Where are all my resources gone?

Question

My name is Thomas this is my problem i have searched everything and can't find an answer I have a gigabyte mother board with amd athlon xp 1700+ processor 1024 mb sdram and a 3dfx voodoo 3 video card a soundblaster live surround sound card after i boot my com up i goto start any program i get a white box saying i'm dangerously low in resources and that program needs to close i took everything off start up using msconfig the only thing i have running is norton antivirus 2002 and after i close the program and look at my performance tab it shows around 80-90% so why are my resources being recorded as low any info on this would be helpful i like to play games on the net but cant get them to open the only progs that open is outlook express and internet explorer but sometimes i get a blue screen when i open outlook express saying my resources are low norton antivirus may not function properly is this a bug or what

Answer

This question was answered on December 10, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

My first reaction has to be "memory".

That is a lot of SDRAM Did you purchase the machine with that much RAM?

Suggestion is, check your motherboard manual to see if you have inserted the proper memory types, in an acceptable amount, and in the right order.

Could be, you have a bad memory module Try removing each of the modules, running only one module at a time See if that clears-up the error.

Is your memory counting off correctly at boot-up?

Do you have a properly configured swap file?

Also, be sure the drivers you are using with that video card are OK 3DFX drivers are notoriously hard to specify I always insist on using the ones that came on the CD with the card (I assume you are using Windows 98).

I would peruse the manual and try the above If you still have a problem, it's the sort of thing it takes the resources of a service facility to figure out.

Sorry I could not be more specific.

RG

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on December 10, 2002