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    can't wait until vista comes out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I had a microsoft tech tell me that to keep windows running smooth required a re-install every 6 months.
    It'd also be a good idea to, you know, put in a new heart every now and then. Prevent any sort of error from arising. Sure you'll spend time between surguries in bed and recooperating, and sometimes the operations will have snags- but hey you'll be jellin' and runnin' smoothly.
    I hope you don't mistake this for sarcastic.

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    Quote[/b] ]Will not know till a more exact desciption is given.
    That says it right there. While Josh was right in saying that it could be a hard drive problem, or you need to reinstall windows- it could be something much more simple. We need more info and to eliminate some possabilities before we can really say anything definitive.

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    Quote[/b] ]If it does require a reinstall, don't reinstall 98, eww! Install xp!
    Just my opinion here, but considering the disparity of resources consumed between 98 and XP and the seemingly change in number of crashes- I'm not too impressed. And if Jim's machine is older, I'm not really sure if it's a good idea anyway.
    Windows 98 was a beast, but at least I had it at bay, I knew the ins and outs and when something went wrong, I could generally go to the source of the problem without all the hubbub. Seems like XP is still a beast, albeit more complex.

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    Quote[/b] ]There's your problem, right there.
    Viable replacement? We're talkin' without hardware change, here. Linux? Right. It's a bit too steep for a first timer to go through without any outside help. Unless your outside help is a person, it could be an arduous and time consuming task to get everything going with linux (even though I consider it a far superior OS.) XP? Reasons stated above? Wait for VISTA or something? Yeah, uh no- same reasons and more.
    Go back to windows 3.1? Well, at least there wouldn't be any viruses!
    Don't even think about saying MAC OS. >_>

    Nah, I'd consider optimal to be 98 SE (second edition) in this case. Requires no hardware changes, same environment, little more stable than 98, but still the same beast that you've started to learn how to tame.
    Maybe windows 2000 (had fairly good experience with it, and I assume Jim isn't going to be hardcore rocking out with new games.)


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    I sure would not go to 2000 It's worse than 98. Heck 95 is better than 2000, it just doesn;t support USB. 2000 and ME were crap. Stick with 98 SE. Because of the sounds of it, your computer will not be able to handle XP. For XP to run efficiently it needs atleast a gig of ram. Before I get jumped I know it will run with less, but the key word is efficiently. PLus the CPU is probably not up to par for XP either. The 98 machine I have has a mentium 2 in it. No where need fast enough for the beast XP. I duno what Jim is running, but if it came with 98 its sure not going to handle XP.
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    Thanks for all the replies! I'm using the church computer right now - XP, Broadband,... breath of fresh air...

    I can't remember exactly where it does this message, other than the message comes up in the black screen I DO remember it showing the the Gateway picture. I think I remember it going through the blue MS picture, but I'm not certain. I have no money to buy anything new or different, so installing XP or buying a new CPU is out. My son, who fancies himself a computer guru, independent of this thread, says that I need to have a clean reinstall. There are no disks in any of the drives, I'm the only one who uses it (the kids play on their pc). This computer is the original. I've replaced all other hardware but this. It does come with a Windows 98 Restoration CD, if that helps.

    I hope this narrows the possibilities down a bit. I'm open to suggestions.... other than that of buying something new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Est @ Aug. 18 2006,2:31)]Viable replacement? We're talkin' without hardware change, here.
    Actually, I have a Pentium II 333 Mhz desktop (circa 1997) running Win XP, and a PII 233 MHz laptop (circa 1998) running XP just fine.

    The desktop also has an 80 GB hard drive, 384 MB RAM, a DVD drive, an nVidia GeForce3 graphics card... it may be a tad slow, but it runs Office 2000, does email and internet explorer, and allows my children (it is in their bedroom) to watch DVDs and access my entire music collection on my central server.
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    If the drive crashed, reinstalling isn't an option.

    Good news is an equivalent hard drive could be bought for slightly more than shipping on ebay or something... 98-era hardware is virtually free.

    Bad news is, in that case, personal files are gone.

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    Get someone who knows about PC's to take out the hard drive and copy all your personal stuff onto another drive. Then format and reinstall windows.
    My life sucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (CopcarFC @ Aug. 18 2006,10:33)]Get someone who knows about PC's to take out the hard drive and copy all your personal stuff onto another drive. Then format and reinstall windows.
    I think my son can do that! Thanks.

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