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Windows XP acting strangaely.


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#1 jmurr

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:13 AM

Recently my system has been acting very strangely. At times when I click an icon to run a program the hour glass icon appears for awhile then disappears, the program does not open. Other times, the hour glass icon just stays on the screen and the program does not run. I can only shut down windows by turning of the machine. I have run Malwarebytes, Adaware, A-Squared free and NOD 32 to no advantage. Things run okay in safe mode. Hijack This log is available if needed.


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:12 AM

Have a look in the Event Viewer for any errors at the time you experience this problem.

To open the Event Viewer go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. Alternately, go to Start > Run and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.

Check in all the categories.

If you find an error that occurred at the time right-click on it and select properties. Copy the information in the window and post it back here. This will help us diagnose your problem.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:53 AM

There were no errors in the log since 12/08.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:09 AM

In addition what has been suggested...I would check for possible overheating/poor air circulation...and I'd also check for indications that the CMOS battery might be failing.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:05 AM

I thought of that also but both the CPU fan and the case fan are operating properly. I can run for hours in safe mode so I am thinking that something is loading or not in normal mode that is messing me up. I am at a complete loss.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:32 AM

I would use Task Manager to take a look at the process/application taking up the most CPU cycles...on the next appearance of any hourglass.

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