well, finally got my system working today. yay!
C2D 6420 in an Asus P5N-E, 2x 1Gb Corsair Ballistix 6400, 2x Sata 320 Gb HD's, XFX 8800 GTS 320 Mb Extreme Edition, Creative X-Fi Extreme Gamer, Asus Sata DVD Lightscribe R/W, Thermaltake Toughpower 850, all in a Silver Thermaltake Tsunami
Installed this Microsoft Windows XP Pro Media Center Edition 2005 VLK h33t : Software > Windows - Other - Mininova
for my OS
Partitioned the first 320 into an 8 Gb, 150 Gb, 150 Gb
Partitioned the second 320 into 3x 100 Gb
Installed the drivers.....
I think I did it okay?
Anyway, I had the presence of mind to keep the internet connection off until Zone Alarm and AVG Free were installed....
Started updating, got a screen which said to turn off caching and shadowing via the bios, etc, so I restarted after trying to decipher the fine print....
Got another request to allow Apache HTTP Server as a server via Zone Alarm. Apache.exe. The IP was 0.0.0.0:Port 3476
Went thru a few pages of Google, called my ISP, was informed that 0.0.0.0. was my computer, so I allowed it.
Tried to update again. All seemed to be going well....
Then, what I'm told, from the ISP guy, is that because in safe mode and last good configuration both will not load the start menu, task bar, etc, that it's a virus and that EXPLORER.EXE is also complicit in my misery.......
I'M GONNA KILL SOME LITTLE FAGGOT.... GRRRR
anyway, kind people, could someone inform me of options. Is a computer technician the only option? Is it a virus? Would it have been transferred to my external HD? Can I reinstall?
as well, a status message on the task bar stated that the HD's and the DVD were attached devices, that i could "safely remove from the system", if i so desired, (all Sata connections)
and lastly, did i partition my drives correctly for the installation of software, such as video games, software suites, system utitilities, ad nauseum