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Hello,

My problem is my computer gets slower and slower as it runs, and it also hangs up quite often. I can just click on a desktop icon and it will hang the computer up. Sometimes I can unhang it by hitting escape, but most of the time, I have to alt-control-del. I have ad-aware, spybot, spywareblster, spysubtract...everything checks good. I look at system resources, and it's always above 70%. Also, when I open a new IE window, it takes about 30 seconds for the new window to even show up on the screen. Alos get a lot of error messages, always different, nothing consistent.

I was thinking it was a ram problem, but I ran memtest and microsofts version and both found no errors.

Also, today. I tried scanreg /fix..and it hung up when trying to rebuild the system.dat, which was like the second file...so it didn't get to far.

I am running windows 98 with a 500mhtz pentium III and a 128mb ram.

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Scott
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Sean,

Thanks for the quick response.

Scandisk and defrag. has all been ...in fact it ran last night. Yesterday I tried to download 30 day trial tune up that is recommended in other post. I wasn't able to download it yesterday, every time I went to the download page,it was blank. Tried again today and today I was able to get it. Just ran that also, it said it found 20 problems in the registry and over 200 in various programs, and then it degraged the registry. Didn't really seem to help. In fact as I was logging on here to post this, my computer hung up again.

When I say I have to hit control - alt - delete, ....it says program is not responding....I click on end program....but then it hangs up there also, I can move my mouse aound, but I can't click on anything. Once in a while it will close out the program and then my inactive desktop will appear, but most of the time it will hang up and I have to control-alt-del to restart the computer and even that will hang once in a while and then I just have to hit the reset button.

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Scott
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Sean,

I was in dos mode when I ran scanreg.exe /fix the first time. I tried your way of getting there, to make sure I was in the right spot. I actually had to rename the original msdos.sys file because it is a read only document and then change the 1 to a 0 and resave my new file as msdos.sys. i usaully just hit F8 while booting up and that gets me to msdos.

But anyways...when I run just sanreg ( not .exe /fix ) it says that there are no errors in my registry.

But when I ran scanreg.exe /fix today it stopped at the system.dat file and said " Windows found an error in your system files and was unable to fix the problem. Try deleting some files to free up disc space on your windows drive. If that doesn't work then you need to install windows to a new directory" I find that kind of odd sice I only have 6.84GB used up on a 14.3GB drive.


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Sean,

Thanks, that seems to have taken care of it, at least I hope!!! SFC said that it found a setup file that was corrupt.

Seems to be more responsive now. I even tried opening up as many applications as I could to make it hang, but so far so good.

IE still takes a little while to open new windows, but I can live with that:)

What would have been the next step, or the next couple of steps?

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Scott
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Sean,

Seems my problems are not cued. Computer still hangs up. Ran scnreg.exe /fix in dos mode again and still hangs at the systm.dat file.

I have some more digging and found that if the systm.dat file is larger then 9.0mb, it will cause these problems.

Where and how to find my system.dat fie and how do i know how big it is? How do I know what files I can get rid of and what I can't... or how do I compress the files to get them below 9.0mb.

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Scott
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Sean,

Thanks for the wquick reply.

Norte: I also installed another 128 megs of RAM. I had ordered it before my first post.

here is a link to my belarc log.

C:\Program Files\Belarc\Advisor\System\tmp\(Scott staral).html

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I don't think I did that right.

here it is in a text format:

Operating System System Model
Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) VIA Technologies, Inc.
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
500 megahertz Intel Pentium III
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 4.60 PGMA 10/12/99
Drives Memory Modules c,d
15.36 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
7.85 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

SONY CD-RW CRX230EE [CD-ROM drive]
Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

IBM-DJNA-351520 [Hard drive] (15.38 GB) -- drive 0, s/n G80GLT87364, rev J56OA30K, SMART Status: Healthy 256 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot '0' has 128 MB
Slot '1' is Empty
Slot '2' has 128 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (FAT32 on drive 0) 15.36 GB 7.85 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
WORKGROUP domain logons
Scott Staral
None detected
Controllers Display
Standard Floppy Disk Controller
Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
VIA Bus Master PCI IDE Controller Creative CT6932 [Display adapter]
Proview 17.5 [Monitor] (17.5"vis, May 2002)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
VIA Tech 3038 PCI to USB Universal Host Controller AW37(AW37Pro) PnP Game Port
AW37(AW37Pro) WDM Audio Codec
AW37(AW37Pro) WDM Audio Control Registers
AW37(AW37Pro) WDM MPU-401 Compatible
Wave Device for Voice Modem
Communications Other Devices
MR56PVS-RHI 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem


D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G122 Wireless USB Adapter(rev.A2)
primary Auto IP Address: 192.168.1.101 / 24
Gateway: 192.168.1.1
Dhcp Server: 192.168.1.1
Physical Address: 00:11:95:D5:D2:FF

Networking Dns Servers: 68.87.77.130
68.87.72.130
PCI Modem Enumerator
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
USB Root Hub
Virus Protection [Back to Top]
Norton AntiVirus Version 5.00
Virus Definitions Version 9/3/2003 Rev 9
Last Disk Scan on Saturday, November 06, 2004 6:50:31 PM
Realtime File Scanning Off

Missing Microsoft Security Hotfixes [Back to Top]
No details available
Installed Microsoft Hotfixes [Back to Top]
DataAccess
Q329414-21 on 6/5/2003 (details...)
KB870669 (details...)
DirectX
DX819696 (details...)
KB904706 (details...)
Internet Explorer
SP1 (SP1)
Win98.SE
UPD238453 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD256015 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD259728 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD273017 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD273991 (details...) Reinstall!
Win98.SE (continued)
UPDQ823559 (details...) Reinstall!
Win98
UPD245729 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD323172 (details...)
UPD323255 (details...)
UPD329115 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD811630 (details...)
UPD840315 (details...)
UPD888113 (details...) Reinstall!
UPD891711 (details...)
UPD896358 (details...)
Windows Media Player
WM819639 (details...)
WM885492 (details...)



Click here to see all available Microsoft security hotfixes for this computer.

Marks a HotFix that verifies correctly
Marks a HotFix that fails verification
(note that failing hotfixes need to be reinstalled)
Unmarked HotFixes lack the data to allow verification


Click here for Belarc's System Management products, for large and small companies.

Software Licenses [Back to Top]

Ahead - Nero - Burning Rom 1A20-0206-0000-1610-5716-0927
Ahead - Nero Fast CD-Burning Plug-in 1A20-0206-0000-1610-5716-0927
Belarc - Advisor 09dfc4b8
CISRA - Canon Utilities ZoomBrowser EX Canon ZoomBrowser
Microsoft - Internet Explorer 55736-398-9401806-04452 (Key: R2D43-3DHG9-DQ79W-W3DXQ-929DY)
Microsoft - MediaPlayer 69808-808-7785206-04990
Microsoft - Windows 98 SE 15103-OEM-0079912-98520 (Key: RGFY6-GDTMV-DQ7KW-YHRQ4-RJ2DB)e
Microsoft - Windows 98 Starts Here 43016-OEM-0152445-22210

Software Versions (mouse over * for details, click * for location) [Back to Top]
3Deep WIZARD Application Version 99.00 *
Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5.0.5.0 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero BackItUp Restore Version 1, 2, 0, 43 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero BackItUp Scheduler Version 1, 2, 0, 43 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero BackItUp Version 1, 2, 0, 43 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero Burning ROM Version 6, 6, 0, 8 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero CD - DVD Speed Version 3, 7, 0, 0 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero DriveSpeed Version 3, 0, 0, 0 *
Ahead Software AG - Nero StartSmart Version 2, 0, 0, 11 *
Alpha Networks Inc. - ANIWZCS2 Service Launcher (9x) Version 1, 0, 4, 40414 *
America Online, Inc. - AOL Instant Messenger ™ Version 1.0.295 *
Apple Computer, Inc. - QuickTime QuickTime 6.5.2 *
ARTEC ScanEZ *
Belarc, Inc. - Advisor Version 7.2a *
Canon Digital Camera Version 1.2.0.13 *
Canon Information Systems Research Australia Pty Ltd. - PhotoRecord Version 1, 6, 0, 12 *
Canon Utilities PhotoStitch Launcher Version 3.1.2 *
Canon Utilities RemoteCapture Version 2.7.0.10 *
COLOR WIZARD Application Version 99.00 *
Corel Corporation Limited - Desktop Application Director 8 Version 8.0.0.390 *
Corel Corporation Limited - PerfectFit 32-Bit Version 8.0.0.390 *
Corel Corporation Limited - PerfectFit Installation System Version 8.0.0.395 *
Corel Corporation Limited - Presentations for Windows Version 8.0.0.390 *
Corel Corporation Limited - Quattro Pro for Windows Version 8.0.0.393 *
Corel Corporation Limited - WordPerfect for Windows Version 8.0.0.393 *
CorelCENTRAL for Windows Version 8.0.0.390 *
Creative SoftMPEG Version 1.00.01 *
D-Link - Wireless LAN Monitor Version 3, 3, 0, 41119 *
Data Modeling Desktop *
Eastman Software, Inc., A Kodak Business - Imaging for Windows® Version 1.01.1311 *
EPSON Stylus COLOR 660 Installer *
General Systems Research - E.P.E.C. for Windows Version 1.01.0096 *
General Systems Research - EPEC Data Logging Graph Utility Version 1.00.0017 *
GRISOFT, s.r.o. - AVG Anti-Virus System Version 7.1.0.406 *
Inno Setup Version 51.13.0.0 *
Inprise Corporation - Borland Database Engine *
InstallDriver Module Version 7.03 *
InstallShield Software Corporation - InstallDriver Module Version 10.0 *
InterMute Inc - CWShredder Version 2.00 *
InterMute, Inc. - CWShredder Version 2.12 *
InterMute, Inc. - SpySubtract Version 2.64 *
Ipswitch, Inc. 81 Hartwell Ave. Lexington, MA 02173 - WS_FTP95 Version 5, 0, 0, 1 *
Knife Edge Control Panel Version 2.0.0.276 *
Knife Edge Software - sim Version 2.0.0.533 *
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE SE 106 * LimeWire Version 1, 0, 0, 2 *
MGI Software Corp. - PhotoSuite Starter Edition Version 1.06 *
Microsoft Corporation - DirectShow Version 6.4.07.1121 *
Microsoft Corporation - Internet Explorer Version 6.00.2800.1106 *
Microsoft Corporation - MSN Messenger Version 7.0.0816 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows Installer Clean Up Version 2.05.0001 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows Installer Version 2.0.2600.2 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows Telephony Version 4.10.2000 *
Microsoft Corporation - Windows® NetMeeting® Version 3.0 *
Microsoft imgstart Version 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Microsoft Wallet Version 3.00.0.1961 *
Microsoft Windows 98 Starts Here Version 2, 0, 0, 0 *
Microsoft Windows Scripting Host Version 5.0.531.7 *
Microsoft® Chat™ Version 2.5 *
Microsoft® Windows Media Player Version 9.00.00.2980 *
Microsoft® FrontPage™ Version 2.0.2.1131 *
Microsoft® Internet Services Version 6.1.33.0 *
MindVision - Installer VISE 2.8.3 Version 2.8.3 *
Nero AG - Cover Designer Version 2, 3, 0, 34 *
Nero AG - InfoTool Application Version 3, 0, 0, 0 *
NETSCAPE Version 4.04 *
Nico Mak Computing, Inc. - WinZip Version 7.0 *
Novell, Inc. - PerfectFit 32-Bit Version 8.0.0.390 *
Nullsoft - Winamp Version 5.092 *
ParetoLogic - Xoftspy Version 4, 27, 0, 0 *
PepiMK Software - Spybot - Search & Destroy Version 1, 3, 0, 12 *
PFREG.EXE *
Propel Accelerator Version 5.0.0.1053 *
Propel Software Corporation - Mercury Network Accelerator: Version 5.0.0.1053 *
Safer Networking Limited - SpyBot-S&D Version 1, 3, 0, 12 *
Skyworks Pin High Country Club Golf Version 1.0.312 *
Sonnetech Ltd. - 3Deep TM (Windows) Version 99.00 *
Sonnetech Ltd. - Colorific for Windows Version 99.00 *
SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate Version 3.02 *
SpywareBlaster Version 3.02 *
Sun Microsystems, Inc. - Java™ 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 7 Version 5.0.70.3 *
Symantec Core Technology Version 19.0.0.128 *
Symantec Corporation - Norton AntiVirus Core Technology Version 5.0.0.52 *
Symantec Corporation - Norton AntiVirus Version 5.0.0.48 *
Symantec Corporation - Norton CrashGuard Version 1.0a *
TuneUp Utilities 2006 Version 5.0.0.0 *
TWAIN Twacker32 Version 1, 1, 0, 0 *
Yahoo! Inc. - YShortcut Application Version 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Yahoo! Messenger Version 7,0,0,437 *
Zb Module Version 4.1.0.46

Edited by saleenboy87146, 11 November 2006 - 08:02 PM.

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Sean,

Thanks for your efforts again, much appreciated!!!

I think I got it this time......when I put the extra stick of memory in, the whole inside of the computer was very dusty and I also noticed one of the fans on the power supply was running. I put a new power supply in today and the case of the tower and everything is much cooler to the touch......seems to have fixed the problem. I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed. but so far so good.

Scott
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