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By BBHagrid ·
I am running winxp and have a couple probs
1) when winxp boots up I get an "error cannot decompress .cab file" which means?

2) win dvd reboots the pc after playing for a short time and I have installed the fix for it but it doesnt seem to have fixed the problem

3) the system has become slow and i dont know why , it boots slow and has problems shutting down when it does shut down

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by lamvidao In reply to win xp problem

There are so many known problems associated with your PC's problem. You can find answer by searching for windows xp tips and tricks. I am sure you will find the right answer. One thing though, Service Pack 1 may slow down your PC if you run the installation. This is one of the examples of XP's fortunates.

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by BBHagrid In reply to win xp problem

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by TheChas In reply to win xp problem

1. You may have insufficient free hard drive space, or your paging file (virtual memory) is set too small.
I use a minimum of 2GB for the paging file, and get nervous when I have less than 2GB of free space on my hard drive.

2. Upgrade to the latest version of Win DVD.
The patch has only limited success.
Also, check your video driver to make sure you have the latest version.

3. Same as answer 1. Plus, you may waht to add more RAM to your system.
I have 768MB in my XP Pro system with 4GB of drive space set aside for the paging file.
You might also try the bootVis-tool from Microsoft.
It gives you a detailed report on what is taking time when you boot your system.

Chas

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by BBHagrid In reply to win xp problem

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by c.barnhorst In reply to win xp problem

If your system is very slow starting up right after installing SP1, your system is probably OK. If it continues to start very slowly after that then there is a problem. A .cab file is a cabinet file containing compressed files that must be unzipped during an installation routine and then installed by Window Installer. It sounds like a device is not correctly installed. You can check this in the Device Manager. Any device in the listing which has a yellow question mark is such a device. Ifyou double click on the device's name, windows will display a text message about the device's problem. You can than click on "reinstall driver". Usually, you will get a specific filename if windows cannot find the driver file. That will be located in the .cab file, but it probably is already on your hard drive but did not get entered correctly in the Registry by the installer. If you search all files and folders on the hard drive for the file and it is on your hard disk, you can enter the path to the file in a requestor that you will see associated with the 'can't find file' message and the installer will finish the installation. I had to enter 44 file names to reinstall my NIC board and it worked. All the files but one were already on the hard drive. The remaining file was in a .cab file on the windows cd. I opened it with WinZip and saved it to the desktop and then entered the path to the unzipped file.

I hope this helps. The slow startup is probably due to windows trying to find and complete an incomplete install. The above assumes some knowledge of tekkie stuff so I hope I was clear enough to give you at least something to try.

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by c.barnhorst In reply to win xp problem

I didn't mean that you are not a tekkie, I meant that I am not.

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