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#101 waterburn

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:41 PM

Hi,

Today I was about to install the 31 critical updates and service packs. But I have a question. Should I download Chinese or English updates? The system is Chinese but I use English. The last time I went to the Windows Update page in English, I think it downloaded English updates while my system is Chinese. That probably caused the conflict.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:01 PM

I've honestly never tried any Chinese pack of Windows 2000

Try the following, back up the registry to one of your other partitions

Go to START>>RUN>>type the following

regedit
Hit OK

Highlight MyComputer, then click on FILE>>Export Registry File
Give it a name, save it somewhere else then the C: Drive

Then try downloading the full SP4 install
from here and save it to desktop
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

CHOOSE the proper download LANGUAGE that you need
Run the installer, this may take some time, follow all prompts carefully
Reboot when asked
Go to Windows updates afterwards and ensure you have all latest Critical updates

Let me know how it goes

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:20 PM

Hi,

I am going to follow your instructions tomorrow. I just want to let you know the screen is starting to flicker randomnly, but not that often. It looks to me that soon that monitor won't even turn on. It happened before with another monitor. Once when I turned on the computer, the screen remained black. The power light of the monitor was orange not green. After pulling the wire that connects the monitor with the computer, it would work for a while. Then it would turn off again. Remember this didn't happen to this monitor YET.

Thanks!

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:11 PM

Sounds as if you have tried mulitple monitors and you may have Video card problems>>Possibly
Is it onboard on add-in card?

you may have to start about thinking updating your hardware

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:17 PM

Hi,

Today I downloaded Service Pack 4 and I found out that it needed to be Chinese. After downloading I let it run. While I was waiting I played RCT 2. But then it suddenly restarted so I don't know if it finished or not. I hope it wasn't half complete or something. Is their anyway to find out if Service Pack 4 was properly installed. By the way I did not archive the files.

Thanks!

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:30 PM

You only need to install the Chinese Pack
What else are you talking about?

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:37 AM

Hi,

I am talking about the Chinese Service Pack 4. How do I know it is installed properly? I am pretty sure that I have all the updates. Since windows updates for SP4 is different for SP2 and it is in Chinese. I almost have to guess what to press. But I go on to google to look for english captures of windows update.

By the way I only have sygates on right now. What other antivirus...etc. should I get to prevent viruses from getting in again?

Thanks

Waterburn

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 06:03 AM

Hi,

Sometimes I get messages even while not on the Internet. It says that it wants me to go to fixmypc.com. I search it on google the site doesn't exist. It is a bit suspicious since it is telling that me that there are 100 critical errors... or something like that and I haven't installed any antivirus.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 10:20 AM

Download Deckard's System Scanner (dss.exe) to your desktop.
Close all applications and windows.
Double-click on dss.exe to run it and follow the prompts.
When the scan is complete, two text files will open; main.txt, which will be maximized and extra.txt, which will be minimized.

Post back just the Whole contents of Main.txt and Extra.txt

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 06:48 AM

Hi,

I fixed the pop up problem by disabling the messenger service. The computer restarts by almost like every hour. I am almost positive that it is a hardware/cooling problem. Now all I need to know is what antivirus I should have and whatever final steps necessary. Because we should start wrapping up this post.

Thanks!

Waterburn

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 08:10 AM

Let's try and get tools that are slack on resources

I suggest that you add SpywareBlaster to your protection software
SpywareBlaster by JavaCool *Will block bad ActiveX Controls
*Block Malevolent cookies in Internet Explorer and Firefox
*Restrict actions of potentially dangerous sites in Internet Explorer
After installation, Check for updates
After updating, select "Protection" on the Left
Then select "Enable all Protection"
"Check for updates every couple of weeks"
after every update just simply click the "enable protection on all unprotected items"

In addition, it would be a good idea to download and install
Spybot 1.5.2.20
UNCHECK TeaTimer during installation
After installation, Search for and Download all updates
After updating, utilize the Immunization feature
Click Immunize>>Immunize again the top green cross
Do that after every update
Probably a good idea to Check for Problems and fix anything in Red every once in awhile

As far as AntiVirus software
Try Avira AntiVir, it's not so steep on resources
You can get the free download from here
http://www.free-av.c..._antivirus.html

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 09:26 AM

Hi,

I am begginning to think the restarting is more than a hardware issue. Now it is restarting particularly while playing Runescape. Ususally when it loads an ad during the game.

As for the antivirus...etc. I am downloading and installing them right now.

Waterburn

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:24 PM

Hi,

Today I opened the computer and cleaned out the dust. I tried my best to get all the dust out from the fan and the processor. I used cloth and a mini vacum cleaner. I cleaned for almost 3 hours! I had screw, unscrew, clean, put back...etc. I will let you know if it still restarts. All the antivirus...etc. are sucessfully installed. I am just concerned that Avira Antivirus takes up too much memory. From task manager 30,000k.

Right now I have as a protection from viruses:

Sygate Firewall
SpywareBlaster
Spybot -Search & Destory
Avira Antivirus

Is it safe to start downloading now? I am considering uninstall Avira and downloading an antivirus that uses less memory. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Waterburn

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:26 PM

Hi,

Today I opened the computer and cleaned out the dust. I tried my best to get all the dust out from the fan and the processor. I used cloth and a mini vacum cleaner. I cleaned for almost 3 hours! I had to screw, unscrew, clean, put back...etc. I will let you know if it still restarts. All the antivirus...etc. are sucessfully installed. I am just concerned that Avira Antivirus takes up too much memory. From task manager 30,000k.

Right now here's what I have as a protection from viruses:

Sygate Firewall
SpywareBlaster
Spybot -Search & Destory
Avira Antivirus

Is it safe to start downloading now? I am considering uninstalling Avira and downloading an antivirus that uses less memory. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Waterburn

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:14 PM

If you want to uninstall AntiVir
Try the free version of AVG
Link can be found here
http://www.thetechgu...showtopic=15894
Be sure to uninstall AntiVir before installing AVG

Did you bump up the RAM to the maximum?
I can't remember, this is a long thread

P.S. Don't use a Vacuum to clean the inside of your machine, it can harm it
Use a can of compressed air

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 02:05 PM

Hi,

I haven't got more RAM yet. Right now I am downloading AVG 7.5 Free Edition. I have a feeling I already tried it and was also too slow.

Thanks!

Waterburn

*We should be able to wrap up this thread after getting a good Antivirus. I'll do the rest after that*

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 02:49 PM

Hi,

I installed AVG 7.5 Free Edition sucessfully. Then I checked for updates and got them all. After that it asked me to create a Emergency Repair Disk onto a floppy. Should I do it? It wanted to do a daily scan but I enabled it. I can't scan everyday, it will take too much memory and time. Now it says: Date of internal Virus Database is incorrect. I don't get it!

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:29 PM

Right click on the AVG icon by the clock and Check for updates
Ensure the Date/time of the clock is correct
Get more Ram, or better yet, invest in a better computer :)

You can disable the daily scan, but manually run it every week or 2

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 01:57 PM

Hi,

This will be my last/second last post. I will address all my final notes and stuff here. Then you will make your final comments...etc. after. If you have posted a question or for whatever reason I need to add something then I will make the LAST LAST POST.

AVG 7.5 Free Edition actually doesn't take up that much RAM. It only uses a lot of RAM when updating or opening the control center. In the background AVG uses low memory. Avira used 30,000k even while the program wasn't running. Just the guard. I found out that after updating it always says, when you hover your mouse over the icon by the clock: Date of internal Virus Database is incorrect. Also the icon is black and grey. Only after the next restart it wont say that and the icon is coloured.

We have gone a long way. The computer started off not being able to copy and paste, click links, open e-mails and many other inconveniences. Then we cleared the viruses as best as possible. Finally you ended up deciding to just reinstall the computer. All the problems were fixed after that. Now we have a firewall and antivirus setup. From March 23,2008 7:45AM- April 22,2008 6:29 PM. About a month! 118 posts and still going!!

I would like to personally thank you for fixing all my problems to the point that the computer is running perfectly. As I said before ,you, guestolo, is the only one who has responded to every post. I post, you reply right away. Also this is the only forum that has actually helped me, meaning the solution actually worked!

I will get more RAM and hopefully a new computer someday! But sadly I probably won't get another computer for at least another year. Meanwhile I will try my best to keep this computer working. Go computer! Made in May 1998 and is still alive! B)

Don't forget to make your final comments, thoughts...etc. After that we will finally close this thread.

THANK-YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP!

Waterburn

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:19 PM

You can't leave yet, what the heck would I do without you :D
Just kidding Waterburn, I hope all is well, I'm going to lock this topic as your problems appear resolved

Stay safe :)

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