View Full Version : Weird bug in WIN98 with the recycle bin !

03-02-2001, 07:26 PM
This is a weird bug indeed... I never seen it elsewhere than on my friend's pc.

So, here's the bug:

When we delete something (anything !) , the recycle bin of windows change icon to a full one, all is ok. Then, when we do EMPTIED RECYCLE BIN, windows magically pop up a wonderful window with that superb message in it, not to be too ironic, it is very cool:

Cannot delete LA4_ME~1:

Cannot find the specified file. Make sure you specify the correct path and filename.

Then the sound of the emptied recycle bin occur, and the recycle bin is actually EMPTIED. but the icon of it still the icon of a full one.

And it ALWAYS do the same thing, whatever we do. I've even formatted, re-fdisked, do everything. I use Windows 98 SE english version, and the installation goes smoot, no problem with it. All work beside that weird message.

The stuff in the cpu you ask.. here it is:

Motherboard: ASUS A7V Pro ATA - 100
Sound: Sound Blaster Live Value
Video: ASUS 6800 "GeForce 2" 32megs DDR vivo
Network: 2 Realteck thiny ordinary NIC 10/100
RAM: 128 megs 133Mhz (1 slot)
CPU: 750Mhz AMD K7 Atlhon with the rigth fan.. lol

Mouse: Microsoft optical with wheel
Keyboard: haha
Monitor: Optiquest 17" .. hehe

Not to mention that the bug propbably comes from the speaker, so they are MIdiLand stereo 3d ... so, have you ever had a bug similar to that weirdness ?

:: Alexandre Dubé ::
If you can't do something right, do it anyway and learn.

03-02-2001, 09:18 PM
Might be time to check for a virus??

"As hard as a rock & dumb as a brick"...Windows CEMeNT

Paleo Pete
03-03-2001, 09:15 AM
Yes, probably time to check for a virus...Also try holding down the [Shift] key while deleting the file. That should delete it permanently without it going to the recycle bin.

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03-09-2001, 07:34 PM
OK, thanks anyway.
I have already check a virus, and there is an anti virus on his cpu.
I will try something a bit more radical toniht, i will tell you if it worked well in the next week.. I can get my hand on a cpu. Mine is dead... completly. I will have to buy a new HD.

So, hiya !

:: Alexandre Dubé ::
If you can't do something right, do it anyway and learn.

03-09-2001, 08:51 PM
Here's something that may work.

"When you try to delete a file in Windows, you may receive the following error

Cannot delete "<filename>", cannot find the specified path.

Make sure you typed the right path.

When this behavior occurs, you can still delete files in MS-DOS mode.


This behavior can occur if the Recycle Bin has become corrupted, or if you have
installed and then uninstalled Fix-It Utilities by Mijenix Corporation, causing
the Recycle Bin to become corrupted.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, point to Shutdown, and then click Restart to MS-DOS.

2. Type "CD\" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.

3. Type "CD RECYCLED" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.

4. Type "ATTRIB -r -s -h info2.*" (without the quotation marks), and then press

5. Type "DEL INFO2" (without the quotation marks), and then press ENTER.

NOTE: This deletes the damaged INFO2 file and creates a new file automatically.
6. Windows 95: Restart your computer.

When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press F8, and then on the
Startup menu, select Command Prompt Only.

Windows 98: Restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your
computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then on the Startup
menu, select Command Prompt Only.

NOTE: You can start the computer with the Windows Startup disk if it is

7. At the command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after each

attrib -r -s -h c:\recycled
deltree c:\recycled

NOTE: If the problem occurs on a drive other than C, substitute the appropriate
drive letter for drive C in the above commands.

8. Restart the computer. This re-creates the Recycle Bin."

Hope this helps


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