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My computer freezes of  shutt offs

Posted on 2005-04-30
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have a pentium 2 and there are two operating system installed on it ( 2000 & XP). when I turn on, there is a chance of 97% that is freezes of shuts off. Why it happens and who I can fix it? Can be the battery of the computer? Any answer would be appreciated.
Question by:MahmoodR
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Watzman earned 400 total points
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This is an old system, that I'd recommend replacing.

The most likely cause is memory.  Get a good memory test (memtest or memtest86, a google search will turn them up quickly), and run that.  I'd remove and reseat everything (UNPLUG the comptuer first -- just turning it off isn't good enough, parts of this system are ALWAYS on).  Another likely cause is the power supply.  If it's neither of those, you just have to eliminate things one-by-one, and it's time consuming.  Personally, if you can't find it quickly, (memory test or try a new power supply), it may not be worth the time and effort.

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You should also make sure your CPU fan is working or the CPU is being cooled properly. A faulty fan can aslo lead to lock-ups due to overheating.
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it could be also a bad driver for such a device ,
get a copy of Knoppix linux live and boot the system from the cd ,if Knoppix works than it's surely a bad windows driver ,,check it out...
can you boot in safe mode in one of the two parallel installed systems on your pc,if you succeed than you could probably maintain the problem with onboard tools...
When does it happen ,that your system became unstable?


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