Can't Run 16-bit Windows Program

Gateway / W3503
April 5, 2010 at 07:41:44
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 512 MB DOR SDRAM
After re-booting my computer I get the following message with a yellow triangle and exclamation mark in it.

Can't Run 16-bit Windows Program

Insufficient memory to run this application. Quit one or more Windows applications and then try again.

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: W3503
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
CPU/Ram: 512 MB DOR SDRAM
Video Card: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
Sound Card: USB Audio Device

Please advise.

Thanks, Jerry


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#1
April 5, 2010 at 08:20:37
Well, which 16-bit program are you attempting to run?

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#2
April 5, 2010 at 09:04:07
I'm not attempting to run any program. The notice comes up immediately after re-booting. The only things that are running are the same things that have been running in my systems tray in the lower right hand corner. These have been running there for months with no problem. The problem started yesterday after un-installing a few games, then deleting files and folders that were left over. It does not say which program is attempting to run.

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#3
April 5, 2010 at 12:48:45
Almost sounds like malware/spyware that comes with games.

Look at event viewer for clues. Might have to poke into registry or msconfig to find out what is trying to load at start. See also start folders.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
April 5, 2010 at 12:57:59
I have since realized it is RoBo form trying to load. Will that help in getting a better answer?

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#5
April 5, 2010 at 14:28:37
Start -> Run -> (type) SYSEDIT.

This will bring up the old 16bit INI files kind of the old school registry. Look for WIN.INI. Bring that window to the front by clicking on it. (You have to know a little about old 16bit program manager to navigate) Once it is the active Window scroll down the list until you find either "LOAD=" or "RUN=". Remove the line, save and reboot.

http://www.aumha.org/a/loads.php

By default you should not have one. One way viruses load unless you truely are running an old 16bit app that automatically starts on boot.


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#6
April 5, 2010 at 15:23:15
These did not exist in the list."LOAD=" or "RUN="

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