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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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What the heck?
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So I click Send/Recv in Outlook, only to be greeted immediately (before any program computation) with a friendly and oh-so-descriptive dialog box:

The operation failed.
[OK]


Wha?


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I have no idea what the problem is, but I like the implication that the operation failing without any descriptive error must be 'OK'.

I'm going to assume the following:

You've restarted Outlook - and still had the problem.
You've restarted your computer - and still had the problem.
You've rebooted your brain, and am still confuzzled.

First, check the Eventlog (assuming that you have one running), under all the tabs to find events correlating with the approxamite times that the error occured. It *might* give you an idea of the problem.

Also, if it happens immediately, it's likely something on your local box that's the problem.

I'm noting all of this now, because, I am a member of an Organization Against Unhelpful Alerts. I also can't beleive I just bought four vowels for the acronym. I don't know what steps you've already taken, or what info you've gleaned from it.

Let me know if you need further help... (I'll be around my forums most of the day, checking in semi-often)

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I fixed the problem. What did it take? A quadruple reboot.

Behold the mighty power of Microsoft.

Note that it might have worked on an earlier boot if any of the boots worked. I got, in order, an unknown Stop error, an NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM Stop error, and a PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA Stop error. Then it ran.

I suggest doing a full system backup, and a full restore (after the HD has been thouroghly wiped - assuming that you have an external HD or something to do the backup.

I really do not like the sound of NTFS file system errors. Or the fact that it took you four reboots to get back to your desktop. Your system is about to flip you the bird in a big way IMHO, and you might want to back up everything you can now, just in case (or force a restore now, which might solve the problem).

I do frequent backup to CD-R.

This is nothing new for this fucked-up machine; it's been doing this since I got it. Because it is, of course, the new and therefore best machine, there can't be anything wrong with it; it's certainly done nothing covered by the warranty, and I don't need a new one... so I'm stuck.

Ain't Windows grand? I've been considering the merits of purging this thing and switching to Head Rat Linux, except I've got too much Windows-only stuff. Maybe a dual-boot, but that's extremely difficult to set up in XP and it would still entail a format c:.

Not so difficult as you may think. While I haven't set it up myself, I understand that as long as you use the LILO boot loader, with whatever brand of Linux, and do a clean install (yes, format c:) of the Linux first (and format a seperate partition for a Windows setup), dual boot can work. Let me know if you want me to get you in touch with a friend of mine in Lakewood who did this very accomplishment while we were stationed together in Germany. He might be able to help you out.

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