Various seemingly unrelated programs stop working on my computer, and I'm hoping someone can point me to a solution.
First, here's what I have:
HP Pavilion a767c (about 2 yrs old)
Pentium 4 CPU 3.2 GHz
512 MB RAM
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (updates downloaded last week)
Now here are the symptoms:
I have Office 97 and didn't want to pay for an upgrade, so that's what I installed. From the start Word didn't work right. Double clicking a text file results in an error message saying that the file is not a valid Win32 application, even if it was created with Word.
If I open Word first, then use the drop down menu to open the file it works fine. This is annoying, but I can work around it.
Adobe Photoshop was the next to go. It worked fine at first, then refused to open pictures or would freeze up and close in the middle of editing a picture. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling, but it didn't help. I was fed up with it, so I downloaded freeware that works pretty much the same as Adobe.
I used a program called Audacity to edit music files on my old computer so I downloaded the same program to this one, but it wouldn't let me save my edited files for some reason. I was in a hurry so I just used my old computer and never got back to trying to work out the problems on this one. Maybe it would work if I messed with it, maybe not.
I use Outlook Express for my email. I have 3 Hotmail accounts, a Gmail account, and one provided by my isp. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, OE refused to connect to my isp account. I contacted them and they said everything was fine on their end. I don't use that account except for contacting them, so I shrugged it off and didn't worry about it. However, this week OE stopped working with my Hotmail accounts, and that's a pain in the neck. When I try to send/receive I get this error message
Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server. Account: 'Hotmail', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Server Response: '', Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 12007, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D
I can still access my Hotmail accounts through my browser, but like I said, it's a pain.
One other problem I am having is with video editing. I got Hubby a video camera that records to dvd for his birthday, and now my editing software won't let me do anything with it. I have Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6, which I use all the time for burning cd's. No problem there, but it won't recognize the video files. It says it will recognize .vob and .avi files, but I've tried both.
What could be causing these problems?
I have Norton Internet Security, which is always kept up to date. It automatically scans for viruses weekly, and I've never
had a virus on this machine.
I use Ad-Aware for spyware removal, which I run daily.
I have no clue what's killing my computer!