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Thanks for the suggestion. unfortuntely even goback didn't. 1) it didn't go back far enough and 2) it didn't finish the one I chose. Something about I had written too much stuff since then.Sigh. Guess I'm going to have to reformat. Good thing I bought those cdr's.
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Ok Pman then lets try this - I assume it does boot sometimes ?
If you can get the computer to boot
Startup>run msconfig ok
on the General tab choose selective startup untick process autoexec and config click ok and reboot
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OK I did that and it rebooted fine but I had like 14 icons on the bottom of the display. Everything was enabled. What was this supposed to do?
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Hi Pman
So it boots fine , does it run fine? can you do a screnn capture? press print screen go Start>programs>accesories>paint. Paste into paint save the file then attach the file I would like to see what the icons are.
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That will have to be tomorrow. i'm off for a 12 hour shift at work shortly. Will try that tomorow when I get home
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Ok But is it running any better ?
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May be back-pedaling a bit, but see if this will get the selective startup menu for you.

Do a search for the file msdos.sys (should be in C:\)
Open a command window and type the following command, then hit enter.

attrib -r -h -s c:\msdos.sys (adjust filepath as necessay)

Close the command window. Now right click the file and Open With>notepad
Under the options section, add the following.

BootMenu=1

Close and save changes. Suggest you right click>properties and reset at least the read only attributes, if not the hidden as well.

Caution: Do NOT remove anything from the msdos.sys file. It's size must remain at least 1,024 bytes.

Reboot.

Startup Troubleshooting methods in the following link.
http://support.micro...kb/188867/en-us
Using the suggested msconfig methods would be a good starting point.

When it does freeze up, does it come out of it if you wait long enough?
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Peterm Ok But is it running any better ? - not really, if I put the autoexec back to normal it still freezes several times at first bootup (restarts once it is running usually work fine though I tend not to do them if I don't have to) Hmmm how do I get the screen capture of the actual desktop and not just the folders and stiff listed in desktop?


noahdfear When it does freeze up, does it come out of it if you wait long enough? - not that I have noriced but I refuse to wait more than 10 minutes or so. If nothing else works I'll give your suggestion a try
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If everything is fine when not processing autoexec.bat on startup, locate the autoexec.bat file in C:\, right click and choose edit. Copy it's contents and post them here.
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OK, first here is the attached screenshot for peterm I hope it's all there
(Hmm, why didn't it attach?) Dang! Is it too big, maybe? got another idea.

http://img.photobuck...man/Desktop.jpg

Edited by Pman, 23 September 2006 - 01:03 PM.

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noahdfear - here's the autoexec.bat file

C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\BOOTUP.EXE

C:\VIAUDIO\VIAUDIO.COM
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 P330
SET PATH=%PATH%;C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\ULEADS~1\MPEG
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Good chance it's one of these entries causing the problem.

C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\BOOTUP.EXE

C:\VIAUDIO\VIAUDIO.COM

Edit one out and save, then reboot. (make sure you don't have autoexec.bat set to off in msconfig)

Is there an autoexec.bak file? Contents?
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The AVG (C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\BOOTUP.EXE) program was only added in the last week or so. It's a free virus scanner prog. The problem has been with me much longer than that.


I will check this one though. (C:\VIAUDIO\VIAUDIO.COM) It's been with me from day one. perhaps there's an update I'm unaware of.
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perhaps there's an update I'm unaware of


LOL.......I was thinking the same thing........update sound card drivers. :whistling:
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Ok I've taken the VIA thing out for now... but, I won't know if that worked until I do a cold start. Restarts after the computer is running properly always work, as far as i know. I have not noticed a 'restart' not to work. It is the cold starts (after the puter has been off for a while) when the problem occurs.

However, leaving it on all the time is not an option either. It sometimes freezes when in screensaver mode and I have to restart.
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