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somebody
25-04-2003, 09:33 PM
I have an old PC Direct Discovery 550 computer which I bought years ago.

It is a Pentium S 133mhz computer, with 64mb RAM (came with 32, but I upgraded), a 2gb hard drive, a 24x CD ROM drive (also upgraded from the original), PCI video card, Yamaha sound card, D-Link modem, D-Link network card.

I have had problems for the last few years, and have had not luck fixing it. Even after a clean install of Windows (I have tried 95, and 98SE), several days or weeks later a registry problem pops up. It forces me to restart to restore the backup. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but mostly for a year, it had the registry problem every day.

At the time I could not reinstall Windows as I did not have any way to back up my data, so I just had to put up with it. Every day I just tried letting it reboot to see if it would help, but it didn't. It caused some programs to not function at all.

When I eventually did a clean install, the problem came back within about a month. Then I reinstalled again, and it came back in about the same period of time.

I decided to install Win98SE in order to set up a network to my new computer. The problem came back in about a month or so, but because Win98SE, I couldn't boot up at all, because every time I turned the computer on, the error said that I had to restart in order to restore the backups of the registry. The problem was that there was problems with the backups, so I couldn't actually get into windows.

Finally I just reinstalled Windows on a partitioned hard drive, and created a drive image of a "working" installation of Windows, and restored it every time windows came up with the Registry problem error.

Ok... enough background info.

Basically I've spoken to two computer technicians, explaining the circumstances, and they both believe it's a hardware problem. I can't think of any idea on how to fix it though, as the problem seems too broad.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any ideas/help, and sorry for the long post.

Captive
25-04-2003, 11:57 PM
At this stage its too hard to say whether its sw, hw or otherwise for me. You could argue that it may be hardware because the software was reloaded, but that doesnt guarantee its software which is reliable or different.

Could you please provide the exact error messages you get. And not if you dont have an exact error message dont expect an exact answer as its like telling a mechanic my car wont start or similair: there is a huge range of potential problems.

And let me recommend that to anyone.... write down error messages exactly and how they occur.

If you do have the exact error message and you want some extra help drop me a email on admin@captive.co.nz

Mike
26-04-2003, 07:35 AM
Somebody,

Sounds like a problem with your bios to me - and probably the only way to solve it is to get a new motherboard :(

Had pretty much the same problem about a year ago, however the symptoms developed VERY quickly - sent board to technicians, and they took 2 weeks to send it back saying there's nothing wrong with it (surprise surprise!), so I spent the next three weeks documenting the problems and sent it back telling them it was a bios problem (over time it developed and eventually I was getting occasionaly BIOS error messages), and they replaced the motherboard (luckily still under warranty) and the problems went away.

HTH

Mike.

somebody
26-04-2003, 08:52 AM
Thanks Mike and Captive. I can't be very specific, as the error message is the standard windows'

Win95 - "Windows encountered an error accessing the Registry.... and needs to restart. Click Restart"

Win98SE - "Windows Registry Checker. Windows encountered an error.... and needs to restart."

Or messages to that effect - I've gotten so used to them I don't actually pay attention to what they say - word for word.

I have tried Windows 95 and Windows98SE. I tried Linux - but it wouldn't finish installing, which I eventually found out was a non-compatible CD ROM drive.

I haven't started getting BIOS error messages yet (only low-battery ones, which I replaced the battery, and they went away). I seems to be that since I replaced the RAM (from the original 32mb to 64mb) the problems don't seem to be as often, or as bad.

I ran a program called AIDA32 today (a sysinfo software), and it said it could not find any L2 cache in my CPU (Pentium S 133). I don't know if this is normal.

Once again, Thanks for your help Captive and Mike, and thanks in advance for any other help.

Below is the detailed report from AIDA32:

--------[ AIDA32 (c) 1995-2003 Unlimited Possibilities ]----------------------------------------------------------------

Version AIDA32 v3.40
Author fiery@aida32.hu
Homepage http://www.aida32.hu
Report Type Report Wizard
Computer OLD
Generator .
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222A (Win98 SE)
Date 2003-04-26
Time 08:45


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows 98
OS Service Pack None
Computer Name OLD
User Name .

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium, 133 MHz
Motherboard Name MSI MS-5124
Motherboard Chipset SiS 5511
System Memory 64 MB
BIOS Type Award Modular (12/06/96)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785) (2 MB)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Yamaha OPL3-SAx Sound System

Storage:
Floppy Drive GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK
Disk Drive GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
Disk Drive GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE80
Optical Drive CREATIVE CD2422E MC102 (24x CD-ROM)

Partitions:
C: (FAT32) 1004 MB (516 MB free)
D: (FAT) 199 MB (19 MB free)
E: (FAT32) 1004 MB (99 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port

Network:
Network Adapter Novell 2000 Adapter. (192.168.0.28)
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.
Modem Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP

Peripherals:
Printer HP DeskJet 640C Series

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 10% on drive D:.
Problem Disk free space is only 10% on drive E:.


--------[ CPU ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPU Properties:
CPU Type Intel Pentium, 133 MHz
CPU Alias P54C, A80502
CPU Stepping cC0
L1 Code Cache 8 KB
L1 Data Cache 8 KB
L2 Cache 0

CPU Physical Info:
Package Type 296 Pin PGA
Package Size 4.95 cm x 4.95 cm
Transistors 3.3 million
Process Technology 4M, 0.35 um, BiCMOS
Die Size 91 / 83 mm2
Core Voltage 3.3 / 3.52 V
I/O Voltage 3.3 / 3.52 V
Typical Power 3.0 - 6.5 W (depending on clock speed)
Maximum Power 8.0 - 15.5 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer:
Company Name Intel Corporation
Product Information http://www.intel.com/products/browse/processor.htm

CPU Utilization:
CPU #1 100 %

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem No CPU L2 cache found. This may cause performance penalty.


--------[ CPUID ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CPUID Properties:
CPUID Manufacturer GenuineIntel
CPUID Revision 052Ch
Platform ID 00h (Unknown)
IA CPU Serial Number Unknown

Instruction Set:
AMD 3DNow! Not Supported
AMD 3DNow! Professional Not Supported
AMD Enhanced 3DNow! Not Supported
AMD Extended MMX Not Supported
AMD x86-64 Not Supported
Cyrix Extended MMX Not Supported
IA-64 Not Supported
IA MMX Not Supported
IA SSE Not Supported
IA SSE 2 Not Supported
IA SSE 3 Not Supported
CLFLUSH Instruction Not Supported
CMPXCHG8B Instruction Supported
Conditional Move Instruction Not Supported
MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction Not Supported

CPUID Features:
36-bit Page Size Extension Not Supported
Automatic Clock Control Not Supported
CPL Qualified Debug Store Not Supported
Debug Trace Store Not Supported
Debugging Extension Supported
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology Not Supported
Fast Save & Restore Not Supported
Fast System Call Not Supported
Hyper-Threading Technology Not Supported
L1 Context ID Not Supported
Local APIC On Chip Not Supported
LongRun Not Supported
LongRun Table Interface Not Supported
Machine-Check Architecture Not Supported
Machine-Check Exception Supported
Memory Type Range Registers Not Supported
Model Specific Registers Supported
Page Attribute Table Not Supported
Page Global Extension Not Supported
Page Size Extension Supported
Pending Break Event Not Supported
Physical Address Extension Not Supported
Processor Duty Cycle Control Not Supported
Processor Serial Number Not Supported
Self-Snoop Not Supported
Thermal Monitor Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 2 Not Supported
Time Stamp Counter Supported
Virtual Mode Extension Supported

CPUID Registers:
CPUID 00000000 00000001-756E6547-6C65746E-49656E69
CPUID 00000001 0000052C-00000000-00000000-000001BF

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem MMX is not supported. This may cause performance penalty.
Suggestion SSE is not supported. Upgrade your CPU to speed up applications optimized for SSE.


--------[ Motherboard ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Motherboard Properties:
Motherboard ID 12/06/96-SiS-5511-5513-2A5IDM4EC-00
Motherboard Name MSI MS-5124

Motherboard Manufacturer:
Company Name Micro-Star International
Product Information http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_list.php
BIOS Download http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_list.php


--------[ Memory ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Physical Memory:
Total 63 MB
Used 62 MB
Free 1 MB
Utilization 98 %

Swap Space:
Total 564 MB
Used 50 MB
Free 513 MB
Utilization 9 %

Virtual Memory:
Total 627 MB
Used 112 MB
Free 514 MB
Utilization 18 %

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Modern operating systems require at least 128 MB system memory for optimum performance.


--------[ Chipset ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Chipset Properties:
Motherboard Chipset SiS 5511
External Cache Size 256 KB
External Cache Type Synchronous Pipelined Burst
External Cache Status Enabled

Memory Slots:
DRAM Slot #1 16 MB (EDO)
DRAM Slot #2 16 MB (EDO)
DRAM Slot #3 16 MB (FPM)
DRAM Slot #4 16 MB (FPM)

Chipset Manufacturer:
Company Name Silicon Integrated Systems Corporation
Product Information http://www.sis.com/products/index.htm#chipsets
Driver Download http://download.sis.com

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion Slow memory (FPM / EDO / BEDO) detected. Upgrade to SDRAM or RDRAM if possible.


--------[ BIOS ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BIOS Properties:
BIOS Type Award Modular
Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
Award BIOS Message WG72P 121096
System BIOS Date 12/06/96
Video BIOS Date 10/23/96

BIOS Manufacturer:
Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Product Information http://www.phoenix.com/en/products/default.htm

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.
Suggestion Video BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.


--------[ Windows Video ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785) ]

Video Adapter Properties:
Device Description S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Chip Type Trio64V2/DX(86C775) or GX(86C785)
DAC Type Internal
Installed Drivers s3mm.drv
Memory Size 2 MB

Video Adapter Manufacturer:
Company Name S3 Graphics
Product Information http://www.s3graphics.com
Driver Download http://www.s3graphics.com/DRVVIEW.HTM

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Less than 4 MB video memory found. Upgrade your video card for better performance.


--------[ PCI / AGP Video ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

S3 Trio64 V2/DX (86c775) Video Adapter


--------[ Desktop ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Desktop Properties:
Device Technology Raster Display
Resolution 640 x 480
Color Depth 8-bit
Color Planes 1
Font Resolution 96 dpi
Pixel Width / Height 36 / 36
Pixel Diagonal 51
Vertical Refresh Rate Default

Desktop Effects:
Combo-Box Animation Enabled
Drop Shadow Effect Disabled
Flat Menu Effect Disabled
Font Smoothing Disabled
Full Window Dragging Disabled
Gradient Window Title Bars Disabled
Hide Menu Access Keys Disabled
Hot Tracking Effect Enabled
Icon Title Wrapping Enabled
List-Box Smooth Scrolling Enabled
Menu Animation Enabled
Menu Fade Effect Disabled
Minimize/Restore Animation Enabled
Mouse Cursor Shadow Disabled
Selection Fade Effect Disabled
ShowSounds Accessibility Feature Disabled
ToolTip Animation Disabled
ToolTip Fade Effect Disabled
Windows Plus! Extension Enabled

Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion Increase resolution for better visual quality.
Suggestion Increase color depth for better visual quality.


--------[ Multi-Monitor ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\\.\Display1 Yes (0,0) (640,480)


--------[ Windows Audio ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

midi-in.0 0001 0067 Yamaha MPU-401
midi-out.0 0001 0066 Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
midi-out.1 0001 0066 Yamaha FM Synthesizer
midi-out.2 0001 0066 Yamaha MPU-401
mixer.0 0001 0068 Yamaha Audio
wave-in.0 0001 0065 Yamaha Audio
wave-out.0 0001 0064 Yamaha Audio


--------[ PCI / PnP Audio ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Yamaha OPL3-SAx Sound System PnP


--------[ Windows Storage ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Disk drive
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider (Standard disk drives)
INF File DISKDRV.INF

[ GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47 ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Disk drive
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider (Standard disk drives)
INF File DISKDRV.INF

[ GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE80 ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Disk drive
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider (Standard disk drives)
INF File DISKDRV.INF

[ CREATIVE CD2422E MC102 ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description (CD-Rom Drive)
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File MSCDROM.INF

Optical Drive Properties:
Manufacturer Creative
Device Type CD-ROM
Speed 24x

Device Manufacturer:
Company Name Creative Technology Ltd.
Product Information http://www.americas.creative.com/products/category.asp?Category=4&MainCategory=4

[ Primary IDE controller (dual fifo) ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File MSHDC.INF

Device Resources:
IRQ 0E
Port 01F0-01F7
Port 03F6-03F6
Port 4000-4007

[ Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo) ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File MSHDC.INF

Device Resources:
IRQ 0F
Port 0170-0177
Port 0376-0376
Port 4008-400F

[ SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File MSHDC.INF

Device Resources:
IRQ 0E
IRQ 0F
Port 0170-0177
Port 01F0-01F7
Port 0376-0376
Port 03F6-03F6
Port 4000-400F

[ Standard Floppy Disk Controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Standard Floppy Disk Controller
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider (Standard floppy disk controllers)
INF File MSFDC.INF

Device Resources:
DMA 02
IRQ 06
Port 03F2-03F2
Port 03F4-03F5

[ Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller ]

Device Properties:
Driver Description Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller
Driver Date 4/23/99
Driver Provider Microsoft
INF File MSHDC.INF

Device Resources:
IRQ 0B
Port 01E8-01EF
Port 03EE-03EE


--------[ Logical Drives ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A: Removable Disk
C: Local Disk FAT32 2E67-15ED 1004 MB 516 MB 51 %
D: Local Disk FAT 3D60-19F2 199 MB 20184 KB 10 %
E: Local Disk FAT32 1C06-253B 1004 MB 99 MB 10 %
F: Optical Drive
P: (\\NEW\PEI'S FILES) Network Drive NTFS 0000-0000 19532 MB 6385 MB 33 %


--------[ Optical Drives ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CREATIVE CD2422E MC102 Creative CD-ROM 24x


--------[ ASPI ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

00 01 00 Optical Drive CREATIVE CD2422E MC102 1.02 1.02 4Mbit;EPROM
00 07 00 Host Adapter ESDI_506


--------[ Keyboard ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Keyboard Properties:
Keyboard Name Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Keyboard Type IBM enhanced (101- or 102-key) keyboard
Keyboard Layout United States 101
ANSI Code Page 1252
OEM Code Page 437
Repeat Delay 0
Repeat Rate 15


--------[ Mouse ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mouse Properties:
Mouse Name PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
Mouse Buttons 2
Mouse Hand Right
Pointer Speed 1
Double-Click Time 500 msec
X/Y Threshold 2 / 0
Wheel Scroll Lines 3

Mouse Features:
Active Window Tracking Disabled
ClickLock Disabled
Hide Pointer While Typing Disabled
Mouse Wheel Present
Move Pointer To Default Button Disabled
Pointer Trails Disabled
Sonar Disabled


--------[ Windows Network ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Novell 2000 Adapter. ]

Network Adapter Properties:
Network Adapter Novell 2000 Adapter.
Interface Type Ethernet
Hardware Address 00-80-C8-58-D4-1D
Connection Speed 10 Mbps
MTU 1500 bytes
DHCP Lease Obtained 4/26/03 8:40:48 PM
DHCP Lease Expires 5/3/03 8:40:48 PM
Bytes Received 1716229 (1.6 MB)
Bytes Sent 138400 (135.2 KB)

Network Adapter Addresses:
IP / Subnet Mask 192.168.0.28 / 255.255.255.0
Gateway 192.168.0.1
DHCP 192.168.0.1

[ PPP Adapter. ]

Network Adapter Properties:
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.
Interface Type Ethernet
Hardware Address 44-45-53-54-00-00
Connection Speed 9600 bps
MTU 1500 bytes
DHCP Lease Obtained 1/1/80 12:00:00 PM
DHCP Lease Expires 1/1/80 12:00:00 PM
Bytes Received 0
Bytes Sent 0

Network Adapter Addresses:
DHCP 255.255.255.255


--------[ DirectX Video ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Primary Display Driver ]

DirectDraw Device Properties:
DirectDraw Driver Name display
DirectDraw Driver Description Primary Display Driver
Hardware Driver S3mm.dll
Hardware Description S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)


--------[ DirectX Sound ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Primary Sound Driver ]

DirectSound Device Properties:
Device Description Primary Sound Driver
Driver Module
Primary Buffers 1
Min / Max Secondary Buffers Sample Rate 5510 / 48000 Hz
Primary Buffers Sound Formats 8-bit, 16-bit, Mono, Stereo
Secondary Buffers Sound Formats 8-bit, 16-bit, Mono, Stereo
Total / Free Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free Static Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free Streaming Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free 3D Sound Buffers 0 / 0
Total / Free 3D Static Sound Buffers 0 / 0
Total / Free 3D Streaming Sound Buffers 0 / 0

DirectSound Device Features:
Certified Driver No
Emulated Device No
Precise Sample Rate Supported

[ Yamaha Audio ]

DirectSound Device Properties:
Device Description Yamaha Audio
Driver Module opl3sax.sys
Primary Buffers 1
Min / Max Secondary Buffers Sample Rate 5510 / 48000 Hz
Primary Buffers Sound Formats 8-bit, 16-bit, Mono, Stereo
Secondary Buffers Sound Formats 8-bit, 16-bit, Mono, Stereo
Total / Free Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free Static Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free Streaming Sound Buffers 1 / 0
Total / Free 3D Sound Buffers 0 / 0
Total / Free 3D Static Sound Buffers 0 / 0
Total / Free 3D Streaming Sound Buffers 0 / 0

DirectSound Device Features:
Certified Driver No
Emulated Device No
Precise Sample Rate Supported


--------[ DirectX Music ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Microsoft Synthesizer (WDM) ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Microsoft Synthesizer (WDM)
Synthesizer Type Software
Device Class Output Port
Device Type WDM Multimedia
Audio Channels 2
MIDI Channels 16000
Voices 1000
Available Memory System Memory

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port No
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Not Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Supported

[ MIDI Mapper ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description MIDI Mapper
Synthesizer Type Hardware
Device Class Output Port
Device Type Windows Multimedia
MIDI Channels 16

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Not Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port No
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Not Supported

[ Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
Synthesizer Type Hardware
Device Class Output Port
Device Type Windows Multimedia
MIDI Channels 16

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Not Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port No
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Not Supported

[ Yamaha FM Synthesizer ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Yamaha FM Synthesizer
Synthesizer Type Hardware
Device Class Output Port
Device Type Windows Multimedia
MIDI Channels 16

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Not Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port No
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Not Supported

[ Yamaha MPU-401 ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Yamaha MPU-401
Synthesizer Type Hardware
Device Class Output Port
Device Type Windows Multimedia
MIDI Channels 16

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Not Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port Yes
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Not Supported

[ Yamaha MPU-401 ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Yamaha MPU-401
Synthesizer Type Hardware
Device Class Input Port
Device Type Windows Multimedia
MIDI Channels 16

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Not Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Not Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port Yes
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Not Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Not Supported

[ Microsoft Synthesizer ]

DirectMusic Device Properties:
Device Description Microsoft Synthesizer
Synthesizer Type Software
Device Class Output Port
Device Type User-Mode Synthesizer
Audio Channels 2
MIDI Channels 16000
Voices 1000
Available Memory System Memory

DirectMusic Device Features:
Built-In GM Instrument Set No
Built-In Roland GS Sound Set No
DirectSound Supported
DLS L1 Sample Collections Supported
DLS L2 Sample Collections Not Supported
External MIDI Port No
Fixed DLS Memory Size No
Port Sharing Not Supported
Chorus Effect Not Supported
Delay Effect Not Supported
Reverb Effect Supported


--------[ DirectX Input ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ Mouse ]

DirectInput Device Properties:
Device Description Mouse
Device Type Mouse
Device Subtype Unknown
Axes 3
Buttons/Keys 3

DirectInput Device Features:
Emulated Device No
Alias Device No
Polled Device No
Polled Data Format No
Attack Force Feedback Not Supported
Deadband Force Feedback Not Supported
Fade Force Feedback Not Supported
Force Feedback Not Supported
Saturation Force Feedback Not Supported
+/- Force Feedback Coefficients Not Supported
+/- Force Feedback Saturation Not Supported

[ Keyboard ]

DirectInput Device Properties:
Device Description Keyboard
Device Type Keyboard
Device Subtype IBM PC Enhanced 101/102-key or Microsoft Natural keyboard
Buttons/Keys 110

DirectInput Device Features:
Emulated Device No
Alias Device No
Polled Device No
Polled Data Format No
Attack Force Feedback Not Supported
Deadband Force Feedback Not Supported
Fade Force Feedback Not Supported
Force Feedback Not Supported
Saturation Force Feedback Not Supported
+/- Force Feedback Coefficients Not Supported
+/- Force Feedback Saturation Not Supported


--------[ Windows Devices ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CDROM:
CREATIVE CD2422E MC102

Disk drives:
GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE47
GENERIC IDE DISK TYPE80
GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK

Display adapters:
S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)

Floppy disk controllers:
Standard Floppy Disk Controller

Hard disk controllers:
Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller

Keyboard:
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard

Modem:
Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP

Monitors:
Default Monitor

Mouse:
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port

Network adapters:
Dial-Up Adapter
NE2000 Compatible

Ports (COM & LPT):
Communications Port (COM1)
ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Printer:
HP DeskJet 640C Series

SCSI controllers:
AGFA EPPSCSI Miniport Driver

Sound, video and game controllers:
Gameport Joystick
Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer
Microsoft Kernel System Renderer
YAMAHA OPL3-SAx Reserved
YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver

System devices:
Advanced Power Management support
Direct memory access controller
IO read data port for ISA Plug and Play enumerator
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
Motherboard resources
Numeric data processor
PCI bus
PCI standard host CPU bridge
Plug and Play BIOS
Plug and Play Software Device Enumerator
Processor support
Programmable interrupt controller
SIS PCI to ISA bridge
System board
System board extension for PnP BIOS
System CMOS/real time clock
System speaker
System timer



--------[ Physical Devices ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PCI Devices:
Bus 0, Device 16, Function 0 S3 Trio64 V2/DX/GX (86c775/86c785) Video Adapter
Bus 0, Device 16, Function 1 S3 Trio64 V2/DX/GX (86c775/86c785) Video Adapter
Bus 0, Device 0, Function 0 SiS 5511 Chipset - Host-PCI Bridge
Bus 0, Device 1, Function 0 SiS 85C503/5513/5595/961 PCI-ISA Bridge
Bus 0, Device 1, Function 1 SiS 85C513 IDE Controller

PnP Devices:
PNP0303 101/102-Key or MS Natural Keyboard
PNP0501 16550A-compatible UART Serial Port
PNP0200 DMA Controller
PNP0401 ECP Parallel Port
PNP0700 Floppy Disk Controller
PNP0F13 Logitech PS/2 Port Mouse
PNP0C02 Motherboard Resources
PNP0C04 Numeric Data Processor
PNP0800 PC Speaker
PNP0A03 PCI Bus
PNP0000 Programmable Interrupt Controller
PNP0B00 Real-Time Clock
ROK0030 Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP [NoDB]
PNP0C01 System Board Extension
PNP0100 System Timer
YMH0020 Yamaha OPL3-SAx Sound System

Ports:
COM1 Communications Port (COM1)
LPT1 ECP Printer Port (LPT1)


--------[ Device Resources ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DMA 00 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
DMA 01 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
DMA 02 Undetermined Standard Floppy Disk Controller
DMA 03 Undetermined ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
DMA 04 Undetermined Direct memory access controller
IRQ 00 Undetermined System timer
IRQ 01 Undetermined Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
IRQ 02 Undetermined Programmable interrupt controller
IRQ 03 Undetermined Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP
IRQ 04 Exclusive Communications Port (COM1)
IRQ 05 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
IRQ 06 Undetermined Standard Floppy Disk Controller
IRQ 07 Undetermined ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
IRQ 08 Undetermined System CMOS/real time clock
IRQ 09 Shared IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
IRQ 09 Shared S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
IRQ 0A Undetermined NE2000 Compatible
IRQ 0B Undetermined Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller
IRQ 0C Undetermined PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
IRQ 0D Undetermined Numeric data processor
IRQ 0E Exclusive Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IRQ 0E Undetermined SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
IRQ 0F Exclusive Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IRQ 0F Undetermined SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Memory 00000000-0009FFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Memory 000A0000-000AFFFF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Memory 000B0000-000BFFFF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Memory 000C0000-000C7FFF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Memory 000E0000-000FFFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Memory 00100000-03FFFFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Memory 04000000-0400FFFF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Memory 20000000-203FFFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Memory E0000000-E3FFFFFF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Memory FFEE0000-FFEFFFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Memory FFFE0000-FFFFFFFF Undetermined System board extension for PnP BIOS
Port 0000-000F Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 0020-0021 Undetermined Programmable interrupt controller
Port 0040-0043 Undetermined System timer
Port 0060-0060 Undetermined Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Port 0061-0061 Undetermined System speaker
Port 0064-0064 Undetermined Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Port 0070-0071 Undetermined System CMOS/real time clock
Port 0081-0083 Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 0087-0087 Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 0089-008B Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 008F-0091 Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 00A0-00A1 Undetermined Programmable interrupt controller
Port 00C0-00DF Undetermined Direct memory access controller
Port 00F0-00FF Undetermined Numeric data processor
Port 0100-0107 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx Reserved
Port 0170-0177 Exclusive Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Port 0170-0177 Exclusive SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Port 01E8-01EF Undetermined Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller
Port 01F0-01F7 Exclusive Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Port 01F0-01F7 Exclusive SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Port 0201-0201 Undetermined Gameport Joystick
Port 0208-020F Undetermined Motherboard resources
Port 0220-022F Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
Port 0274-0277 Exclusive IO read data port for ISA Plug and Play enumerator
Port 02F8-02FF Undetermined Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP
Port 0300-031F Exclusive NE2000 Compatible
Port 0330-0331 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
Port 0370-0371 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
Port 0376-0376 Exclusive Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Port 0376-0376 Exclusive SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Port 0378-037F Undetermined ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
Port 0388-038B Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
Port 03B0-03BB Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Port 03C0-03DF Exclusive S3 Trio64V2-DX/GX (775/785)
Port 03EE-03EE Undetermined Standard IDE/ESDI Hard Disk Controller
Port 03F2-03F2 Undetermined Standard Floppy Disk Controller
Port 03F4-03F5 Undetermined Standard Floppy Disk Controller
Port 03F6-03F6 Exclusive Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Port 03F6-03F6 Exclusive SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Port 03F8-03FF Undetermined Communications Port (COM1)
Port 04D0-04D1 Undetermined PCI bus
Port 0530-0537 Undetermined YAMAHA OPL3-SAx WDM Driver
Port 0778-077A Undetermined ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
Port 0CF8-0CFF Undetermined PCI bus
Port 4000-4007 Undetermined Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Port 4000-400F Exclusive SiS 5513 Dual PCI IDE Controller
Port 4008-400F Undetermined Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)


--------[ Printers ]----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[ HP DeskJet 640C Series (Default) ]

Printer Properties:
Printer Name HP DeskJet 640C Series
Default Printer Yes
Share Point Not shared
Printer Port \\NEW\HPDeskJet
Printer Driver HP DeskJet 640C Series
Print Processor WinPrint
Separator Page None
Availability Always
Priority 1
Print Jobs Queued 0
Status Unknown

Paper Properties:

Printer Manufacturer:
Company Name Hewlett-Packard Company
Product Information http://www.pandi.hp.com/seg/printers.html


--------[ Power Management ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Power Management Properties:
Current Power Source Unknown
Battery Status 0 % (Unknown)
Full Battery Lifetime Unknown
Remaining Battery Lifetime Unknown


--------[ Debug - PCI ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

B00 D00 F00: SiS 5511 Chipset - Host-PCI Bridge

Offset 00: 39 10 11 55 06 00 00 24 00 00 00 06 00 00 00 00
Offset 10: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 20: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 30: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 40: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 50: EB 00 70 56 01 D4 A0 F0 00 00 E3 45 2D 0A 3E 0E
Offset 60: 06 02 02 FF 01 40 00 FF 00 00 00 FF FF FF FF 04
Offset 70: 10 48 10 80 20 08 20 80 20 00 20 00 20 00 20 00
Offset 80: DD 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 90: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

B00 D01 F00: SiS 85C503/5513/5595/961 PCI-ISA Bridge

Offset 00: 39 10 08 00 07 00 00 02 00 00 01 06 00 00 80 00
Offset 10: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 20: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 30: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 40: 08 09 80 80 80 00 00 00 FF FF 10 0F 11 50 04 01
Offset 50: 11 58 02 01 60 0A 62 0B 4D 17 12 00 50 05 00 00
Offset 60: 47 C0 4B 80 00 80 02 00 02 00 05 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 70: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 80: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 90: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

B00 D01 F01: SiS 85C513 IDE Controller

Offset 00: 39 10 13 55 07 00 00 00 09 8A 01 01 00 00 80 00
Offset 10: F1 01 00 00 F5 03 00 00 71 01 00 00 75 03 00 00
Offset 20: 01 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 30: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0F 01 00 00
Offset 40: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset 50: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset 60: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset 70: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset 80: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 90: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset C0: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset D0: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset E0: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02
Offset F0: 03 04 03 04 00 00 00 00 00 07 06 10 00 02 00 02

B00 D10 F00: S3 Trio64 V2/DX/GX (86c775/86c785) Video Adapter

Offset 00: 33 53 01 89 03 00 00 02 14 00 00 03 00 00 00 00
Offset 10: 00 00 00 E0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 20: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 33 53 01 89
Offset 30: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 09 01 00 00
Offset 40: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 50: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 60: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 70: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 80: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 90: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

B00 D10 F01: S3 Trio64 V2/DX/GX (86c775/86c785) Video Adapter

Offset 00: 33 53 01 89 03 00 00 02 14 00 00 03 00 00 00 00
Offset 10: 00 00 00 E0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 20: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00
Offset 30: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 09 01 00 00
Offset 40: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 50: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 60: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 70: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 80: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset 90: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Offset F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00


--------[ Debug - Video BIOS ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

C000:0000 U.@..7400........x......<..Q.QIBM VGA COMPATIBLE BIOS. ..f......
C000:0040 3S......S3 86C775/86C785 Video BIOS. Version 1.01.04..775 EDO M7
C000:0080 0-02....................................10/23/9610/23/96......8.
C000:00C0 ... .%"%"HB.A...........(A.H9X9.9...........U..9..T.....0. .8H9.
C000:0100 1.2@3.4.5.:.<.@.B.C.E.P.Q.S.T0U.X.].^.`.f.g.i.j.........@...PCIR
C000:0140 3S..........@.......Tu.....B.U..3...5.e....0.F.f.. ..P.F.g......S
C000:0180 .hu.6...O.i..6.....j........k........l5.2.....m5.6 .....nu.2...9.
C000:01C0 ou.6...9.p..6.0...q..6.P...r..6.....s....0...t.... P...u........v
C000:0200 5.6.0...w5.6.P...x5.6.....yu.6.0...zu.6.P...|..6.. .0.N..6...=.Q.
C000:0240 .6...J.Ru.6...W.V5.6...d.W5.6.0.q.X5.6.P.q.Y5.6... d...*..@..../.
C000:0280 ........G........XB.c...........89:;<=>?................. ..../.
C000:02C0 ........O.........B.............89:;<=>?.............(......../_
C000:0300 OQ.R....A.........P@....................A........@ ...@/......./N
C000:0340 ?@.B.#..a............#..........89:;<=>?.............P......../_
C000:0380 OQ.R....@.........P@....................A........@ ...P......../_
C000:03C0 OP.R..>.@..........`....................A........@...dJ.. ...../{


--------[ Debug - Unknown ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PnP Rockwell 33.6 DPF Internal PnP [NoDB]


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somebody
26-04-2003, 08:54 AM
Also, I forgot to mention that this is a clean reinstall of Windows, which I did on Thursday, as the particular computer was infected with the W32.Opasrv Worm (and I couldn't get rid of it).

BIFF
26-04-2003, 11:15 AM
Your problem is most likely to be caused by faulty memory. Second on the hit list is your harddrive/controller/cable.

somebody
26-04-2003, 03:08 PM
Ok. Thanks BIFF. I'll just survive with the problem for now (no point replacing the parts).

I've already gone through 2 monitors with that computer... so it's probably an indication that it's nearing the end of its life.

CD ROM drive is slowly dieing as well.

Captive
26-04-2003, 03:58 PM
I might read this a bit more later, i am just quickly catching up before i do some work.

I would like to note this though: if you suspect a faulty component get the necessary material to test it e.g. for memory or otherwise.

This applies as a whole if you suspect the possibility of hardware problems and i actually have slowly been compiling a list of tools for such purposes.

This helps narrow down where the problem may be.

roofus
26-04-2003, 04:14 PM
Hi Somebody.
A look at your systems specs and settings, prima facie makes me think the hard drive/s are the possible problems. The registry is held at the start of a hard drive, if there is corruption around that area you could get problems,
I see you have the drive split into two 1GB drives and then a spare 200MB drive.

For testings sake see if you can get windows onto the 200MB drive, you will have to do an install with nothing else but the core operating system, then run this bare bones system for a week and see how she goes, if you need to work on on file call them up from the other drives. Install your programmes on the other drives as well. Your swap drive will have to be on one of your GB drives as well.
If this ends up fixing the problem then you know its caused by your hard drive.

BUT before you go ahead and do that, do a thorough scandisk on your drives and make sure that no bad sectors a popping up, especially around the start and end of your drive.

somebody
26-04-2003, 08:51 PM
Thanks roofus. I'll run scandisk tomorrow and see. I might leave the current installation for a few weeks and see what happens. It seems to be less problem-prone so far compared to other installations I've done.

Captive
26-04-2003, 09:30 PM
scandisk may help test one of the components.... remember to tick thorough or surface scan depending on which defrag version... which will test the disk surface [and take substantially longer than a normal scan]. Might be a case of leaving going for hours, and for much larger drives upto a day or so.

Graham L
27-04-2003, 03:08 PM
"The registry is held at the start of a hard drive"????? The registry files are files, which are wherever on the disk the OS puts them. Either the disk system can read the files, in which case the registry should be OK, or else it can't read the files, in which case it will give a fatal error.

A low battery for the CMOS memory will give errors in the BIOS department. It has no effect on the windows registry.

My vote is for bad main memory.

The report of no L2 cache shows that there is no L2 cache on the CPU package. Further down the report, 256k L2 external cache is shown. If that wasn't there (or was turned off) you would have noticed a major speed problem. ;-) (In the 80s, some fake cache chips were on the market. The difference was noticable. That episode cost some notherboard importers quite a lot of money).

HadO
27-04-2003, 04:27 PM
Yeah I would say RAM - you should get a RAM benchmarking/analysis program to give it a major load and see if it crashes or not.

Windows seems to report the right amount of memory but if the problem is off and on like you say the benchmarking program should crash or report any problems when the memory is used to it's capacity.

somebody
27-04-2003, 04:39 PM
What software would you recommend?

Susan B
27-04-2003, 07:32 PM
> What software would you recommend?

For testing your RAM? Try MemTest.

roofus
27-04-2003, 08:56 PM
Looks as though i "could" be wrong in regards to the placement of the registry on the hard-disk, i was thinking of the boot sector data.

I would however like to know how people think a ram problem could be causing a corrupted resgistry. I have never come across an occurance caused by the two together.

somebody
27-04-2003, 09:25 PM
Thanks Susan

somebody
27-04-2003, 09:27 PM
The theory was (from a computer technician I spoke to), that when registry data is transferred from the RAM back to the hard drive, it gets damaged, therefore causing the problems.