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Something wrong with XP?

by hogswin / June 17, 2005 7:07 PM PDT

Hello:
I have had a problem in Win XP for some time.
When I re-boot or start up about a minute lator I will get a sound that comes from my CPU case that sounds like a beep or a modem used to sound when making a connection before I got DSL. about any software program running including my start up button on XP or the menu bar it is on will be discolored a entirely black over icons and words. I fear this to be a virsus or worm , but when I use my security software 'all free versions' Microsoft anti spyware, AVG, Spybot S and D , It never finds anything that fixes this problem. 'but just thinking, I only Quarintine my found problems, Should I be deleting them?'

Any suggestions what this might be?
Could a program be using my modem to try to dial out to Lord Vador and the evil empire even though I have SBC DSL? and don't use the modem?

Thanks,
Wm.

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How many beeps and what BIOS
by Donna Buenaventura / June 17, 2005 8:23 PM PDT
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Mis-understood Problem. here I go again
by hogswin / June 22, 2005 9:07 PM PDT

Wow, very interesting.

ummm. No I believe you misunderstood or I failed to explain it correctly. Probley the latter.

after my PC is up and running. Everything is fine and I am hanging ten on the web (surfing the internet) I will hear a beep sound from my cpu, but now that I thing about it it is not a beep in the traditional sence, It sounds more like a kill on an old video game called galaxa I believe from the 1980ish error. Then my start menu icons, browser and other programs go to black. a dark black, but when I move a curser over them they will sometimes fade back to the color they should be, but everything remains black. I hate this and I am convinced that it is a compermised PC that I have, but I really do not know what to try to remedy this. Any suggestions would be appericated.

Thank You,
Wm.

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As for quarantined items
by Donna Buenaventura / June 17, 2005 8:27 PM PDT

It is safe to delete them as long as the items are non-system files and confirmed as malware.

Items in quarantine area will not do any harm.

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Some thoughts on your problem
by Trevor 42 / June 22, 2005 10:11 PM PDT

A few thoughts on your problem .

Did you update your anti virus and spyware definitions prior to scanning ? If not do so and scan again.

Does the phenomena you describe only happen when using a particular program? or a paticular type of program (such as a game).

Have you checked the security of all cables? - particularly the monitor cable.

Have you examined the CPU Heatsink/fan to verify fan operation and that the heatsink is not clogged with debris impeding air flow and thus cooling. (I am asssuming that your system is not liquid cooled)

Bizarre symptoms such as these can occur due to overheating but I would think you would receive more than one "beep" from the bios if this were the case. However it is worth having a look to make sure (provided you feel competant with regard to electrical safety and anti static issues to examine a PC internally under these circumstances).

Trevor

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