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Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 4:01 pm:   

Where do i start i am in hardware and software hell. My pc is unstable and i lost my rag the other night and kicked it, i am plagued by illegal operations when using programs, when installing win98, files seem to be corrupt after little use, do not know if it my harddrive swan song or my cpu overheating, blue screen errors, which have gone since i disabled my cpu external cache, my cd writer the plastic rod which goes back and forth lifting the laser up and down one of the teeth broke and now the drawyer does not go in and out, i am in a right mess here i have win 98 amd k62 550, rockwell modem, 128 mb sdram, dx7, voodoo3 pci latest drivers jetway motherboard, any help very much appreciated thanx
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Monday, August 20, 2001 - 12:43 am:   

I have experienced similar problems and the solutions are not always the same. Once it was my video card.....hard to believe but true. Another time I had a bad memory stick even though the memory test on boot-up did not report any faults. I think the disabling of the cpu cache preventing blue screens is only a coincidence and I think you should enable this and try changing the Video card and memory to see if one of these is the culprit. Obvious things like faulty data ribbons and damaged hard drive segments can cause similar symptoms so it is a matter of trying them all systematically.
Hope this helps and I would be interested to hear what was the final cure.
V (Vera)
Posted on Monday, August 20, 2001 - 11:32 am:   

video card drivers turned out to be the problem for me at one time. tried all kinds of things. re-installing the drivers did it.

in a different instance i got fed up and did a complete re-install from the bottom up.

1.took out everything but the video card, floppy drive,hard drive and cd drive

2. fdisk and format the hard drive

3. check in bios to be sure virus warning is disabled before going ahead to

4. install windows

5. after windows is installed successfully ,add in the soundcard so it can have the resources it wants. then add in the rest one at a time checking to see that there are no resource conflicts
hopefully at the end of all this you are rewarded with a well behaving system

of course this does nothing to help your cd writer.
if it is no longer under warranty and you can't manually open and close it and have nothing to lose, use a little ingenuity, open it up and see what can be done

if you think the harddrive may be faulty, you could see if your hard drive manufacturers website has a diagnostic utility to download

for an over heating cpu check to be sure heatsink compound has been used and the cpu fan is operating correctly. one time while working on my pc i had it running with the cover off. i just happened to notice the cpu fan slow up almost to a stop and then spin up again repeatedly. replacing that fan took care of a problem of freezes i was getting intermittently. does your bios have a temperature monitor you can check after it's been running for awhile and you start getting the errors

another time a problem was taken care of by replacing the power supply

there can be many causes for freezes and error messages ,not always obvious, many times unexpected causes and tracking them down can be frustrating and sometimes discovered accidentally

hope you get to the bottom of things

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