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W98: Computer acting like it's in Safe Mode


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MikeDTX

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After finally curing somehow the tendency of my Dell computer with Windows 98 to zap off once booting up to Desktop, I now face it acting like it's in Safe Mode when it's not, at least it's not supposed to be, to wit:

Icons on desktop are too large
I can't delete more than one file at a time from a directory, etc. (ie, using the Shift to accomplish mutiple deletes isn't available)
AOL loads like it's way too big for the screen, and the backgrounds are shaded.
The Start Menu "dings dings dings) when I have the mouse over it, and other icons ding at least once (for example, when I click on Explorer browser icon)

If I didnt know better, I could swear this is Safe Mode, but I know I am starting it in Normal Mode. I am at a loss, have tried to play with Monitor on Control Panel, etc to no avail.

Any help anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated! Also, could I reload Windows 98 or upgrade to W 2000 to help prevent this occurring again?

Mike
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start by going to device manager and deleting your videocard, then rebooting...windows will reload your driver at start up.

Second, what did you do to fix the first issue?
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Gerry, thanks . . . before I delete the videocard, I want to make sure I know what i'm doing!

I am in Device Manager
Under Display Adapters
There is an entry "NVDIA TNT2M64 4xAGP (Dell)

Is this what I need to remove? If not, where might I find the videocard?
Thanks again, and I do apologize for my computer ignorance!

Mike
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Gerry,

I'm not sure what worked to cure the zap at Desktop, but one thing one of your colleagues told me to do was turn on the Active Desktop, which I did. That alone did not, as I recall, cure the problem. I know I rebooted tons of times in Safe Mode and played around there for awhile, but without realizing why, the computer stopped acting up. I regret I can't be more specific, it was several weeks ago and I am not sure what it was that did the trick.
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Gerry,

It just occurred to me that I did remove Norton AV from my machine, since I had McAFee with an ongoing update by subscription. That might have been the problem? Two AV running at the same time?
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