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||[Jan. 18th, 2006|04:20 pm]
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My computer was having problems connecting to the internet. The modem, router, dsl/ethernet adaptor AND internet card were replaced. Still no lingering success. It was figured that the problem was with SBC, my dsl provider. They checked out the computer, and said the problem wasn't on their end, but rather, my winsock was corrupt and needed replacing. |
There was one or two notable viruses that were persistant and bothersome, and whatnot wrong with the computer, and nothing truly worth saving, so my brother-in-law said it's best to just reformat. That way, whatever had eaten up my winsock would be removed and I'd have whatever winsock variety the computer came with. A reformatting we did. Then we inserted the yahoo! dsl installation cd. It seemed we were successful, and internet connection was had.
Now it gets to the tricky part
The internet connection seemed only successfuly when we used yahoo as the search engine. MSN couldn't load. Either way, it was best that we immediately go to the Microsoft site and download all the necessary updates, since reformatting means your computer is returned to square one. While at MS, a strange grey window popped up, which said something to the extent of
WARNING. YOUR REGISTRY KEYS ARE CORRUPT. VISIT THIS WEBSITE (I didn't have a chance to write it down) TO RESTORE
It popped up a few times during the downloading phase. It seemed like a good idea to visit there, but only after the updates were finished, since it's not good to visit odd sites unless you have protection. Just like a brothel! However, during the download, the computer froze. My brother manually restarted the computer, and the most curious thing was noted to have occurred.
The computer keeps restarting. It goes through the restarting screens, the computer begins to start up, when the screen goes black and it's back to the original black restart page. It won't progress much further past that. I can't even log on to do anything. It refuses to obey any further reformatting attempts. I can't do anything with it. What's wrong with it? Is it shot? Do I need to go buy a new computer, or can it be fixed by replacing the hardrive? Anybody have any experience with something like that? HELP