After CHKDSK ran, 2 problems: audio driver down & Http 404 from IE repeats

By tmccarthy101
Jul 23, 2010
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  1. Windows XP on Dell dimension 3000

    within the last 2 weeks I followed the message to run CHKDSK, now I'm wondering what the heck have I done. Read other posts about running it more than once, done that too.

    problem 1:
    after doing so, the driver for my speakers kept dropping out.
    I could get it to reload thru Control Panel and it would work for a while (mins) then stop again. Then wouldn't reload without rebooting.
    I downloaded the latest SoundMax version 2005, rebooted, and things seemed fine. Now its getting dropped too.

    Second weird thing>>>
    I connect using Firefox but Internet Explorer keeps opening up on its own trying to connect to something but just shows a Http 404 Error Page message. In the morning there are 22 to 27 open IE windows of the same message.

    What to do?

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    the browser 404 error messages are from the website access to a non-exiting page

    test your browser on the homepage to prove your browser is running correctly
    and then do some trival search, eg "gulf oil spill"
  3. tmccarthy101

    tmccarthy101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    IE will connect

    IE goes thru when I open it for something.

    Why is it trying to access "any" page without me opening it? let alone a blank page.

    What is giving it a reason to do so?

    How to find that and stop it?

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    delete all cookies and history and then close the browser

    from an admin login, get a command prompt (run->cmd) and enter

    arp -a
    ipconfig /flushdns
    net stop "dns client"
    net start "dns client"

    and yes the QUOTES are needed
  5. tmccarthy101

    tmccarthy101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    did what you said, yet

    IE still tried to open up some 404 related web page.

    Everything in the C prompt went through fine ... "successful" messages were listed after they were done.

    Any other suggestion?

    Thanks for your help! so far

  6. tmccarthy101

    tmccarthy101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    still hoping for help with this problem

    Internet Explorer had 19 open 404 Windows this AM
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,148   +597

    1) it is possible that those are all REAL errors
    2) a web page has many resources (like graphics, scripts and CSS formats) and
    each must be loaded (and susceptible to a 404 on each)

    can you post a URL for any of these 404s?

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