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Hi all,

 

Lately, I have been having a few PC problems. Whenever I boot my system I get these 2 Generic Host Process's for Win 32 has a problem and needs to quit. When I hit send or don't send, it freeze's my computer causing me to restart it and then not hit the button the next time. Also, a few days ago, I noticed in My Computer that my DVD-ROM Drive went missing from My Computer. I went to the Device Manager and it had been disbaled. I wanted to enable it so I click on Enable and a box came up asking if I really wanted to. I said yes and then it said that it could not be Enabled. Then, today, I noticed that when I went to shut down my computer, I get the messaging saying Explorer.exe and then it has the bar of when it will end. I just hit end now but it took everything away and just left my computer at is desktop with no icons or taskbar forcing me to pull the plug everytime. Are these issues I could fix with a fresh install of Windows?

 

If so, my computer is custom made by my dad (who is out of town for a few weeks) and I need to know what to do to do a clean install of it. I know that I need to backup my files I want and that I need to get the drivers for my Motherboard, Video, and sound cards. Is there anything else I need? Also, when I start my computer I get this message "FastTrak 378 BIOS version 1.00.0.37" and I have that WinXP Promise FastTrak 376/378 controller under SCIS and RAID Controllers. What do I have to do with this?

 

Can somebody please give me like step by step message on what to do? I am new at this and don't want to have any problems!

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You could run the windows Setup again. It would replace the corrupted files that way.

 

Contrary to what some believe you don't have to reformat your PC everytime windows has a problem. I have one PC that has the same install of XP now for over 3 years. I've run setup again on it once about a 1 1/2 years ago.

 

Simply put in your XP (or windows OS disc if other than XP) and select install Windows

 

that should fix the issue for you without having to wipe the drive.

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KillCrafter,Jun 16 2005, 09:06 AM]Also, when I start my computer I get this message "FastTrak 378 BIOS version 1.00.0.37" and I have that WinXP Promise FastTrak 376/378 ™ controller under SCIS and RAID Controllers. What do I have to do with this?

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This could be the hardware causing problems. General Windows strangeness like drives vanishing could mean that your drives are running through a RAID or SCSI controller which is malfunctioning.

 

How is networking? If you can get the computer hooked up to another you should be able to back up your stuff. When you put the XP bootable CD in after taking your stuff off it will ask whether to format the drive before installing.

 

If you can't network it, go and buy a 10gb drive, put it in your PC as the primary master, then reinstall XP on it, and use it for Windows and virtual memory ONLY. Then, next time you need to format, you can format the system drive without having to erase your data, which should be on the other drives.

 

In Australia hard disk space is less than $1 a gb at the moment, so, assuming similar pricing regimes, it won't be very pricey.

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How hard is it though? I mean, I am not the best at computers but I can go though set-up pages if I know what I am doing. Really, all I want to do is clear the 3 hard drives (which the 2nd one has windows stuff on it and other stuff which can cause for slow running of the OS) and re-install windows XP. Then, I have to install the motherboard, video and sound cards right? I really would just like my computer to be back to fresh again with a fresh everything. I really don't have many files on this PC except for game files which I have no need to back them up because I can just re-install them into drives other than the one windows is on. Has anybody done it that could walk me though it step by step here and then I can just print it and use it to get it done. I have no problem getting the video card driver install file and I still have to go get my P4C800-E Asus Deluxe file. Then, I have a FastTrak 378 so what do I do there. I read somewere during the re-installing steps there will be a blue page that should detect that I have SCIS and RAID controller...it that true? Please just walk me though it. And, what problems could come about if it is done wrong?

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Well, I did it biggrin.gif However, in my deivce manager thing, it has a ! under other devices for these 3 things:

 

1. Ethernet Controller

2. RAID Controller

3. USB Controller

 

Do I need these things? I turned on the raid one and then I started installing NOLF 2 and when it said switch disk, it shut down my system and lost my OS! Lucky, I knew what to do because I had just did the install of windows. Now, I don't really want to turn it on because I keep hearing about this problem. What should I do with those things? Do I need them?

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I got that generic Host error last week and fixed it with the download. I'm sorry I didn't read the post very well and didn't see that you couldn't send the error. I can't help you with those other things. I would guess you need them!!

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KillCrafter,Jun 16 2005, 08:44 AM]Well, I did it  biggrin.gif  However, in my deivce manager thing, it has a ! under other devices for these 3 things:

 

1. Ethernet Controller

2. RAID Controller

3. USB Controller

 

Do I need these things? I turned on the raid one and then I started installing NOLF 2 and when it said switch disk, it shut down my system and lost my OS! Lucky, I knew what to do because I had just did the install of windows. Now, I don't really want to turn it on because I keep hearing about this problem. What should I do with those things? Do I need them?

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1. Is your network connection to the internet wink.gif you want this

 

2. Could be how your 3 drives are set up. A controller is present on the motherboard that's why you see it in device manager

 

3. Alot of mice and keyboards are USB now not to mention flash drives etc. so another item that you are most likely using.

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