No comments...... I can understand that. Very strange problem. I'm not making it up either.
Can anybody tell me how (F8) Boot Logging works? I turned it on, but don't seem to get any results. Thought it would create a log file on C's root. I was hoping it could tell me what's going on. Tried debugger too, to no avail.
I'm no expert on computers, but I'm no novice either. I used to repair DEC mainframes years ago. I'm having the strangest problem I've ever seen with a computer. I've heard of viruses that wil do this, but have never experienced same. I'll try to explain the best I can.
First of all, my machine is about 2 years old and custom built. I'm running XP Home and I'm pretty certain that the problem is not a hardware issue. I have 4 machines and a Tera-Station on a network and the 4 machines are of varying ages. One, which is wireless, is running 98, 2 are running 2000, and one, the newest, is running XP Home. The problem seems to be contained to the XP machine. Now to the problem.
To start with, I have Clarion loaded on 2 of my machines. I keep the 2 newest syncronized with pcAnywhere. Along with the regular subdirectories under Clarion I added "ALONE" and "APPS". Under "Alone" I keep the DLL's for running the Clarion programs stand alone and all my applications in separate subdirectories under "APPS". The first time I noticed the problem, the "ALONE" subdirectory was just gone, so I just copied it back over from my other machine. Buy the way, this has been a fairly gradual thing and has been going on for a while. At any rate, it dissappeard a few times and then I noticed some of my applications were gone. Not deleted, just gone! Then a few days ago I went to run Clarion and it complained about a missing DLL file. I compared the BIN subdirectories between my two machines and found files missing on the XP machine. Using the sync feature in pcAnywhere I made them both the same and it ran again. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled Clarion and gotten the same results. Files dissappear. I move the "ALONE" and "APPS" to a whole new subdirectory outside of Clarion as a test. So far it's intact, but the problems with Clarion still exist. One time the entire BIN subdirectory dissappeared. That's pretty much the whole Clarion program. This is just where it started, it's getting worse. CardIris, which came with my scanner is also missing files. I didn't notice it before because I've never used the program. It seems to be "attacking" in an alphabetical order. What I've seen so far is the subdirectories near the top of the C: partition are getting hit the most. Obviously, if files were dissappearing in WINDOWS, Program Files, and the like, I would be having more problems. However, I noticed this morning that the Administrator subdirectory under Documents and Settings is gone. So far the machine is still working OK, but I get the feeling it's days are numbered.
Other pertinent info is the fact that this happens on a soft or hard reboot. For example, I reloaded Clarion and it was fine all day. Shut the machine down at night and after booting in the morning files were missing. Same thing with just doing a restart and there's no way of knowing what files are missing for the most part if I didn't have the second machine to compare it to. All WINDOWS critical updates are up to date, symantec virus checker is up to date and says no viruses present, Ad-Aware is up to date and machine is clean and same with SpyBot. Short of reloading the OS, I've got no clue what's going on or how to fix it. The way it's behaving is like the Autoexec.bat file has a routine in it that randomly deletes files. Needless to say, that's not the case. Something is doing it and I have to say it was software, but I have no idea what. For now, the machine is running fine.
Added note:No, I don't have any kids that could be doing this. I'm sure this sound very strange. It does to me too.