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Anonymous
October 5, 2004 8:46:09 PM

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I have a Pentium 4 computer running win xp home and when I power up my
computer it will go thru the power up and then start all over again (
sometimes 10 times ). I am afraid to power my machine off in case it won't
start up next time.I have a high speed cable internet provider and half the
time I loose my settings to log onto the internet. I also have Norton
Antivirus. This started about 3 weeks ago. Once the p.c is up and running I
am o.k
could this be a trojan or virus or my power supply?

Any suggestions?

Tim.

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Anonymous
October 5, 2004 8:46:10 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

First, be sure your antivirus software has the latest definitions and run a
virus scan.

Second, download, install and run Ad Aware:
www.lavasoftusa.com
Note: you should always be well backed up before running an application of
this type.

If your system is clear of viruses, open Control Panel, open System, go to
the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery, remove the
check from "Automatically Restart" under System Failure. This will cause
the system to blue screen instead of restarting on errors and the
information on the blue screen may give a clue as to the source of the
issue.

Open Control Panel, open Administrative Tools, open Event Viewer, look for
errors corresponding to the crash, double click the error, the information
contained within may give a clue as to the
source of the problem. If you don't understand the information inside, the
third button down in that dialog box will copy the information,
you can then paste it into a message and post it here and maybe we can
figure out what is going on.

Assuming you have an XP CD and not a recovery CD, place the XP CD in the
drive, when the setup screen appears, select "Check System Compatibility,"
the report it generates may point to problem hardware or software on your
system. If you do not have an XP CD, you can download this application
known as the Upgrade Advisor from the following site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/upgradi...
Note: If you have access to a broadband connection it might be best to
download using that as this is a rather large download.

Check for the latest drivers for your hardware, especially your graphics
card and soundcard and all peripherals connected to your system. Do not use
Windows Update for this, go to the device manufacturer's web sites and if
you install updated drivers, ignore the message about drivers being unsigned
by Microsoft. *Before installing any drivers, be sure you are well backed
up and it's probably a good idea to manually create a restore point in
System Restore in case you have problems as a result of the driver update
and note, System Restore is not a substitute for a backup. Start\All
Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Restore


--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Gauthier" <sandigauthier@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:e5qtAtxqEHA.2564@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have a Pentium 4 computer running win xp home and when I power up my
> computer it will go thru the power up and then start all over again (
> sometimes 10 times ). I am afraid to power my machine off in case it won't
> start up next time.I have a high speed cable internet provider and half
> the
> time I loose my settings to log onto the internet. I also have Norton
> Antivirus. This started about 3 weeks ago. Once the p.c is up and running
> I
> am o.k
> could this be a trojan or virus or my power supply?
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Tim.
>
>
>
Anonymous
October 5, 2004 8:46:10 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Try reseating your video and memory cards. Run a check on your memory,
although the memory check programs do not always correctly identify memory
problems. Try disconnecting a device that takes power from the PS and see
if it makes a difference. If you have upgraded with new internal hardware
it might be the PS. Download adaware from lavasoft and see if spyware is
present, but it is liklier hardware. Powering down should be OK since you
already have a problem and you might as well find out what it is.

"Gauthier" <sandigauthier@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:e5qtAtxqEHA.2564@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I have a Pentium 4 computer running win xp home and when I power up my
> computer it will go thru the power up and then start all over again (
> sometimes 10 times ). I am afraid to power my machine off in case it won't
> start up next time.I have a high speed cable internet provider and half
> the
> time I loose my settings to log onto the internet. I also have Norton
> Antivirus. This started about 3 weeks ago. Once the p.c is up and running
> I
> am o.k
> could this be a trojan or virus or my power supply?
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Tim.
>
>
>
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