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Win98SE Reboot at certain web sites

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I have a PIII 450mhz, 128mb RAM, 8GB hard drive.  The vast majority of the time everything runs fine.  However, at certain web sites (i.e. WWW.WCSX.COM, WWW.CITIBANK.COM)the machine reboots.  I am sure there are other web sites that will cause this, but I have not run across them yet.  I do not think there is anything special about these sites which make them stand out.  However, it consistently happens.  I have IE 5.

Also, I loaded Outlook Express 5.0 without incident, however when I try to run it, I get the initial screen and then it reboots.  The larger MS Outlook program from Office 97 works fine.

I have read several threads about this type of problem...I have checked the power supply, cable connections, virus scanning, reloaded windows and all software from clean hard drive, checked the registry, have no IRQ conflicts...

This has been going on for some time and does not seem to be getting worse...but it is also not getting better.

Thanks for the help.
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by:csmcm
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Hey, I listen to WCSX all the time(glad they lost Dick The Bruiser)!

This could be due to IE being unable to understand certain Java or CGI scripts, or some other silly thing. Have you tried the same sites with Netscape? Certain sites will appear and/or 'behave' differently, depending on the browser you use. For that reason, it's not a bad idea to have the two browsers both installed for web-surfing. I just visited WCSX with Netscape, and no ill effects did I experience. I can't offer help with Outlook, though, because I don't use it.
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larrypalooza earned 100 total points
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Some reboots are related to sound events. Remove your soundcard and try yo machine. (ISA cards usually the culprit, get yoself a PCI) and disable yo comports if you don't need em
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by:csmcm
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larrypalooza: simply removing the card will NOT work in your idea, if a sound file is corrupted. You don't seem to have read dadcohen's question thoroughly, because it mentions a clean install on a blank drive, which practically ensures a 'sterile' setup. Dadcohen, what about any other software you have installed? Could some sort of monitoring program be freaking out on you? Maybe a virus scanner? Norton's System Works? Some more detail may help in a diagnosis.
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What Video Card are you using?
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