startup freeze in under 30 seconds

August 31, 2009 at 11:44:28
Specs: Windows 98 SE, Intel Celeron 2.00 ghz
I'm unable to get past scandisk, F10. F8 or C & D drives due to freeze. Just turned on computer like each day and scan started..froze and no matter what it freezes too fast. This is business computer. Anyone have any suggestions besides taking a baseball bat to it?

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August 31, 2009 at 14:24:54
Restart and hold down the F8 key. Choose Command Prompt Only from the menu.

At C:\ Type "Scanreg", hit enter. You should recieve a message indicating Status of current Registry.

If Registry is reported OK, restart to the same menu and select Safe Mode where you can check your Hardware thru Device Manager.

For return message indicating Registry Problems see below.

At C:\ type "Scanreg /fix" (note the space before "/", no Quotes")

When process finishes type "win", hit enter.

If that fails type "Scanreg /Restore" you should see a list of registry Backups (5). Look for one that is preceeded by "Started".

Select a "Started" Backup, hit enter. On completion restart using Control/Alt/Delete

Post back if further problems. Provide details on System and Errors.

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August 31, 2009 at 18:01:58
Thank you Dumbob for taking the time to help me with this. I started as instructed, got as far as typing in scanreg, hit enter and it froze. Restarted. Now F8 brings me to the AMIBIOS sys conf screen and blue popup box that gives me option to select first boot device but unfortunately before I can select an option .. it freezes. I thought I would give F10 a go but Scandisk freezes me out of that too.

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August 31, 2009 at 18:40:59
check for overheating.

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August 31, 2009 at 21:09:30
Ok I took the cover off the computer and blew the fans clean. Restarted and made it past scandisk but froze during the surface analysis. Restarted. Bypassed scandisk, ran scanreg at dos prompt and said all is ok. Restarted. Got into Windows, icons loaded and froze.. getting closer. If I finally get into the programs without freezing, do you think I should go into sysconfig and disable scandisk?

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August 31, 2009 at 22:28:54
Don't stop now. What are temps reported in BIOS?

Let us know all about your system. We only know you have a 2Ghz Celeron.

If you have questions, ask us.


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September 1, 2009 at 03:20:35
Blow out the power supply from both ends too.

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