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By RCOM ·
First, for those of you that format and start over please don't respond!

For the real tech's, this is really wierd. I have a Win ME box with Celoron 1G CPU (don't say it), 384MB ram, Gigabyte MB (VIA chipset). 2 Hard Drives, DVD, CDRW, Gforce4 w/64MB, ATI TV card, 3 case fans, 400W power supply. McAfee VS and firewall 6.0 with latest dat files.

Here is the issue, at times the PC will begin to pause by that I mean the mouse will act sparatic and come to a hault at times. The computer doesn't lock up or stop responding it just kind of pauses. After a second or two normal operation restarts. The stranger part is the clock will loose time. Like right now it's 4:00 and the PC time is at 3:42. If I reboot all is back to normal. Right now I'm letting it go just to see how far the time will be delayed.

What I've done,
Checked battery to be at correct voltage.
Replaced 800 MHz CPU with 1 GHz.
Changed video card because the original had a cooling fan that wasn't working well. GladI have a slot fan that assists with AGP cooling.
Reinstalled pretty much all the drivers for MB, mouse, video etc.
Scanned every file on the system to check or viruses.
Disabled system restore.
Stripped down running programs and services to bare minimum.

This usually occurs at random times and I haven't been able to pinpoint an event that starts the problem.

Help or suggestions?

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by RCOM In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

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by RCOM In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

Thanks for the replies.

I allways disable find fast and the toolbar after installing MS Office.

As far as the DSL connection I've thought about that as being the problem but don't know what to do if that is the issue. My connection is more vulnerable since I own static IP addresses. To test, I changed the connection to DHCP with no difference. Checked for port scans when this occurs but haven't noticed anything unusual.

By the way the computer doesn't run slow at all, it randomly pauses for a few seconds and loses time.

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by djent In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

Have you considered upgrading to W2K? Win9x does not handle background or multiple process well. Mcafee's Outlook Email scanning & hawk can cause these problems. Try removing Mcafee and test. You have a backgroung process that is eating CPU time!

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by RCOM In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

Everything was working fine until recently. As stated, I don't look at starting over as a way to fix computers. I'll eventually find a cure for this and will add that to my troubleshooting arsenal.

I didn't rate any of the other answers yet because all had good advice. This is not. Thanks for responding.

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by Digital_DNA In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

There could be a number of things causing this problem. It sounds like you have pretty much eliminate the software aspect of the diagnostic process. For this reason I'm leaning towards power problem.

It sounds to me like there could be a problem with your power-supply supplying the proper voltage to the motherboard. I would recommend swapping out the power-supply or testing it to make sure it is supplying the proper voltage to the motherboard. Also make sure all your connections are tight and that there is no sign of corrosion or even melting of the connector. The earlier ATX power-supply connectors have been known to melt because of the excess power demands of newer systems.

If that doesn?t solve the problem I'd start looking at and testing the mother-board.

ebcdic

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by RCOM In reply to strange puase/time proble ...

I tested the PS with volt meter both voltages (5VDC,12VDC)were within acceptable range. Connectors etc. all seem to be fine. The mother board's still under warranty so if something on there proves to be the problem I can at least take it back. Before I swap it out I want to find what causes this. Thanks for answer.

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