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lancerfootwear
Actually I am using windows98 with 40 GB hard disk and having 112MB RAM but when i work on corel and photoshop my computer get slower now i wnat to increase its speed, is it possible that if I increase its RAM speed to 512MB with same hard disk(40GB) then will it improve or i have to increase its hard disk capacity also. please tell me waiting for a positive response.
thanking U.
zuk4u
Upgrade your RAM, upgrading your disk to faster model will not give you so much boost in speed as upgrading ram to 512 (or more).
When you are using program that need alot of ram, then when you memory is full, your computer starts to using swap file, which is incredibly slow (you can see that when you are out of free memory, your disk is doing reding/writing operation all the time, so everything work slow), when you will upgrade your memory then your computer will not need to use swap file so often.
Arnie
What's your CPU? I wonder if upgrading to 512MB is worth the investment. Also a warning, never upgrade a Win9x computer beyond 512MB RAM, because a bug in the memory handling code makes the OS unstable with more than 512MB.
Nyizsa
Arnie wrote:
What's your CPU? I wonder if upgrading to 512MB is worth the investment. Also a warning, never upgrade a Win9x computer beyond 512MB RAM, because a bug in the memory handling code makes the OS unstable with more than 512MB.

...and less... Twisted Evil
Right, you haven't specified your CPU type and/or frequency. That is what influences speed the most.
Maxus
Reinstall windows, helps a lot after years of usage
and update your system.
After that, install this: it is unofficial but has a lot of bug fixes and updates for windows 98SE: http://exuberant.ms11.net/
Arnie
Nyizsa wrote:
...and less... Twisted Evil
No, it is a specific error at +512MB. It works fine below that.

Either CPU, memory or VGA is the bottleneck. To find out which, we need to know specifications of all of them. Upgrading the bottleneck will provide the best increase of performance.
alienjones
Arnie wrote:
a bug in the memory handling code makes the OS unstable with more than 512MB.


As if Win98 can be considered "a stable system" Wink
{name here}
Specify your CPU speed, manufacturer, and model. Also specify if you have several jumpers on your motherboard as there could be a chance you could overclock it to speed it up.
jayandsilo
throw it in the bin and build a new one
orcaz
alienjones wrote:

As if Win98 can be considered "a stable system" Wink

lol... i got lots of BSODs when using Windows 98SE one year ago, and then one day, it crashed, and decided to leave it aside and buy a new WinXP. However, Win 98 seems to have less exploits and security holes than XP obviously.
Arnie
My 98SE is quite stable. And I've crashed stuff like Linux and QNX some times too.
Lapinbleu
Throw it in the bin, yes, yes, c'est cela mκme... jayandsilo can obviously afford to. I installed XP on a friend's system, and the OS took so much space and power that there was no room left to work with. Switching the appearance to "Classic windows style" helped quite a lot, so obviously a great deal of processor and memory are wasted on those marshmallow buttons and shadows under the menus. We still ended up going back to W98SE.

I run 98SE on a Pentium II 233MHz, 128Mb, nearly ten years old now. Now, don't laugh - it's slow for ray-tracing but otherwise does everything I want it to, like working instead of playing games. Yes, it crashes occasionally, but only really when I'm being greedy, running too much in the background or trying to empty the trash while downloading a big file. I've written to Santa for a better one, but I wasn't asleep, and I haven't been good....

Even without hacking too low in the system, there are a lot of fancy effects you can turn off - event sounds, for a start. Huge collection of fonts need management, or else they will all want to load on boot-up. Defragment even if it tells you that it's not necessary. Watch out for stupid things running in the background - Adobe type manager, printer status monitors, the crappy windoze scheduler...

SIW http://www.gtopala.com is an excellent freeware which tells you a great deal about your system, and the hidden "idle" processes running.

And Photoshop? Well, it's slow on anything - like Acrobat, it has to boast about all those patents it got... Do you really need it for most things? There are many times when PaintShopPro (and version 5 can be had for free) is plenty powerful enough.

Win9x, like punk, not dead!
steveadams617
I totally agree about Win98. It zips along on older machines. I think if you are in a networked environment, security isn't as good and hooking up to Windows 2000 and XP for file sharing can be a nightmare, but sometimes it works fine.

It's my understanding that they are not offering new patches for the operating system. Download everything that is avaible and back up frequently...
Lapinbleu
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It's my understanding that they are not offering new patches for the operating system. Download everything that is avaible and back up frequently...


Yes, they stopped putting out patches in June this year, but if they haven't fixed it yet after 8 years, there's no hope. I keep a minimalist version of Win98, and nothing else, on a minuscule partition. If windows screws up completely (it's happened - a small amateur soft threw the registry under a train) I can always repair, or at least back-up, without having to work in DOS.

I think the clever virus writers aren't interested in 9x any more, are all attacking XP and waiting for Vista, which is as full of holes as a sieve...

W98SE is fine - I ride a motorbike built before I was born. She's slow, noisy, smelly, but never obsolete - in fact rather classy!
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