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rdx 05-27-2007 07:01 PM

LQ jams up MSIE on Win98SE
When I use MSIE to come to this site, the browser ends up stuck, that is I can't close it, it hangs up and I can't kill it. I must reboot to clear the thing. So what is it about this site that causes this set of eveents?

Larry Webb 05-27-2007 09:00 PM

I hope I can suggest a way to maybe help. Try shutting down the number of programs that start on startup. This will free up memory. I'm sorry its been so long since I have had windows 9X that I can't remember how step by step to do it. I do remember that you need to go to accessories, system tools, and????? I hope I'm on the right path and that this will help you. BTW all the programs you turn off at startup still can be started by clicking on the program in menu.

AceofSpades19 05-27-2007 09:34 PM

Why do you bother using such an inferior browser?

titanium_geek 05-27-2007 11:31 PM

ditto AceofSpades, with operating system... :)

seriously though, sometimes you're stuck with an OS- not really so with browser. Firefox works on win 9x?


Larry Webb 05-27-2007 11:48 PM

It might be his slackware computer is down and he has barrowed a computer or dug up an old one that he doesn't want to bother with installing linux. I have an old pentium 90 in the shed I thought I was going to have to use the other day and it has windows on it. Maybe he's in the same shape.

3rdKey 05-27-2007 11:53 PM

I think Larry Webb was on the right track. It's probably not the site considering the large volume of users who visit the site daily and don't experience problems.

Reboot and press Ctrl Alt Delete to get your system monitor to pop up. See what your CPU is running at and how much memory is being used. You may have a bunch of programs running in the background that shouldn't be.

titanium_geek 05-28-2007 12:02 AM

The other question is, are you logged in to LQ when it hangs?
(to the others, note my 'seriously though...')

mitchell7man 05-28-2007 12:33 AM

Um, i havent ever used win 9x but if it has system configuration tool, or i might be completely wrong but, you run msconfig ? like "start - > run -> msconfig" and there you can mess with the start up programs. --- You might want to try a Windows Forum.

St.Jimmy 05-28-2007 03:44 AM

what version of IE?

archtoad6 05-28-2007 09:56 AM

I seem to remember that Opera 7x worked well on Win 9x, here's the link to the current Win vers.:
and here is the archive:

jeremy 05-28-2007 01:47 PM

Looking at the stats, a very small number of people do use that browser/OS combo and don't seem to have problems. Are you sure it's LQ causing the issue?


david_ross 05-28-2007 04:03 PM

One thing I would suggest is making sure you are logged in, it is possible that kontera is slowing down an older PC. You could also try disabling javascript to see if it makes any difference.

archtoad6 05-29-2007 06:22 AM

Won't disabling JavaScript break Spell Check, among other things? I'd love to disable JavaScript as a matter of policy, I believe that that will break Spell Check & [check message length]

jeremy 05-29-2007 07:48 AM

You're correct - much of the advanced functionality on LQ (and many sites) will not function without JavaScript. It can be useful to disable it for debugging browser issues though (and of course we try to degrade as gracefully as possible).


david_ross 05-29-2007 03:09 PM

Well, this post I'm making now is proof that the site works fine without javascript. If it is just the spell check that is stopping you then install a browser that has inbuilt spell checking such as Firefox. The only word it didn't pick up in this post was javascript.

Although as jeremy mentioned there are many advantages to having it enabled.

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