Yes its that time of year again where technology hates me.
This time I have a weird problem; background first.
This morning I was rudely awoken by my family as the computer was, and I quote "spacking out". Anyway I had a look and for starters my toolbars looked like the old windows 98 but bigger and where they were bigger it was just white so I sorted that otu asap.
Then my music wasn't working and it turns out that in run-services.msc under something like sounds it had changed to off rather than on so it didn't even reognise my speakers even though the error soun could be heard through them, so I sorted that.
Then I couldn't get online. I have Firefox and IE and neither would work. Firefox wouldn't even load and IE would open quickly then just close. Had a look at what processes were running and found nothing out of place that I could tell. Anyway I went into Mozzilas program folder and tried it there and it worked and turned out it had un-updated itself somehow. So I updated etc.
It worked FINE. Go out for 3 hours come back and oh look same problem but now when I double click firefox I isntantly get the "firefox has crashed blah blah do you want to send error". If I send the error then open the link to the advice page firefox opens FINE and immediately which is how I'm using it but IE won't work whatsoever.
How can I get both of them to fucking work?
Any chance some of your family members tampered with the computer, deleted something important and didn't tell you? Perhaps reinstalling Firefox would fix it. I don't know about Internet Explorer, though.
I've asked them and nothing has been done. Anyway I was on the PC last night and turned it off, they just turned it on it messed up so they got me up before work -_-.
Anyway I've tried to reinstall firefox but have hit a snag any sort of exe program won't open, no installers will install.
Instead my taskbar and background icons dissapear with my current window still visible then everything goes back to normal in like 2 seconds. The fuck is going on.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
Sounds like it's format time.
What operating system do you have? Any chance you have an installation disc? If you do, you can use it to attempt to repair Windows without reinstalling them.
As for the executable files not working, you can Google for some help on that matter. I just did and got approximately 18.800.000 results. A bit too much to post them all here. =p
GoodySounds like it's format time.
what, how and will it work?
And Tricorder I have windows xp, no installation disc. I tried googling but if you look at the results none of them are that specific to me thus won't help.
Formatting the hard drive and making a clean OS reinstall should solve the problem since everything would be new, fresh and uncorrupted. You need a Windows installation disc for that, though.
7th December 2003
Either your Windows is messed up due to some corrupted files, in that case you could try to use the system restore tool. Or it is spyware or a virus, in that case formatting is better.
Also, it may be a good time to upgrade to Windows 7. Older versions of Windows are not supported as well and therefore more vulnerable to bugs and viruses.
Sounds like it's time for Linux. :evilgrin:
It would be a very good idea to format and reinstall the OS of your choice. Simplest solution and also beneficial in its own right.
27th July 2004
Definitely time for a format! Agreed with fancypants, sounds like a virus, spyware, or simply corrupted system files. Good luck, hope you're able to find a good OS disc.