General Protection 'fault' On Start Up

  kinger 21:17 22 Nov 2004

I've just started getting a 'General Protection Fault Error, Please Delete File' message from Windows XP (SP2)

This happens everytime I reboot and the desktop appears.

Has anyone any idea of what can be causing it, and if so, how do I find out which file is the problem?


  stalion 21:21 22 Nov 2004

is your system overclocked?

  kinger 21:25 22 Nov 2004

No, it isn't.

I think that I just traced it back to a 'cleanup' program and now I get the error. It was just supposed to get rid of temp files or similar, not create probs. That's if it was that.

I'm just checking TSR's

  VoG II 21:25 22 Nov 2004

Anti-virus programs can give this message. Try an on-line scan click here

  stalion 21:27 22 Nov 2004

have you done a registry clean up lately
click here

  kinger 21:34 22 Nov 2004

I'm running Registry Mechanic as I write.

I'll see if it finds any errors.

The 'cleanup' program told me that the registry had been cleaned up too. Too clean, it seems.

  kinger 12:28 23 Nov 2004

Registry mechanic and Reg medic found problems but none associated with my error message.

I've done a full virus scan and ran Search and Destroy along with Ad-aware but nothing.

I've also run chkdsk and defragmented the whole system.

The error message (mentioned in my first posting) does not tell me which file to delete, just that's it's a 'General Protection Fault error'.

Has anyone come across this before?

  kinger 12:45 23 Nov 2004

It's non of the programs launching at start up either.

The message appears instantly,before any icons appear in the task bar.

I've removed and reinstalled them separately, so it's still a mystery.

  kinger 13:21 23 Nov 2004

All GPF's seem to relate to Win 98 and Millennium Edition.

Windows XP tells me to 'Delete File' but which one?

I can remember this problem cropping up in PC Advisor magazine ages ago but, although they did find the cure, I can't remember what it was.

Can anyone sort this problem on XP?

  kinger 15:09 23 Nov 2004

I just tried running in safe mode and no error occurs. This might be a clue.

Back into normal mode and error occurs again.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:53 23 Nov 2004

If ok in safe mode then could be a driver problem.

Check yuhave the lastest drivers, modem and graphics are the usual suspects for GPFs.

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