gizmo Posted September 24, 2009 Share Posted September 24, 2009 I was fortunate enough to get a new (to me) computer, and relegate my old gateway to my son. But there's a weird problem with the damn thing. When you boot up (Vista), it gets to the pitch black screen right before your start page appears... and then nothing for like three minutes. Every time I start up or reboot. It sucks! At first, I thought there was something wrong with windows, so I inserted my Vista CD and tried to do a repair. It took it 35 minutes to do a 5 minute repair. It took almost 10 minutes for the "what country do you live in" box to appear, and that's the first box! So I thought it was the hard drive. I go buy a new one and install it. I try to install Vista... I get the same slow-ass installation problem! So I'm thinking it's the motherboard, but the computer works perfectly fine as long as you never shut it off. What do y'all think? It was made January 2007. Also, I have a REALLY old 733 mhz no-name laptop that my daughter uses. She got some nasty ass piece of spyware on it that masqueraded as a anti-virus program. Problem was it removed the start menu, the task bar, the control panel, the task manager... everything you needed to remove the sucker. Oh, and it shut off all your desktop icons. So I go to reinstall XP. But it gives me error code 4 on loading some sys file. So I do a net search, and it says it's something to do with reseating your RAM and making sure the RAM is clocked correctly in the BIOS. This BIOS doesn't have a setting for adjusting RAM speed, so I open it up and reseat the RAM. Now the damn thing will do the initial start (where you can select to go into BIOS) but freezes when it starts to load. I can't choose safe mode, hell, I can't even get into BIOS anymore. I honestly can't see how removing and plugging back in two sticks of RAM blew up the computer! Any ideas? This post is really making me look computer-stupid, and I swear I'm not! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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