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98 se crashing inconsistently

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mbassadoor, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. mbassadoor

    mbassadoor Thread Starter

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    some days my dell runs good,some days it crashes some,some days it crashes randomly
    for hours. done lots of maintenance, scans,
    and protonic help attempts[they've helped].
    they said try changing power supply[it's
    easy]. it wasn't.there was a hard rubber flap that blocked one screw. couldn't remove to
    clean or install another.
    downloaded a nice diagnostic tool but my
    computer has no sensors to work with.
    how do I determine if power supply is
    malfunctioning. Everest or motherboard
    monitor didn't help me but I certainly could
    have missed something.
     
  2. Sherry22160

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    Do you have the Original Windows 98SE Disc with CD Key ???
     
  3. mbassadoor

    mbassadoor Thread Starter

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    thank you,

    no I don't. pc was a gift. I do have a 98se cd set from another source with a product
    key on it. is that sufficient?
     
  4. MaverickUK

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    Hi,

    What do you mainly use your computer for and also what are the system specifications and also the specifics regarding your Power Supply? You can find specifics on your PSU by looking on the side (usually) of the Unit. What are the offerings for the 12V rail and other rails? What wattage is the power supply?

    Regards,
    Nick.
     
  5. mbassadoor

    mbassadoor Thread Starter

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    thank you,

    I'm not sure what you need. hope this helps.

    power supply- foxconn qc 08 b[2000 4. 20]
    dell L667r , 667mhz [intell pentium lll] , intell motherboard[CA810E AAA01985-308] , 256 ram , quantum fireball 1ct15 07[hard drive],7.5gb , modem.
    as far as volts and rails, I'm looking but haven't found that info yet. I'll keep
    looking.
    p.s. computer is for regular home use.
     
  6. Sherry22160

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    I think it's time to Upgrade your PC.
    Win 98 is unsupported now so step up to Win XP and an Upgrade.

    If that is not possible then you need to start replacing parts (If you can get them)

    Try this Mem test first

    http://www.memtest.org/
    If it finds errors then replace Mem. Get at least 512MB.

    After that next step is a new PSU.....
     
  7. MaverickUK

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    Also, do not try it on more than one module at a time, otherwise there may be some accuracy issues.
     
  8. mbassadoor

    mbassadoor Thread Starter

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    thanks Nick and Sherry22160,

    I have that memory test. I'll try it.

    just briefly; what are the pitfalls in an upgrade? based on specs given is my system
    compatible for upgrade? is there a site you know of that would walk me through an upgrade and help me deal with any problem? again,thanks for help,,,,,Mark
     
  9. Sherry22160

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    If you go the Upgrade Path then you will have to REPLACE all your hardware.
    CPU,MB,Mem the lot.......

    You may be able to salvage a CD Rom.But hey given that Hardware is Relatively cheap go for a DVD Burner there's only about $20.00 Diff.

    Pitfalls to an Upgrade......none....You will have a faster more compatible PC.

    Go to this link.It's a big site but in there somewhere is a guide to Building Computers.....

    http://www.tomshardware.com/

    If you havn't built a PC Before the main Issue is "Parts Compatibility"
    Get this right and you will have a great PC.
     
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