Windows XP problem

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Problem with Windows XP SP2.

Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear incorrectly, ie..
the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the other
menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes locks up,
and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one described
above.

Full virus scan performed, Trend Micro's PC-Cillin, the housecall site, AVG,
all updated, all checked back clean. Spybot s & d, clean, Adaware clean.

System seems like the cleanest it's ever been after 9 months since the last
reinstall.

I did a reinstall, and the same problem continues. How do we start narrowing
this down? how do we come to a solution, this is a BIG pain and I would like
to fix it!

Hardware:
P4S800 Motherboard
Geforce FX5200 AGP 8X Graphics card
Intel P4 2.8 Ghz CPU
3x 512 sticks of RAM, running at 400Mhz standard speed.

Latest drivers for nvidia card.

ASUS AGP utility reports that FastWrite is disabled for the AGP bus, but the
card supports it says the card has it enabled, is enabled in the BIOS.

No changes have occured system wise before this started, and has just
started recently.

All updates installed except for Windows Update suggesting an inferior
gigabit lan driver (tested and does not work).

I think I've tried everything I can, but still I want this fixed so I'll see
what you lot can help me with.

(Espiecially the FastWrite error just incase it's the problem!).

Thanks In advance.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote:

    >Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear incorrectly, ie..
    >the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the other
    >menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes locks up,
    >and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one described
    >above.

    This may be caused by some software running in the background. See
    "How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP"
    (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310560).

    --
    (tm)
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Nah, it's a new install..
    "Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
    news:eqUaRCCSFHA.3076@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >>Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear incorrectly,
    >>ie..
    >>the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the
    >>other
    >>menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes locks
    >>up,
    >>and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one described
    >>above.
    >
    > This may be caused by some software running in the background. See
    > "How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP"
    > (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310560).
    >
    > --
    > (tm)
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    according to my own experience, whenever images can stretched to outrageous
    proportions across a bar or across the entire screen, this is a sign of a
    failing display adapter or failing monitor.

    try reinstalling directx. i believe the latest is 9.0c at the moment. most
    of windows' display interface employs some use of directx tech.

    or try reinstalling the original drivers that came with ur gfx card. see if
    it's more stable. most new releases of graphics drivers, other than adding a
    little performance gains or nicer graphics here and there, mostly solves
    problems faced with previous releases. so if the current driver's fine, dun
    update it, unless compatibility issues arise.

    "Jason Marshall" wrote:

    > Nah, it's a new install..
    > "Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
    > news:eqUaRCCSFHA.3076@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > > "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >>Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear incorrectly,
    > >>ie..
    > >>the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the
    > >>other
    > >>menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes locks
    > >>up,
    > >>and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one described
    > >>above.
    > >
    > > This may be caused by some software running in the background. See
    > > "How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP"
    > > (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310560).
    > >
    > > --
    > > (tm)
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You could be right, but the graphics driver I am running is the nVidia
    GeForce FX 5200 71.94 (the latest one).

    But after a reinstall and the same problem happening, it's hard to pinpoint
    the exact culprit.

    nVidia chips are very popular, so those of you who have nVidia chips, tell
    me what driver version do you have - Just so I don't buy a new card instead!
    :)

    "mathew" <mathew@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D2AE54F5-5575-403F-BC8C-6915AEA1EBBC@microsoft.com...
    > according to my own experience, whenever images can stretched to
    > outrageous
    > proportions across a bar or across the entire screen, this is a sign of a
    > failing display adapter or failing monitor.
    >
    > try reinstalling directx. i believe the latest is 9.0c at the moment. most
    > of windows' display interface employs some use of directx tech.
    >
    > or try reinstalling the original drivers that came with ur gfx card. see
    > if
    > it's more stable. most new releases of graphics drivers, other than adding
    > a
    > little performance gains or nicer graphics here and there, mostly solves
    > problems faced with previous releases. so if the current driver's fine,
    > dun
    > update it, unless compatibility issues arise.
    >
    > "Jason Marshall" wrote:
    >
    >> Nah, it's a new install..
    >> "Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
    >> news:eqUaRCCSFHA.3076@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> > "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear incorrectly,
    >> >>ie..
    >> >>the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the
    >> >>other
    >> >>menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes locks
    >> >>up,
    >> >>and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one
    >> >>described
    >> >>above.
    >> >
    >> > This may be caused by some software running in the background. See
    >> > "How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP"
    >> > (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310560).
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > (tm)
    >>
    >>
    >>
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    It seems like a graphics conflict of some sort or other with Visual Basic 6
    running SP6 or something of the like?

    That's what it seems like, and most of my currrent VB load is automation of
    IE, so it may just be that!

    How can I go about fixing this?
    "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ewMr$MlSFHA.3156@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > You could be right, but the graphics driver I am running is the nVidia
    > GeForce FX 5200 71.94 (the latest one).
    >
    > But after a reinstall and the same problem happening, it's hard to
    > pinpoint the exact culprit.
    >
    > nVidia chips are very popular, so those of you who have nVidia chips, tell
    > me what driver version do you have - Just so I don't buy a new card
    > instead! :)
    >
    > "mathew" <mathew@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D2AE54F5-5575-403F-BC8C-6915AEA1EBBC@microsoft.com...
    >> according to my own experience, whenever images can stretched to
    >> outrageous
    >> proportions across a bar or across the entire screen, this is a sign of a
    >> failing display adapter or failing monitor.
    >>
    >> try reinstalling directx. i believe the latest is 9.0c at the moment.
    >> most
    >> of windows' display interface employs some use of directx tech.
    >>
    >> or try reinstalling the original drivers that came with ur gfx card. see
    >> if
    >> it's more stable. most new releases of graphics drivers, other than
    >> adding a
    >> little performance gains or nicer graphics here and there, mostly solves
    >> problems faced with previous releases. so if the current driver's fine,
    >> dun
    >> update it, unless compatibility issues arise.
    >>
    >> "Jason Marshall" wrote:
    >>
    >>> Nah, it's a new install..
    >>> "Thorsten Matzner" <tmatzner@gmx.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:eqUaRCCSFHA.3076@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>> > "Jason Marshall" <jasonmarshall34@SPAMTRAP-hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>> >
    >>> >>Every now and then, I'll get an ie window that will appear
    >>> >>incorrectly,
    >>> >>ie..
    >>> >>the spinning logo ends up stretched across the top where File and the
    >>> >>other
    >>> >>menu is normally located, Windows won't close, explorer sometimes
    >>> >>locks
    >>> >>up,
    >>> >>and various other symptoms similar to the internet explorer one
    >>> >>described
    >>> >>above.
    >>> >
    >>> > This may be caused by some software running in the background. See
    >>> > "How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP"
    >>> > (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310560).
    >>> >
    >>> > --
    >>> > (tm)
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    >
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