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    Lock ups

    I have a computer that I'm working on for a friend that had W98 on it. It sometimes lock would up. It was a computer from someone else so I upgraded it to W2K and updated to NTFS as well since it will be on a workgroup LAN. At first it continued to lock up right away after the initial logins of W2k. After 2-3 reboots, it seems to have behaved better. What are the things that I should check into for lockups. If they are happening with a clean install of W2k, it doesn't sound like software related. I even changed out mice to see if it didn't like that one for some reason; but same problem.

    H also had a USB multimedia keyboard that I can't seem to get working. When I get to the OS choice screen (not sure why it gives me a choice still) that keyboard won't let me type. If I wait for the timeout, it will go in using Windows, but the mouse won't work now. Are these kind of keyboards not recommended?

    --KZ

    This computer has only 56meg of RAM and it runs VERY slow. I will try putting more RAM in it too. The HDdrive seems to be running and "grinding" a lot during the boot up process. It's a 20gig HD.

    The computer would even lock up while in the BIOS too. What would make that happen?

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    Re: Lock ups

    Try to uninstall all network components, then remove the network card and try it without the network card. I had a PC running on W98 which would crash/reboot at least ten times a day, without anyone touching it. I then put W2K onto it, it still crashed. Removed the network protocol/card, everything fine. Put same network card in, re-installed all network drivers, it hasn't even coughed since then. It now stays up'n running for 3-4 months at a time or until I decide to reboot. Just had a look, it's been up for 93 days now. (It's now my internet server).

    I can't guarantee that this will work in your situation, but it's worth a shot. Also, you must add some more memory to that poor PC, for W2K you should have, IMHO, 256Mb at least, 512 preferred.
    Cheers, Claude.

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    Re: Lock ups

    I'll try that. Thanks. Although, it sounds like you had a hardware conflict with only that particular card.

    --KZ

    P.S. I did at 128 more RAM to it. Much faster

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    Re: Lock ups

    What happens if you start the PC in safe mode? (F8 on boot). If it does not lock up then the likely problems lie with peripheral devices and/or drivers. I would also look at boosting memory, as your current set-up looks way to low IMHO
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