I have been trying to isolate this problem for over a month and it is like trying to pop a water balloon with one hand. I have had numerous problems with the BCOD, hangs, shut down errors and the like. This is an older IBM Thinkpad, P3 on WinMe. I added ram so it's at about 386mb with
a 14gb HD. BTW, I also have Norton SystemWorks 2005 on the machine.
One of the most often recurring errors occurs when trying to open other applications. I get a blue screen with the error message: "An error has occured. To continue....press enter, etc. and then the Error code is 0E : 018F : BFF6C172. Press any key and screen goes to black. At this point I have to shut the machine off manually.
I tried various things including reinstalling the OS, running virus scans. scans for adware, spyware and etc. I would try to restart the computer and would get the scan disk to show up showing an improper shut down, even though the shut down was normal. Yes, I have the patch that adds the 2 sec delay. Even on the thorough mode, I never got any error on the disk. If I tried to defrag, I get an error that says there is a problem with the disk and to run scan disk to correct the problem.
I was able to run one-check on Systemworks and fix a number of errors and even get systemworks to defrag the disk. What I get now though is one error when using one-check which points to a problem in c:/windows/temp. It's a TMP file that changes every time I view the folder. I've tried to delete it manually, I've tried to use systemworks, I've tried to use hijack_this to delete at start up and nothing deletes it.
Systemworks is unable to delete and if I go into the folder itself and try to delete it, it tells me "Access is denied. The source file may be in use."
Regardless, I am unable to use the windows defrag, I can't open other apps like spybot, windowwasher or a number of other programs without getting a blue screen.
I am at the point where Billy Crystal said to De Niro, "Hit that pillow". I've been trying everything I can find thru forums like this one and am at my end. Your expert advise is much appreciated.