I don’t know if it’s related or not, but I downloaded a couple of Gin games on my laptop last week and installed them. I did not scan them for viruses.:smack:
The gin games work fine, but nothing else does.
When I try to open a program, I get a missing .dll file message. None of the Control Panel functions seem to work, but I could use the start–>find function just fine. For instance I found an old AOL setup file that I used to set up AOL. Once I set up AOL I could get it to launch and dial in but then I’d get an error message, then close, or I’d just ctrl-alt-del because I was sick of waiting. My earthlink won’t launch, freecell won’t launch, and so on.
We got the laptop 3 or 4 years ago from Dell. It has Windows 98 on it. I know I saved the manual and CDs that came with it but I’ve rearranged the apartment several times since then, so they’ve disappeared. For the hell of it I tried defragmenting my hard drive (error message–>abort) and tried using the Windows ME cd from my desktop (didn’t work). I guess one last thing I could try is installing XP pro that I’ve already installed on my Dell desktop, but I don’t know if that’ll fly. It’s worth a shot I suppose.
Before I gave up last night, I rebooted but it wouldn’t start up. It would get to the cloudy windows 98 welcome screen then shut back down.
Does anybody know what’s happening here? Did I kill my laptop for a game of gin rummy? Why did all my .dll files up and disappear? Will there be an issue (besides incompatible programs) if I load the XP pro that I’ve already loaded on to my desktop?