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I have 2 emulators, Gens and MAME32. I am suspecting that they cause my system to crash...but I am not totally sure, because my system crashes on other occasions, but more frequently when I play games. Any suggestions?
 

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Emulators are notoriously buggy pieces of software so its highly likely that they are causing your system to crash.

However, since you said it crashes on other occasions - its wise to start with making sure your device drivers are completely up to date. Especially you're video card driver if you're playing lots of games.

I'm sure other people have lots of other good tips.
 

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I have a TNT2 Geforce videocard...Does that have anything to do with my crashing?? I was watching a movie and my system crashed...So should I get a new video card?
 

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Hiya

You say you're using a TNT2 Geforce. I have been to the Nvidia site, but they have either TNT2 or Geforce. Can you confirm which you have.

Control Panel | System. Device Manager. Under display will be the name of your video card.

This is for the latest drivers:

http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=windows9x

Also, it may be something in your startup. Go to Run and type MSINFO32. If you get an error, Programs | Accesories | system Tools | system Information.
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.

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Here are my startup programs:

Microsoft Office Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OSA9.EXE" -b -l
RealDownload Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Real\RealDownload\REALDOWNLOAD.EXE" -hidden
ZoneAlarm Common Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zonealarm.exe" -nopopup
RamBooster Registry (Per-User Run) C:\MY DOWNLOAD FILES\RAMBOOSTER.EXE
ScanRegistry Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun
TaskMonitor Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\taskmon.exe
SystemTray Registry (Machine Run) SysTray.Exe
LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Run) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Service) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
SchedulingAgent Registry (Machine Service) mstask.exe
TrueVector Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXE -service
MiniLog Registry (Machine Service) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\MINILOG.EXE -service
 

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Okay, so you have a Geforce 256, and not the TNT2.

The startup seems ok, but remove these:

Microsoft Office Startup Group: Alternative shortcuts to the Start -> Programs way of running applications installed as part of Microsoft Office. Some people prefer it but a better way is to create Desktop Shortcuts if you want access these programs quickly

RealDownload: RealDownload download manager. Not required - can be started manually via Start -> Programs

RamBooster: optional

SchedulingAgent: Microsoft Scheduling Agent displayed as a box with a stopwatch in the System Tray that is only needed if you have regular scheduled disk defragmenting, ScanDisk, etc. I'd recommend you run these at regular intervals manually as they can interrupt other programs

Okay, for the ones that you want to remove, go to Run and type MSCONFIG. Startup tab. Uncheck the ones that you don't want, apply and restart. If you're unsure, do each seperately, but apply and restart after each one.

Just been to Nvidia and they don't seem to have drivers for Geforce. We could do a cleanup to optimize the PC.

http://www.piersontech.com/07-CleanHardDrive.htm

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