First off I just want to say, I plan on buying a computer sometime this week and already have a thread for it, but...
I have this computer that I bought from ibuypower about 5-6 years ago, that just isn't acting right. To be honesty it hasn't acted right since about 4 months after I bought it. I feel like I have put nothing but money into it....even though I know logically its really not that much considering how long I have had it...just frustrating I guess. Anyway the last time something went wrong with it I had no clue what it was so I took it to a local repair shop. They told me that it was my hard drive, though I wasn't sure about that, they replaced the hard drive and when I got it home it worked for all of three days! I ran MEMtest on it and found a faulty ram stick. I took the ram stick out and the computer worked fine for about 4 months. I never replaced the ram because I was really low on funds. Now here is the problem I am having when I turn it on it takes at least 5 mins to boot. Then it takes anouther 10 mins before I can access the internet. I do not crash while using the internet or word but as soon as I try to play a game it will either freeze or do a memory dump. It doesn't matter what kind of game, it's done it to WoW, Sims 3 and even crappy like puzzle games. What could I do to figure this out?
Heres some info. If you need more I will gladly get it, just please tell me how.
AMD athlon 7550 Dual-core 2.5GHz
Nvidia Gforce 550 ti
Windows 7 32-bit
Ok I went into the bios and disabled the floppy. They were already in the order you started that they should be. Restarted, pressed f8, and selected the hard drive and it booted up my computer as normal but its not in safe mode. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong.
Thanks for continuing to help. I really appreciate it!
Yeah they are idiots. Hence the reason for trying to figure this out myself.
I did hit f10 and save it. Just to be sure I did it a second time. I'm still got the same screen once I saved. It restarted after the save, pressed f8 during start up and instead of the screen that it should be with the option to start in safe mode I get the screen I mentioned above still. Should I force the computer to improperly shut down to get this screen? Although I don't understand why I cant get this screen during startup.
virus' and malware. boot up in safe mode and do scans.
check the firewall and see what's running.
turn off all auto update stuff/drivers/windows/any apps you have.
go to start/type msconfig in the box, hit enter. see what's running under services and start-up. deselect unneeded things.
(under services check box at bottom to eliminate microsoft stuff)
Ok I finally made it through all of this. Scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, malwarebytes, trend micro house calls and super antispyware. Super anti spyware found a tracking cookie. I removed it and continued with the rest of your directions and rebooted, unfortunately it's still doing the same thing. It's like I didn't do anything at all.