First things first.
733 MHz Pentium III
128 Meg RAM
12 Gigs Hard Drive
LG DVD/CD RW 32x 10x 40x
(Driver installed for: HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4320B)
Sound Card: seems to be a Forte Media FM801 PC1
Computer’s being a prick.
I bought a computer recently here in Budapest, and it came installed with Windows ME Hungarian. My original issues with the computer started when it didn’t seem to read the CD Rom drive correctly. Some sectors would load. Some wouldn’t. Autorun.exe - forget about it.
I became well-acquainted with the Hungarian word “Hiba!” which either means “Error” or “You shoulda bought a Mac, you moron.”
Problem resolved: Some “DMA” box was checked in CD-ROM properties. Unchecked it and everything worked fine.
Fast forward a week: Decided Hungarian language ME pain in the ass. Got myself Windows XP Pro, which promised me the world. I install it, and right off the bat, the computer lies to me. Tells me installing might erase some files in “My Documents” folder. So I move key Docs over to Desktop. Result? After installation, My Docs 100% intact. Desktop wiped. Bastard.
So what’s the problem now? Autoruns don’t work again. (Ones that I know for a fact work on XP.) Installing new programs don’t work. Existing programs seems OK. Archived photography CDs unreadable (file too short…truncated JPEG marker error. These files worked yesterday, so it sounds suspiciously similar to the DMA problem I had. Except XP has no DMA option I can find, so what’s the deal?) XP reports CD-ROM device working properly.
I beg to differ.
Sound has disappeared. No sound driver installed. Huh? Apparently, the Forte Media driver I had does not have some sort of digital signature, so XP won’t allow me to use it, despite my pleas.
Now, I could go back to ME, except apparently the way OSes are structured on the PC, this is not possible except for wiping the hard drive. I’m willing to do that. But I’d prefer to get XP working properly…even if that means wiping and reinstalling. XP seems slower than ME on my machine (I know it’s not state-of-the-art, but ME runs smoothly and quickly.)
What to do?