View Full Version : Faster Win98 boot needed, WIN.INI question
09-16-2000, 02:35 AM
I got rid of my ptsnoop.exe files to improve system performance, but now my Win98 boots really slowly. The first few lines of win.ini now look like:
device=HP LaserJet 6L PCL (Copy 2),PCL5EMS3,LPT1:
If I set load= and run= to 0, will that improve boot speed, or is there something else that I need to modify? I've tried some of the tricks listed by others on this site to no avail.
09-17-2000, 07:33 AM
I don't know what your boot time criteria are, as you mention only "slowly" in your problem description.
Things that speed a boot up include, but are not limited to:
a. Defragging your hard drive. This is a classic solution.
b. Pruning your boot files in your Startup folder.
c. Using Run-->MSCONFIG to prune files out of being automatic startup.
d. Editing options in MSDOS.SYS
e. Compressing a bloated registry file. Each time you boot, the registry checker scans the registry so you save a little bit of time.
f. You can always press F8 to bring up the step-by-step menu to go thru the bootup. This is too much pain and you'll probably use the logfile option (examine your bootup logfile)
Some people might compress their registry files. Supposedly, this is not a problem in Win98, but recent inspection of my system.dat/user.dat files showed one of them was 9.4 megs. I manually compacted it back down to 6.4 megs.
09-17-2000, 04:22 PM
Windows looks for new floppy drives each time you startup. there is no need to do this. Select System icon from Control Panel, select Performance Tab, click on File System button, select the Floppy Disk tab. Turn off the Search for new floppy disk drives each time your computer starts option. If you add a floppy drive, turn this option back on.
09-18-2000, 01:53 AM
Thanks for the help fellas, but no luck yet. I've tried most of this stuff already but there were a few good, new ideas. As far as boot time criteria, the problem is that there is a long pause (~2 min) between selecting Win98 and the system being up and running. It's like the computer pauses every time it starts for 2 miniutes just to irritate me. I was wondering if it was looking for something in win.ini, but it shouldn't take that long to search. I'm out of ideas.
Do you have a network card in your system Scojo?
09-18-2000, 04:30 PM
Whoa! I think sbp might be the man! I just added a NIC last week. Is that the problem?
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