Is XP more prone to crashing than W98?

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  1. Jeff

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    I've had XP installed for 2 days and it has crashed twice on me. Once when I clicked on properties of my network card and once when surfing the web.

    Windows 98 never crashes on me.

    Was this just a coincidence or should I expect more of this from XP?


    Thanks,


    Jeff
     
  2. Rob Gillespie

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    Nope. All things being equal XP should crash a lot less often than 9x.
     
  3. Andre F

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    I agree. As I've stated many times before on this forum, WinXP has gone months between crashes, at least on my machine.
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  4. Camp

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    sounds like you have issues with your network card.
     
  5. Danny R

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    I've installed XP on about a hundred PCs now, and with only a few exceptions it generally has been an improvement and the users have liked it better, with significantly fewer crashes.
     
  6. Andrew Pratt

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    I've had my two XP box's running 24/7 for months now and I've never seen a crash of any sort.
     
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    Same here no crashes on my XP Pro and it does sound like you have some kind of hardware issues with the computer. Look at the Network card first and see if there is an updated XP only driver from the card manufacture. Make sure that all of the equipment you have is compatible with XP (Should be but you never know) There is also a patch for XP for some devices that dont want to shutdown so you may want to download that patch as well.

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  8. Dustin B

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    XP is based on the NT kernel. The 9x series are not. XP/2k should have happend when 98 did. The NT kernel uses much more strick memory and resource management. It doesn't allow programs that are running to use the same memory that the OS is, with only a select few exceptions. So if a program starts to misbehave, the OS can shut it down without affecting itself. The 9x series did not have this strict seperation of resources which is a main reason why if a program misbehaved the who system went down.

    You are very lucky if 98 didn't crash on you. It was a none too infrequent occurence for me when running it.

    I don't leave mine on 24/7, but some friends of mine who have regularly were getting 3-6weeks without a crash. The only thing that ever brought it down was games, that got some more low level access that misbehaved.

    I agree with the others, sounds like you have a hardware conflict problem.
     
  9. Conroy Tesa

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    I had problems with XP but I UPGRADED from Win98 to XP PRO.
    3 weeks ago I did a clean full install of XP and now no more problems.

    Was your install an upgrade or clean?
     
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    The only reason I've ever had to restart a computer running 2000 or XP was if a driver or program update required it.
     
  11. Jeff

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    I have an older 3Com network card. It's a PCI so it's not too ancient but maybe I should get a newer card like a D-Link, which I used to work with years ago and had no problems with.

    Anyway I'm sure XP has the latest drivers for this 3Com so I'm not going to bother looking for a newer one. I'll wait till the next crash and then I'll replace it.


    Thanks,


    Jeff
     
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    I just got XP about a month ago... Alot of the times i crashed it (well i get the 'serious probhlem' message) because of my impatience...
    But it has done some weird things.. just today when i was surfing, the compuiter suddenly restarted itself when i closed an IE window... [​IMG]
     
  13. Jeff

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    Actually I'm begining to wonder if it's my old Voodoo 3 card. When I rebooted XP asked me if I wanted to send a report (or whatever) to MS and the errors it wanted to send had to to do with 3DFX drivers.

    Anyway, I did a google search and a lot of people get lock ups while surfing like I did. None of which have the same hardware I do, except a Maxtor hard drive.

    BTW, this is a freeze or lock up, and then a reboot.


    Jeff
     
  14. Larry Seno Jr.

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    I restart my XP computer around NEVER. It crashes, NEVER. XP should NOT crash on you.
     
  15. Rob Gillespie

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    W2K or XP shouldn't crash if it doesn't have problems with hardware. Both OSs can be very picky in that respect (XP morso because there's still a lack of good drivers for many bits of kit).

    Check for a bios update (which may require a reinstall of XP take effect fully) and for new drivers for everything else.
     
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    I be a little concerned with the video card. I look around for any drivers that are newer than the ones you've got.

    That, of course,. may be hard to do now.
     
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