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Windows 98 Second Edition Hangs During Suspend

By: Arie Slob

Windows 98 Second Edition may hang when the machine is being suspended.

This is due to an obscure bug, which exhibits itself when the path specified for the swapfile in the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file includes a lowercase drive letter.

The name of the swapfile used by Windows 98 can be changed by adding a PagingFile= line to the [386Enh] section of the System.ini file. If the path specified for the swapfile includes a lowercase drive letter, it can cause Windows 98 Second Edition to occasionally hang during a suspend.

To fix this:

  1. Select Start > Run and type msconfig in the Open: box, then press OK
  2. Select the System.ini tab
  3. Click the + sign next to the [386Enh] section to expand it
  4. Select the line PagingFile= and click Edit
  5. Change the lowercase drive letter to uppercase
  6. Click Apply and OK
  7. When prompted, restart your computer

When you try to resume your computer from Suspend mode, your computer may take 30 seconds or more to resume. This behavior can occur if you have a network adapter that is not attached to an active network connection.

When your computer enters Suspend mode, the drivers for your protocols are unloaded. When you try to resume your computer, Windows attempts to load the drivers for your protocols, and then bind them to the network adapter. If an active network connection is not found, a time out occurs and causes the delay.

To resolve this behavior, you either have to connect to an active network connection, or disable your network adapter:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Control Panel, and then double-click System
  2. Select the Device Manager tab, double-click the Network Adapters branch to expand it, and then select your network adapter
  3. Select Properties, click to select the Disable in this hardware profile check box, click OK (twice), and then click Yes to restart your computer