Wunderbar98 Posted April 11, 2021 Author Share Posted April 11, 2021 Hi UCyborg, thanks for the video link. Never heard that song before, very entertaining. Always late for the party, CRTs and all this good old stuff still seem modern to me :) --- I don't have digital I don't have diddly squat It's not having what you want It's wanting what you've got I'm gonna soak up the sun - Sheryl Crow (Soak Up The Sun) --- Running lean is important to me for a snappy system. The usual way: lean software, minimal startup items and running processes. - Ctrl-Alt-Delete for obvious stuff - Start menu -> Programs -> StartUp - Search 'regedit' for run and runonce - Check 'msconfig' information - 3rd party (eg. CCleaner v2.29.1111 -> Tools -> Startup) Process Explorer v8.52 is launched at startup then minimized to system tray, where it displays a nice CPU usage graph with quick access to running processes. An unknown process to me, not flagged by other methods, is C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MMTASK.TSK (2 KB). This is from Microsoft, description 'Multimedia background task support module'. Killing this process, system sounds and MPlayer work fine but MIDI files now fail. So i will keep the process, it has trivial overhead and is useful. Warning, killing MMTASK.TSK resulted in MIDI playback failure even on reboot. Attempting to play MIDI from the file's Properties -> Preview resulted in the vague popup error 'MMSYSTEM001 Undefined external error'. No problem, a DOS reboot using my trusty friend 'scanreg/restore' will fix - NOT. The fix was actually easy after wasted time. Seems killing then resuming the process changed some sound settings. Control Panel -> Multimedia -> MIDI tab, changing 'single instrument' from the new default 'A: SB Live! MIDI Synth' to 'Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth' fixed the issue. Lesson learned, Windows 98 may not always handle killing processes gracefully. This put the fear in me for this beloved Windows 98 (Super Edition) install. To guard against potential future registry issues the C:\WINDOWS\SCANREG.INI entry for MaxBackupCopies was increased from 5 to 10. Trivial extra drive space is used and it may save your system from a catastrophic failure and Windows reinstall. Plus i will continue to regularly back up to other media all C:\WINDOWS\SYSBCKUP\rb00*.cab files and periodically the entire Windows install. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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