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computer restarts on it's own, windows 98


We're trying to make the best of our system, but it's not going well. It's come to the point where my pc just restarts on it's own. Often times, it freezes as well. It often occurs when i'm using internet explorer, and i'll click something, and it will just restart. When it freezes, most of the time, there are green vertical lines at the top of the screen.

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I just attempted to run ScanDisk while in safe mode, and it gave me the blue screen of death. I have no idea what to do, I'm lucky if my system stays active for 10 minutes.


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Check all of your connections to the drives and motherboard. Pull the video card and reseat it. The green lines may be due to a bad/loose video card or loose monitor connection. Test the power supply and see if their is dust built up in the fans and/or heatsink.

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Yeah, there was dust EVERYWHERE. Never thought it could get that bad. Hopefully that helps, thanks a lot.

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After I cleaned it out, it was running much better. Just as soon as i thought the problem was solved, the pc restarted on its own. I was listening to music in WMP and opened Internet Explorer and as soon as IE opened, it restarted.


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Clear your cache. Control Panel > Internet Options > General Tab > click Delete Cookies, Delete Files (check Delete all offline content)and Delete History buttons.

Boot into Safe mode (start tapping F8 at startup). Run Disk Cleanup, Scan Disk and defrag.

Boot back into normal mode and go to Start > Run and type sfc.exe and press the <Enter> key. Let it scan for missing or corrupt files. You may need your Win98 CD if it asks for it.

Have you ran scans for malware?

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I have read that getting restarts in Win98 is highly unlikely, so I was surprised when I got them. Mine were from badly installed graphics drivers. I change hardware a lot and now when I find I am getting restarts, which is usually after changing graphics cards, I just start uninstalling and reinstalling the graphics drivers.

There is a "sticky" at the start of the Hardware forum about completely removing certain types of graphics drivers.

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Thanks a lot. It seems as though it's taken care of for now, but with this thing, you never know.

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Please tell me the brand name of your sytem and i can help you

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Just yesterday, August 4, my computer began to restart automatically. I run NAV 2005 and when this happened, I immediately checked the Reports/connections log to determine the last connection made prior to restarting. Well, each time this happens, the last connection is made through port 80, to IP 209.59.150.229 which has the domain name of Net-integration.net. I do not manually make this connection.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I suspect that this site *may* be downloading software on my computer *without* my permission or knowledge. In order to activate certain programs, a restart is needed, hence the restarts.
I will be checking my registry through regedit to determine if there is some illegal software in there. I have found more than a few illegal entries in the past that when deleted, fixed a freezing problem. I Googled the registry keys that I was unsure of to determine if they were valid. I found some that were not.
I have not found any bad hardware so far....So may I suggest that before you tear your computer apart and spend lots of money for new hardware, check out the possibility of malware or spyware which may, indeed, be slowing and restarting your computer. Check the last connection made on the internet and see if it is always to the same IP as it is with mine.

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