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Old 11-12-2004, 06:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could someone please help me out? All of a sudden when I try to access My Computer all I get is a folder icon and the searching pointer but nothing happens, no folders or files become visible.

I can access everything using Total Commander but can't save anything with Notepad or Word which I have icons for on the desktop. If I try to save, the save box appears but when I click on the drop down button to choose a folder or drive to save in nothing happens there either.

I am running XP Pro if that helps.

Thanks in advance for any help

Oh, I have done a cleanup with Adaware and Search & Destroy
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That was the first thing I did before Adware etc.

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Hmm...doesn't sound good. I would try either a System Restore, or if worse comes to worse, to a repair of your XP installation. I have had this problem before and a System Restore works every time.
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I had the same issue, but it hapened in the control pannel, all igot was the flash light.

Oddly enough, I ran a Defrag and scandisk and the issue went away.

also try a SFC /scannow (with the windows CD in the drive)
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, I got the problem recently .Found that there was some delay in loading some of the processes at startup. Sometimes DVD-ROMS/CD-ROMS also cause such problems...I had this issue once where removing my CD-ROM drive solved the same problem that you had.

Defragment should just do fine .Worst case, try to remove your CD/DVD drives and boot up.

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Old 11-12-2004, 11:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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had a PC with this problem recently, in the registry i had to delete a key a virus had put in that was robbing system resources through SVCHOST - took a while to find it exactly. a quick fix was to stop the SVCHOST process, then stop explorer process, then go into run and restart explorer. I then had control to get rid of the virus (also had to turn off system restore to get rid of it)
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Old 11-12-2004, 03:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for everybodies help, figured it out in the end, I had just updated Outpost Firewall to a newer version. I uninstalled to check since that was the the only thing new that I had done and everything came back to me.

Put the older version back on and the computer works fine now.

Once again thatnkyou all
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