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W98SE/20 sec. freezes

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by TimZack, Jan 25, 2002.

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  1. TimZack

    TimZack Thread Starter

    Jan 24, 2002

    Why am I getting these intermitant 20sec freezes? After h20 damage I replaced the mother board and processor on this Dell Inspiron 3800 notebook. That's when it began. Have re-formatted the HD and re-installed the system. Freezes were still there briefly worked normally for days only to return! Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
    Clean install using Full OEM CD /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=D:\WIN98 /IE
    IE 5 6.0.2600.0000

    GenuineIntel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
    320MB RAM
    69% system resources free
    Windows-managed swap file on drive C (3499MB free)
    Available space on drive C: 3499MB of 4634MB (FAT32)
    STARTUP: ScanRegistry, TaskMonitor, System Tray, Load pwr Profile, Norton AntiV. Antivirus uptodate & scanned. Ad-aware done. Processor shows no signs of overheating.
    Any suggestions?
  2. slipe


    Jun 27, 2000
    If you are in a ranger station I would suspect Yogi Bear of stealing some of your CPU cycles.

    Run a test on your RAM: http://www.simmtester.com/PAGE/products/doc/docinfo.asp Start it before lunch – even the quick test takes a while.

    How do you know the processor is showing no signs of overheating?

    I would install the free version of TaskInfo: http://www.iarsn.com/ See if something might be grabbing CPU cycles during that 20 seconds. Are you getting an hourglass?
  3. TimZack

    TimZack Thread Starter

    Jan 24, 2002
    Slipe, thanks for responding. I'll check out the links you gave.

    The problem is fixed! (So far, so good). It turns out that there are bear tracks leading in from the snow bank.

    I also downloaded Dell's flash/bios which instantly took affect.

    Anyway, as to the processor question, I checked by looking for discoloration and by touching. No discolor or heat felt. Also no hour glass when it was stalling. I love the PAST tense there!

    What a relief. The problem is solved!

    Much appreciation for your thoughts,
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