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    HP 533w, Intel(R) Pentium III, 60GB HD, 512MB Ram, Intel Graphics
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  1. The CPU may not be damaged. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove the old sealant. The higher alcohol concentration the better. The best thing to use and you don't mind spending about $10 is 'Arctic Silver ArctiClean'. A two step process. It comes with a bottle of thermal material remover. You just put a couple drops on and wait about 30 sec. Then you use the purifier to prep the surface for your new thermal paste. A coffee filter is one of the best items to use due to the fact it is lint free. You can use Arctic Silver Thermal Siver Adhesive to put the heatsink back on the CPU
  2. First of all I'm glad your problem is solved. Second, a good way to learn is to come back to the forums at PC Pitstop, read about the problems folks are having and the responses to these problems and take notes. You'll be surprised how much you can learn. The registry is the heart of the computer. A lot of problems are due to something amiss in the registry. If you want to learn the workings of the registry, just Google "Windows registry" and a lot sites with information on the subject will be listed. Another good site for a lot of information is here: http://support.microsoft.c
  3. Follow-up on my previous post. Have found some problems with Boot Safe. You can still try it, but I don't recommend it anymore. Sorry 'bout that. Should have experimented with it more before I posted.
  4. Here's a utility that makes booting into Safe Mode easy. You don't have to hit the F8 key or make changes in msconfig. BootSafe: http://www.superadblocker.com/bootsafe.html I've tried it, works great!
  5. Have had this tweak on my system for some time now with no adverse effects. My OS is XP Home SP2. Able set folder/file permissions like XP Pro. If you want to try this, be sure to set a System Restore point before proceeding in case something goes amiss. Instructions here: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_home_sectab.htm This proceedure works on my OS but may not work on yours. After all, we're dealing with electronics here.
  6. May have got in on this one too late but the best system information software I've found is SIW. Even shows the exact time my OS was installed (freeware). No install, just run the executable. Download here: http://www.gtopala.com/ By the way, I have senior moments quite often!
  7. Try this: Right click on the link below and select either "Save target as" or "Save to download folder": http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/wia.reg Right click on the downloaded .reg file and select "Merge". When asked if you want to add this to the registry - confirm. Hope this helps.
  8. Try this: Start>>Run. In Run type in net start spooler click OK. See if you can use your printer.
  9. Try this: Go here: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/spooler.htm Right on the appropriate link and select either "Save to download folder" or "Save target as" The above REG file fixes the spooler service entry in the registry. To apply the file, right-click and then choose "Merge". When asked if you want this file added to the registry click "yes". To simply view the contents of the file, open it with Notepad. Hope this helps.
  10. This can be caused by context menu handlers. Go here and download and install the free utility shellexview: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/shellexview.html After you downloaded & executed it, ShelExView will show all shell extensions installed on your system. You could sort the entries so that you'll have all non Microsoft shell extensions grouped together. Next, select all these non Microsoft shell extensions, and disable them. Try the sequence that would previously have resulted in the delay (for example browsing a folder, or right-clicking a file). If no delay occurred,
  11. Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Avast? Try an online scan to be sure your system is clean: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
  12. Have you tried opening regedit and navigating to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor In the right pane "start" should be set to 3. Right click the folder and see if the permissions are set to full control for both administrators and users.
  13. You may find this of some help: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...g.mspx?mfr=true Since the volume was indicated as being dirty maybe setting the dirty bit on the drive will get chkdsk to run as it should, allowing you to defrag. Check out the article. Explains how to use fsutil to accomplish this. Worth a shot. Hope it helps.
  14. Thanks for posting the fix including the nasty found. Taking notes and include this in my XP fixes folder. Glad you got it taken care of.
  15. Being the mechanic that I am, and this may sound trite, if I were me I would maybe try a different cord to the monitor. Next I would inspect the motherboard for cracks in the solder connections or places where it looks like the solder is pulling away from the motherboard. Just food for thought.
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