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Chuck_Older
04-04-2004, 08:06 AM
Second time this has happened to me. I noticed that the text on a webpage was flickering a bit. Uh-oh. Then the next time I turned on the PC, my wallpaper was gone. What the?? Just a blue screen.

Then the problems...Now when I turn off the PC, I get a windows error: "rundll32.exe not responding" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif This has happened before, and I had to do a systems restore on the PC because 100% of the CPU was being used all the time.

OK, now, I am not PC illiterate. I know a dll extension is a necessary thing. I also know this exe runs a dll as an App. I also recall a dll is used to display images on the screen.

I did a little digging and investigating. Here's what I found:

1) I had two rundll32.exe's running in task manager earlier. One was 7,000 k, the other 2,000 k. Right now, neither is being shown in task manager.

2) when I get the error, it is listed as 'rundll32.exe'. When I Search for that exact file, I get about 16 matches. the trouble is, one is rundll32, no .exe extension, the others are all in a "prefetch" file. The ones in the prefetch file have "/prfkjegk" and so forth, and have been modified recently. The icon for 'rundll32' is a blank page- I have never seen that icon before

3) I got an error on startup once, telling me that 32 was in such and such location. I haven't moved system32...


I haven't been mucking with these files.

I run WinXP with 768 MB RAM. This is what happened to me a few months ago. The next disaster will be an error that my memory cache is too low to run Windows.

I had to do a system restore to fix this last time.


Does anyone know what's going on? And please, no 'you screwed up your PC, Dude' garbage http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Chuck_Older
04-04-2004, 08:06 AM
Second time this has happened to me. I noticed that the text on a webpage was flickering a bit. Uh-oh. Then the next time I turned on the PC, my wallpaper was gone. What the?? Just a blue screen.

Then the problems...Now when I turn off the PC, I get a windows error: "rundll32.exe not responding" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif This has happened before, and I had to do a systems restore on the PC because 100% of the CPU was being used all the time.

OK, now, I am not PC illiterate. I know a dll extension is a necessary thing. I also know this exe runs a dll as an App. I also recall a dll is used to display images on the screen.

I did a little digging and investigating. Here's what I found:

1) I had two rundll32.exe's running in task manager earlier. One was 7,000 k, the other 2,000 k. Right now, neither is being shown in task manager.

2) when I get the error, it is listed as 'rundll32.exe'. When I Search for that exact file, I get about 16 matches. the trouble is, one is rundll32, no .exe extension, the others are all in a "prefetch" file. The ones in the prefetch file have "/prfkjegk" and so forth, and have been modified recently. The icon for 'rundll32' is a blank page- I have never seen that icon before

3) I got an error on startup once, telling me that 32 was in such and such location. I haven't moved system32...


I haven't been mucking with these files.

I run WinXP with 768 MB RAM. This is what happened to me a few months ago. The next disaster will be an error that my memory cache is too low to run Windows.

I had to do a system restore to fix this last time.


Does anyone know what's going on? And please, no 'you screwed up your PC, Dude' garbage http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

*****************************
Punk Rockers in the UK, they won't notice anyway. They're all too busy fighting for a good place under the lighting~ Clash

1.JaVA_Hornet
04-04-2004, 08:11 AM
Hi,
All the files in the prefetch map can
be deleted.

Once a month orso you have to do that!!!

1.JaVA_hornet
The Netherlands

Chuck_Older
04-04-2004, 08:43 AM
OK, but this wouldn't cause a dll error, would it? I don't think it would. I think the problem is windows is running two rundll32's sometimes, and when the PC shuts down, it has only shut off one and not the other. I am only showing one now. I wonder what will happen when I shut the PC off this time...

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Punk Rockers in the UK, they won't notice anyway. They're all too busy fighting for a good place under the lighting~ Clash

JG52_Helgstrand
04-04-2004, 08:52 AM
You screwed up your computer dude http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"I'm the all night drug prowling wolf who looks so sick in the sun. I'm the white man in the Palais just lookin for fun. I'm only lookin for fun."

(sry couldna resist)

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Capt.LoneRanger
04-04-2004, 09:35 AM
1. Be sure you don't have a virus. There are free virus-scanner for download.
2. Do you have a firewall? If not, you really should get one, because you'll get dozens of viruses an trojans in just an hour online, without protection.
3. Get Adaware. It removes spyware and other problems running in the background and eating up your memory (and sending personal data to the internet)
4. Get RegCleaner or a similar program. It's check the entries in your registry and should speed up windows-start and delete false or double entries.
5. Do a scandisk with surface analysis of your HDD. The problem could indicate you're loosing data. If there's a read/write-problem, your HDD will run out of space like nothin'.
6. If you've XP on a seperate partition or HDD ( eg. you have only XP and programs on C: everything else on other drive-letters, safe your important data on D: or any other partition than C:, insert your XP-CD and restart from CD, completely formating C: and doing a fresh installation. However, this should really be the last step! Usually XP is rather stable (for a M$-product... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif ) - so I'd suggest checking the other solutions first (especially when you were allready forced to reinstall...)

And, most important: Good luck http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

greets
Capt.LoneRanger

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GTO_68
04-04-2004, 09:56 AM
You may want to post this here:
http://support.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.aspx?NewsGroup=microsoft.public.windowsxp. general&SLCID=US&ICP=GSS3&sd=GN&id=fh;en-us;newsgroups

Chuck_Older
04-04-2004, 10:03 AM
Thanks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I don't have a virus as far as my software knows. I don't have a firewall, but I am running virus protection software. I use Spybot S&D everytime I log-off.

RegCleaner sounds good! Is it Commercial, or a download? Sounds commercial to me.

WinXP won't allow you to just run Scandisc when you want to. All my data is on C: except for my system restore partition. I have an HP Pavilion, and no WinXP disc was included from the factory. WinXP was the default OS, I didn't upgrade to it.

the really weird thing is: ever since I found two rundll32s running, and then opened the system32 file and checked it out, the PC has been behaving normally.

I've been keeping notes on the problem and what I have done to try and correct it. We'll see what happens, I guess http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif


But just to be safe, I copied my mission folder and skins folder to CD http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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Punk Rockers in the UK, they won't notice anyway. They're all too busy fighting for a good place under the lighting~ Clash

Capt.LoneRanger
04-04-2004, 11:49 AM
Okay, hmmm...

I suggest installing a firewall - there are many free firewalls on the net, like ZoneAlarm, TinyFirewall or simillar programs.
You have a virus scanner and search for adware, that is very good, but there are many holes in the built in.... "firewall" http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif , that make it hackers easy to access and manipulate your computer.
(Besides that, I'd use it anytime to stop WinXP sending informations to M$.... - I recommend XP-AntiSpy, speaking of the WinXP's "own will". http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif )


RegCleaner is free. You can download it here

http://www.vtoy.fi/jv16/programs/RegCleaner.exe

There's also a commercial and more powerfull version, but RegCleaner will do fine, for most purposes.


Good to see, that you made backups of your most important files http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

greets
Capt.LoneRanger

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Weather_Man
04-04-2004, 12:00 PM
SYMPTOMS
When you open Control Panel, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:

Windows cannot find C:\Windows\Rundll32.exe make sure you typed the name correctly and try again.
CAUSE
This issue occurs because of a missing or corrupted Rundll32.exe file. This issue may also be caused by a virus.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
Put the Windows XP CD ROM disk in the CD ROM drive.
Click Start, and then click Run.
Type expand X:\i386\rundll32.ex_ c:\windows\rundll32.exe in the Open box, where X is the letter of your CD ROM Drive.
Restart the computer.

Weather_Man
04-04-2004, 12:15 PM
You can also go to Start > Run and type 'sfc /scannow'
(Without the quotation marks)

The program will need the XP CD. It will repair and replace missing or damaged system files.

Chuck_Older
04-04-2004, 02:01 PM
Thanks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Punk Rockers in the UK, they won't notice anyway. They're all too busy fighting for a good place under the lighting~ Clash

Capt.LoneRanger
04-04-2004, 02:02 PM
Repair functions are disabled in XP-Home, AFAIK.

The given procedure didn't work for my XP-Home and I doubt it will with an OEM installation =(

greets
Capt.LoneRanger

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wright_7
04-04-2004, 03:31 PM
Hi, I have similar probs with my XPo/s. Maybe because of multiple o/s PC.The dual exec logon and prefech being hijackers. The once a month cleanout helps. Wright_7