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Until recently, my Win2K recycle bin was working fine. Now I have an intermittent problem(s). Sometimes it works properly. At other times, it appears full, but I did not delete anything prior to this and it is empty inside. I usually create a folder and delete it (ie, send it to the recycle bin) and then empty the recycle bin to get rid of the "full" appearance. More significantly, I sometimes delete an item which should show up in the recycle bin (ie, not from a floppy disc or other exceptions to the rule) and it is not there. I will then delete a second item which also does not appear in the recycle bin. So I now have an apparently empty recycle bin. When I try to "empty" it, windows asks me if I'm sure that I want to delete these two items. I click "Yes" and the apparently empty recycle bin becomes really empty. I hope that I am not confusing you, but this is the best I can do to describe a "weird" situation. My computer is functioning OK otherwise except for a sudden inability to scan despite the fact that scanner-driver-scanning applications and computer all check out OK. Virus scans have been negative. I would very much appreciate some help with this recycle bin problem. (I plan to replace the scanner and driver to solve the other problem, because even a certified technician was having a hard time with this--and so was Hewlett-Packard, the scanner manufacturer). Thank you.    Prism987@yahoo.com
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by:CrazyOne
ID: 8005207
Start with this

Start > Run sfc /scannow

then

Start > Run chkdsk /r

reboot

defrag.
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by:stevenlewis
ID: 8005646
see if this helps
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q136517
it refers to NT and 98, but should apply
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by:Mikej
ID: 8019437
To: "CrazyOne"
Thank you for your response, but it did not work. The Run commands resulted in error messages. I did run chkdsk.exe. Then rebooted. Then received a message stating "no need to defrag this volume." Problem still exists.

To: stevenlewis
Thank you for your response. I must admit that your response (microsoft web site) looks possibly promising. However, my (limited) experience with MS has indicated to me that unless they state specifically Win2K, for example, their solutions usually will not work for this OS. More to the point, however, I must admit that I am only an "intermediate" computer user (I certainly don't have your level of knowledge or experience). Therefore, I simply don't understand what they are telling me to do here, and I don't want to take the chance of messing up my computer (the problem I now have is only intermittent in nature, and I can live with it if I have to). This, of course, is not your fault. This is only the second question I posted here at EE. I want to do justice by you in terms of proper "grade and points." Please clarify and/or suggest to me how members ought to respond to this type of situation. Thanks again!  
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by:stevenlewis
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try booting to safe mode with command prompt only (press F8 during boot)
then from the prompt type
rd c:\recycle bin
this will delete the recycle bin, it will be recreated on reboot
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by:Mikej
ID: 8034496
2/27/03 10:50 AM EST
To: stevenlewis

Dear Sir,
I did exactly what you suggested. I received a message, "system cannot find file specified."
I sincerely appreciate your effort to help, but this did not work.
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by:CrazyOne
ID: 8035860
Try this

attrib -s -h c:\Recycled
rd c:\Recycled
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by:Mikej
ID: 8049244

3/1/03 5:10PM EST
To: stevenlewis

Thanks again, but this did not help.
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by:stevenlewis
ID: 8051520
in windows explorer, get the exact name of the recycle bin (In xp it's called recycler)
and use that (make sure the path is correct)
then
as CO suggests first use the attrib command
attrib -r -h -s c:\recycler
(or what ever it is called in your windows explorer)
then
RD c:\recycler
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by:Mikej
ID: 8054467
3/2/03 8:30PM EST
To: stevenlewis
I did exactly as you suggested and immediately received an error message to the effect that "there is no internal or external (something) for this prompt or command." Moreover, I find that I cannot get out of safe mode (when I'm finished with it) by using CAD. I have to shut down my computer improperly to do so (this is not a complaint---I'm just telling it like it is). Also, I have noticed that my original strange difficulty with the recycle bin seems possibly to be improving spontaneously. For example, today was the first time since two weeks ago (when I first noticed this difficulty) that I did not have the problem at all. This is hard to evaluate, however, because many days I'd only have the problem in the morning on startup, and it would stop in a few minutes after deleting two or three items. With all due respect for you and your excellent EE "record" and capabilities (and I do really appreciate your help), I feel that this is probably coincidental to your suggestions becuse I have always gotten error messages when I tried to apply them. Anyway, in accordance with the dictum "when in doubt, do without", maybe, given the circumstances, I should just wait and see what happens over the next few days (unless you have something else you want me to try). If I do not hear from you for awhile, rest assured that I will give you a followup at the appropriate time. THANK YOU for your help so far!

 
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by:stevenlewis
ID: 8054572
I agree, let it sit for a few days and see what happens :~)
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by:Mikej
ID: 8068834
3/4/03 8:30 PM EST
To: stevenlewis
Dear Sir,
I no longer seem to have the difficulty with the recycle bin which we have been discussing. In all fairness to you, I am going to wait a while before "closing" that question out. (I would like your advice as to what the proper procedure is in a case like this;ie, what do I do regarding grade, points, etc.) However, now I've noticed another peculiar problem which also, in a way, involves the recycle bin indirectly. I have just posted it in the Win2K section under "sharing violation error message." (Please see same for details). Could there be any relationship? Perhaps you would be kind enough to help me with this one. I recall the comedian Red Buttons when he said " Strange things are happening ." Thank you, once again, for your past prompt, patient, capable and courteous assistance.             Best regards, Mike
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by:stevenlewis
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Mike, post a zero point question here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/
asking for your points to be refunded
Glad part of the issue is resolved :~)
Steve
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