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Computer lock up - HELP

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by firedude, Oct 4, 2004.

  1. firedude


    May 2, 2002
    A computer forum on Glock Talk, great. My computer locks up at times while I am surfing the web or doing just about anything. The time of lock up is anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds. It will work fine for a while and then it will happen again. I am using Windows 98 and at the present time my system resources are at 50 % which seems kind of low. I also have down loaded Adware 6 and Spybot. I tried a search but could not find anything that would help. Also, I am not real computer literate. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear Protective G'pa CLM

    How many icons do you have in your bottom right tray? Have you tried to defrag your hard drive? How much RAM do you have? How much available disk space? There are a lot of things that cause the BSOD or just flat out lock up Win98 machines.

    If you want to keep Win98 then I would suggest save your important info to another disk or computer. Then reformat your HD and reinstall Win98. This will get rid of all the junk clogging your system.

  3. Guest

    Formatting and reinstalling is a good idea and a sure fire way to fix it. If you feel like spending the time loading it and all your software.

    I would start with uninstalling all programs and games you dont use. Then i would defrag, then run scanreg /fix and if that dont help the problem then i would format and start over.

  4. firedude


    May 2, 2002
    Hey USCG1988 -
    How do I run scanreg/fix and what is it? Thanks.
  5. jack19512


    Aug 14, 2003
    Hazard Ky
    Computer lock up can be caused by hardware failure also. After doing what you can, software,format and restore and whatever, if that doesn't fix your problem start looking at hardware. I had a computer with lock up problems, almost drove me crazy. Ended up being a bad mother Board.
  6. Guest

    thats a good point jack. i guess we should have asked him if he added any Hw or SW. TYpically problems arise when a new peice of SW or HW has been installed and a compatibility issue may be his problem.


    Its a registry cleaner built into W98. Go to start / run and type in scanreg /fix

  7. firedude


    May 2, 2002
    Hey USCG, I tried scan/reg fix and it said that file could not be found. Now what. Thanks for trying.

  8. Guest

    its scanreg ( insert space here) /fix

    one space between scanreg and the forward slash.

  9. davejax904


    Apr 1, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    this happened on my old computer, and still happens on my moms computer. both systems were/are win98 SE.

    i have done everything suggested so far. and the only thing that worked for me, was backing everything up, and typing 'format c:' [enter] 'y' [enter]. then reinstalling everything.

    the problem for me, has happened with no new sw or hw installed. and no programs being updated or downloaded except windows updates.

    i still suggest trying what has been suggested as it may fix your problem, and because reinstalling everything is a pain.

    the other way to fix it is to get windows xp pro :)
  10. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    That's a good idea; or you could take Step One, and remove all Micro$oft products from the computer and make friends with Debian or Mandrake instead!!