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Intermittent "Crashes"

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Old Bob, Jan 21, 2006.

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  1. Old Bob

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    Never had any real "crash/freeze" problems in the years I have neen using Win98SE.

    But, just recently there have been "hang-ups" at -

    C:\>

    The next line "should" be -

    C:\> WIN

    But it never gets there. If I hit the "Reset button" [on the tower] it boots up into Safe Mode. If I then select "Normal Start" it's business as usual. I suspect the problem could be in POST or Windows since this happens "right on the border" of Windows actually loading.

    Any suggestions/ideas short of an "over-the-top" reinstallation of Win98SE ???
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    The fact it restrats in safe mode suggests to me that its at least tried the C:>win and has locked up, or it would not recognise a faulty attempt at running Windows.

    So despite the C:>Win not echoing to the screen, I would still suspect the Windows system files, or even the hard drive.

    Win 98 should really be reinstalled every year or so, perhaps this would be a good time to do that. It will also point out any drive issues etc that may be lurking in the background.

    Just remember to backup all data off the PC...
     
  3. Old Bob

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    kiwiguy,

    Thanks for response.

    Actually I "edited" my original posting and my suggestion as to POST or Windows proper got a little "garbled" !!

    I have to agree with you that Windows made an "attempted start" and when I reboot since Windows never actually loaded and I get safe mode rather then the usual scandisk [that appears after improper shutdown].

    I will try an "over the top" and report results.
     
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