Re: Very strange crashes! Can someone offer advice?

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Subject: Re: Very strange crashes! Can someone offer advice?
Name: ludicrous
Date: 8/29/2001 2:35:19 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Very strange crashes! Can someone offer advice? posted by DuDe

It could very well be an OS deterioration, WinMe is notorious for that.

Try a thorough system cleanup and optimization, do any and all of the following if you haven't already:

First, restart the computer to Safe Mode. Go to Control Panel => System Properties => Device Manager tag, expand all of the entries, and wherever there are duplicates delete ALL instances. Windows will find the correct device on reboot. If you mess with a soundcard or video adapter you may need to have your drivers CDs handy, though. Restart the machine when finished.

Second, look through the installed programs list (Control Panel => Add/Remove Software). If anything is listed that you are certain you do not need (e.g. Internet Explorer add-ons like Microsoft Wallet, Microsoft Chat...

Third, clean up the registry with Microsoft's REGCLEAN utility. You can download it here.

Fourth, boot the computer normally, then shut down any virus scanners, automatic program schedulers, etc. and scandisk and defrag the hard drive(s).

Fifth, bring up System Properties again and go to the Performance tag. Click on the File System button and a new dialog pops up -- change the "Typical Role" from Desktop Computer to Network Server. "Okay" the changes. Click the Virtual Memory button and a new dialog pops up. Change to "Let me specify my own virtual memory settings..." and set the MIN and MAX sizes to be the same. In your case, 384MB would be adequate but if you have plenty of hard disk space, go with 512MB. "Okay" your way out of everything and restart when prompted.


Other things to think about:

(1) Did you update any drivers or add any new software shortly before the problems began?

(2) Did you experience any power failures recently that might have caused some hard drive corruption? If so, you may want to run scandisk AND allow a surface scan in case a few clusters were damaged.

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