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My Documents boots, Explorer.exe doesn't.

Q: My Documents boots, Explorer.exe doesn't.

When I turn my computer on Explorer.exe doesn't autorun. For some reason My Documents opens up with all the text of the files written in a blue font. I have to do the whole Ctrl+Alt+Del thing and run it manually.

Things I have already tried:
1. Made HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon > Shell: "explorer.exe" through regedit

2. Made HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon > Userinit: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe," through regedit [Made sure comma was there]. [see above screenshot]

3. Ran the script from http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_d...ydocsopens.htm that is supposed to fix registry.

4. Ran CCleaner and fixed all registry problems.

5. Googled so much that I used up all their bandwith :[ j/k

I can not find any other information out there other than setting shell to explorer.exe which it has been the whole time. It was never c:\windows\config\lsass.exe or anything like that.

Someone said they fixed it by running msconfig, unchecking explorer.exe, restarting, then rechecking explorer.exe [at least thats how I read it.] When I run msconfig.exe I do not even see the words 'explorer.exe' to uncheck at all. If that is a way to actually fix this, could someone tell me where to uncheck? It's not under the startup tab or any tab for that matter.


EDIT: Also if you need any information from me just ask. I'm spamming F5 here hoping for results. I also set up instant email notification and have multiple alerts set up to notify me of incoming emails. Thank you all!

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A: My Documents boots, Explorer.exe doesn't.

Hi -

"Explorer.exe" is probably in thousands of registry keys in English, binary and hex form. Not knowing how Explorer got this way makes finding a fix all that more difficult. I have a feeling that you may have done additional damage with the registry cleaner(s). I will just say that you really never need to "clean" the registry unless instructed to do so. They are not errors that were "fixed", rather lost file associations that account for about 0.1% of the total registry keys.

If the registry cleaning was not to long ago, it is likely that you still have a system restore point on hand and can restore the system back to that time. I suggest that you do so. Then run the system file checker/ repair utility - SFC and see if it helps with Explorer.

START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select run as Administrator | the black command prompt ("DOS") screen will appear | type the following:

sfc /scannow
Upon completion re-boot to allow files in use to be repaired.

Regards. . .



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Using Win XP SP3. This morning, all the folders in My Documents, except Word Documents, are gone. Windows Explorer doesn't show them and Excel can't find saved spreadsheets and Picassa can't find saves photos. However, Nero does find all the files when I used it to see if the files could be accessed. Quicken also can find its' data files. I did mess around in the Folder Options of Control Panel yesterday to reveal hidden files in recycling that Trend Micro Antivirus said had trojans in them. I did not touch the files, I simply emptied the recycling bin. I have reset all my changes in Folder Options to the default setting. I am hoping the files are still there, just hidden or not accessible. Anyway to tell that for sure? I have a full backup from last week, and I could restore the registry to yesterday morning, but I don't want to do anything if the files are still on the drive. Thank you for any suggestions.

A:Win Explorer doesn't show My Documents

Maybe you inadvertently hide the folders. Open My Documents and in the address bar type something like My Music right in front of My Documents, for example; My Documents\My Music you're my music folder should appear. Now right click in an empty spot, select properties and uncheck the Hidden attribute and click apply. If this work, do the same for each folder.

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The title kind of says it all, I guess...when I start my computer (which runs XP Professional Edition), the only thing visible on my screen is my My Documents folder.

I was able to download DDS, but it won't run: It opens up the black-screen window, but it closes after about 5 seconds. GMER ran successfully...I'm attaching the GMER log now.

Thanks for your help!

A:My Documents Opens on Startup, But Explorer Doesn't

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Hi, I have this problem where I am trying to go into my documents and into a folder that has many files in it. Sadly when it tries to load a box comes up saying that "windows explorer does not respond."
It shuts down, my tool bar disappears and then loads right back up.
I have tried system restore points, still nothing.
A Few times of just shutting down.
Deleted files, re-downloaded files.
It started today for no reason, no files have been downloaded or any programs.

I would love to know what I could do about this. :c
I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
Thank you, and hopefully I get a answer!

A:Windows explorer doesn't respond, Documents fail to load

1.Run cmd.exe with elevated previlliges (right click on cmd.exe as admin) and type:

sfc /scannow

2.If point 1 not help open event viewer (Start>>Search>>eventvwr.msc) go to Application section find errors relate to explorer.exe and post here full version of error messages.

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I am not Even Sure if Its Freezing

There is a computer of a friend of mine. We took every single piece out and cleaned the dust on the pieces. After putting everything back together, it doesn't boot up properly. I see the bios screen than it asks me if where to boot, I choose HDD option. Then windows xp asks me what type of start up i want to go with. I chose normal, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt but whatever i chose didn't matter, it didn't started up.

When loading with safe mode option, it always freezes while loading amdagp.xxx file. When loading with normal mode option, i see gray bar at the bottom progressing and when it gets fully gray, there suppose to be a windows logo but instead i get a black screen.

I thought it might be the hard drive damaged and replaced it with another hdd of mine which also has xp professional on it. But it had the same problem. What are the possibilities? What can be wrong? Computer is HP Pavilion XT928.

Thank you

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hey man i have a similar problem i brought a new MoBo and a New Processor. But when i Hooked everything Back up it Shows me AwardBois Screen then takes me to the Start Normaly,Safe Mode(Networking, Command Prompt). Then i click Normally and it Shows me my WIndows XP Pro screen for about a Split Second then Turns Blue for A second then Starts ALL OVER AGAIN and it does that with every Setting i choose! so PLZ help us

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I have a HP/Compaq nc6000 laptop that is a few years old running Windows XP. All service packs, etc are up to date.

Sometimes the laptop boots up normally and works fine and sometimes it doesn't. After pressing the power button, the power light comes on, the fan starts, (I think I hear) the hard drive spin and then it all stops. The power light goes to amber (charging) and then it turns off.

Typically when it boots properly, at the very beginning, the number lock, caps lock, and a third light all blink together, then turn off and it boots. When it's not going to boot, these lights don't even come on. (That's when I know it won't work.)

I've tried re-seating the memory. That worked twice but now I think it was just luck.

The first time I opened it, I also pulled a huge dust bunny from the fan. The rest of the insides were pretty clean and dust free. I blew everything out anyway.

Before this started happening, the machine was having some weirdness waking up after hibernating.

The problem happens sometimes after I shut it down properly and sometimes not. It's also booted up fine after a crash.

I've tried setting all the power controls to everything always on and leaving the computer on. But sometime in the middle of the night, it powers down. (I don't know whether this is a gentle power down or if it just shuts off instantly.)

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Does it do the same with and without a battery connected?

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Pc seems to be booting but doesnt post anything to the screen. I bought a new ddr3 ram and a used motherboard.
What I tried
-clearing cmos
-removing battery/replacing battery
-plugging to the motherboard and gpu
-checking the sticks one by one on different slots

The psu, cpu, gpu and the monitor are fine because I checked if they worked on my old mobo so it seems like its the motherboard or ram. Any ideas on what else I can do before taking it to the repair shop (trying to avoid that due to covid).

Pc specs :
-q9550 cpu(cooler master hyper tx2)
-gtx 750ti 2gb
-gigabyte ga-g41mt-s2p
- 2x 4gb 1333 mhz ddr3 (cmx8gx3m2a1333c9)
-mx500 ssd
-corsair cx 450

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Hey guys, this is fairly long so bear with me...

Came back to my PC the other day, and it was turned off, when I had left it it was still on. To cut a long bit short, I discovered it was the fuse in the plug for the PSU power lead. So I replaced the fuse, turned on the mains, and BANG - PSU blew up (while it was still installed in PC).

Took it out, replaced with other PSU - started up PC and it would boot OK, and give me the single beep, but then would stay on a black screen and not proceed to the Windows splash screen.

So I tried booting into safe mode, this gave varied results - sometimes it would freeze when loading the various files at that black screen, other times it would actually let me log into Windows but then freeze straight away and I had to reboot.

So I booted from the windows cd-rom, and it would get as far as saying "Setup is loading Windows" or similar, then freeze.

Next, ordered another hd, removed old one - installed the new blank one, ran the Windows bootable cd, and this time it installed Windows fine. There I was thinking everything was now OK - not so. The PC was very unstable and kept crashing while installing new programs and using programs etc. I've gone back to it today, and now I am having the same problems as the previous hard drive. Windows won't load either way, and I can't even re-install from the Windows cd-rom as that freezes like before as well.

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Good afternoon,
     I use exchange online a lot (OWA) and a few days ago Internet Explorer started defaulting to OneDrive Documents Folder instead of my local Documents folder. It was running fine before that. Not sure what changed. I have since changed
settings in OneDrive to save locally instead of on OneDrive and even disabled OneDrive completely. However, every time I try to add an attachment from Internet Explorer, it defaults to my OneDrive folder and not my local folder. Anyone know of a fix? Yes,
I know I could just use a different folder and copy from my Documents folder to the new folder, but there's obviously an issue that I would like to fix. Thank you all for your help.

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Okay, I've fiddled with this for a while now, a couple days ago when I turned on the computer I would get an error message saying how system/config (something like that) was corrupt. I then googled this and did not really find a solution for it. Almost all of the people that encountered this problem did not know where the source of the problem was. I figure I would give reformatting a shot. After formatting, I figure that I can now use my computer with no worries about more problems but then now different problems appeared.

When I turn on the computer sometimes it would boot up nicely with no problems at all but sometimes it would not boot. The computer hangs right before the windows xp flag appears with the loading bar under it. What I see instead is a different loading bar (DOS style) that spans the entire width of my screen. I thought maybe this was just a problem with my installation of XP, so then I go and boot into my Ubuntu installation (I use grub bootloader and the two OS's are on their own partitions on the same physical drive) and the Ubuntu freezes at the loading screen as well. I went through testing each component of my computer afterwards.

I figure that my processor should be okay since I managed to get this far while loading the computer (I could be totally wrong on this part). I also tested the RAM with memtest86+ that was on the Ubuntu disc. I finished one pass with no errors so I guess the memory is okay. The graphics card should also be okay si... Read more

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Quote: Originally Posted by Stu1018

My machine boots to desktop but nothing will open or work. Start button, volume, firefox, task manager, etc. It does this in safe mode as well. It's not frozen as the screensaver will come on and I can move the mouse, I just can't open anything even with keystrokes. I can't restore or run any diagnostics. What can I do?

Did it always do this?

Where did you get the win 7 dvd from? Was it downloaded or purchased?

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I've been fighting this problem for months and haven't found an answer anywhere but maybe you guys can help. My computer seems to boot fine, but nothing is displayed on the monitor. The power light on the monitor ON button just blinks amber. If I wait a minute or so and then hit the reset button the computer reboots and the monitor comes on. The computer started doing this about 6 months after I built it. Once in a great while it will boot up on the first try, but it's very rare. I was thinking video card, but have unseated and reseated it a couple of times to no avail. I also got a new battery on the motherboard thinking it was having a problem. Now I'm thinking power supply or BIOS - any ideas?

2.8Ghz Intel p4
Radeon 9600 pro
ASUS p4p800 MB
1 GB of Micron ram
QMAX 350W power supply

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Computer boots, but monitor doesn't display anything

Im having the exact same problem with my computer but it doesnt happen as often as with you. Im guessing its some fault with the card or with Windows.

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Hi allMy laptop turns on and the hp logo comes on but then windows doesn't boot up. I've done a hard reset with no luck and I ran the F2 menu Diagnostic, it came back showing a fail on the hard drive short DST check. Failure is number is Q4Q1X3-7T8880-XD7WLK-6OUC03Thanks!!

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hi guy's !

my intel845 chipset board with p4 processor dosen't boot up it just go's processor fan running when i plug in the power supply and does'nt even wait for switching on the cpu cabinet button and i've tried cleaning ram changed the ram changed the cmos battery replaed the jumpers dosen't solved my problem!!

i need urgent help..........????????

A:Processor fan is running but monitor doesn't boots up

It's most likely a defective motherboard. I've seen this happen before.

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Ok friends, i'm having a bad time with my hdds.

I have this 200gb seagate which i was using. It has my OS installed .. and it has 2 partitions.

I went to sleep and kept my comp on, but i saw in the morning, that the computer had restarted and was on the pre-bios screen where it dint detect my hdd (but did detect my dvd drive).

I switched the pc off/on and it appeared back .. i went on to boot to my windows but it again restarted.

I tried booting into safe mode but it restarted again.

Finally i made another attempt but this time it would just show me an error "drive read fail. Press alt+ctrl+del to restart"

I then tried to scan my hdd with seagate hdd diagonistic tools, it detected 19 bad sectors, but when i tried to repair them it dint work, i mean it would just stay on the first sector and the text "TESTING" keeps blinking.

I ran the scan again and the same thing happened.

I ran the scan again but this time skipping the first one and repairing the next one, but again it kept the text "testing" blinking and sticking to the 2nd sector itself.

I dont know why is this happening. This is the 2nd time in 2 weeks my hdd is acting up. (the 1st one died completely, suddenly). I recently fixed the bad sectors in this same hdd, but donno how it would gain so many bad sectors back again so soon. Why is this happening?

And why doesn't the seagate tools fix the errors? (knowing that it fixed some bad sectors just past w... Read more

A:HDD Doesn't boots/Seagate Tools can't fix bad sectors.

Looks like the hdd is faulty and in need of being replaced to me.

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Daughter brought her HP DV9500 (Vista 32bit). Very suspicious of malware. If I check the BIOS, it does not see the hard drive (nor does that option appear in the boot menu). However, if you boot the machine, it will load Vista and allow you to log in. After about 10-30 seconds usage, the keyboard and mouse buttons freeze and what was on the screen still remains with that bloody awful circle going round and round. Now the mouse will still move across the screen via the touchpad or a usb mouse but the keyboard is dead as are the mouse buttons.I can boot parted magic on UBCD and access all the files on the C: drive (one physical, three partitions including a recovery partition - how it came from the factory) and run all day long. Disk diagnostics on UBCD show the hard drive is present and no errors. However, the bios diagnostic says replace the hard drive.I've rebuilt the BCD using Microsofts bootrec to no avail.I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc. and then I'll try restoring the OS from the recovery partition.I should mention that I ran an older Linux bootable version of Avira (dated Sept 2009) and it noted multiple occurrences of html/infected.webpage.gen as well as two other (going to try to recover the names from the Avira logfile).Thanks in advance.AJG

A:Help please laptop bios doesn't see HD but vista still boots

I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc.No need to bother trying to get Windows to work well enough: Simply retrieve copies of the files that you want, to a USB-connected external hard drive using a Linux operating system run from a bootable CD/DVD or USB flashdrive.f your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (versions for a CD, and larger versions that need to be burned to a DVD disk)[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...Download and install ImgBurn.Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.Choose Write image file to disc.
Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.Click [*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will ... Read more

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Ive spent a good while searching for anyone having the same problem, while some are similar mine is different in that, when I get up in the morning and boot up my computer my monitor acts like my computer is off as it does when I shut down the computer but leave the monitor on, the power light flashes and thats it. I know my computer is booting because I hear the windows song and one of the pop up things I have once I am to my desktop. I have no choice but to hard shut down my computer but when I boot it the 2nd time the monitor works just fine, its been doing this for the past 3 days, anyone know whats going on here?

A:Computer boots but my monitor doesn't respond

What is this computer? Make and model?

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I'm kind of stuck here...

First what happened: last night my computer froze so I turned it off and then back on. However, when I did, the monitor just remained in standby as if the computer was not on. Everything on the computer seems to be working ok (fans going, lights on, etc). I also don't hear any beeps during the startup.

I've been browsing a lot of forums trying to figure out what is wrong, but I'm somewhat lost. I don't know that much about computers...
It seems some of these forums say the main culprits for a problem like this are the graphics card or the motherboard? Is this true?

Since every thread always has someone asking for specs - here they are:
Intel i7 940
Asus p6t intel x58 chipset sle/crossfirex mainboard triple-channel x
800w power supply
1 TB SATA II 3.0 gb 7200rpm HD
3 x 2GB DDR3 PC3 PC1333
1 x EVGA nvdia gtx 260 896mb pci-e
windows vista home premium

What I've done so far:
I have tried unplugging it and holding down the power button in the front for about 1 minute. 90% of the time this did nothing. One time it started to boot correctly with the monitor only to freeze during the windows load up bar and 1 other time it didn't even make it that far...
I have tried using another monitor on the computer. Same problem. I have also tried using my main monitor on another computer and it works fine.

I have been running this setup for almost 2 years, and nothing has been changed recently...

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A:Monitor doesn't start when computer boots

hm ... you might try resetting the CMOS battery.

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I would greatly appreciate help with my problem. My PC, an Acer Aspire AM5641-U5630A with Windows Vista, only starts up sometimes. When I press the power button, the blue power light comes on and the fans start sounding. However, after it quiets down there is no beeping noises and a display does not come on. On times in which the computer does turn on, a beeping noise is heard and an Acer logo display comes on before it proceeds to start up like normal. Once I'm past the Acer logo the computer works fine. It seems to be random as to when it powers up but I have tried an upwards of 20 restarts before.


A:Computer only boots up sometimes, power light on if it doesn't

This is most likely caused by a weak or failing power supply. Open up the case and make sure that the fans are running and everything is free of heavy dust and other debris...

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Hi to all. For some reason my XP OS is able to boot up, but instead of taking me to the regular boot up screen, with the icons and the click and password screen, I'm instead taken to a all black page with a little box in the middle where it says to type in user name and password. I am running windows xp home edition sp2. Then when I type in my user name and password, I am able to see my current background but nothing else loads up, and then I get a pop up saying that some .exe file has an error and thats all. I press ok and then all I get is my background with nothing loading up. I've waited 2 hours and still nothing loads, I put CDs, external hard drives, and pressed what ever you can think of, ex. alt+ctrl+delete, still nothing. Please help me, I will stay on the forums to answer any required questions you have. THANK YOU so much.

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I just built this pc and the Western Digital 160 Sata hard drive isn't recognized in the bios but it will boot from it sometimes. I had to restart it 4-5 times this morning to get it to boot. I'm running winxp, ASUS A7N8X mobo, I had to get a SATA controller card to run this drive. I overlooked that this mobo doesn't have SATA connectors. My mistake and I couldn't return the hard drive because I had already opened the package. I upgraded the bios to no avail and now I'm at a complete loss. Need help. Thanks.

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So I press the power button on my desktop. Powers up fans kick on and run high on processor and Video card for about 5 minutes. The power button does not light. After about 5 minutes the power button lights shows the gateway splash screen and then boots into windows. if you leave the computer run for a while (few hours) and you shut it down and boot it back up its fine. If you leave it off over night it shows the symptoms explained above.

A:Desktop boots blank -- Gateway doesn't even come up for five minutes

Replace the power supply...

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So here's the problem I'm facing from a month, my cpu boots for first time every time i try to start it then it turns off in a few seconds and then when i try to start it again,i press start button and cpu show power , fan works, psu according to me is working fine but the screen remain blank and cpu doesn't boot or **** beep codes

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Hi...I'm not sure where to put this request, thought since the Dell Inspiron 15 is running Windows 10 (including latest update) that there might be a conflict between the desktop and the keyboard down in the nuts and bolts somewhere. I can turn the machine on, the capslock light comes on, SOMETIMES the keyboard works well enough to input the pin to get the desktop booted up. Sometimes I have to go through steps to get the touch screen keyboard up in order to input the pin. However, as soon as the desktop is active, the keyboard no longer works. I've updated the drivers, don't know what else to do. When I try a search online for a solution, I get differing ideas on how to solve the problem. I've tried resetting the BIOS to default settings, that didn't work. Any and all help will be much appreciated. I really need the keyboard to be working, my kids do their homework on my laptop.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.

The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.
Specs of the machine in case it matters -

Gateway ML3108b Notebook

AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz)

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic

14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800)


1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .

Hard Drive:
60GB 4200rpm PATA hard drive

Optical Drive:
8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW

NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?

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Hello,I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.Specs of the machine in case it matters - Gateway ML3108b NotebookProcessor: AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz) Operating System:Genuine Windows Vista? Home BasicDisplay:14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800) Chipset:NVIDIA? C51MV Memory: 1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm PATA hard driveOptical Drive:8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW Video: NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?it's Called a "Black Screen of Death", just like a "Blue Screen of Death" this is common for some Vista systems. It Might be required to update the bios to fix the problem. Have you tried downloading the bios updat... Read more

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I have a problem like this also. kind of.
My kids PC wouldn't boot. i replaced the HD with an old 1 i had. It booted fine, right to windows that was on the HD already. After i restarted it wouldn't boot anymore. VIRUS. ok fine. Problem now is that during to boot process it wont see the HD. If i go into the bios and leave it on Auto select for where the HD is it'll show, but it takes about 30seconds to do so. I cant boot with a start-up disk either, for some reason it wont. i changed boot sequences unpluged things nothing will work. I cant flash the bios becuase it wont read for the A drive. I cant get a A: or a C: prompt. the only thing i can get is a BOOT FAILURE ERROR.
the system is a PII 400, 13gig western digital HD, 128mb ram, Asus p3v133 motherboard. win98

I have everything set to the correct master/slave settings ( i tried a bunch of different combs of them. ) i'm lost. i've done all i can. now i need help. thx

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If I open an mp3 file, it doesn't register in the "My Recent Documents" list.

After playing in Windows Media Player, MP3 files used to display in My Recent Documents. For some reason, XP suddenly decided to stop doing this (all other file types - except .wav - are displayed).

Does anyone know how to fix this?

- Thanks

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This problem has just started recently. I am using Windows 7. Whenever I attempt to delete a file from my documents folder (possibly elsewhere also, although I haven't tried yet) it doesn't get removed from the list unless I refresh the page. I can see that the file goes to the recycle bin, and if I attempt to open it from my documents folder it says the file cannot be found. It's just that the file name doesn't get removed automatically like it used to, making it appear as though it was never deleted.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Deleting my documents doesn't remove from list

You may need to rebuild your icon cache.
Go to start type in cmd right click on the CMD icon select run as administrator

at the command prompt type in

CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
The hard way

Unhide hidden system file go to folder options in control panel

then navigated to this location C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Local\IconCache.db

Delete the "IconCache.db file.

These two methods will rebuild your icon cache.

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My Start >> Documents menu doesn't work anymore, i.e. my recently-used documents don't show up on it at all. It stays empty no matter what. Same for recently used programs on the Programs menu. Windows XP Home SP2.

A:Start >> Documents Menu Doesn't Work Anymore

Have you checked your settings for the Taskbar and Start Menu?They may be set to not show these items and may explain why they do not show up in the Start Menu.Open up the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet by doing one of the following:| right click the Taskbar >> select Properties |-OR-| Start >> Control Panel >> Taskbar and Start Menu |From the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet, click the Start Menu tab. Verify that you the choice is selected for Start Menu (not Classic Start Menu) and click the Customize radio button. This will open the Customize Start Menu applet.The Customize Start Menu applet contains two tabs General and Advanced. On the General tab, in the middle of the applet should appear the Programs selection tool with up and down arrows to increment or decrement the number of programs to show, ensure that this is not set to 0. On the Advanced tab, at the bottom of the applet should appear Recent Documents, ensure that the check box is checked for List my most recently opened documents.Click OK to close the Customize Start Menu applet. Click Apply to apply any changes, then click OK to close the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet.Open up 3-4 programs, and open up 3-4 documents from My Documents. Close the programs and close the documents. Click on your Start Menu and verify if there are any programs or documents which appear on the Start Menu and My Recent Documents lists respectively.If that does not work, there may ha... Read more

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We have been having problems with IE6. While you are on the net, it seems to just randomly decide to freeze up.
Sometimes there is a Microsoft "Send Error Report" box, and once you have clicked on "don't send", it kicks you out.
I have tried IE Repair, and tried Virus Scan, Defrag and Scandisk - thought I fixed it, but still the same stuff.....

A:IE Explorer 6 Freezes & then Boots you Out

forget about IE, get Avant or morizzla way much better....i have been using avant for a month and i love it...

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Windows xp home edition... When the pc boots up it goes directly to internet explorer and skips stopping at the desktop...
any suggestions....


A:PC boots to Internet Explorer

you could check scheduled tasks in control panel
see if internet explorer is there
simply delete the task

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After attempted reboot, the system won't load (after the 'loading' XP graphic there is a black screen and the computer reboots). There is access to all data on all partitions from system installed on another drive (Windows XP) except for 'Documents and Settings' (an 'Access denied' error pops up). I performed a scan of all disks (Avira), which found some maleware and is supposed to have fixed it, yet the problem remains. Please find the report attached.

Thank you for your assistance in advance!

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Hi everyone,
My search functions are not working properly even though I have re-indexed everything through the indexing tool.
All search functions either through the search button next to the start button or in file explorer, will only find certain things and simply not find others.
For example I'll open a folder "folder for my notes", then there will be many documents one of which would be "holiday notes". I will type in the search box "holiday" or "notes" or anything relevant, even the content of the document. In most cases it says "no item matched your search", even though the damn document is RIGHT THERE IN THE FOLDER WHERE I'M DOING THE SEARCH.
This happens mostly in the dropbox and google drive folders but it also happens in other folders. And it seems random, like it only finds the things that it wants to find.
Can you guys please try a search for a document within a folder, for an item that you know for sure it's there? Especially for Dropbox/Google Drive. 
This is so annoying, I have so many documents that I need to find them based on their title or their text content, but without this feature, I will destroy Windows 10 I hate you with passion!!!!!
Please help, Please!!!!
I just made a full copy of my google drive on my desktop, and now the search function (when I search all my C drive or specific folders) is finding the documents within that copied folder. BUT NOT THE ONES IN GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER... Read more

A:What is wrong with Windows 10 search feature? doesn't find my documents.

Can someone atleast say "I do not have this problem at all"

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Following a crash, I put in a new hard drive, reinstalled Windows, re-created the User accounts. Well some of that I had help with!
I made three User accounts and the folders appeared in Documents & Settings, no problems.

A few weeks later I decided to add another User account. The account was created successfully but its folder never appeared in Documents & Settings. That was about a
month ago and it's just never shown up. The account itself works fine, as far as I know. This morning I created a second User account for this person, to see if it would place a folder in Docs & Settings. It still didn't.

Before the crash, I had all four people with four separate accounts, so having four User accounts has not been a problem previously. It's not a reboot issue, as I've rebooted numerous times since creating the person's first account.
Is there a way to force the User account folder to appear in Documents & Settings since XP won't place it there automatically?

Edited to add:
When reinstalling HD, it had to be named "F," not "C."
That didn't affect creating the original three User accounts, though, so I don't know what to think about that. Also no problem with downloading programs, it always defaults to the correct location. Just thought this might be important.

AHHH..., nevermind, I figured it out. User accounts must first be logged into before the folders appear in Documents & ... Read more

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My laptop is booting up without Windows Explorer running. I have included my HijackThis log below:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:58:48 AM, on 8/27/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mctskshd.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsrte.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MPFSERVICE.exeC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exeC:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\PERSON~1\MpfAgent.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exeD:\HijackThis.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXER0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start... Read more

A:Computer Boots Up W/o Windows Explorer

Can someone take a look at my Hijack log

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I am running Vista on a Dell Inspiron that I bought last October. Since I bought it, I have had issues with starting Explorer. My log-in screen loads and I'm able to sign in to my account; then, "My Documents" opens and nothing else happens.
When I pull up Task Manager, the processes running are basic Dell and Windows processes, as well as McAfee and Ad-Aware. I have to go to "Start New Task" and type in "Explorer" to get my desktop to load. After that, everything works great.

So far, I've spoken to Dell Online Support, and they told me I have a virus. I have ran McAfee, Ad-Aware, and Tune-Up Utilities scans, as well as Startup Repair and diagnostics from the startup screen.

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:45:07 PM, on 9/28/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18294)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\MediaDirect\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\j... Read more

A:Computer Boots, but Explorer Won't Start

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My daughter is running XP Pro SP3 on her computer. When she boots up her computer, Explorer does not seem to be loading properly. None of the on screen icons come on, but if I go into task manager, stop Explorer and then restart it, that will usually solve the problem. Also, the computer will often not shut down, remaining on the "shutting down" screen. There are also some problems with accessing the internet & freezing, but I don't know if they are connected.

Any suggestions???


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I installed the latest Nvidia drivers. No problem there. But now, each time I boot up, I have this page fllling the screen (Windows explorer?) It's blank except for one folder - WINXP. It's easy to remove each time, but how can I get this page or whatever it is, to take a hike and get lost, so that just the desktop icons are visible? Would appreciate any help. Using xp home, P4, 1 gig RAM. Thanks in advance.

Larry (More Problems)

A:XP boots up with Windows Explorer covering Desktop

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I keep having a problem with my windows xp pro re-booting on me. Sometimes it works fine other times it just says internet explorer needs to shut down. I scanned for viruses and even ran a hard drive scan from Seagate tools. It says my HD is fine, but sometimes when the computer re-boots it says there was a problem with the HD and does a scan disk check before re-booting. I also have a error message at times that says Mark_Fun driver NT error. I also seem to have a problem with Adobe flash player always wanting to load on every web site I go to. I suspect that either I have a virus or worm or maybe my OS has some corrupt files and needs to be re-loaded. Can anybody help? I hate to start over and re-load everything back on my PC. Thanks!

A:internet explorer shuts down & computer re-boots

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alright, this is rather strange. just like i'm sure everyone has had once in a while, explorer.exe used to crash, and then restart itself. kind of annoying, but not too much of a problem.

recently, its decided to not crash, but rather to simply warp into My Documents. basically, all i see is my desktop dissapearing, the start menu and whole bottom bar dissapearing, and a My Documents window pops up.

any ideas on this one?

A:explorer.exe turns into My Documents


Wow..that's spooky!

I would say your PC is either haunted or has a virus/malware problem... but I've not actually heard of it before so hopefully you will get some more informed replies.

Have you done all the usual virus and spyware checks: Trend Micro Housecall, adaware-se, spybot etc?

Followed maybe with putting your xp disc in the drive and typing sfc /scannow in the run box.

I hope someone can point to the solution for you - I'll be interested to see what works.


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When I turn o my pc.explorer.exe open and load�my document folder�.It opens at every login or star up. This is very annoying.I have found no entries like shorcut of document folder in �startup� or msconfig that might be causing this.

Start > Run > type regedit.
Go to "Files" menu > Export and save the file.After take back up you can edit -
Start > run > regedit > and find
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Win*dows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
On right hand pane find Userinit and double click to it.
Its value something like this
I have seen solution and tried it but it was already like that..
please help me....Im very stress with that..???
I even Run msconfig and found no explorer.exe...

Any ideas?

A:start up explorer.exe or documents

Welcome to the Vista Forums!

Explorer.exe is always going to run at startup, because that is the program that also manages the desktop and the taskbar. Your Documents folder, however, should NOT be opening at startup.

What programs DO you have intentionally set to run at startup?

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When opening my Documents, after a few seconds I get the error
"Windows Explorer has enoucntered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" (Note. I can still Explore through My Documents)
After awhile I will get another error that "Dr. Watson has encountered a problem and needs to close".
I've run many virus scans (Nod32 and several onlines ones), adware (Ad-ware and Spy-bot) ... yet nothing has helped so a friend suggested HijackThis.
Here are the log files.
(I enable all programs in MSCONFIG).

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:18:45, on 12/11/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Alias\Maya6.0\docs\Wrapper.exe
C:\Program Files\Alias\Maya6.0\docs\jre\bin\java.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\G001-\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
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A:My Documents cause Explorer to crash..

You got some very bad guys running...but I first need to ID this entry...

Please visit this website - http://virusscan.jotti.org/
Submit these file(s) for a comprehensive scan & then post the results back here

C:\Program Files\Pamela\pamela.exe

*Note* This may either be a virus...or related the the voice features of Skype peer to peer voice service.

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I came to Win 7 from XP. I am used to the following. I create a directory called C:\Data. I put all my data files here because it makes it easy to copy lots of files from one place. In XP I renamed the location for the My Documents directory to C:\Data.

I supposed I could do the same thing in Win 7, and I can, and I did, and it worked, with a catch. Now, when I look at the directory for my C drive I no longer see a "Data" Directory. It has been replaced by a Directory named My Documents. I have other documents that look for a pathing statement of c:\Data.

I see that in the General Tab of the properties for My documents I can change the name from My Documents to anything I want (Like "Data". I am just afraid to change it, however, because if I do, I wonder if Windows 7 will still think of the new directory as My Documents.

Any help appreciated.

A:Windows Explorer and My Documents

I think you moved the documents folder. It isn't necessary for Windows 7. Leave your data in the Documents folder where it belongs or create a new library.

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I think I may have been hit with a virus or spyware...

When I try opening "my Computer" or "My Documents" on XP Home edition....all I see is my Desktop Background appear (no desktop icons)taskbar dissapears for 2 seconds

and then the desktop comes back to life...no windows explorer running?

I remember this being a spyware or virus problem a while back on this
board...anyone know how I can fix this.

Spybot and adware did not find anything when i ran it..but they were already
installed before i got these symptoms

I have XP Home with SP2....should i re-install something?


A:Can't run Windows Explorer, IE, My Documents..

in the run box type
sfc /scannow
and press enter
if no good
follow greyknights instructions here

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Hey everyone, I'm in dire need of some help with my PC. The computer turns on fine, and boots up (can hear the windows start up tune) but I can't see anything on the monitor. Here's the details:

I was playing a computer game on friday, and during that it crashed. I have no idea if this is when things started or not, but I restarted and it was fine.

On sunday I had another crash, only the screen flickered once or twice and there were green pixel lines going from top to bottom of the monitor , about 2 inches apart in a perfect pattern. When I restarted, there were no graphics on the monitor. The light was flashing indicating it was on power saving mode.

I took the computer apart, unplugged everything, and put it all back together, and for whatever reason it worked fine for about 6 hours.

The next day I turned the computer on, and it loaded fine, but shortly after there was the return of the green pixel lines, with the added addition of the top left corner of the screen being filled with green pixelated triangles in a perfect pattern. These were flickering furiosly.

I tried restarting my computer, and again I got no graphics posted to the monitor. However the computer booted up fine, and I heard the start up tune, and 5 minutes later I shut it down by pressing the "Power Off" button on my keyboard.

I tried another monitor and again, got nothing. I then tried taking the computer apart and putting it back together again, only this time it didn'... Read more

A:Graphics card doesn't post any graphics to my monitor, computer boots up fine

Its usually just the graphics cards, they do fail especially if they overheat - then video card fan not speeding up might have been the problem - most are dynamic and should actually speed up under load. Depending on the manufacturer of your 8800GTX you might be able to get it replaced under warranty if they have a 3 year or greater warranty.

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I am using Compaq Pressario P4 PC with ?Windows XP Home edition? Operating System installed on it. The issue that I am facing is as follows:
- One day, audio was not working with PC. My hard disk drive was close to full, so, I thought of uninstalling couple of unnecessary programs. While doing so, I stopped uninstallation in middle by pressing back button, then, uninstallation process hanged. After that I also tried rollback of soundMAX digital audio driver and again I selected back button and this also hanged. Please note that I had inserted the restore CD in upper CD drive to search the audio driver file. Then, I started the computer through hard reset. After that first it went in restore mode, exited that, Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner and nothing would happen after that.
- Then I called one PC technician for data recovery from my hard drive. He took my hardrive out of the PC and connected it via USB adaptor to my laptop. The hard drive could be detected and we started data copying from hard drive to laptop. However after every 3-4 minutes, hard drive used to hang and then we had to take out the hard drive cable, again reconnect. This we repeated multiple times to recover the important data from my hard drive.
- After that, hard drive was re-inserted in the PC. Since, after restart PC was not booting up (Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner ... Read more

A:PC doesn't boot in normal mode even after OS reinstallation,though,boots in safe mode

Yes, the hard drive may have become faulty and unreliable and therfore will soon fail completely. For confirmation, test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software for DOS.
The links are here: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools

In Safe Mode, no third-party drivers are loaded. In Normal Mode, all those extra drivers being accessed on an already flakey drive is causing it to crash.

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