Solved

Why won't Control+Alt+Delete work on my computer?

Posted on 2003-11-22
7
875 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I just bought a notebook with Win98...when a program freezes I know to press Control+Alt+Delete.  Unfortunately, this has never worked on my notebook.  Is there a setting I can change??  Help!
Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:caedmonscall827
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
7 Comments
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:proziath
ID: 9803409
What happens if you press ctrl+Alt+del when your system is running okay? The reason I ask is because you should normally get a box that lists running applications. By doing this you can test if the ctrl+alt_del  combination works.

There are sometimes when a PC freezes and the ctrl+Alt+Del does not work because some of your system files are corrupt. What I suggest is to test if the Ctrl + Alt + Del combination works by testing it when the system is running okay. I would then run scanreg to try and repair the registry, then scandisk using the thorough option to repair any disk problems and then I would run a program called SFC.EXE to check and repair corrupt system files.
0
 

Author Comment

by:caedmonscall827
ID: 9804195
When i pres cntrl+alt+delete nothing happens.  The box that will pop up on other computers doesn't pop up.  Its as if my action is not recognized at all.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:proziath
ID: 9805600
In that case can you try to do some repairs by running scanreg, scandisk and sfc?
0
Too many email signature changes to deal with?

Are you constantly being asked to update your organization's email signatures? Do they take up too much of your time? Wouldn't you love to be able to manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users. Well, you can!

 

Author Comment

by:caedmonscall827
ID: 9806386
I've been running Norton System Works '02 but I don't know too much about computers and all that.  One problem is recognized at Medium level but Norton is unable to repair it and I cannot figure out what the unsolvable problem is-perhaps its related to this.
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
Auriclus earned 20 total points
ID: 9811747
Caedmonscall,

Can you look up that error in Norton which has the medium level problem and report here the exact details of what it says.  Information like this would help us troubleshoot your problem.

Ctrl-Alt-Del is a good tool to help unfreeze computers, but depending on the problem, it does not always work.  It seems that your notebook has a particular problem which is causing it to freeze in the exact same manner.  This is probably why you cannot get ctrl-alt-del to work.  Have you tried pressing the Esc key several times or using Alt-F4?  These methods sometimes work for unfreezing. Also, if the windows key is active, you can attempt shut down the computer using Start > Shut Down.

Auriclus
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:pallidin
ID: 9814342
Great advice above. I might also offer that if you have an option to connect an external keyboard, try that, which may help to elimnate the laptops' keyboard as suspect.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:Auriclus
ID: 9818704
Also, this may be silly, but it's worth asking:

Are you doing the key sequence correctly?  Are you holding down Ctrl, and with that key held, holding down Alt, and then finally with those two held, pressing Del?

Just want to elminate any possiblities.
0

Featured Post

The problems with reply email signatures

Do you wish that you could place an email signature under a reply? Well, unfortunately, you can't. That great Exchange/Office 365 signature you've created will just appear at the bottom of an email chain. What a pain! Is there really no way to solve this? Well, there might be...

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

Several part series to implement Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, using the VMware Host Client. The virtual machine has Windows Server 2016 instal…
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

948 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

18 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now