Rundll32 causes Win98SE ro hang

  Bertie B 21:36 05 Feb 04
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On an old networked Windows 98SE I am getting intermittent problems which result in the sytem freezing when I click on the Windows Explorer magnifying glass icon. I don't know what causes this to happen - but through a process of experimentation I have found that manually shutting down Rundll32 in Task Manager sorts the problem. I have also found that sometimes when shutting down the system will hang and going into Task Manager revels that Rundll32 is still open!!

Any clues, please?

  woodchip 22:08 05 Feb 04

This may help.

Rundll - This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down
When you click the Details button it reveals a message similar to one of these:
RUNDLL32 caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL
RUNDLL caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL at 000a:00000032 This problem can occur if the drivers=mmsystem.dll line is missing from the [boot] section of the System.ini file.
To correct this problem:
Use a text editor (such as Notepad) to edit the System.ini file (this file is found in \Windows) Add the following line to the [boot] section of the file: drivers=mmsystem.dll
Save, and then close the System.ini file Restart your computer

double click your C drive in My Computer, then your Windows folder. Scroll down past the folders and through the files until you reach SYSTEM.INI. It will look like a notepad, and that's what it is.
Double click it, and the first line of the text you'll see is [BOOT].
At the foot of that section, but before the next entry in squared brackets, enter: drivers=mmsystem.dll
Then ensure you leave a space to the next squared bracket entry, which is probably [KEYBOARD].
Part of the result will probably look like this excerpt (but without the spaces, which I have to include to keep the format).
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dll
[keyboard]

  Bertie B 19:26 06 Feb 04

Thanks for that!

I've had a look at the sytem.ini file - it reads as follows:-

[boot]
oemfonts.fon=vga850.fon
system.drv=atmsys.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dll power.drv
shell=Explorer.exe
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=lmouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
*DisplayFallback=0
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
atm.system.drv=system.drv

[keyboard]
keyboard.dll=
oemansi.bin=xlat850.bin
subtype=
type=4


I note that the third line under [boot] is very similar to that which you say I should enter at the end of the [boot] section!

Should I still proceed despite this - and how, please?

  Bertie B 20:58 06 Feb 04

Posting again!

  woodchip 23:07 06 Feb 04

Looks like it's OK in yours.

  Bertie B 11:39 07 Feb 04

Thought so!

Cheers!

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