Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Your computer may need more memory (RAM).
You may have too many programs running at one
time and resources have been depleted. This includes TSRs that may be running in the background.
Do you have a large array of icons in your system tray on the taskbar? Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and see how many programs are running. You may have to close some down to regain resources.
Remember also,that some programs not currently running may not have released memory and other resources properly at shut-down. In this case you may need to turn off your computer, wait 30 seconds or so, and restart it.
Also, check to see if your hard drive is getting full. Windows requires free space on your hard drive to use as a swap file, or virtual memory. I suggest leaving about 25% of your hard drive free (at least the drive that contains your operating system files). Some people consider this a little extravagant, but if you want to push the edge, then be prepared to deal with the consequences.
Delete unnecessary files from your hard drive. Empty your Recycle Bin and your Internet Browser's cache. Do a ScanDisk and defragment your hard drive.
If your keyboard isn't plugged in, you'll get a keyboard error at startup.
You might also have touched a key during startup, or perhaps there's a book or something pressing on the keyboard.
However, if its recurring, you may want to check for sticking or broken keys, or get a new keyboard.
You have tried to start your computer with a disk in the floppy drive that doesn't contain any operating system files.
Solution: all you have to do is remove the disk and press the spacebar. Or go to BIOS and choose the appropriate System Disk.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Confirm that your hard disk or file system is not damaged. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM, load Microsoft Recovery Console, and then use the Chkdsk command-line utility. This may solve your problem.
Important We recommend that advanced users or administrators use the Recovery Console. You have to know the Administrator's password to use the Recovery Console.
For additional information about how to check and repair a damaged hard disk by using Chkdsk, see the "Using the Recovery Console" and "Using the Recovery Console command prompt"
How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP
Note If the Chkdsk command reports that it cannot gain access to your hard disk, you may have a hardware failure. Examine all cable connections and any jumper settings on your drive. For more assistance, contact a computer repair professional or the manufacturer of your computer.
If the Chkdsk command reports that it cannot fix all hard disk problems, your file system or Master Boot Record (MBR) may be damaged or no longer accessible. Try appropriate Recovery Console commands such as Fixmbr and Fixboot, contact a data recovery service, or repartition and reformat your hard disk.
Important For more help, contact your computer manufacturer or a Microsoft Product Support Services professional.
Allow only qualified personnel to repair your computer. Computer repair that is performed by non-qualified personnel may nullify your computer's warranty.
If you repartition and reformat your hard disk, you lose all the information on the disk.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
If you recently removed a program or a Windows component from your computer by deleting it manually, related information that is still on your computer may be causing the problem. To remove the program or component, first reinstall it, and then use the Add or Remove Programs tool, or follow the manufacturer's instructions.
To remove a program from your computer, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
2. In the list of programs, click the one that you want to remove, and then click Change/Remove.
3. Click Yes when you are prompted with the question "Do you want to remove the program?"
If the program is not listed in the Add or Remove Programs tool, contact the manufacturer to obtain instructions for removing it.
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