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    Drive Memory Error

    When I first boot up my system and windows comes up I've noticed the above error message display for a few seconds on the start toolbar. Does anyone know what is going on? My machine runs fine otherwise except for the fact that it never shuts down properly. I tried to tackle that one before but then it lost my CD-ROM drive so I decided just to live with it.

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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    Hit Start-Run and type msconfig and hit enter.
    Go to the startup tab.
    Note everything that's checked. Uncheck them all except your Virus protection and systray.
    You'll need to restart; it will tell you.
    Then try shutting down.
    That should let you shut down, if not, you may need to end task on your virus checker before shutting down each time.
    If it does work, go back into the startup tab and add each item, one at a time, restart, and then shutdown.
    Eventually, you'll find which one keeps you from shutting down properly.

    This may also help you to discover which item is causing the Drive Memory Error.

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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    Hi Susan:

    Shutdown problems are a known bug in Win98. See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.aumha.org/a/shutdown.htm>this</A> page for a whole slew of suggestions & a link to a shutdown patch.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    Thanks for your suggestions - I'm working through them and will let you know how I get on. In the meanwhile, when my machine booted up today, I managed to right click on the driver memory error tab and was able to save everything that it said. I notice it has what looks to be some VBA code embedded in it. Does this mean anything to anyone?

    I was trying to download IE6 when all these problems happened. IE6 never has finished downloading despite numerous attempts - it just keeps saying it couldn't do it and to try again later. Also, the windows update page never works - it ends up crashing IE 5.5. What nightmares.

    I shall continue to try to follow both of your previous suggestions, but in the meanwhile if the attached file means anything to anybody, please let me know!
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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    What graphics card do you have? 'S3 driver...' would immediately make me think of an S3 type graphics card. Right-click My Computer on desktop, select Properties>Device Manager and see what display adaptor is listed and whether there is a yellow exclamatioon mark next to it.

    Even if there is no problem flagged, if you have an S3 card, try updating the driver.
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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    I tried to do what you've said. What's very interesting is that there wasn't an exclamation mark and after trying to update the driver it said I was using the best one there was. I rebooted my machine anyway and the driver memory error 'thingy' didn't come up, but a windows messge box with stop sign did come up with the following error: Start Up - Registry Editor 'cannot import c:windowskak.reg???

    By the way, while I was in device manager window, I checked them all and none had exclamation marks.
    I don't know what all I've been doing but I feel as though I may be making things worse!

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    Re: Drive Memory Error

    I don't want to sound alarmist, but "kak.reg" makes me think of the Kak worm virus.
    Check out the following and see if anything fits:
    f-secure

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    It was the KAK virus!!!!!!

    How right you were! Just before I got this message, I remembered I had seen a kak worm before so searched for it on the web. Apparently when my hard drive had to be replaced a few weeks ago, the old version of our anti-virus software was put back on and not updated. This situation has now been rectified.

    Boy do I feel stupid, but thank you all for your help. I've learned a little bit more about my system now!

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    Re: It was the KAK virus!!!!!!

    Hope your A/V sorted things out. Sorry, didn't think of a virus, but glad that going after the graphics driver flushed it out!
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