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Toshiba Sattelite A30, random shutdowns & now cant open!


I have a Toshiba Sattelite A30. Just a few months ago it started doing random shut downs while im on the internet and now i cant even access the desktop.

I have tried many ways like using Safe mode and selecting diagnostic startup (which loads limited services). I can now access desktop but unfortunately its obviously still in safe mode.

Everytime i change back to normal startup mode though, i get this error :

"Explorer EXE : Application Error"
The application failed to initialize properly (0x0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application.

PLEASE how can i solve this problem?

Thanx for your help.

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  • azn_chick90 Feb 02, 2009

    Well i dont quite remember from the top of my head but what i do is, yahoo messenger and a recording program etc. but they both successfully installed properly.

    I was thinking maybe the application error msg occured because there were many programs and applications still on when the laptop suddenly shut down. can that be a cause though?

    Yes we do have a windows install cd and i've tried many times to start it up but unfortunately i still cant access my desktop, and the computer cant detect it either.


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    taking a stab at it-- explorer is a main process of windows that runs the actual taskbar and desktop and notification area, so on. the fact that it's erroring each time means you may have a corruption in some windows system files needed to run your computer properly. this could have been from a crash, a power outage or surge, from a scandisk operation which found some incomplete files and fixed (deleted) them for you... whatever the cause, you may need to do a "repair", where you get your windows install disk, boot up to install windows with it off the cd drive, but select "repair the installation" instead of install. that will make sure you have all files you need, and will replace missing or broken files.

    The only other idea I have is that you installed a program that piggybacks off the explorer interface, like an alternate shell environment, some 3rd party toolbar or menu system, or utility which puts its hooks into windows itself. That program may be erroring out, or incompletely uninstalled, and since it was so intertwined with the windows shell, it's causing the error. This would be consistent with you doing OK in safe mode, but not OK with everything loaded...

    what have you installed lately before the error started?

    do you have your windows install cd?

  • Ibrahim Makki May 11, 2010

    Hi thereĀ 
    did you tried to format your lap


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