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Anteaus

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(Msg. 16) Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:31 am
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Look for an i386 folder somewhere on the HD. This may contain the setup
files. If so it will have 'winnt.exe' in it.

If so, burn the folder to a CD/DVD. You then need a dos or winpe bootdisk.

Change to the i386 folder on your CD, and type 'winnt' (dos) or 'winnt32'
(winpe) This should start setup.

"UYV" wrote:

> My first time using these groups so forgive me if this is the wrong place Smile
>
> My computer is running very slowly and about the only thing I haven't tried
> is reformatting and reinstalling Windows, which is said to help. The problem
> is I don't have the CD...
>
> Am I stuck? Can I legally borrow someone else's disc, and would that work
> anyway?

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(Msg. 17) Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:34 am
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There are known issues with the search-filter component. I always deselect
this.

"Tom [Pepper] Willett" wrote:

>
> :
> : AVG cripples Internet performance..
> :
> :
> Not mine.
>
>
>

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(Msg. 18) Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:36 pm
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"Gerry" wrote:

>
> UYV
>
> Icatch(IV) Video Camera
>
> I think this software can be used for Video Conferencing, which I know
> nothing about. However, it is logical to suppose that this could use a
> lot of resources. Earlier you said "I don't know what the Icatch thing
> is because there's no webcam or anything." Is there perhaps an entry in
> Add / Remove Programs? Select Start, Control Panel, Add / Remove
> Programs, Change or Remove Programs.
>
> Has a Video camera, as distinct from a web cam, been connected at some
> time to the computer?

I don't know why I presumed it was a webcam.
Yes, my sister's digital camera is used with it sometimes so maybe it's to
do with that. There was an 'Icatch Video Driver' in the programs list so I
uninstalled it. If it turns out to be needed I'm sure we have the disc
somewhere...

Not sure if it's made a difference yet, so I'll check that soon.

> Is the audio system functioning correctly? There are reports regarding
> Realtek HD Audio Control Panel and problems since updating to SP3.

No problems with audio, and this has been going on since before I installed
SP3.

> One of your Error Reports led me to DivX codec v6.4.0. Is this freeware
> installed?

Version 5.0.2 is installed, but never/rarely used as far as I know.

> Is the Error Report regarding Icatch(IV) Video Camera always the first
> in a series of Apllication and System Errors ? Warnings. Are these
> whilst the system is booting or later?

Yes it's always the first on a particular day so I presume it's while
booting. On each date it starts with these 4 events in System:
Info: The Event log service was stopped.
Info: Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 5.01. 2600 Service Pack 3 Uniprocessor Free.
Info: The Event log service was started.
Error: Icatch etc.

Now I've uninstalled Icatch I'll reboot and see what it says, but I'll have
to do that a bit later today.
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(Msg. 19) Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:27 pm
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UYV

Icatch(IV) Video Camera

If the problem is still there check your Start Up items using Autoruns.

A useful programme is Autoruns.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Autoruns.mspx

With Autoruns you can uncheck an item, which disables it from starting,
or you can can right click an item and then delete it. If you uncheck
you can recheck to re-enable the item. It is a much safer approach than
editing the Registry. Another useful feature of the programme is that
you can right click an item and select Search Online to get information
about the item selected.

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


UYV wrote:
> "Gerry" wrote:
>
>>
>> UYV
>>
>> Icatch(IV) Video Camera
>>
>> I think this software can be used for Video Conferencing, which I
>> know nothing about. However, it is logical to suppose that this
>> could use a lot of resources. Earlier you said "I don't know what
>> the Icatch thing is because there's no webcam or anything." Is there
>> perhaps an entry in Add / Remove Programs? Select Start, Control
>> Panel, Add / Remove Programs, Change or Remove Programs.
>>
>> Has a Video camera, as distinct from a web cam, been connected at
>> some time to the computer?
>
> I don't know why I presumed it was a webcam.
> Yes, my sister's digital camera is used with it sometimes so maybe
> it's to do with that. There was an 'Icatch Video Driver' in the
> programs list so I uninstalled it. If it turns out to be needed I'm
> sure we have the disc somewhere...
>
> Not sure if it's made a difference yet, so I'll check that soon.
>
>> Is the audio system functioning correctly? There are reports
>> regarding Realtek HD Audio Control Panel and problems since updating
>> to SP3.
>
> No problems with audio, and this has been going on since before I
> installed SP3.
>
>> One of your Error Reports led me to DivX codec v6.4.0. Is this
>> freeware installed?
>
> Version 5.0.2 is installed, but never/rarely used as far as I know.
>
>> Is the Error Report regarding Icatch(IV) Video Camera always the
>> first in a series of Apllication and System Errors ? Warnings. Are
>> these whilst the system is booting or later?
>
> Yes it's always the first on a particular day so I presume it's while
> booting. On each date it starts with these 4 events in System:
> Info: The Event log service was stopped.
> Info: Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 5.01. 2600 Service Pack 3
> Uniprocessor Free. Info: The Event log service was started.
> Error: Icatch etc.
>
> Now I've uninstalled Icatch I'll reboot and see what it says, but
> I'll have to do that a bit later today.
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(Msg. 20) Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:45 am
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"UYV" wrote in message

> "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:
>
>> So my recommendation is that you do *not* do this, but instead
>> describe your problems and your environment here, giving us to the
>> chance to help you and fix the problems without reinstallation.
>
> Ok, here goes:
>
> I have XP Pro, and the computer is a several-years-old Emachines 380
> but a)
> it was probably modified when we got it and b) we've had the
> motherboard
> replaced since. Not sure what it is now but I can find out if you
> need to
> know.
> Other info: 20GB free space (out of 60GB), 2.2GHz, 1GB RAM, basic
> onboard
> graphics etc.
>
> For anti-virus stuff I run AVG Free 8, Spybot S&D and the normal
> Windows
> firewall. Could be better I suppose but I'm pretty sure I don't have
> a virus
> and getting bogged down in these programs could be just as bad at the
> moment.
>
> So far I've tried all the normal stuff - defragged, run CCleaner,
> bought
> more RAM, freed up hard drive space, cut down the startup programs,
> even used
> a little Microsoft tool called PageDefrag... Can't think of anything
> else
> right now.
>
> I don't just mean I'm trying to tweak the speed, it's really slow.
> Drives
> my mother mad when she's trying to use a site like ebay or amazon and
> each
> page takes ages to load. If more than 3 or 4 tabs/windows are open
> when
> using the internet it tends to freeze up almost completely until you
> close
> some.
> It's not only using the internet that's slow, just the examples that
> come to
> mind.
>
> With these specs it should be running quite well, so I don't know what
> to do
> next apart from trying a reinstallation.....

Those specs are half-decent. But I'm not sure malware has been ruled
out. And Ken's right. While a clean install will be an improvement in
the short term, once programs are installed and certain behaviors
repeat, the same situation you see now repeating itself is almost
certainly a foregone conclusion.

The following links all deal with practicing safe hex. It's required
reading:

http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/security.htm
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=27971

Regarding sluggishness in general, here are its usual causes:

1. Malicious software (malware)

2. Certain programs that are designed to combat malware (e.g., Norton
and McAfee). Ironically, they can slow things down because they simply
use way too many resources. Sometime they cause conflicts with other
programs. And their default mode is to scan your entire hard drive each
time you boot up.

3. Too many of *certain types* of programs always running in the
background -- with or without your knowledge.

Use these sites to determine what these programs are and to learn how to
configure them not to always run at startup:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php#THE_PROGRAMS
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

Sometimes it is recommended to use msconfig to configure the programs to
not run at startup. A better, more thorough program is Autoruns:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

4. Not enough RAM, which causes the PC to overly rely on the pagefile. A
quick way to determine if this is happening is to open Task Manager
(Ctrl+Alt+Del) and click the Performance tab. Then note the three values
under Commit Charge (K): in the lower left-hand corner: Total, Limit,
and Peak.

The Total figure represents the amount of memory you are using at that
very moment. The Peak figure represents the highest amount of memory you
used since last bootup. If both these figures are below the value of
Physical Memory (K) Total, then you probably have plenty of RAM.
Otherwise, you may want to explore this further by running Page File
Monitor for Windows XP:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_pagefilemon.htm

5. You might also want to check that your hard drive's access mode
didn't change from DMA to PIO:

http://www.technize.com/2007/08/02/is-your-hard-disk-cddvd-drives-too-...w-while

and

http://users.bigpond.net.au/ninjaduck/itserviceduck/udma_fix/
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(Msg. 21) Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:09 pm
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"Gerry" wrote:

>
> UYV
>
> Icatch(IV) Video Camera
>
> If the problem is still there check your Start Up items using Autoruns.
>
> A useful programme is Autoruns.
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Autoruns.mspx
>
> With Autoruns you can uncheck an item, which disables it from starting,
> or you can can right click an item and then delete it. If you uncheck
> you can recheck to re-enable the item. It is a much safer approach than
> editing the Registry. Another useful feature of the programme is that
> you can right click an item and select Search Online to get information
> about the item selected.
>
> --

Ok, so 'later today' turned into 'later this week'... sorry.

The error is still appearing in event viewer for some reason.
I looked in Autoruns but there's nothing in there about Icatch, nor can I
find it anywhere else on the computer.

After uninstalling the driver the computer does seem slightly faster, but
it's hard to tell if that's just my imagining it! My mother (who usually
uses it) also said she thought it was a bit faster but it's no better when
working online.
Whether it made a difference or not, it's still definitely below what it
should be.

Also it still takes a long time to be useable after booting up but I think
that's the virus checkers running. It's always safer to leave it at least 5
mins after entering Windows (ie visible desktop).
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(Msg. 22) Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:26 am
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UYV

Select Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. Do you have
the service Smartcard. What is the StartUp type?

What is the relationship between this computer and your laptop? Have
they been networked?


--



Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
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Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
UYV wrote:
> "Gerry" wrote:
>
>>
>> UYV
>>
>> Icatch(IV) Video Camera
>>
>> If the problem is still there check your Start Up items using
>> Autoruns.
>>
>> A useful programme is Autoruns.
>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Autoruns.mspx
>>
>> With Autoruns you can uncheck an item, which disables it from
>> starting, or you can can right click an item and then delete it. If
>> you uncheck you can recheck to re-enable the item. It is a much
>> safer approach than editing the Registry. Another useful feature of
>> the programme is that you can right click an item and select Search
>> Online to get information about the item selected.
>>
>> --
>
> Ok, so 'later today' turned into 'later this week'... sorry.
>
> The error is still appearing in event viewer for some reason.
> I looked in Autoruns but there's nothing in there about Icatch, nor
> can I find it anywhere else on the computer.
>
> After uninstalling the driver the computer does seem slightly faster,
> but it's hard to tell if that's just my imagining it! My mother (who
> usually uses it) also said she thought it was a bit faster but it's
> no better when working online.
> Whether it made a difference or not, it's still definitely below what
> it should be.
>
> Also it still takes a long time to be useable after booting up but I
> think that's the virus checkers running. It's always safer to leave
> it at least 5 mins after entering Windows (ie visible desktop).
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(Msg. 23) Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:36 pm
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"Gerry" wrote:

> UYV
>
> Select Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. Do you have
> the service Smartcard. What is the StartUp type?

Yes, startup type is manual.

> What is the relationship between this computer and your laptop? Have
> they been networked?

Yes... I had a lot of trouble getting the network to work properly so was
just using internet connection sharing. Now we have a new router so the
network runs through that - everything properly now I think but all I really
use it for is sharing the printer.

Basically yes there is a network which is now working fine as far as I know.
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(Msg. 24) Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:36 pm
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"Gerry" wrote:

> UYV
>
> Select Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. Do you have
> the service Smartcard. What is the StartUp type?

Yes, startup type is manual.

> What is the relationship between this computer and your laptop? Have
> they been networked?

Yes... I had a lot of trouble getting the network to work properly so was
just using internet connection sharing. Now we have a new router so the
network runs through that - everything properly now I think but all I really
use it for is sharing the printer.

Basically yes there is a network which is now working fine as far as I know.
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