First post, by Xanarki
I've been working on an old circa 2003 Dell Latitude (Win98 se). Whenever I play a game on it, most of them, will have a second stutter every so often when a new action is performed. Despite having a 1.5ghz cpu and a 32MB ATI card, even older games (pre-2001) have this issue.
After doing some research, it seems the problem is with Dell's hard drives. Apparently, their hard drives by default runs under a "power saving mode" of sorts. Every time a pagefile is accessed, the hard drive "wakes up" and spins.
I saw a suggestion to use a tool called Notebook Hardware Control to disable this, but it doesn't mention supporting Win98, plus, I can find very little info online about it, and don't wanna fry my hard drive because of an unknown program.
Anyone got other advice?
Edit: I also made sure my hard disks were set to "never" turn off in "Power Management Properties" btw.