Win98 - My Computer/Explorer stopped showing all Drives and Freezessystem? Help!

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Chris, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    1) Checked Anti virus sig's, (AVG uptodate)
    2) Scandisk - all partitions show no problem.
    3) Defrag - no problem.
    4) Emptied temp folders and Internet temp.
    4) Run Adaware - no problems
    4b) Ran MSREG - no problems
    5) Boot in Safe mode and Shows/Access OK to all Drives, sooo software
    5b) made shortcuts to access files of each partition, however unable to
    access/open files from programs at all i.e. Word, Excel etc. incl.
    Search for files, anything to do with opening all drives to view stops
    the system and freeze up occurs!

    TIA for any help on this one, thanks everyone.

    PS please post and send copy via email as not on very often.

    Chris, Jul 10, 2004
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  2. 1) Checked Anti virus sig's, (AVG uptodate)
    Try disconnecting your drives one at a time and see if it works without the
    disconnected drive. At least it might narrow it down. For the floppy
    drive, you should set it to None in the BIOS and also disable the floppy

    Stephen Williams, Jul 10, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Hi Steve,thanks for your reply.

    You say disconnect the drives? Sorry Maybe I should have mentioned the
    problem is with a 'Partitioned drive' not all being visable other than
    safe mode etc.
    From Memory somewhere I could unmount the drive? however have concerns
    that this will not remount and data may be lost? Thoughts??
    Thought the problem may have related to WIN98 Find Fast program and so
    added drive letters to no avail :\
    Chris, Jul 11, 2004
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    Patrick Bold Guest

    Good hunch. Run msconfig | Diagnostic Startup. If ok, then do a
    Selective Startup by adding in one item at a time until things break
    again. That should help you identify whatever it is that's causing the
    Patrick Bold, Jul 11, 2004
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    Gavin Tunney Guest

    Your diagnostics are pointing to the likely source of the fault Chris,
    assuming you have a CDRom drive installed. Win98 doesn't load CDRom
    drivers in safe mode so the initial assumption is the fault is CD
    related. Try disconnecting it.

    Safe mode also doesn't load startup files so if the CD is ok then try
    disabling all the apps that load at startup.


    Gavin Tunney, Jul 11, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Hi Gavin,

    Yes that that worked, and Stopped all preventing any acess via My
    Computer etc.
    Just trying to resetup the CDRW and CD rom drives now!! ~:\

    Thanks Guys

    Chris, Jul 14, 2004
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