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Major Display Issues, Apps Hanging

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Kellyp, Feb 2, 2006.

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  1. Kellyp

    Kellyp Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I need help. I keep having applications hang when I try to search for image files. Apps that are hanging include Windows Explorer, Outlook Express, Adobe Photoshop, and Quark XPress. I've gotten the Dr. Watson debugger message whenever Explorer hangs. The applications hang as soon as I select the folder where my images are stored. It's not all folders, only some, and it seems to randomly pick when it will or will not work. I have tried rebooting and it seems to work sometimes, but then other times I reboot and have display issues, such as fonts not being recognized and email messages shown all in italics. As a workaround, I have rebooted and been able to go to Explorer, and drag a file to the desktop. Then it seems to be fine when I access from the desktop.

    I am a self-employed photographer and graphic designer. These issues are significantly hindering my ability to work. Is this a graphic card problem, Windows...?? I'm running Windows XP on a Pentium 4 processor, 3.00GHz, 504 MB RAM, graphic card is Intel(R) 82915G Express Chipset Family. I had a similar problem on my old pc, but it was more an annoyance and happened infrequently. I bought a refurbished pc in Sept. 05 and ever since then, the problem has persisted.

    Any help would be so very appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Kellyp
     
  2. wacor

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    Well some basic questions would be have you run any spyware and virus scans since this all started? If not you need to. and save the scan results so if anything is removed or quaranteened it will be known for future reference

    Given the multiple issues I would question if you have a bug and suggest you do a Hijack This and post the results for somebody to look at to see if you are infected.
     
  3. matt_aj

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    Are these files on your local hard drive or on a mapped (network)drive? If they are local, you might want to get a secondary hard drive to store that stuff on. Getting a second hard drive helps because then you split up the system and your working files. Your system runs on one and your files on another. That way they are not fighting each other for the hard drive.
     
  4. Kellyp

    Kellyp Thread Starter

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    The files are on the local hard drive; however, I have a secondary drive and I do not have the issue whenever I access files from the secondary drive. If that's the problem, it seems like a pretty simple fix!
    Thanks so much!
     
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