Last night, I rebooted my system, and it failed to come up except in safe mode. Today I ran Norton Rescue Zip, and after running it a few times and correcting different things, the computer began to run normally again. Except that the Zip drive is not working. I keep getting a message saying “error loading powrprof.dll device attached to system not functioning”. I also get a message saying “the powrprof.dll file linked to missing export setupapi.dll:setupdienumdevice.info” I discovered my rescue disk generated a new setupapi.dll file, much smaller than the old one, and moved the old one to a backup folder in the windows area. It won’t let me replace the new file with the old one, so I don’t know if that would help me. I also downloaded all new zipdrivers for a SCSI zip from Iomega and installed them, but that made no appreciable difference. In the middle of all this installing and rebooting, one time the zip drive light flashed a few times, and for a brief moment I was able to access the drive, but when I went for a reboot, it was dead as a doornail again.
So now the whole platform’s getting unstable, and takes forever to launch, and crashes at the drop of a hat. Anybody got any suggestions? Yeah, I know, buy a Mac. But something that might hold me over until I get more funds for a new system?
Qadgop the Clueless