2500 points for verified complete solution to this hardware problem
Posted on 1999-01-27
I have a Gateway Pentium Pro (P200) running Windows 95. Over the last week I have had a number of problems. The first symptom manifested itself when I restarted in DOS mode the screen filled with multi-colored pixels running a very elaborate pattern. I suspected this was a virus and downloaded updated definitions for Dr. Solomon's which I already had installed. No luck. Tried magic bullet. No luck. I bought and installed Norton Anti-Virus, did live update for the latest definitions, this found a file (flwew2mw.sys) that "may contain a virus". Using the repair option cleared up this problem when I restarted in DOS mode.
However this did not cure the other symtoms which all started at the same time. The other symptoms are:
(1) Even after a reboot and allowing the computer to stand idle I am getting intermittent crashes with the message:
"Disk Write Error. Unable to write to disk in Drive D:. Data or files may be lost. Press any key to continue." Pressing any key doesn't get anywhere, I just have to reboot. Sometimes it's Drive C, sometimes Drive D, it's never Drive E. Norton crashguard is not "catching" the crash.
(2) I tried creating a small text file on d, which saved quite happily, but I am now unable to delete the file. The moment I click on this file the system freezes forcing me to reboot.
(2) I am unable to complete a "thorough" scandisk on Drive D, my system freezes at sector 15185. I have tried running scandisk from DOS, same problem! Norton Disk Doctor also freezes at the same point
(3) My system is intermittently trying to access drive a:, it makes a grinding noise until I insert a disk into the drive.
Very grateful for any suggestions which point me in the right direction. I have over 2500 points available for anyone who can totally cure this without me losing (having to reformat) any of my drives.