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decreasing memory message generated by OS.

by am4u2 / April 2, 2006 1:16 AM PST

Dell Inspiron 600m-XP home edition 2002,SP2,1.4GHzProcessor 256MBRAM. This is our computer which now suffers from very slow performance. Many times the computer don't respond at all. When I manually turned off and on again there are messages generated that say --- decreasing memory in your system,press F1 to continue,F2 to reset....
Please help.

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Slow computer
by tomron / April 2, 2006 3:21 AM PDT

Computers run slow for many reasons,heat being one of them.check fans,dust,etc.

Click HERE for instrutions on How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

Click HERE for instrutions on How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive.

Then defrag

Also scan for spyware,viruses,and so on

You might want to install CCLEANER

Your memory issue could be a virtual memory issue,click HERE

Tom

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Re: slow computer
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2006 4:36 AM PDT

1. "decreasing memory in your system" doesn't give any hit on google. If you take the trouble to post the exact error message (in stead of some description), that should help.
2. This could very well be a BIOS message, not an OS message. Why do you think it's Windows giving this message?
3. Test RAM with a diskette you make by downloading a program from www.memtest86.com

Kees

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Couple of things
by joesmithers06 / April 2, 2006 4:50 AM PDT

First, your problem is quite probably a result of having a defective memory stick in your computer. Hopefully it's not soldered directly to the motherboard, or your only option is to replace it. So hopefully it's still under warranty.

Second, your system would stand to see substantial performance gains if you were to add another 256MB of RAM or more.

Third, the suggestions about running programs to clear out various pests is good advice in general, though defragmenting is kind of a waste of time these days. Aside from a few disk intensive tasks, fragmentation has no appreciable affect on performance, but it makes some people feel better doing it. If you ask me, it's just unnecessary wear and tear on the drive's bearings. You can also help keep your system free of pests by not using Internet Explorer or any browser based on it (which leaves you with Firefox, Seamonkey and Opera) or any email program with Outlook in the name. Being the two leading causes of pest infestation, cutting them out like a cancerous tumor is a useful strategy.

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