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HELP!! Windows Explorer Hangs on Startup!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Steve, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Steve

    Steve Flightless Bird

    Hi all,

    I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1 to
    (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much hosed
    my windows.

    Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought XP
    Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot the
    system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING on
    bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move cursor
    to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.

    I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started with
    HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS Updates...
    same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last 4-5
    years.

    I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last CheckPoint
    gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete to
    TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.

    So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge list
    and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works... but I
    don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then works
    when manually started??

    Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    help... going crazy now!

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
  2. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    > Hi all,
    >
    > I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1 to
    > (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    > USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much hosed
    > my windows.
    >
    > Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought XP
    > Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot the
    > system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING on
    > bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move cursor
    > to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >
    > I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started with
    > HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS Updates...
    > same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    > cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last 4-5
    > years.
    >
    > I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last CheckPoint
    > gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    > Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete to
    > TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    > EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.
    >
    > So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge list
    > and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works... but I
    > don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then works
    > when manually started??
    >
    > Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    > help... going crazy now!
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Steve
    >
    >
    >


    Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can check
    in System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode should
    be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode

    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  3. Steve

    Steve Flightless Bird

    Hi Peter...

    I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and it's set
    to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve



    "Peter Taylor" <fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >> Hi all,
    >>
    >> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1
    >> to
    >> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    >> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much
    >> hosed
    >> my windows.
    >>
    >> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought XP
    >> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot
    >> the
    >> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING
    >> on
    >> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >> cursor
    >> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >>
    >> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started with
    >> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >> Updates...
    >> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    >> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last 4-5
    >> years.
    >>
    >> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >> CheckPoint
    >> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete to
    >> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    >> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.
    >>
    >> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge
    >> list
    >> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works...
    >> but I
    >> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then works
    >> when manually started??
    >>
    >> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    >> help... going crazy now!
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance,
    >> Steve
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can check in
    > System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    > ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    > Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode should
    > be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >
    > --
    > Peter Taylor
     
  4. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    > Hi Peter...
    >
    > I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and it's set
    > to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve


    Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive
    isn't screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>> Hi all,
    >>>
    >>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1
    >>> to
    >>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    >>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much
    >>> hosed
    >>> my windows.
    >>>
    >>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought XP
    >>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot
    >>> the
    >>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING
    >>> on
    >>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >>> cursor
    >>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >>>
    >>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started with
    >>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >>> Updates...
    >>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    >>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last 4-5
    >>> years.
    >>>
    >>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >>> CheckPoint
    >>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete to
    >>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    >>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.
    >>>
    >>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge
    >>> list
    >>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works...
    >>> but I
    >>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then works
    >>> when manually started??
    >>>
    >>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    >>> help... going crazy now!
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance,
    >>> Steve
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can check in
    >> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    >> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    >> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode should
    >> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter Taylor

    >
    >



    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  5. Steve

    Steve Flightless Bird

    Hi again...

    Ran chkdsk/f thru with NO errors... checked BIOS and it only has 3-5 user
    settings... none are "drive related". Pretty simple BIOS
    Steve


    "Peter Taylor" <fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i39hmn$an6$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    >> Hi Peter...
    >>
    >> I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and it's
    >> set
    >> to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve

    >
    > Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive isn't
    > screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>>> Hi all,
    >>>>
    >>>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1
    >>>> to
    >>>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    >>>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much
    >>>> hosed
    >>>> my windows.
    >>>>
    >>>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought
    >>>> XP
    >>>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot
    >>>> the
    >>>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING
    >>>> on
    >>>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >>>> cursor
    >>>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >>>>
    >>>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started
    >>>> with
    >>>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >>>> Updates...
    >>>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    >>>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last
    >>>> 4-5
    >>>> years.
    >>>>
    >>>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >>>> CheckPoint
    >>>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >>>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    >>>> to
    >>>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    >>>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.
    >>>>
    >>>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge
    >>>> list
    >>>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works...
    >>>> but I
    >>>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then
    >>>> works
    >>>> when manually started??
    >>>>
    >>>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    >>>> help... going crazy now!
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks in advance,
    >>>> Steve
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can check
    >>> in
    >>> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    >>> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    >>> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode should
    >>> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Peter Taylor

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > --
    > Peter Taylor
     
  6. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "Steve" wrote:

    > Hi again...
    >
    > Ran chkdsk/f thru with NO errors... checked BIOS and it only has 3-5 user
    > settings... none are "drive related". Pretty simple BIOS
    > Steve
    >



    Have you checked the Compaq website for updated drivers? This sounds like it
    could be driver related if the machine works in Safe Mode when drivers aren't
    loaded.


    >
    > "Peter Taylor" <fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:i39hmn$an6$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > > On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    > >> Hi Peter...
    > >>
    > >> I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and it's
    > >> set
    > >> to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve

    > >
    > > Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive isn't
    > > screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    > >> news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > >>> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    > >>>> Hi all,
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from SP1
    > >>>> to
    > >>>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    > >>>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty much
    > >>>> hosed
    > >>>> my windows.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3 (thought
    > >>>> XP
    > >>>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I boot
    > >>>> the
    > >>>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and NOTHING
    > >>>> on
    > >>>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    > >>>> cursor
    > >>>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started
    > >>>> with
    > >>>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    > >>>> Updates...
    > >>>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar, moving
    > >>>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for last
    > >>>> 4-5
    > >>>> years.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    > >>>> CheckPoint
    > >>>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    > >>>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    > >>>> to
    > >>>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    > >>>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every reboot.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a huge
    > >>>> list
    > >>>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer works...
    > >>>> but I
    > >>>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then
    > >>>> works
    > >>>> when manually started??
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use some
    > >>>> help... going crazy now!
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Thanks in advance,
    > >>>> Steve
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>
    > >>> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can check
    > >>> in
    > >>> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    > >>> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    > >>> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode should
    > >>> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    > >>>
    > >>> --
    > >>> Peter Taylor
    > >>
    > >>

    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > Peter Taylor

    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  7. SteveK50

    SteveK50 Flightless Bird

    Hey Peter...

    Finally figured it out... one of the latest Windows Updates did "something"
    and it caused some sort of grief with the SERVICE named "Windows
    Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)". Now that I've disabled that
    service... system boots up just fine... however... I've lost the Windows
    Firewall capability!?!!!

    I really don't understand why a common/necessary "Firewall Service" update
    is now screwing up my machine... especially when I can kill EXPLORER.EXE;
    restart it and system boots up just fine from there!???? And that's WITH
    the "Firewall Service" running??

    Steve



    "Mark Adams" <MarkAdams@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B1B8AF29-8FF5-4B8C-AD7A-C5FD58C4EDF9@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Steve" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi again...
    >>
    >> Ran chkdsk/f thru with NO errors... checked BIOS and it only has 3-5 user
    >> settings... none are "drive related". Pretty simple BIOS
    >> Steve
    >>

    >
    >
    > Have you checked the Compaq website for updated drivers? This sounds like
    > it
    > could be driver related if the machine works in Safe Mode when drivers
    > aren't
    > loaded.
    >
    >
    >>
    >> "Peter Taylor" <fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:i39hmn$an6$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> > On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    >> >> Hi Peter...
    >> >>
    >> >> I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and
    >> >> it's
    >> >> set
    >> >> to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve
    >> >
    >> > Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive
    >> > isn't
    >> > screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >> >> news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> >>> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >> >>>> Hi all,
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from
    >> >>>> SP1
    >> >>>> to
    >> >>>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    >> >>>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty
    >> >>>> much
    >> >>>> hosed
    >> >>>> my windows.
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3
    >> >>>> (thought
    >> >>>> XP
    >> >>>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I
    >> >>>> boot
    >> >>>> the
    >> >>>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and
    >> >>>> NOTHING
    >> >>>> on
    >> >>>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >> >>>> cursor
    >> >>>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started
    >> >>>> with
    >> >>>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >> >>>> Updates...
    >> >>>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar,
    >> >>>> moving
    >> >>>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for
    >> >>>> last
    >> >>>> 4-5
    >> >>>> years.
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >> >>>> CheckPoint
    >> >>>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >> >>>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would
    >> >>>> Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    >> >>>> to
    >> >>>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    >> >>>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every
    >> >>>> reboot.
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a
    >> >>>> huge
    >> >>>> list
    >> >>>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer
    >> >>>> works...
    >> >>>> but I
    >> >>>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then
    >> >>>> works
    >> >>>> when manually started??
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use
    >> >>>> some
    >> >>>> help... going crazy now!
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>> Thanks in advance,
    >> >>>> Steve
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>>
    >> >>>
    >> >>> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can
    >> >>> check
    >> >>> in
    >> >>> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    >> >>> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    >> >>> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode
    >> >>> should
    >> >>> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >> >>>
    >> >>> --
    >> >>> Peter Taylor
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > Peter Taylor

    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     
  8. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/5/2010 1:02 AM, SteveK50 wrote:
    > Hey Peter...
    >
    > Finally figured it out... one of the latest Windows Updates did "something"
    > and it caused some sort of grief with the SERVICE named "Windows
    > Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)". Now that I've disabled that
    > service... system boots up just fine... however... I've lost the Windows
    > Firewall capability!?!!!
    >
    > I really don't understand why a common/necessary "Firewall Service" update
    > is now screwing up my machine... especially when I can kill EXPLORER.EXE;
    > restart it and system boots up just fine from there!???? And that's WITH
    > the "Firewall Service" running??
    >
    > Steve


    Just a shot in the dark but do you have another firewall installed that
    perhaps came with an anti virus suite?
    >
    >
    >
    > "Mark Adams"<MarkAdams@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:B1B8AF29-8FF5-4B8C-AD7A-C5FD58C4EDF9@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Steve" wrote:
    >>
    >>> Hi again...
    >>>
    >>> Ran chkdsk/f thru with NO errors... checked BIOS and it only has 3-5 user
    >>> settings... none are "drive related". Pretty simple BIOS
    >>> Steve
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> Have you checked the Compaq website for updated drivers? This sounds like
    >> it
    >> could be driver related if the machine works in Safe Mode when drivers
    >> aren't
    >> loaded.
    >>
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >>> news:i39hmn$an6$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>> On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>>>> Hi Peter...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and
    >>>>> it's
    >>>>> set
    >>>>> to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve
    >>>>
    >>>> Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive
    >>>> isn't
    >>>> screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>>>> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>>>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from
    >>>>>>> SP1
    >>>>>>> to
    >>>>>>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a 160gb
    >>>>>>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty
    >>>>>>> much
    >>>>>>> hosed
    >>>>>>> my windows.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3
    >>>>>>> (thought
    >>>>>>> XP
    >>>>>>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I
    >>>>>>> boot
    >>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and
    >>>>>>> NOTHING
    >>>>>>> on
    >>>>>>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >>>>>>> cursor
    >>>>>>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started
    >>>>>>> with
    >>>>>>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >>>>>>> Updates...
    >>>>>>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar,
    >>>>>>> moving
    >>>>>>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for
    >>>>>>> last
    >>>>>>> 4-5
    >>>>>>> years.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >>>>>>> CheckPoint
    >>>>>>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >>>>>>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would
    >>>>>>> Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    >>>>>>> to
    >>>>>>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually start
    >>>>>>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every
    >>>>>>> reboot.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a
    >>>>>>> huge
    >>>>>>> list
    >>>>>>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer
    >>>>>>> works...
    >>>>>>> but I
    >>>>>>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then
    >>>>>>> works
    >>>>>>> when manually started??
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use
    >>>>>>> some
    >>>>>>> help... going crazy now!
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Thanks in advance,
    >>>>>>> Steve
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can
    >>>>>> check
    >>>>>> in
    >>>>>> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    >>>>>> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    >>>>>> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode
    >>>>>> should
    >>>>>> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> --
    >>>>>> Peter Taylor
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Peter Taylor
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> .
    >>>

    >
    >



    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  9. SteveK50

    SteveK50 Flightless Bird

    Morning...

    Nope... I was using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP built-in
    Firewall turned OFF. Since running into this problem last week; I have
    since reformatted my hard-drives and using XP Home (on one) and XP PRO (on
    second)... NO AV at all.

    Both reinstalls were "virgin"... Home started with SP1; Pro with SP2...
    downloaded Windows Updates until the update "after SP3"... I figure maybe
    25-30 updates and then it hung. So I figure Windows Firewall was turned ON
    right after SP2 and I didn't change that. Oh yeah... BOTH drives (which I
    put in and take out of my laptop) have Office XP installed (for Outlook to
    read mail)... using Outlook Express (to read this group)... and NO OTHER
    APPS AT ALL.

    I've no idea how to figure out the "last 25-30 updates"... to back out and
    see which caused this... that's a new task for me to start on.

    It's just frustrating when "standard Microsoft install/download" messes
    up... and I've no idea where to go (at this time).

    Appreciate all your comments so far... hopefully you'll keep them coming.
    Another set of eyes... especially from those who know more than I do... are
    VERY WELCOME.

    Steve



    "Peter Taylor" <noemailspam@please.com.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i3e0od$49e$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 8/5/2010 1:02 AM, SteveK50 wrote:
    >> Hey Peter...
    >>
    >> Finally figured it out... one of the latest Windows Updates did
    >> "something"
    >> and it caused some sort of grief with the SERVICE named "Windows
    >> Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)". Now that I've disabled that
    >> service... system boots up just fine... however... I've lost the Windows
    >> Firewall capability!?!!!
    >>
    >> I really don't understand why a common/necessary "Firewall Service"
    >> update
    >> is now screwing up my machine... especially when I can kill EXPLORER.EXE;
    >> restart it and system boots up just fine from there!???? And that's WITH
    >> the "Firewall Service" running??
    >>
    >> Steve

    >
    > Just a shot in the dark but do you have another firewall installed that
    > perhaps came with an anti virus suite?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Mark Adams"<MarkAdams@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:B1B8AF29-8FF5-4B8C-AD7A-C5FD58C4EDF9@microsoft.com...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Steve" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Hi again...
    >>>>
    >>>> Ran chkdsk/f thru with NO errors... checked BIOS and it only has 3-5
    >>>> user
    >>>> settings... none are "drive related". Pretty simple BIOS
    >>>> Steve
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Have you checked the Compaq website for updated drivers? This sounds
    >>> like
    >>> it
    >>> could be driver related if the machine works in Safe Mode when drivers
    >>> aren't
    >>> loaded.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >>>> news:i39hmn$an6$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>>> On 8/3/2010 6:18 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>>>>> Hi Peter...
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. I checked and
    >>>>>> it's
    >>>>>> set
    >>>>>> to "Ultra DMA Mode 5"... Steve
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Hmmmm, sounds bad. Try doing a chkdsk /f to make sure the hard drive
    >>>>> isn't
    >>>>> screwed. Does the BIOS also say Ultra DMA?
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "Peter Taylor"<fakeemail@fakeemail.com.invalid> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:i3982o$p8$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>>>>>> On 8/3/2010 2:41 PM, Steve wrote:
    >>>>>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> I've had this Presario 2195US laptop for 4-5 years; running XP from
    >>>>>>>> SP1
    >>>>>>>> to
    >>>>>>>> (now) SP3... no problems. 2-3 weeks ago, I tried to connect a
    >>>>>>>> 160gb
    >>>>>>>> USB-encased hard drive with no luck... proceeding along I pretty
    >>>>>>>> much
    >>>>>>>> hosed
    >>>>>>>> my windows.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Anyway, I decided to reformat/install a copy of XP Pro w/SP3
    >>>>>>>> (thought
    >>>>>>>> XP
    >>>>>>>> Home didn't like 160gb) and, after a few MS updates, every time I
    >>>>>>>> boot
    >>>>>>>> the
    >>>>>>>> system it shows the DESKTOP, the bottom left of the TaskBar and
    >>>>>>>> NOTHING
    >>>>>>>> on
    >>>>>>>> bottom-right. Cursor moves, I can Ctrl-Alt-Delete and, when I move
    >>>>>>>> cursor
    >>>>>>>> to TaskBar area... cursor turns into the old hour-glass.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> I then reinstall with the original Compaq QuickRestore CDs (started
    >>>>>>>> with
    >>>>>>>> HOME SP1 and updated thru SP3)... and somewhere along in the MS
    >>>>>>>> Updates...
    >>>>>>>> same symptom... boot ends up with SHOWING DESKTOP, half TaskBar,
    >>>>>>>> moving
    >>>>>>>> cursor but can't do anything else. Again, this setup worked for
    >>>>>>>> last
    >>>>>>>> 4-5
    >>>>>>>> years.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> I found that booting to Safe Mode and System Restore to the last
    >>>>>>>> CheckPoint
    >>>>>>>> gave me my system back... which worked as long as I did NOT reboot.
    >>>>>>>> Googling for a last week or so... I saw someone would
    >>>>>>>> Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    >>>>>>>> to
    >>>>>>>> TaskManager, kill EXPLORER and then do a NEW TASK and manually
    >>>>>>>> start
    >>>>>>>> EXPLORER... Works like a champ... but does get old after every
    >>>>>>>> reboot.
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> So... SafeMode works... tried going thru MSCONFIG list but with a
    >>>>>>>> huge
    >>>>>>>> list
    >>>>>>>> and constant rebooting take hours. Killing/starting Explorer
    >>>>>>>> works...
    >>>>>>>> but I
    >>>>>>>> don't understand why Explorer hangs when Windows starts up but then
    >>>>>>>> works
    >>>>>>>> when manually started??
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Has anyone seen this before... and resolved it?? Sure could use
    >>>>>>>> some
    >>>>>>>> help... going crazy now!
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>> Thanks in advance,
    >>>>>>>> Steve
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Check to make sure that your hard drive isn't set to PIO. You can
    >>>>>>> check
    >>>>>>> in
    >>>>>>> System Properties where you should go to Hardware/Device Manager/IDE
    >>>>>>> ATA/ATPI controllers/Right click on Primary IDE Channel and go to
    >>>>>>> Properties/Advanced Settings tab. The setting under Transfer Mode
    >>>>>>> should
    >>>>>>> be DMA and the Current Transfer Mode should be Ultra DMA Mode
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> --
    >>>>>>> Peter Taylor
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Peter Taylor
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> .
    >>>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > --
    > Peter Taylor
     
  10. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/5/2010 2:39 PM, SteveK50 wrote:
    > Morning...
    >
    > Nope... I was using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP built-in
    > Firewall turned OFF. Since running into this problem last week; I have
    > since reformatted my hard-drives and using XP Home (on one) and XP PRO (on
    > second)... NO AV at all.
    >
    > Both reinstalls were "virgin"... Home started with SP1; Pro with SP2...
    > downloaded Windows Updates until the update "after SP3"... I figure maybe
    > 25-30 updates and then it hung. So I figure Windows Firewall was turned ON
    > right after SP2 and I didn't change that. Oh yeah... BOTH drives (which I
    > put in and take out of my laptop) have Office XP installed (for Outlook to
    > read mail)... using Outlook Express (to read this group)... and NO OTHER
    > APPS AT ALL.
    >
    > I've no idea how to figure out the "last 25-30 updates"... to back out and
    > see which caused this... that's a new task for me to start on.
    >
    > It's just frustrating when "standard Microsoft install/download" messes
    > up... and I've no idea where to go (at this time).
    >
    > Appreciate all your comments so far... hopefully you'll keep them coming.
    > Another set of eyes... especially from those who know more than I do... are
    > VERY WELCOME.
    >
    > Steve


    After you installed SP3, did you reboot twice? Did you install the chip
    set drivers, video drivers, USB drivers and audio drivers and were the
    latest ones or the ones on a CD?

    --
    Peter Taylor
     
  11. SteveK50

    SteveK50 Flightless Bird

    Hi Peter...

    Not sure what you mean...

    1. XP Home w/SP1... came from Compaq QuickRestore CDs... so all drivers
    came directly from manufacturer's CDs
    2. XP Pro w/SP2... was an actual Microsoft CD... but only Compaq drivers I
    loaded were... video, WLAN, TouchPad and HP-special key drivers... hotkeys
    to IE, mail, mute sound, etc.

    In BOTH cases... installed OS, then (XP Pro) loaded extra drivers and THEN
    "forced" updates (with Windows Update App)... SP3 came down BUT I only
    rebooted ONCE (??) and all was still ok. It was the next Update Set where
    things went to hell-in-a-handbasket... I'd guess about 30-40 downloads in
    that "single" download.

    Oh yeah... I did go back (2-3 days ago) and RE-INSTALLED the ATI video
    driver... I think I was looking for the "update driver" part (of Device
    Manager) and saw the Compaq version number was changed to "Windows Update"
    (or Windows Download)... so I did reinstall THAT one.

    Steve



    "Peter Taylor" <noemailspam@please.com.invalid> wrote in message
    news:i3egcs$1to$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 8/5/2010 2:39 PM, SteveK50 wrote:
    >> Morning...
    >>
    >> Nope... I was using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP
    >> built-in
    >> Firewall turned OFF. Since running into this problem last week; I have
    >> since reformatted my hard-drives and using XP Home (on one) and XP PRO
    >> (on
    >> second)... NO AV at all.
    >>
    >> Both reinstalls were "virgin"... Home started with SP1; Pro with SP2...
    >> downloaded Windows Updates until the update "after SP3"... I figure maybe
    >> 25-30 updates and then it hung. So I figure Windows Firewall was turned
    >> ON
    >> right after SP2 and I didn't change that. Oh yeah... BOTH drives (which
    >> I
    >> put in and take out of my laptop) have Office XP installed (for Outlook
    >> to
    >> read mail)... using Outlook Express (to read this group)... and NO OTHER
    >> APPS AT ALL.
    >>
    >> I've no idea how to figure out the "last 25-30 updates"... to back out
    >> and
    >> see which caused this... that's a new task for me to start on.
    >>
    >> It's just frustrating when "standard Microsoft install/download" messes
    >> up... and I've no idea where to go (at this time).
    >>
    >> Appreciate all your comments so far... hopefully you'll keep them coming.
    >> Another set of eyes... especially from those who know more than I do...
    >> are
    >> VERY WELCOME.
    >>
    >> Steve

    >
    > After you installed SP3, did you reboot twice? Did you install the chip
    > set drivers, video drivers, USB drivers and audio drivers and were the
    > latest ones or the ones on a CD?
    >
    > --
    > Peter Taylor
     
  12. Peter Taylor

    Peter Taylor Flightless Bird

    On 8/5/2010 9:08 PM, SteveK50 wrote:
    > Hi Peter...
    >
    > Not sure what you mean...
    >
    > 1. XP Home w/SP1... came from Compaq QuickRestore CDs... so all drivers
    > came directly from manufacturer's CDs
    > 2. XP Pro w/SP2... was an actual Microsoft CD... but only Compaq drivers I
    > loaded were... video, WLAN, TouchPad and HP-special key drivers... hotkeys
    > to IE, mail, mute sound, etc.
    >
    > In BOTH cases... installed OS, then (XP Pro) loaded extra drivers and THEN
    > "forced" updates (with Windows Update App)... SP3 came down BUT I only
    > rebooted ONCE (??) and all was still ok. It was the next Update Set where
    > things went to hell-in-a-handbasket... I'd guess about 30-40 downloads in
    > that "single" download.
    >
    > Oh yeah... I did go back (2-3 days ago) and RE-INSTALLED the ATI video
    > driver... I think I was looking for the "update driver" part (of Device
    > Manager) and saw the Compaq version number was changed to "Windows Update"
    > (or Windows Download)... so I did reinstall THAT one.
    >
    > Steve
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter Taylor"<noemailspam@please.com.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:i3egcs$1to$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> On 8/5/2010 2:39 PM, SteveK50 wrote:
    >>> Morning...
    >>>
    >>> Nope... I was using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP
    >>> built-in
    >>> Firewall turned OFF. Since running into this problem last week; I have
    >>> since reformatted my hard-drives and using XP Home (on one) and XP PRO
    >>> (on
    >>> second)... NO AV at all.
    >>>
    >>> Both reinstalls were "virgin"... Home started with SP1; Pro with SP2...
    >>> downloaded Windows Updates until the update "after SP3"... I figure maybe
    >>> 25-30 updates and then it hung. So I figure Windows Firewall was turned
    >>> ON
    >>> right after SP2 and I didn't change that. Oh yeah... BOTH drives (which
    >>> I
    >>> put in and take out of my laptop) have Office XP installed (for Outlook
    >>> to
    >>> read mail)... using Outlook Express (to read this group)... and NO OTHER
    >>> APPS AT ALL.
    >>>
    >>> I've no idea how to figure out the "last 25-30 updates"... to back out
    >>> and
    >>> see which caused this... that's a new task for me to start on.
    >>>
    >>> It's just frustrating when "standard Microsoft install/download" messes
    >>> up... and I've no idea where to go (at this time).
    >>>
    >>> Appreciate all your comments so far... hopefully you'll keep them coming.
    >>> Another set of eyes... especially from those who know more than I do...
    >>> are
    >>> VERY WELCOME.
    >>>
    >>> Steve

    >>
    >> After you installed SP3, did you reboot twice? Did you install the chip
    >> set drivers, video drivers, USB drivers and audio drivers and were the
    >> latest ones or the ones on a CD?
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter Taylor

    >
    >


    Try it again and reboot twice after installing SP3. MS says rebooting
    twice is a requirement for a good install which may be the reason the
    subsequent updates went to hell. I personally use the SP3 CD and it's
    the first thing I install after Windows loads for the first time. Check
    at the video card manufacturer's web site for video drivers. Video
    drivers have surely been updated since that Compaq CD was made.

    You can download the .iso file to make an SP3 CD from:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...CE-B5FB-4488-8C50-FE22559D164E&displaylang=en

    --
    Peter Taylor
     

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