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cc2001

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I have an HP computer with win 98 se. The computer has been great for years, but now it will just shut down out of the blue about every day and a half. You can unplug the computer for a few seconds and it will then turn on and go for about another day and a half. I removed the processor cooling fan and got the dust out of it, also removed the dust from the power supply and fan. Could anyone give me there knowledge on this problem? The only recent changes I have made was to install a new network card, it seems like the problems started after this but could be coincidental.


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Win 98 was never real good with memory. If i did not reboot the computer every day i would get errors in programs when trying to run them. If i tried running 2 days without rebooting the puter would lock up on me. So i just rebooted everyday and the puter ran fine. The more programs you have on the computer the faster it will start having problems. I remember wiping the drive and reinstalling windows and a few good programs i liked. The computer still needed rebooting every day but other than doing that i had no problems with it. Before the reformat i had over 40 programs on the puter.

One thing i don't like about the H-P is that they put low powered power supplys in most of them. When you start adding cd burners, dvd burners, graphics cards, sound cards, and other hardware the poor old PS just doesnt have the power to keep up. You can get a bigger PS but normal ones don't fit and the wiring sometimes is not standard like aftermarket PS's. As you add more hardware to the computer it starts crashing more often. Of course i find this true on most of the factory built computers. Thats why i started building my own computers years ago. These days if you like modifying computers to be better you must start out with a custom computer you build yourself( or have someone build it). I find most factory computers somewhat lacking in the hardware department.

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But I have used this computer 5-7 yrs with basically the same software and never a problem
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Although i still have some real old computers that still work, you really can't expect a computer to last over 5 years without starting to have some problems. Any mechanical machine needs periodical maintenance and usually replacement parts to keep running for a long time.

you may have been hit by software that while not a true virus or trojan, could affect the computer. I usually reinstall windows every 2 years if i keep a computer that long. It's the easy way to get the speed and reliability out of a computer.

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