Computer doesn't shut off

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  1. Son of Consolation

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    For two days now, when I go to Start and click on "Shut Down," the unit goes into the cycle but freezes before it would turn itself off. I tried Ctrl + Alt + Delete. At times it would indicate that the system is busy, other times it just freezes up. But in all cases it does not turn the computer off - so eventually I have to pull the plug. Anything could be done to remedy this situation? [​IMG]
     
  2. Dualhunter

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    Which operating system are you using and do you have all the latest updates?
     
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    It sounds like a program might be hanging. Try closing every application first, one by one, and see if one refuses to close out. If you find one, you'll have found the source of the problem...

    Eric
     
  4. Son of Consolation

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    I am using Windows 98, and I am closing all applications one by one to no avail. When the board is clear and want to shut off, it gives me this freeze! :(
     
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    Barnabas, I've had a similar problem. I ended up re-installing Windows 98. But you should try everything else first.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Clint Kritzer

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    Brother Barnabas -

    One thing that may be happening is that you have too many programs running on start up. If you go to:

    Start &gt; Settings &gt; Control Panel

    Double click "System"

    Click the tab marked "Performance"

    If your computer shows System Resources as being anything less than 40% free on start up, you may be over taxing your system resources.

    There is a reasonably easy way to disable some of your start up items and leave more resources free for other applications.

    Go to Start &gt; Run

    Type in "msconfig" click OK

    Go to "startup" and look down the list of programs. Make sure that you leave "explorer" and "system tray" enabled and anything else that you may not recognize. When done, click "apply."

    When you reboot, only those items checked will load upon start up. This will lighten your load coming out of the gate and may help your computer run a bit more efficiently.
     
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    Thanks for the info LindaB. I tried the online info at the site you linked to and followed the instruction for Windows 98 & Windows 98 Second Edition (for I do not know what I have). None of them worked, only messed up the computer more and I had to undo what I did. I guess I will have to call the support people. [​IMG]

    Bro. Clint, I have followed your advise and my System Resources has 72% free, so there is no problem. Besides, I always eliminate all the unwanted pop-up programs from the desktop. But thanks anyway! [​IMG]
     
  9. Clint Kritzer

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    Brother Barnabas -

    Have you tried this?

    [​IMG] or this? [​IMG]

    [ October 07, 2002, 10:33 PM: Message edited by: Clint Kritzer ]
     
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    LOL, Clint.

    Thought you might enjoy this site; pardon some of the language.

    http://members.aol.com/spoons1000/break/

    I've built, I don't know, a dozen? computers from scratch and done numerous upgrades. I've made about every mistake imaginable, and sometimes the urge to take out my frustration is palpable.

    [​IMG]

    [ October 07, 2002, 11:09 PM: Message edited by: rsr ]
     
  11. Don

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    Out of curiosity, would you please look in your C:\ folder for a file called "bootlog.txt"?

    If you have this, please open it, and scroll to the end of the file. The last entries should have some stuff about
    Terminate=
    End Terminate=

    If you have the file, and you see this series of stuff, what's the last item that came up "terminate" that doesn't have the "End Terminate" statement after it?

    If you don't see a series of "Terminate" and "End Terminate" statements, what's the last statement in the file?
     
  12. LindaB

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    every think of upgrading to XP?
    now might be the time!
    lol :eek:
     
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    Barnabas I'll be willing to bet (Not a Betting man) You have a compac with a Athalon processor. Been there done that ! If you have this CPU email me I can help. [​IMG]
     
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    Don't give in to the dark side!!! :eek:
     
  15. LindaB

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    i think everyone on the board should email clint a 500 word essay with large graphic respresentations of why windows xp is a great OS and be sure to email him multiple copies to make sure they are received.

    LindaB
    [​IMG]
     
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    XP is great because:
    </font>
    • It's almost as stable as Linux</font>
    • It's almost as easy to use as Linux</font>
    • It only costs a couple hundred more than Linux (&lt;- Free)</font>
    • It does almost everything you need it to</font>
    • It's almost as impervious to hacks/viruses as Linux</font>
    :D
     
  17. Don

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    Gee, I thought there were plenty of viruses that Microsoft is vulnerable to that would do that for you....

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Son of Consolation

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    Boy, Bro. Clint, the illustration about punching and kicking the computer did occur to me. [​IMG]

    rsr, thanks for the tip on how to repair/destroy your computer. BTW, is that you on the link? [​IMG]

    Jesus Page Tools, actually I have a Dell Dimension L566cx processor. Does that change your perception of the problem? [​IMG]

    LindaB, I have friends who got the XP and they are not very happy with it. They said that it has so many bugs. How do you feel about it? [​IMG]

    [ October 08, 2002, 03:14 PM: Message edited by: Barnabas ]
     
  19. Don

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    Barnabas, did you see my message about the bootlog.txt file?
     
  20. Son of Consolation

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    Oh, I'm sorry Don, but I forgot to mention that the file I found was Bootlog C:\BAKCUP 1 KB Text Document 5/14/99 10:45 AM.
    The notepad opened into 3 files, Bootlog, Netlog, and Setuplog. The last of the files contained a lot of information. Toward the end the following:
    VcpClose: About to End
    VcpClose: About to Terminate

    But nothing what you described. Further instructions? [​IMG]

    [ October 08, 2002, 11:15 PM: Message edited by: Barnabas ]
     

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