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startup, desktop, rundll problem


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ucwoody

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Somehow my desktop has gotten all messed up and huge. Huge icons, can't navigate. Also, now my wallpaper for the desktop has decided to always default to my start page for my IE. If I try to change my Display via control panel and apply, the changes don't take. When I change IE start page, the desktop wallpaper changes. At the same time my startup won't work properly. If I try to start normally, I get "Rundll has caused an error in MNsystem.dll (<--may not be exact) and everything locks up. I can restart in safe mode and then if I MSCONFIG and uncheck "process system.ini file" in the general tab, I can again do a normal startup and the PC seems to most run except for the desktop problem above. If I recheck the system.ini file in msconfig, back to lockup again. I have tried to sys restore to an earlier date, but it won't complete that.

I'm not sure what to do now? Suggestions?
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First, post your system.ini here--it will open in notepad, type

start > run
system.ini

Second, I understand what you're saying in the first part (a screenshot would be helpful)
right click your desktop, choose properties, choose WEB and uncheck "SHOW WEB CONTENT...
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Great thx. Handled the "show web content button". Perfect. I also downloaded a new video driver and the seems to fix the size. Still the problem with the system.ini locks me. So, here it is:

;
; *** DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE! ***
;
; This file was created by the System Configuration Utility as
; a placeholder for your SYSTEM.INI file. Your actual
; SYSTEM.INI file has been saved under the name SYSTEM.TSH.
;
[boot]
system.drv=system.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dll
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=mouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
shell=Explorer.exe
*DisplayFallback=0
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv

[386Enh]
ebios=*ebios
device=*vshare
device=*dynapage
mouse=*vmouse, msmouse.vxd
device=*vcd
device=*vpd
device=*int13
woafont=dosapp.fon
keyboard=*vkd
display=*vdd,*vflatd
EMMExclude=C000-CFFF

[drivers]
wavemapper=*.drv
MSACM.imaadpcm=*.acm
MSACM.msadpcm=*.acm
wave=mmsystem.dll
midi=mmsystem.dll

[mci]
cdaudio=mcicda.drv
sequencer=mciseq.drv
waveaudio=mciwave.drv
avivideo=mciavi.drv
videodisc=mcipionr.drv
vcr=mcivisca.drv

[drivers32]
MSACM.imaadpcm=imaadp32.acm
MSACM.msadpcm=msadp32.acm
MSACM.msgsm610=msgsm32.acm
MSACM.msg711=msg711.acm
MSACM.trspch=tssoft32.acm
vidc.CVID=iccvid.dll
VIDC.IV31=ir32_32.dll
VIDC.IV32=ir32_32.dll
vidc.MSVC=msvidc32.dll
VIDC.MRLE=msrle32.dll
msacm.lhacm=lhacm.acm

[Password Lists]
DEFAULT=C:\WINDOWS\DEFAU007.PWL

[boot.description]
aspect=100,96,96
display.drv=NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro

Apprct your help, Gerry!
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you have a few oddities, but before going there, do you have a system.bak? search for it
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a search of the C (only hard drive) showed system.bak doesn't exist....
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Great thx.  Handled the "show web content button".  Perfect.  I also downloaded a new video driver and the seems to fix the size.  Still the problem with the system.ini locks me.  So, here it is:

;
;  *** DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE! ***
;
;  This file was created by the System Configuration Utility as
;  a placeholder for your SYSTEM.INI file. Your actual
;  SYSTEM.INI file has been saved under the name SYSTEM.TSH.
;
.....

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What about that one?

system.tsh

Open it in notepad, if nothing there, or nothing different, we're going to comment out some peculiar settings and see what occurs
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this is what is in SYSTEM.TSH:



[default]
WaveBlockLen=688
WaveBlocks=5
Remix=1

beb3fe240
16=0x62ea723bac43e240
17=0x3b4c5d2ece47e240
18=0xea72fbc3ac4be240
19=0x64b3ad12ac4fe240
20=0x168d04bc7353e240
21=0x436587694b57e240
22=0xda5629110c5be240
23=0x7ec7661beb5ee240
24=0xbe84f652ac62e240
25=0x00f53ede6c66e240
26=0x9512e50c336ae240
27=0x2301dfbc4a6ee240
28=0xb58c0f7d0c72e240
29=0xc5b3a291ec75e240
30=0x057cf32acb79e240
31=0xff158243977de240
32=0x659d2bcf7081e240
33=0x8c25bf58cb85e240
34=0xa9e16f13aa89e240
35=0xd311fb4e6d8de240
36=0x31807a5f4a91e240
37=0x1f6f694e1a95e240
38=0xdfb1d9d6ea98e240
39=0x563412f0c99ce240
40=0x13e50c0a8ba0e240
41=0x111111d18aa4e240
42=0x4b7eb16451a8e240
43=0x840c959d2eace240
44=0xb2d956e9efafe240
45=0xb90803a8b0b3e240
46=0x52ad5d637db7e240
47=0x1e90acf375bbe240
48=0xcced0f7239bfe240
49=0x705e4dfcf9c2e240

[979927774.FliteRec.TrackedSets]
Name=TrackedSets
Count=5

[979927774.FliteRec.TrackedSets.TrackedItems:0]
Name=System Attributes
ID=1
NumSnapshots=0
SnapshotHistory=0
DeviceDataType=0
Count=5
0=4,0,Windows OS,Microsoft Windows ME 4.90,
1=5,0,Service Pack,Service Pack Version: 0.0,
2=6,0,CPU,Intel Unknown Model 8,
3=7,0,RAM,128.00MB,
4=10,0,Screen resolution,800x600,

[979927774.FliteRec.TrackedSets.TrackedItems:1]
Name=Software Counters
ID=2
NumSnapshots=50
SnapshotHistory=1
DeviceDataType=0
Count=28
0=1,0,Print Pages Mono,,37,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
1=2,0,Print Pages Color,,37,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
2=3,19758,Print Jobs,,37,0,345,554,650,790,882,1190,1314,1410,1600,1824,2047,2212,2485,2710,3038,3342,3683,3986,4333,4666,5045,5369,5688,6087,6317,6630,6979,7477,7884,8366,8886,9713,10265,10809,11429
3

[drivers]
wave=mmsystem.dll

[drivers]
midi=mmsystem.dll

[Password Lists]
DEFAULT=C:\WINDOWS\DEFAU000.PWL
DEFAULT=C:\WINDOWS\DEFAU003.PWL
DEFAULT=C:\WINDOWS\DEFAU005.PWL

[boot]
*DisplayFallback=0
*DisplayFallback=0
*DisplayFallback=0

[386Enh]
COM3Base=3E8
COM3Irq=4
COM4Base=2E8
COM4Irq=3
COM3Base=3E8
COM3Irq=4
COM4Base=2E8
COM4Irq=3
COM3Base=3E8
COM3Irq=4
COM4Base=2E8
COM4Irq=3

That's it.
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had you gone through system.ini through msconfig and individually edited out lines? That is what it looks like was done.
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gerry, before this came up, I had no idea even what a system.ini was, let alone just delete something. Once I learned that it would at least start up without having to go to safe mode by unchecking the System.ini box in msconfig (at the direction of a trouble shooting self help), next I did also tried to next uncheck some things in the System.ini tab via msconfig the same way. I then checked the system.ini in the general tab (trying see if I could hone in on the problem) leaving these unchecked in the System.ini tab---like the 386enh. I got nowhere with that. Now I just leave the System.ini unchecked in the general tab and things seem to mostly run. Not sure what I'm missing via this.
I have no doubt that somewhere things were deleted. more to the story---A the beginning somehow an application started just coming up on the desktop with some poppups too. Not sure where this thing came from but found the culprit and uninstalled it. Could the insertion of that beast or the subsequent removal have screwed a pooch here?
Ok, that's where it is now and a little more history.
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