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    Flashlight is looking??

    This computer is driving me nuts..........Now, instead of just starting, and showing what's going on, the blank white page
    comes up with the waving flashlight, as if searching for the contents. After a few seconds (about 10 or less), the contents of the page show up, and everything seems to be normal from that point on. Does this give anyone a clue to what's gone
    haywire with this machine from hell???? And, just for the record, it has nothing to do with Modeler or myHouse!

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    Are you talking about viewing a folder's contents with Windows Explorer? Or when doing a "File open"? Or both?

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    And while awaiting your answer to Leif's question, let me add another. Is the machine on a network (LAN) of any kind, or has it been in the past?

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    I'm talking about turning on the computer, and before anything else is displayed, the flashlight starts waving....the background
    is a blank white surface.
    Later, if I go to Windows Explorer, it may happen there..........It's not consistant, but happens more than not.
    It has nothing to do with any particular file or utility- it's as if there is no operating system when the flashing shows up.
    If you've ever deleted something, then tried to find it, and the flashlight shows up........Hope this clears up the description.
    I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the hard-drive? Or a bad sector kind of thing, or ?????

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    I can't remember, from other threads, if you've already done so, but there are a few things you should do at the outset. FIRST, a Scandisk and maybe even a "Thorough" type scan at that, to see how Windows reports the drive. Then a defrag to see if scattered file pieces are contributing to the problem. Next I'd say run AdAware and Spybot - see <!post=this StarPost,296439>this StarPost<!/post>. I'm a little concerned that you say it happens when you first turn on the machine. Does that mean before or after the Windows Desktop shows up?

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    It is not consistant, but when it does happen, it happens before at the point of the desktop showing up......just before the
    desktop.
    I have done the scandesk, registry mechanic, defrag, and as usual with Windows Scandisk never finds a problem......at least,
    not in my 5 years experience with it. Defrag completed it's task, and Registry scan showed a few invalid paths, but corrected
    them. After that, it still happened.

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    I'm not sure of the order in which things happen at windows boot, but it sounds to me like something is trying to be loaded before you actually get to seeing the desktop display. The result is that you get the searchlight instead, until the search is "abandoned".

    To this end, I'd check the Startup tab in msconfig and try to identify everything that is checked to run. It may be that something on this list no longer exists (some removed malware for instance). You could search for any filenames or uncheck items in the case of not being able to indentify an associated file.

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    I'd agree with Alan here. It's looking for something it wants to load on bootup. Alan's solution is spot on, but can be tedious. As a last resort solution, you might want to try a "repair" installation of the OS. Sometimes installing Win98 over top of itself will correct a myriad of curious problems. You will probably have a bit of light housekeeping to do after such an install. But for the most part your system shouldn't be adversely affected too much and should run much better and be rid of that infernal flashlight.
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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    If I remember right on Win 98 on boot up the "Flash Light" was looking for "New hardware" and when found the "Drummer" was installing the drivers for the new hardware.
    What hardware changes have you made?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    Doesn't that happen after the splashscreen comes up and the desktop is visible ?? I thought that until the desktop was there, the system was still running on DOS. If that's the case, Windows can't be looking for anything. It wouldn't even know it was Windows.

    How full is the disk in question. Often a disk that is almost full will exibit this behavior because it has no room to swap the data around in and just keeps getting in it's own way.
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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    When the performance screen shows 76% free, I don't think the disk can be full?
    And, totally consistant with this mad machine, the flashlight hasn't shown up for the last two days............arrrggghhh!
    I guess I shouldn't bitch if a problem goes away, but this machine has more spastic moves than I can believe!
    I haven't done anything "special" since I posted this.
    Last hardware was a new modem, and that was about 4 months ago. I can't think of anything else usefull at this point.

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    Now that I see all of these symptoms described, together with Dave's query about new hardware, it's suspiciously reminiscent of a problem I saw a while back on 98SE. A new mouse was being sometimes/ sometimes not recognized. I don't know if the problem was solved or just tolerated in the end. Deleting existing drivers for reinstatement at next boot was tried, but again I don't know the results.

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    Ya know, Doc may be on to something there. I'm not sure if that 76% figure is MEMORY or DISK SPACE, so you should check this out further. Depending on the parameters set for your swap file, you could have been experiencing a slowdown because, for example, there were a lot of "temp" files on the disk (browser cache and ???) and Windows was struggling to deal with it. Is it possible that your "system" (browser or Windows) has cleaned up the "temp" files on its own, and now the flashlight has gone away? Remember you do use the graphics program we've talked about too, and it may have had some temporary files around that are now cleaned up. Worth thinking about?

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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    Humor me and go to My Compter and right-click on the C drive and choose Properties. Then let us know how much free disk space is indicated in the pie chart that comes up on th General tab of the properties screen.
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    Re: Flashlight is looking??

    32.1 gigabytes free space - I would expect that to be enough........what do you think?

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