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XP woes within a multiboot framework - poss virus?

By rforster ·
I have an AMD 64 with MSI K8N Neo 4 Platinum mobo. Its set up to multiboot between Fedora Core 5 and Windows XP Pro. Was working fine but now the XP has become almost paralysed - hangs for about 1 min to recognise a keystroke and takes about 5 mins to load a program . While in this state, the bios gets modded (changing the priority order of hard disks). Task Manager doesnt show any cpu hogs
Works fine in safe mode, sys restore doesnt help. Linux (bless it, still OK). Grateful for any ideas!!!

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What version of Windows XP are you using?

by Deadly Ernest In reply to XP woes within a multiboo ...

I notice that you have a 64 bit chip and assume that the mobo is a 64 bit mobo. I have had Win XP Pro and FC 5 running in dual boot on an Intel 64 bit system without any troubles at all. However, I use the Win XP Pro 64 bit Edition in that.

When I first got the 64 bit chip and board I loaded Win XP Pro 32 but and had some very odd behaviours as the 32 bit OS had some problems with the 64 bit hardware. That could be the root cause of your problems.

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XP woes - problem resolved

by rforster In reply to What version of Windows X ...

Thanks for your response (and pls excuse my slow followup) - I use Win XPPro 32 bit.
In fact I have now resolved the problem, after much browsing re various software suspects. It turned out that a firewall (Zone Alarm) update had failed and efforts to uninstall/reinstall had left registry debris (which went unnoticed while I had temporarily switched to Widows firewall). I eventually tracked down a note which gave needed detail on how to do a clean uninstall of Zone Alarm which eliminated the paralysis.

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