Start menu anomalies and drive size

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Ok, first of all I have a Dell Optiplex GX100 with 320 MB Ram, 700 MHz
Celeron, Geforce 2 MX400 w/ 64 MB VRAM, SBLive soundcard, XP PRO SP2 fully
updated.
I have 2 seperate issues I was hoping someone could help me with. The first
issue is that seemingly at random, if I click the start button, the FUP list
is completely black and I cannot navigate the start menu at all. If, for
example, I click start and then run, I am asked about creating a shortcut on
my desktop. If I open task manager and end explorer's process and restart it
everything is fine for a while. Any ideas on this one?
The second issue is with my hard drive. I have a 160 GB WD drive. I know
about the 48-bit LBA and followed some steps to enable this. Right now this
drive is in 2 parts. According to the Disk Management console the main
partition which is my system partition, is 127.99 GB and the rest is 21.06
GB currently unallocated. I want to make this drive one partition. I have a
utility to do this for me, because I know Windows cannot do this. My
question about this is, how do I know for sure that the 48-bit LBA is
enabled so I don't run into problems when I merge these 2 partitions and how
can I make it so that if and when I reinstall Windows, 48-bit LBA is enabled
from the get-go so I don't have to jump through these hoops to have this
drive as only one partition? TIA
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    "Bill" <acadeckiatinsightbbdotcom> wrote in message
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    > Ok, first of all I have a Dell Optiplex GX100 with 320 MB Ram, 700 MHz
    > Celeron, Geforce 2 MX400 w/ 64 MB VRAM, SBLive soundcard, XP PRO SP2 fully
    > updated.
    > I have 2 seperate issues I was hoping someone could help me with. The
    first
    > issue is that seemingly at random, if I click the start button, the FUP
    list
    > is completely black and I cannot navigate the start menu at all. If, for
    > example, I click start and then run, I am asked about creating a shortcut
    on
    > my desktop. If I open task manager and end explorer's process and restart
    it
    > everything is fine for a while. Any ideas on this one?
    > The second issue is with my hard drive. I have a 160 GB WD drive. I know
    > about the 48-bit LBA and followed some steps to enable this. Right now
    this
    > drive is in 2 parts. According to the Disk Management console the main
    > partition which is my system partition, is 127.99 GB and the rest is 21.06
    > GB currently unallocated. I want to make this drive one partition. I have
    a
    > utility to do this for me, because I know Windows cannot do this. My
    > question about this is, how do I know for sure that the 48-bit LBA is
    > enabled so I don't run into problems when I merge these 2 partitions and
    how
    > can I make it so that if and when I reinstall Windows, 48-bit LBA is
    enabled
    > from the get-go so I don't have to jump through these hoops to have this
    > drive as only one partition? TIA
    >

    Actually, with the disk manager console, you can very easily increase
    the partition size to use the remainder. It just will not let you shrink a
    partition (I assume this is NTFS ?). In the diskmanager console, see
    the help for "extend basic volumes" -- there is a command line version and
    a windows version. You can't do it to a system volume or boot volume
    (I had forgotten that part), but you can do it to any other volume that
    has unformatted space immediately following the partition. So, I guess,
    I sort of answered your question -- sounds like you are working with
    the system volume.
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    "Mike Fields" <spam_me_not_mr.gadget2@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:%236k%23MrwiFHA.3316@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Bill" <acadeckiatinsightbbdotcom> wrote in message
    > news:%23q%23dMNwiFHA.708@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> Ok, first of all I have a Dell Optiplex GX100 with 320 MB Ram, 700 MHz
    >> Celeron, Geforce 2 MX400 w/ 64 MB VRAM, SBLive soundcard, XP PRO SP2
    >> fully
    >> updated.
    >> I have 2 seperate issues I was hoping someone could help me with. The
    > first
    >> issue is that seemingly at random, if I click the start button, the FUP
    > list
    >> is completely black and I cannot navigate the start menu at all. If, for
    >> example, I click start and then run, I am asked about creating a shortcut
    > on
    >> my desktop. If I open task manager and end explorer's process and restart
    > it
    >> everything is fine for a while. Any ideas on this one?
    >> The second issue is with my hard drive. I have a 160 GB WD drive. I know
    >> about the 48-bit LBA and followed some steps to enable this. Right now
    > this
    >> drive is in 2 parts. According to the Disk Management console the main
    >> partition which is my system partition, is 127.99 GB and the rest is
    >> 21.06
    >> GB currently unallocated. I want to make this drive one partition. I have
    > a
    >> utility to do this for me, because I know Windows cannot do this. My
    >> question about this is, how do I know for sure that the 48-bit LBA is
    >> enabled so I don't run into problems when I merge these 2 partitions and
    > how
    >> can I make it so that if and when I reinstall Windows, 48-bit LBA is
    > enabled
    >> from the get-go so I don't have to jump through these hoops to have this
    >> drive as only one partition? TIA
    >>
    >
    > Actually, with the disk manager console, you can very easily increase
    > the partition size to use the remainder. It just will not let you shrink
    > a
    > partition (I assume this is NTFS ?). In the diskmanager console, see
    > the help for "extend basic volumes" -- there is a command line version and
    > a windows version. You can't do it to a system volume or boot volume
    > (I had forgotten that part), but you can do it to any other volume that
    > has unformatted space immediately following the partition. So, I guess,
    > I sort of answered your question -- sounds like you are working with
    > the system volume.
    >
    >
    >
    Yes it is the system volume I am working with. I have partition magic and
    intend to use it to make this all one partition, on this issue I mainly need
    to know how I can find out for sure that 48-bit LBA is enabled and how I can
    enable it from the get-go if and when I reinstall XP, so that this will be
    one partition to begin with. Any ideas on the start menu problem?
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