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I purchased a new PC a few weeks ago and windows 98 loaded fine.Then about every few seconds
the machine would lock up for about a second, this repeats over and over while i am using the machine.
Any ideas what the problem could be? is it software or hardware? The machine is PII 400, bx motherboard, 128 sdram
Mit
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by:vikiing
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The only thing I can think of is that power-down of disks (an energy-saving process) is set to some seconds, or so. Thus, each time you need to use the disk, system waits until disk starts-up again.

But that would require more than 1 second to come to live... I think Mom's right when she says "I always think there's an elf into those infernal machines"...  :)


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by:rmarotta
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Mitsy,
I suggest you re-open the question if the present proposed answer hasn't solved your problem.  You don't have to grade any answer until the problem has been solved to your satisfaction.  At that time, the question will be closed and your points awarded to the person you grade.

Try this:
Enter the CMOS setup, select the default settings, save & exit.
Does that correct your problem?
If so, we can look at the options there to determine the cause of your problem.
Regards,
Ralph
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by:Mitsy
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i reset defaults still no joy.
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by:joopv
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Look at the lights of your cdrom, harddisk and floppy drive.  Do you see a correlation with the lockups ?

Is there a network card in the system ?

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by:esr0k
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Check device manager for resource conflicts. If you have a network card that isn't connected properly, or has conflicts, the system will skip a bit. (ethernet & token ring, not a modem)

To get into Device Manager, right click on My Computer and go to Properties.
(or go to System in Control Pannel.)
Click on the Device Manager TAB along the top. Look for yellow !'s and red X's.
Therein might lie the problem.

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tfabian earned 50 total points
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the 1 second lockups may be perfectly normal.

what are you running on the machine??  do you have a bunch of things starting up upon logon??  could you be putting a bunch of programs in background unknowingly??  if so, the system is probably swapping between them..



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by:Mitsy
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no there is not alot of swaping going on, the hhd is not active
after initial startup, no conflicts in device manager, could it be the fan on the CPU or overheating some where, i have no network card it is a home machine
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by:rmarotta
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Try this:
1) Boot into safe mode.
   (For a menu, press F8 key when you see the "Starting Windows95" message at power-up.)
2) Enter Device Manager.
   (Right-click My Computer icon, select Properties/ Device Manager tab.)
3) Check all devices listed there, and remove any that have duplicated entries.
4) Shut down and re-boot the computer.

Windows should now detect and re-install those devices correctly.
Let me know what you find.
Ralph
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thankyou
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by:rmarotta
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Mitsy,
You have awarded your points to tfabian, who says this may be normal, and simply asked more questions of you.
Is the problem solved?
Ralph
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by:Mitsy
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it was my psion program trying to  connect periodically to my hand held, so he did answer thankyou everyone for yor help there
was alot of answers there
Mit
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by:joopv
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those damned 16 bit applications (PSIWIN) can really bring your system to a halt if it is trying to do something in the 'background'...


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