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    Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    I'm not sure what's causing this, but I'd love to hear anyone's guess.....

    I installed a new Asus mobo about a month ago (VIA chipset...I wanted more RAM). At the time, for whatever reason it didn't want to boot from my existing drive, nor recognize my CD. After a couple of hours of troubleshooting and coming up empty, I decided it was faster to just wipe the drive, reinstall and put in a new CD.

    All was fine until last week, when I got an unexpected shutdown/reboot. I was in the midst of a word doc, and as I always do, had hit Ctl-S regularly. BUT....when it came back up, the doc had reverted back to the previous day's version, even though the date/time stamp on the doc said it was current.

    I'm now getting regular graphics oddities, crashes which come back with error messages referencing my graphics card (which was fine until now), and the same phonomenon has happened twice more.

    I've tested everything I can think of. If I manually close and reopen a file, my changes are saved. But if the machine crashes, the "current" doc that comes up is a previous version! I just don't get it. I mean, Save = Save, no?

    Anyone have an interesting theory?

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    Re: Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    Curious why you say problems started with installation of Asus mobo and, rather than remove that, you wiped the hard drive. Is it possible Asus mobo continues to be the cause of your problems?
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    Re: Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    The initial problem was that the drive wouldn't boot under the new mobo....but I then tried booting with that drive on two other machines and got the same BSOD, so I assumed something had gone south with the drive. And the CD had always been problematic. It took less time to install XP and my files on a fresh drive than it did to open it back up and swap out all the hardware again.

    Yes, I can switch out the mobo again (and will, as soon as a replacement arrives), but this is my main work machine (I'm a writer with lots of deadlines) and I'm trying desperately to minimize the down time. And at this point I have nothing to prove that it is indeed the mobo. Could be a bad drive, could be bad RAM, could be a graphics card problem....I dunno, that's why I'm asking for clues.

    It's tough enough sussing out system instability....but the save issue has me really flummoxed, since it seems to be messing me up even though I save religiously.

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    Re: Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    I assume you have done the obvious, like checking for updated MB drivers and BIOS. Graphics card updates etc.? If you have an AGP graphics card, is it running at the proper speed? (2x,4x)
    Why the Save/NoSave thing is strange, indeed. How much RAM do you have? Is it compatible with the MB? If you have more than one stick, can you pull one out to try it? Are you overclocking?
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    Re: Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    Don't know about the other things but for the not saving files problem... Look to see if your disk has Write Caching enabled. Since the system reboots when you lose the current files, it is possible that the cache has no time to clear to the disk.... You can do this by going to the device manager, click on disk drives, and look at the properties screen. You should see the write cache option there...

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    Re: Saving files (or not....) (Win XP Pro, no SP1)

    Is your Swap File set at a good Size? Also you might check the Video Card by removing it and reseating it real good. But Viking has a good Idea by removing un needed and maybe if you have extras try swapping out Memery and Video Cards. But since you say you ahd an error saying something about the Video Card, you might want to check it first.

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