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Windows 98 PC : Random Reboots

By fquattrone ·
I am having a problem with my windows 98 PC rebooting randomly. Sometimes when I start the PC, it reboots before it gets into windows, sometime it reboots after I get into windows. It will sometimes reboot while I am working in an application. I will sometimes reboot while the PC is just sitting idle doing nothing.

My PC Specs are:
300MHZ PII with 192 MB of RAM
Voodoo 3 2000 card
CD
CD Burner
Soundblaster 64 AWE

I have tried the following things to fix it:
1. Ran a Mcaffee with thecurrent DAT file.
2. Disabled all memory resident programs.
3. Disconnected CD Burner (Problems started around the time I installed this)
4. Reinstalled Video Drivers.

The only new piece of hardware that I added is a second hardrive which is on the same controller as my primary hard drive. I thought that this may be the problem but the drive acts fine and the PC reboots even when sitting idle.

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by pcgirl79 In reply to Windows 98 PC : Random Re ...

Make sure your power supply is in good working condition and isn't overheating...many times power supplies are to blame for random reboots.

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by bruceh In reply to Windows 98 PC : Random Re ...

You have a corrupted Kernel. Since reinstalling over itself does not fix it go to Microsofts web site and look up kernel errors. One of the TID's explains how to reinstall the kernel to fix just this problem.
P.S. This is not a fun chore good luck.

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by dmiles In reply to Windows 98 PC : Random Re ...

check to make sure that you have not damaged the CPU it will cause reboot if it becomes damaged from over heating,also check power management and disable it to see if this helps.

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by drboodc In reply to Windows 98 PC : Random Re ...

Its a long shot, but you have a loose motherboard.

I have seen this issue before when the motherboard would touch the case and short out causing the computer to reboot.

The previous opinions mentioned before mine seem very prudent as well.

Best of luck!
Paul

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by Ian Mclaws In reply to Windows 98 PC : Random Re ...

Just had a system with exactly the symptoms you describe, on Win98. After replacing kernel (not a fun task), same problem. Tried alternate power supply, alternate CPU, alternate motherboard, one at a time; no success. Turned out to be a bad stick ofRAM. I suggest you try another stick, if you have only one, or try removing one stick if you have multiple DIMMS.
Good luck,

Ian

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