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Windows 98 Pausing/Freezing

By padams ·
I have an issue where when trying to run
Norton?s 2002 Disk Doctor, Scan Disk or the
Norton?s System Monitor, Windows 98 seems
to bog down and you have little or no feedback
as to what is happening for 5-10 mins when it
briefly returns to the foreground for a second
or two then bogs down again! Nortons WIn
Doctor seems to work fine though. I have
reinstalled Win 98 and checked and limited
the background tasks via MSCONIG to just
"explorer" only, with little or no effect. While
Win 98 is doing its background whatever you
can move the mouse pointer around but
clicking on windows or menus has no effect.
Any suggestions or advice would be gratefully
accepted. HELP!

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by TheChas In reply to Windows 98 Pausing/Freezi ...

I don't believe that there is anything "wrong" with your system. If scandisk, Disk doctor, and defrag finish their tasks normally, Windows, and your hard disk are working properly.

Do you have a number of large files on your drive?
Or, is your drive nearly full? (less than 10% free space)

While any disk utility is processing a file, there is a delay in response to other system tasks. This is a safety measure to protect the integrity of the file, and prevent data loss.

Another posability is that you have a fixed size swap that is too small for the size of files on the system.

Win Doctor doesn't process the files on the hard drive, so it doesn't need to pause system access when it comes to a large file.

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by rick_richardson In reply to Windows 98 Pausing/Freezi ...

Norton programs can really "hog" resources from my experience. How much system ram are you running? Check your system resources and see if they are low (below 50%) by looking in accessories>system information>system tools> the first page should show current resources. You may need more ram or fewer programs running in background.

Rick

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by padams In reply to Windows 98 Pausing/Freezi ...

Have resolved issue. Turned out to be the Comex NIC!

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