Re: W2KPro loads but no icons/taskbar show.
From: Steph (anonymous_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 16:42:18 -0800
I went by the book & tried everything you recommended to
no avail. Plenty of space, but fixboot & fixmbr did
nothing to improve my scenario. Because anything sensitive
is saved to servers, blowing away the partition and re-
installing W2KPro seemed the only answer. The box in
question seems to be behaving, but intellectual curiosity
(not to mention the fact that I spent way too long on this
problem) has me wondering if I embraced the scorched-earth
policy way too early in the game. Your thoughts?
>"Stephanie" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >"Stephanie" <email@example.com> wrote
>> in message
>> >> One of the W2KPro machines in my office will go
>> >> POST and appear to start normally. The background
>> >> but no icons or taskbar are displayed. Also, at this
>> >> the keyboard and mouse do not function. I have tried
>> >> booting in safe mode with the same result - the
>> >> background typical of the safe mode startup displays,
>> >> no icons or taskbar and no "Safe Mode" in corners as
>> >> expected. Can somebody tell me what went wrong?
>> >Have you been running an up-to-date anti-virus program?
>> >Have you booted up with a w98 floppy disk and looked
>> around on the 'C'
>> >drive? Is there any available space? Have you tried
>> doing a chkdsk?
>> >Another thing to try is fixboot and fixmbr. I also
>> out the temp
>> >directory (although I doubt that's the cause of your
>> problem). These are the
>> >first things I try when I faced with these type of
>> unknown situation.
>> >Uncle Joe
>> >Take the "NiceGuy" out of
>> FatherNiceGuyJosefStalin@Yahoo.Com to respond
>> Thanks for your quick reply. This machine is behind a
>> Sonicwall with extremely up-to-date McAfee definitions,
>> I don't think viruses are the issue. I made it run
>> Scandisk, and is says that Windows has modified the file
>> table (the HDD is FAT because we still are using some
>> MSDOS network apps), but I guess I'll try to run chkdsk
>> after booting to a command prompt. Am I on the right
>Ok, viruses are out of the question.
>How about free disk space?
>If that computer was dumped on my lap, I would first try
to do a chkdsk.
>Since you have nothing to lose, and I've never had a
negative effect due to
>using these programs I would try fixboot and fixmbr (from
the DOS command
>line). You'll see some warnings that'll scare the crap
out of you.
>If that doesn't work, try repairing W2K with the install
>That's the protocol we use.
>Take the "NiceGuy" out of
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