She's going to BLOW, Captain!

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Stevie
She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Several things going wrong at once: Sudden system slowdown/lockup. Computer won't keep correct time. Upon reboot, I got the "Memory Decreased" message where I went into setup and saw that it only recognized 16mb RAM (I'm supposed have 512). This is likely what caused the sudden slowdown. Also during reboot, it stopped and told me that Windows/System32/config(?) was damaged and could not be loaded. Boot up stopped at this point.

First time, I did a repair installation of WindowsXP and a day later I got the sudden slowdown again along with the two bootup problems. I tried several times and Windows would not start. Later on last night, my wife flicks the thing on and everything loads fine.

Next time it happens, I'm going to remove each RAM stick one at a time to see if that's what it is.

Anything come to mind on what's causing these problems? Bad thermal-discombobulator? Or maybe my power supply?

   

foambrush
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Sounds more like a registry problem, run a registry cleaner (registry mechanic 6 is good) and see if that helps. I would also start backing up data now JIC you may have to reformat later

Ashton
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

For hardware, you pretty much nailed it.

The first thing I would do is re-seat the memory, but all of the above apply. Is all your memory made from the same manufacturer? Are the seated in sequence so that there is no space between them?

How's your virus/adware scans checking out?

I've also experienced memory not being read from power supply issues and dual partition issues...do you run linux on a HP with a primary Windows OS?

Any major changes to the system before the problem occurred?

Foambrush is right about backing up your data, it may not last...

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

foambrush
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

If it is the RAM its easy to find out, run MEMTest 86 and check for RAM errors, plus it is a handy file to have around

Ashton
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

>>>Bad thermal-discombobulator?

Always the "final" solutionSmile

>>>run MEMTest 86 and check for RAM errors

I'll keep that utility in mind, I've never used it...Thanks.

It occurred to me that the last memory problem I worked on actually had to do with swapping out a hard drive on a HP (forget the model). For whatever reason, the hard drive with the the Linux OS required the Cable Select jumper and the hard drive with the Windows OS did not.

Weird...and I'm not a HP fan.

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

Stevie
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Thanks, guys. My backup is done. Then I made the MEMTest 86 floppy and checked my RAM - memory was OK. I did happen to have System Mechanic 6 that I had never installed so I installed that and did all the "quick fix" options. There were numerous registry errors that it fixed. I reseated my memory sticks and also replaced the CMOS battery.

We'll see how it holds. :)

Stevie
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Well... same problems. When a few programs are open, I get the "Virtual Memory Low" message and stuff closes. Guess I'll buy another used Dell GX260 from Retrobox. They are about 120 bucks shipped. Beats troubleshooting hardware, I guess.

Edit: Actually, I'll try reformatting first before I chuck it in the creek. :)

Ashton
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Whoa, don't chuck it in the creek quite yet.

Virtual memory issues are complicated but fixable. Since there are an inordinate amount of questions to ask, like what OS are you using, read the following link first...perhaps a couple of times;-)

http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php

Then if you still have questions, feel free to contact via email. I have to warn you, I become less of a "geek" on weekends and am looking at a killer schedule for next week, but contact anyway.

Good Luck!

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind. -Henry David Thoreau

Stevie
Re: She's going to BLOW, Captain!

Thanks for the link. Yes, it might be a corrupt pagefile. I deleted and reset the pagefile.sys file. Virtual memory is now 512min, 1100 max. So far so good. If it hangs again, I'll reformat/reinstall.

I didn't put this out before but it's a 1.2GB P3 with 512 (2x256)RAM running XP Pro SP2. Thanks again. :)

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