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  1. At startup / logon prompt, a dialog box appears alerting Service Control Manager - Service or driver failed during startup The error would appear in Event Viewer intermittently [service NVR0FLASHDev could not start - file could not be found] (not at every reboot) although the system complained at every logon. The nagging became increasingly annoying to me. Determined: The issue occurred after uninstalling an Nvidia driver [178.13], which apparently did not uninstall properly, as I upgraded to a more current driver. NVR0FLASHDev is tied to nView. Uninstalling and reinstalling did not correct as the issue according to Event Viewer was NVR0FLASHDev could not be found and apparently the newer driver do not come with nView. Browsing the registry turned up fruitless. Solution: After thinking for a bit, I realized that Windows was looking for this at startup so on the off chance I fired up Autoruns by SysInternals and low and behold after browsing I found an entry related to it marked as 00NVR0FLASHDev. Autoruns is kind enough to report the image path and as it were it reported File could not be found. The safe way to test this would be to use the "Jump to" option which opens the registry to that key and rename it. Restart and see if the issue was resolved. The key should be safe to delete. This solved the error I was incurring. I hope this information may help others out.
  2. My OS is Windows 2003 which I use as my primary box. I decided to set up AD and play around with it to learn but then removed it and unfortunately all my profile and browser settings were deleted. Unfortunately I had not backed up Firefox with the nifty extensions [FEBE, OPIE, CLEO]. My desktop settings are negligible. The user folder is still present from the domain, Administrator.<computer name>, but just contains remnants and no usable data and is not listed as a user account anymore. That doesn't make sense if you promote your box to a DC then remove AD it then hoses the user account. Any comments. Lesson learned.
  3. Do you have a 2-way trust in place? You need a trust in each direction. A typical one-way trust between domains is: A (user accounts) [trusting domain] -> B (resources) [trusted domain]. Users from A are allowed to access resources on B. Set up another trust between domains in reverse of the initial and then you will have your 2-way trust.
  4. +1 for Malware Bytes This sounds reminiscent to the Smitfraud virus I came across about 8 months ago which displayed a message in the system tray. Tarun recommended Malware Bytes and it did the trick then. Solid program.
  5. Been having the same problem with the Addon maker across two different platforms now. [XP and W2K3] Every time I make an addon the program spits roughly a 200 MB file. Is there a certain compression program that this is only compatible with because I have used 7zip and WinRAR? I thought I could download and use the program without a hitch.. well getting some of the switches can be cumbersome.
  6. I have (2) WD360GB hard drives. 1 out of the 2 is recognized on the new P5E3 board. I have tried every sata port and cable combination and tried various power sources. All my other drives are recognized fine. The drive hooked up via USB SATA adapter is recognized. I have also reformated and partitioned the drive. I am downloading DLG tools from WD but don't have high hopes. The drive works fine on the old system board. This blows my mind as to why I cannot get it recognized. I have updated to the latest bios revision for this board as well. The system is running bare bones. Any help greatly appreciated as I would like to get my RAID array set up on these 2 drives and install my OS.
  7. Ok, doing a quick on ASUS and Google led me to what I believe is the answer. I am missing the nvidia RAID drivers. Darn you ASUS! Why couldn't they include them under the RAID section for downloads with the Silicon controller driver. Sheesh! I will integrate the drivers into another installation disk and post back.
  8. M2N32-SLI / Silicon 3132 controller nlited WinXP with SP3 and integrated raid driver from ASUS as well as SATA driver by unpackaging and integrating via .inf file -- burned the disk at lowest speed [4x] 2 raptors [36GB] original issued 8MB cache connected to SATA ports In bios enabled RAID through Serial ATA configuration under the Advanced menu Silicon SATAII Controler set to [RAID MODE] under Advanced menu as well Configured the RAID as striped mode Booted Windows installation which freezes at the installation point where you are given the option to install, repair or quit -- leads me to believe there is an issue with the driver Any ideas on how to troubleshoot this issue, initially had trouble with drivers loaded on a floppy doing the F6 option as well. Any help greatly appreciated, thank you for your time.
  9. Audio Grabber is one I've used Smartripper or DVD decrypter for of course DVDs, might have trouble finding these as I know DVD decrypter is not supported or developed anymore.
  10. Hands down, best freeware defragmentation software is JKdefrag by Jeroen Kessels. website I just happened across this software and absolutely love it. It's standalone and can work off your flash drive for all you techs out there hint hint. Programmed using native windows api. There is a forum and tons of other information and utility recommendations as well at the site. What a great resource in my opinion. By the way, its command line yet others have written a GUI for it. There is more than one to choose from. Hope people find this useful. BTW, I am big proponent of Diskeeper as well. This utility is as good if not better and it is free! I will donate to support ongoing development.
  11. Thanks for the replies. Nuff said then. BTW, the sales associates from Tiger Direct and Comp USA are the ones pushing CA. Personally, I have NOD32 on my PC and also recommend Kaspersky. For a friend whose system I recovered, avast! is what I installed. AVG's integration into the web browser annoys me.
  12. So I am in the process of rebuilding my system and call up a retailer with an inquiry on a product, the sales associate then proceeds to try and hawk an AV by Computer Associates. Never heard of it, anyone have any experience with this companies products? Seems like they have a history and a quick search of the net doesn't really produce anything. Looks as though they doctored up their entry on Wikipedia. Probably a company to stay away from or not even bother worrying about but I am just curious now that it has been brought up.
  13. I voted for avast! being that I was looking for a new freeware AV and tried AVG, AntiVir, then avast!. I recommend try all three, although the clear winner was avast! for me do to the boot-time scanning option, respectable resource footprint, great support forum, and of course it was not intrusive into my daily computing activities. Also, avast! supports email client support protection and online mail support protection as well. So it was a fully featured AV which I might consider using personally in place of a paid for AV. But I recommend avast! to anyone who chooses not to purchase an AV. For instance, AntiVir has a lovely pop up that I thought initially only occurred once after installation yet it reappeared therefore resulted in an uninstallation. AVG does not allow you to turn off the integration into your browser without a glaring big red exclamation point over the system tray icon. As far as a paid for version goes, well of course NOD32 and Kaspersky but I suggest also looking into the pro version of avast!.
  14. Ultimately you are correct. We do not have much control over that though, yeah I would like to implement something along the lines of Altiris, which was employed at my University. Any changes made to the system would be discarded and essentially rolled back to the initial configuration. I am not looking to solve the root cause. What I am investigating really is a way to clean an infected PC that is presented to me without any care to how or why it happened. If based on this discussion thread and our continued efforts at work to prove unsatisfactory whether in turn around time or even just the success of the procedure I venture to guess I will be developing a procedure for techs to just: backup, reinstall, and reconfigure. Also, please keep in mind that not every PC will be that bad. I just want to develop a procedure to employ for any PC that comes to be serviced. This procedure will consist of checking for and removing malware, maintenance, updates, and optimization. This what I am striving to achieve and hopefully find a way to automate most of it.
  15. Ideally IcemanND that would be the solution. The problem with most of our clients is they do not image their PCs or have any type of backup solution except for the data they maintain on their servers. I would like to be able to target the issue and resolve it rather than circumvent it.

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