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I've just installed Win95 and Service Pack 1 on a new computer (cyrix 150).

Periodically, about every hour or so, kernal processor useage jumps to 100% for about 15 seconds.  During this time the RAM appears to adjust itself from available, cached, and swapped.  Also, my cursor freezes or disappears until it has finished its work.

Is a way to set this maintenance process to be more "nice?"
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by:j2
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This is most likey the reorganisation of the SWAP file.. bu the system should not freeze.. something else is wrong.
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by:busuka
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Is any antivirus packet was installed ?
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by:gardanzo
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It doesn't always freeze, sometimes mouse and keyboard input are just unresponsive for awhile.

I'm not running any antivirus programs.  The following programs are active that I'm unfamiliar with:
lights, loadwc, systray, and findfast.

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by:vinaysp
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Anthough Windows 95 does not recommend you to change the swap file, I suggest to increase it's size - or at least play around with it and see if the problem persists. Windows 95 uses co-operative multi-tasking which is why you always have to pamper it with more (virtual) memory.
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by:gardanzo
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I have 64 mb of ram. I'll try setting the cache to a maximum of say 16 mb.
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Sorry vinaysp.  I can't seem to get this resolved.  Because the kernal useage jumps to 100% for about 15 seconds, most other system processes are suspended until it has finished.

It's not a total freeze up, but it is a 95% slowdown.

The funny thing is that in my older, slower, and quieter computer this same thing happened, but I always thought it was an application doing some kind of update.

My new computer has a loud A drive, and this process for some reason accesses the A drive first.  So I know when the process starts now.  
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theTerabyte earned 50 total points
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Some possible sollutions:

1. if you have office 97 you might have MS office fast find updating your drives, and it might have NOTING to do with win95... if this is the problem, there should be a ccontrol pannel called fast frind where you can set the interval of update.

2. try scanning for viruses.  ALWAYS.  even if it's not hte caue, it could contribute.

3. of the progs you listed, light is the only one I don't recognize.  try closing it(force or otherwise)

Hope this helps
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by:gardanzo
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That's it! Fastfind from MS Office 95 was the culprit!  It maintains its own log, and it turns out it runs every two hours.  I've uninstalled it and the problem is gone.  Thank you very much.
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