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bassvax
02-24-2001, 05:18 PM
So I'm sitting in a meeting of our Computer Maintenance Group the other day and the Head delivers a "I bet this will keep you busy for a while..." statement. He was referring to discovering what these .tmp files in the Windows/Temp folder are exactly. He is specifically talking about the files with very large names that look more like hex addresses than anything else. The files, according to their properties, are of 0 kb. So now I pose this ??? to those of you that may already know what the HAL I'm talking about. I'll be doing the search thing, but thought I would ask in case someone had already done the leg-work.
Ya know it is just one of those...I'd like to know things... nothin's broke and I ain'ta tryin' to fix it. Mostly occurring in Win 98 & 98SE, he said in ME also and not sure if it happened in 95 or not. Check your folders...you may have something there now. My first guess, with the hex code and all, is a pointer to a location in memory as in ..."Go here for more info" type file.
I just wanted to exercise everyone's grey matter a bit. Thanks & Later http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Jerry

Reid
02-24-2001, 07:53 PM
Here is one possibility from ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/stories/solutions/0,8224,2649284,00.html).

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bassvax
02-25-2001, 12:27 AM
Reid, you are too cool! That is exactly what I was looking for...Thanks Dog http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Jerry

herbert
02-25-2001, 05:48 PM
I posted on this last November in System Troubleshooting (the wrong forum) - and called it "tons of garbage". Pete had just been elevated to moderator. I think I mentioned he could now move it to the proper forum.

I just did a search for it and the header comes up, but points to the wrong page. Where'd you put it Pete???

Anyway, I'd tracked the culprit down the hard way to MDM.EXE which was lurking in the startup items. I knew it came with Office 2000 but didn't know what it was for.

And what a scruffy bit of programming! I had hundreds of those empty temps in the Windows folder. Got tired of deleting them.

Well found Reid - I tried and failed.

And thanks Pete!

Reid
02-26-2001, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by herbert:
Well found Reid - I tried and failed.


Finding it was mostly luck and using Google (http://www.google.com). One of the hits on the first page of returns showed a file name example with a hex address in it, and that was the one. I was expecting more of a challenge.



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Paleo Pete
02-27-2001, 10:36 AM
herbert: For some strange reason I dropped it in Storage Troubleshooting (http://www.pcguide.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/000111.html) instead of in Software or Operating System, where it really should have gone...Took me a few tries to find it, but there it is.

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