Hardware & OS: WinME problems

Howdy all, maybe some of you have noticed my total off-time starting at wednesday the 23rd (happy eighteenth birthday Koesj!) and continuing all the way through this week. Although my reasonably advanced computer skillz I can't seem to get a stable set-up running on my rig. I had Win98SE on it for a year now and after my virus problem last week (damn definitions from 12-31-2002) I decided to pop my OEM WinME cd in and install that one as an OS. Now that I've got my rig running again I 'noticed' that the probability of having crashes has risen exponentially from once in two days to about two times every hour. I've got a complete Norton security set running in the background and maybe I missed some driver updates but surely those two things shouldn't account for my computer randomly locking up every time I try to run Winamp, IExplorer and things like Kazaa at the same time right? I also get messages that IE encountered a fatal error every third link I click on and I had Torment lock up on me four times with a total play-time of three hours. Looks to me like there is some major sh*t going on in this rig, haven't had these problems for like, a year, and now its all messed up again. Win98 ran great but now that I run ME again I am beginning to remember earlier incidents with this set-up, even though it came with ME from the friggin' store! Maybe its because I'm running a sh*tty discount store system (Aldi should ring a bell for my German friends -_-) but this shouldn't happen with ANY computer right?

</esparate rant>

WinME is a joke. I''d highly recommend either switching back to Win98SE (which still happens to be my OS for gaming purpose) or going for Win XP. Just any Windows higher than ''95 that''s not WinME. I know there are people who haven''t had trouble with WinME, but I''m honestly not exaggerating when I say that I do not personally know such a person. 17 out of 19 people I know wiped it off their HD again after one or two weeks and switched back to 98SE or went for 2K. (XP wasn''t available yet at that time.)

Yeah I am *very* seriously looking into that right now, having my system mess up on every occasion I try to run more than one program at a time is something I do not wish to go through the coming months.

Never ever going back to win9x systems after switching to XP!

XP is definitly the way to go. Much more stable than any other version of windows including 98SE

Win ME is known for having this problems... then what would you expect. The code isn''t finished; they didn''t even bother to test it. The only reason they pushed it out, because of the fear of Win2k to be delayed on release. There are no patches to fix your problems, they will actually make it worse... switch to Win2k if you have it, if not... Win98 will do, XP is good idea if you have the hardware to run it"…

XP is good idea if you have the hardware to run it

Nope, that''s the problem

Well, then go Windows 2000. I understand it''s something like Windows XP, except without the bloated interface.
It runs well at my office on a machine with a 800E processor and 128 mb of ram. Haven''t tried games on it tho...
But it still would run better than WinME. Worst piece of crap ever.

Well I still have to keep tings like emulators running on it or my sister will kill me, as for me, I could live without pc gaming for the few months I have left waiting on money for a new rig

"Mex" wrote:

Well, then go Windows 2000. I understand it''s something like Windows XP, except without the bloated interface.
It runs well at my office on a machine with a 800E processor and 128 mb of ram. Haven''t tried games on it tho...
But it still would run better than WinME. Worst piece of crap ever.

Yeah... win2k originally had some serous DirectX issues, and problems with games in general, that MS addressed by repeatedly screaming that it is not a gamers OS. Eventually that stoped...both the problems and the screaming. It''s a fine OS and in some-ways is better then XP but XP does offer better overall compatibility for games.

I have been running Windows 2000 for gaming for about 2 years now. It performs flawlessly. XP uses more memory and if you have less than 512MB ram don''t install XP if you are a gamer.