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some Startup programs only work after power-switch shutdown (!?!)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by william123, Jul 9, 2011.

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  1. william123

    william123 Thread Starter

    Jul 9, 2011

    I have a weird problem: Some startup programs, such as Skype, do not launch if I do a re-start or shut-down via the START-TURN OFF COMPUTER menu. This includes desktop icons/shortcuts for Firefox and Opera. Chrome will launch via shortcut but will not "find" the internet and comes up web page error.

    HOWEVER ! If I shut down via the power switch (hold it for a few seconds), then after shutdown, wait 5 minutes, and re-power back up, everything works fine. Everything launches normally.

    Can anyone please assist me with this mystery ?



    My System Info:

    Compaq Presario 6000
    Model Year 2002
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 503 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 111207 MB, Free - 34993 MB; D: Total - 3249 MB, Free - 693 MB;
    Motherboard: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD, MS-6577, 020,
    Antivirus: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    Do you have all of the latest patches/updates for XP?
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    I highly doubt that it has anything to do with patches or updates.

    Shutting down by the switch damages the file system. Run chkdsk /f on the drive to see if it is repaired.
  4. william123

    william123 Thread Starter

    Jul 9, 2011
    Yes all updates are, up to date.....

    this only started a few weeks ago
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