+ 0 Votes Unwanted processes and programs robo_dev 5 years ago Look for programs that are running...like add-on scanner applications, mouse applications, viruses, etc, etc. There was a version of Systernals "Process Explorer" for Win98...probably one on the net somewhere. But look in the startup folder as well as in Win.ini, autoexec.bat, as well as the registry..... or just run Msconfig and it will do all that for you. Windows 98 Solution Center http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1139 + 0 Votes You could try it if Jacky Howe 5 years ago its the same brand. I think that you are just going to have to be happy with what you've got. If you've updated all of the Device drivers and done the recommended tweaks the isn't much more left to do other than bench test with another PSU. Is it an AT or an ATX PSU. Some of those boards had dual power slots. If it has an ATX power connector try another PSU. + 0 Votes Test the drive Jacky Howe 5 years ago You can use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive Hitachi / IBM - DFT "Drive Fitness Test" http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm Works with all manufacturers Western Digital "Data Lifeguard" http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools Works with WD drives only Fujitsu "FJDT" http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1 Works with fujitsu models only Samsung "hutil" http://www.samsung.com/Products/Hard...ties/hutil.htm Compatability unknown... Seagate "Seatools" http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools Works with Seagate drives only It may be time to wipe the Hard Drive for a fresh start. Darik's Boot and Nuke. http://dban.sourceforge.net/ http://www.dban.org/documentation Autonuke should do it. Recreate your Partitions and you should be good to go. Also make sure that you have the latest device drivers installed. Link to speeding up Win98. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/835821 + 0 Votes Have you thought about.... ThumbsUp2 5 years ago ... the seek time on that old 10GB hard drive may be causing the problem? What's the spin speed of the old 10GB drive? When it's accessed like when you're opening My Documents, do you hear any type of 'click'? Perhaps the head is sticking or slow moving. + 0 Votes Unauthorised Jacky Howe 5 years ago Support & Drivers and under AMD Support & Drivers Download graphics drivers and under Please select your operating system scroll down to Legacy Windows ME\98 and click on Legacy (Discontinued) and then click on Rage IIC <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i> <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome. </i> + 0 Votes some other things to check Snuffy09 5 years ago do you have conflicting AV programs? since you have a good size HD with extra room increate your max pagefile (virtual memory) to 1024. check your device manager, you may be lacking important motherboard/controller or other drivers needed for your rig to run properly. clean up your temp files. ccleaner is good tool for doing this fast and easy. i do not know if you can install it on 98 tho. its worth a try. + 0 Votes Video issues vhrocker 5 years ago Is the video card listed as a generic or default (I forget how they label it), basically not specific to a particular brand, e.g. nVidia, ATI, S3, Intel. If not, find and install the correct ones. Is graphics acceleration turned on fully? http://libraries.risd.org/Downloads/TeacherResources/hardware_acceleration_settings.pdf Just a few ideas that I don't think I saw mentioned. + 0 Votes Why bother? reisen55 5 years ago Your specifications are soooo behind the times I would, as I have, keep this as a DOS only station for reference. You can get a Dell Refurb right now for $78 on their website that is contemporary. I would not even bother with this computer. Don't put time or mental anguish into it. + 0 Votes Some Additional Comments willcomp 5 years ago Your 10GB drive is likely a 5400 RPM drive while the 40GB drive is a 7200 RPM drive and has higher areal density. If you clone the 10GB drive to 40GB drive, there should be a noticeable performance improvement. Test memory to ensure that there are no memory problems in higher range memory. Memtest 86+ is on the UBCD along with other handy utilities including hard disk testing software. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ --- you'll need to disconnect a hard disk and connect a CD drive. When you connected drives on same IDE channel, were jumpers set properly? Are you using 80 wire cables for hard disks? 80 wire cable ensures that cable supports CS jumper settings. You need to determine manufacturer and model of 10GB disk. IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Test will give you that information and also test disk. Post back with make and model of 40GB hard disk. For future reference -- it's good practice to run defrag in Safe Mode. Prevents constant restarts and there are no unnecessary drivers and software loaded. + 0 Votes Have you looked at the IDE Transfer mode? ross.com 5 years ago I don't remember Win98 no more, but in XP, in the device manager, in the IDE Channel, under Advanced settings, there is a setting called Transfer Mode: if it says PIO it means the CPU is polling the drive to transfter every byte of data. It should be set to DMA access to allow data transfer without bogging down the CPU. There are Different levels of DMA - depenant on the hardware and drive being used. DMA level 5 is very fast and I think it requires the 80 pin cable as already mentioned. Hope this helps! + 0 Votes Win98???!!! Mehul Bhai 5 years ago In First place why r u still using such old OS and H/W in these age, particularly in case u r a S/W & App Developer as your profile suggest. No one will use the apps developed on such a obsolete machine and OS. Win98 is known as the 2nd most unstable OS of MS, the first being Win ME and now Vista is. I would not suggest these type of systems in these age even for home use, as now systems are so cheaper that u can buy a new system then wasting time on this Forum in rectifying the problems in a long unused system. This saves so much of manhours. As you say your system was lying unused for long which suggest that your system may not updated with the latest MS updates from the MS Updates site. Do the same see the results.