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Old 10-11-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default GPU or Virus causing major problems

System Specs:
CPU: Intel P4 3.6Ghz
RAM: 2Gb DDR2 533Mhz
MB: Abit GD8 Pro
GPU: eVGA Geforce 8600 GT upgraded to XFX Geforce GTX 260
Monitor: Sceptre wNaga20"

I recently bought a Geforce GTX 260. It was running fine at first (Crysis looked great). But after a couple hours I was watching a youtube video when green squares appeared everywhere and then the comp froze. When I rebooted the comp wouldn't start proplerly. It would post and Windows XP would load but before reaching the Login screen it would freeze indefinately at a black screen. Sometimes I'd get a BSOD and it would restart on its own. I put the old GPU in and it worked fine. Microsoft troubleshooting told me the problem was an "Error message in Windows XP: 'STOP 0x000000EA THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER'"
and suggested that I reinstall the drivers and/or turn off all hardware accelleration and disable write combining.

The nVidia driver is the same for both cards and since the 8600 GT was working fine I was skeptical but I reinstalled it and that seemed to work, I could finally boot up with the GTX 260. For some reason, good measure I suppose, I still decided to turn off all hardware acceleration and write combining which is when everything else went downhill.

Both cards will boot up properly but I got stuck in a safe mode-like state of low res. My comp no longer registered my monitor, other than it being a standard plug & play, and said it wouldn't support resolution above 800x640 w/ 4bit color. My dvd rom and second hard drive weren't recognized either so I can't try and reinstall the monitor w/ the CD. The monitor's website only gives me an INF file for the driver which I dont know how to use or install. I put turned on write combining and upped the hardware acceleration back to full but with no results. This is happening for both cards.

I don't know if the rest is related but I'm also getting a lot of random errors that all started around the same time. I will add that I downloaded Crysis from a torrent and while the game runs fine my AVG anti-virus scanner did detect a "Trojanhorse Backdoor.Generic9.syd" when installing. As far as I was aware, however, AVG successfully healed the virus.

I'm getting a lot of DCOM 1000 eventID errors from explorer. System event msg reads, "Unable to start DCOM server. The system cannot find the file specified" Then it lists a random google or explorer source, ending w/ "-Embedding."

AIM will run but shuts down when I try to send an IM.

I'm getting the following popup error msg at random, but with no noticible effect:
"Instruction at "0x03f54dfb" referenced memory at "0x03f54dfb". The memory could not be read."

I've tried pulling the cards, restarting, reinstalling the drivers, running my anti-spyware and anti-virus software (both AVG) but nothing will get me out of this safe-mode-like state... HELP PLEASE! Thanks to anyone that can.

Below please find a hijack this log as well:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:17:21 AM, on 10/12/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\EADM\Core.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Drivers & Applications\HiJackThis\HijackThis.exe

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Old 10-12-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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Hijack log continued...

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://google.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://free.grisoft.com/register
R3 - URLSearchHook: AOLTBSearch Class - {EA756889-2338-43DB-8F07-D1CA6FB9C90D} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AIM Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: Need2Find Bar BHO - {4D1C4E81-A32A-416b-BCDB-33B3EF3617D3} - C:\Program Files\Need2Find\bar\1.bin\ND2FNBAR.DLL
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: AOL Toolbar Launcher - {7C554162-8CB7-45A4-B8F4-8EA1C75885F9} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AIM Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O2 - BHO: Viewpoint Toolbar BHO - {A7327C09-B521-4EDB-8509-7D2660C9EC98} - C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Toolbar\3.8.0\ViewBarBHO.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Notifier BHO - {AF69DE43-7D58-4638-B6FA-CE66B5AD205D} - C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\2.0.301.7164\sw g.dll
O2 - BHO: Browser Helper Object - {AFD4AD01-58C1-47DB-A404-FBE00A6C5486} - C:\Program Files\Common\helper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar2.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Viewpoint Toolbar - {F8AD5AA5-D966-4667-9DAF-2561D68B2012} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Viewpoint\Toolbar Runtime\3.8.0\IEViewBar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AIM Toolbar - {DE9C389F-3316-41A7-809B-AA305ED9D922} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AIM Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut] HDAShCut.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LXCJCATS] rundll32 C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\LXCJtim e.dll,_RunDLLEntry@16
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Kernel and Hardware Abstraction Layer] KHALMNPR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Alcmtr] ALCMTR.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AppleSyncNotifier] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleSyncNotifier.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime Alternative\qttask.exe" -atboottime
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PWRISOVM.EXE] C:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNo tifier.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [areslite] "C:\Program Files\Ares Lite Edition\AresLite.exe" -h
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ares ultra] C:\Program Files\Ares Ultra\Ares Ultra.exe -h
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpyDefender Shield] "C:\Program Files\SpyDefender Pro\SpyDefender.exe" --scan2
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [EA Core] C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\EADM\Core.exe -silent
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Comrade.exe] C:\Program Files\GameSpy\Comrade\Comrade.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: &AOL Toolbar Search - c:\program files\aol\aim toolbar 5.0\resources\en-US\local\search.html
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://kl.bar.need2find.com/KL/menusearch.html?p=KL
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\npjpi160_07.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\npjpi160_07.dll
O9 - Extra button: AIM Toolbar - {3369AF0D-62E9-4bda-8103-B4C75499B578} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AIM Toolbar 5.0\aoltb.dll
O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe (file missing)
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O11 - Options group: [INTERNATIONAL] International*
O16 - DPF: {0CCA191D-13A6-4E29-B746-314DEE697D83} (Facebook Photo Uploader 5) - http://upload.facebook.com/controls/...oUploader5.cab
O16 - DPF: {11260943-421B-11D0-8EAC-0000C07D88CF} (iPIX ActiveX Control) - http://www.ipix.com/viewers/ipixx.cab
O16 - DPF: {15589FA1-C456-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A} - http://w4s2.work4sure.com/c/ge/w4sgeen9.exe
O16 - DPF: {1E54D648-B804-468d-BC78-4AFFED8E262E} (System Requirements Lab) - http://www.nvidia.com/content/Driver...sysreqlab3.cab
O16 - DPF: {48DD0448-9209-4F81-9F6D-D83562940134} (MySpace Uploader Control) - http://lads.myspace.com/upload/MySpaceUploader1006.cab
O16 - DPF: {5F8469B4-B055-49DD-83F7-62B522420ECC} (Facebook Photo Uploader Control) - http://upload.facebook.com/controls/...toUploader.cab
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microsof...?1177898459953
O16 - DPF: {70BA88C8-DAE8-4CE9-92BB-979C4A75F53B} (GSDACtl Class) - http://launch.gamespyarcade.com/soft...ch/alaunch.cab
O16 - DPF: {A90A5822-F108-45AD-8482-9BC8B12DD539} (Crucial cpcScan) - http://www.crucial.com/controls/cpcScanner.cab
O16 - DPF: {D1E7CBDA-E60E-4970-A01C-37301EF7BF98} (Measurement Services Client v.3.12) - http://service.futuremark.com/virtualmark/tc/MSC3.cab
O16 - DPF: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} (Shockwave Flash Object) - http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/ge...sh/swflash.cab
O16 - DPF: {D6E7CFB5-C074-4D1C-B647-663D1A8D96BF} (Facebook Photo Uploader 4) - http://upload.facebook.com/controls/...ploader4_5.cab
O18 - Filter: text/html - {2289623f-78b3-4409-a5ec-180c83ec1f8f} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\msziptools.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: byxyvvu - byxyvvu.dll (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: dimsntfy - %SystemRoot%\System32\dimsntfy.dll (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: mljkjif - mljkjif.dll (file missing)
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: Apple Mobile Device - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
O23 - Service: Ares Chatroom server (AresChatServer) - Ares Development Group - C:\Program Files\Ares\chatServer.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Anti-Spyware Guard - GRISOFT s.r.o. - C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: Google Updater Service (gusvc) - Google - C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: iPod Service - Apple Inc. - C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
O23 - Service: lxcj_device - - C:\WINDOWS\system32\lxcjcoms.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
O23 - Service: PnkBstrA - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system32\PnkBstrA.exe
O23 - Service: Remote Logon (RLPsvc) - Unknown owner - C:\WINDOWS\system\ampsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Viewpoint Manager Service - Viewpoint Corporation - C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe

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Old 10-12-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: GPU or Virus causing major problems

I just talked to the IT guy from my job and he suggested that I may have a virus that AVG isn't picking up so I ran symantec's free system scan and it found 4 instances of the Adware.MWSearch virus and 1 instance of the Adware.Savenow virus but from the description neither seem to be the type to cause the problems I've been having, but I could of course be wrong.

My IT friend also suggested that I reload Windows (not necessarily a full reformatting) but that's not an option until I get my DVD-Rom drive to work! I forgot to mention that to him and left him another msg but until then I emplore anyone here to see what they can suggest. When my comp posts it lists my cd/dvd rom as the 2nd master drive, the D drive is listed under my computer but when I put anything in it doesn't auto detect and when I try to manually launch from the cd drive under my computer it says to insert a disk.

Oh, I was also able to install my monitor again by using the monitor install wizard and selecting the sceptre.inf files but that did not help any. Thanks again to anyone that has any ideas.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:58 PM   #4
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Sounds much more like driver issues to me. BSOD and artifacts doesn't sound like a virus.

Do this:

Control Panel -> Add/remove programs -> Nvidia drivers -> Reboot in safe mode and run Driver Sweeper, select Nvidia - Display -> Reboot and install latest drivers
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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Thanks worship. Uninstalling the drivers and rebooting did work. I could have sworn I tried that but I guess I had only reinstalled them. In any case, that did solve the resolution issue and after reinstalling AIM/IExplorer7 those stopped crashing as well. I am still getting the infrequent error msg for stuff like this though, "Instruction at "0x03f54dfb" referenced memory at "0x03f54dfb". The memory could not be read." It does not appear to be actually effecting anything that I can notice though.

The only remaining problems is that my computer will not recognize my DVD RW Drive or my 2nd Hard Drive. The BIOS registers them and they're listed as the secondary master/slave drives while posting but when my computer boots the 2nd HDD isn't there and my DVD RW Drive does't register there being any CDs in the drive.

This is all on the 8600 GT though, I still haven't gotten the GTX 260 to work. I can put it in, and my PC boots to desktop fine. Windows even recognizes the new hardware as being the GTX but when I go to install the drivers through advanced display/adapter settings it lists VGA Controller and the drivers/adapter info are all identified. When I try to add hardware it says I'm already installing something and can't do more than one at once.

Any thoughts on these remaining issues? Thanks again
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:52 PM   #6
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Default Re: GPU or Virus causing major problems

Shut down, unplug the drives it isn't recognizing then boot up without them. Shut down again plug back in and see if it finds them.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:08 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Lowndsey View Post
Shut down, unplug the drives it isn't recognizing then boot up without them. Shut down again plug back in and see if it finds them.
No go Lowndsey. Thanks though

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