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#719074 - 02/19/02 09:15 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
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Registered: 10/21/01
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Loc: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Larry--

Another possible solution just occurred to me though I would say Derick might be in a better position to see if it's feasible. I should add that I had done this several times in the past when I had some irksome problem but you have to be careful with this since the registry's involved.

You go to start, run, then type in "scanreg/restore". This will then take you to MS DOS. Now when you're there, it looks rather weird but anyway you select a date when you didn't have the problem, then click enter and reboot. This will have the effect of restoring the registry to a prior date when you didn't have the silly porn site on there.

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#719075 - 02/19/02 09:22 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
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Larry--

Something I just happened to think of might work for this. I have done it on a few occasions in the past when I wanted to return to a time when I didn't have a particular problem.

You go from start to run and type in "scanreg/restore". This takes you to MS DOS and once there, click on a previous date when you didn't have the problem. Then reboot the computer and it will bring you back to that date you clicked.

Mark Mandell

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#719076 - 02/19/02 09:26 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
Larry Offline
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OK---update!!

I tried every single idea you guys suggested. Great ideas all.....but nothing worked (except I didn't get to try Mark's idea because I had already fixed it by the time I read it). Then I downloaded that little program from Cnet that WGHornsby told us about.

MAN!!

The *instant* I launched that puppy, it flashed a thing up on the screen that said something almost sinister like "Damaging code found!Alert!" or something like that - it happened so fast I didn't have time to read it. I clicked on the button that said "KILL" and it said "reboot your computer".....

So far so good! Problem solved! Whatever it was didn't show up *anywhere* you looked. There was absolutely nothing to give me a clue where or what it was. But it seems to be gone now, and my computer is even running faster.

Thanks guys! And thanks WG!
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#719077 - 02/19/02 09:26 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
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Registered: 10/21/01
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oops, sorry about that double message. Didn't think that the first one got through!

Mark

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#719078 - 02/20/02 02:16 AM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
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Hurray! Larry, glad to hear that your problem was fixed. As for me, memory has stopped disapearing off of my computer, but I'm still having problems with Scan Disk and Defrag. The virus protection program comes up with nothing. I did get my scan disk to run earlier today, but its back to not running again, and the defrag program is still not properly running. I'll disable everything that I can and try it again later.
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#719079 - 02/20/02 03:02 AM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
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jgoo: Since you're running Win 98, your problem won't be caused by Win ME's Restore function (which would cause the symptoms you've previously described). More than likely you have a program running in the background that's taking up gobs of memory, which causes Windows to swap out to virtual memory on the hard drive. This makes your Scandisk and Defrag programs reset in the middle of running. You can force Windows to use a statically sized swap file by right clicking on the "My Computer" icon either on the desktop or in Explorer, select "Properties," then the "Performance" tab, then the "Virtual Memory" button. Select the "Let me specify my own virtual memory settings" radio button, then set the value in the Minimum and Maximum boxes to the same number. General rule of thumb, the number should be 2x your installed RAM (in megabytes), up to 256. For instance, if you have 64MB of RAM installed, set both values to 128; if you have 128MB installed, set them to 256; if you have 256MB installed, set them to 256. The exception to this rule is if you are manipulating large bitmap or audio files and need lots of memory, then you can use an arbitrarily large value, like 1024 (1 gigabyte).

Once you do this, select "Okay" and reboot your computer. You now should be able to run Scandisk and Defrag.

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#719080 - 02/20/02 09:27 AM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
Wayne Offline
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Registered: 12/26/01
Posts: 73
Loc: Houston, Texas
How did we get from pianos to computer? \:\)

Anyway, here is some good info for anyone that is interested.
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,84464,00.asp

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#719081 - 02/20/02 05:33 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
tvpiano Offline
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Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 158
Loc: Austin, TX
Hi Larry,
Look like you have done all you could except one thing: format your hard drive, but you need to re install all programs ... That 's what I did several times to my computer when I got big problem. In addition, this is really last option.

Good Luck,
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#719082 - 02/21/02 07:56 PM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
jgoo Offline
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Registered: 07/23/01
Posts: 3974
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
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Originally posted by Wayne:
How did we get from pianos to computer? \:\)[/b]


Sorry, that was my fault. I had a little computer problem and wanted an opinion. My problem seems to be fixed. Thanks all, for your advice.
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#719083 - 02/22/02 02:10 AM Re: Are there any computer wiz's out there?
jgoo Offline
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Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
killerbobjr: Thanks for your advice. I tried it, but since I didn't know what the hell I was doing and my computer was giving me all of these warning messages, I just left it alone.
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