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2 problems - stack overload and error starting program

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Moonchild, Mar 31, 2004.

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  1. Moonchild

    Moonchild Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I am running Windows 98 on a rather old 6 gig, 500 mHz machine. It started running really slowly and I had to shut it down. When I turned it back on I got the "Terminating Thread Due to a stack overflow..." blue screen message. It then prompted me to increase my "MinSPs" and eventually took me back to my desktop. There I found problem number 2 - this message "Error Starting Program COMCTL32.DLL file cannot start Check the file to determine the problem." Meanwhile I can't click on anything - it's as though a program is running and I can't even click the start button to shut it down.

    I found advice on solving both of these problems but to solve the COMCTL32.DLL it appears that I need to access the start menu - which I cannot. Any advice on solving this would be MUCH appreciated! :)
     
  2. Styxx

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    bbot to Safe Mode

    (tap F8 five times per second during a restart; Choose option number three (3) in the Windows Startup dialog box using the arrow keys below the Delete key, and strike the Enter key; Click Ok when prompted).

    Click the Start button; Run; type 'msconfig', without the quotation marks, in the Run box and click OK; Then click the Startup tab; Uncheck anything you don't need running in the background.
     
  3. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

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    get on-line then

    Go to http://housecall.trendmicro.com or http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm and click the Scan Now link to run a free on-line virus scan.


    ***

    Get, install, update and run free Ad-aware (and its HexDump plug-in) from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

    First in the main window look in the bottom right corner and click on Check for updates now and download the latest referencefiles.

    Make sure the following settings are made and on -------ON=GREEN

    From main window :Click Start then Activate in-depth scan (recommended)

    Click Use Custom Scanning Options' then click Customize' and have these options selected: Under Drives and Folders put a check by Scan Within Archives and below that under Memory and Registry put a check by all the options there.

    Now click on the Tweak button in that same window. Under Scanning engine select: Unload recognized processes during scanning and under Cleaning Engine select: Let windows remove files in use at next reboot

    Click proceed to save your settings.

    Now to scan just click the Next button.

    When the scan is finished mark everything for removal and get rid of it.(Right-click the window and choose select all from the drop down menu and click Next)

    Restart your computer.
     
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