Windows XP OS freezes and locks up on Windows Media Startup

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by abr71310, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    I've been recently restoring my registry due to a Windows Media file.
    Anything that has an extension .wmv, .avi, or .mpg has been recently
    crashing XP and forcing me to press the reset, restore, and try again.
    The only time it works is EXACTLY when i restart my computer. Within
    the past hour, I had a good luck chance, where, when nothing was
    running, WMP started locking my computer. Luckily I shut it down fast
    before it killed my OS. I found it was taking up 100% CPU speed, and im
    using an AMD Athlon XP Barton 2500+ (1.83GhZ).

    Also, I lost all E-mail.dbx files and my Hard Drive has been wiped
    clean of all files that weren't "nailed" (installed deeply and
    backuped) into my system!

    Can anybody see a problem here?!
     
    abr71310, Jan 14, 2006
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  2. The problem appears to be that you haven't backed up your data.

    Did you try a Repair Installation?
     
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Jan 14, 2006
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    abr71310 Guest

    Well when i tried to back up, It killed alot more files, turns out i
    had like 100 viruses...

    But after deleting them all, I still cant run WMP or use any
    application in MSN (voice clips, sending Videos)

    It just crashes the OS and i cant move.
     
    abr71310, Jan 20, 2006
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  4. If you really did have 100 viruses and trojans I'm *absolutely
    certain* you never got rid of all of them. If I were you, my
    suggestion is this is an ideal scenario for a complete system
    reinstall from scratch. You just don't know with that level of system
    compromise, just what's left on your machine - it's probably sending
    out 200 spam mails a minute right now as a trojan zombie.

    In future when you've reinstalled, first get a proper firewall
    activates. Then spend a couple of hours on the windows update site
    getting completely patched - then get a spyware blocker and virus
    scanner. Finally, try to play your files in WMP and if it still
    breaks, post back here ;-))

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jan 20, 2006
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  5. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    Welll, Even before I even started building this computer from scratch,
    I chose and sought out the software I use today...
    Right now, I'm using:

    Spybot S&D and TeaTimer...
    AVG Antivirus (Free)
    ZoneLabs ZoneAlarm (Registered Edition) (Security Suite)

    All of them scan me every day and update every day...

    All systems are functioning yet i dont know what hit me.

    I used to know all these viruses, but new ones keep killin me
     
    abr71310, Jan 23, 2006
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  6. Thats a bummer, do you keep up to date with windows update ?

    I'm sure it's quite possible the AV stuff is missing direct system
    compromises due to new vulnerabilities - otherwise I can't see how you
    could end up with 200 viruses between scans !

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jan 23, 2006
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  7. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    Well I scan it every day with BOTH...

    And no, my father does not trust XP Service pack 2

    As sometimes, as most people working at microsoft should know, is not
    stable enough for a computer that was hand built

    Im currently using SP1, and I keep Windows Update off.

    However, I frequently back up the registry and am always ready to back
    it up in case of a severe crash.

    For now, I can't use SP2 until my father finds out that it is
    completely stable on all manufacturer and what the OS can take

    So right now, SP1 is the most stable until microsoft can release a more
    stable Service Pack for all types of computer (IE some makers don't
    support SP2, so some computers)
     
    abr71310, Jan 26, 2006
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  8. That's never going to happen as not all types of computer ascribe to any
    common standard. Working around all the sad little perf tricks that so
    many OEMs and peripheral creators put into their hardware is a
    never-ending job.
     
    Mike Williams, Jan 26, 2006
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    abr71310 Guest

    Oooo...

    So SP2 is as crap as it gunna get???

    :D
    Anyways... BACK ON TOPIC!

    Anybody know what the hell I should do?
     
    abr71310, Jan 27, 2006
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    the judge Guest

    Fella , i've been hand building building computers for years, when SP2 first
    came out, yes it was unstable, but in the past 6 months, it's become stable
    enough for new builds... i just built one for myself ... P4 3.6 on an intel
    board, with various non standard bits and pieces, installed SP2 within 2 days
    of building the thing, and it's fine....just make sure of the order you
    install your softwase
    1. chipset drivers
    2. graphics card drivers
    3. INTERNET SECURITY (i've found with a new windows install, norton
    intergrates best and very throughly)
    4.microsoft updates (ALL) VERY IMPORTANT

    hope this helps
     
    the judge, Feb 18, 2006
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  11. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    Well I really don't need to know how to build a computer, as I already
    built one, AMD Athlon XP 1.86 GHz Barton 2500+ chipset. NvIDEA 6200
    128MB Video Card, 768 MB of RAM (2 sticks). I really need to know how
    the hell to fix the windows media crap

    Is it that it auto repairs itself?
    And to me, on AMD Athlons you can't use SP2 as effectively as a P4...

    So I'll stick with SP1

    LoL
    Thanks though.
     
    abr71310, Mar 7, 2006
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  12. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    Well I really don't need to know how to build a computer, as I already
    built one, AMD Athlon XP 1.86 GHz Barton 2500+ chipset. NvIDEA 6200
    128MB Video Card, 768 MB of RAM (2 sticks). I really need to know how
    the hell to fix the windows media crap

    Is it that it auto repairs itself?
    And to me, on AMD Athlons you can't use SP2 as effectively as a P4...

    So I'll stick with SP1

    LoL
    Thanks though.
     
    abr71310, Mar 7, 2006
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  13. abr71310

    abr71310 Guest

    Well I really don't need to know how to build a computer, as I already
    built one, AMD Athlon XP 1.86 GHz Barton 2500+ chipset. NvIDEA 6200
    128MB Video Card, 768 MB of RAM (2 sticks). I really need to know how
    the hell to fix the windows media crap

    Is it that it auto repairs itself?
    And to me, on AMD Athlons you can't use SP2 as effectively as a P4...

    So I'll stick with SP1

    LoL
    Thanks though.
     
    abr71310, Mar 7, 2006
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