Slow Windows 95 Shutdown James Tett 05.16.1997
Problem: When I shut down my computer it goes from the "Shutting down microsoft windows 95" screen to a blank screen. There it stays for about a minute then it goes to the "It is now safe to turn off your computer" Why does it take so long to get from the blank screen to the It is now safe to shut off your computer screen. It never used to do that. It has now been doing that for about a month. Any ideas on what it could be, and how it could be fixed?
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Well James, Congratulations! You are the first person to use the "Stump the Puzzler Form", and you also have a good question that I don't have an easy answer for. I do have some ideas though. Some background first: When Windows 95 first starts up, it builds the Registry "on-the-fly". It combines information from the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT files. The SYSTEM.DAT is a database of information about the devices installed on your machine, and USER.DAT contains data about your desktop and programs. The Registry also extracts information from SYSTEM.INI and WINDOWS.INI and other "INI" files it finds so your system can use older Windows 3.x and some DOS programs that don't know about Windows 95. When Windows 95 goes through the Shutdown process, it removes the Registry and saves the data back to the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT databases. For more information about the Registry a good place to start is: PC Webopaedia Windows 95 Registry Page http://www.pcwebopaedia.com/Registry.htm You can edit the Registry manually, but I don't recommend it. The Registry Editor is not user-friendly, and you can completely wreck your system very easily. There are no warnings, and even experts do not attempt to edit it without making backup copies of SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT first. Scanning the following article from Windows Magazine can give you a feeling for the complexity of the Registry: Windows Magazine Registry Article http://www.winmag.com/library/1997/0201/featu159.htm I have the feeling, something you might have installed in the last month is slowing down the shutdown process, or maybe something got corrupted. At C/NET's Shareware.com site page below, you can download the freeware Registry cleaning program "RegClean". It probably won't solve the problem, but it's a good place to start. I downloaded and ran it on my system, and I found no problems with it. RegClean http://www.shareware.com/top/MS-Windows95-noframe.html A few months ago, PC World Magazine published an article on a more drastic variation of this problem (when the Shutdown process won't finish at all). This article is a step-by-step trouble-shooting guide. I recommend you print it. Some of steps are pretty drastic, and a slow shutdown may be easier to live with than trying to fix it by these methods. You will have to be the judge. PC World Magazine How-to Article http://www.pcworld.com/software/opsystems/articles/mar97/1503p252a.html Finally, James, after I post this e-mail back to you, I will have to go to work on my Web site. In the "Stump the Puzzler" form I said I will post the questions and answers on the LAROKE site so others can have a shot at answering them too. I haven't built that part of the site yet, so you've put me to work! Keep me informed on your progress with this problem. I Remain, L. R. Kephart LAROKE Microcomputer Consultants \\\ | /// ( 0 0 ) +----------------o00----------------(_)------------------------------------+ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Personal: http://www.laroke.com/larryk4674/index.htm Business: http://www.laroke.com +----------------------------------------------o00-------------------------+ I___I___I II II oo0 0oo
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Remember a while ago I told you about a problem with my computer? It was taking a long time to start up and shut down. I figured out why. The chipset in the mother board went bad. I replaced the mother board and it works great except we had a power surge and it fries my computer. So I built a new one. Right now it is still a p75 but in Feb I am putting in a p 233 since that is all my new mother board supports. I have a Quantum 32 series 3.2 Gig hard drive, 32 Mb of ram, K 56 Flex modem, 24x CD-Rom drive, Sound Blaster 16 AWE 64, 3.5 floppy, 14" Color monitor, 2 Mb S3 video card. I had to replace everything but the sound Card and 3.5 floppy drive. All totaled up it cost about $1,500 less the parts I didn't replace and the monitor. It is an ok system now. I also bought a Connectix Color Quick Cam for it and a Color flatbed scanner. (9600 DPI resolution) and I am going to buy a Vivitar digital camera... Do you know anyone who wants a Color Eyeball camera. It is the conectix Quick cam. I am selling it. Only 3 months old. Asking $125 obo, (Half of what I paid) If you do let me know. Well just wanted to tell you what the slow start-up / shut-down problem was caused by. James
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