Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

device not functioning?

Posted on 1997-01-09
1
Medium Priority
?
245 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
My computer is self destructing right before my eyes.  Over the past
four days applications which I have been using for weeks and sometimes
months are no longer working.  This is what is happening:

I attempt to open an application and get an error message indicating
that a .dll file appears to be corrupt.  When I clear that dialogue
box I get a dialogue box which tells me that a device attached to the
system is not functioning.

This has occurred to five applications now.  The .dll file indicated
to be corrupt in the initial dialogue box is different for each
application (for Norton antivirus it is s32alog8.dll, for microsoft
image composer it is cfxd10u.dll, etc.) however, the .dll file
indicated is always the same for a given application  (eg:  for Norton
Antivirus it is always s32alog8.dll)  This phenomena shows consistent
repeatability once it starts.  The applications affected always fail
to open with  the same error.  In a couple cases I had used the
application earlier on the day it failed with no problems.

Over the past four days one application a day has succumbed with the
exception of yesterday when two died.

I am running a 486/50, 1 gig hard drive, 16 megs ram, Win95.  I have
tried nothing so far as a fix.  What am I seeing here?  A virus?, a
feature?, a bug?
0
Comment
Question by:wroberts
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
schraderc earned 200 total points
ID: 1744072
It sounds just like a virus. Try scanning your disk with a clean bootdisk. If you don't have one and don't know anyone with a computer you can take a disk to your local computer store and they'll help you out. If that is not the case your hardrive could be failing. Try running scandisk and do a thorough exam of your HD. That will detect any physical errors on the drive. Beyond those two things, it is possible that your Registry is mangled. You can fix that by reinstalling windows 95 over the top of itself then re-install any damaged applications and it should stop your problems.
0

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A small collection of useful tips and tricks for Windows 10 users that I decided to write as a result of recent questions that were asked and answered at Experts Exchange. Two short video tutorials included. Enjoy..
Windows Server 2003 introduced persistent Volume Shadow Copies and made 2003 a must-do upgrade.  Since then, it's been a must-implement feature for all servers doing any kind of file sharing.
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

597 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question