I have been having intermittent problems. We need to have electrical work done to the house, and in the meantime I've been running a heavy duty extension cord to my office and putting the computer on it. But it needs to be unplugged at night, and that is when the problems started. However, I've noticed that the power supply uses some power even when it is "off" (a tiny little humming sound makes this obvious), so probably I'd like to turn it off at night even when we do get the electrical issues sorted out.
When I turn the computer on, I get the log in screen, but the mouse and/or key board is not enabled. I reboot and usually that fixes the problem, although I don't like having to shut down by turning the machine off. (Funny enough, though, I never get a screen saying the computer has been shut down improperly.) This morning, however, I could see that the mouse could move the cursor around on the login screen, but the login window would not activate. Second restart created the inactivated mouse problem, but third time was the charm and I was in.
When I check the system errors, I see that there has been something called MCSTRM that could not be started - looks like it might be associated with realplayer, but I can't find that file anywhere. I only find a mcs.rms in my windows32 file and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there. One web site says that finding MCSTRM.sys in the windows folders could be malware - but I'm not sure that this is the same, or even if it could be causing the problem. I haven't made any changes to realplayer, or even used it in almost a year.
I am running XP pro sp2c on ASUS P5E3 Motherboard, Intel Core 2 QX9650 (3 GHz), 12 mb, 2G memory, 512MB PCIe, use Zone Alarm, Avast and Ad Aware 2007 - all free versions.
Any suggestions? I'm stumped at this point.
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