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PostSubject: Is there a computer expert among us?   November 7th 2008, 1:12 am

About a week ago I started my laptop and everything seemed to be fine. All of a sudden my display went black and the window I had open was in the middle of the screen. Like you would center a wallpaper, with the error message:

The ialmrnt5 display driver has stopped working normally safe your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine the dialogue will be displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to Microsoft.

After a while it turned blue and I got an error saying:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

The problem seems to be caused by the following file: ialmrnt5

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

The device driver got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually indicated problem with the device itself or with the device driver programming the hardware incorrectly.

Please check with your hardware device vendor for any driver updates.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000EA ( 0x853c3620, 0x85958390, 0xF7A4ECB4, 0x00000001)

Beginning dump pf physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance.

I recently tried to install a game which of 2 CD's only took the first one. I got an error with the second CD and so just canceled it. It seems that it's a problem with the display driver, but installing a newer one didn't solve the problem.

I have to start it in safe mode, because it shuts down in normal mode after about 20 seconds. I ran avast anti-virus and didn't find anything, also checked with HijackThis and couldn't find a problem.

Rebooting didn't solve the problem either, so I tried to reinstall Windows XP. For about 30 minutes after reinstalling everything was how it was suppose to be, but then it shut down again with the same error.

I can't delete the partition the Windows XP is on it, because I don't have the recovery CD for Windows XP anymore. And when I reinstall it from my computer, it would delete all the files, so it's not possible.

When I start the computer it also gives me the error that there was a server problem with the computer and that I can send the information to Microsoft Windows. Sent it every time the message came up.

I'm not a computer expert, so I have no idea what else I could do. Is somebody here who might be able to help me?

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PostSubject: Reply   November 7th 2008, 8:03 am

Well, the simple reply is find that file and delete it. Of course, Windows does not make that easy at all. In fact, Windows could well tell you that it won't delete it.

I am old school, so what I would do you probably cannot (like get an old Windows 95 or 98 CD and use it to wipe your hard drive - as in those days there were not previous versions of Windows to look for and protect). I also tend to format my hard drive in the FAT format, so I can use an old DOS floppy (on my computers that still have a floppy) to boot and go looking for problem files.

Some things to do -
First hope that the file is not considered protected, and delete it.

Second, use ctrl-alt-del and hope that the file is listed, then stop it, then go see if you can delete it (I have had Windows reload the thing faster than I can switch screens).

Third, go into msconfig and see if the file is identified and tell Windows not to load it upon start (so you can then delete it).

Fourth, uh, you did try to uninstall the game? Yeah, yeah, I know - Windows did not remove that file and probably said that it could not uninstall ('Load up the shotguns, Ma, as I am going to Redbone').

Fifth, pay money. Yep, you knew that it would come to that.

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PostSubject: Re: Is there a computer expert among us?   February 18th 2009, 2:50 am

being a goblin, the goblin wondered what happened in the end, saying "...no doubt by now you have solved this problem, but contract me next time please..."

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PostSubject: Kaspersky   July 21st 2010, 6:38 am

Well...the only thing I can say to you is to try to use Kaspersky. It will help you as the same it helped me. Now I have no problems with my Pc...so trust me it's a good software. If you want to have a look, here is where you can find it: http://www.trustdownload.com/Antivirus-and-Spyware-Cleaners/Antivirus/Kaspersky-Internet-Security-7.0.html
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