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Monday, September 5, 2011

Codecs Crashing Explorer

Windows Explorer keeps crashing on me, especially when I have SiteSpinner open. It isn't just when I have more than one instance of SiteSpinner open, though that may have something to do with it sometimes. It could also have something to do with having RoughDraft and SiteSpinner open at the same time, but I don't think it's any of these things, because earlier, I got a message saying Microsoft had discovered the problem was that I needed to download a new instance of ffdshow.exe. I rebooted after installing it, as instructed.

I'm not certain that is the right link - please let me know if there is another one, or a better one (that was taken straight from Google) - but it gave me a link to it and I downloaded and installed it, then uninstalled all the other codec packs I'd installed over the last couple of weeks. I then restarted the computer, as it instructed me to do after uninstalling each of them.

Explorer wasted no time in crashing on me one more good time, just after I'd rebooted and opened my working programs and directories. Mind you, none of these have .MP4 items in them (that I'm aware of) and I wasn't testing the new setup or trying to crash it.

I'm not sure what's going on with the machine, but I blame WinAmp and/or Last.FM and I'm going to be looking into both more heavily if the problem persists.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011


Manodogs said...

Explorer hasn't crashed again and I fell asleep with Hulu playing and woke-up with it... still playing!

So that may well have been the issue.

Manodogs said...

Knock wood, Explorer itself hasn't crashed anymore, but Hulu is crashing a lot. Actually, I made a post specifically about it since I'm not sure if the two issues are related.

Manodogs said...

Explorer crashed again today, once again it was while I had SiteSpinner open.

SiteSpinner is a fantastic product, and to be honest, this may only be happening when I have more than one instance of it open (I haven't yet thought to observe that for certain when it happens), but it seems to be crashing my Explorer.

SiteSpinner just updated recently and Firefox has updated twice since then. I don't know about Windows, since it's set to auto-update.