Hello, I have just built a new custom computer with these specs:
Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream 600W
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7600GT 256MB
RAM: Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2/800 (2x1GB)
Hard Drive: Dual WD Caviar SE 160GB 7200RPM SATA
Sound Card: Creative Labs SOUND BLASTER Audigy 4SE
CD/DVD Burner: Lite-On DVD+R Lightscribe 2MB Cache
Monitor: Dell E228WFPs 1680x1050
Operating System: Windows XP Media Center Edition
There seems to be something wrong with Windows and I can't figure out what it is other than when I formatted my hard drive, half way through it asked me to put in a windows service pack CD or updates or something. So I tried putting in the other 2 of my 3 CDs and neither worked so I told it to cancel and it finished formatting. A person under Other HW Topics told me to run Windows Update but when I click on that, it comes up with a window like an Internet window but says page cannot be displayed. Here are my symptoms:
-Windows looks like Win '98 and gray and boxy.
-The start button, taskbar, and windows are gray. Again, they look like Win '98 or an older version than XP Media Center Edition
-It doesn't read certain CDs like the other 2 formatting CDs and a CD that came from my monitor.
-When I click Start>Internet Explorer, it asks me what to open it with and I get choices like Media Center, Notepad, Paint, Sound Recorder accessory, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, and WordPad. Even the Internet Explorer Icon looks odd; it's a dog eared piece of paper with a window and a couple icons that I can't read. But the other icons like Media Center, Windows Messenger, and Control Panel etc. all work look regular.
-I have an ethernet cable going from my computer to the modem to the phone line which has Internet. My other computer is hooked up to that modem also and it works fine, but my new computer doesn't recognize that there is Internet.
Thank you for reading and I hope someone can help me with this!