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  1. Welcome back! {Whistling tune to Welcome Back Kotter) MDGx, if you get a chance, I am very interested in what you think about this issue in Win 98 SE - ME: Thanks for the input everybody , I suppose that this is the real root of the system resource problem. Note that in two bytes there are ((2 raised to the 8th power) squared =) 65536 possible combinations, thus there is only a 64K 16-bit heap size. "...The resource table is essentially a big list of information about all the resources that are in memory at any given time. So if an application tells Windows to load a resource, Windows finds an empty spot in this resource table, and fills it in with the information about the resource that was just loaded. Now, instead of giving the application a four-byte pointer to the resource, Windows can just tell the application where the resource is in the table. If I tell Windows to load a window, and that window winds up taking the 383rd slot in the resource table, Windows will tell me "Okay, I've loaded the resource, and it's #383." Since these 'index numbers' are much smaller numbers than memory addresses, under this scheme, a resource's number can be stored in only two bytes instead of four; when you only have a few megabytes of memory to work with, and lots of resources being used, that's a huge improvement. There's a problem with this scheme. There's only so many different possible values that you can store in a certain number of bytes of computer memory, just like there's only so many different numbers you can write down if you aren't allowed to use more than a certain number of digits. If you have four bytes of memory to work with, you can store billions of different possible values in those four bytes. But if you only have two bytes, there's only 65536 different numbers that you can store in those two bytes. So if you use two-byte numbers as your resource identifiers, you can't have more than 65536 resources loaded into memory at one time; if you loaded more than that, there'd be no way for programs to tell them apart. But on the computers of the day, there'd be no way to fit more than a few thousand resources into memory at one time anyway. So this limitation wasn't seen as being a problem, and the Windows designers went ahead and used the resource table and two-byte resource identifiers. Now, we leap ahead to the present day. Memory is incredibly cheap; the memory savings from using two-byte resource numbers instead of four-byte pointers simply aren't significant anymore. There'd be more than enough memory to hold hundreds of thousands of resources in memory at one time. But there's still only 65,536 different possible resource identifiers; so only that many resources can be loaded into memory at once. Beyond that, you're out of resources, no matter how much memory you have left." http://www2.whidbey.com/djdenham/Window_memory.htm http://www.msfn.org/board/Enable48BitLBA_B...0&start=300
  2. Not the Last Versions, but these AV Scanners are the latest versions, free, 4-5 star rated, and run on Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista. Virus Scanners Avast Home Edition 4.7.1043 http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition...tml?tag=lst-0-6 Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 7.06.00.268 http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Pers...ml?tag=lst-0-10
  3. Cool poll! I mistakenly voted for "Other" under OS rather than 98 SE, because I was thinking about all of my PCs, not just this surfin' PC. I own and maintain DOS 6.22, 98 SE, ME, NT 4, XP PRO, XP Home, Win 2000 PRO, and Linux PCs.
  4. I recall that right after Microsoft released the Q329128 hotfiix, they got so many angry W98 ME user problem/system-lockup trouble reports that they quickly recalled it.
  5. That's quite true and, at the same time, it is not! In fact, RetroOS and soporific, it's complicated... kb921503 points to MS07-043, and this points back to kb921503, but also to kb924053, among other possible security updates to remedy the vulnerability in MS07-043. And here is the catch: the OLEAUT32.DLL (v. 2.40.4531.0) in Windows2000-KB921503-x86-ENU.EXE really does not work with Win 9x/ME. But VB6-KB924053-x86-ENU.exe contains no less than 5 versions of OLEAUT32.DLL, TWO of which identify themselves as v. 2.40.4519.0! One of them (named oant4.dll in the pack) does work well with Win 9x/ME and IS the most up-to-date version of OLEAUT32.DLL known to do so, even if it does have a version number below v. 2.40.4522.0, which was formerly the most up-to-date version of this file. Well, I warned you it is complicated! erpdude8 was the first to find out about v. 2.40.4519.0, but was rather terse about it. When I understood how confused was this matter, I tried to spell it out as best as I was able to, so if you want to read more on this conundrum, see my long post on it here. HTH BTW, thanks for the heads up on MSXML3 and MSXML4, RetroOS. You rock! Thanks for the information dencorso and RetroOS. OLEAUT32.DLL v2.40.4519.0 functions well in my Win 982SE computer.
  6. I have 16 programs running at startup, and believe it or not, I have no stability issues. And they run in the background all the time providing many enhancements to Windows. You can see, and edit/remove if desired, most of these program startups, in the following Win 98 SE/ME registry keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices Thanks fastlanephil but those proggies are not there against my will. I want them all to run. BTW there are more, or rather can be, more run keys than that, Run, RunOnce, RunServices, RunServicesOnce, RunOnceEx both in HKLM and HKCU, and many other startup vectors for non .exe files. Thanks eidenk, but as you probably know, if your Windows 98 FE/SE/ME is functioning correctly, all of the RunServicesOnce registry key entries do just what their key-name identifies, they run one time then disappear, leaving these keys blank. Thus, most of the usual Win 98 FE/SE/ME startup programs' initialization strings are placed in the three keys that I mentioned earlier. I prefer to initialize a mere handful of programs in Win 98 SE2ME as I do not use this computer for extensive video editing or multi-tasking and like to keep the amount of free ram to a maximum. Then, during the course of a session, I monitor the free ram and free it up as necessary, ensuring that my lightly-loaded, optimized Win 982SE is quicker than most Win XP boxes for simple tasks like surfing the web, playing chess, Autocad, email, etc. Needless to say, each computer user has his or her own needs/tastes/requirements, and what is one person’s potion may be another's poison—what works great for one user-installation may spell disaster for another.
  7. I agree with awergh, and don't take this as an insult jimc52, we should file this under dead issues. jimc52, if it helps any, ask yourself this question: Why do some people spend a lot of money fixing up their '65 Chevy when a 2007 Lexus clearly outperforms the Chevy, gets better gas mileage, is safer, is easier to drive, is more comfortable, and should run longer between maintenance intervals? Nostalgia? Preference - Taste? Comfort zone? Or could it be that the '65 Chevy owner just finds it easier to add their own personal touch to the '65 Chevy (fix it up)? That said, perhaps you should start a computer-psychology board. On a side note, as I can see that you love your XP system (for now) and are sold on the virtues of NTFS, take a peak at these articles for a nanosecond: http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=169 http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=168 http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=167
  8. I have 16 programs running at startup, and believe it or not, I have no stability issues. And they run in the background all the time providing many enhancements to Windows. You can see, and edit/remove if desired, most of these program startups, in the following Win 98 SE/ME registry keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  9. I found a July 30, 2007 announcement in PC World: Seagate Confirms 'Phase Out' of PATA Disk Drives Seagate says it will stop building drives with Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA) technology, due to its waning popularity. Brian Fonseca, Computerworld http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135266-pg,1/article.html
  10. Hi, if you're still looking and I'm not violating any site policy, I've still got a new Maxtor 10 GByte 7200 RPM still sealed in the anti-static wrapper I got on a Warranty Return a couple of years ago for a Quantum, plus a couple 10 GByte Quantum Fireballs 5400/7200 rpm used only for backup & stored. I'll gladly take the 10GB Maxtor (plus another Maxtor if you have). Name your price and let me have your PayPal details or your email. Hold on a mo - you are in the US and I am in Brit, does that create a problem? Thanks. I live on the west coast, so shipping to England is pretty steep. However, I did some checking around and found a nice grab-bag of inexpensive new and factory re-certified 8.4 GByte, 17.2 GByte, and 20 GByte IDE hard drives for sale from Eastern US vendors that offer reasonable shipping rates to England: 1) In the Drive-Guys Florida website, scroll down to the (24) Seagate (who now owns Maxtor/Quantum) ST38421A 8.4 GByte 5400 RPM ATA/66 Drives @ $14 each + S/H. http://www.driveguys.com/Modern/items.asp?...c=6%2E0%2D9%2E9 http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st38421a.html 1a) The Drive-Guys also have (145) NEW Seagate ST317242A 17.2 GByte 5400 RPM ATA/66 Drives @ $15 each + S/H. http://www.driveguys.com/Modern/itemdesc.a...17242A&tpc= http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st317242a.html 2) PC-Parts in Ohio have many 20 GByte 5400 RPM ATA/100 Maxtor-Western Digital-Seagate Re-certified white label hard drives for $17 + S/H. http://www.pcpartsohio.com/BookDetail.aspx?item_id=50 http://www.pcpartsohio.com/BookDetail.aspx?item_id=679 2a) PC-Parts also has 13.2 GByte 5400 RPM ATA/66 Maxtor/Quantum/Seagate/WD drives for $13 + S/H: http://www.pcpartsohio.com/BookDetail.aspx?item_id=307 3) Current ebay.uk 10 GByte to 20 GByte inexpensive (so-far) IDE hard drives: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Seagate-U6-20GB-IDE-...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Seagate-U6-20GB-IDE-...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Maxtor-DiamondMax-Pl...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Maxtor-20gb-Hard-dri...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MAXTOR-10-GIG-HARD-D...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Seagate-10-Gb-Hard-D...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SEAGATE-ST310211A-10...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SEAGATE-ST310211A-10...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MAXTOR-10-GIG-HARD-D...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Maxtor-20-4GB-Hard-D...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MAXTOR-INTERNAL-HARD...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MAXTOR-2B020H1-20GB-...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Seagate-20GB-IDE-Har...1QQcmdZViewItem Plus, a few cheap larger IDE drives: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Maxtor-DiamondMax-Pl...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MAXTOR-DIAMONDMAX-PL...1QQcmdZViewItem http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Brand-New-Sealed-Wes...1QQcmdZViewItem Let me know what you think.
  11. Hi, if you're still looking and I'm not violating any site policy, I've still got a new Maxtor 10 GByte 7200 RPM still sealed in the anti-static wrapper I got on a Warranty Return a couple of years ago for a Quantum, plus a couple 10 GByte Quantum Fireballs 5400/7200 rpm used only for backup & stored. I'll gladly take the 10GB Maxtor (plus another Maxtor if you have). Name your price and let me have your PayPal details or your email. Hold on a mo - you are in the US and I am in Brit, does that create a problem? Thanks. I live on the west coast, so shipping to England is pretty steep. However, I did some checking around and found a nice grab-bag of inexpensive new and factory re-certified 8.4 GByte, 17.2 GByte, and 20 GByte IDE hard drives for sale from Eastern US vendors that offer reasonable shipping rates to England: 1) In the Drive-Guys Florida website, scroll down to the (24) Seagate (who now owns Maxtor/Quantum) ST38421A 8.4 GByte 5400 RPM Drives @ $14 each + S/H. http://www.driveguys.com/Modern/items.asp?...c=6%2E0%2D9%2E9 http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st38421a.html 1a) The Drive-Guys also have (145) NEW Seagate ST317242A 17.2 GByte 5400 RPM Drives @ $15 each + S/H. http://www.driveguys.com/Modern/itemdesc.a...17242A&tpc= http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/ata/st317242a.html 2) PC-Parts in Ohio have many 20 GByte Maxtor-Western Digital-Seagate Re-certified white label hard drives for $17 + S/H. http://www.pcpartsohio.com/BookDetail.aspx?item_id=50 Let me know what you think.
  12. Three or four years ago, I had the same problem. I looked around and finally found a patch for it, and here's an updated/expanded (2007) Windows 98 SE shutdown supplement version at Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/239887 Another Win 98 Shutdown problem: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260067 More 98 troubleshooting tips at Microsoft Windows 98 Solution Center: http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139 Tweak your Win 98SE c:\windows\system.ini, c:\windows\win.ini, c:\config.sys, and c:\autoexec.bat files per MDGx guides at: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip98.htm
  13. I used to have the same problem in an old 98FE system I was using. I used to do the so-called "three-finger-salute" solution--press Ctrl-Alt-Del like myelin suggested and then when the window pops up prompting you to "Close program", select one program, except not Explorer, and then click "End Task" in the lower left hand corner. Repeat this "Close program" sequence for all programs except for Explorer and you should be able to get through Scandisk and Defrag without very many restarts. When you're finished with Scandisk and Defrag, reboot so your programs reload.
  14. Shep, in addition to CLASYS's advice you need the following command in c:\windows\system.ini under the [386 Enh] field to limit your W98 system memory access to 1 GByte: MaxPhysPage=40000 Check out this Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304943 If it still runs slow, try limiting it to 768 MByte: MaxPhysPage=2FFFF
  15. Hi, if you're still looking and I'm not violating any site policy, I've still got a new Maxtor 10 GByte 7200 RPM still sealed in the anti-static wrapper I got on a Warranty Return a couple of years ago for a Quantum, plus a couple 10 GByte Quantum Fireballs 5400/7200 rpm used only for backup & stored.