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computer locks up while browsing web pages

by virson65 / June 12, 2005 4:13 PM PDT

My computer occasionally locks up while I am browsing web pages. When this happens all I can do is power down and restart. The system will not respond at all.....including the mouse.
My operating system is Windows ME.
Please assist!

Thanks!

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Occasional problems
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 12, 2005 8:25 PM PDT

Windows Operating Systems prior to XP are prone to occasional problems. I have used ME myself before moving to XP and I liked the OS, although many people think it had it's own set of problems.

If the problem is as you say, occasional, then it is something you may have to live with. But you can try and minimise the problem by good housekeeping, eg;

Use a recognised firewall to keep hackers at bay,

Keep the definitions of your anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-adware programs up to date and run regular scans with the programs.

Keep your temp folders, and Temporary Internet Files folder clean and empty.

Keep your Recycle Bin empty.

Once a month, run the Scan Disk to check for errors, and then run the Disk Defragmenter afterwards. It may be advisable to run both from Safe Mode and turn off any screen saver, as they will run better without interruption.

Keep your important files, (documents, photos, music, email settings, etc), backed up.

Keep the computer free of dust, and open the case to check for dust inside. Blow it away from the circuits using an air spray.

Check all connections.

These are general housekeeping that help to keep a computer running smoothly.

I hope this helps.

Mak

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RE: computer locks up while browsing web pages
by caktus / June 13, 2005 2:24 PM PDT

I found that ME ran more reliably with 512MB of RAM.

The OEM I bought it from indicated that ME was capable of running with 1GB of RAM. But over 512MB of RAM generally causes serious boot problems.

If you have several peripherals, disc drives or extra hard drives you may also need a bigger Power Supply, at least 350Watt.

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ME Has
by skippyd333 / June 13, 2005 3:27 PM PDT

won't dump memory, period! so, it has to be rebooted to dump it.

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