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Troubleshooting Win9x

I have a friend that is having trouble with their Windows 98 PC. A few weeks ago it suddenly started working *extremely* slowly and became rather unstable (crashing every few hours, etc.). I'm trying to help him out with the problem but I haven't actually had anything to do with Win9x in about 5 years so I don't really know what to do anymore.

I've cleaned up some adware/spyware problems and did a registry cleaning, disk defrag, etc. But it doesn't seem to be helping. I'm getting the feeling that it is probably a hardware problem. Unfortunately, if it was an NT based machine or FreeBSD I can think of a dozen or so utilities for troubleshooting/monitoring/repairing problems but I know of none for Win9x.

Can anyone suggest anything in terms of ideas on what could be the problem, what utilities I could use for diagnosis or what sites could be useful to me. I've done some googling but the result are fairly extensive and the quality of the sites that I've sampled doesn't seem too impressive.

Thanks.

Voltaire's Dog
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Sorry, I meant to post this to the main discussion forum not the .Net one.

Voltaire's Dog
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

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