A Nightmare Solved! (And a very long post)


#1

For the last couple of days, without any notice, I started to have problems with EVERYTHING that I tried to do!

Open notepad …“Notepad Not Responding”.

Open browser (any of them) …“Browser Not Responding”.

Same thing happened on every task that I tried!

To make it even worse was what would happen ‘After’ I was able to close the not responding program!

A pop-up message would appear saying … “Windows Explorer is not responding” or “Windows Explorer needs to shutdown”!
(This is NOT Internet Explorer)

Two different things would then happen … Explorer would shut down and restart or I would be given the option to shut it down manually.

After ten or twelve times of allowing the auto restart … I made the mistake of selecting the shut it down (Explorer) manually option!
(I wanted to see if restarting explorer myself would help)

Guess what?

I was rewarded with a completely Black Screen with the only option being … to use Ctrl/Alt/Delete to bring up the task manager and shut down!

Well now, The Real nightmare begins!!

Power button on … computer starts and after the initializing screen loads … a black screen comes up and just sits there all day if I hadn’t got REALLY, REALLY frustrated and used the power off button to shut down!

As most of you probably know … shutting down your pc this way (power on button) brings up the** “Computer couldn’t shut down normally”** screen, after you power back on.

You are then given … yep, ‘Options’!
Start Normally.
Check For Problems.
Etc. Etc.

The Start normally option just put me back to the black screen and I would have to use the power button to shut down!

The Check for problems option would run for an hour and then offer me a restore to a previous date pop-up option!
(The diagnostics Couldn’t find the problem)

Well, Everything ‘seemed’ okay after the restore (back to desktop) until I tried to do anything again!

Back to programs not responding!
Back to Explorer shut downs!
Back to booting to the endless black screen of DEATH!(Computer Happily running along anyway)

Well … that’s when an idea struck me!!

A few days before all of this mess started, I had a DVD that I had burnt … long ago and didn’t label.

I had no idea what was on it and wanted to find out!?
(Really Bad Idea)

Put the thing in my disk drive and brought up the VLC media player.
(Yep, Really Bad Idea)

You guessed it … "Program (VLC)** Not Responding"!**
Tried media player and others … same results!

(Tried everything to see what was on that g-d forsaken dvd.)

Shut the pc down, went to bed to recover for the battles ahead!

Well, a new day starts with the same old problems … Until I remembered the DVD in my disk tray!

Took the disk out and … You may have also guessed … Everything is back to NORMAL!!
I ‘Think’ that the pc was somehow trying to boot from that DVD?
(Really, Really bad idea!) 8)

The rest of the problems?
I don’t know but they went away when that dvd went in the trash! 8)

The moral of this story?
DON’T EVER PUT ANYTHING INTO YOUR DISK DRIVE … IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS!

(I still don’t and probably never will know WHAT was on that D@MN disk!)


#2

Ok did you have the disk in the computer at the beginning of this? If not then your problems are completely unrelated.

If you are running Win7 then I have had problems similar to what you have experienced. When you shut down “explorer.exe” manually it sometimes messes up your computer bad.(no idea why) Normally I shut it down the restart it in safe mode. Let it load up shut it down again and start it normally. Then I let it sit for a few hours and this normally fixes it. If that doesn’t work, and it hasn’t once, I am forced to either do a system restore or create a new profile. From my research though it seems that when explorer.exe crashes or the process is terminated it messes up something in the registry. Best advice is when explorer.exe stops responding just leave your computer alone for awhile and see if that fixes the problem.


#3

I would have cleared the cmos and ensured I did not have a disk in the drive in which the system is trying to boot from. Once the computer restarted I would defrag as a safety method. Believe it or not I have found programs can stop working if the computer has not been defragged in awhile.


#4

[quote=“Seravee, post:2, topic:38268”]
Ok did you have the disk in the computer at the beginning of this? If not then your problems are completely unrelated.

[/quote]Yep, I had forgotten that the disk was there.

It was after all the trouble started (and my hair pulling) that I remembered it.

Troubles are gone!:beerchug:


#5

That’s kind of odd, because I didn’t know that a computer would try to boot up from a disk in the CD/DVD drive. I knew it would from the floppy drive.


#6

[quote=“Fantasy_Chaser, post:5, topic:38268”]
That’s kind of odd, because I didn’t know that a computer would try to boot up from a disk in the CD/DVD drive. I knew it would from the floppy drive.
[/quote]You can go into the bios and go to the boot sequence and set it to boot from available drives. I have mine set to boot first from the DVD drive then the hard drive.


#7

Even if the disc in the drive is not bootable Windows explorer continues to try and read any disc indefinitely if it is in the drive, it sounds like the dvd disc is damaged slightly and Windows never gave up trying to read it. There could also be firmware update for the dvd drive that needs to be installed due to a bug or one tried to install that failed, if the dvd drive reads other discs fine then it was probably just a corrupted disc.


#8

I was just about to tell him that.


#9

I have a problem with both of my computers where a ‘anti-virus’ program showed up wiped all of my antivirus programs and spyware programs out. I did seem to neutralize one on one computer and my gtrandson buried one on the other but i have to find out how to dump them all together. I had AVG on one and Kaspersky on the other. They are a virus but no idea where they came from.


#10

AVG nor Kaspersky are viruses if that is what you mean?


#11

I’m apparently trolling so i’ll keep this brief, The virus nullified my avg and Kaspersky [ which were up to date] they came in camoflaged as antivirus. But I’ll deal with it.


#12

[quote=“njc17, post:11, topic:38268”]
I’m apparently trolling so i’ll keep this brief, The virus nullified my avg and Kaspersky [ which were up to date] they came in camoflaged as antivirus. But I’ll deal with it.
[/quote]I don’t see your posts as trolling.

I just wasn’t clear on what you were saying.