My PC ( 2.6 ghz, 700 MRam, XP Pro.) was working great until one night in October. On this night I was using '#1 DVD Audio Ripper 1.2.40' , later my brother in law was using yahoo messenger, and then service pack 3 was installed.
My PC then started 'acting funny'. My pandora music would become jittery and glitchy and log off and on became very slow. Shut down and restart was slow. Now I had a problem like this in the past and I was able to recover from the problem by doing a restore. So, in this case the first thing I tried was a restore. The restore didn't work. It would act like everything was fine and then at the end of the restore process it would say something like, sorry couldn't restore. I tried several restore points and no luck. I then thought that maybe service pack 3 was preventing it from restoring to a service pack 2 condition. So I attempted to uninstall service pack 3 and restore no luck.
I then ran virus scans ( found nothing ), registry fix programs ( they fixed a bunch of stuff), and defragged the harddrive. None of which helped. As I am typing this my Pandora music went glitchy, my process explorer ( sysinternals ) shows that my 'Hardware Interrupts' jumped up to 40 percent for no apparent reason.
Sorry for the length of this question but I wanted to give you all a good understanding of what I am up against. My next step will be to wipe out the PC and start over but what a pain...If anyone out there can help me fix this, I will be eternally grateful.
Thanks in advance, ~AJ