installation beginning to fall apart

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Squibbly, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Squibbly

    Squibbly Guest

    usually in xp my installation would last at least a year or two before it
    started to either grind to a halt almost or start action strange, ok the
    first installation of vista was scrubbed due to the fact that it was a poor
    installation attempt for unknown reasons, then second installation went fine
    except for the odd annoying fact it would go to the BSOD and the fact then
    when i put an extra gig, its just not worth the hassle, now my shortcuts are
    missing the proper icon, i.e. its gone to a blank one, and everytime i try
    to copy a photo to the desktop it disappears

    so tell me what i should do?

    should i start about thinking upgrading my cpu and mobo and risk another
    activation?

    current mobo: asus p4v8x-x and the cpu is 3.0ghz ht 1mb cache and not dual
    core
     
    Squibbly, Apr 2, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    From the details you've posted this is just a guess but try testing your
    RAM.

    www.memtest.org

    Run the test for at least three or four hours. If it locks up or you get
    even one error you probably have bad RAM.
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 2, 2007
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  3. Squibbly

    Squibbly Guest

    so you dont recommend vista's own tester?

     
    Squibbly, Apr 3, 2007
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  4. Squibbly

    Kerry Brown Guest

    It is better than nothing. I prefer memtest86+.
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 3, 2007
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  5. Many memory problems are transient in nature. You can leave the
    computer on all night in a loop testing memory, and in the morning it
    will say nothing wrong, then five minutes later the same problem you
    had before comes up again.

    If you tested and nothing works, and you still suspect the memory try
    the old pencil eraser trick.

    CAUTION, static electricity can zap your memory and other components
    in your computer. If you try this, be SURE you ground yourself first,
    by touching your bare hand to the metal of the computer chassis first
    and remove the computer to a safe bright work area BEFORE you begin.
    NEVER work on the insides of your computer on a carpeted floor or any
    place where static electricity can build up.

    Ok, you were warned. Remove plug from power source of course. Open the
    case, locate and CAREFULLY remove the memory sticks. Make sure your
    hands and fingers NEVER TOUCH THE MEMORY PINS, you have sweat and body
    oils you don't want to get on anything.

    Find a new pencil with a regular eraser that has NOT been used before.
    CAREFULLY and gently make 2 or 3 passes on the pins top to bottom
    lifting up on each pass, don't go back and forth. When done carefully
    reinsert memory sticks.

    Why?

    Over time corrosion can leach through the motherboard traces and get
    desposited on memory socket pins which can place a very thin film of
    corrosion on some pins which you may not even see, don't take much.
    The eraser should remove all or most of it.

    Try as a last restort. Don't over do it. While inside clean the
    accumulated dust and dirt from computer case fans, the CPU fan, etc.,
    your computer will thank you. You can also do the eraser trick on any
    circuit board for the same reasons.
     
    Adam Albright, Apr 3, 2007
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