|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...