32 bit programs have stopped working!!!

cerebus777

New Member
Hi everyone,

I have a rather odd problem. I've had Vista Ultimate (or whatever the 64 bit version is called) installed on my computer for almost a year now. Everything has worked perfectly until fairly recently. I noticed that one of my startup programs had stopped working (SoundMax32) and was showing up as an application error. This was around the time I installed the 64 bit version of iTunes, so I figured maybe my audio settings had been changed. The computer continued to work for another 2 weeks, and then yesterday, completely out of the blue, ALL of my programs (startup and otherwise) have stopped loading and are showing the application error message.

The thing I don't get is that Vista still boots up with no problems. I thought initially that the problem was limited to my 32 bit applications, but IE 64 bit doesn't work either?

I'm about 2 days from just reformatting and doing a complete reinstall. But if anyone has any answers I would be grateful.

And no, I did not install any application between the last bootup that was fine, and the one yesterday. I've run windows update and updated everything but the programs still will not load (I'm writing this from my laptop because IE and Firefox give me the same error message). It is very bizarre.

Any help please!
 

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Ardneh

Vista Guru
cerebus777:

Have you tried doing a System Restore to a point before when
the SoundMax32 quit?

Ardneh
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq/SR5130NX
    CPU
    AMD AthlonTM 64x2 3800+
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE

CyberZeus

Member
Can you copy & paste here the error that your apps show?
 

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  • CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-E SLI
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x NVidia 8600 GTS
    Sound Card
    Integrated CM-6501
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 19" + LG 17"
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]@75MHz
    Hard Drives
    1 x Seagate 120GB SATA (OS installation)
    1 x Seagate 200GB SATA
    2 x Seagate 320GB SATA (Hardware RAID 0)
    1 x Seagate 250GB IDE (in external USB box)
    1 x TrekStor 750GB USB
    PSU
    650W
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Optical
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100
    Internet Speed
    8192 kbps / 640 kbps

cerebus777

New Member
Thanks for replying Ardneh. Yes, unfortunately I've restoreed to 4 different points (one of which was about 6 months ago)! I'm thinking a full reinstall might be easiest, but what would I do with registered programs like World of Warcraft, and Steam? I guess Steam would be okay. The real fear is that if I am not able to identify the problem, it could easily happen again. :(
 

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cerebus777

New Member
Thank you for your reply CyberZeus. Unfortunately, I can't paste screen shots becuase my "Paint" program won't load. I can write down the error messages if you think that might help. I'll see what I can do and post them manually.
 

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stoneys-nutz

Gamerholic
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Hello cerebus777,
You can repair the Vista file system without re-installing and losing all your data.
Take a look at these two tutorials, if there are damaged files they can either be repaired or replaced.
If any of the repair options don't work in normal bootup try safe mode.
You may want to check for malware and clean your registry. I have included links to two free programs that will do just that. (back up your registry when prompted).
Scan with Malwarebytes first, then use CCleaner.
Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.

Malwarebytes.org

CCleaner - Download

Tutorials.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91467-startup-repair.html

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sfc-command.html
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Build
    CPU
    QX9650 (black box) [email protected]
    Motherboard
    Asus P5Q Premium
    Memory
    8GB-4x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR 2-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x ASUS EAH 4870 X 2 (Quad)
    Sound Card
    Supreme FX 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Fujitsu Siemens 22inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    150 Gig WD Raptor
    300 Gig Maxtor
    300 Gig Maxtor, (External)
    PSU
    CoolerMaster 1000
    Case
    CoolerMaster N-Vidia stacker 830
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12P x 1x120mm fan, 6x120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    20Mbps
    Other Info
    Audio FX Pro 5+1 gaming head set

cerebus777

New Member
Well, I don't know what to say, except perhaps that you, stoneys, are a god.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I followed the links you provided and it turns out that the sfc scannow command fixed my computer right up! There were a few files it couldn't repair, but after seeing what is involved in accessing files from the Vista DVD, I think I'll take my chances. All of my settings are in tact, the programs run. It's fantastic!!!! Thank you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll send a thank you to Brink separately...
 

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stoneys-nutz

Gamerholic
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Your welcome. Glad you got it fixed.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Build
    CPU
    QX9650 (black box) [email protected]
    Motherboard
    Asus P5Q Premium
    Memory
    8GB-4x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR 2-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x ASUS EAH 4870 X 2 (Quad)
    Sound Card
    Supreme FX 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Fujitsu Siemens 22inch flat screen
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    150 Gig WD Raptor
    300 Gig Maxtor
    300 Gig Maxtor, (External)
    PSU
    CoolerMaster 1000
    Case
    CoolerMaster N-Vidia stacker 830
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-U12P x 1x120mm fan, 6x120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    20Mbps
    Other Info
    Audio FX Pro 5+1 gaming head set
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