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Postby Dakkon » Mon Dec 13, 1999 4:03 am

George (and Allen),
Change the swap file over to another differnt partion. Leave it the same size just change it from c: to like d: or something. This is all based on the system still being made up of 4 small partions.
If it's been redone to 1 big one and this is happening I'd start looking at device drivers and maybe the BIOS even.
Granted Allen has the fastest and easiest method of fixing it Image

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Postby gmattson » Mon Dec 13, 1999 6:04 am

Hi tony:
The Flashcom people gave me the MS site to check on speed when I complained about it being slow. Today I pulled:

668.9 kbps and 82 k bytes/sec.

Still seems slow

Beginning to think I have hardware problems. Lockups becoming a real frustration. I'll check out the sites you referenced earlier to see if more light can be shed on the problem. Can't believe any conflicts are responsible, since I disconnected all devices

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Postby gmattson » Mon Dec 13, 1999 12:34 pm

Al installed a new drive (1.3GB) and we are using it for virtual memory. Shows 687MB being available.



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Postby gmattson » Mon Dec 13, 1999 12:34 pm

Al installed a new drive (1.3GB) and we are using it for virtual memory. Shows 687MB being available.



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Postby gmattson » Tue Dec 14, 1999 1:06 am

Getting fewer hangups. Norton 2000 found lots of problems which it corrected as well, which may have helped. Will keep you posted.

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Postby Allen M. » Tue Dec 14, 1999 3:15 pm

I threw some Caviar (1.6 Gig) into GEM's machine on Saturday and put his swapfile onto the new hard disk to give him more speed.

His primary drive is a 6.something Maxtor, not the 2gigger I originally though it was. However his c drive was previously stuffed, probably giving his swapfile some heartburn before Saturday, although when I went there he was still having lockups even though his swapfile had plenty of headroom. I'll rule-out the swapfile as being the culprit.

One thing that bugged me, though, is right after I installed the new hard drive the machine locked up before the os was activated while the BIOS was still doing its thing. A reboot cleared that problem out, and a little while later while I was given a demonstration of the speed of his new modem, his system hung again.

If Norton keeps reporting errors, and he keeps correcting them, then maybe his primary drive is sick. We need more info on the types of errors as Tony suggests.

I mentioned to GEM on Saturday that I was suspicious of RAM, but that is a difficult problem to detect, esp. if it's intermittent, and he's without detection devices. A good thing to do, George, is to unplug all your memory, then reseat it.

George, were you having problems before you hung that little doo-hickey off your parallel port?

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Postby Gene DeMambro » Tue Dec 14, 1999 8:09 pm

Speaking of things already here...

After last year's tourny, AL Moulton was lamenting a technical snafu/limitation with his video camera. He also mentioned that maybe "next" year, video cameras will write directly to CD-ROMS. Well, if you're listening Al, they have arrived! Either HP or Sony just released them at this years COMDEX in Vegas. A techno whiz like yourself might be able to tell if it's a go or a no-go.

Add another line to the Christmas list!

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Postby Allen M. » Wed Dec 15, 1999 3:07 am

Thanks Gene.

Lately Best Buy in Braintree has been carying a Sony with a built-in firewire to attach directly to a similarly equipped camcorder (such as the one I was toting looking for a place to plug in to). All these things are usually a "go", especially with PCs approaching the 1GHz range (2000), and promises to go to 2GHz following, and new high-speed busses to boot.

Another thing I got wind of the other day is a writeable DVD! That's hot.

Close your eyes for 5 minutes, Gene, and it's a whole new world out there.


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Postby gmattson » Wed Dec 15, 1999 5:09 am

After using Norton2000 to clean up over 90 various problems, (I didn't keep a record of the errors) my computer seems to be functioning normally. Although I did experience two lockups two days ago, they were the last.

Some of the problems resulted with the new drive, which assumed the 'd' drive position. My old 'd' drive programs were pushed to 'e' drive. Many of the errors were programs looking for links in the wrong drive. After moving everything to the new 'd' drive, all programs worked.

Al: I was experiencing problems prior to my installing the card reader off the parallel port.

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Postby Allen M. » Wed Dec 15, 1999 5:16 am

USB hard drives are already here.

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