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System installed Windows 98 SE 1-Computer getting slow. 2-Too frequent stops called: "illegal operation perfomed" 3-Computer generating a lot of cookies.Much more than before. 4-Only thing updated was "flash player 9,0,159,0" which is the last aplicable to Windows 98"

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  • hildaleo Mar 09, 2009

    I don't know how to check usage of my CPU
    nor do I know how to remove unwanted programs.
    This is not a solution to my problem !!!

  • hildaleo Mar 09, 2009

    My update of flash player is not the last one.
    It is the last recommended for Windows 98.

  • hildaleo Mar 09, 2009

    Sorry, the solution you are giving me is too
    risky !!!
    Besides, it applies to Windows XP and I have
    Windows 98

  • hildaleo Mar 09, 2009

    I delete Temp & history files on a daily
    basis.That's not the problem

  • hildaleo Mar 09, 2009

    Sorry, I can't accept that proposition
    because I use a lot DOS and my computer
    has been perfoming well for the last 10 years
    with Windows 98 until this problem appeared.

  • hildaleo Mar 10, 2009

    What program or programs control the opening
    of data from the web ? (tru the internet)
    I think that this is my problem, cause I have
    the version 9,0,159 of "flash player" which is
    the last version applicable to Windows 98.

    Maybe that's the reason why my computer is slow
    opening and operating the web.

    If that is the case, if I want to keep my WIN 98,can I do something to speed it ?

  • hildaleo Mar 12, 2009

    How do I change my virtual memory to
    high size in Windows 98 SE ?

  • hildaleo Mar 12, 2009

    I am asking how to increase the RAM memory
    that you recommend, BUT nobody is answering
    me how !!!

  • hildaleo Mar 13, 2009

    Please tell me how to change my virtual memory
    to high size.
    Thanks

  • hildaleo Mar 13, 2009

    No, but according to you is the last one.
    Thanks

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I will have to break this up into 2 post or more...


Manage Windows 98 Virtual Memory

Virtual memory is an important contributor to Windows 98’s reliability and performance. But because it operates largely behind the scenes, virtual memory’s role isn’t always well understood. We’ll explore Win98’s virtual memory—what it is, how it works, and how to customize it.
System installed Windows 98 SE

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Before switching to a fixed-size swap file, use Windows 98’s built-in System Monitor utility to see how much virtual memory you’ll need.
pixblue.gif Virtual Memory 101

To run programs, you need memory, and the more programs you run, the more memory you need. In the days of Win98, though, RAM was expensive, so most PCs didn’t have much of it. (16MB to 32MB was typical.) Though RAM was relatively hard to come by in most PCs, hard drive space was considerably more plentiful (and often more cost effective to add to a system). And in this context, virtual memory comes into play.

In contrast to physical memory—the actual RAM chips installed in your system—virtual memory is hard drive space that’s been specially configured to look and act like RAM. By simulating physical memory, virtual memory System installed Windows 98 SE 1-Computer - pixblue.gif it.

pixblue.gif How It Works

When the amount of memory Win98 needs exceeds the amount that’s available, data in RAM you haven’t recently accessed is copied to virtual memory on the hard drive. This is called paging, and the RAM it frees up is made available for additional programs. Whenever an application needs data that has been offloaded to virtual memory, the data is copied from virtual memory and placed into RAM, usually displacing another piece of data.

Unlike RAM, you can’t see virtual memory, but you can see evidence of its work. When you bring a minimized or background application back to the fore or switch among open applications, you may notice your hard drive activity light come on. This drive activity usually represents Windows copying data between physical and virtual memory. You’ve probably also noticed that your system tends to slow down when this happens. Although virtual memory lets you run more programs, it doesn’t do anything to improve performance. In fact, the more virtual memory you use, the lower your performance is likely to be, as accessing the hard drive takes considerably longer than accessing RAM.

Win98 uses a file named Win386.swp as virtual memory. This is known as the page file, but it’s also referred to as the swap file because Windows uses it to swap data. The swap file is normally located in the C:\WINDOWS folder, and it can grow and shrink as the system’s need for virtual memory changes. When you first start Windows, the swap file will generally be small, but it will increase as you run more applications than can fit in your RAM.

Win98 normally manages virtual memory settings on its own and adjusts the size of the swap file as warranted. For many users, this default behavior is more than sufficient, but there are situations when modifying the default setting may help a system run more smoothly. To access Win98’s virtual memory settings, click Start, Settings, and Control Panel, and then select System. Click the Virtual Memory button. When you click Let Me Specify My Own Virtual Memory Settings, you can change the location of the swap file, specify a minimum and/or maximum swap file size, or disable virtual memory altogether.

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Www.ccleaner.com will clean all the junk files and all the registry issues your having as far *** the errors there are alot of issues with the hard drive and your cookies if this computer is still online you have every virus that has ever come out on that harddrive.

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Being that is it is win 98. It is not even supported by microsoft anymore. Just like any windows OS it becomes unstable over time. I highly recommend you back up any and all important data. Then format and re-install win 98 fresh. If you need further assistance let me know. Also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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    Lee A. Mar 12, 2009

    If you have the expertise it is as easy as buying a compatible stick of RAM for your computer. Most likely SDRAM, then you install the stick of ram and your good to go you'll have more memory. I still highly recommend reformatting and re-installing windows fresh. I usually do it about once a year to keep windows running as quick as possible. Hope you find this helpful if you need more assistance let me know and please take a moment to rate my solution appropriatly.
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I'm going to tell you right now, fretting over this is not worth it. I used to have windows 95 and 98, come to think of it, those are still in the garage. I upgraded to XP a long time ago and it is not that much different for a user to switch to and it is much better. I recommend that you buy a used computer on ebay or somewhere with a little better of anything and you will be amazed at how much faster it will be plus usually easier to fix any problems that might arise since there is more up to date software for XP too.

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    Benjamin Patri Mar 13, 2009

    To increase you RAM, you would just need to buy a bigger RAM card and replace the old one with the new one, have a great day!

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Your best option is to use an older version of Flash, one that worked before you updated. Ekse is right, only a new computer will solve this completely.

There is no system restore funtion for Windows 98, you will have to uninstall the version of Flash you have now and reinstall the older version if you choose to try that.

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    Dick Mar 12, 2009

    Changing virtual memory will not help this issue. Do you know how much memory you have now?

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Hi there.
Cookies are kept in a hidden file in documents and settings, over time this file gets full of cookies and other temporary internet files, this can ultimately slow the PC down.
You will probably have unused registry entries too which also affect the PC performance.
Download CCleaner for windows 98, install the program and run the cleaner, when its done click delete, it will ask you if you want to permanently delete the files, click yes. then you want to clean the registry, scan for issues, when its done click fix selected issues, it will ask you if you want back them up to the registry, click yes, keep on doing this until it finds no more issues.
When your done restart your PC so the changes are made to the registry, the PC should now perform a little better.
Get CCleaner here >>>>

http://www.bestsoftware4download.com/software/k-windows-98-t-free-ccleaner-download-dqdhzhib.html


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    Lee Hodgson Mar 12, 2009

    To change virtual memory in ME, open the control panel by going to start | settings | control
    panel
    . Then double-click on System, when the new window opens, click on the
    Performance
    tab, click on the Virtual Memory button.
    The default setting here is to Let Windows manage my virtual memory settings.

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Mar 12, 2009

    Remove the power cord from the back of the PC, remove the side panel from the desktop base unit, look at the motherboard, the memory slots look like this >>
    memory looks like this >>>.
    take the memory our and try and take note how big the memory is, for example 128MB/64MB.
    Because of the age of the machine i expect that the memory is SDRAM, try and upgrade the memory to 512MB, that should be enough to rum ME smoothly


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I'm sorry, windows 98 is known to have alot of issues, and they will not be corrected anymore as the system is discontinued. If your computer came with windows 98 It seems to be a very old computer. and I would suggest buying a newer computer or a used one that uses windows xp, and has atleast 512MB of memory.

Problem 1. Computer is slow, there is noting you can do about this.

Problem 2. These are caused by the old programs that your computer uses they don't work well with the other todays applications. Sorry there is no fix to this problem other than upgrading or possibly installing windows xp on that computer. But it very well maybe too slow to run windows xp.

Highly recommend a new computer.

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TO make the speed faster on your windows 98, you can first uninstall some unneeded software to free up some computer resources and also to increase the memory/RAM of the computer....

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You have to do this steps:
Clean your hard driver from programs you donot use, scan you hard drive for virus, defrag you hard drive, delete temporary files always, delete cookies, change the virtual memory to high size, upgrade your 98 windows, go online and install the last update for that windows so it can fix alot of problems. illegal operation performed is a result of bad programs u dowonlaod it on ur pc, uninstall it ,make sure you have legal windows too. if you have antivirus it will slow ur pc too, donot use macfee or norton will make it slower.

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  • Win98 wants to manage your swap file (virtual memory) on its own. Windows is good at doing that for routine use: The swap file can grow or shrink as needed, and it doesn't have to be all in one place. But Win98 will work faster if the file is all in one place, and if the operating system doesn't have to constantly take time to enlarge or reduce the swap file area as you work.

    To take control of your swap file, right-click My Computer and choose Properties. Click the Performance tab and the Virtual Memory button. Choose "Let me specify my own virtual memory settings." If you have more than one hard drive, place the swap file on the fastest drive you have. Now choose a minimum size for the swap file; a good starting point is to specify at least 2.5 times your system's RAM. Setting a large minimum size means the swap file will usually be large enough for your needs. Reboot when asked, and run Defrag to ensure the swap file's all in one piece. After you're done, you should experience noticeably less disk-thrashing.

    For more information on this subject, see Winmag.com's Real-World Answers about Virtual Memory.


  • In the hardware department, ensure that you have 128MB of RAM. Only now will that excessive disc swapping be minimized. No page file tweak can come close to adding more RAM. In these days of ridiculously low RAM prices, 512MB will work wonders. Configuring the swap file depends on the number and speed of your hard drives. While I will not cover all possible variables, the following should give you enough information to make the best decisions. Firstly, how large should the swap file be? This is a controversial issue. Many sites recommend 2.5 times the size of RAM, but this is an old notion from the days of Windows 3.1 when 4MB of RAM was a high end system. I believe in a swap file of 200MB minimum regardless of RAM. This gives sufficient virtual memory for your applications. A better estimate for the size of you swap file is to load the programs that you use every day, all at once. Determine the size of your swap file (C:\Windows\win386.swp). Double the figure and use this as your minimum swap file size. Location of your swap file depends on your hard drive configuration. It should be located at the front of the first partition on the least used hard drive. For single hard drive users or identical/similar speed drives, this is easy. If you have multiple hard drives with differing speeds, only benchmarks will determine your best configuration - OS on the fast primary drive, swap file on slow secondary or both OS and swap file on the fast primary drive. I recommend Norton Speedisk to move the swap file to the front of the partition. Also a defragmented swap file will have less hard drive activity as the computer searches for information.

    Configuring swap.

    Goto Control Panel>System>Performance>Virtual Memory

    Select "Let me specify my own virtual memory settings" and adjust the setting as described above.

    See below for two system.ini settings that I highly recommended.

    MSDOS.SYS tweaks

    Under Options, add the following line

    Logo=0

    This prevents the Windows boot logo from being shown. As a result your computer will boot slightly faster.

    For more information about MSDOS.SYS, check out KB article Q118579

    CONFIG.SYS

    Preferably, there should be no items in this file. Some OEM systems will come with Real Time drivers (16 bit DOS drivers) for the CD/DVD ROMs and possibly hard drives. These are usually unnecessary and detrimental to performance. Windows will load drivers for these items, so DOS drivers are redundant.



    Delete non-present devices from Device manager.

    Obtain the drivers for all hardware in your system. Save them to a location on your hard drive for upcoming use and convenience. After installing all of the latest drivers, reboot into safe mode. In device manager, look for multiple entries of the same hardware and hardware that is not present. Remove these entries. Reboot. You may be prompted to reinstall some drivers. Clearing the device manager will have your system a tad bit more stable and faster.



    Registry Optimization.

    Windows 98 and Me have a registry backup program known as scanreg (for DOS) or scanregw (for Windows). Scanregw runs after each bootup and will create a compressed archive of startup file such as system.dat, user.dat, win.ini and system.ini. By booting into DOS and running scanreg, a manual backup may be created, or a backup restored. A noteworthy switch is /FIX

    scanreg /FIX will remove damaged portions of the registry, and rebuild it while removing unused space. A smaller registry will load faster and have your system more responsive. Norton Utilities comes with a similar registry optimization tool, but scanreg does a better job.

    For more information on scanreg, check out KB article Q184023

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Hello, if running slow, you may want to stop programs from starting up with the computer, click on start then run and type in MSCONFIG on the window that comes up. this will bring up another window, click on startup on the top left, in the list it will show everything starting with the computer, uncheck anything you don't want to start and reboot. Are all your windows updates done?

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  • Nicholas Lussier Mar 09, 2009

    You may want to uninstall flash and reinstall also

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Hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete to go to task manager and see if there are any programs that are taking up excessive resources. If there are, uninstall those programs. If they are system resources that cannot be uninstalled, you probably have a virus and will need to purchase a virus scanning utility such as Mcaffe or Norton, or use a free one such as AVG. As for generating lots of cookies that sounds like a virus, I would download and install the Windows 98 version of AVG just to be safe. If AVG no longer supports Windows 98, which I am getting mixed signals about, you can use Clamwin Free antivirus: http://www.clamwin.com/ which does support Windows 98 for sure.
Please rate, thanks!

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Ok, there are many security flaws in this version of windows. i recommend an upgrade to windows Xp or vista. this will be a dramatic upgrade from the existing OS you have installed at this moment.

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Remove all the temporary files and history.


Read the below thread to rectify the error "illegal operation"...


http://www.ehow.com/how_7326_respond-illegal-operation.html

Thanks.

Once completed , buzz me , i would give you link for s/f that would help you to stabilize ur pc with serial number ;)

thanks for using Fixya.

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    taran_2005 Mar 09, 2009

    Go to download.com





    Download the software regisrtry mechanic and than contact me...



    I would send you the serial..Make sure that you would never update the registry mechanic ;)





    Thanks for using fixya.



    take Care.

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    taran_2005 Mar 10, 2009

    Yup,





    Follow the simple steps. I assure it would solve your issue.



    http://www.download.com/Free-Window-Regi...



    Download above software.Remove Adobe flash player for the time being.



    Its free to try.





    And once installed, run and solve the issue, than we would move to next step to speed up the pc.



    Thanks.

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Hi,

You better format your PC. There files might have corrupted. Try this link to format

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Format-Your-PC&id=1082519

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Windows 98 does not work well with latest flash update, try rolling back the system with system restore to a date before the last flash update was installed.

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Check the cpu usage remove unwanted programs from task manager toget speed of your computer

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  • SAM ANDERSON Mar 13, 2009

    You can find RAM near the motherboard in the CPU . It will be fixed in the slot provided . Check the capacity of your RAM in your system .Just right click on My computer folder in desktop.It will display your RAM capacity . Upgrade according to the capacity present .

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