Scan Disk/Defrag Problem

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by alloy25, Feb 3, 2003.

  1. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    I have a problem with a friends computer . It will not Scan Disk or defrag. When he trys, it says "insufficent memory".

    It is a 1 Gig celeron with 256 memory and 40 gig hard drive. He brought the computer from Omega 12 months ago and is running WIN98SE.

    When he goes to System then Performance it shows resources 85% used, so plenty of memory left???

    Tried all the help items and Microsoft on line help.
    Tried starting in safe mode and still would not defrag or scan. Can you help ??????????????

    Await your reply.

    Alloy25

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  2. Majin

    Majin DBZ - Yes its in me!

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    hate to suggest such a thing but have you tried doing it in dos?
     
  3. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    I am embarrassed to admit this but both he and I are not that good to be playing with DOS.:eek:

    The comp in question is in melbourne and we are on the other side of the country so to play with dos over the phone would be fun....

    any thing else would be a help...sorry

    Alloy25:eek:
     
  4. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    Can anyone help before my question gets put on the second page of the forum where no-one will see it :(
     
  5. RaWShadow

    RaWShadow Guest

    when 98 is just about to begin loading hit F8 and select commandline then try typing defrag. this might work or maybe not. i aint used 98 in a long time :)
     
  6. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    ally, just keep bumping the thread, when it gets too old.

    I don't think anyone here has seen this isssue.

    out of memory useually means virtual memory, so try to increase that.

    also, dissable memory dump...see if that frees up some memory for you

    I'm also assuming you are not on xp

    if not, there is a ram release program that ms has for 9x...also a free one callled cahchman...I don't have it right now, but I'll get it to you tonight(I'm at work right now)
     
  7. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    hey thanks dealer...i'll give all of the above a try and wait for cachman as well....i personally am running xp but my friends comp is running 98 so it is for her....

    thanks
    ALLOY25
     
  8. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    cachman

    also, I would try to defrag the pagefile, which is of course is impossible if you can't create a contigous area on the disc with a defrag, there also might be bad sectors right on the pagefile.

    so, if nothing else, try to move the pagefile.

    delete, reboot, resett the pagefile, reboot.

    take your pick of all of these ideas, hopefully one will do the trick
     
  9. alloy25

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  10. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    I have just been informed through an email that the free space on the comp is not 15% as previously described ...it's the other way around...it has 85% free space..

    SORRY

    Alloy25 :(
     
  11. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    Any help would be helpful :(

    I was given the rong info in the first place...its right now(I hope)

    Alloy24 :eek:
     
  12. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    HHEELLPP PPLLEEAASSEE !!!!!!
     
  13. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    looks like ig my suggestions didn' help I'm stumped.

    I am not good with 9x

    last suggestion I can cime up with is to check the ram

    just so you know though, insufficient memory is a ram or virtual memory warning...not a harddisk warning
     
  14. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    ok man ...thanks for your help anyway....I'll have to deal....:(

    Sorry about the pun........
     
  15. Majin

    Majin DBZ - Yes its in me!

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    theres my age old remedy to windows 98 problems....FORMAT C:
     
  16. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    I agree....:D :cool:
     
  17. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    We have tried everthing but I think its time to try dos......

    Does anyone know the commands to scan disk and defrag in DOS ????????


    Alloy25
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  18. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    You say you've tried everything...

    Are you sure you have a sufficient pagefile/memory? 85% of not very big is still not very big! Try increasing the pagefile. I'm guessing here, but if your friend has either a pretty full hard disk or some big files, then it's going to take quite a bit of memory to move things around....

    Also I'm not sure about the scandisk probs, but have you tried running chkdsk?

    kip
     
  19. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

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    start the computer in safe mode. then scandisk and defrag. It may take some time initially to get done but afterwards you can scandisk and defrag normally. By starting the computer in safe mode none of the programs are loaded on startup.
     
  20. alloy25

    alloy25 Guest

    Thanks for the response...I'll pass it on and i'll get back to you to tell you how He went...

    Alloy25