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By Jimbeam321 ·
Hi Everyone, thankyou for reading this. pc is athlon 1.4 mem 512 ddr, geforce 3, usb acatel modem win98. I've tested (swopped in and out) memory, video card and harddisc and psu. still the pc will hang while doing anything, even browsing, I am a technical support personage and hold my hands up to this one, I have run out of ideas, any help greatly appreciated, thankyou.

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by BobHo In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

I have seen this a number of times and have been able to fix it every time by switching the modem from a usb connection to an ethernet connection. I don't know why some systems have a problem with the modem being connected through a usb port while others do not but I would try that first. I've seen this on 98, ME and XP systems.

Let us know if this works.

DrBob:&gt

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by Still_learning In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

There is a known problems with Windows and systems with greater than 511MB RAM. Try reducing the RAM to less than 512MB (i.e. 256MB or 384MB, etc) and see if this resolves your problem. Hope this helps.

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by TheChas In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

I agree with Still Learning that the memory issue is the likely culprit.

The W98 (and Me) memory bug is VERY configuration dependant.

Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q253912 for a work-around.

The listed work-around, combined with manually setting the virtual memory size in the SYS.INI file allowed a friend of mine to get his new system to run Me with 1GB or RAM.

Chas

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by Jimbeam321 In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

Hi everyone who has answered so far, thanks for the input. The memory I've tried with both sticks seperately and it still locks, and to the answer concerning changing to an ethernet connection, I've used ethernet cards with networks at work but how/what would I need to do this ?? thankyou again from a very frustrated Jim. thanks.

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by RCOM In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

As far as the USB situation if that's it. You may need to get the chipset drivers for the mother board.

As mentioned the 512MB of ram is as said an issue. just take some of it out and see if the problems are still there.

This may be a virus.Get recent dat file and scan system in safe mode.

When the system hangs can you use ctrl-alt-delete to see what's stopped responding.

Check device manager for resource conflicts or devices that are using the same IRQ or I/O addresses. You can disable com ports and USB in the system BIOS.

Run msconfig.exe and select the startup tab, then uncheck extra software that runs in systray or loads from programs/startup or the run or load section of the win.ini file. Choose the system.ini fileand change the line that says vga.drv=pnpdvr.drv to vga.drv=vga.drv. This will change the display setting to 16 colors and will isolate the video if it's the problem.

If it keeps locking up while trying to do this start in safe mode.

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by bubba In reply to Pc hangs for different re ...

you might try dropping the cpu speed in the bios or front side bus if possible.

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