Fixing My Computers Alzheimer’s?

My computer is custom built by me, and ever since new its run fantastic, but tends to forget things. For example, I made the computer bypass the login screen to automatically load the desktop, but after a few times it reverts back to asking for a password. Sometimes a file will go corrupt etc. This happens even after the most recent reinstall of the OS and all.
Computers runs great and the forgetting is an occasional thing.
I think it must be the RAM has a bad chunk somewhere and info that sits on it gets lost. Do you agree that the RAM is perhaps faulty, or have another suggestion?
Main System Components:
Intel Pentium 4, Socket 775, 560, 3.60 GHz, 1MB Cache
Intel D925XCV Desktop Motherboard
ATI Radeon X700 Pro 256 MB Video Card, PCI-E
Corsair Value Select 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory
Corsair Value Select 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory

7 comments

  1. sounds like you like playing with the BIOS.switch of admin password in the bios.
    then check your hard drive.sounds like a bad sector and if it is get windows to mark it so it doesn’t get used again.

  2. Well, if you’re making significant changes to the OS like that, it seems probable why it’s acting like this. The RAM looks great, but all I’d be concerned about is how you load the OS on your computer. I hope that helps.
    Good luck!

  3. You must not have winxp, For I have xp and I’ve never seen the password bullsh*t So I reckon you have winme which explains it all! You are having trouble with your os not your memory. Format time!

  4. You didn’t mention which OS you’re using. Bad RAM is pretty rare these days and is pretty unlikely. It’s more likely that you have a bad section of your hard drive, particularly if you’re regularly running into the corrupt file issue.
    One other thought is that, if you plugged everything in at once when you built the computer and your boot drive is not your C: drive, the OS frequently doesn’t like that. I did that with the first computer I built (the multicard reader got assigned C through G and the main HD was labeled as H:) and I had to start over.

  5. It could be a faulty piece of hardware as you mentioned, but it also can be corrupted OS files. Try running an SFC to rule out the latter. Instructions are below:
    First update and scan your computer with your security products such as antivirus and antispyware applications. If you computer comes up clean after running your resident security products, you may want to consider running a System File Checker (SFC). This can be run in Safe Mode should you prefer. To get into Safe Mode either hold down or tap the F8 key repeatedly while the computer is starting up. To run SFC, close all applications such as Office, Messenger, Email, etc, and go to:
    – Start
    – Run
    – Type in sfc /scannow (include the space before the ” / “)
    What SFC does is that it attempts to fix or replace critical operating system files. Sometimes this can be done without the installation disk, however it may prompt you for the appropriate operating system installation disk. If that is the case, then you know that you definitely have file corruption or something missing. Insert the disk if prompted. Also you should run SFC using the Administrator account.
    If you have the Vista operating system, the steps are a bit different due to the UAC. See the link below.http://vistasupport.mvps.org/system_file…
    Don’t surf, play games or do anything while SFC runs. After it is completed, reboot your computer.
    One of the major culprits in missing or corrupt operating system files is running a registry cleaner or optimizer. They can flag important shared files for deletion or cleanup. Another cause is malware.
    NOTE: Before running any registry cleaner or editing the registry, always ensure you back it up first. If the registry cleaner you are using doesn’t have that function, you can do it manually. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756

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