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By jon_w31 ·
compaq presario 7477 k6-2 500. Restored system with system restore diska supplied by compaq.Was working fine then crashed with multiple file errors. Tried to re-restore and after several attempts succeded. However system is unstable! It noe continualy reboots, shows long file name error on scandisk and sugest's use of windows scandisk to repair. When I run win scandisk the system crashes and reboots even in safe mode.
I run TUFFTEST PRO and it shows no errors except when I request the system information function. This says CHECKSUM ERROR UNSTABLE.
I have replaced the cmos battery to no avail.
can anyone help with some suggestions?

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by ojmj In reply to compaq unstable

It sounds like you could have a virus. Do you run a good virus checker; and if so, have you kept your definition files up to date? The recent Nimda virus in particular wreaks havok with Microsoft products -- deleting .dll files and messing with setups.

There is a file offered by Symantec called Nimdafix.exe. You can get it at this URL: (if any spaces appear, be sure to delete them before pasting.) w32.nimda.a@mm.removal.tool.html">http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.nimda.a@mm.removal.tool.html

This removal tool found well over 1000 infected files on each of five networked computers at a business I was called to help.

After running this removal tool (possibly several times to ensure the machine is clean) you will very likely need to reinstall your operating system. Not with a system restore disk (emergency boot disk) but by using the original operating system installation software.

Hope this helps.

Symantec also has similar tools for other recently released viruses. Check out their site.

O.J.

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by csmith In reply to compaq unstable

I agree with Ans. #1.
This sounds like a virus. (90% likelyhood)
If there is no virus found, the next thing to check is the CPU fan.

Regards, Chris

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by KarthikKumar In reply to compaq unstable

Virus attack seems probable leading to Windows File System being corrupted.You should format your HDD and start afresh.If the problem still lingers,it could be that your HDD is the culprit,continuously corrupting your data due to damage by shock or electrical surges.Don't delve too deep if you can't solve the problem soon.You might want professional help.

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by jon_w31 In reply to compaq unstable

appreciate the replies. However the restore disks I have used contain everything from the OS to the programs installed at the factory. I do have a seperate W98 cd with it though.
Also Can a Virus exist even though I have partitioned and formated the drive?

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by Robert Schommer In reply to compaq unstable

No, Jon

You obviated any possibility of a nimda type virus when you restored from the factory disks. I don't know what problem these other guys were reading but virus is not on the list for this type issue.

I would suspect the following itemsin the following order.
#1 Drive/Drive Controller failing - Get a copy of DOS 6.0 and run Scandisk from that floppy. That should tell you how many Bad Sectors (If Any) are present on the drive .

#2 Possible Heat Issue with CPU/heat Damaged CPU. - Check the CPU fan for viability as well as free air flow. You can remove the fan from the CPU and check for browning but that usually only happens in extreme damage situations.

#3 I believe Compaq has plenty of Diagnostics application available both on the diagnostic partition of the machine and the restore disk set. I would make use of all of them as well as Compaq's Tech Support if one of the two items above does not address your problem. It very well could be a damaged m/b but you want to avail yourself of every other possible fix before you go there.

Good Luck

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by jon_w31 In reply to compaq unstable

thanks much appreciated

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