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Sgt.kar98

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#1 11 years ago

Well. I´m not very know here,but I have a problem that I believe it will grow in a near future if I don´t stop it. On the last year,my PC was running normal,everything was going fine,when my HD had a problem. So we had to get a new one. But the technician said that the first HD he got was broken,and the second too... Then he got a different one,with 120 GBs,and it was fine. So I went there and gave him the Windows CD that came with the computer,some time ago. I wasn´t there,so he called me saying that my CD wasn´t installing,and he used one that he had there. After that,the installers that I downloaded was saying that was a corrupt file,bad download,virus,things like that. And in other times,the installer was running,but at some time of the process,a window opened and said there was a damaged file in the installer "exit,retry,continue". But the strange is that a few times,the installer worked. Other day,I was downloading the latest version of the Windows Media Player,and after the install,it was asking for validation of the Windows version. The worst happened. It said my Windows wasn´t genuine.I read the "why" and saw that may be a duplicated key. So I ask,can this be the reason of all problems,or is the HD that is damaged,or things like this frequently happen? Is weird,my father this is normal,my friend say there´s something wrong. I don´t believe it can be normal! It wasn´t happening before! Oh,and to complete,this window opened now when I turned on the computer: [img=http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7530/imagemae5.th.jpg]




Bs|Archaon

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#2 11 years ago

The error with WMP means that the version of Windows that the 'technician' installed is an illegal copy.




aaj111

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#3 11 years ago

hahaha! You should sue that guy.




Kilobyte

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#4 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3514034The error with WMP means that the version of Windows that the 'technician' installed is an illegal copy.

It probably wasn't illegal until he installed it. He probably used it on his own computer, or another customer's computer. It is possible that he is an old school technician who hasn't yet realised the issues of using the wrong disc, and having to use the wrong key. Actually, that might have been believable in 2002, but this is 2007. I don't know...

Its all good as long as Sgt.kar98 got his restoration disc back. All he has to do is call Microsoft, get the situation cleared up, and get a new Key, and reactivate his copy of XP. No big deal.

But since he seems to be having more trouble, he probably needs to buy a new PC anyway.

It sounds like either the motherboard, RAM, processor, or power supply is going bad. The most likely culprits are the motherboard and RAM.

RAM goes bad from time to time, for various reasons (I don't know). Then motherboards are the first thing to get shorted out in a storm. The processor could have overheated, and be malfunctioning, same with the RAM.

Then there is the remote possibility that the power supply could be going out, and causing all of the other components to malfunction. It could be any, or all of them. Might as well buy a whole new PC. Unless you know a REAL good technician you can trust (unlike the last guy, who obviously didn't know what he was doing).




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#5 11 years ago

Hard drives die with time. Usually sometime after three years. Sometimes it can happen sooner or later than that. No way to tell about your second hard drive since you didn't install it yourself. Current drive works but you could try tests with SpinRite to look for bad sectors in it.

With windows it only takes a five minute phone call to a toll free number. With your installations... Install sheilds can become corrupt. AntiVirus scans should be turned off while installing video card drivers or bad things would happen. (Most virus scans automatically turn off for installation. But I'm not sure if thats the case with all ati drivers.) Plus you might be getting your drivers from the worng places... guru3d would be a good place to start looking.

I don't see how your hardware is at fault though. If any of those things listened above were the problem you would have alot more than bad file in some installer to worry about.




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#6 11 years ago

Disconnecting;3515013I don't see how your hardware is at fault though. If any of those things listened above were the problem you would have alot more than bad file in some installer to worry about.[/QUOTE]

Sgt.kar98After that,the installers that I downloaded was saying that was a corrupt file,bad download,virus,things like that.

That is why.

The XP cd failing to install leads to a hardware problem. Either the CD is scratched, or there is dust on the lens, or worse...

If it affects downloads, then it is probably worse, and is another piece of hardware. Such as the harddrive (which I left out), or motherboard.

Especially if the downloads sometimes DO work, without redownloading them. That shouldn't happen if the OS was some illegal OS, with missing files...

Although, bad luck might be to blame. If the cd was scratched, and somebody was careless about viruses, and malware (getting online without a router, or firewall...)

[quote=Sgt.kar98]But the technician said that the first HD he got was broken,and the second too...

That concerns me. Two drives are pushing it. How did he find out they were bad? How did they become bad, without him knowing... ??? Were they used and untested?

If they had worked, but didn't work in your computer. I would be even more concerned that another piece of hardware has gone out.




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#7 11 years ago

Its not odd for one hard drive to die. But it really sounds like the technician screwed up big time. Judging by what happened to windows at least. But there is no way for any of us to ever find out what happened. Here is a sort (& wrong) version of how I read everything so far, "hai guyz my comp is bork. Wut 2 do?" reply - "buy a new pc lol" If either the motherboard, RAM, processor, or power supply were going bad then horrible things would happen. If the technician didn't mess up then it might be a motherboard problem. It would be very sketchy if the power supply was at fault as the entire machine would crap out. Bad ram/cpu would never cause another piece of hardware to just die by plugging it in. Don't scare Sgt.kar98 into thinking his computer is dead. He is already a very very disturbed person as you can tell by robin jerking off to batman's thong in his avatar. As for fixing it.. I would recommend a new installation of windows but this time either yourself or someone more trust worth than your first technician.

Anyways heres the less important information. [SIZE=-1]A bad motherboard would do more than kill drives plugged in the same ide/serail slot. Where as a bad psu would ruin the entire machine not just a few drives. [/SIZE]img=http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7530/imagemae5.th.jpg If thats how much was installed after a fresh format he should have seen alot of different errors if any part of his machine was dying. As for the screenshot it is my understanding that its a vague message created when .NET framework is trying to handle an error in some random application. Ghetto yes but thats how xp is be from time to time.




Kilobyte

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#8 11 years ago

Disconnecting;3515291[/SIZE]img=http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/7530/imagemae5.th.jpg If thats how much was installed after a fresh format he should have seen alot of different errors if any part of his machine was dying.[/quote] Good point. I should have asked about that first. I don't know everything.

[QUOTE=Disconnecting;3515291]As for the screenshot it is my understanding that its a vague message created when .NET framework is trying to handle an error in some random application. Ghetto yes but thats how xp is be from time to time.

I have little experience with .NET, since it is not required on Windows 2000.

Unfortunately, that error seems almost unrelated to his other problems, and seemingly random errors.