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How to determine running app in Win98?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Tennessee Slim, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    I was working on a buddy’s PC last night and he can’t get either defrag to scandisk to run to completion. Either app always hits “disk contents have changed” around 10% and restarts. The PC is (no kidding) a generic P166, Win98-A. I happened to have four 32MB sticks of 72-pin RAM in my museum, which I donated to his cause. Don’t laugh, it actually isn’t nearly as doggy as the numbers might lead you to believe.

    I’ve not worked with ’98 in several years (Allah be praised!) and, with no Task Manager, I can’t figure how to isolate the app causing the restarts. I thought to boot it in safe mode and try defragging it but there’s something quirky with this PC; I can hit F5 or F8 or hold {Ctrl} while it boots and it doesn’t have any effect. And when I reboot in DOS mode, it doesn’t respond to the keyboard.

    The guy is a low-level user who doesn’t have a clue how long this has been going on. I don’t think he’s installed anything of late except SpyBot. Best I can determine he’s not set it to run in the background but I wonder if SpyBot doesn’t by default have a little sumpin-sumpin going on that’s triggering the restarts. He obviously has a number of problems going on but all I’m interested in at the moment is figuring out what’s interrupting his disk maintenance utilities.

    Any ideas?
  2. The MS clean up utility in Win 98 does not work.There is a bug and it was never fixed.CCleaner is the easiest and best I have found.Install and run it first.Use the defaults.

  3. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    You will need to reboot it into Safe Mode in order to run Defrag on the HDD.

    WinMe is the worst violator of this, with its Beta version System Restore running, but all W9x versions have some things running in the background that write to the disk and cause your defrags to crap out.

    Just F8 on bootup and try it from there.

    And as far as ScanDisk goes, I NEVER run that from Windows! Always use a boot disk and give the DOS command scandisk\surface\autofix. This keeps Winders from fiddlin' with it while it does its thing.

    This could be a sign that the HDD is on its way out, if the scan & defrag don't complete in the manner I have described.

    Good luck,

  4. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

    Apr 14, 2004
    Mucus City, USA
    Would that I could.

    Thanks, I definitely need it. I think I'll tell him the only way to fix it is burn this one down and build a new one.