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98 machine will not power off on shutdown...

by roopie / May 29, 2004 10:21 AM PDT

My Win98 machine will not completely power off on shutdown. It will hang indefinitely, until I hit the reset button and then the power button to shut it down. Then, the next time I boot up Scandisk runs and there are always cross-linked files. Is there a patch or something to fix this problem? I have all the latest updates installed. Thanks for any and all assistance!

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Re:98 machine will not power off on shutdown...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 29, 2004 10:58 AM PDT
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this used to be a hot topic
by reefurbb / June 1, 2004 1:47 AM PDT

As ghuru Proffit said "many reasons". I've tried so many of the fixes and small softwares that supposedly help this...and don't. Along the way, I found stuff that was otherwise useful. Norton utilities 2002. I haven't tried 2003. Windoctor will find so many errors that you'll wonder how your PC worked. Also use start-run-msconfig, and turn off a lot of unnecassary stuff at startup, or use msconfig to uncheck "load startup" to see if that be the real problem. There are more ways to use the msconfig general page but it takes a lot of further searching of sys ini or win ini to guess a source of trouble.
Bootup the PC and when done, go ahead and try to shutdown. W98 is notorius for non-shutdown if you've played on the PC some, but will shutdown if you haven't.
I used to use "restart" instead of "shutdown" and then turn off the PC at restart. This is a long fix because there's a lot of stuff written to the HDD at proper shutdown

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