- Jan 16, 2003
For the benefit of all those ME users who experience lockups of the system requiring turning off the power to your computer and rebooting, please read this. I was experiencing this problem regularly and over a period I noticed it happened both when and after I had Outlook Express running, and sometimes when I rebooted following a lock up. This never happened if I was booting up following a normal shutdown. I further narrowed the problem to when there was unread mail in one of the boxes, (eg, mail that was shown in bold lettering). As an experiment I tried going to Edit and clicking 'Mark all read' whenever I received mail. THE PROBLEM STOPPED HAPPENING! This was several months ago. Today my wife was writing an email when I was about to go out. I told her to mark any incoming mail read when she sent off her mail. When I got back we had a cup of coffee and she returned to the computer to find it locked up. We turned off at the CPU and rebooted. The computer locked up again as it was booting. The next attempt it booted successfully and I went immediately to OE. I FOUND THREE UNREAD EMAILS IN THE INBOX! I am now quite convinced that in my case that is what causes the lock up problem, in my computer at least. Anyone experiencing this annoying problem try the above. It may work for you too!