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Need a suggestion for a diagnostic program

by edweather / December 1, 2012 11:55 PM PST

Browser is locking up, and getting a couple of errors on start up. Can someone please suggest a decent freeware complete diagnostic program. I'm running Win98SE? Thanks. Ed.

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My best diagnostic was
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2012 12:38 AM PST

Another browser and with old machines a fan. I'd remove the case cover and point the fan at the machine.

Bob

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MS has some, Norton Utilities has some
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2012 12:07 AM PST

Microsoft has stand alone memory diagnostics, and at least some of the older Norton Utilities had good diagnostics. I believe Windows 98 had a System File Checker, Seagate and Western Digital have good hard drive diagnostics. You should also boot to Safe Mode and check for viruses.
I have to say though that if you're running Windows 98, it's time to upgrade to Windows 7, most likely on a new PC. Windows 98 has been unsupported both by Microsoft and most applications and utilities so long that you're just going to run into more and more problems if you continue to use it.

Good luck.

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Ran sfc
by edweather / December 3, 2012 2:23 AM PST

I ran the system file checker and everything seems ok. I have to stick with Win98 for now, but I might be able to upgrade my browser a couple of versions. Surfed last night with no problems. It's a 3rd computer for us, and will be used by our 5 year old. He'll play some old games on it. Pretty happy with only investing less than $20 upgrading the memory (128mb to 1gb,) ethernet card, and usb card. Thanks. Ed.

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Thanks.
by edweather / December 3, 2012 2:25 AM PST

Thanks Rob,

Unfortunately I'm stuck with the OS for now. Will probably update the browser though. I was amazed when I removed the cover there was at least 4, maybe 5 fans inside!! We use it in a cool environ. in the basement, so it probably won't overheat.

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Ahh, you just revealed a clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2012 2:33 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks.

If you were surprised then... If this still locks up I find myself replacing heat sink compound. You might encounter folk that load up temperature measuring apps, but after a while you learn to dive in and do the few dollar work.
Bob

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