Windows for Workgroups (WFW3.11)


Configuration tips:      The following may assist you in creating a more stable environment for WFW and your DOS applications.


    Config.sys

   device=c:\dos\himem.sys

   device=c:\dos\emm386.exe noems x=f000-f7ff x=dc00-dfff i=e000-efff

   files=80

   buffers=10,0

   lastdrive=z

   dos=high,umb

 

The second line (emm386.exe) contains some advanced settings:  the x=f000-f7ff entry is a memory exclusion for a CD Rom drive.  The x=dc00-dfff entry may be an exclusion for a network card (cabletron E2100).  The i=e000-efff entry is an area of memory that is usually safe to include (for loading TSR's into). If you want to verify that the e000 region is safe, use Microsoft's utility MSD.EXE to check memory.


    System.ini

        [386.Enh]

        MaxBPS=768

        EMMExclude=dc00-dfff

MaxBPS will assist Windows in controling memory use for loading programs.   EMMExclude should match any X= entry in config.sys.

        [vcache]

The vcache entry should be close to the following based on the amount of RAM installed:

  8 meg - 768

16 meg - 1600

32 meg - 3072 to 4096

64 meg - 4096 - 6144


Troubleshooting:      If windows locks-up try the following:

If a new network card was added, try starting windows with the /n parameter:    win/n.  This causes windows to skip loading network drivers.  If you can get in, try changing the base IO or the card IRQ settings.

From the C:\> prompt type:  win /? to see a list of command prarmeters.

If you can't track the problem down, create a SAVE directory within the windows directory.  Copy system.ini and win.ini into this new directory.  Next find the WIN.* and SYSTEM.* files with the next most recent date to the two INI files.  Copy these two files to system.ini and win.ini and re-start Windows.  If this STILL doesn't resolve the problem, copy the two files back out of the SAVE directory and remove the directory.  You may be looking at a re-install of Windows.


Maintenance:        Both DOS and Windows are affected by large numbers of temporary files.  These files can lead to file damage and lost clusters.  Periodically delete ALL of the files within the TEMP directory (or \Windows\temp directory).  After deleting these files run SCANDISK to look for and resolve file damage.

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