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    mazzie Posts: 41, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 8, 2006, 06:31 PM
    No safe mode
    I have a 3 yr old Compaq desktop with 98SE on it. It keeps locking up and when I try to start in safe mode, it locks also. Any ideas on what the problem is? :confused:
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Jan 8, 2006, 06:48 PM
    Not really, not enough info to go on. Sounds like a driver problem, though. Have you tried reinstalling Windows? How much RAM do you have?

    You might also try booting to a DOS prompt and typing SCANREG /FIX. Also try running SCANDISK from a DOS prompt.
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    mazzie Posts: 41, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 8, 2006, 07:05 PM
    More info
    PIII, 1Ghz,128 RAM. What is your "opinion" of Regsitry Mechanic?
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Jan 9, 2006, 06:46 AM
    I have heard good reviews of Registry Mechanic and I did use it on occasion, it's a pretty good tool.

    You appear to have enough RAM, though going up to 256 should help. One thing you need to keep in mind is System Resources. These are finite pools of RAM that store info about the current state of Windows. When you run low on System Resources you are in danger of freezes and crashes.

    Run MSCONFIG and check the Startup tab. See what might be loading. You might also want to do virus and spyware scans.
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    Jan 9, 2006, 06:47 AM
    Hi, Mazzie,
    I also use Win98SE, and if you don't have a hard drive problem, it does take a lot of maintenance, much more than 2000, or other systems above it.
    As another suggested, try running scanreg /fix.
    You can that as follows:

    Registry Repair should be done whenever there are problems:

    To Repair the Registery:
    Turn off the computer; or reboot; then immediately press F8, (or, could be F5) located on top of the keyboard. Keep it pressed down (or release and press, release and press) until an options window comes up, then release it.
    (If F8 or F5 doesn't work, then re-boot, and immediately press down the CTRL key, hold down until it comes up to the options screen).
    Use the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard to select "Command Prompt Only".
    Press Enter
    You will now see C:\>
    Type in SCANDISK , all small letters, and it will look like:
    C:\>SCANDISK , then press Enter. Takes about 5 min. maybe.
    When finished:
    Type in SCANREG /FIX (there is a space between the G and the / ).
    You will now see C:\>SCANREG /FIX
    Press Enter
    This will take about 5 minutes or so.
    When finished, press Enter for OK.
    Manually, turn off the computer, wait a few seconds, the turn it back on.

    If that doesn't get you back to the normal desktop, then I would use your Win98SE install CD's, and try reinstalling windows. Have you reinstalled windows within a year? Normally, it has to be reinstalled once a year with Win98/98SE.
    If that doesn't work, please post back.
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    mazzie Posts: 41, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 9, 2006, 12:57 PM
    Thanks to all who responded. I think I will put another 128 in for the guy. I have checked for ad/spy/viruses and all are clean. I will also check the registry. I will keep you posted. Oh, also, the guys dad gave him a 256 flash drive and it locks up windows. Later...

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