FreeCell


J

Jen

I'm having problems with FreeCell on my XP system.
Everytime I open the game, it freezes and just stays with
the hourglass. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
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J

Jimmy S.

Hi Jen,

A few causes of Solitaire, Free Cell, and other games failing:
[Thanks to +Elmo_Tech for collecting most of these tips :)]

- Free Cell was locking up until, by reading a message on this Newsgroup,
I turned off IMGICON.EXE on the Start Menu (Control/Alt/Delete).
By instruction from Iomega, after trying updated download for the Iomega
Zip drive, I did a search for IMGICON.EXE and deleted it. It works now.

- Solitaire Caused General Protection Fault in Module:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q234/4/30.asp

- General Protection Fault When Starting Microsoft Solitaire:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q237/9/00.asp

- Problems Running FreeCell And Solitaire with Office XP Installed:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q304/4/02.asp

- Freecell FAQ: http://home.swipnet.se/staffan/fcfaq.htm

- For more KB articles try: http://www.generation.net/~hleboeuf/solitair.htm

- Press Ctrl/Alt-Delete, click Point32 to highlight, and click End Task.
You may lose mouse acceleration and scrolling selections till you reboot.

- Reinstall the game(s): Windows XP:

Click START / Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs / Add Remove
Windows Components / Accessories and Utilities / [Details...] / Games /
[Details...] / pick your games / Click [OK] 3 times. May require XP CD.

To see if it's a software conflict: Temporarily disable Startup
programs one at a time, starting with Firewall, Antivirus, and ad
blockers using: http://new.jtsoft2001.com/windows/startup.php

You can lookup what a program does before you disable it here:
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm

KNOWN SOFTWARE THAT CAUSES CONFLICTS:

"Have you also installed McAfee VirusScan's latest version?
Malfunctioning in Freecell and Solitaire is a known problem for them, and
they suggest a solution on their site."

- AVG does the same thing.. Disable before you start the game.

- Slow Spider Solitaire: "If I open "Start",and then "Help" Spider Solitaire
works fine. That is I must run "Help" while I'm playing Spider Solitaire."

- Pop Up stoppers.

- Cookie Crushers.

- PGP.

- Mouse pointers.. Use default, or less-active pointers.

- IE 6.

- Iomega zipdisk program conflict with IE6. An article:

"..a post on here a couple of weeks ago that suggested that this has to
do with a Iomega Zip disk file that you have running. IMGICON.EXE This
is loaded from the StartUp folder as Zip Disk Icons. (or it was on my
PC) Hit Ctrl - Alt - Del and see if it's running."

- Cleansweep's usage monitor. Disable.

--
Cheers,
Jimmy S.

Additional Support Resources: My Zone.com Helpsite: http://nibblesnbits.tk
Microsoft Online Tech Support: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=376
Game FAQ's: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
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| I'm having problems with FreeCell on my XP system.
| Everytime I open the game, it freezes and just stays with
| the hourglass. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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