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all devices missing from device manager

by skypip / August 30, 2008 10:29 AM PDT

I need help restoring the devices in my computer. When I click the device manager nothing appears I have no sound nor cd capability. I have tried system restore and msconfig.exe. When I do that it tells me that I need to be logged on as an administrator to make changes when Im logged on as administrator. Can someone help


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Restart in Safe Mode . . .
by Coryphaeus / August 30, 2008 8:44 PM PDT

Do a restore from there. Two options to consider from safe mode. From the safe mode screen you have the option to restore to an earlier date. Pick one. Or continue loading into safe mode and then go to System Restore.

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restart in safe mode
by skypip / August 31, 2008 12:39 AM PDT

I have tried that several times, it will only let me restore to a certain point in august and not any further back and other suggestions

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Too hard to help yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2008 12:43 AM PDT

I can't find a make or model of the PC under discussion. I can only give you what may sound like vague advice such as "Install the drivers for your machine."

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make & model
by skypip / August 31, 2008 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Too hard to help yet.

It is a gateway c-1200,,,,,,,running windows xp i cant restore it nor can i reload any drivers

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2008 1:16 AM PDT
In reply to: make & model

"nor can i reload any drivers"

While you write you can't do that, all detail about why is not showing here in your posts. I can't tell if this is because you can't find the drivers on or there is an error during the reinstall.

I wonder if this machine got hit with malware, but that's not in your posts.

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by skypip / August 31, 2008 1:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Try

let me try to explain a little better. it seems that i have no drivers in the device manager. My keyboard mouse and monitor work but i have bo sound device driver or cd rom. I have tried system restore but it wont restore, i go msconfig.exe to see if it was starting in a different manner and only loading certain drivers but it will not let me start in normal mode i keep getting an acces denied error telling me i must log on as an administrator. the problem there is i was the administrator. I have spyware detector is there something else i can use to check for malware


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Since you can't boot normally, then stop fixing the machine
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2008 5:10 AM PDT
In reply to: drivers
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malware scan
by skypip / September 1, 2008 2:08 AM PDT

I ran the scan it found 51 infections, but i still dont have any devices in the device manager. It looks like its loading in the normal mode however. I ran a system restore but it will only let me restore it to a time period where the problem already existed,,,,,,still no sound or cd-rom capability

thanks for trying

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hardware wizard
by skypip / September 1, 2008 2:20 AM PDT
In reply to: malware scan

I dont know if i mentioned this but when i click add hardware the wizard does not come up to add anything,,,,

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Once we can boot normally we can tackle
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: malware scan
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by skypip / September 1, 2008 9:36 AM PDT

I was dorected to the services.exe where i was able to enable the drivers that were missing thanks so much for your help


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Good to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: sucess

Sorry but the malware out there is getting brutal.

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