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By Kareem ·
I have an IBM Aptiva E25 with Win 98SE. Recently I have been having a lot of intermittent problems with the system, mostly locking up. I have reinstalled OS, changed hard drives but the problem still exists. What I am noticing though is that it seems for some reason, my machine's power would fluctuate (my guess). I have many devices installed on my computer and I have no power cables left (even using a 'y' power extension). With this frequent loss of power my system freezes, and I noticed that I sometimes cannot open one of my cd-rom drives. Should I try replacing my power supply or can it be an electrical issue. I have never had this problem when I first got the system.

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This may seem to be the "redneck" way to do it. but to check if it is your power that's lacking, go get an AT power supply, one that someone you know isn't using, I have about ten of them in my garage.. plug in the AT supply straight and turn it on,, then take your CD-ROM,CD-RW, and probably zip drive or what ever else you're running, except your system hard drive, leave that on the ATX power supply, how many watts is your PS in your Aptiva? Please don't tell me it's one of those cheesy 135W ones....
I have HAD to use this method in the past on non-redundant Power systems to get all of the junk to run without freezing myself..
I hope that helps you.
Good Luck..

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by BigCheif In reply to Windows 98 freezes

make sure that the fans are all working and not running slow. Just something to not overlook. Good luck

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