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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Granma281, Aug 20, 2011.

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  1. Granma281

    Granma281 Thread Starter

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    Old, OLD Sony Viao.. been a great workhorse...Problems started with it not booting into XP unless it rested overnight! (Just like me I guess) Real problem is that I need this machine badly to teach classes.
    I uploaded all the new drivers on Sony site.
    . As long as I use it in the morning it boots.. EXCEPT now the keys are producing errors. Not all, just some.
    One forum mentioned problems with bad memory. I have sent for a Memtest disk.. hope that will help confirm.. If so, its a doable fix.
    Sony doesn't seem to have a keyboard driver .. I updated drivers for Processor, and Bios.
    Any other suggestions??
    I don't want to buy a old XP laptop but that may be my only choice.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Please download the TSG Sysinfo Utility and post the results to give us some basic information about your system and we'll take it from there.
     
  3. Granma281

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    Oh, is this embarrassing... but an excellent LESSON again. Seems I have to keep learning them..over and over..
    When I went back to roll over back to before I had updated my drivers, Bios, etc.. THERE WERE NO PREVIOUS Restore Points.. I'd been HAD... by a nasty Bug... that had got in behind my MalwareBytes..
    I ran a scan.. and sure enough... there is was.. PUM.***
    Do the SIMPLEST THING FIRST! I've wasted a week of frustration all because I was looking for the worst..
    Sorry.. thank you... this thread is CLOSED.
     
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    I doubt that would have fixed the entire problem you explained. a PUM is only a Potentially Unwanted Modification and may not even be malicious if it's something you set intentionally. Please post the MalwareBytes log.
     
  5. Granma281

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    You're right.. Still having trouble with the keyboard... Apparently the forum didn't get my reply that I could not log in because of the keyboard, so I'm going from that computer to this one. not sure I can get to a log.
     
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    How old is this laptop? if its more than say 7 or 8 years old it might be time to retire it. as far as finding laptops with windows xp on them they need not be very old at all. ive bought quite a few laptops that came with windows xp pro and they were less than 3 years old in most cases or had drivers available for that model that i could put xp in them and i was good to go.
     
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    You should be able to get the log from the MalwareBytes program.
     
  8. Granma281

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    Yeah, I know it's time.. It's at least 9 years.. I've even replaced the screen once. My son has an old Toshiba with XP on it.. so think I'll just retire it. Thanks anyway..
     
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    You're welcome. You could back up any important documents, photos etc. from the old laptop and reformat it and then reload the drivers, get SP3 and all MS critical updates, which would surely enhance the performance, and it could still be useful as a second or backup machine should something happen to the new one you get. :)
     
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    You are most welcome. and the advice given above i agree.
     
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