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Progressive slowdown of Win98

By dhawley ·
We have several machines with little in common other than they are all running Win98SE. All are at least PIII 450's with 128MB RAM. They are not all the same vendor or model, but most are Dell OptiPlex's.

The problem is that they progressively degrade over a period of hours to the point where the mouse cursor will move as much as a second after the mouse is moved, all performance seems to go in jerks, and the Windows clock (not the system clock) loses up to an hour out of every six. This performance degradation vanishes when the computer is rebooted, but comes back gradually over a period of hours. We have tried all sorts of things to isolate the problem but are not having any luck.

Any input from others who have experienced similar problems would be welcome, especially if you think you know the cause. I have search Microsoft and many other sites for similar problems and have found nothing.

-- Del Hawley

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by yozzy In reply to Progressive slowdown of W ...

i have noticed that PC's running windows 95/98 do the same thing but not with online time, it commes from a trashed registry, when regedit is used to clean, or some other application like Norton Utilities 2000, the problem becomes vary small, as foryour problem, it is most probably a hardware problem, the same problem is faced by everybody but not to this limit

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by formula In reply to Progressive slowdown of W ...

If several machines are doing the same thing, then the cause is not likely hardware. If they are connected to a network, try unpluging one to see if it runs better than the rest. Also, press ctrl+alt+del, and end task on everything except systray and explorer. If your system speeds up, then you know it is a program running in the background, and just use process of elimination to determine which one it is. I'm assuming that these machines are loaded similarly.

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by frush In reply to Progressive slowdown of W ...

You have an exxagerated case of the same problem I've been experiencing on an HP KAYAK XU connected on the net. Ths system clock sometimes loses an hour or two a day, and If the machine is "pressed" with a lot of large applications, it may exhibit the same balky behavior you describe. ( This machine uses Ultra SCSI drives and an Adaptec controller. It has 192 Megs of memory, and over 100GB of disk space in 12 partitions. Most partitions are FAT 16, except for large data partitions on the data drives.)
I've been monitoring 'system resources', and note that over time they are consumed in larger amounts by the same tasks. ( Memory leak? or stacks not being cleared?) The machine uses a CDRW as the main CD device, and I've suspected thatit's driver may be related to the problem. I've monitored the size of a lot of the processes running with Norton Utilities' System Info, and once in a while, a process will generate a huge size, or spawn a process that generates a huge multi-hundreds to gygabyte size f

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by hypersoniq MCSE In reply to Progressive slowdown of W ...

this may not help, but i'd break out the test equipment on this one.
1.) take a reading on all the outlets where both the pc's and server(s) (also network hardware) to check for low voltage, maybe they're all on the same line and can be split up.
2.) grab a breakout box and check all the data lines, check for adequate voltage and proper grounding, also check for any installation based "crosstalk".
3.) be sure all pc's, the server(s), and the network hardware are recieving adequate ventilation and not overheating. several vendors sell temperature monitors that insert in an empty drive bay that sound an alarm when the set temperature is exceeded.
4.) run an exhaustive virus scan on all nodes and the server.
5.) be sure all nodes have the most recent and identical network card drivers and client software.
6.) remove all the nodes and add them back one at a time, running system performance and benchmarks with each addition.

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by windgust In reply to Progressive slowdown of W ...

On the dells they have a tendency to keep data into ram , This in my opinion , Working for dell is a resource issue . Going to msconfig and disabling startup items , including mcafee or norton , not the virus program itself but all the extras they add that run has TSR"S . I would uncheck all boxes that refeer to scheduling agent , there are many more you can uncheck . This is where we start here at dell , In most cases if you right click on my computer then left click on properties , then performance tab you can see your resources there , try after a reboot , if your less then 88% on boot , you will need to disable sone items in startup . If you need more help you can email me at windgust@aol.com

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