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February 10, 2005 12:45:14 AM

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My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display Properties -
Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP Style' it freezes
the PC. Help!

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Anonymous
February 10, 2005 12:45:15 AM

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How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have, have
you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest XP
compatible drivers for your graphics card?

--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display Properties -
> Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP Style' it
> freezes the PC. Help!
>
February 10, 2005 1:13:03 AM

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I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
past 6 months!



"Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in message
news:%23siqVJvDFHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have, have
> you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest XP
> compatible drivers for your graphics card?
>
> --
> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
> Windows Shell/User
> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
>
> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
> news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display Properties -
>> Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP Style' it
>> freezes the PC. Help!
>>
>
>
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Anonymous
February 10, 2005 1:13:04 AM

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Working fine for the last 6 months is irrelevant unless you've done NO
updates to the rest of the system whatsoever, that's no updates from Windows
Update including security updates and no other updates as in updates for
various applications. Any such thing might change the system environment
enough to possibly require updated drivers.

Is the 32MB of Video Shared, if yes, that's possibly the issue.

Also, 32MB is not a lot of memory. Assuming this memory is on the graphics
card you really should be running with a minimum of 64MB.

Below is my standard check list for dealing with a system crash:

First, be sure your antivirus software has the latest definitions and run a
virus scan.

Second, download, install and run Ad Aware:
www.lavasoftusa.com
Note: you should always be well backed up before running an application of
this type.

If your system is clear of viruses, open Control Panel, open System, go to
the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery, remove the
check from "Automatically Restart" under System Failure. This will cause
the system to blue screen instead of restarting on errors and the
information on the blue screen may give a clue as to the source of the
issue.

Open Control Panel, open Administrative Tools, open Event Viewer, look for
errors corresponding to the crash, double click the error, the information
contained within may give a clue as to the
source of the problem. If you don't understand the information inside, the
third button down in that dialog box will copy the information,
you can then paste it into a message and post it here and maybe we can
figure out what is going on.

Assuming you have an XP CD and not a recovery CD, place the XP CD in the
drive, when the setup screen appears, select "Check System Compatibility,"
the report it generates may point to problem hardware or software on your
system. If you do not have an XP CD, you can download this application
known as the Upgrade Advisor from the following site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/upgradi...
Note: If you have access to a broadband connection it might be best to
download using that as this is a rather large download.

Check for the latest drivers for your hardware, especially your graphics
card and soundcard and all peripherals connected to your system. Do not use
Windows Update for this, go to the device manufacturer's web sites and if
you install updated drivers, ignore the message about drivers being unsigned
by Microsoft. *Before installing any drivers, be sure you are well backed
up and it's probably a good idea to manually create a restore point in
System Restore in case you have problems as a result of the driver update
and note, System Restore is not a substitute for a backup. Start\All
Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Restore




--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message news:cue1th$2np$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
>I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
>past 6 months!
>
>
>
> "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in message
> news:%23siqVJvDFHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have,
>> have you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest
>> XP compatible drivers for your graphics card?
>>
>> --
>> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
>> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
>>
>> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
>> news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display
>>> Properties - Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP
>>> Style' it freezes the PC. Help!
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
February 10, 2005 1:55:33 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

On Wed, 9 Feb 2005 22:13:03 -0000, "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote:


Did you play with it ?

knock down your color depth to 16bit, then try

Uninstall vid from device manager and re detect, then try

There is three adjustments for xp style, classic ....
One adjustment in Themes tab under "themes"
Two adjustment in appearance tab under "windows & buttons" & "color
scheme"


look in here

In " System properties" --> Advanced tab ---->Performance--->Visual
effects-----> Let windows choose..




>I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
>past 6 months!
>
>
>
>"Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in message
>news:%23siqVJvDFHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have, have
>> you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest XP
>> compatible drivers for your graphics card?
>>
>> --
>> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
>> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
>>
>> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
>> news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display Properties -
>>> Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP Style' it
>>> freezes the PC. Help!
>>>
>>
>>
>
Anonymous
February 10, 2005 2:10:30 AM

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"Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message news:cue1th$2np$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
>I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
>past 6 months!

Tried using System Restore to go back to a point when it was working?

--
Paul Smith,
Yeovil, UK.
http://www.dasmirnov.net/
http://windows.dasmirnov.net/ Windows XP Resource Site.

*Replace nospam with smirnov to reply by e-mail*
Anonymous
February 10, 2005 10:06:39 PM

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Sara, 256MB RAM for XP? In theory, sufficient. In practice, install a few
memory-intensive applications, you get problems very soon therafter. Esp.
when your graphics card is not up to spec for even basic XP functionality.

First solution - get as much compatible RAM as you can afford. My system was
256mb - augmenting with a 512mb chip solved all my probs (now running
768mb). Do check your m/b, if you go the 512 chip route, the larger size
chip(s) are best in first memory slot(s), smaller chip(s) in second slot(s).
Reason for brackets - my m/board has single chip slots, some must have
matched pairs. Adding 256 only would be just fine, but most pc's appreciate
RAM, and the more there is, the better they perform (generally speaking).
Second - a MUST! get a decent graphics card. 64mb min, any more is a bonus.
(If you are contemplating games, you definately need more).

Third - is it perhaps time to consider a new PC system altogether?

Sincerely, Len

"Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message news:cue1th$2np$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
>I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
>past 6 months!
>
>
>
> "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in message
> news:%23siqVJvDFHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have,
>> have you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest
>> XP compatible drivers for your graphics card?
>>
>> --
>> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
>> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
>>
>> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
>> news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display
>>> Properties - Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP
>>> Style' it freezes the PC. Help!
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
Anonymous
February 11, 2005 1:36:57 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Well, thanks for all the suggestions. It's now cured. I uninstalled the
video card and re-detected it. Checked for the latest driver and I've
already got it.

I mistakenly mis-informed you about video memory. It's only 16Mb! It's set
to
1152 by 864 at 32bit. Guess what - it runs fine. Probably no good for games
but I don't have time to waste on them so that's no problem. However I do
use Photoshop often and have no problems there at all. RAM is not a problem
either for what I use: Office, Photoshop, lots of music apps.
Oh, and I run Adaware and Spybot-Search and Destroy regularly and always
keep my Anti-virus prog up to date and fully configure my Firewall
So, I'm not sure what caused the problem - some corruption in Vid drivers or
something. Thanks again for your suggestions.


"Yabbadoo" <lsdolby@ignore.ntlwor.com> wrote in message
news:3hOOd.5644$bU4.3246@newsfe3-gui.ntli.net...
> Sara, 256MB RAM for XP? In theory, sufficient. In practice, install a few
> memory-intensive applications, you get problems very soon therafter. Esp.
> when your graphics card is not up to spec for even basic XP functionality.
>
> First solution - get as much compatible RAM as you can afford. My system
> was 256mb - augmenting with a 512mb chip solved all my probs (now running
> 768mb). Do check your m/b, if you go the 512 chip route, the larger size
> chip(s) are best in first memory slot(s), smaller chip(s) in second
> slot(s). Reason for brackets - my m/board has single chip slots, some must
> have matched pairs. Adding 256 only would be just fine, but most pc's
> appreciate RAM, and the more there is, the better they perform (generally
> speaking).
> Second - a MUST! get a decent graphics card. 64mb min, any more is a
> bonus. (If you are contemplating games, you definately need more).
>
> Third - is it perhaps time to consider a new PC system altogether?
>
> Sincerely, Len
>
> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
> news:cue1th$2np$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>I got 256 RAM, 32Mb Video & latest Vid drivers. It's worked fine for the
>>past 6 months!
>>
>>
>>
>> "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP)" <user@#notme.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23siqVJvDFHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>> How much system memory, how much memory does your graphics card have,
>>> have you checked the graphics card manufacturer's website for the latest
>>> XP compatible drivers for your graphics card?
>>>
>>> --
>>> Michael Solomon MS-MVP
>>> Windows Shell/User
>>> Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
>>> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
>>>
>>> "Sara" <ut@ut.ut> wrote in message
>>> news:cue09f$5os$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
>>>> My PC is currently set to 'Windows Classic Style' in Display
>>>> Properties - Appearance. If I attempt to change it back to 'Windows XP
>>>> Style' it freezes the PC. Help!
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
!