Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

cant open word, system dangerously low

by lac4276 / August 16, 2004 3:14 AM PDT

Ran scan disk and defrag, cant open word. Says system dangerously low in resources.Have 128mb ram, 67% resources available. Currently only have mcafee open. Do have spybot s/d and spyware blaster installed. All virus scans, etc. recently run. Cannot find any files. System is ME edition. HELP!

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: cant open word, system dangerously low
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: cant open word, system dangerously low
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
It's an enduring bug in Word. Here's the usual fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2004 3:25 AM PDT

Find and delete NORMAL.DOT

If you ever meet a Redmondite, ask why they don't fix this one.


Collapse -
Re: cant open word, system dangerously low
by Mosonnow / August 17, 2004 2:42 AM PDT

Dear Iac

Bob has given lots of useful information about how ME allocates its resources and doesn't free them up until you reboot. You might like to do a search to bring up some useful explanatory sites which have been mentioned on this Forum about resources and how you can get more by removing unnecessary items from the start-up menu.

I find with both Word and Excel that if I open either one, then close again, then try to re-open, I often have insufficient resources (depending on what else I have opened in the same session). It is better for me at least either to open them and keep them open, or reboot before trying to re-open them.

If you are saying that you cannot open Word after a reboot, even with 67% resources available, you might have a different problem that I'm sorry I wouldn't know the answer to.

(FYI I've just opened Word with 38% resources, which promptly dropped to 27%, and Word was workable; I opened a couple of files.)


Collapse -
Re: cant open word, system dangerously low
by kc04 / August 20, 2004 5:39 AM PDT

OK, if your system is low in resources and perform slowly due to exccessive use of virtual memory, you can correct this by closing unused background applications or by adding more RAM to your system.

If your having other problem, please post and I will post my answer to you.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?