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Posted By : Robert of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 27, 2001

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I keep getting on my computer , when i go on line after half an hour . low on memory and need more memory. I do not know the problem as my computer is home built with enough on it

This question was answered on March 27, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.


You are having a problem with what we call system resources If you are surfing and having resource problems with 128 mb ram, and you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you have downloaded 5.5 service pack 1 It may help One way some people have found around it is to run a memory manager, such as Memeturbo Pro 2 while you are online You can configure it to free up memory when it reaches a certain low point Or, read on!

You may be leaving multiple windows open, which will tend to drain system resources (memory) Perhaps you have previously opened programs in your current boot session When you closed them they did not release resources back to the operating system for reuse This is a common problem, and you can't do anything about it except quit using the offending program or programs

Another thing to do is to decrease the amount of programs that open at startup Right click the start button on the taskbar, and select Open Double click on Programs, and then double click on Startup This will open a window listing all the programs that will be opened when Windows starts These programs do not actually run when they are opened, but sit in the background so that when you start to run them, they are already loaded into RAM and are therefore accessed a little quicker Access time to these programs is slower if they are removed from the startup folder, so carefully weigh your options regarding which programs you use the most and therefore would prefer to have quicker access to After you have decided which ones you can afford to remove from the startup folder, highlight them individually and then press the delete key Right clicking and then selecting delete will have the same effect

One final suggestion: check your virtual memory settings in Control Panel, System, then select the Advanced tab, then Performance Options Then select the option that lets Windows control your Virtual Memory.

Lots of stuff to look at!! Good luck and let us know how you made out.

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Posted by Robert of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 27, 2001

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