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    I need some help

    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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    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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    Are you forcing a shutdown with rundll?

    RUNDLL32 SHELL32.DLL,SHExitWindowsEx 13

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    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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    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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    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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    yep, i have to agree with maveric that his pc is OLD
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    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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    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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