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Windows 98 Lags

By nissanman
Mar 2, 2007
  1. I have a problem that i can not seem to overcome. I have a computer that i have just put a new motherboard in to fix a recent bios problem. When i put this new motherboard in and installed windows 98 I noticed that the operating system lagged. I already have the latest drivers for my video card. In windows media player when im watching music videos it lags very badly and it never use to with my old motherboards intergrated video card.
    why does the computer lag after installing the motherboard and is there anyway i can fix it?
    Here are my system specs:

    533MHZ Intel Celeron Processor
    192MB Ram
    4MB S3 Trio 3D/2X AGP 2X Video Card
    10GB Seagate ST310014ACE HDD.

    Thanks, Nissanman
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The new mainboard requires its chipset drivers to be installed in order to work properly.

    Check the manufacturer's site, or tell us which mainboard it is.
     
  3. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Its an old mainboard possibly year 2000 it has a VIA Chipset. I know that the model of the mainboard is 370VB im just not too sure of the brand. DCS i think.
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

  5. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    It dosent lag as much now but it still lags fairly badly. Any other ways?
     
  6. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    perhaps you could reduce some of the running processes, and get as low as possible and maybe do a defrag too. could help
    i have just been looking at all your posts, and it seem you've been having a bad time of it.

    have you scanned for adware? if not GO HERE
     
  7. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Cutting back on processes and defraging didnt seem to do much either. Are their any registry tweaks i can do?
     
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Have you checked that the hard disk drives and CD/DVD drives use DMA?

    In 98, it's in Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager -> right-click the drives, and select properties, make sure that the DMA box is checked.
     
  9. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Selecting DMA sped the comp up but it didnt really stop the lag. Could it be due to the card overheating? The card has no heatsink or fan on it and it does get quite hot.
     
  10. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    You might also have adware, or viruses, which does slow down a computer. Have you tried deleting old files, or running any optimizers? Windows 98 should not lag on that system really at all.
     
  11. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    What was your previous graphics chip, then?
     
  12. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    My old Video Chip on the old motherboard was a SIS 620
     
  13. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    I removed the adware and spyware on the HDD and scanned for viruses and their where none but the computer still lags the same. Is their anyway to stop it from lagging without having to buy a new video card?
     
  14. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If reinstalling graphics card drivers doesn't work, I'm not sure what to propose next.
     
  15. Quipster

    Quipster TS Rookie Posts: 28

    Lol, when I saw the name of this thread I said to myself "Is that a problem, or a statement ?" Anyway, do you have any large programs or things running ? Or does Windows just lag when nothing is open ? How long do you wait after a boot to start using it ? I remeber my older computer took about 10 minutes to boot up, before I could do anything. Good luck m8... :p
     
  16. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    I have a few programs running but windows lags even when nothing is running. After boot i usually have to wait 4 or 5 mins before i start using it otherwise it takes ages to open programs. Also when i close a window it doesnt just disappear it scrolls out of veiw. Sometimes at a slow frame rate.
     
  17. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    When's the last time you defragmented your computer?
     
  18. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    I might have to save up and get a new video card the only problem is my agp slot is a 2X. I have heard that a 4X card will work in a 2X slot, is this true?
     
  19. NFSFAN

    NFSFAN TS Rookie Posts: 245

    Your problem could be the motherboard's bios. Try getting a newer revision, and flash it.
     
  20. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    The last time i flashed my bios i had to replace my motherboard i dont really want to risk that again. But is it really true that a 4X Video Card works in a 2X AGP Socket?
     
  21. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I'm just wondering...how would a video card speed up your applications? It wouldn't; only in games.
     
  22. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Windows runs fast but the graphics are really jittery. So i need to know if a 4X Video Card will work properly in a 2X Slot so i can get a newer faster card. A new video card wont make my applications run faster but it will stop them from lagging.
     
  23. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Some cards work, some don't. Some don't even physically fit into 2x AGP slot.

    I'd say if the card fits, it should work.

    Most Nvidia cards I've used have worked in every AGP slot I've tried (1x - 8x).
     
  24. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 247

    Does anyone know if a 4X AGP Card will fit in a 2X Slot? I really want to know.
    Thanks, Nissanman
     
  25. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    A 4X card will work in a 2X slot.

    I've has a 8X card in a 1X slot and it worked fine.

    By the way try using Omega drivers instead of nVIDIA ones. They often work better.
     
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