Windows XP computer acting bizarre

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
January 23, 2010 at 09:12:01
Specs: Windows XP
hey, i was working on my computer and went to take a break and when i came back i found my pc to be logged of when a programe was downloading at the background. i then got an error message from windows stating that there has been a serious problem and had to send an error report. after this my computer acting very strangely. first when i start my computer, at the point when the windows logon loads, it suddenly becomes slow and takes quite some time. secondly when it comes to the start up the windows sound breaks and cracks a lot and this also happens when i open any video file or folder. i have also tried reinstalling the sound driver but to no avail. the computer also functions very slowly when i open more than 1 program at a time. Please guide of how to go about.

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#1
January 23, 2010 at 13:20:01
Have a look in Device Manager - if you can't see any yellow, black, or red exclamation marks/question marks in the devices list then it's not a driver problem.

Do you see any errors in there?


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#2
January 23, 2010 at 19:30:05
first of all thanks, but there are actually no errors in the device manager.

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#3
January 24, 2010 at 01:52:29
Try 'System Restore'. Roll-back to a date before the problem started.

Start >> All Progams >> Accessories >> System Tools >> System Restore


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#4
January 24, 2010 at 07:30:53
ya i tried system restore immediately, but when it came back it said that it was incomplete and this was the same for all the other restore points that i had. so i had to first disable system restore and again put it back, but the old points were gone so it didn't make much of a difference although it worked later.

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#5
January 25, 2010 at 08:37:35
i had viruses and when i thought i had them all gone i couldnt get my system restore to function. so i went to malware bytes and microsoft and did a full scans and then when i went back to system restore i created a start point. i was sure i didnt have anymore viruses and when i entered my new restore point and restarted comp. it was fixed. i think you might have to got through and get rid of your viruses and make the date and time of restore after you did your scans. that should allow your system to reboot.. and function great. i did the same by going back to an earlier restore point and would get the same results. i found an article in the help section that let me know what to do.. i tried it and was at first unsure how to do it but i found that when i created a restore point after all viruses were gone and quaranteed i was able to restore my comp. to the way it was.... hope this helps....

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#6
January 25, 2010 at 19:24:34
my computer is generally functioning fine, but im not sure because after i got the error message that windows encountered a serious problem, suppose i watch a video there is no problem, but once i start working on another program, then the sound cracks and the computer suddenly becomes slow. im not very sure but i think there is some kind of conflict with the ram after i got that error message, because the more programs i open the more slower the computer functions and i get more of the breaking noise right from the the windows star up stage.

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#7
January 25, 2010 at 21:27:56
If you think you have a memory problem, download a program like Memtest35 - it creates a bootable floppy or cd to test the memory outside of windows.
You could have a virus or other nasty. You should update your antivirus/antiMalware program (or use an online one), select to scan everything, including system files, restore files, compressed/zip files, everything. Just before starting, go into task manager and close anything not essential. And maybe even try an online one anyway, just to be sure. If your system works better after, turn off system restore for a minute and then back on to wipe possibly contaminated restore points and create a new 'clean' one.
What you were downloading could also be a clue...

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