morning and when i came home from work, the computer was not in sleep mode. normally i expect to see the power button flashing, and in neither case it was. when i start the computer it asks me how i want to enter windows, just like it does normally if windows crashes. everything else on my computer is working as expected.

Ever since updating from vista to win7 x64 I have had a problem where win7 will BSOD when it wakes from sleep mode. It does this every time and never used to with vista. I can work around this by not letting my computer sleep but I'd like to fix it. Whocrashed provides this info (dmp file attached)

On Thu 27/05/2010 11:18:18 AM your computer crashed
This was likely caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe
Bugcheck code: 0xA (0x33339430694D, 0x2, 0x0, 0xFFFFF80002D6BA2F)
Dump file: C:WindowsMinidump52710-22245-01.dmp
file path: C:Windowssystem32ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System
The crash took place in a standard Microsoft module. Your system configuration may be incorrect, possibly the culprit is in another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time.

I keep my drivers/programs updated as best as I can. Any help would be appreciated.
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Join Date Jul 2005 Age 30 Posts 3,761 Blog Entries63 Device Driver Conflict The problem is in regards to your drivers, some of which have likely been inherited from Windows Vista.

After some intense research, I found your problem on what appears to be a Swedish forum site, translated by Google: Google Translate

The error code itself is not familiar to me, but the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL or clearly defined and has been for years. A device on the system is causing Windows itself to fail.

Unfortunately, the best way to solve this problem is going to have to be a thorough assessment of all of the devices on your system and their drivers or a clean install of Windows (You will want to back everything important up if you do this).

What I suggest you do is go to Free Driver Update Software - Device Doctor and try this freeware program. Try to avoid installing the toolbar on install.

This program will do a scan to see what devices can be updated with newer drivers. I have never used the program before until today, but it looks solid. The main problem is when you are upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, any newer drivers that are not locatable on the DVD (and to Microsoft's credit there are tens of thousands of drivers on the DVD), will be kept as Windows Vista drivers. Sometimes Windows 7 install will assume that the Windows Vista drivers are better than the compatibility drivers they have, if they are digitally signed by a 3rd party vendor. But what you need are the latest drivers for Windows 7.

Check out that program. You can see a list of your devices by going to Start -> Search -> devmgmt.msc

Welcome to the forums, and best of luck!

Hi everybody. I am running win7 64x on a 14-month-old advent 5401 laptop, though I upgraded from vista at christmas time. since then this error has occured 3 times, but the first 2 times it seemed to resolve itself after a while of being shut off (the second time was this morning and I still didn't get the hint that I should backup while I had the chance, d'oh!). Basically, the computer freezes while I'm doing something not particularly CPU-intensive like browsing the internet or writing an essay (!) and I have to power-off using the button on the laptop. When I turn the power back on the screen is completely blank and does not even reach the BIOS screen nor make any typical beepy noises, although the fan does start up as if it were booting normally, but then one half of the screen begins to fade to grey - this is pretty much split right down the middle. Eventually the entire screen fades to black and turns itself off.

The first time this happened I walked to the library to get online to run a search and by the time I had got there the laptop was working again. The second time was this morning as I have said, and it started working again after I went to cook some noodles. About an hour ago it happened once again just as I was finishing up some work on Word. Fortunately the doc is backed up on dropbox.

I am not sure if this is a hardware or software problem because the screen does not immediately shut off like it might if it were disconnected somewhere internally. I have spent a while looking for answer to this issue on several forums and only once did I find someone who seems to have a similar problem, and they got absolutely no replies and the thread self-locked. I would greatly appreciate any help as it is right in the middle of exam period and this is NOT a good time to lose one's access to the net!

I'm running Win7 Pro x64, which is a fresh install upgrade from WinXP Pro x32, installed during the first weekend in November, just a few weeks ago. I've included more detailed specs in my user profile, though I don't think my questions are spec-dependent.

I just had the strangest problem. I turned my computer back on (from a full shutdown), entered my password, and saw the "welcome" screen... for about fifteen minutes, until I gave up and rebooted. The screen didn't freeze, as the blue circle kept rotating.

I rebooted multiple times trying various things in Safe Mode (which loaded fine) to get my system to boot normally. Nothing worked, and the Event Viewer showed no errors during the failed startups. I've done the virus scan thing, the malware scan thing, etc (not that either was likely, given my usage patterns and history). I turned off all startup apps (but not services) in msconfig, etc. Nothing worked short of a System Restore, but more frustratingly, nothing gave me any insight into what was wrong. No error messages, no error log, nothing.

If this happens again, how do I troubleshoot? Is there a way to get a more verbose welcome screen so that I can see what Windows is trying to do?

Then there's System Restore.. in XP, I'd commonly see quite a few restore points, but when I went to use System Restore, there was one restore point available, and it was from early this afternoon, about 4 hours prior. I'm not sure what prompted that restore point, since when I asked Win7 to tell me what programs would be affected, its answers was "none of them!"

It's certainly feasible that this system restore point from only 4 hours prior would not have solved the problem. Thankfully it did, but for future potential problems, how to I control Win7's System Restore behavior? Saving only a single restore point does not seem like such a good idea.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

I am wondering if Win7 introduced some odd kinks to the way remote desktop connections work?

My objective is to securely access my Win7 desktop at the home office from anywhere via the public internet. Although I will have my personal notebook computer with me 90% of the time, as a lesser objective, it would be nice to run whatever client or tools it requires from a thumb drive.

My config is Windows 7 Ultimate on a home office server. I am using a WinXP Pro SP2 as a test client. I do have a static IP address assigned by my ISP and port forwarding on my router appears to be working fine (see below). For reasons beyond my control, my notebook client (WinXP SP2) cannot be upgraded to SP3 at this time.

My intent was to do the following, using this as my outline:
I am using copenssh on my Win7 host
I am using putty on my WinXP client
I had Zonealarm installed on the Win7 host as this was the practice we used on WinXP (and had the Windows firewall turned off).

For testing purposes, even though the two systems currently are connected to the same LAN, when testing, I am using the publicstaticip:port. It is a little slower - but this should simulate my objective.

I had a few problems getting the ssh tunnel to establish but once I turned off the firewall on the Win7 host - no problems. I can manually establish the ssh session from the client to the Win7 host, login, and do some basic navigation to prove that port forwarding ok.

What is not working is getting remote desktop to work. Once I establish the ssh tunnel, I start the remote desktop client and have used "localhost:port#", "", "" (replacing the port number with various iterations of putty tunning configs I have tried).

I get the same error every time: "This computer cannot connect to the remote computer".....

I CAN connect from the WinXP client to the Win7 host over my LAN using its local ip address - no problems. So it boils down to something about rdp coming in over the ssh tunnel that Win7 just does not like.

Is there a better way to estblish a secure connection get remote desktop control? I considered VNC but figured the native Windows tools "should" work.
All of the examples where others seem to have been successful with this appear to be older threads that do not include Windows 7.

Any help would be appreciated.

All MagicJack customers have received a new update that disables Win7 screensavers, displayOFF, and sleep mode. They know they've done this. They are saying they can't reverse it. So if you have MagicJack, you will not be able to use your screensavers, or have any sleep or displayoff settings. Here's what was written to me by a magicjack representative:

enny: Hello, how may I help you?
brian: magic jack disables my screensaver, displayoff, and sleep mode. When MJ is in they don't work. When it is fine. This just started last week. I have Win7 x64 bit and I've had it since October '09. I've had MJ for over a year and a half.
brian: And yes...I've pulled out MJ for 2 or more minutes and rebooted change.
Kenny: Yes Brian, your computer set up for sleep mode and screensaver will not move when the device is plug in, that is the new update since we discover that when the device is plug in magicJack will not work properly and it can give magicJack a side effect.
brian: So what do I do????
Kenny: You can set up your computer on sleep mode and the screen saver but you need to unplug the device however all calls will goes directly to voicemail.
brian: I would like to speak to a supervisor please
Kenny: Alright.
Kenny: One moment please...
Kenny: I am transferring you to one of our top 10% agents as rated by our customers. Please hold while I transfer you.
brian: This option is completely unacceptable.
Please wait while I transfer the chat to the best suited site operator.

You are now chatting with 'Hero'

Your Issue ID for this chat is LTK43601216443X

Hero: Hello Brian. My name is Hero. To better assist you, let me put you on hold while I read your previous chat/s. Thank you.
Hero: Thank you for waiting. I can completely understand how you feel about this matter..This is indeed upsetting and I would have felt the same. magicjack was designed to stay active all the time and will prevent your
Hero: computer from going to sleep state. This is to ensure that there will be no interruption with your calls and magicjack connection You may unplug the magicjack and set the computer to standby mode manually.
brian: Explain this...I've had Win7 for 10 months and had MJ for 20 months. Why is this happening just in the last week?
brian: There's more to this story...
Hero: This is part of the latest upgrade.
brian: I don't want the latest upgrade then
brian: How do I get it off
Hero: I understand but it is no longer possible to reverse it since that is how the magicjack is designed right now to ensure no interruption in your connection.
brian: then you have a problem to fix
brian: because this will be completely unacceptable to Win7 must know that
brian: I had MSoft people telling me it was my wireless mouse and I went out and spent $40 for a wired mouse...because of this problem...obviously nothing changed
Hero: I can completely understand how you feel about this but unfortunately there is nothing more we can do about this matter since this is how the magicjack software and program is designed right now.

Hello, I am new to these forums. I have been experiencing BSOD from between 7sec to 6hour of computer running on,
and it is both random and somewhat predictable (quite usual to BSOD when restarting through windows or using anything
on the machine, be it program, text file, GUI button or anything).

I was hopin if i could get some help from here using the info i can provide.Attachment 20258
I used the tools that are suggested in the Sticky threads, while some of them just cant be used as i crash when i attempt to intall them.
Anyways, here is what i have got now: Seven Forums - Nimza's BSOD.rar (24.6.2012)

The computer of mine was built on saturday 16.6.2012, and ever since i got it running with windows (after a day of juggling)
the machine has been crashing. Mostly it gives something as IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL, but i have also got several times something called MEMORY_MANAGEMENT ever since i decided to completely clean C: (ssd, shining new and for my Win7 mainly)
D: (1TB hdd, shining new) and E: (old HDD from a machine that did work. this hdd is for mostly programs and music, while D: is meant for games mainly) but turns out that even after many BSOD's i got the OS updated as far as it goes, and drivers for my motherboard, the BSOD just keeps coming.

BSOD can come before Windows opens, before windows has loaded the desktop visible, after i see desktop, of ANYWHERE past that point, whether it be immediately while something is loading up, i load something up, click anywhere or on anything, shut down or restart windows... from anything. First time i encountered this, was 16.6.2012 right after i had updated Win7 64bit with all i could get from Windows Update, and it has persisted with its randomness ever since.

Those few times i have gotten so far that i got to use something called BlueScreenView program, i can see ntoskrnl.exe as the suggested driver to crash, but from what i have read, that is not true as i cannot see the truth from the report myself (don't have knowledge nor skill to do it).

I have installed once win7 64bit, and once re-installed on 21.6.2012 in an attempt to repair problems. I began putting one driver at a time, removing it if i saw BSOD while of after installing it, but in the end i saw no difference in what i had on computer and what i did not, to affect my PC. I do remember of seeing amdx64 in somewher ewhere it stated the system technology or something, but i haven't found it again. I think it should not say amd ANYWHERE, because i have intel CPU.

Any help is appreciated if you can help me kill what ever the faulty code or piece of software i have, maybe even something as bad as faulty piece of hardware.
I am TRULY getting desperate here, as i do not have anything else interesting to do than play games and listen to music on my computer, and right now it is quite complicated. It feels alot of a waste to get expensive piece of hardware after long saving and end up having it barely above unusable.

(There is some attachment link that does not work? Didn't mean to add such, but in edit mode i can't find it to remove it).

I have an Acer Aspire M5800-U5801A desktop purchased in late 2009. Onboard Intel® 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Originally came with Vista and upgraded to Win7 through Acer's free upgrade program. All features of the system were operating without noticeable issues until recently.

I put the computer to sleep/hiberate every night. Woke up one morning a few days ago and noticed there was a bland screen I'd never seen before which simply read that there was a "fatal error" and that the system could not come out of hibernate and instead was rebooting. Don't know if this is relevant but figured it could be more than a coincidence. Note that pretty much right after this (maybe with 24 hours) was when the internet stopped working. Also I noticed that since this error, the system takes noticeably longer to boot up. I believe a screen appears briefly saying something about Eagle BIOS with a message saying something like NOT AUTHORIZED TO DISMANTLE/ASSEMBLE that had never appeared before. After this the normal Acer screen appears that I had been used to seeing on bootup. Again, this may be unrelated but I'm trying to give every possible bit of info I can think of to fix this problem.

So when Win7 loads, it searches for a network and instead of my normal homegroup, finds an "unknown public network" with no internet access. Diagnosing says that the system cannot connect to the gateway device and says to reboot cable modem. This leads to no success. Checking the driver shows it's up to date, the device is working properly, etc. Running IPConfig shows that it's connected to Comcast, there's a default gateway(4 sets of numbers), shows "MEDIA DISCONNECTED" on two lines, there is an ipv4 address. I thought my modem might have broken since it was from 2003 so I went to Comcast and got a brand new Motoralla and new wires/cables and the problem remains exactly the same, so I'm totally out of ideas now.

One other issue that may have relevance. when I went into BIOS, the Onboard LAN Option ROM was disabled and grayed out with no ability to enable it.

Does anyone have any ideas what went wrong? Seems so strange that the internet would be working 100% fine and now cannot connect. Is it possible the onboard card itself died? I'd think if Win7 could detect it and says it's working properly then no, but I'm not an expert.

In case this helps others:

I did a clean install (not upgrade) of Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (32 bit) on a D810 laptop about a month ago. This laptop has been put through the paces by a mobile professional. It is the user's only computer. No problems have surfaced yet.

Basic Win7 installation is seamless and relatively quick. The laptop was somewhat functional after the basic Win7 install, but some of the D810 devices did not have drivers installed; other devices needed driver updates. Here is a list of device drivers which required installation or updating, and the order in which the work was performed:
File: D810_A05.exe Source: Description: One-time update of laptop BIOS, before Win7 install.
File: R104771.EXE Source: Description: ATI Mobility Radeon X600 Display Adapter. Note: After installing the driver and rebooting, the adapter was set to 1680 x 1050 resolution and 32 bit true color for the 15.4 inch WSXGA+ screen.
File: R155386.EXE Source: site Description: Intel Pro Wireless 2915ABG Wireless LAN Controller.
File: R165177.EXE Source: site Description: TI PCI 6515 (i.e. SmartCard controller).
File: R99254.EXE Source: site Description: Sigmatel 9751 Audio Controller Driver.
File: Source: Description: Touchpad driver. Note: The latest available Alps and Synaptics touchpad drivers did not work. This Toshiba driver offers 100% touchpad functionality, but does not expose specific controls/settings for the integrated pointing device. The integrated pointing device and its buttons do work OK; they are just not configurable.
File: IPx86_1033_7.00.260.0.exe Source: Description: Microsoft IntelliPoint 7.0 Mouse Software for Presenter 8000 Wireless Mouse. Note: The point here is to install the touchpad driver and configure the touchpad before a wireless mouse.
Install printer driver(s) next.
File: mssefullinstall-x86fre-en-us-vista-win7.exe Source: Description: Free virus scanner with real time protection.D810 customers were provided with a few choices for display screen, video display adapters, wired and WIFI network controllers, and Bluetooth controllers. The devices listed above may not be the devices installed in your D810.

In general, the latest 32 bit device drivers available for download were used. If a Win7 driver was not available, a Vista compatible driver was sought after. These drivers, Microsoft Security Essentials, and other useful tools/utilities were burned onto a DVD prior to the Win7 install. This approach permits the workstation to be setup, configured, and secured without the need for network connectivity or access to the internet.

Although not always required, the computer was rebooted after each driver install or update. No apps were installed until all the device driver work was completed. Each device was configured/tested upon reboot after the driver was installed. After all drivers were installed, configured, and tested, Security Essentials was installed and configured, then Windows Updates were applied, then applications were installed.

The operating system, drivers, and MS updates required about 10.75 gigs of hard disk space for the Ultimate version (no apps). Some unnecessary operating system "features" were installed (e.g. games). No attempt was made to optimize or minimize space.

Some random comments/observations:
Prior to the Win7 install, this particular D810 sample was running WinXP SP3 and had already had been upgraded to 2 gigs of physical RAM. 2 gigs is the maximum supported by the D810. The laptop is 4 1/2 years old; the laptop's user is the original owner. Up until the week before the conversion to Win7, the XP configuration was stable and very reliable.
The user's impressions:
While navigating the user interface to work with files, open apps, perform administrative tasks, Win7 performance is slightly slower than WinXP SP3. The user describes the difference as "barely noticeable". Some applications definitely run much faster on Win7 (e.g. image post processing, using office apps with massive documents, code compiles).The user does not like the many aspects of the Win7 user interface (e.g. forced changes to Start Menu, Taskbar, Windows Explorer, the layered access to workstation configuration/management/administration tools). After a month of 12 hour days, using the Start Menu and accessing workstation configuration/management functionality is still a struggle.
To protect against viruses and malware, the organization that owns this laptop has used a handful of third party security-related products on their workstations. Over the last few years, these products have suffered from functionality bloat and incompatibility problems, creating a number of difficult to troubleshoot problems which are never resolved by the third party vendors. As the organization migrates to Win7, it is abandoning all of the third party products, in favor of Microsoft's free Security Essentials tool.
The organization uses a variety of Adobe products, mostly for image processing and desktop publishing. Some of these are older versions and would not install or run on Win7. The organization has cost/support/standardization constraints which sometimes prevent them from deploying the very latest versions of the products, even if they are entitled to use them via enterprise licensing agreements. As a result of the Win7 migration experience, they are reducing the number of different Adobe SKU's they deploy. Restoring lost Adobe application functionality can make migration to Win7 expensive.
While the Aero Themes are available on this D810 sample, some of the advanced functionality (e.g. transparency) are not. However, the overall video graphics and display experience is somewhat better in Win7 than WinXP SP3.
After confirming Win7 would run on the D810 platform, the original 60 gig 7200 RPM Hitachi TravelStar 2.5 inch ATA-100 hard drive was replaced with a 160 gig 5400 RPM Samsung PATA hard drive (HM160HC) for about $80 shipped. For the user of this laptop, the slower spindle speed of the Samsung is noticeable but not objectionable.
Native operating support for backup and for the CD/DVD writer is also a big plus; no more third party apps.
This D810 sample supports version 1.1 of the Trusted Platform Module. Win7 BitLocker requires version 1.2 TPM, so (arguably) the best drive encryption features are not available on the D810. NTFS file/folder level encryption is available.Mods: Newbie on board; if there is a better location for this thread, please move it.


It's my first post on this forum and I really hate to be bugging allready but I cant get my computer to work properly.. no matter what I do. So any help is appreciated.

Ok here's my system summary:

I'm running MS Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600).

Everything SHOULD be running fine.. I've updated my BIOS and graphics card driver and tried various different drivers with no success.

If you look at the picture on that link you'll see these black lines across the screen. They are the least of it. I cant start any game without a freeze or a bluescreen. The thing that puzzles me the most is that these problems with 3d started just like that with no major changes in the system. At first it was something small when I was playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Then the problems escalated and now I cant start any game. If I tried to install one now it would probably go to bluescreen. Updating graphics card drivers or changing them might cause a crash as well.

I tried to run my original p5q-pro Intel P45 Chipset Suppost DVD but it says something like 'The operating system doesn't support the support dvd'.

My graphics card is less than one year old and i haven't clocked it or anything.. Dont seem possible that it would've broke down since my temp's are 40-60 allmost all the time.

I ran the (7100?) Release Candidate for months with great success and then out of the blue comes these problems without changing the system.

Does this sound like a virus or some malware? I've installed win7 couple of times on top of the old one. Didn't format the drive though.. Windows Malware remover cant find anything and malbytes or Avira either.

Also these crashes sometimes has nothing to do with any game. Firefox might crash. Explorer.exe might crash.

Hello there!

On Friday, I started having a problem with my system, running Windows 7 Ultimate, where I get a BSOD right at the login screen. Computer boots up normally, the blue login screen pops up, and immediately goes to the BSOD with BAD_POOL_HEADER at the top. It then will go back through the boot process, and if I select boot normally (or it times out) the same thing happens.

Going into Safe Mode (with networking) I can get into the Control Panel, Recovery, and choose a restore point. The computer then does it's thing, and boots up normally. As long as I leave the computer on, it runs fine.

It does this if I restart the computer or boot it back up after a shutdown. I've included the W7F information, hopefully that'll shed some light on the problem.

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Join Date Mar 2010 Posts 1,333 Re: BSOD on reboot or startup after shutdown For starters:
At work we start all repairs with a set of diagnostics. Often they find problems that weren't even expected. It's a waste of time to try to fix software on a system that has hardware problems.
Please try these free diagnostics for starters: Initial Hardware Diagnostics
Also, please ensure that you have ALL available Windows Updates (it may take several trips to get them all). There are no memory dumps in the uploaded files. Please do this:
Upload Dump Files:
NOTE: If using a disk cleaning utility, please stop using it while we are troubleshooting your issues.
Please go to C:WindowsMinidump and zip up the contents of the folder. Then upload/attach the .zip file with your next post.
Left click on the first minidump file.
Hold down the "Shift" key and left click on the last minidump file.
Right click on the blue highlighted area and select "Send to"
Select "Compressed (zipped) folder" and note where the folder is saved.
Upload that .zip file with your next post.

If you have issues with "Access Denied" errors, try copying the files to your desktop and zipping them up from there. If it still won't let you zip them up, post back for further advice.

If you don't have anything in that folder, please check in C:Windows for a file named MEMORY.DMP. If you find it, zip it up and upload it to a free file hosting service. Then post the link to it in your topic so that we can download it.

Also, search your entire hard drive for files ending in .dmp, .mdmp, and .hdmp. Zip up any that you find and upload them with your next post.

Then, follow the directions here to set your system for Minidumps (much smaller than the MEMORY.DMP file): Set MiniDumpMore info on dump file options here: Overview of memory dump file options for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Please check to ensure that you have all Windows Updates (you have 137, most systems have 150 or more). It may take multiple trips to get all of them.

You have a 802.11bgn 1T1R Wireless USB Adapter
I do not recommend using wireless USB network devices. Especially in Win7/Win8 systems.
These wireless USB devices have many issues with Win7(and I suspect with Win8) - using Vista drivers with them is almost sure to cause a BSOD.
Should you want to keep using these devices, be sure to have Win7/Win8 drivers - DO NOT use Vista drivers!!!
An installable wireless PCI/PCIe card that's plugged into your motherboard is much more robust, reliable, and powerful. We've seen a number of BSOD issues with SSD's. Here's the information that I've compiled so far:
There's not a whole bunch available to test SSD's. The "easiest" test is to remove the SSD, install a platter-based hard drive, install Windows and test for stability that way.

Here's some suggestions:
- Update the SSD's firmware to the latest available version (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
- Update the motherboard controllers drivers to the latest available version from the controller manufacturer (NOT the mobo manufacturer unless you can't find any on the controller manufacturer's website). Be sure to update ALL controllers on the motherboard! I STRONGLY suggest not using controller drivers older than mid-2012 with SSD's.
- Slow the memory (RAM) down to the next slower speed (I've only seen one person who claimed that this worked for them).
- Use any manufacturer's utilities that you may have. If you don't have any, then try this free one (I haven't used it myself): Crystal Dew World
....NOTE: Recently (Nov 2011) we had BSOD issues with the Marvell 91xx controller and an SSD. You may have to switch controllers also.
- Replace the SSD with a platter based hard drive and see if that stops the BSOD's. If it does, then it's likely that there's a problem with the SSD OR an incompatibility with your system.
06 Dec 2011 - This post tends to confirm issues with certain SSD chipsets and certain controllers - [SOLVED] cant find the cause of BSOD F4 - Tech Support Forum
05 Jan 2013 - very interesting post about difficulties with the Marvell controllers even when not connected to the SSD drives:
27 Feb 2013 - I'm starting to see much better reliability with SSD's using current (mid-2012 and later) storage drivers. I have withdrawn my objections to using these devices in everyday systems. This device has issues:
sbwtis ROOTLEGACY_SBWTIS000 This device is not present, is not working properly, or does not have all its drivers installed. This device has problems and must be fixed. I suspect it's GFI Firewall SDK Transport Inspection System Driver - but haven't had time to do much research (I'm late for work right now).
Please un-install it, then un-install the device from Device Manager

Hello All,

I have a very strange problem which I am assuming is some wrong with the Apple Bonjour service. It appears that it only work one way. By this I mean, the Win7 64-bit Ultimate system can be seen by other computers and devices but IT cannot see other computers and devices. Here's the rundown of the network:

Desktop/gateway system
Win7 64-bit Ultimate SP-1 plus all additional patches
Netgear wifi card connected to the rest of my network in infrastructure mode
ICS running & connected to the Internet
File & Print sharing running in a Workgroup not Homegroup
Windows Firewall running
iTunes & Bonjour 64-bit installed
Linksys ADSL modem connected via ethernet port

Laptop computer
Windows XP Pro SP-3+ 32-bit
Internal wifi adapter active and connected to my network
On board LAN disabled
File & Print sharing running
No firewall running
iTunes and Bonjour 32-bit installed
.NET 4.0 installed

Second Desktop computer
Windows XP Pro SP-3+ 32-bit
Netgear wifi card active and connected to my network
File & print sharing running
No firewall running
iTunes and Bonjour 32-bit installed
.NET 4.0 installed

Wifi router only to serve DHCP addresses and provide wireless SSID and WPA-PSK2 encryption. Firmware is DD-WRT mega latest stable build. No firewalling or other services are being provided by the router.

iPod Touch 2G
iPhone 4GS

All machines see one another on the network for file and print sharing, Remote Desktop and Internet access.

Scenario 1:

iTunes 10.6 64-bit is installed on on the gateway machine and as you know Bonjour is an integral part of Apple's zero configuration. So Bonjour is running. It set the correct rules in the Windows 7 firewall.
iTunes 10.6 32-bit is installed on the two other systems. Apple Homesharing is turned on for all systems. In iTunes, the two XP machines see their media libraries as well as the Win7's media libraries and can connect to them. The problem is that the Win7 system does not see either of the 2 machines media library.

Scenario 2:

Running an application called Airfoil which allows you to stream music to it's client systems wirelessly. Software requires .NET 4.0 to be installed. It too requires Bonjour to locate other devices. If the Airfoil Server is running on one of the other two systems and the Airfoil client is running on the Win7 system the server sees the client . If the Airfoil server is running on the Win7 machine it never sees the clients on the other two systems nor the client app running on the two iDevices.

These two scenarios lead me to believe that there is an issue with Bonjour as it is the underpinning of both applications.

What I have done...

First off, I had the same problem with Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit before installing 64-bit. It makes NO difference whether I am connected to the Internet or not and it makes NO difference whether the Windows Firewall is on or off.

This problem has really got me against the wall. After 30 years of being an IT Comms Specialist, I have exhausted all my methods of troubleshooting.

Has ANYBODY experienced something similar? Surely I cannot be the only person who has this issue. I have combed the Internet ad nauseum and have not been successful in finding anything even similar. I would appreciate any and all assistance.

Thanks and regards,

Jan Smoller


I recently installed the computer game The Movies (2005) made by Lionhead Studios, and its expansions The Movies: Stunts and Effects (2006) on my Windows 7 Prof. 64-bit computer (I have owned the game for years, and played on my Vista and XP PC earlier). The install was okay, though I had to do a well known-fix by going on to the fix and running the install as an admin as the autorun does not work on Win7. I'm also running the shortcut with "Run as Admin" on.

After I installed the first game, I played it, but quit soon after as I knew I was installing the expansion next. I installed Stunts and Effects next by doing the same setup procedure as before, and it installed correctly. I ran the game, and it worked perfectly as expected, on "Best settings".

It is an older game, so I did use the resolution command change in the shortcut (-width 1920 -height 1080) to make the game crisper. I also went on ATI CCC for my HD 4870 card and for the game's profile, I made the settings as such:

Level: 8x
Filter: Box

SMOOTHVISION HD: Anisotropic Filtering
Per-pixel samples: 16x

Catalyst A.I. (I know this setting can be problematic in games, testing it soon)
Level: Advanced

Mipmap Detail Level:
Level: High Quality

Wait for vertical refresh:
Always On (Quality)

Adaptive Anti-Aliasing:
Level: Quality

OpenGL Settings:
Triple buffering: OFF

Besides the A.I. setting, I believe all these are not making a difference besides making the game look stunning for its age.

The game runs fine on startup and I'm able to play the game smoothly. I have a saved game which I am playing on too, and I have played many hours on it. However, since starting it, after about 10-20 minutes in, if I save either with a quicksave, an autosave, or through different, full save, the game crashes to the desktop. It's usually always the 3rd-5th save I do in-game, and I lose all progress since last saving obviously.

I do have a few mods, some of which increase the movie studio lot size, increase the actors/director's happiness, etc. I've played with said mods, and without them, and the game still will crash when saving after the first few saves.

I've found no support on this issue; Lionhead Studios and Activion do not support the game anymore through tech help, so I came here. I tried all the different compatibility modes with the game as well, but no luck.

I really don't want to play the game w/o the expansion, so if it is causing the issue, I'd be pretty sad. Also, the game has the 1.1 retail patch (the original game, not the expansion as there are no patches for the 2nd game).

Anyone have an idea what's going on? COMPUTER SPECS:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
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BIOS: Default System BIOS
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With new laptops coming out at a deep discount, many savvy computer users may be interested in taking advantage of such offers and then upgrading their laptop with a 3rd party solid state drive. The most common updates appear to be made through Crucial, OCZ, and Intel, all of whom make decent and well placed SSDs at what is slowly becoming an affordable price.
Modern AHCI controllers make use of a feature called TRIM. TRIM allows the operating system to inform the SSD that files are no longer needed on the drive and can be removed. To make a long story short, this helped solve a lot of problems with early SSDs and paved the way for better innovation.

If you are looking at new laptops recently, but are on a low budget, you may be in luck. Many new laptops are coming out with dedicated mobile video cards from NVIDA and ATI. They are also coming out with Sandy Bridge-based motherboards that have native USB3 ports and eSATA on-board. Here’s where things get tricky for upgraders:

First of all, you should know that with many Intel Sandy Bridge boards and later, you are going to have problems installing Windows 7 off USB. So you may want to think twice before you perform that clean install. This is because Windows 7 does not understand USB3 too well, and, at the time the OEM bits were shipped for the SP1 release and the original RTM, no one knew when USB3 was going to become available. You should be prepared to clean install Windows 7 from your DVD-ROM drive and install USB3 native drivers later.

Secondly, there is compelling evidence that there is a weird LPM issue with some SSDs, especially Crucial SATA-3 SSDs and LPM. LPM is basically a power saving feature for hard drives, but it can also cause some AHCI systems using Sandy Bridge-based systems and later motherboards to cause the SSD to go haywire and freeze. Fortunately, there is a way to solve the “system freeze” once Intel Rapid Storage Management (RST) is installed on your system.
First, check and see what is going on in your Event Viewer when the freeze takes place. If you are seeing something such as “The device, DeviceIdeiaStor0, did not respond within the timeout period.”, you very likely want to deal with this problem using the fix detailed below.

Please remember, that while Intel RST was originally designed for RAID controllers, it is now used to exploit advanced features of Intel-based chipsets even on AHCI based systems. In other words, Intel RST is good to have for anyone using an Intel-based chipset.

Use the following registry edit to disable LPM if you are receiving an “iaStore” issue in Event Viewer, and an intermittent system freeze with your newly installed SSD:

Create a file called ssd-lpm-fix.reg using Notepad and enter the following data:

Code: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort0] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort1] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort2] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort3] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort4] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesiaStorParametersPort5] "LPM"=dword:00000000 "LPMDSTATE"=dword:00000000 "DIPM"=dword:00000000 Run the .reg file to enter it into your registry and make the necessary modifications. You must have Intel RST installed for this to work.

Also check out this guy's blog, who seems to know what he's talking about: Dell and Intel screw up big time -- iaStor and Windows Vista

Looks like this problem has been going on since Windows Vista, especially on Dell laptops, hard drives that may not fully support the LPM/LPD specification for Link-state Power Management, and other issues. One thing is for sure: If the crashing and freezing problems with your SSD or other type of hard drive go away after applying this patch, chances are you do not have a hardware problem, but, in fact, there is a problem with Intel RST itself or a flaw in the hardware implementation of Link-State Power Management over AHCI or RAID on your computer. If that's the case, there's probably nothing to worry about, for so long as the problem goes away. Since LPM is designed to save power, and since SSDs consume far less energy than a standard 2.5" hard drive, disabling LPM in the registry shouldn't create a battery issue.

Note: If you are not getting a "iaStore" error in your Windows Event Logs, you should be careful about making this change. Further, if you are not having any hard drive issues with intermittent freezing, etc. making this change will be mostly pointless. However, many users who have experienced intermittent hard drive freezes under AHCI and RAID have been able to solve the problem by disabling LPM in the registry using this option. A zip file of the .reg file is included as an attachment. ​Use at your own risk! Attached Files (291 Bytes, 579 views) Share Share this post on Digg Technorati Twitter Captain Jack and trala like this.
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Join Date Jun 2012 Posts 1 Re: Intermittent SSD Freezing on Newer Laptops THANK YOU for posting this thread

I actually was having freezing issues myself with a Crucial M$ 128gb. I should re-word that, and say that I have used the M4 for 4 months and NEVER had a problem, until I went to a new motherboard, the ASUS Maximus V Gene, and even though all my drivers were up-to-date, I was experiencing these freezes, which if I would CTRL-ALT-DEL would lead me to the logon screen that read, "Preparing Security Options". Googling a bit, I eventually found this thread.

The freezing problem in my case wasn't all that apparent unless I did certain things; especially when running VirtualBox and doing other things like browsing or listening to music at the same time. So running VB in the background became my way of testing this problem. I had already installed Intel RST. But whatever drivers I installed and re-installed, the issue would not go away. These freezes would come on regularly. At first I thought my mouse is freezing, and indeed I found some mention of USB problems on the ROG forum reported by people who also have the board I have.

Anyway, since I applied to reg tweak given here, I have installed Win7 x64 on Virtualbox, while working in Win7 x64 (actual install) and I have not experienced the freezing issue anymore. So I'm pretty sure the LPM issue is what was causing the freezes for me as well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that is indeed the issue, because otherwise I wouldn't know what could be the problem with my board. The only possibility could be that I'm running 2 of the M4's in my system now, and I am using the new one as my system drive now, and I've only been using the new SSD for a couple of days (since the new mobo build).

I also run across this interesting and related post on another forum, which gives the ability to add the LPM enable/disable feature to the Power Options advanced settings window.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to post this!

I really had high hopes for Win7. It almost succeeded. There is one huge defect. It is Backup/Restore. I do it religiously but have absolutely zero faith that when the day comes, that it will be anything but useless.
I have been programming computers since 1968. I have known IBM mainframes of all sizes. Apple][s, Lisas, Macs, PCs of many generations, PDP equipment, Raytheon equipment, CPM machines.
Simple things trouble me. Like when a backup fails, does the backup system know that that backup doesn't count because it is useless? If backup is performing an incremental backup, if the last backup fails, does the next backup think the bad backup was OK and not backup the changes since the last good backup?
Since these backups were made on a Release Candidate, can I really restore my files to my version of XP-Pro as the warning message implies, or does that really mean Vista or Win7? If my backups were made under 64 bit, will they install on a 32 bit version of Win7? How can that be? the program files are 64 bit versions, how can they work on a 32 bit version of Win7? I bet I will have to scare up compatible 32 bit versions or stay with 64 bit!
I have a USB hard drive which has FAT32, NTFS(XP? or Fedora?) (fedora pretends that it can read and write to the partition using SAMBA) and 32 bit fedora 11 upgraded to fedora 12. I can boot from this drive and cross boot Win7 from it. But if I do that, Win7 backup reliably fails even when I tell Win7 backup nothing about this drive. I have to unplug the drive, change the boot configuration or re-boot windows at least 3 times before backup will work correctly. The messages mention something about not being able to find files...
I can have an external hard drive connected via eSATA with 64 bit fedora 12 on it and Win7 backup doesn't seem to have any problems with it! I can tell you from my vast personal experience that this behavior is due to programming which has failed to realize that there is an interaction, no matter how unintended or how logical. It doesn't make sense from a user point of view. By definition, it is a design flaw. Any bets on how long it will take Microsoft people to find and fix it?
Tip #1 & 2. Keep ALL your data on a separate partition or drive. Back it ALL up. Keep and catalog install copies for ALL installed software; including updates. When you have to rebuild which almost invariably involves a different machine, you will need them. Including all activation codes and admin passwords and config info. Motherboards get obsoleted about every two years! Different Motherboard means different machine! Even if it is on warranty! Even if it is still your one and only machine!

I have been using computers for many years and have come across my share of frustrating errors and glitches that were eventually solved. Now that I have just switched to Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, there is a brand new annoyance to deal with: "There is no email program associated to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel." This message box pops up at random times. I use (for years) Mozilla Thunderbird as my email client and set all associations to recognize it as the default.
There is one thread that I can find on this forum which has a similar question except that it is based on using a webmail client so it did not provide any help. Googleing got lots of hits but very little useful information.
Does anyone know how to prevent this annoying message from popping up? Is there a registry hack or some obscure setting that I can use? As I have mentioned, this is only an annoyance but I like to work on a clean, well behaved system with as few unexplained problems as possible.

Ken Gash

Hi all,

I don't know if this is a Word problem or a Windows problem (setting), but I will start here in the Word Processing lounge.

On my Windows 7 (32-bit) computer, I am trying to insert a hyperlink into a Word 2007 doc to link to an HTML page somewhere in the middle (not at the top of the page). In order to designate a point in the destination HTML page I manually inserted an HTML anchor at my desired target place in the HTML page. Using Word's Insert HyperLink dlg box you can view this anchor in the destination HTML page as a "bookmark".

Once I have inserted the hyperlink in a Word doc I of course then want to be able click the link to open the HTML page at the bookmark in the middle of the page. However it does not work: it opens the HTML page at the top, rather than at the place of the bookmark in the middle of the page.

However, this does work on some other Windows/Office configurations. Am I missing a Windows/Office setting?

To read more, see More Detail below.



More Detail: These HTML pages are created by Doxygen, an HTML Help generator. By default, it does not create bookmarks that are visible in Word.
So I manually added a bookmark using the HTML anchor tag


creates a bookmark named cRecorder_mRecord.

This bookmark is then visible from Word 2007. You can use the Insert Hyperlink operation to insert a hyperlink to that "bookmark". To see the bookmark click the Bookmark... button.

However, in my Win7 when I click the link it opens the HTML page at the top, rather than at the place of the bookmark in the middle of the page.

Now, although this does not work on my Windows 7 (32-bit) computer, this *does* work on my Windows XP, with both Word 2007 and Word 2010; but only if the default browser is IE (not FF or Chrome). Also on a friend's Win 7 64-bit Enterprise computer, this *does* work. But on another friend's PC (also Win 7 64-bit) this does not work.

And in configurations where this does not work, the bookmark name does not appear in the browser URL line as a URL parameter. If it did, I could write some JScript to pick up the parameter and jump to the right place. (I doubt that the situation is that it is passed - just that it is not visible.)

Since on Win XP, where the link works with MS IE I see the URL bookmark parameter, but on browsers where it does not work I do not see the URL bookmark parameter, this seems to imply that the browser never received the parameters – and that's why the jump does not work. I don’t know whether this is because of the browser or a Windows setting or some combo.

Another point, the friend for whom this did work on his PC, made a PDF of his Word file and sent it to me. I opened the PDF and clicked the link (same path location on both PCs) and again the same problem: the HTML page opened at the top and not at the bookmark in the middle of the page. At my friend, the PDF's link did work correctly.

So why does this work on one PC and not another? Is there some Windows or Office setting I am missing?

Maybe there is another way of making a bookmark in an HTML page that reliably enables opening the page at the bookmark when clicking on a link in Word?

I have problem networking Win7sp1 with Win2000sp4. Please assume I have to keep Win2k and Win98. I use USB devices and DVDRW as a stop gap solution for now.
I'm tired after a day's un-work. Might as well ask for help.
The problem:
Networking is OK between Win7 and XP PCs, but not between Win7 and Win2k PCs. (Forget Win98 for now.)

I'm referring to hard wired local nets (LAN).
All PCs are with fixed IP addresses between
Also want to network Win98se but it is in back burner for now.

Win7 can see XP PCs and their public, shared folders/files and hard drives.
Win7 can ping Win2000 but Win2k PC does not appear under 'Network' in Win7 folder explorer (Windows Explorer).
Likewise, Win2k can ping Win7 but cannot see Win7 in Windows Explorer under 'Network' folder.
Win2k can see all the XP PCs no problem.
(Besides TCP/IP protocol, I have Netbeui on XP and Win2k also. Note that Win7 has no NetBeui. But XP and Win7 see each other OK, so it is not NetBeui problem.)

Data points:
Win7sp1 is 64-bit Home Premium. The rest Windows are 32 bit systems.
On Win7 and XP, network properties, TCPIPv6 protocol is installed, together with TCPIPv4. TCPIPcv6 was on/off in the tests but has no effect. Dido on QoS on/off.
All PCs have same network group name, such as MYNET, for example.
In all PCs, all software firewalls=off.
For safety, router to outside world is disconnected during tests.
All virus software=off on all PCs. In fact, I uninstalled them as a last ditch!
All PCs are connected via hard wire Cat5e cable to a single switch. No, the switch is not the router. The switch is a standalone 8-port switch.
Yes, had tried another switch, 100Mb/s, 1Gb/s, 10Mb/s oldie even.
Had tried connecting only 2 PCs, Win7 and Win2k, to a single switch.
Had also changed Cat5e cables just be sure.
All PCs can access Internet via the router if the router is connected to the network.
NetBeui on XP and Win2k, installed or uninstalled, has no effect.
All PCs have fixed IP addresses (hence, not relying on DHCP).
Yes, I set Win7 network encryption from 128-bit to 56 bit.
File sharing is on in Win7. No password required.
Yes, some folders in all PCs are set to publicly shared. Access policy on these folders/sub folders is 'Everyone' and 'Full control'.
I also edited Win7 Network Security Policy to enable lower authentication methods. (Had tried both default and the edited policy.)
Anonymous access is off. (Is this THE problem? But then would be a security problem.)

I peruse the Internet for solution also, including MS on networking Win7 and old versions of Windows. (MS never mentions old as Win2k and Win98.) I've read Windows Secrets and forums re networking, including recent Fred Langa articles on networking Win7 and XP.
A light bulb goes up while typing. Will computer name longer than 10 characters affect networking? I know XP and Win7 do not. But DOS type old OSes may impose 8-10 characters limit.
Wait, the Win2K computer name is FamRm, Win7 name is short too, less than 8 characters. So much for a light bulb lighting up. It must be the old incandescent type!

Out of frustration I ask another question:
What is hiding behind the network names in Win7: 'Home Group', "Work' networking, and 'Public' networking?
I read about the explanational description alright. I want to know what they do behind the name, such as security policies, network binding, firewall settings, etc.

Another question:
I now long for the simple NetBeui protocol. (Great for 50 or less PCs.)
If all else fail, can there be a way to install Netbeui on Win7?

NetBeui is much more secure. In Win95, Win2000 days, I bind file sharing to only NetBeui, and not to TCPIP. This single step prevents www access to the local net completely. Yeah, NetBeui is 'noisy'. So what? There are only NetBeui and TCPIP traffics on the wire in home use.
And our ears cannot hear the noise! ... OooK, it's a joke.

Maybe you've heard this one before? Very similar to the problems reported all over the tech forums (mostly from two or three years ago)
Unfortunately, most of them never have any resolution on them I've been trying to find a solution/help from various places with no success. When my copy of Windows Secrets arrived late last night I hit myself on the head and said "That's where I should have started!"

Here's the basics:
I have a 7 yr old computer that I am going to replace real soon, so I just need to keep the current one limping along for right now. It was built by Voodoo PC (before they were bought by HP) and had Windows XP installed (no SP!). I have added a few disk drives, replaced one drive, added DVD writer, etc. and yes, replaced the PSU as well about 2 years ago. It has been updated to SP1, SP2 (using a MS XP with SP2 install disk) and about 3 years ago I updated it to SP3. I did replace one of the hard drives last year because the event viewer kept saying that there was a write problem with the paging file every 4 or 5 days, late at night. I still get the same problem, so I suspect it may be more the SATA controller for that disk, rather than the disk itself. That particular disk is in an external case now and is connected (legally) to my DISH DVR. 2GB RAM, 6 TB of data spread across 7 drives, dual (aging) video cards in SLI, dual DVDs (one reader, one read/writer).

Other than having tons of photos I have taken, lots of imaging software, and Gigabytes of e-mail, there is not a lot installed.

Upgrading to Win7 is out, because the hardware just wont support it, at least not the way I want it to.

So here's what happened:

Last week I installed MALWAREBytes because my ISP indicated there was some "unusual activity" on my ISP (of course we have multiple PCs and my ISP did not indicate which PC was the problem). It found the usual "problems" which are false positives in the tools used to debug (and Decrapify) my daughter's PC from two years ago, one year ago, and six months ago ("No Daddy, I don't download anything, I just watch videos on YouTube.") I also checked for rootkits using a few tools from trusted vendors, but found nothing.

Normally my PC is on 24/7. And every so often when left on for more than 5 days, the system would be "hung" when I turned on the monitor. (screen saver frozen, keyboard not responding). Rebooting went normal and I am able to log in again with no problems. (Event viewer says there was an error writing to the Page file on "D", about the same time my AVG Scanner was running.)

HOWEVER Sunday was a different story. I can no longer type in the password on the Windows Logon Screen!

I have read quite a bit of the advice already given, so here is what I know and what I did:

Both USB and PS/2 keyboards have the same identical symptomsBoth USB and PS/2 keyboards will respond during the boot process, running BIOS setup (I can use the arrow keys and type in the date and time in the appropriate places), and in choosing which Windows to boot in after pressing F8 (normal/Safe/Safe with Network/Safe with Repair console, etc.)I can use my WinXP with SP2 Boot Disk to boot with windows and run the Recovery Console, Keyboard works fine!I can use my BartPE Boot Disk, with Win XP SP3 slipstreamed to boot, and use the command window for directory maint, Keyboard works fine! (as does the mouse).
As I said I can boot into the Windows logon screen, and Windows Safe Mode logon screen, but as soon as I try to type in a password, nothing.

And yes, the USB Mouse works fine. Yes, I can click in the password field. Yes, I can see the blinking cursor in the password field. Yes, I get only one beep from the BIOS boot (normal for this machine).

And yes, (see list above) I can boot using a BartPE Boot Disk and the keyboard works fine.

Additional info about the setup: C: drive has windows XP, SP3 installed. Drive D: is where my programs are installed. The windows environment variable that normally points to "C:Program Files" points to "D:Program Files" so that applications normally install onto the D drive. There are a few programs that ignore this and thus there are a few (less than 10) that install themselves into C:Program files.

I suspect the Windows keyboard driver has become corrupt, but I'm not sure. I was advised to replace the keyboard drivers, but haven't been told which drivers they are or where they (or the replacements) should be. I have compared (using the binary option of FC) the c:windowssystem32driversk*.sys files to those on a working WinXP installation, and they are the same. I have also compared the c:windowssystem32i8042prt.sys file to one on a working WinXP installation, and it too is the same. (When I boot to the Recovery Console using the WinXP SP2 disk or with the BARTPE Boot Disk, I have access to the USB Card Reader so I can pull off up to 2GB of data onto an SD Card.)

I have multiple PCs here, running XP, and a few running Win7. This machine will not run Win7, and it is not worth upgrading at this time (which is why it needs to limp along until I can build its replacement).

I have tried to replace the "c:windowssystem32system" file from the restore points, using the information on another site. However, all of the replacement files from 2 Restores prior are the same size and do not fix the problem. The newest one and the one prior are the same size as the "current" file (though different than the others). The one in the "restore" group is almost 2 years old!

I do have access to a WinXP SP2 Boot Disk (From MS), a WinXP SP3 update disk, a BARTPE Boot disk with WinXP SP3 slipstreamed.
I can also create a different Slipstreamed version for booting if that's what it takes. I also have access to a program to "reset or blank" the Password, but I'm not sure that is the way to go at this time.

So yes, the keyboard does work on this machine, at least until the Windows XP logon screen appears. The hardware itself is good.
But something just doesn't work.

If I can get this problem fixed, then I'm looking at being able to build my new PC in about a month and a half. (hopefully the new 3TB disk drives will be available by then!)

Thanks for any help,

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