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#1 Manshead

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:44 AM

Not major problem but annoying.If I'm using the computer and my wife needs access to her account,we have to log my account off then open her's. If we try just to switch user the computer seems to hang, the cursor still moves but nothing happens.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:47 AM

Sometimes clearing the security log can fix this problem. Log into your computer as an administrator. Go Start > Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then Computer Management. Beside Event Viewer, click the + (plus sign) to expand the list, and then click Security. From the Action menu, select Clear all Events, and then click No to clear the log.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:17 AM

Thanks Budapest, I followed your advice but it showed "No events to view". Could there be anything else.

Edited by Manshead, 07 January 2008 - 11:18 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:25 AM

Next thing to try is to reinstall your video driver.

How to update a Windows hardware driver

Edit: also see the following Microsoft article and ensure that fast user switching is enabled.

How To Use the Fast User Switching Feature in Windows XP

Edited by Budapest, 07 January 2008 - 11:27 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:02 PM

fast user switching is potentially one of the biggest resource hogs, if your login has a lot running in the background and your computer is only marginally able to handle xp then expect long delays when switching users

on older computers with around 256 megs of ram, I always disable it

I had one client with 3 or 4 logins and a habit of going for weeks without rebooting, noone would log off, it was quite a mess until I shut it off
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:12 PM

I used Budapest's suggestion to no avail. I think Dachew might be onto something. It is an old computer,that I've kept going for a couple of years.The newest driver for my graphics was august 2001 here's the specs

Intel® 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller [Display adapter]
MED MD30217PG [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n 501004402, January 2005)
I have 768MB of ram and run Win XP Pro
1.70 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Maxtor 6L200P0 [Hard drive] (203.93 GB) -- drive 1, s/n L40D9J1H, rev BAH41E00, SMART Status: Healthy
SAMSUNG SV4002H [Hard drive] (40.06 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 0413J1FRB13509, rev QP100-07, SMART Status: Healthy

My graphics card failed a week ago so I reverted to the onboard graphics, could this be the problem.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:54 PM

the onboard is sharing how much ram? hopefully the max with that old chipset?

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/inte...b/cs-009072.htm

14.10.3 6/28/2005

Edited by DaChew, 07 January 2008 - 01:59 PM.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:36 PM

Thanks DaChew. How do I tell how much ram is being used by the onboard chip. Task master says I have 447MB of free physical memory.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:05 PM

to figure out the sharing ram go into bios and see if the option is available to set it there(about 64 megs is best for your setup)

some intel drivers/chipsets seem to do it automatically as needed and ondemand

load that new driver from intel

display properties advanced mayshow adapter memory?

you just have to keep looking

sometimes you have to just subtract what you have shown in one place from what you know is installed

1 gig(installed) minus 256 megs(shared) is 768megs shown ????

Edited by DaChew, 07 January 2008 - 04:09 PM.

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