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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA

    Resolved [RESOLVED] Shutdown problem with Error Message

    I first started having a problem with Vista hanging on start-up. I finally figured that out by process of elimination, the cause was FireThreat. So I uninstalled it and then had no more problems with hanging while booting up.

    Then a few days ago, I installed a new program that C-net sent to me because I was a member of C-net. The program is called "C-net TechTracker". The program scans your computer and tells you all the programs on your computer that is outdated and then provides you the link to use to update the programs. It found 17 outdated programs on my computer. It gives you the choice of which ones you want to update and I only updated 13 of them, didn't need to update the other ones because I update those manually. I also made sure that my Windows was completely updated. I also ran Belarc Advisor to make sure I had not missed any critical security updates. I changed the settings on Cnet TechTracher so that it would not run in my system tray and that it would only run once a week to tell me if I needed any new updates. I don't know if any of this has anything to do with my shut down problems now, but since updating everything with Cnet TechTracker I have found 2 annoying problems. For one thing, my quick launch bar has changed--now I don't have the up & down menu with my quick launch programs, they are all spread out on the quick launch bar--and now what ever I am working on or when I am on the Internet, I have an up & down menu that I have to keep clicking on arrows to go back and forth between, say Word & the Internet. The second annoying problem is that Window's Media Player is now running in my system tray and I can't stop it from running there. Right clicking on it shows no settings in it whatsoever so that I can tell it not to run on startup. Next I used MSCONFIG to go to my startup menu and unchecked it there, applied changes and then the next time I started up my computer, Windows Media Player was right back in my system tray! Now when I shut down as you normally would, I get a slightly blacken screen with an error message in the middle of the screen that says: Explorer.ex-Application Error-The instruction at 0x768f8ed referrenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory could not be read. Click OK to terminate the program. Which I then click OK.

    I have no idea what is causing this problem so I can not fix it. Below is information about my computer.

    Dell Inc. Inspiron 531 00 (bought Dec 2007)
    Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 (build 6002)
    Firefox 3.5.1

    Processor a
    2.30 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
    256 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    Main Circuit Board b
    Board: Dell Inc. 0RY206
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: Dell Inc. 1.0.6 09/06/2007

    1500.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    1332.24 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    PBDS DVD+-RW DH-16W1S SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]

    HP psc 2175 USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 6
    SAMSUNG HD501LJ SCSI Disk Device (500.11 GB) -- drive 0
    TEAC USB HS-CF Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
    TEAC USB HS-MS Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
    TEAC USB HS-SD Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 5
    TEAC USB HS-xD/SM USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
    WD 10EAVS External USB Device [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1
    Memory Modules c,d
    1982 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'DIMM_2' has 1024 MB
    Slot 'DIMM_3' is Empty
    Slot 'DIMM_4' is Empty

    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 489.32 GB 386.46 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 0) 10.74 GB 4.92 GB free
    k: (FAT32 on drive 1) 999.96 GB 940.87 GB free

    IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
    NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
    Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller

    NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 [Display adapter]
    DELL E228WFP [Monitor] (22.0"vis, s/n KU3117AJ1MML, October 2007)

    Bus Adapters
    Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
    Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller

    NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

    Realtek High Definition Audio

    USB Human Interface Device
    HP psc 2170 series
    HID Keyboard Device
    Microsoft USB IntelliMouse Web
    HP PSC 2170 Series (DOT4USB)
    USB Composite Device
    USB Mass Storage Device (3x)
    USB Printing Support
    USB Root Hub (2x)
    Generic volume shadow copy
    psc 2175
    USB HS-CF Card
    USB HS-MS Card
    USB HS-SD Card
    USB HS-xD/SM

    Virus Protection
    avast! antivirus 4.8.1290 [VPS 081124-0] Version 4.8.1290
    Realtime File Scanning On

    Some Software that might be relevant--too many to list all:

    Acrobat.com *
    Ad-Watch *
    Adobe Acrobat Version *
    Adobe AIR 1.0.1 Version 1.0.1 *
    Adobe Reader Version *
    ALWIL Software - avast! Antivirus Version 4, 8, 0, 0 *
    Andrea Electronics Corporation - APO Access Service (32-bit) Version *
    Apple Inc. - Bonjour Version 1,0,6,2 *
    Apple Inc. - iTunes Version *
    Apple Inc. - QuickTime QuickTime 7.6.2 (1324) *
    Apple Mobile Device Service Version *
    Apple Software Update Version *
    Auslogics - Disk Defrag Version 2.x *
    Avanquest Software - Digital Line Detection Version 1, 0, 0, 2 *
    Belarc, Inc. - Advisor Version 7.2v *
    BVRP - Netwaiting Version 2.5.44 *
    CBS Interactive - CNET TechTracker Version *
    Google Desktop Version 5.9.906.4286
    Google Updater Version 2.4.1441.4352.beta *
    GoogleToolbarNotifier Version 2, 0, 301, 1654 *
    Macromedia, Inc. - Shockwave Flash Version 7,0,14,0 *
    Macrovision Corporation - InstallShield (R) Version 10.50 *
    Macrovision FLEXnet Connect Version 3, 20 *
    McAfee SiteAdvisor Version 2,9,0,0
    Microsoft Corporation - Windows Defender
    Microsoft® .NET Framework Version 2.0.50727.4016 *
    Microsoft® .NET Framework Version 3.0.4506.4037 *
    Microsoft® Schedule+ for Windows 95(TM) Version 7.5 *
    Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET Version 7.00.9466 *
    NVIDIA Corporation - nForce Network Test Utility Version 1, 0, 0, 6566 *
    NVIDIA Driver Helper Service, Version 175.16 Version *
    Pantaray Research LTD. - Engine Version *
    Sun Microsystems, Inc. - Java(TM) Platform SE 6 U14 Version *
    Sun Microsystems, Inc. - Java(TM) Platform SE 6 Version *
    Western Digital - DLGDIAG for Windows Version 1.13 *

    I am so sorry that this was so long, but I am not real computer literate and had no idea what might and what might not help that would enable you with enough information to help me. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Note: Before I got this new computer, my old computer used Windows 98SE so Vista is like a foreign language to me! Also, I have a second hard drive (external) that is 1 T and I keep all my data on that drive.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA

    May have fixed one of the problems

    Since I posted this problem on August 4, I may have solved the problem. I say "may" because it may start up again in the future some times. But so far, since I uninstalled SpyBot, I have not had a shut down problem and no shut down error messages. Everyone here keeps telling me that SpyBot & Destroy is garbage so I uninstalled it and then downloaded a program that was recommended here: SuperAnti-Spyware--haven't installed it yet because I want to read more about it before installing it so that I can make sure I set it up correctly.

    Even though I have seemed to have solved the shut down problem, I still have not been able to fix the Quick Launch bar--should I post that in another forum? It is just driving me crazy since my bottom tool bar now acts like the quick launch bar with the up and down menus for showing the different web pages on the Internet and anything I am working on along with the site. (Some times I like to copy information off a web page and paste it into a Word document).

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
    If aI am interpreting your issue correctly, right-click on a blank section of the Taskbar and select Properties. Uncheck the "Group Taskbar buttons".

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA
    I did as you suggested and it did not work. This is what all is listed and what is checked & unchecked:
    lock the taskbar-checked
    Auto hide the taskbar-unchecked
    Keep the taskbar on top of other windows--checked
    Group similar taskbar buttons--unchecked
    Show the Quick Launch --checked
    Show Windows preview (thumbnails)-checked

    Under the tab that says "Toolbars" all that is checked is Google Desktop and Quick Launch

    Under the tab that says "Notification", everything is checked but power and that is grayed out.

    Does any of this help to explain my problem? I really don't mind that the items on the quick launch bar are now spread out instead of an up and down menu, (what I was use to before Vista), but in the taskbar is where I am most aggravated with it's up and down menu.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
    Uncheck "Lock the Taskbar" and see what happens.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA
    That was one of the things I did first when first trying to figure this out but it didn't work. But I just tried it again in hopes that something had changed, and it had not--so it still does not help to uncheck lock the task bar. Maybe I should go to MS web site and see if I can find an answer there since this is a Vista product. But thanks for the suggestions anyway.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Belfast, Ulster.
    Quote Originally Posted by gypsy63 View Post
    For one thing, my quick launch bar has changed--now I don't have the up & down menu with my quick launch programs, they are all spread out on the quick launch bar--
    Do you mean your quick launch area looks something like this?

    And you want it to be this ?

    And your open programs are squeezed into a small area perhaps like this ?

    Current PC

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, (XP Mode virtual pc enabled)
    WEI 7.4, 7.6, 7.9, 7.9, 5.9
    Intel Core i5-2310, 8GB Ram
    Geforce GTX 660 OC
    Samsung Syncmaster SA300 23.6" monitor

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA
    Yes! That is exactly how everything looks now. As I mentioned before, having the few items I use on my quick launch bar does not bother me being spread out, (not that many of them), but the 3rd picture that you posted is exactly how my task bar now looks and I hate it--it is so inconvenient to me to have it this way!

    Is there anything I can do to correct this? I would say maybe it is just a Vista thing, but I have never noticed this before until my quick launch bar changed and then I noticed that my task bar now has the up and down menu!

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Sheboygan, WI

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Lincolnton, Georgia-USA

    Red face I am so embarrassed!

    I feel so stupid! I just figured out what the problem was--don't know why I did not think of it before. All I had to do was to slide the task bar slider (don't know what else to call it) back toward the left--and behold, everything spread back across the task bar as I wanted it to be! Now no more up and down menus! Thanks for all the trouble all of you have went to in order to help me. I knew if I came to this forum that someone would try to help me.
    A thankful person,

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Sheboygan, WI
    You definitely are not the only person to do that.

    Glad you got it the way you want it now.

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