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Since setting up Win '95 as my operating system I find that the hard drive light is 98% of the time is on. I have 48 megs of ram and 3 gig hard drive. Does anyone know if there is a fix for this situation?
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Stop Windows95 from Wildly Accessing your Hard Disk

Many users have complained about Windows95 seizing up for up to a
minute because of random, pointless disk activity. This is due to the
way that Windows95 is set to handle disk caching and virtual memory.
Although Windows95 instructs you to "let Windows handle disk cache
settings" for best results, this obviously does not yield the best
results. Here's how to eliminate the random disk activity and improve
system performance:
Part One: Virtual Memory
[*]Right click on My Computer, and select Properties.
[*]Click the Performance tab, and then click Virtual Memory
[*]Choose Let me specify my own virtual memory settings.
[*]If you want to choose a different drive for your swapfile, run
Disk Defragmenter first.
[*]Specify the same value for the Minimum size and the Maximum
size, so Windows95 won't spend so much time resizing the file. A
good size is roughly 2 1/2 times the amount of installed RAM
(i.e. create a 40MB swapfile if you have 16MB of RAM).
[*]Press OK, and then OK again, and confirm that you want to
restart your computer.
[*]Note: if you have Norton Utilities, you'll be able to optimize
the swapfile. If you want to take the time, you can optimize it
manually by exiting windows, deleting the swapfile, defragmenting
the drive, and restarting. Once you've set the swapfile size to
be constant, you won't have to worry about a defragmented (broken
up) swapfile again.
Part Two: Virtual Cache
[*]Open SYSTEM.INI for editing.
[*]Add the following two lines to the [vcache] section (add the
section if it's not there):
MinFileCache=4096
MaxFileCache=4096
---------------I have 32mg so i set mine like this:
[vcache]
MinFileCache=8192
MaxFileCache=8192
ChunkSize=64
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Start by double-clicking on the Control Panel's System icon, then
clicking on the Performance tab. Next, click on the File System
button. You'll see two settings in the resulting Hard Disk dialog box:
The setting labeled Typical Role of This Machine determines how
much space is set aside in main memory to handle path and filename
caching. The default Desktop Computer choice allocates space for a
paltry 32 paths and 677 filenames, whereas the Network Server
choice bumps those settings up to 64 paths and 2,729 filenames.
Even if your computer is used strictly for desktop applications,
change the Typical Role box to Network Server. Unfortunately, if
you're using the original release of Windows 95--not the recently
updated version titled OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2)--you'll have
to take an additional step to correct a bug in the Windows 95
Registry. Use the Windows 95 Registry Editor (see "Rule the
Windows Registry" for an introduction to the Registry Editor) and
change the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
FSTemplates\Server\NameCache to a9 0a 00 00, and \PathCache
to 40 00 00 00.

The Read-Ahead Optimization slider establishes how much additional data Windows 95 should fetch every time you retrieve data from your hard disk. Read-ahead buffering improves performance by reducing the number of times your machine has to go out to the relatively slow hard disk to get data. Set the slider all the way to the right, giving Windows 64K of read-ahead buffering.

Next, click on the CD-ROM tab in the File System
Properties box. The Supplemental Cache Size slider adjusts the room Windows 95 sets aside for read-ahead buffering of your CD. The first three steps on the slider add 64K or 128K each to the cache; the final three steps add 256K apiece. The box labeled Optimize Access Pattern For doesn't control access speed to your CD; the setting's real function is to reserve even more buffer space for caching CD reads. The Single-Speed Drives and No Read-Ahead settings don't increase the buffer size. But the double-, triple-, and quad-speed settings add 50K, 100K, and 150K of cache, respectively.

If you use your CD drive frequently, move the Supplemental Cache Size slider to Large, and specify that you have a Quad Speed or Higher CD, even if you don't. The combination will set aside about 1.2MB for CD caching, and ensure that your CD will run as fast as possible.

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[*]These values, in kilobytes, regulate the size of the VChache,
so you can stop it from filling up all available RAM and paging
all loaded apps to disk.


Here are several little modifications you can make to improve
Windows95 performance:

Speed up system restart:
[*]Add BootDelay=0 to the [Options] section of C:\MSDOS.SYS
Speed up the Start Menu:
[*]In the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control
Panel\ desktop, and add a string value named MenuShowDelay, with
a value specifying the number of miliseconds (400 is default,
smaller numbers are faster).

Big answer Huh.let me know how it goes.
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Great stuff Smeebud! I'll have to send you to the top of the class for the answer. I really appreciate your efforts.
Dstanley
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have you done it all already. good work. tell me how's your system. I don't want to leave you with a problem.
It's already paid for :) Thanks for the grade.
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Hi Smeebud, Glad you got back to me. The mods have done the trick! I can't do the Registry mod though as I cant find "Rulethe Windows Registry". Please leave me copy. One more... Where do I get a copy of OEM Service release 2?
Yes I realized that you were already head of the class when I checked in yesterday looking for the " Rule the Registry....etc.
It's people like you that make this world a better place to live!
Cheers! Dstanley
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Sorry about that, The rule the registry is a book as far as I know.
it's just a tutor. You can just go into the registry and make those changes as it tells you to.
if you want to learn the reg, and with 95 you should, see:
http://www.globalserve.net/~coola/areg_home.html
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/2857/
Let me know how it goes.
before you do anything in the reg
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