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Windows XP problem related to RAM

by 3lephant / May 4, 2009 11:54 AM PDT

Okay, well this weekend my computer contracted a virus (Fraud XP.Antivirus) relating to downloading a faulty copy of Avast! Antivirus. Since then I have fought the virus with Spybot S&D, AVG, and Malewarebytes. I have removed the virus and am now dealing with a more serious problem, I am getting the crash IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL when trying to run system intensive programs like video games. Also, my Windows Disk Check and Windows Defragmenter are not working. So far I have tried multiple anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. I have also tried booting in safe mode, booting with all services running, and other basic diagnostics. I am running out of ideas however.

I am running-
Dimension 8600 Pentium IV 3.4 GHZ
2 Gig RAM
Radeon X1300 256Mb
Integrated Soundmax Sound
Phoenix ROM Bios

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A driver problem?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 8:25 PM PDT

More details of the 0xA STOP Error here, (if that is what the STOP error code is);

No expert myself, but it could be a driver error, and more guidance from Microsoft is below. It may help point you in the right direction;

If the problem is confined to video intensive problems, has the video driver become corrupt? What does the Device Manager say?

Good luck.


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Memory test?
by 3lephant / May 5, 2009 8:48 AM PDT
In reply to: A driver problem?

Thanks for the info, I have yet to try updating my video card, I will try that and get back too you. Also, how would I go about running a memory test?

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I would try
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 5, 2009 8:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Memory test?

They have a memory test utility. Never used it myself but I understand from others here that it is a 'long' test, so be prepared.

The other way, and again I have never done this, is to remove all but one RAM module, test the system, replace with another, test, and so on.

Good luck.

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Missing System File
by djosue27 / May 6, 2009 8:00 AM PDT

Im not like an expert, but I think that maybe you removed a driver or system file when you removed the virus, maybe you should use the system restore feature, to the time where you deleted your file, and try to heal the file instead of deleting it, or search for the same file on the web.

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Repair install
by 3lephant / May 6, 2009 8:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Missing System File

Do you think a repair install of windows might work?

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RE: Repair Install
by djosue27 / May 6, 2009 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Repair install

Well, when I get issues I always use the System Restore Option, but why not trying the repair install? I think it may work, because I am almost sure that it has to be with a system file deleted during your virus removal.

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Repair install.
by 3lephant / May 6, 2009 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: RE: Repair Install

Now, should I re-format or just repair install? I have never used repair install... any tips?

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Why not try sfc /scannow first?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 6, 2009 8:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Repair install.

This is a utility that allows Windows itself to repair/replace any system files.

How to use sfc /scannow.

You may need your XP installation CD.

With a repair install, only the Windows files are replaced, but you run the risk of losing access to many installed programs/applications. Also, it is always best to ensure your 'personal' files, photos, music, documents, etc, are backed up first.

A reformat and reinstall will replace everything.

How to perform a Windows Repair Install.

That site also has guidance for a 'clean' install.


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by 3lephant / May 7, 2009 8:15 AM PDT

Reformating now, it's been a little over a year so why not.

Thanks so much for the help everyone.

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