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by Mary Smith / November 5, 2004 1:28 AM PST

Operating system if HP XE749 desktop using Windows ME.

I keep getting a message to close programs due to low resources. When I check the performance tab on the hardware it showed a system resouces of 29%. Total physical memory of 190.45 but available physical memory is only 14.04 MB. What can I do?

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Re: low resources
by cornontyne / November 5, 2004 1:56 AM PST
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exactly the same with win 98.
I keep defragging and scan disk but can only get up to 36%
I too would appreciate help

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Firsat. Resources are not related
by Ray Harinec / November 5, 2004 1:56 AM PST
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to memory. Adding memory will do zip as far as providing more resources.

As to memory use, Windows will use as much as it needs at any moment including 100% and also uses the swap file [virtual memory] as needed. 100% normal.

And hard drive space is not the issue.

Now to resources. The is a VERY SMALL pool of memory 64 K [yesK] that resources are reported against. There actually is a little more but of no import.

The problem is that you have too many programs loading at boot. Each takes a portion of the resources. No reason to allow that if you don't plan to use that program during a given session.

Go to Run, typr msconfig hit OK then click on the the startup tab. Boxes with X's in them are all programs loading at boot.

Note that by removing the check mark from them you can still run the program at any time. They/it just doesn't get assigned any resources until you decide to use it. [will open a little slower as the resources get assigned]

The are some programs that are memory leakers, but most probably you simply have too many programs loading at boot.

Here's a link to read about what programs to not load, some are needed in order for the system to work.

http://aumha.org/a/loads.php

The basic problem is that Win9X Operating Systems do not control resources well. Win XP handles resources in a much better manner and it is unlikely that one would ever have a resource problem using XP. [possible but unlikely].

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Additionally, virtually any program
by Ray Harinec / November 5, 2004 2:02 AM PST
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that you install or download will try to put itself in the startup sequence. Simply develop the practice of removing the X from their box in msconfig start up tab immediately after installation. [so that you may recognize it. They don't make it easy, by name, to know where the item came from. This way you just look for the new one.]

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Re: Additionally, virtually any program
by Mary Smith / November 5, 2004 2:31 AM PST

Thank you for your help, I will definitely try this to see how it works. I have even wiped out everything and complete restored and still had the problem, so I'm glad to give your suggestions a try. Thanks again.

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Re: Additionally, virtually any program
by Dick White / November 5, 2004 3:08 AM PST

In addition to Ray's suggestion about reining in the unnatural startup tendencies programmed by the designers of applications you have purposely installed, check your system for viruses and spyware. These things can sneak in and consume both resources and CPU capacity, but they might not appear in msconfig startup.

dw

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(NT) (NT) Thanx ****. good to see you around.
by Ray Harinec / November 5, 2004 3:32 AM PST
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