Endless series of 'computer' windows opening at startup in OSX

Whenever OSX starts up, a series of overlapping windows titled Charles Dent's Computer open up containing the Macintosh HD icon and the circular Network icon and
I cannot close all of them without more opening.  I can delete the top one only to reveal the one below. When I click on 'Window' from the menu bar it lists about 11
windows open all with that same title.  Can't figure out where they came from or how to stop them from taking over my desktop.  I checked the login items, nothing there.
cdent99Asked:
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Is your computer called Charles Dent's Computer?  Or is that another computer on your network??

The name of your computer is in the Sharing Preferences; Network pane at the top.. let us know and we'll take it from there.
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cdent99Author Commented:
Yes, Charles Dent is the name of my computer.
thanks,
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
OK .. so it is opening Finder Windows .. what version of OSX .. 10.4.?? Tiger or 10.5.?? Leopard???

Are you on a network or a standalone computer.
Have you unplugged any network cables and disconnected any external drives.


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cdent99Author Commented:
OSX 10.4.  On a LAN with one other Win98 computer.  OSX Connects via Airport to the network.  Other computer (win98) is a PC that connects directly to the router.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Sorry, 10.4.?? Is it the fully updated 10.4.11????

Can you disable the Airport and restart the Mac and see does the problem still occur?


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strungCommented:
You should be able to close all the windows at once by typing command-option-w.


My guess is that there is an alias (shortcut) to your hard drive in the Log In Items tab of your account. I suggest you start up while holding down the shift key, which should stop the windows from opening. Then pull down the Apple Menu to System Preference. Open the Account preference pane, click on your account name and click on the log in items tab. If there is a shortcut to you hard drive in the log in items window, highlight it and click on the minus button to delete it.
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cdent99Author Commented:
Answering eoinosullivan, it is the fully updated version of 10.4.

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cdent99Author Commented:
Answer to Strung,  no short cuts in the log-in items pane.

thanks
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strungCommented:
Try starting up in with the shift key held down, then go into the Accounts prefs panel, create a new administrator account and log into that account. See if you still have the problem with the windows opening in the new account.
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strungCommented:
Another thing to try is to delete the file com.apple.finder.plist which is found in the /library/preference folder in you home folder.
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strungCommented:
Also check the contents of the folders HD/Library/StartUpItems and HD/System/Library/StartupItems
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cdent99Author Commented:
Sorry it took so long to get back...had a bit of a family emergency. Strung, your solutions worked.  thank you.
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