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chris in va

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Hi all, I heard about your site from a friend. I hope you guys can help with a few problems I've come across.

Yesterday, I went to a friends house. They have this older computer, 6 gig h/d with 366 or so processor. I guess it's been running *extremely* slow, so I offered to delete some cookies (over 2000) and do a defrag. For some reason, someone decided to put WinME on this machine. I attempted to run Scandisk and defrag, but it comes up with numerous restarts and some other program is rewriting to the hard drive? Nothing appears to be running on the toolbar. Even on my machine with 98SE, it does that.

Any ideas?
 
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Defrag, and scandisk, try to check the harddrive, and anything accessing it can cause a restart. Typical problems are programs running in the background and screensavers.

Your best option would be to boot the system into safe mode and run scandisk and defrag from there.

If you want to run it from normal Windows, then Ctrl+Alt+Del and End Task everything except Explorer. Then right-click your desktop and go to Properties, and on the Screensaver tab disable the screensaver. After that, run Scandisk and defrag!
 

chris in va

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Ok thanks for the advice. As a test, I tried exiting everything but Systray and Explorer on my own computer, but when I stopped Ccapp it wiped off my screen. I have no idea what it does, but oh well...I'll leave it running.
 

chris in va

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Ah, that would make sense as I have Norton on my machine.

Thanks again, I finally got defrag to work on hers using the Safe mode.

Now tomorrow I'm taking it in for a 'tune up' to get some issues worked out, but one thing bugs me. She has both of her RAM slots filled, but only shows 96MB of RAM? I don't get it.
 

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Chris:

You might also want to delete the buildup of temp files from that computer under:

*.TMP

C:\TEMP\*.* (If this folder exists)

C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\*.*

Everything that appears should be deleted.

If it has 96 MB of RAM in 2 slots, it probably has a 64 MB module and a 32 MB module installed. More RAM would definitely perk up that old computer.

Go into the MSCONFIG startup tab and uncheck and disabled anything that does not need to be running in the background.


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I have found that leaving anything actively running while running a defrag can cause some issues with the defrag.

Shutdown everything. AV and firewalls and anything else.
 

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Someone please confirm this for me ...

Would changing the pagefile (virtual memory) size to a smaller minimum and a larger maximum help to speed up Chris in VA's older computer?

:rolleyes:

Sincerely curious,
 

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LanMaster:

How much RAM is installed and what that computer is used for is a good measure of deciding what fixed size to set virtual memory(the swapfile) to. My 5-1/2 year old HP 8160 has 128 MB of RAM and is set to a fixed size of 200 MB.

Setting virtual memory to a fixed size has always been a hotly-debated topic, and I suspect that you just got another one going.:(


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