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  1. Ump

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    I have a PC with a 1.1 G processor running Win98SE with 256M of RAM. On an irregular basis (sometimes, several days go by without any problems) the computer freezes, usually while I am running a program, but fairly often during the boot-up. In one memorable episode, I had to press the reboot button ten times before the startup sequence began. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. gotrootdude

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    Could be a drive beginning to fail (IMO most likely). Could be a heat issue (I doubt it).
    Could be a Power Supply problem (replace if it's not heat or a drive failing).
    Lastly, could be a problem with the motherboard..
     
  3. Brian666

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    I've been trying to restore an older no-name clone to working condition. After experiencing more grief than anybody wants to hear about, I finally got it to the point of accepting Win 98SE on the single, 30G hard drive (the max the processor will support according to Maxtor).

    During the installation, the keyboard and mouse froze several times and I had to re-boot. After getting it running, I'm still experiencing freeze-ups - sometimes if I just move the mouse a little bit, sometimes if I've let it sit for a time, long or short, it doesn't seem to matter, it happens randomly.

    I've swapped out the memory and that doesn't seem to be the problem. I believe the hard drive is OK, but it did take a very long time to format.

    Is it time to send this system to the recycle center? I've invested far too much time in it. I have other Win 98 machines and this one won't be missed. The case is good and all the add-ins are good so there's a lot to be salvaged.

    I do need to keep a working Win 98 machine for the foreseeable future.

    All advice is appreciated.
     
  4. Feever42

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    I had a problem similar to this in that I put my old Compaq back together and it would freeze early in setup.After working on it for acouple of weeks I decided to pop the processer out and reinstall it.I hadn,t done this earlier as I hadn,t messed with the component when the machine was canibalized for parts.however after reinstalling the processer the machine has been working for about 2 weeks now.
     
  5. Brian666

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    I took your advice, removed the processor, blew out the holes and pins and reinserted it. It has been running 5 hours so far without a freeze up. I'll let it run some more before pronouncing it "cured." I hope that is the problem.
     
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