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Windows Start Up Files problems

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#1 Zkberg


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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:00 PM

I started up my Laptop computer on Thursday morning, only to find that the desktop has a two inch border on the outside of it. It is the same dimensions as Safe Mode, but it is not in Safe Mode. :thumbsup:

Also--the colors are messed up in some places.

The mouse doesn't work. I can tell it is loading because sometimes I see a tip telling what some button does or will get a horizontal two headed arrow on an application which has a sizeable border.

I have done the following:

Fixed a "Runndll is causing an error in MMSYSTEM.DLL error" which appeared.
Tried resizing the window in Control Panel.
Tried changing the driver.
Tried System Restore (apparently I was supposed to have created some restore points.)
Ran virus scan (it gets updated daily).
Ran diagnostics on the video driver files and they supposedly are working fine.

Everything works except for programs that will only run with a mouse or require a full sized window to work.

I cannot run my spyware program without a mouse.

I can get onto the internet.
I can retrieve e-mail.

When I reboot in Safe Mode, the mouse works and the screen colors are normal. The Window, of course, is still small, because that is how it is in Safe Mode. So, it appears that there is some problem in the startup files. But how do I know what has been added and what has been removed?

What next? :flowers:

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#2 rigel



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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:19 PM

Hi Zkberg,

I think this Microsoft knowledge base article will fix you up.

MS Knowledgebase 138835

I ran into the same problem as you... I was using Windows ME.

To get to the system.ini file described in the article, click on START - RUN - type in sysedit

Click on the window that says system.ini at the top. You will see sections in that file. Look for the boot section and follow the instructions from the article. It worked for me.

Then update Windows. Hopefully everything will be working again.

This fix applies to Win 95/98*Grinler
Also, Take a look in device manager and make sure you have only one device listed for display adapters.

Good luck,


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#3 Herk


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Posted 29 May 2005 - 11:34 PM

There is also a chance that your display settings got corrupted. Have you opened Display Properties and checked to make sure that the picture in your desktop is set on "Stretch" rather than "Center?"

Did you check in Device Manager to make sure your video drivers don't have a yellow question mark or exclamation point? (Windows Key and Pause/Break key will open device manager.)

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