1st time W7 crash, many changes

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by SomeOldGuy, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. SomeOldGuy

    SomeOldGuy Guest

    Hello,

    I've had a few computers here running Windows 7 Professional since last
    August. This morning one of them suffered a hard crash -- system video went
    off, had to power down to restore operations. This is the first crash I've
    seen on Windows 7 so far, so I have no experience with what to expect.

    Some observations:

    Since the crash, every instance of Notepad that is opened, opens in a very
    small window. I have enlarged it each time, and saved my work. But no matter
    what I try, it always opens in a small window. Not sure, but it looks like
    about 640 x 480 pixels.

    Since the crash, every instance of Explorer opens in a full screen window.
    No matter what I try, EVERY time I open Explorer it opens full screen now.
    Ditto Internet Explorer.

    Any ideas what causes this, and how to fix it?

    Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can offer.
    SomeOldGuy, Aug 2, 2010
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  2. SomeOldGuy

    Carlos Guest

    Hi,
    Resize the windows (Notepad, IE) to your personal taste and the close it
    (red cross, top right) while simultaneously pressing Ctrl or Shift.
    That should fix it.
    Sometimes Shift does the magic, other times it is Ctrl.
    Have crashes showed up again?
    Carlos

    "SomeOldGuy" wrote:

    > Hello,
    >
    > I've had a few computers here running Windows 7 Professional since last
    > August. This morning one of them suffered a hard crash -- system video went
    > off, had to power down to restore operations. This is the first crash I've
    > seen on Windows 7 so far, so I have no experience with what to expect.
    >
    > Some observations:
    >
    > Since the crash, every instance of Notepad that is opened, opens in a very
    > small window. I have enlarged it each time, and saved my work. But no matter
    > what I try, it always opens in a small window. Not sure, but it looks like
    > about 640 x 480 pixels.
    >
    > Since the crash, every instance of Explorer opens in a full screen window.
    > No matter what I try, EVERY time I open Explorer it opens full screen now.
    > Ditto Internet Explorer.
    >
    > Any ideas what causes this, and how to fix it?
    >
    > Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can offer.
    Carlos, Aug 2, 2010
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  3. SomeOldGuy

    SomeOldGuy Guest

    "Carlos" wrote:
    > Hi,
    > Resize the windows (Notepad, IE) to your personal taste and the close it
    > (red cross, top right) while simultaneously pressing Ctrl or Shift.
    > That should fix it.


    That did the trick - thanks!

    > Sometimes Shift does the magic, other times it is Ctrl.
    > Have crashes showed up again?


    No subsequent crashes, thank goodness. I wish I knew what caused it. These
    machines have been amazingly reliable thus far. I sure hope this was a fluke.


    > Carlos
    >
    > "SomeOldGuy" wrote:
    >
    > > Hello,
    > >
    > > I've had a few computers here running Windows 7 Professional since last
    > > August. This morning one of them suffered a hard crash -- system video went
    > > off, had to power down to restore operations. This is the first crash I've
    > > seen on Windows 7 so far, so I have no experience with what to expect.
    > >
    > > Some observations:
    > >
    > > Since the crash, every instance of Notepad that is opened, opens in a very
    > > small window. I have enlarged it each time, and saved my work. But no matter
    > > what I try, it always opens in a small window. Not sure, but it looks like
    > > about 640 x 480 pixels.
    > >
    > > Since the crash, every instance of Explorer opens in a full screen window.
    > > No matter what I try, EVERY time I open Explorer it opens full screen now.
    > > Ditto Internet Explorer.
    > >
    > > Any ideas what causes this, and how to fix it?
    > >
    > > Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can offer.
    SomeOldGuy, Aug 2, 2010
    #3
  4. SomeOldGuy

    Carlos Guest

    Hi,
    Check video card fan cleanliness.
    Accumulation of dust in the fan causes temperature buildup and subsequent
    crash.
    I had that issue once and had to disassemble the whole card in order to
    clean the dust exhausts in the heatsink that were preventing the hot air to
    be removed.
    Carlos

    "SomeOldGuy" wrote:

    > "Carlos" wrote:
    > > Hi,
    > > Resize the windows (Notepad, IE) to your personal taste and the close it
    > > (red cross, top right) while simultaneously pressing Ctrl or Shift.
    > > That should fix it.

    >
    > That did the trick - thanks!
    >
    > > Sometimes Shift does the magic, other times it is Ctrl.
    > > Have crashes showed up again?

    >
    > No subsequent crashes, thank goodness. I wish I knew what caused it. These
    > machines have been amazingly reliable thus far. I sure hope this was a fluke.
    >
    >
    > > Carlos
    > >
    > > "SomeOldGuy" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Hello,
    > > >
    > > > I've had a few computers here running Windows 7 Professional since last
    > > > August. This morning one of them suffered a hard crash -- system video went
    > > > off, had to power down to restore operations. This is the first crash I've
    > > > seen on Windows 7 so far, so I have no experience with what to expect.
    > > >
    > > > Some observations:
    > > >
    > > > Since the crash, every instance of Notepad that is opened, opens in a very
    > > > small window. I have enlarged it each time, and saved my work. But no matter
    > > > what I try, it always opens in a small window. Not sure, but it looks like
    > > > about 640 x 480 pixels.
    > > >
    > > > Since the crash, every instance of Explorer opens in a full screen window.
    > > > No matter what I try, EVERY time I open Explorer it opens full screen now.
    > > > Ditto Internet Explorer.
    > > >
    > > > Any ideas what causes this, and how to fix it?
    > > >
    > > > Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can offer.
    Carlos, Aug 2, 2010
    #4
  5. SomeOldGuy

    SomeOldGuy Guest

    Thanks. I checked it, but the whole machine is quite clean. It runs in a room
    with filtered air, and about once a month is opened and air-blasted as a
    "just in case" measure. It's been rock-solid except for this one incident. If
    it happens again, I will dig deeper.

    I appreciate the tips regarding closing the windows while holding Shift or
    Ctrl... didn't know about that (I'm no Windows expert by any stretch of the
    imagination). Someday, somebody else will have this problem and I will fix it
    for them, and they'll think I'm some kind of wizard!
    : )



    "Carlos" wrote:

    > Hi,
    > Check video card fan cleanliness.
    > Accumulation of dust in the fan causes temperature buildup and subsequent
    > crash.
    > I had that issue once and had to disassemble the whole card in order to
    > clean the dust exhausts in the heatsink that were preventing the hot air to
    > be removed.
    > Carlos
    >
    > "SomeOldGuy" wrote:
    >
    > > "Carlos" wrote:
    > > > Hi,
    > > > Resize the windows (Notepad, IE) to your personal taste and the close it
    > > > (red cross, top right) while simultaneously pressing Ctrl or Shift.
    > > > That should fix it.

    > >
    > > That did the trick - thanks!
    > >
    > > > Sometimes Shift does the magic, other times it is Ctrl.
    > > > Have crashes showed up again?

    > >
    > > No subsequent crashes, thank goodness. I wish I knew what caused it. These
    > > machines have been amazingly reliable thus far. I sure hope this was a fluke.
    > >
    > >
    > > > Carlos
    > > >
    > > > "SomeOldGuy" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Hello,
    > > > >
    > > > > I've had a few computers here running Windows 7 Professional since last
    > > > > August. This morning one of them suffered a hard crash -- system video went
    > > > > off, had to power down to restore operations. This is the first crash I've
    > > > > seen on Windows 7 so far, so I have no experience with what to expect.
    > > > >
    > > > > Some observations:
    > > > >
    > > > > Since the crash, every instance of Notepad that is opened, opens in a very
    > > > > small window. I have enlarged it each time, and saved my work. But no matter
    > > > > what I try, it always opens in a small window. Not sure, but it looks like
    > > > > about 640 x 480 pixels.
    > > > >
    > > > > Since the crash, every instance of Explorer opens in a full screen window.
    > > > > No matter what I try, EVERY time I open Explorer it opens full screen now.
    > > > > Ditto Internet Explorer.
    > > > >
    > > > > Any ideas what causes this, and how to fix it?
    > > > >
    > > > > Thanks for any advice/suggestions you can offer.
    SomeOldGuy, Aug 3, 2010
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