An Open Invite (Challenge?) To Any and All:

16 Sep
my computer has been giving me problems, i have consulted with several of my well-computer-versed friends as well as random internet people (albeit i was reading about THEIR problems) and partly inspired by the book i am reading, i have decided to post my dilemma here, in hopes someone will stumble across it and just happen to have the solution i am looking for.

so my saga goes:

a week ago i downloaded a program (which i scanned with AVG before running) to convert .mov files to a workable format for Windows Movie Maker (yes that is how lazy i am). i didn’t configure much in the settings of what i was converting TO. as it turns out i was attempting to convert to some HD format, which prompted a need to update my DivX Codec, and because i so really wanted to edit my cat movies, i updated, only to find out that WMM didn’t support this new-fangled format (i switched to converting to .mpg and that is well).

soon after this, i was trying to burn a DVD using Nero 7. but it was taking forever and the buffer was going up and down (like crazy). so i did a SpyBot scan, thinking spyware was slowing down my comp. nope. virus scan next, but it was going too slow given i was still burning, so i had to abandon that. in all the burning took an hour. i read up that AVG is not the greatest and it can slow down comps (and i remembered having trouble with it before) so i uninstalled that. along with DivX given that was what seemed to be causing me this pain. both to no avail.

things got worse. now it would take over an hour and then at the end of that i got an error (and a wasted DVD DL). i looked it up online and there was mention of the harddrive needing defragmenting (which i had checked for a week ago and did not need) and apparently it was in need of defragging, so i did that along with disk space clean up. it seemed to help a little at first, but still errors.

next i did a disk error check and a check on my DVD drive. both are fine and in working order it says. i tried to troubleshoot my DVD burner, but got lost in the Microsoft web of links linking to previous links. a friend suggested it’s my burner, but it’s a Philips brand and newly bought just last year. i tried to update the driver but there is now new one. next i tried to "rollback the driver" as Microsoft suggested, but there was no previous driver. at a loss i ran a virus scan and turned up nothing.

my thoughts: i have to reinstall the drivers on my DVD burner, i have to reinstall Nero 7, or i need more RAM. but would redirecting my memory to RAM help?
what do i do? i am at a loss. help me computer wizards!!

EDIT: the converting program is called Pazera, i downloaded it for free from CNET, it had fairly good reviews and i scanned it before opening it, and then scanned it again when i installed Avira instead. also: i randomly get keyboard errors when i turn my computer on, i would say average once a week my computer does not read my keyboard initially, i have to plug in a different keyboard (it has a different end to plug-in, the purple coloured one, which for typing etc.. my comp cannot read, only for getting out of that error screen) but as soon as i get out of that error page and plug my regular (USB) keyboard in (now i don’t even unplug it, just plug in the second one) it works fine!! and i always get that error screen because every time i get an error screen saying: Computer failed system memory test, press F1 to continue. and i should also say: when i am not running Nero 7, it works fine, i can run multiple programs at once with no problem (save for Windows Movie Maker, but that i know for sure is due to it being a shit program.) also any suggestions on better (and easy to use) free movie editing programs are welcome.

again, help!

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in Uncategorized


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