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    I'm setting up my mp3player right now and I have a few questions. Just so you guys know this computer is a Compaq Deskpro 4000N (Pentium 200MMX w/ WD 1.2 GB drive for OS). I have quite a few questions. I tried searching for some of the stuff but couldn't exactly find what I needed. I'm currently trying to run Win98.

    #1. I tried to disable explorer.exe as the shell and just put winamp. Do I type C:\program files\winamp.exe or just winamp.exe? Neither one of them worked for me.

    #2. I need a batch file to shut down the computer. My remote plug-in for winamp can execute external programs and I'd like for it to shut down the computer. I tried the command RUNDLL USER.EXE,ExitWindows but it didn't work. Any other options?

    #3. Is 98 the best OS for this application? Startup time is somewhat long. Would 95 help any? I have both on hand. How can I trim down startup time for 98? I've tried many things but it doesn't seem to get much shorter. What exactly can I disable when I run msconfig?

    Thanks

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    Re: I need some help

    easy ones here..... im sure a bit more searching would have found em...

    1. unless you installed winamp in the root directory of "c:\program files", that execution will not work... it should read
    "shell=c:\program files\winamp\winamp.exe" also you may wanna replace "program files" with the DOS equilivent (usually "progra~1")

    2. this has been covered, and should work. could it be your remote plug-in needs a full path the the exe? it would not supprise me in the slighetest.... so try "c:\windows\rundll.exe....." you get the idea.

    3. 98 works fine for me... but give 98lite a shot to 'trim the fat'...
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    • #3
      I got the whole thing working... but the computer says that it needs to close the program before it shuts down the computer and gives me a Yes/No Dialog box. I can't have this because I'm gonna just be running a 4x20 LCD.

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      • #4
        Are you forcing a shutdown with rundll?

        RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,SHExitWindowsEx 13
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        • #5
          Nevermind... I figured that out... I was just dumb for a minute.

          My box takes a 1 min and 20 secs to boot up. How can I speed it up. I have everything disable in win.ini. Almost everything in System.ini. I have the shell set to Winamp.exe. What else can I do.

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          • #6
            Try uninstalling all the unused fonts. leaving only the basic ones used by windows. Windows loads all the fonts up on startup.
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            • #7
              The computer is quite old, you may not be able to get much faster boot times. You can try adding more RAM if possible, disabling your network card (if any) when not in use, Windows 95 should boot up faster than Win98 (it always has), and try Microsoft's TweakUI.
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              • #8
                yep, i have to agree with maveric that his pc is OLD
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maveric
                  The computer is quite old, you may not be able to get much faster boot times. You can try adding more RAM if possible, disabling your network card (if any) when not in use, Windows 95 should boot up faster than Win98 (it always has), and try Microsoft's TweakUI.
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                  Adding more memory to an old box will likely increase boot times as it sits there checking the memory during post
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ShinkunoNamida
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                    Adding more memory to an old box will likely increase boot times as it sits there checking the memory during post
                    Ha, yeah, it might add like .5seconds to the boot time and could take quite abit from teh loading windows process due to less HD writing and reading for virtual memory purposes...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by THEMP3KID


                      Ha, yeah, it might add like .5seconds to the boot time and could take quite abit from teh loading windows process due to less HD writing and reading for virtual memory purposes...
                      hey goofball....when you boot up your computer, the post screen shows the ram test.... it takes about 1 second for every 5 mb of ram you have installed (rough guess). adding more ram to test means adding more time to run the test!!!!

                      how would it cut down on loading time based on hard drive writing and reading?... you still have to read all the windows boot info from the HD...

                      adding ram will make windows run faster once it gets up and going, but i highly doubt it will speed up the boot.
                      i seem to remember something about disabling post screnn ram test. that might be something to look into... as long as you are comforatable with trusting that your ram will stay in good working order.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mp3z24


                        hey goofball....when you boot up your computer, the post screen shows the ram test.... it takes about 1 second for every 5 mb of ram you have installed (rough guess). adding more ram to test means adding more time to run the test!!!!
                        ................
                        good point. I never thought about that.
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                        • #13
                          I already deleted almost all the fonts. I have 128MB of RAM in there. I will try going back to 32 to see how much difference it makes. I have the mobo set to quickboot so it posts in 15seconds. (I need to install a new BIOS that Compaq has on it'
                          s site. It lowers the post time by 1.5seconds or so it says.) It's Windows that is causing the big problem. It takes over a minute to load.

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                          • #14
                            1min and 2 sec????
                            I think its not you pc's fault.
                            The pc I've got in the living room is a amd133 (=100 mhz)
                            and 64mb ram, the hdd is only 340mb bc it plays music from
                            the cds and it takes 55 seconds (from when I press the
                            power button to when the music starts playing, and winamp
                            takes some more time that it should cause it creates a new
                            playlist everytime I boot)

                            1) Did you start msconfig.exe and disabled everything in the startup?

                            2) Delete autoexec.bat and config.sys bc you are probably not
                            going to use dos.

                            3) Disable the windows logo and scandisk at startup in msdos.sys

                            4) In the bios manually set all the things that are now to "auto", ie hard disk, ports, ...

                            I hope this helps.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by knix
                              (I need to install a new BIOS that Compaq has on it'
                              s site. It lowers the post time by 1.5seconds or so it says.) It's Windows that is causing the big problem. It takes over a minute to load.
                              Knix, I was just wondering if you could point me to that BIOS... i have a Deskpro 2000 that I was going to use as a car player, but I will be getting a laptop for that soon, so I am going to use it in the house...
                              Is that upgrade only for that 4000 deskpro? The newest I found for mine before had already been installed. Also is there a general BIOS section at compaq or is it like I found before (search for your type of computer and see what it has).

                              Thanks for any help.
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