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I can see why you are agitated! It isn't just the freezing, its the three minutes sitting there waiting to re-boot.
Have you been able to identify any common patterns? We found on one machine at the office that if we open Word after WordPerfect we lose access to the printer. Took us a while to find the common factors.
I do use other browsers but have to develop for the IE compatibility.
Acrobat and Golive seem to leak memory. Once used it's easier to reboot than to risk opening something else.
Before you ask, I've got bags of RAM onboard. Running Win 98, too.
I just installed Win2K on my laptop, last night. It's only got 98MB RAM, but it looks like it will be ok. It was running 98, and crashed only a few times per week. It had been running that copy of 98 for maybe 2 years, so I was ready to wipe it.
Win 98 was 4-5 times a day, usually after it crashed.
XP was better, but ended up crashing once every couple of days.
It was taking 15 minutes each time to reboot and scandisk
Thats 1.25 hours each day for Win 98.
Cost it out and Linux has saved me a fortune over Windows 98.
(Closer call with XP though)
I always get a chuckle from the message "to notify the software manufacturer if the problem persists".
Funny thing - my system always runs better after one of these Windows Explorer crashes, at least until I do a full reboot. The system tray is empty, and all the little memory hogging programs that I can't figure out how to disable are outta there.
I was a shareware junky, so stuff was being installed and re-installed on a daily basis.
The install/uninstall routines always messed things up long term (yep - some blame lies with the software authors, but not all)
My girlfriend's PC, (which has new software installed once or twice a year), is fairly stable and only crashes once or twice a week.
mine- winxp, 1.7 Ghz, 256 RAM - 2 crashes since its purchase 4 mths ago, both due to IE
work - win98, 800Mhz or so, 256 RAM - crashes once or twice a day, if I use IE for a while it will take it out.
good thing I don't use IE, it starts up sooo slowly and loves to hog resources. Mozilla, no prob, my win98 machine loves it. The machine runs much better with it.
I have 512mb ram on a win98 machine with 30% disk space free. It's also how much disk space you have free, and how defragmented it is.
Have you run adaware to see if spyware is hanging your system?
AceFTP Freeware has hung up a client's system.
Also, good to do the old "msconfig" from Start-Run. Then uncheck any memory sucking programs (like Quickbooks), that want a piece of your ram.
In the Win98 era I used NT 4.0 Workstation instead, it provided me with a more stable environment. In my opinion Win95 was more stable then Win98.
Anyone that relies on a PC for an income should be running Win 2K, or Win XP. And also should keep the games out of the work computer.
Ran Linux (which I prefer) but it doesn't support all of my development programs. I look forward to the day it does!
- Not enough RAM
- Not enough rebooting
Buy more RAM, it is cheap, you know. It is the most rewarding purchase a computer user can make. Never underestimate the power of boat loads of RAM. I will not run a machine without 512. It is ridiculous to as far as I am concerned.
Reboot every 3 days at least. This helps to reconfigure the system and makes sure everything is in optimal operating condition. Reboot right before you are done for the day. That way you won't have to wait for it. Is this really that hard? Start>ShutDown>Restart>OK
I have XP Home and Professional for 8 months now and have never had a crash yet. It is like a pet, walk the dog and it won't sh!t in the house. Don't walk it, and you'll be cleaning up the mess.
This applies to Macs as well.
If those fail, you better optimize the hard disk or reformat it. Or, better yet, don't buy a commercial PC, build your own. You won't get all those unnecessary tibits installed.