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Would be so grateful for advice on some problems i am having with my laptop computer (windows xp).
1) The sound seems somewhat corrupted - for example the tune that windows xp plays when it loads up is heavily, heavily corrupted. It grates me every time I hear it.
2) IE crashes a few times a day when I go on certain websites. Firefox and Opera do not.
Both these problems have only developed in the last few weeks. I am particularly worried as in this time I have installed software that I got from peer to peer networks. I have done virus checks (using Avast! anti-virus) and nothing has come up. I have done spyware check using ad-aware and cleared out some crap but the problems have not stopped.
Would be so grateful if anyone could give me possible leads.
Some related articles I found on the MS KB:
Resources for Troubleshooting Sound Problems in Windows XP [support.microsoft.com]
Startup Sound Plays Irregularly After Upgrade to Windows XP from Windows Me [support.microsoft.com]