Hi all, I wondered if anybody that could, would, help me out with a problem?
I've got about three different types of anti-virus, anti spyware, flame wall stuff that's always interupting my browsing with updates, down loads and restarts.
Norton did a full system scan last night and came up with nothing. However, when I switched my pc on earlier Windows said there was a problem with my video card. When I checked it said I had 18 Kernals. I checked for a solution but nothing came up. I scaned with Norton again but they didn't detect anything. My Windows anti virus software has come up with nothing detected either.
Does anybody know how to remove them? I had them on a previous computer and IIRC had to go into a certain part of the hard drive and delete them all. Can't remember which bit though.
Many thanks to anyone that can point me in the right direction.
Hello Arthur, thank you for your reply. However, you do know that I'm completely dumb when it comes to computers right?!
OK, I'll try my best.
All I first got was a small pop up window saying Windows had an error and to click here to fix it. I clicked, then clicked on what the problem was. It said the problem was with the Video card (And that it had faild I think?). I clicked on the 'Find Solution' link. That's when it said I had 18 Kernals detected and there was no solution available.
As for Windows, I have Vista home basic.
I don't know what kind of video card it is. Is there a way of checking?
Thanks again Arthur, sorry I haven't really provided any new info. I guess it'll pop up when I next start the computer and I promise to write it all down.
More info please.
Next time you get the error message, write it down, EXACTLY as it appears (including punctuation and any symbols) and post it.
On a more general note, what version of Windows are you running? and what video card do you have?
It's just a good few years back now a friend discovered a virus on my computer, she said it was a kernal virus and you had to wipe every single one or it would start multiplying again. (I guess they're called trojans now?) So seeing the 'Kernel' word obviously had me worried.
Well, right now I have a neighbor whom I'm helping as he has just bought a new laptop....and had no choice but to get Vista. So far it seems that there is a major issue with drivers in Vista. Either it doesn't support a current one, or they're waiting to issue a patch to run said driver, or....etc.
Just about every peripheral he's had working fine in XP now doesn't work with Vista and every support page we've visited (including forums, MS support, pretty much everywhere we've checked including calling the computer support numbers and getting hung up on as soon as we iterate the problems) thus far just indicates that "Vista doesn't support that option/driver/whatever...YET."
Some of his stuff was working briefly with Vista, then all of a sudden Vista said, "NO! I don't wanna!" and now his printer, Mp3 player, wireless router, blutooth mouse, extra blutooth keyboard, etc. won't work. The drivers are currently not compatible (which doesn't explain why most of this stuff worked in the first place) with Vista and he's supposed to bide his time while whoever the hell works on a fix.
I must admit, though, that Microsoft is quick to point out that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Vista....it's everybody else's software/hardware that is having compatibility issues.....>SIGH<
My apologies for the rant, it may well be that your video card does in fact need to be replaced, but I wanted to get this crap off of my chest. Thank you, and good night.
This thread seems to have become a bucket for PC problems lately - shame.
Anyhoo, from the little information you've given, I suspect that your friend's laptop may have a problem with the USB root hub(s), but most likely, he's trying to use his old peripherals with his new machine.
As for Drivers, IMHO it's unreasonable to expect Microsoft to provide backward compatibility with ALL drivers. Most responsible hardware manufacturers have provided Vista-compatible drivers for their more recent products although some, (Logitech most notoriously) have not bothered.
Nothing lasts forever. If the USB devices are more than a year or two old, chances are your friend will need to bite the bullet and buy new ones (after checking on the device manufacturer's website for compatible drivers).
People are always quick to blame Bill, but hardware manufacturers are often guilty of failing to provide updated drivers for their products in an attempt to force users to buy new product.
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