Computer Freezes at BootUp~!?

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BradN10

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hello,
my computer freezes/crashes a lot when im booting up around the time i get to the desktop. sometimes the blue screen comes up, and other times it says Explorer has committed an illegal operation. i restart it several times after it happens and does the same thing. i let it sit for like 20 mins, then it runs fine. so i was wondering if it could be overheating or something of that manner.
i've tried scan registry, scan for errors and viruses too, and nothing. i cut down on the startup items also, but not any of the vital ones. i have Windows 98, Compaq Presario 7470, 56.0MB of RAM. i hope someone can help. thanks a bunch.
bye
-brad-
 

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You could use the Restore CD Compaqs come with but be sure and backup your sensitive data before you do. It will wipe everything out.

Even though you've cleaned out some Startup items give this a look:

Check your available resources by right-clicking My Computer; clicking Properties; Click the Performance tab. Resources available are displayed as percent there at top. Check it when you get done running the System Configuration Utility mentioned below.

Click the Start button; Run; type 'msconfig', without the quotation marks, in the Run box and click OK; Then click the Startup tab; Uncheck anything you don't need running in the background. For reference on what's not needed running in the background in the System Configuration Utility, view this website first and print out the list:

http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Running_items.htm

It's important that you print out the above mentioned list. The site provides a printer friendly link.

In the System Configuration Utility (SCU), you can uncheck programs you suspect one at a time and restart your computer. If something doesn't work right, you can always go back into the SCU and re-check it and restart your computer via the Start button. The changes are completely reversible by re-checking an item in SCU or by selecting Normal Startup under the General tab in the SCU and all the programs listed run when Windows starts as it was before you started.
 

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If you suspect over-heating? Unplug the power, taking the case off and carefully blowing out the dust from the bottom of the unit, fan outlets and carefully cleaning off fan blades with a barely damp q-tip is a start.

Before you touch any internal components be sure you ground yourself by touching the bare metal computer frame and holding your feet still. Don't use a vacuum cleaner on the outside inside the computer. I know, some folks do.
 
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