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drblbaker

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Windows Explorer has started to hang on my system recently. I think it was after an update was installed but am not sure. 'My Docs' opens fine but whe I click on 'My Computer' the right panel goes blank and then the searching flashlight appears. After about 2 minutes the directory trees show up in the left folder panel and I can naviagte in them. However, if I go to anything else, the searching starts over again.

This is really bad when I need to navigate to a folder in a program to save or open a file. It usually causes the computer to lock up.

I reformated the hard drive and reinstalled XP. Sure enough, the problem disappears until I run update for the second time (before it installes SP2) and then it shows up again.

Any suggestions?

Gigabyte 7n400L mb with latest bios
AMD XL 2400+
1 Gb ram
Win XP SP1 on the install disk.
No other software installed at this time
 
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drblbaker said:
Windows Explorer has started to hang on my system recently. I think it was after an update was installed but am not sure. 'My Docs' opens fine but whe I click on 'My Computer' the right panel goes blank and then the searching flashlight appears. After about 2 minutes the directory trees show up in the left folder panel and I can naviagte in them. However, if I go to anything else, the searching starts over again.

This is really bad when I need to navigate to a folder in a program to save or open a file. It usually causes the computer to lock up.

I reformated the hard drive and reinstalled XP. Sure enough, the problem disappears until I run update for the second time (before it installes SP2) and then it shows up again.

Any suggestions?

Gigabyte 7n400L mb with latest bios
AMD XL 2400+
1 Gb ram
Win XP SP1 on the install disk.
No other software installed at this time
I've seen this problem when the Journal Viewer has been downloaded and installed on Windows XP. It is one of the "recommended" updates, not critical, from Windows Update. Have you downloaded and installed this update?
 

drblbaker

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No, the Journal viewer has not been installed. This is a really weird problem. I have done a bare install to make sure it is not a software conflict with or something like that.

I would really apprecaite any other advice.

Thanks.

Bruce
 
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Here is my solution to the constant IE problems.


The popularity of alternative web browser Firefox continues to rise at the expense of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to a new study.



Mozilla, an open-source software foundation formed by Netscape, launched Firefox 1.0 in November, after recording more than eight million downloads of its test version. As downloads continued to surge, measurement firms such as WebSideStory and Dutch market researcher OneStat.com began releasing data tracking Firefox gains and IE declines. In December, OneStat reported that IE's market share had slipped to 88.9 per cent, a figure Microsoft disputed.

Even though Microsoft maintains the dominance it has enjoyed since defeating Netscape Communications' browser in the mid-1990s, Firefox's snowballing popularity is raising eyebrows.

Much of Firefox's success rides on it simply not being IE. Firefox fans have praised the new browser's automatic pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing features, but security has been one of the big points. Viruses and spyware are often aimed at IE because of its near-total market dominance.



Since beginning its measurements last summer, WebSideStory has been cautious to draw any broad conclusions about Firefox's popularity. This time around, the company said many people are not only downloading Firefox, they're sticking with it and using it.

Geoff Johnston, an analyst at WebSideStory, said: "We are finding that in many cases there's room for two browsers on the desktop, and in other cases people are completely switched over."

A Microsoft spokesman did not immediately comment for this story
 

drblbaker

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Thanks Dr Dave for the humor but it addresses a problem I do not have. My difficulty is with WINDOWS explorer not IE.

The problem is in browsing 'My Computer' not the internet.

Any ideas on how to fix that?

Regards,

b
 
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