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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vox, Oct 9, 2003.

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  1. vox

    vox Thread Starter

    Aug 26, 2003
    *slish slosh* - the sound of me cutting my wrists....
    I just bought a new 'used' pc, win98 installed. I'm having no end of problems. First the mouse wouldn't work in the usb port so i got an adaptor and in works in the p2. But it freezes constantly and the puter gives me all kinds of error msgs, no matter what i try to do. It won't shut down either, not even with a cold stop, i have to reset it. I can get online, but it'll crash b4 i get anywhere, so i can't get to any virus scanners or spybot etc. The error msgs i get are kernel32.dll caused a fault, user.exe caused a fault, mprexe caused a fault or performed an illegal action, explorer performed an illegal action, etc. etc. Sometimes it just shuts itself off for no apparent reason. I might be asking for too much at this point, but does anyone have any brilliant ideas of what the problem(s) might be?

    Thanks a bunch...

    xox vox
  2. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    I'd say the best place to start would be with a win98 reinstall. But, if you must, first start the machine in safemode and scan for virus's and spyware from there, also disable all excess startup programs. Uninstall anything you don't want. Then search for updated drivers for the motherboard and cards.

    You also might want to preform a good scandisk.
  3. *ne0n*


    Aug 19, 2003
    Type msconfig in your run prompt, and disable EVERYTHING under the startup menu EXCEPT systray. This will get rid of all those annoying messages. However, if you want to start ALL over and have the Windows discs (or some form of Windows on disc), then just go into DOS, reformat, and start all over. But I know msconfig will definitely get rid of those errors.
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