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Old 01-09-2006, 01:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm new at this and need your help. I have an older (year 2000) gateway desktop with athlon 951mhz processor using MS ME op sys. When I turn on the computer after being off for, say, half hour or more it freezes at the "ME" logo screen. On the 2nd and subsequent attempts it continues to freeze at various places, sometimes going into safe mode then freezes--sometimes at scandisk,etc. If I reboot during a session on the computer there is no problem at all. I've tried rebooting over and over while using the computer and there is not a problem--it is only when it has been off for a while. All personal options, i.e., date/time, control panel preferences, etc. do not change. It just won't boot up correctly after it has been off for a while unless I turn it off and on a number (usually 6-7) times. It is stock except for one additional 256K of ram. Any ideas?

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Old 01-09-2006, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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run scandisk and check for and repair bad sectors/filesystem errors. run defrag. download memtest86 and let it run for a few hours to see if it brings out any errors

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Old 01-09-2006, 06:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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or you could do what i do when windows stuffs up on me... Format!
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Save your critical data and reformat. Go out an buy a copy of XP. ME is the worst OS in history!!!!!!!!! And I repeat: ME is the worst OS in history!!! You either need to go back to 98SE or forward to XP! It sounds like the typical ME logon issue. Once the driver data base becomes a little "tweaky" in ME you are screwed. You can't repair it or tune it!!
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree totally^^^^^!

Upgrade to XP. You won't be sorry you did. If you try and fix this without re-formatting, you will likely need to be medicated and you still will have accomplished little or nothing.
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