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    Slow File Listing

    I'm using Win98-SE on my home computer (a celeron 450 with 128M memory and 6G hard drive). I've noticed that the machine is extremely slow to display a file listing - it sometimes takes over 1 minute to simply open (or close) a folder! It is frustrating enough that I sometimes open a DOS session to just copy files.

    I've tried using both the folder view and the Explorer view - they have the same behavior. I've tried turning off everything I can think of (even the notorious "Find Fast"). I've run scandisk, defrag, and anything else I can think of that may have some impact. I've set and re-set about every option in the folders properties. Still - the doggone system is slow. It seems to get slower as the day wears on, so I think it must be creating some sort of cache and updating it (or something).

    For what it's worth, I checked my copy of "Mother Of All Windows 98 Books" and did not see this problem listed there (but there are so many great tips in that book that I could have easily overlooked this one).

    Thanks for any help you can offer in this matter; and thanks for your various resources - this is a valuable service to an old hack like me.

    --George

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Try deleting all of the temp files in your C:windowstemp Directory, do the same for your C:temp directory, if applicable.

    Is your hard-disk compressed? HD Compression Seriously effects your resources, and slows down Everything, so that may be the problem, if it applies.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Thanks for the note - I'll try deleting those files. My disk is not compressed (my brain is pretty compressed already and I feared that by compressing my hard drive I would make something explode!)

    --George

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Slow response is often the result of some other job running in background and hogging your system. One of the primary culprits is the Office utility "Find Fast".

    MOAW98 pp 7-8

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    What is find fast 'supposed' to do? [img]/w3timages/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
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    Re: Slow File Listing

    "Find Fast" is supposed to let you quickly find any document based on it's content. The cure is worse than the disease. The "Find Fast" indexer (sort of like a web crawler for your local drive) is so bad it kills your system.

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Good to know! Thanks Ian! I knew it killed your system, but wasn't sure what it was supposed to do.. other than that.. [img]/w3timages/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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    Re: Slow File Listing

    George,
    I've seen many cases where an overloaded My Documents folder can cause this, even if you are not viewing My Documents. If you have a lot of items, or subfolders in it, try moving them someplace else, temporarily, and rebooting, see if it speeds things up. If it does, you can decide where to put the files/folders permanently.

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Simplest way to do this is to create a new empty directory, eg. C:TEMP, then right-click "My Documents" and change it's path to the new directory name. When you are finished testing you can change it back to "C:My Documents" or whatever it's current setting is.

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    Re: Slow File Listing

    Are you running MS Office? If so make sure the journaling function in Outlook is disabled (Tools, Options, Journal). Like fast find, this is another feature that slows machines to a crawl.

    You may want to empty the temporary Internet folder and disable viewing as a web page as well.

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