Have a 300mhz PII, runing wn 98s/e 256 meg.
This problem just started recently.
Usually, buy not always, when I move the mouse or press a key to startup the computer in the moring (it's been left on over night), the system, will strart to come up (the monitor will be black, but display the task bar partially fill in, or the screen saver without icons, or just a black screen), and then lock up.
I then have to reboot, which may make it all the way through, or it might take several attempts as it gets further each time.
Usually, once it's up and running for the day, it will be ok for the rest of the day, even 2 days, but sometimes it will lockup again if it has gone idle (I have my power settings setup to turn the monitor off after 15 minutes, and the hard drives after an hour). This morning, shortly after the monitor had turned off, I moved the mouse and it locked up after displaying the screensaver without icons.
What I've done so far:
Run spyware programs.
Cleaned up the registry with a registry cleaning program.
Used compressed air to blow any dust off the boards.
Removed one of the double LoadPowerProfile commands from Startup.
Removed a suspicous ~POWERR~1 entry for Startup
Checked that the BIOS power management settings are disabled.
Removed an unnecessary Symantec program that ran everynight from the scheduler.
Asked for help on two other boards
Nothing has worked so far. Can anyone help?