Dr. Watson issues...

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  1. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Ok, I've had some computer problems as of late. Probably due to something I did, I had weird scripting issues and I couldn't use the windows update site. I broke down and did a repair install of XP.

    After that, I reinstalled SP2, and the scripting and update issues were gone. I then ran update and got all the criticals.

    However, after all this, every time Windows starts up, I get Dr. Watson messages, and Dr. Watson hangs. I manually kill it in task manager, and everything is fine for awhile, until I run a program. It doesn't seem to matter what program, they all do it more or less. More Dr. Watson, kill it, and all is fine for awhile.

    I looked at Dr. Watson's error log, and it seems all the errors are caused by or involve explorer.exe.

    I realize this may not be enough info, but short of wiping the HD (not an option right now), anybody got any ideas?
     
  2. Wreckgar

    Wreckgar Anthony Stark Veteran

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    Stop looking at all that porn man.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

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    I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with porn, viruses, or spyware.

    I think the original problem I had with script errors was from me screwing with the registry. I'm careful when I do, but sometimes I like to "experiment" with registry settings.

    One thing I thought of - After I did the repair install, I didn't run SP1, I went straight to SP2. Could that hurt anything?
     
  4. Cheetatron

    Cheetatron Eh

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    Dr. Watson just sucks. it seems like it acts up 2-3 times a month for me.
     
  5. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I get Dr. Watson messages on my computer too - and I've never installed that program on my computer. They're rare, but they do seem to crash everything when they occur. I wonder if spammers use the DRWatson32.exe executable as a cover for getting personal data.

    Wow...that sounds ridiculously paranoid and outdated. Resident computer gurus, feel free to tell me I sound like an idiot.
     
  6. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Dr. Watson is part of the operating system, so you wouldn't remember installing it.:) 

    I think I figured out what my problem was. A little program called ctfmon.exe, which is associated with Office XP, kept popping in in the startup list, even when I removed it. After looking up how to remove it permanently, I've restarted the computer three times and run several programs with no errors. Everything is faster, too.
     
  7. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    sounds...elementary.

    *wiggles 'stache and puffs pipe*
     

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