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By pgard ·
I have a older computer (233MHz) and I am having problems with it locking up--dead lock(CTL+ATL+DEL) does not help. I recently added a new hard drive and CD-ROM. I had some of these problems before I added these two things. Now I try to play games and they don't work(Age of Empires doesn't even have video, my son's preschool game locks up after playing for a few minutes). I was told that some 233's had too small of fans for the processor, so I clean out the parts with compressed air(Processor fan, power supply, motherboard) almost daily and they still don't work. Any advice would be VERY much appreciated. Thank You all in advance!

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by DEP52 In reply to Locking up!!

You didn't indicate which operating system. If you're working with Windows 95 or 98, take a look at the IRQ assignments. [Right click on the my computer icon, select properties, select the device manager tab, and double click on computer. Two devices sharing an interrupt [IRQ] can cause the type of problem you're describing, especially if the video card is sharing the IRQ. One exception is the "IRQ Holder for PCI Steering". It's OK for that to share an IRQ with one of your devices.

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by TheChas In reply to Locking up!!

What OS are you using?

When you installed the new HD, did you copy the files over from the old HD, or install the OS from scratch.

Windows has a tendency to self corrupt over time. The only way to prevent this is very diligent system maintenence when adding/removing software and hardware.

At this point, I would recommend a clean install of your OS.
Download the latest drivers for the hardware in your system. Motherboard, Video card, sound card, modem.
Back up your personal files, e-mail and ISP information, Internet book marks, etc.
Create a Windows boot floppy, if needed.
Format the HD and install the OS using the updated drivers. Install any drivers for the MB before installing device drivers.
Install only the application software that you will use. That should keep you good for another couple of years.

If you don't want to go through the work of re-installing everything, you might get some improvement with a system clean-up and repair utility such as Norton Win-Doctor, or Meijenix Fix-It.

If you have 64MB or less of RAM, see if you can add more RAM. This is the most cost effective system upgrade.

As to the heat, open the case after the system has been on for a couple hours, and see if the heat sink on the CPU is hot, or just warm. If it is just warm, you do not have a heat problem.
If it is too hot to touch, you may have a bad CPU. You can find 233MMX "pulls" for under $30. Make sure that the jumpers for the CPU voltage on the MB are set correctly.

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