the case of the schizophrenic C:\ drive

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holy_saiyan1

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Using Windows 98 with 288.0 MB RAM, 5.0 GB disk space...

Ever since a few weeks ago, the amount of free space reported by Windows has begun to vary wildly, anywhere from as low as 890 MB, all the way up to 1.5 GB. Every day, Windows reports that I have a different amount of free space on my computer, even if I have do nothing with the computer all day. It seems to settled down around 1.1 GB, even though I've really not added any big programs.

In addition, my swap file continues to grow to epic proportions. Last time I checked, it was in the neighborhood of 88 MB. Five minutes before, it was in the high 60 MB range. My free memory percentage usually is around 50-55%, but my free system resources percentage was usually around 60-70%... right now it is around 50%.

ScanDisk seems to be catching a lot of errors with tvdebug.log, which I believe is related to incorrect reporting of disk space.

My questions:
1) what could the cause of all these sharp and sudden drops in system performance?
2) how should i go about correcting them?
 
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With a hard drive that size, and the amount of RAM you have, if it were my pc I would specify my own virtual memory settings. Win98 is going to use a percentage of available hard drive space, and it will recalc its needs. I can't see any reason you'd need a swap file bigger than say 55M.

As far as the reported disk space changing so radically, can you drop to DOS and find out what it reports as available? And tell us what you are using to get your Windows reported numbers from - Properties of MyComputer, or Explorer, or Windows Scandisk, ??

Thanks!
 

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kimmer13 said:
With a hard drive that size, and the amount of RAM you have, if it were my pc I would specify my own virtual memory settings. Win98 is going to use a percentage of available hard drive space, and it will recalc its needs. I can't see any reason you'd need a swap file bigger than say 55M.

As far as the reported disk space changing so radically, can you drop to DOS and find out what it reports as available? And tell us what you are using to get your Windows reported numbers from - Properties of MyComputer, or Explorer, or Windows Scandisk, ??

Thanks!
I'm using Properties of My Computer to view, but C:/ properties and ScanDisk say the same thing.
 

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I would do a good virus scan and using several programs, spyware and Trojan scans. These may also need to be all done in safe mode as well. Of course get all the latest updates first.
 

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I use AntiVir for my anti-virus and Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3.1 for my spyware/trojan needs. I just updated SS&D and I'm updating AntiVir right now. I don't think it's a virus though, because I'm not having other symptoms, just an ever-expanding swap file and a all-over-the-board Free Space amount. Right now it seems to settled around 1.02 to 1.05 GB, but this afternoon it was 987 MB. A little later, it said .9 GB, and now it is 1.04 GB.
 
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You might want to use more than one anti-spyware program. I typically use 3-5. Never found one that's gets them all.

In addition to spybot I generally use:

SpySweeper:
http://www.webroot.com/wb/products/spysweeper/index.php
This will also protect your home page from being hijacked.

Ad-Aware:
http://www.lavasoft.de/

And the new one from MS. Pest Patrol if it is necessary.

With any of the above programs, just like with Anti-Virus software, should have the latest updates installed before doing a scan.

CWShredder:
http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe

KazaaBeGone
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/files/kazaabegone.zip

Programs that can help prevent getting infected:

Spyware Blaster
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Spyware Guard
http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html
 

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well... i would normally agree, but i don't think my problem is spyware because i regularly use HiJack This to inspect for any bugaboos that might be lurking, and i use Mozilla Firefox, which has REALLY cut down on the amount of spyware that i might pick up. nowaday, just about all i pick up is tracking cookies and Recently Used Files lists.
 
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If you are certain it is not a virus or spyware, then are numerous 3rd party utilities that will let you sort your computer's folders by size. This way you can see where the most space is being unnecessarily taken up and hopefully resolve the problem.
 

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Update: I noticed that before I opened Mozilla Firefox 1.0, the amount of free space was 1.00 GB, but after Firefox was open, it was now 1.02 GB. hmm... :cool:

any ideas? do i have a memory leak?
 
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