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#1 hatto

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:22 PM

hi guys.

last year my mate gave me a DVD with a few gig of music on it which i copied onto my computer. it has all been working fine, without a trace of a problem, until the other day.

i was using windows media player, when suddenly it crashed without any reason to do so. i launched it again, and the same thing kept happening, as soon as it opened.

thinking there was something drastically wrong with my computer (explorer too kept dying at random intervals when navigating my music), i started to backup my music to a portable hardrive so as to do a destructive system restore (all my non-destructive system restore points were faulty for some reason)

eventually, during my attempts to copy over my music, i discovered that the problem lay with a single folder. this folder hadn't given me any trouble before, and i had even synched its contents to my gigabeat, but for some reason something is so fatally wrong with it that if i even put my cursor over it explorer dies.

i told WMP to monitor a different folder to my main music folder, and the errors stopped, and i have checked and all the other errors on my computer are directly attributable to this folder.

i have tried:
  • deleting it using killbox
  • CHKDSK - nothing changed
  • deleting it through CMD.EXE (with and without the explorer shell running - CMD dies whenever i attempt "DEL" or DELTREE" on the folder)
  • every manner of virus scan known to man.
  • and banging my head against my computer repeatedly
the file path of the folder is:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Music\Jack Johnson\Sing Alongs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George\Jack_Johnson_And_Friends-Sing-A-Longs_And_Lullabies_For_The_Film_Curious_George-2006-RNS

(perhaps it has something to do with the name being too long)

thankyou very much for taking the time to read this.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:26 PM

Can you rename the file?
The name says it all -- 59 and holding permanently

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:32 PM

if i put my cursor over it, explorer dies along with all my explorer windows (the taskbar disappers too and i need to enter task manager and run explorer.exe)

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:15 PM

Move everything out of the folder, Sing Alongs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George, except for Jack_Johnson_And_Friends-Sing-A-Longs_And_Lullabies_For_The_Film_Curious_George-2006-RNS.
Use Unlocker to delete the Sing Alongs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George folder.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 05:24 AM

if i put my cursor over the folder explorer dies. i can't right mouse click on it.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 05:46 AM

Try uninstalling and then reinstalling your codecs. I've heard this sometimes works.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:21 AM

Which folder crashes Explorer?
Sing Alongs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George, or Jack_Johnson_And_Friends-Sing-A-Longs_And_Lullabies_For_The_Film_Curious_George-2006-RNS
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:49 AM

Did you view it with thumbnail? If so, change to other view type.

There is a known issues for explorer.exe with some codecs. I'm not sure about mp3s, but video does have this problem.

You can try and see.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 07:01 AM

Try DelInvFile which has never (in my long experience) been unable to delete a file.

Get it here: http://www.purgeie.com/delinv/index.htm

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 06 June 2007 - 07:01 AM.





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