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#1 Turi

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:40 AM

Was going thru all the .exe rubbish in my processes, because AVG came up with an bug repoty,with the help of BC I made a list of the bad processes that needed dumping. I usedAutoruns to find the baddies and chose to "Delete" so they wouldn't run at startup. Upon scanning with AVG, I was told that "Shell32" (?) has "Changed" (won't let me reverse it or do anything to..well..change it back) and when I make a mistake or whatever, instead of a windows "bing" (lol) I get a internal beep.... :s This could just be the start of my problems. Welp. What has Turi done this time??

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:17 AM

Mum just discovered we have no sound at all. Just the beeps wth errors...
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:38 AM

Try a system restore, pick a date prior to the changes you made.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore. Click on "Restore my computer to an earlier time.", pick a date that show as one of the larger sized numbers and follow the prompts.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 10:22 AM

I know how to system restore, was gonna try it but for some reason it doesn't work on our computer. There are no save dates. Well, I'll try it anyway :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:55 PM

Argh! Nothing. My system restore is always turned off so I can't restore. Even if I chose to turn it on, the next time I try, it won't let me.

Just realised, my computer does not recognise ANY hardware. Printer, speakers naddating. Just my monitor, kboard and mouse thankfully.

However
I need the printer! And sound...but printer because my mother is about to book a flight and will need to print off the booking ref! Arghhhhh
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Posted 28 December 2007 - 02:15 PM

Hi Turi,
do you have the 'installation disk'?
if so,
Try running the System File Checker (SFC) to scan all protected files to verify their versions. If SFC discovers that a critical system file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder.
You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD ..so have it available.

Use Task Manager ... New Task... and type: sfc /scannow
(or you can use the 'Run' command)

Make sure that you include a space between the c and /.
This command will initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files, verify their integrity, and replace any problem files.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:00 PM

That might be a problem if you use a modified shell or any system file for that matter. Common things like the Vista transformation pack upset the SFC by changing uxtheme.dll and explorer.exe.

If you are sure it was shell32.dll that got changed you could just grab that off your XP disk and use the replacer to patch it. Its a straight forward command program. Of course to be safe if you don't know what your doing just do what Starbuck suggested and replace any modified files after the SFC has put XP back to its original boring state.

Also go Run->Services.msc and scroll down to Windows audio - restart it (might have got disabled?)

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 08:31 AM

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I don't have an XP disk.

Any everyone I ask seems not to have one either.

Any other clues?
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:17 AM

OK Well I just did that scan, which took some time.

Then the lil window closed, and nothing else has happened. No error messages, no advice on what to do, not even results.....

My computer is going extremely slow, and I've had a DrWatson Postmortem Deubugger error message pop up.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:34 AM

Ah! I have just found my insallation disk!

As well as a Dell Dimension ResourceCD (drivers,diagnostics and utilities and computer documentation)
A Dell Demsion "eurotools" disk.
One with all my windows modem software on.

And for monitors, my old printer, etc.

However, as I have said, I ran the scan which took some time and there was no outcome of this.

Further help, thanks in advance
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:42 AM

I like the link Tomo provided...but I would never install unsupported software (who/what do you turn to when it goes wrong?) software I have no familiarity with.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 11:41 AM

That's what I was worried about :s
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 12:57 PM

What is this "installation disk"....is it an XP CD or is it a restore CD that just puts everything back to ground zero?

If it's an XP CD, you could try doing a repair install of XP. This would replace any missing/damaged system files and leave your data files intact. You would have to go to WinUpdate to reinstall all critical updates issued since the cutoff date of that CD.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:27 PM

It's an XP disk. How would I go about doing this?

I have a Dell, I was thinking about restoring my PC back to factory settings. Wha do you think?
It is a lil run down atm
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:38 PM

My approach is always:

a. Whatever problem it is...I try to see if I can cure it by a repair install before I do a clean install. When I decide to do a repair install, I've already tried all the tricks that I know, read up on the problem, and have convinced myself that a clean install is the ultimate real solution. But I try a repair install, just in case it does the trick.

b. Ultimate solution, if it's a system problem. Will not solve hardware, program conflicts, drivers, malware, and self-inflicted wounds which are a normal part of my computing experience. But it's the last stop for this train (since I normally don't have any of the others).

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