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Big Icons

by dannii81 / October 31, 2004 11:48 PM PST

Hello

I am having problems with Windows 98 SE, when i turned it on the other day it is loading up the desktop with big icons and the mouse cursor is not visible. It just keeps freezing.

Does anyone have any ideas how I could fix this?

Thanks!

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Re: Big Icons
by Kees Bakker / November 1, 2004 2:24 AM PST
In reply to: Big Icons

Dannii,

Big icons can be made smaller in the properties of the desktop, but that doesn't explain the other problems.

So I suggest to go back in time a few days with the registry, to see what that does.

Boot, and when the message Starting Windows 98 ... appears keep ctrl-key pressed or repeatedly press f8 (once a second). From the boot menu choose to boot in MS-DOS. Then type scanreg /restore (end with enter) and choose a date when everything still was OK (max 5 days ago).

Post your findings. And please explain 'freezing'.

Kees

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Re: Big Icons
by dannii81 / November 1, 2004 6:45 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Big Icons

I have tried to make the icons smaller but when i set the size to the smallest available they still are larger than normal. I have ran the scanreg/restore, but it failed to restore.

By freezing, i mean the computer stops responding.

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Re: Big Icons
by Kees Bakker / November 1, 2004 7:03 PM PST
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1. It doesn't work from an MS-DOS windows, you MUST do it after booting in MS-DOS.
2. What's the error message? Did you try another version of the backup?
3. There might be some virus responsible. See if the troubleshooting procedures in the following three links are helpful.


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q188867
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;192926&Product=w98
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324609&Product=w98

It's a curious mixture of problems. There might be more than one cause, and there might be some hardware issue also. Could be difficult to sort everything out.

Kees

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Re: Big Icons
by dannii81 / November 1, 2004 10:13 PM PST
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Thanks i will have a look at these.

Yes i tried the other versions of the backups but i just get the message "system restore operation failed".

I have ran dr watson from the system information and it says "does not appear to be a windows 95 plug and play compatible display driver.

Do you think that this might have something to do with the problem?

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Re: Big Icons
by Kees Bakker / November 2, 2004 12:49 AM PST
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Reinstalling the video driver, as also suggested by reefurb below certainly wouldn't harm, if you can get the system into Safe Mode with a working mouse to do so.
You'd better accept the offer by reefurb to guide you further.

Kees

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Re: Big Icons
by reefurbb / November 1, 2004 8:55 PM PST
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1. u may be booting to safe mode. Use ctrl-alt-del, to see if keyboard works, to see if any more than 2 items are running.
2. u are running in VGA default mode of 16 color, 640x480 pixels, which usually means u lost your video drivers, (oboard video or card?), which is difficult to check device manager with keyboard instead of mouse.
3. standard mouse or other (Logitech?). No arrow may mean that mouse drivers are not loading. Using previous suggestion F8, go into safe mode and see if mouse works, and we'll take it from there....

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