First post, by BoozerDawg
So I started up an old Windows 98 PC I had, fresh install of Windows 98 SE, no further updates than that, just chipset, audio, USB, GPU drivers (44.03) and latest possible DirectX isntallation.
I do find after installing some games, sometimes they might crash on first start up, sometimes I get a Kernel32 error or rarely Explorer has crashed. Now and then I may get a game that just freezes mid game (rare) and moving the mouse or touching the keyboard, the PC speaker makes a noise. A restart of the machine and we are back in business.
I wondered how normal was this? My first PC was Windows 98 years and years and years ago, and I was a complete tech dunce at the time, so things crashing back then I assumed I did something wrong. Nowadays .... well tech support is my job so I'd like to thing I've come a long way since then, and my main concern is, is it Windows 98 just being the way it was, or is it my hardware causing this? I installed XP on the machine to test, and that was rock solid. No crashing or errors at all, so I'm leaning towards it just being Windows 98, but wanted to see if others, who know their hardware is good, have similar things happen to them.
My specs -
Sempron 3000+ Socket A
256MB Memory (Was 512MB, took out 1 stick to play it safe)
GeForce 4200Ti 64MB
80GB WD IDE HDD