.exe corrupt programs crashing

Dell / Dimension 4500s
May 11, 2009 at 12:09:29
Specs: Windows XP
I'm running a Dell Dimension 4500S Win XP

I recently started having problems where Firfox and IE8 would just crash. There wasn't really any rhyme or reason to it but they would. I then started having problems with AVG 8.5. When I tried to reinstall AVG it told me the file was corrupt. When I redownloaded it (three times) each time it said corrupt. I then tried to download other antivirus prgrams and got no luck. Corrupt .exes

So I booted in Ubuntu 6.10(I have an old disk) and decided to back up all my data and wipe the hardrive and isntall Ubuntu.The installer crashed and no matter how many times I tried to update it didn't work out. I then tried Knoppix 4.0 (another odl disk) and tried to instal that. It told me it was succesful, but when I booted up it gave me a CRC_Error.

I then decided to reinstall Win XP and everything was succesful. It boots just fine, everything is great. But I need to install SPs. So I downloaded Service Pack 3 and when I tried to install.....corrupt!

So I believe it's a bad area on the hardrive, but I don't know how to find out or how to fix it. If that's even an option.

Helps?


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#1
May 11, 2009 at 12:56:55
Use hard drive diags. The company that made the hard drive offers them usually. If not IBM/hatachi has good ones that work.

May not be the drive at all even. Every part between may be bad to include power supply.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
May 11, 2009 at 13:02:41
maybe its your partition! boot from the windows xp cd and select the FIRST repair and chose your OS! afterwards u write chkdsk /p /r and u let it finish it will take a while but let it finish and let me know

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#3
May 11, 2009 at 13:07:17
... try service pack 2:

http://www.soft32.com/download_992....

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#4
May 11, 2009 at 14:10:45
While I was waiting for a reply I tried SP2 from Microsoft and about halfway through it failed out and my computer wouldn't boot up. So I put in the XP installation disk and did the repair. I did ckdsk /p and then ckdsk /r and both said they fixed one or more errors. I then reinstalled XP and am back online. I'm going to attempt to try SP2 (because it's smaller and I'll get a result, good or bad, faster.) again. Thanks for the help so far. I let you know how it goes.

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#5
May 11, 2009 at 18:16:46
I've been trying to download the file that Mavis supplied in the link here, but Firefox is crashing before it can finish. Not a good sign. I was hoping I had fixed some things.

Oddly enough, the first time I tried to install Firefox since the XP reinstall, it said it was corrupt. I tried it again after the chkdsk and it installed fine. Same .exe.


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#6
May 12, 2009 at 06:34:15
... If the computer was purchased after Summer of 2004

... pressing... CTRL + F11

... should evoke the Dell System Recovery restore to factory condition... it'll "zap" all your data so back it up some were first !!

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#7
May 12, 2009 at 10:11:37
You might want to check your memory:

http://memtest.org/
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.
Run it overnight and any failures are unacceptable.

You could also run chkdsk /r
This will check the disk for weak/bad sectors.
Note that it takes quite a while to run.


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#8
May 12, 2009 at 10:56:59
I got a PFN_Corrupt_Error BSOD, and so I decided to investigate the causes of that. RAM.

I took at this 1gig of RAM stick I bought a several months ago. I haven't had a propblem with anything crashing and have been able to install SP2. Looks like it was the RAM all along. UGH.

Now I'm having trouble with my USB Storage Devices working.


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#9
May 12, 2009 at 15:00:50
... you'd be surprised ... of how many "false" positives you may think you have because of software issues !!

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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