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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 7:56 am:   

Hi. I am having trouble with a Windows 98 machine. Specs: P3/733/128 RAM/20 GB HDD. Everytime I login, the computer runs fine. When I try to empty the recycle bin, I get the hourglass and then the computer freezes. Any ideas on this one?
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 4:31 pm:   

Start up in safe mode and have a look in the recycle bin, what exactly is in it may determine why your computer locks up, perhaps some critical file or folder that is still being used by windows?
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 7:26 am:   

I booted up in safe mode. The recycle bin icon shows that is has trash in it. When I open it, it's empty, but when I click on Empty Recycle Bin, it asks if I want to delete all 16 files. I went ahead and emptied the recycle bin, rebooted and it gave me an error message about Netware (this computer is on a Novell network) then went in to Windows with 16 colors. When I tried to adjust the colors and resolution, it asked me to reboot, and I did. It never changed the colors or the resolution back to 16 Bit and 800X600.

What should I try now?
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 9:45 am:   

There are some cross linked files apparently. Take a look at the Novell network protocols and make sure they are still present as well as the video display drivers.
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 12:54 pm:   

The Netware protocols are still present. Why would the video drivers be missing? I booted up in Safe Mode and then again in Normal Mode...the video driver shouldn't be missing from that?!!?
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 11:23 pm:   

Could have been crosslinked with what ever files you purged from the recycle bin. It makes for better diagnosing if you check the device manager for the display attributes.
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 6:55 am:   

The device manager shows the correct device (ATI Rage video card).
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 3:57 pm:   

16 colors and 640X480 definatly sounds to me like part of the video driver or port driver it is installed on is missing or corrupted. What's the mainboard by the way?
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 7:15 am:   

I reinstalled Windows and everything is back to normal. There was nothing to lose...nothing that couldn't be replaced anyway. Thanks for your help.
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 7:12 am:   

I have reinstalled Windows and everything WAS working fine. Today, this machine has started running to the blue screen. It tells me that the system is busy. Is it a possible hardware issue?
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 9:27 am:   

Three days of good running than Blue Screens. Memory failing possibly. If it were some other hardware issue the trouble probably would have started sooner.
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 12:50 pm:   

I'll try swapping memory with a machine that is running properly...

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