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#1 cj500


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Posted 02 November 2005 - 03:42 PM

Hi all,

I want to shut down background programs but not sure how. I have disabled startups in msconfig, but do I have to end processes in Task Manager aswell? Also my system restarts itself regularly with a ' recovered from a serious error' message, anyone know what this is about? Could it be something to do with a seriously loud overhead lightning strike last week? Thanks

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#2 Rimmer


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Posted 02 November 2005 - 07:02 PM

:thumbsup: to BC cj500

What makes you want to shut down background programs?
Nearby lightning strikes can do serious damage to computer systems even if they are not plugged in at the time. You can do some hardware tests to check your system:

There is a free RAM diagnostic called Memtest86 which you can download from here:

Use it to create a bootable floppy disk. When you reboot with that floppy in the drive it will automatically run a memory test. Let it run at least overnight and then examine the error count.

Do some basic maintenance:
(These instructions apply to Windows ME and XP, other versions may not have the functions described)
  • Clean your internet cache and temporary files:
    Click Start and Run then type in cleanmgr this will start the windows disk cleanup tool.
    Tick the boxes beside Temporary internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files then click OK

  • Boot in Safe Mode and do a scandisk with the 'Thorough' and 'Fix' options checked.
    If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here: Safe Mode
    How to find scandisk: Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now

  • When that's finished do a defrag.
    Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
    They will take some time but at least you will know your hard drive is working correctly and tidied up.

  • Reboot and see if there's any improvement.

  • Check how much free space you have on your hard drive.
    Start>My Computer click once on your C: drive and look in the Details box on the left.

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#3 cj500

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 09:52 AM

Thanks Rimmer, I will try what you suggest and let you know how I get on, cheers :thumbsup:

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