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El Hombre del Fuego

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#1 11 years ago

Hey, the last time I posted a problem here, it worked itself out immediately, so here's hoping.

I'm having trouble starting some programs. The Task Manager says that they are running under Processes, but not under Programs. I'm inept with technology, so I'm stumped. Really stumped.

As far as I can tell, the programs actually DO start- they just do not show up on the monitor. I know this is a non-game area, but the issue pretains to two different game programs, and one non-game cd-rom program, so I believe it pretains to something within my computer, not an external program.

Virus scans come back negative, I purged every unnecessary file I could find from my system, ran multiple defrags, and purged the startup process to it's bare minimum.

Still more confusing, I cannot run a system restore, every attempt results in a message saying that the restore process failed, with no more detail.

Really confused here. Any help? Thanks for your time.




Dark Saint

How many dogs are Pb'd?Maybe 2

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#2 11 years ago

Ok .. this depends on what you are starting. Some programs have smaller processes running in the background to help them work. So it can say the processes is running but not the program.

Are you trying to start a program and it isn't starting ? or are you looking at the list and wondering why it doesn't have an interface up on your desktop ?

What programs are you talking about ?




El Hombre del Fuego

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#3 11 years ago

Ok the programs that seem to be affected are Transformers: The Game (that movie was awesome), a Chinese language instruction program, and Command and Conquer Generals. At first I thought it may involve graphics, but I can run AoE3 fine and I thought that had better graphics than Generals. Also that would not explain why the language program would not work.

The issue is that I start the program either through an autorun process or by clicking on the shortcut on my desktop, but nothing happens. If I check task Manager, it says the program IS running under processes. I don't know what this entails.

Also, my System Restore function is not working properly and is not giving me any details. I tried restoring my computer to a time Generals and the language program worked, with no luck. It just says the restore failed. Any ideas?

Thanks a lot.




Dark Saint

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#4 11 years ago

Pull the saved games and reinstall the software. you've probably had some corruption happen.

And if system restore isn't working, you may have some issues going on that are adware or virus related.

You may want to consider a format and reinstall of the os at this juncture.




El Hombre del Fuego

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#5 11 years ago

Ok I understand how saved games would effect Generals and the language program, but not Transformers, since that is a new game I've never successfully started before.

Will I need to reinstall everything from my wireless connection to my printer to my computer network if I reinstall the os?

Thanks a lot for your help.




marvinmatthew

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#6 11 years ago

Yes. You will need to reinstall you printer and wireless drivers.




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#7 11 years ago

When you do a reinstall, you are formatting the hard drive. Making it a BLANK SLATE again. So there will be nothing on there. You should get your drivers and updates downloaded now and then burn them to a disk.

That will save you issues later on.




El Hombre del Fuego

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#8 11 years ago

Ok Thanks a lot. One more question:

I checked and saw that I have a measely 3% availibility on my D drive. I don't know how this happened because I really don't use that one too much, but somehow it did. It occurs to me that this may be the issue with restoring my computer because if I remember right D drive houses the recovery data. Is this correct and if I wipe D-drive again will I have to go through the hassel of reconnecting to my wireless network, my computer network, and my otrher hardware? Thanks a lot.




marvinmatthew

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#9 11 years ago

All computers are configured differently. You're computer might hold your recovery data on the D drive. You're probably going to have to determine that for yourself.




El Hombre del Fuego

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#10 11 years ago

Ok is there a way of freeing up memory in aforesaid drive short of wiping it completely? I've tried defragging it, no real effect.




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