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Have a pc on a network that won't boot up. It just keeps making an error message beep over and over. I booted in SAFE mode and got the following messages.

"Could not find any compatible DIRECT3D devices"

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"DWWIN.EXE application error. The application failed to initialize properly (0cx0000142)"

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"DRWTSN.EXE application error. The application failed to initialize properly (0cx0000142)"

I clicked OK on them and nothing happens.

Some background info that may be related but I don't know how. 3 days ago, I found out there was a worm/virus called I-worm/bagle.n on the PC and I downloaded aa2 to get rid of it. There were over 6000 files infected. I also cleaned it up with the usual collection of adware removers. The computer has been running fine for the last 2 days until this morning.

HELP!!!!  PLEASE!!!!

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by:Cojo1
ID: 12383324
I searched and found someone that had the same issue but I can't see the solution.  You can see it if you search for "beeps like morse code"
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by:thecomputervalet
ID: 12383646
I'm unclear about "it just keeps making an error message beep." Do you mean AFTER bootup? Do you mean that the system beeps and doesn't bootup?

DRWTSN.exe and DWWIN.EXE are part of Dr. Watson, a error-logging service.
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by:Cojo1
ID: 12383979
It doesn't really bootup. It comes to the list of user accounts, and I select a user and it should start up, but it just starts beeping and then starts showing the error messages. It never boots up to allow me to do anything. Not even in safe mode.  Were you able to look up the other persons issue that I mentioned above?
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by:Callandor
ID: 12384027
Some of the newer spyware/adware is very hard to get rid of and requires a clean install.  I had a machine that was treated with SpybotSD, Adaware, SpySweeper and Norton Antivirus, but in the end I kept losing network connections and finally had the OS completely reinstalled.  I then switched to Mozilla and have not had any problems since.  Your problem sounds like a Windows driver got corrupted, and I would suspect virus/spyware.
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by:Callandor
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by:Cojo1
ID: 12384140
That's not the right question that you said had no solution.

Goto SEARCH and paste the following including the parentheses. "beeps like morse code". It should bring back a question from a user named Franco2.
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by:Callandor
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by:Merete
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can you boot to safemode press f8 keep tapping it until you get to the post screen where you get several options. you could try safemode mode first and check your display drivers, run   sfc /scannow  you will need your xp cd.. remove the cd before rebooting..
 or choose last know good config  etc
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by:Cojo1
ID: 12400348
I appreciate all the attempts to help unfortunately none of them quite did the trick.  I wound up trying to do a Repair of the Windows XP installation (not a restore) by booting up to the CD. It took a while but I finally got it back to being able to boot up and then found that I still had the I-worm/Bagle.n on the machine. Cleaned it up with McAfee, Stinger and AVG. I appreciate all the try's.
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by:Merete
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good job Cojo1 gee its wonder i didnt think of that too. those dam worm/bagle.n come in so many wrapped packages please do check to make sure there is no backdoor to this one as its nasty.
If any calculaters start appearing or strange icons ..
cheers all
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by:Cojo1
ID: 12401036
Thanx for the help. I didn't get yourmessage until after I had it fixed, but I had tried the Safe Mode (still wouldn't boot) and I tried "Last known good config" and that wouldn't boot up either.
By the way, what is sfc /scannow?
Thanx again!
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