I used to have the hanging shutdown problem, but no longer have it. I think (it’s been over a year…) that the Windows Updates took care of my problem. Hmmm, mabye it was disabling power management. Then again, I also re-installed Windows (just booted off the Win98 CDROM) which I remember clearing up some problems. I didn’t lose any files; the install just copied files into the Windows dir. (but I would recommend backing up important data 1st). It also didn’t seem to affect any printer/LAN/firewire/etc. drivers (i.e. my computer behaved like normal, only with a few less problems!).
One thing that I didn’t see anyone suggest is the System File Checker to check for altered/corrupt files:
Start\Run Open: SFC
Below is a summary of what people have already suggested along with detailed how-to instructions.
These are things that EVERYONE should do to keep their computer (using Win98 at least) running smoothly.
First, I can’t stress the importance of using a virus program with up-to-date virus definitions. AVG seems to be a fine free one that you can download from segue.com.tw/viewtopic.php?t=5163
The Klez viruses have been quite active lately (well, I’ve been getting infected attachments lately), as is a new, more dangerous W32.Bugbear@mm which can capture your keystrokes, thus passwords, credit card info, etc. as well as allowing a hacker access to your computer.
You should also have at least 128 MB of RAM. Of course 256 or 512 wouldn’t hurt! Go to Start\Settings\Control Panel
At the bottom of the General Tab you’ll see how much RAM your computer has.
If you only have 64 MB add you should add 128MB or 256MB (but yes, adding just 64MB would also help, though I’m not sure they even sell that anymore…).
o Run Windows Update
There is usually a shortcut in the Start menu
If not you can find it on the Tools menu of IE (Internet Explorer)
Choose Product Updates
-> Make sure that Windows critical updates are installed.
These are patches for security vulnerabilities; they’re very important
Your IE should be at least at 5.5 SP2 (Service Pack 2) w/128 bit encryption (cipher strength).
Use Help\About to check the version & cipher strength
I use IE ver. 6 SP1 & recommend it (just get the latest version)
-> Get the latest DirectX drivers – that can clear up some prob.s
-> Note: In INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE SUPPORT you can find the Chinese Language IME’s
(Input Method Editor) so you can input Chinese in MS programs (Word, MSN Messenger, etc.).
They only allow for zhuyin fu hao (bo-po-mo-fo) input for traditional char.s. If you use pinyin
you’ll get simplified char.s. The pinyin input is well done – it picks the most common char.s. automatically
even if you don’t enter tones (if it’s not the one u want, just backspace to get a list to choose from).
E.g. “nihaoma?” is all u need to type to get the right char.s. To get trad char’s you have to input using
bo-po-mo-fo w/ tone marks, & choose each char so it’s considerably more tedious.
I know Chinese Win98 (& I’m guessing Win2000/XP, regardless of English/Chinese) have the smart input
for Traditional Char.s as well (but I’m not sure if u can use pinyin to get trad. char.s).
o Defrag(ment) your hard disk(s)
Start\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Disk Defragmenter
Note: You’ll need to close all programs & not use your computer until Defrag finishes
Note: If it keeps starting over try closing other programs running in the background:
Ctrl-Alt-Del and End Task for everything but Explorer
If you don’t have this done automatically (Task Scheduler in the System Tray), I’d recommend
doing it manually once a week.
o Scan your hard drive for errors
Choose the Thorough option if you can’t remember the last time you did it.
Note: When ScanDisk runs after you’ve had a crash in Windows & restarted your
computer by pushing the button, it doesn’t check for bad blocks on the disk
Note: This may take hours but doesn’t need to be done very often & can be scheduled
to run while you are sleeping using the Task Scheduler on the System Tray :-).
o Delete temporary files
Open a (Windows) Explorer (right click on Start Menu\Explorer)
Go to C:\Windows\Temp and delete all the files & folders there
o Delete temporary internet files and cookies
In the General Tab - Delete Cookies & Delete Files
Note 1: You can browse by clicking on Settings
Note 2: Be aware that some of the cookies store info for logging in to web sites,
so if you delete all cookies, you may have to type id’s & passwords that