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Win98SE shutdown problem

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My system is not displaying the "Its now safe...." screen after the splash screen. My monitor's screen simply turns blank and the hardisk activity indicator glows continuosly. I downloaded and installed the shutdown patch from the microsoft site but of no use.
I checked the logo files- they are not corrupted,changed and they are in their default locations. I have also tried running sfc.exe but of no use. Is there any solution for my problem? Please help me.

My system configurations are
CPU-Cyrix M2 233 Mhz processor
96 MB Ram
20 GB HDD
OS-Windows 98SE
IE version- 5.00
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Is this networked?  Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q260067
You can also try running the following command before shutting down

net use * /delete /yes

Both of these address the problem with shutting down while you have mapped drives.  When did this start?  Did you install some piece of hardware or software that could have caused it?
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Windows won’t shutdown ? Here are some things to try

Go to Start – Settings – Control Panel & open Power Options
Set to Always On – Never – Never –Never & apply

Get into BIOS setup & disable Power Management

Running Norton Antivirus ?
Navigate through to c:\Program Files\Norton Antivirus
Double click the file APMSGOFF

If all the above fail:
Ctrl-Alt-Del
End Task 1 item at a time (leave explorer last) noting which programs
are stubborn to close (likely culprits).
It could be windows is just waiting for a program to close

Go to Start - Run & type msconfig then click OK
Click the startup tab & uncheck any programs you don't need at startup.
Apply & restart as prompted
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If the above excellent data doesn't do it for you, then try this:  Shutdown is one of the most common of all problems in every variety of Windows.  The best and most informative page I've encountered so far on the net concerning this problem, for Win95 thru WinME is this:

http://www.aumha.org/a/shutdownz.htm
WINDOWS SHUTDOWN & RESTART CENTER
TROUBLESHOOTING in 15 STEPS

There is also this page, which has many links to the Microsoft Knowledge Base about Shutdown and Restart Problems, for all varieties of Windows from 95 to XP:

http://www.aumha.org/kbshtdwnz.htm
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Rookie_in, did any of the above comments help?  What have you tried, and with what results?
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i'm a bit busy i'll get back to u ASAP
thanx guys
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hi rookie,

try this: create a new shortut on your desktop, and enter "rundll32.exe user,exitwindows" in the command-line. now you may use this shortcut fpr shutting down your pc. if it doesn't work, I wrote a small tool for you in delphi.

www.iceage.de/downloads/shutdown.zip

greets, alex
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Thanx for ur suggestions guys. But None of them worked.
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Try Kill Win or Full Force - http://www.freewarehome.com/System_Utilities/System_Tools/System_Startup_Shutdown_t.html
If you do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and end task on everything except Explorer and Systray before shutting down does it help?
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emery800 and slink9, thanx for your suggestions. I tried ur suggestions but none of them worked. In the microsoft site my problem is not listed. the problem still exists. may be i should try the hardware side but iam not sure.
thanx for ur suggestions.
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Repeat ... Repeat!!

If you do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and end task on everything except Explorer and Systray before shutting down does it help?
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Are you running any Norton's or McAFee stuff? Have you tried what slin9 is suggesting?
If you comeup in safemode, toggle F8 on bootup and select option #3 does windows shutdown properly then? Dave
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Dear emery800 and slink9,
None of ur comments helped me. I tried ur suggestions twice but the problem remains. I don't use any antivirus softwares.
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rookie_in: You have come-up in safemode and it does not shut down properly? Dave
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rookie:

just want to know:

what's your motherboard?
what's your video card?

sometimes, you need to install the proper drivers for win98se that drives your motherboard.  most of the time, commonly used drivers that work with most motherboards come with win98se.  but, often times, a combination of peripherals, like video cards, sound cards, etc. may cause system lockdowns, like what you have now.  

have you tried loading the correct drivers for your video card?  have you tried loading support drivers for video for your motherboard?

if you don't know what your motherboard is (ergo, do not know what drivers to use), let me know.  I may be able to help you there.

the others before me gave good suggestions.  normally, the shutdown fix from microsoft does the trick (usually), but with some video cards, it just maight not, or you may get a reboot whenever you want to shutdown.
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mattx: I was waiting for a reply to my last comment which would have covered the bulk of what you are suggestion as the real mode drivers do not load in safemode and this would give us a good starting place. :>) Dave
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dave:  sorry, couldn't really understand what you were getting at.  only clear thing is that "in safemode and it does not shut down properly".  best be of clear help to the guy.  a little more explaining would help.
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I never felt that he really tried coming up in safemode and then tried to shut down. I may be wrong but I didn't feel comfortable that they really did this. :>)
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rookie_in,
if u had a cd rom drive, try changing its status, i.e if it is a primary slave change it to secondary master or slave etc. Careful take the help of a technician if u don't know how to do it.Remember this can help only if ur hdd is primary master. If this works your problem may be some incompatible drivers. Find and try updating those drivers.
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thanx buddies
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So what was the solution?
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I would like to know the solution also, as accepted answer is IMHO, highly doubtful as the fix. :>) Dave
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syd,
Please post the solution.  Dave is correct, that would not cause the problem

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