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Windows 98 Crashes

By mastertype ·
I have been having problems with Windows 98 crashing at various times throughout the day. Then it crashes (totally freezes up) numerous times during the reboot process.

The problem is not consistent, and I cannot duplicate the problems that are causing the system to crash.

Also, whenever I run the Windows defrag program to defragment my hard drive, it seems to get to about **% complete and then the system freezes up - every time I run the Windows defrag program. Any help would be greatly appreciated here. My hard disk is about 60% defragmented and I cannot get it to defragment completely.

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by gacain In reply to Windows 98 Crashes

This does sound like a hardware - not a software - problem. Perhaps the HD is the problem, but also check all other hardware. First open the box and check all slot and cable connections. I've seen this sort of problem come from something as simple as a loose video card. Swap out video, sound, NIC, etc devices to see if this solves the problem. You may also want to try re-installing Windows. Best of luck to you.

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by mastertype In reply to Windows 98 Crashes

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by Radovan In reply to Windows 98 Crashes

First clean disk from files *.CHK *.TMP

Defrag problem:
Run explorer click on windows folder
In windows folder locate folder APPLOG
Delete all files in that folder they are used by defrag to rearrange files for faster application execution. If some files are corrupted in some way defrag will crash.
Run scandisk Through metod
Run Defrag
General computer crashing:
You will need some tools to open your computer, and ink remover rubber. The best one is looking like pencil you'll need it to clean SIMM connectors and card connectors from dirt and oxide. Open computer take out ram and polish SIMM gold edge repeat procedure for all cards if you are using slot 1 or A processor you can clean it too

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by BV2 In reply to Windows 98 Crashes

Boot to safe mode - run thorough scandisk, then defrag. Reboot and run system file checker under system information - I've found that a lot of crashes on Win98 machines were due to corrupt Active X files. Restore needed files, reboot, defrag againif you truly want to...

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by SixFourtyKilo In reply to Windows 98 Crashes

Although the answers given seem very obvious they're both right and wrong. Although these are basic steps in diagnosing the crashes, random crashes generally occur due to cheap memory gone bad. If you are convinced your HD is the problem, start over. Crack open your case and find out the exact cylinders, sectors, heads, model number and manufacturer of your HD. Contact the manufacturer's website and get ahold of a low-level formatting utility. Prepare for 2-6 hours of formatting when you run it. Be sure to BACKUP! Low level formatting wipes out everything, including every type of partition. If you find your system manages to crash and hang during or after this process, your problem will most likely be the memory. If the utility reports numerous bad sectors your HD can be to blame.

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