Basic Specs AMD Duron 1.35 GHz 256 MB RAM 15 GB Maxtor Hard Disk JMLX DVD-Rom PCchips K3 Motherboard For a long while, my PC has been working perfectly. THe only purposes I use it for is playing like CD-Rom games and recording audio files with my GNX3000 guitar sound system. At times I'd download games from the net from a seperate PC and transfer them to mine, so i installed some Panda Titanium AntiVirus software, just in case a virus transfered. I had no problems really, except occasional software problems, such as Errors with ProTracks Plus 2.2 recording software and some other errors with SH4 and Halo, but nothing real big. The biggest problems i had was in random incidents, with random applications or folders, my PC would automatically restart. It was annoying, but i delt with it because it was my fault i bought a crappy PC anyway. About 3 or 4 months ago, about 15 seconds after being on the desktop, a Error popped up from the INS application. (I have no idea what that is) It said "Run time Error '53' File Not Found". It never affected any of my application or PC performance, so i ignored it. Today I located briefly on the Task Manager, although no window was shown or application shown on the taskbar. I clicked Goto Process, which led me to windupdates.exe. Yea, confusing. Recently, about a week ago, my PC grew a mind of its own. On bootup, it would say Novell Network Ready Firmware v1.00 (940809) Copyright 1991-1994 Novell, Inc. All rights reserved. SiS 900/7016 PCI Adapters DOS ODI Driver v1.14 (020416) Copyright 1998 SiS Corporation. All Rights Reserved. RPL-ROM-ADR: 0011 5BC6 6274 RPL-ROM-IRQ:5 RPL-ROM-FFC:[1-5] (Would go from 1 to 5 before proceeding to the following line) Reboot and select Proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key. Just found today that it was trying to boot off my Network Card. Yet I have no network hooked up to my PC. It was wierd. It would skip over my first boot device (hard disk) and my DVD-ROM to the Network Card. At times, when i disabled the network card, i got this on bootup: Reboot and select Proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key. Yet, at other times, it would recognize it correctly and would work. During this dilemna, or when i could actually get to Windows, my PC, whenever it wanted to, completely crashed. instant fatal error, for no apparant reason at all. Whether either in the middle of a game, or even before i logged on, 1 of 6 things happened: -FROZEN, loss of control of mouse and keyboard, image on screen frozen, Hard Disk Light remians on at full strength. (Most frequent) -FROZEN, loss of control of mouse and keyboard, image on screen froze, Hard Disk Light completely turns off, no function causing any HD activity. -FROZEN, HDD light either on or off completely, and monitor turns off. Power still going to it, but it turned off none the less. Turning it on only gives you the SELFTEST, ensuring that the computer is the cause of the problem. No image signal at all. -FROZEN, HDD light either on or off completey, and monitor turns off, totally. Pushing the the power button on the monitor doesnt turn it on at all. The PC is like not permitting power to it. I have to physically unplug and replug the monitor to get it to turn on, and once i do, i get the SELFTEST. No image signal at all. -Cursor turns to loading symbol and remains that way indefinately. PC Activity halts. HDD Light completely off. Yet, at least i can move the mouse. :giddy: -During the times Windows is working (before these crashes) sometimes the image to the monitor is jumping with inconsistancy. Ie. image movement for 2 seconds, then 2 seconds of frozen screen, etc. etc.)But Ive had this problem before at certain times, before my PC became possessed. :evil: These dilemnas greatly disturbed me. But I have unmasked a lot but have found no solution. Here are my processes, excluding winupdate.exe after the Ins error and when no apps are running (other than those on taskbar) *all CPU and Mem Usage values are at their peak values for that process. Blank spaces for CPU represent 00* Process /User / CPU / Memory Usage (K) taskmgr.exe / ME /02 / 5420 wvavclt.exe / System/ / 6380 WEBPROXY / ME/ / 1812 alg.exe / Local Service/ / 6148 AVENGINE.EXE / System / / 23956 PAVSRV51.EXE / System / / 7980 PavPrSrv.exe / System / / 844 msmgs.exe / ME / / 3024 APVXDWIN.EXE / ME / / 4272 qttask.exe / ME / / 7724 p2pnetworking.nexe / ME / / 5764 rundll32.exe / ME/ / 5808 SOUNDMAN.EXE / ME / 06 / 4140 explorer.exe / ME / / 13796 Pavkre.exe / System / / 2596 PavFnSvr.exe / System / / 4352 Pavfires.exe / System / 04 / 6128 spoolsv.exe / System / / 6168 svchost.exe / Local Service / / 5088 svchost.exe / Network Service / 04 / 2612 svchost.exe / System / / 18336 svchost.exe / Network Service / / 4704 PAVPROT.EXE / System / / 5084 svchost.exe / System / / 4368 lsass.exe / System / / 6348 services.exe / System / / 5088 winlogon.exe / System / / 1660 csrss.exe / System / / 4496 smss.exe / System / / 400 PSIMSVC.EXE / System / / 2244 Presvsrv.exe / System / / 2788 System / System / / 220 System Idle Process / System / 98 / 16*Italized Processes are ones I have no idea what they are. any process with PAV i found out was for Panda Anti Virus, b/c after I uninstalled it all those processes disappeared. The bold ones are ones that caused a System Shutdown grom the NT Authority/SYSTEM when I ended the process.. The Upper one on the list gave me this "Windows must not restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) terminated unexpectedly." And thus gave me 60 seconds to save what i was doing before it logged off and restarted. THe second one gave me the same thing except ..."the DCOM Server Process Launcher service terminated unexpectedly." Anyone know what this means? And what is svchost.exe? How can I stop my PC from running 5 of them at the same time? Being rather flustered, I ultimately decided I probably had to reinstall Windows. So I went to XP Setup from the Bootup, and got this: NTLSDR is compressed press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart I didn't know what that meant until today. I had compressed my entire drive to make room for my increasing amount of audio data. (which presently takes up about 40% of my disk space) Yet I had also compressed the Windows files. After feeling like an ***** during that aha moment, i tried logging onto windows to uncompress those files. I tried many times, but it would crash before it could finish. I don't know how to uncompress it from DOS. Also learning that uncompressing it all would undoubtedly take up the 2.5 GB i have left. And Theres no way i can clear unwanted audio data is 30 seconds or less. I tried Safemode and all other options from the F8 menu, with no luck. Crashing on all of them. Some laster longer than others. In fact, Directory Services mode, after telling me my hard disk was clean, lasted a whole 3 and a half minutes before crashing. As you can see, this is driving me insane. I shut off my Ethernet card from the BIOS, which got rid of my Novell problem on the bootup, but i still dont know why everything seems to be trying to start a Network service on its own. I decided to shut off my DVD-ROM drive, to no avail, Windows still froze. I tried bootup from the Windows XP CD that i bought, and either 1 of 2 things happened. CDBOOTERROR: Memory overflow or it would run setup, and it would crash before i could barely start installing/repairing windows. thinking that Windows was still interfering, i set my hard disk to uninstalled from the BIOS and ran the XP CD again, and it still froze! I've decided its either my CPU, Motherboard, or RAM. or perhaps its the demon living in my harddrive that laughs at me when im about to smash my monitor with an axe. :knock: Everything acts 100% normal before each crash. Ive had task manager show my CPU and Mem Usage behavior, and the graphs look fine, and in the midst of that its a crash. Options New Hardrive: But if its not a harddrive ill be wasting a lot of money...sort of. I do need more space though. Extra RAM: Need it, but I have no idea what type I have. one time i put some RAM into a PC and it fried the slot it went into b/c it was the wrong type. New motherboard: My mom wont be happy knowing this is the 3rd K3 motherboard ive went through on this PC. Im glad they're only $30 on Newegg. New PC: Last Resort if you guys cant help me fix it. Post anything you can. Thanks!