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Windows 7: 1st Crash: "Good Screen Of Death" ??? huh?

29 Jul 2010   #1
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
1st Crash: "Good Screen Of Death" ??? huh?

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit running on HP DC7600 4GB RAM 250GB 7200rpm drive.

well, well, well... first crash after three happy months of crash-free computing

I was managing a USB-attached laptop drive using Disk Management and when I went to expand a partition to include free space on that drive [it was showing as drive E: at the time] my screen froze, went black, after moving the mouse it came back with some fleeting message about losing Display. Then the process of expanding the partition hung and the Management function/applet hung. So I clicked 'close and look for solution' and that also hung. I tried to invoke Task Manager and the system froze and the bottom tool/taskbar went away completely.
At this point my desktop looked "normal"... it looked fine, except that all control of Win7, visually, had vanished. mouse buttons produced nothing. I had a lovely background image, and a movable cursor, and nothing else. Disk light showed no activity.

Finally had to power off. It was slow to come back up and offered boot options - I chose Safe Mode. Came up ok. Restarted and got back to normal.

What WUZ that?????


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29 Jul 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

That was explore.exe crashing for some reason. Run check disk, memtest, and it doesn't hurt to do an AV scan.
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29 Jul 2010   #3
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

ah... i see... how comforting.
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29 Jul 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Well, if it happens again, usually you can still open task manager with ctrl+shift+esc. From there you can restart explorer.exe. Click File, then New Task and type in explorer.exe to do it. I've done it a few times.

Is that a little more comforting?
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29 Jul 2010   #5
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

click "file" from task manager?
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29 Jul 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

In the top left corner there is a drop down menu type thing that says "File". From there you have two options "New Task (Run)..." and "End Task Manager."
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