unable opening file > 100MB

Why windows 98 cannot handle file above 100MB. i have some linux mail archives downloaded on my pc which are all > 100MB.
Now when i try to open it in wordpad,wordpad attempts to open that 3 times and then opens but when i scrolls down it totally hangs my win98 and i have to reboot.
My pc has 128MB DDR RAM, P4, win98SE installed.
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BillDLConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Or try using Metapad instead, but be careful to set the options so that the file doesn't automatically save on exit.  Set up your options carefully with metapad before opening any program-generated files.  It opens file a LOT fasted than Wordpad and, as moorehouselondon was stating about control characters, this standalone application can convert them for viewing only, or has an option to convert them permanently to plain ascii text for saving.


Read the differences between the full and light (LT) versions:

The only thing I really find annoying is that readers write in asking for all kinds of add-ons and additions, like web buttons, etc.  This defeats the whole point of a "notepad replacement", and those users just can't get this concept through their thick skulls.
Try going into DOS and use EDIT to open the file.  It could be that wordpad is getting indigestion on a particular character combination in the file.
Are these Txt or Doc files?
Have you ever been able to open them using your machine?
Try to open one on a machine with more memory
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b123coderAuthor Commented:
AS i mentioned those files are mailbox files. and i dont thing they will open in dos editor but will try and check it out.
The DOS editor is not at all fussed about the format of the files.  You mention these are linux mail files so I guess you will have control chars in there.  With EDIT, it won't wrap around at the end of the screen, so you will need to search around a bit if you are looking for something in particular.  As a programmer, I would tend to think on the lines of writing a little utility which would strip out the control chars and force carriage returns at the end of a line of text, but that option isn't open to everyone.  At least, however, you could select chunks of the file and save them to disk in a more manageable size.
b123coderAuthor Commented:
I dont think it will be char problem as i have some small files also of range 1MB-10MB which are opening with no char problem.
Silver ShroudCommented:
run scandisk to check your hard drive.
also make sure you have enough free hard drive space for your virutual memory to handle the files plus "operating expenses".
[you should be just fine letting Windows manage your virtual memory if your hard drive is OK & has the space]
Defrag while you're at it.

Run a RAM checker like Doc Memory to look for memory problems.
Run it 3-5 times, minimum.

You may have most of your RAM tied up with running the system [and background stuff] so another 128MB of RAM may help, too.
It will definitely make your computer happier in general.

Control Panel > System > Performance > Virtual Memory

See if you checked to let Windows manage it, or try fixing it at 750 MB max and min.

Reboot and see if the problem persists.

You may also be short of space in the HDD...

A 100MB file is a lot to ask Wordpad to open.  It is designed to open files with text-based content.  Do an advanced file search on your system for files at least 50 MB in size, and you probably won't have any .doc, rtf, wri, or .txt files anywhere near 100 MB on your hard drive.

Why is it that you need to see the contents of the files?

If they don't have ant legible textual content, then wordpad isn't going to show anything readible, and an accidental save could render the files inaccessible by the application that created them.

Download PEEK as a zip file, and unzip it to any folder.  Right-Click on the file peek.inf and select "Install".

Once done, you have a new RIGHT-Click menu option for ANY file types, and this will extract text based data ("Standard" peek option) and open it in NotePad (or wordpad if too large a file), and will do so without altering the original file.

It leaves a copy of the last-viewed file as peek.txt in your C:\Windows\Temp folder.
You can uninstall it again easily from Control panel > Add/Remove Programs:


Thank you, b123coder
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