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    I ran registry machanic and it screwed me up. I use Adaware pro with adwatch to keep spyware off the PC. Then I run window washer on a regular basis. After that I run defrag. I have a purchased copy of XP pro, and when I installed new ram it never missed a beat. It sounds like the registry got corrupted. Gawd is correct that it uses part of those selcted components to verify it is still on the original computer it was installed on, BUT it shouldn't ask for the reactivation if you change one of the componets. It asks if you change like 4 or 5 of them. I would say back up all your info and do a reinstall. Before I went to that extreem though go to system restore under system utilities and restore the registy back to the last safe point. That helps me when I do something funky. There is also a temporary directory under the windows subdirectory that you can delete. It gets filled with junk. Window washer clears that I think, but I have had issues not connecting to the internet and when we deleted that it fixxed things. Are you runnins SP2? I know alot of people do not run it for one reason or another, but I recomend doing it. I always hear people not liking XP, but its all I use. I haven't taken the leap to Linex yet, and duno if I want to at the moment. I tried Firefox, but that too doesn't have all the Apps that i like using for IE. Computer associates was offering a free virus program for a year when you do SP2 and the security center comes up letting you know your not running a virus program. I have a wireless router running so it has my firewall built in to it. Cisco systems. I haven;t had to reinstall since I built this computer. Thats mainly because I have so many programs I have to reinstall, and I haven't sat down to learn how to make a slipstream disk that will install all my programs back to like I had it after a fresh reboot. If you need window washer or Adaware pro let me know. Adwatch comes with adaware pro. It proactively keeps adware and spyware off the PC. I rarely have one on my PC. Adwatch also is a popup blocker and registry protector. It gets a little anying sometimes because when I check my school email I have to turn adware off because my school email pops up in a popup window and it will block it. It also blocks every registry modifcation so I have the automatic block turned off so I get a propt whenever the registry is attempted to be modified. If I want it I let it through if not I block it. You may also want to make sure your settings are propper for the ram. When I put in the 1 gig stick I am running now I had to go into the bios and bump the ram volts up from 2.5 to 2.6 because the default of the Motherboard was 2.5 and the ram was 2.6 to 2.7 and wasn't working properly. The computer wouldn't even turn on. Ever since I bumped up the voltage its been running like a champ. You also may not want to mix different ram sticks. Sometimes that causes issues. Unless they are the same brand and same sizes. Also if your running an AMD processor. They do not like having all ram banks filled. Even though your MB has 3 or 4 mem banks AMD chips do not like having it maxxed out. Sometimes its fine, but many people I talked to said they do not like it. You could try registy mechanic. I found it free on the internet, but it was that program or another I ran at the same time that screwed my PC up, and I had to do a system restore to redo the registry back to before I ran the program. There is just so much that can be wrong. I have an Ebook that helps with trouble shooting todays PCs. I just Dled it yesterday so if you want it I can email that to you too. I have that with me here at work. If you want the other programs then you need to wait till I get home to email those to you. The easiest way to fix it and garentee it will run smoothly again though would be to reinstal everything. It is just a pain in the rear. If you do it though. Look on the internet for instructions on how to make a slipstream windows disk. It allows you to copy your windows disk and insert the programs you want in with the windows install. Like any drivers and ancilary programs so that if you have to reinstall again you just take your data and back it up. Then when you install your slipstream disk it will reload all your programs that you added to the disk. Basicly making your own factory restore disk. You know how when you buy say a dell or compac and when you do a restore it installs say AOL Compuserve and the other programs that came with the computer from one disk. You can make your own. Its called slipstreaming. I haven't done it yet, but need to. I definately will do it with the new PC I want to build sometime in the future. Goodluck

    Also just say your partition issues. Is your HD partitioned into seperate HD on one HD? Like say C and D drives on one HD? If thats the case then it sounds like your boot sector got corrupted and its not sure where each of the drives are on your one HD. The only way to fix that would be to start over like another member sujested. You have to format the entire thing and redo the bootsector to fix that. I know many people that have a 200 gig external drive they use for situations like that. They back up all their data on the 200 gig and when they redo the PC the can pull it all back off and put back on PC. With all these magnetic sensative components in PC its a good idea to backup on a CD or something that will be shielded from any magnetic interfearance. Never know when a Mag field will corrupt something. Solar flairs can do strange things. I know it may sound wierd, but anything that causes a magnetic field can corrupt a drive that relies on pos or neg charges on that metal disk to store a one or a zero. I had many 3.5 inch floppies just go bad for no reason, and thats why an unknown mag field, or slight power serge. Many variables can cause hicups. Sometimes those hicups do alot of damage. Sometimes they just cause fragmented files or corrupted data.
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    window washer is one of the worst things you can install out there. I remove it on client computers if I find it.
    SP2 is swiss cheese to fill other holes in the cheese it is a necessary evil.
    I have no problems with firefox cross compatiblity to what IE can do. As a matter of fact Firefox has more functions.
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    Well Understudy. I wasn't able to find the intigrated spell chack I use for IE, and many of my school websites do not support firefox. I duno why window washer causes problems it removes cookies, temp internet files and other temporary files. I have NEVER had a problem with it and I bleach all the time with it. I use it all the time and love it. It sure beats me having to go through and doing all the removal od the USELESS data indevidually. Why is it so bad and what would you use in place of it?
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    window washer has a nasty tendancy to remove files that it shouldn't. It is wonderful when a client comes in and has lost their customer list because window washer felt like removing it. Also it is $29.95 after the trial period is up. Use Disk Cleanup that comes with XP, it is the same thing.

    If you are determined to use a third party software , try ccleaner.

    I haven't used IE in a few years so I don't know if the latest version has an intgrated spell check, but none of the versions I used did. there are plug ins you can add to the browser as I understand it, there are plug ins for firefox that you can use that will do the same thing. I don't use a spell checker for mozilla (my browser) because I don't write with my browser.

    Yes there are some sites that are not firefox friendly, but those are sites that are either very M$ specific or possibly poorly written. Considering the rate at which firefox users are increasing, writing sites that don't work with other browsers is just going to hurt those who write those sites.
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    Well, after frigging around, I deleted the partition and now have one local disk (C:/) that everthing gets copied to. I created a restore point so I have a failsafe...I'll make another as soon as I get EVERYTHING set to my specifications. I think I'm back on track.

    Thanks to all the input from you guys. Glad I'm not the only one that has experienced this.

    EDIT: ps Adaware and Spybot generall cause more problems than they fix, they are spyware themselves. Use Windows Defender.




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    How is Adware spyware? I don't see it sending info when I use it. I haven't had a problem using Adaware yet. I didn't like spybot so never used it after the first time. I will check out windows defender and see whats up with it.

    Brendhan lets just say that the majority of the software I use is freeware. My OS is legit, but I could have used the one that came with my Emachine had I known my memory was fried and that was the reason it wasn't loading. Seems to me your clients A) didn't have there files saved in a good place to allow window washer to delete it. B)They didn't make a hard copy backup on CD like they should. It amazes me the ammount of people who think PCs are fool proof. Unless your using a CD for info a HD can get corupted more easily than many people think. Yes they run flawlessly most of the time, but they can easily get messed up by the slightest thing, or faulty program. PCs are about like growing plants I guess. What works like a champ for me may not work right for you. Every PC is different even if the equipment is identical. Its the nature of electronics. I use an old pentium 2 to do some things I need to do because it seems to work better than my AMD 2 gig machine.

    Gracilis I am glad you have everything about back on track. Did you look into slipstreaming so if you have to reload again it has all your programs covered in one install?


    Since we have the PC gurus looking at this I wonder if any of the folks that have been in it a while has any of the old stype memory that would fit in my Pent 2 machine. The 256 dimm I took out of my custome machine is too new for that machine and it only has 16 megs!!! LMAO But it works and works faster than I would expect it too. Stream line baby Stream line!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JB_OrchidGuy @ Mar. 23 2006,4:51)]They didn't make a hard copy backup on CD like they should. It amazes me the ammount of people who think PCs are fool proof. Unless your using a CD for info a HD can get corupted more easily than many people think.
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but...

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs
    And don't count on hard disk drives for long-term storage, either

    News Story by John Blau

    JANUARY 10, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Although opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs, Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland GmbH, takes this view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.

    "Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD," Gerecke said in an interview this week. "There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more."

    The problem is material degradation. Optical discs commonly used for burning, such as CD-R and CD-RW, have a recording surface consisting of a layer of dye that can be modified by heat to store data. The degradation process can result in the data "shifting" on the surface and thus becoming unreadable to the laser beam.

    "Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years," Gerecke said. "Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years."

    Distinguishing high-quality burnable CDs from low-quality discs is difficult, he said, because few vendors use life span as a selling point.

    Hard-drive disks also have their limitations, according to Gerecke. The problem with hard drives, he said, is not so much the disk itself as it is the disk bearing, which has a positioning function similar to a ball bearing. "If the hard drive uses an inexpensive disk bearing, that bearing will wear out faster than a more expensive one," he said. His recommendation: a hard-drive disk with 7,200 revolutions per minute.

    To overcome the preservation limitations of burnable CDs, Gerecke suggests using magnetic tapes, which, he claims, can have a life span of 30 to 100 years, depending on their quality. "Even if magnetic tapes are also subject to degradation, they're still the superior storage media," he said.

    But he's quick to point out that no storage medium lasts forever and, consequently, consumers and business alike need to have a plan for migrating to new storage technologies.

    "Companies, in particular, need to be constantly looking at new storage technologies and have an archiving strategy that allows them to automatically migrate to new technologies," he said. "Otherwise, they're going to wind up in a dead end. And for those sitting on terabytes of crucial data, that could be a colossal problem."
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JB_OrchidGuy @ Mar. 22 2006,10:51)]How is Adware spyware? I don't see it sending info when I use it. I haven't had a problem using Adaware yet. I didn't like spybot so never used it after the first time. I will check out windows defender and see whats up with it.
    It is not spyware neither is spybot. They are good programs.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JB_OrchidGuy @ Mar. 22 2006,10:51)]
    Brendhan lets just say that the majority of the software I use is freeware. My OS is legit, but I could have used the one that came with my Emachine had I known my memory was fried and that was the reason it wasn't loading. Seems to me your clients A) didn't have there files saved in a good place to allow window washer to delete it. B)They didn't make a hard copy backup on CD like they should. It amazes me the ammount of people who think PCs are fool proof. Unless your using a CD for info a HD can get corupted more easily than many people think. Yes they run flawlessly most of the time, but they can easily get messed up by the slightest thing, or faulty program. PCs are about like growing plants I guess. What works like a champ for me may not work right for you. Every PC is different even if the equipment is identical. Its the nature of electronics. I use an old pentium 2 to do some things I need to do because it seems to work better than my AMD 2 gig machine.
    At the risk of offending just about everyone. The average pc user is not to bright when it comes to the inside working of their pc. They want the pretty surface and no concern about the important stuff inside. Just like the way many of them deal with cars.


    Using CDs for backup is not very good. They get scratch or corrupted far more easily than hard drives do. Unless you put the info on a cd and put it in a case on a shelf and don't touch it again. Hard drives are definitly the stronger medium. However as a first line of backup for the average home user they are fine. A second physical hard drive is the better. A usb memorey stick is also an excellent way to back up.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JB_OrchidGuy @ Mar. 22 2006,10:51)]
    Since we have the PC gurus looking at this I wonder if any of the folks that have been in it a while has any of the old stype memory that would fit in my Pent 2 machine. The 256 dimm I took out of my custome machine is too new for that machine and it only has 16 megs!!! LMAO But it works and works faster than I would expect it too. Stream line baby Stream line!!!
    I have plenty of pc 100 sdram ranging from 32M to 128M. I also have some simm memorey. I can trade you some for a few cps. I can even send you a free copy of FreeBSD.
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