Guys, My computer throws a wobbly on me every now and then and I've pretty much become accustomed to the odd tantrum. But tonight I went to shut it down and it came up with the usual screen that Winda's XP and said "Windows is shutting down" That's where it stopped, the mouse and the keyboard froze, as did the tactile power switch on the case. The only way I could stop it, was at the wall switch. When I started it back up again, the mouse and keyboard refused to work. So I re-booted it and it came back on, no problems now though. This computer is getting really weird these days. Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this to be happening?. Perhaps it's not liking all this discount Electricity that I'm getting through working at the PoCo?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
It's often said that ME was a marketing-led version rather than being based on any worthwhile changes to the OS code. However, to be on sale in time to warrent its name, they probably squeezed the testing cycle to say the least.
You can crash it easily. For instance:
Go to a DOS prompt.
C:\>debug -a xxxx:0100 cli xxxx:0101 jmp 100 xxxx:0103 -g
What this does is starts an endless loop, but also tells the CPU to ignore all other processes (cli = CLear Interrupts) It it quite like shorting a circuit.
Type this in on ME, 98, 95, Win 3.x or DOS running in something like Carousel and the computer will be stone dead. The loop will run and block out all other processes.
So, the equivalent is an incorrectly fused installation. There is inadequate protection from a local programming error in one process from spreading to affect others that use different memory spaces (a bit like other circuits)
Try it on any NT version (NT3.1, NT3.5, NT4, Win2000, Win2003, and XP) or on OS/2 and you can simply kill the process running the loop; the behaviour is a lot more like an electical installation where each circuit is correctly protected by appropriate circuit breakers or fuses AND the correct assesments were made regarding discrimination, and therefore a local fault won't take out the whole supply.
That whole MS-DOS based family is not being developed now. All new versions, such as XP, are based on enhanced versions of the NT kernel.
I'm with you though: linux is cool. Like the very latest Windows, it too is fully-protected and goes even further by providing a truly multi-user environment.
#131923 - 10/08/0408:02 PMRe: Hmm, this isn't good
It's better now, because more is included in the distributions. It's also the first time that I brought my computer home, plugged it in, and it worked - internet and email.
Still, it takes time to get everything running. I look at it as time taken to learn instead of to fix. It's also cheaper to buy a computer without Windows; and, no more charges for anti-virus and fire-wall. The help that's available on the internet reminds me of the help that's available on this message board - free and professional.
#131924 - 10/09/0403:45 AMRe: Hmm, this isn't good