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Memory Leakage

At startup, System Resources(SR) are at 85% and Available Physical Memory (APM) at 57MB. As I open and close programs like Quicken or TurboTax or even Help and Support, SR drops to 62% and stays at that level. APM keeps decreasing, as for example, to 25MB, then 18MB, and 160KB. Then the computer hangs up.

System info: HP Desktop 6746c; 23GB free on hard drive; Total Physical Memory 190MB, available 37MB

Fixes tried: 1) selective startup with only systray and a few essential files. 2) ScanDisk and Defragment 3) Anti-virus scan of hard drive 4) Disable Norton AV and Internet Security Pro 5)Internet disconnect 6) delete temp files and empty recycle bin 7) deleted unessential files and programs from hard drive like Backweb, Encyclopedia, etc.

The 2002 Quicken Deluxe file gives most trouble. It's about 35MB and will close without warning after about 5 minutes.

Would you recommend System Restore, then if necessary, System Recovery? Or is there something I'm overlooking such as updates and patches?

PS I've been on this site reading members queries and replies for an hour and my computer is still up and running.

Would appreciate your help.

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Re:Memory Leakage

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1. "APM keeps decreasing, as for example, to 25MB, then 18MB, and 160KB."

Your use of the acronym APM eludes me here. agrees with what I think it is, which is "Advanced Power Management."

2. My short answers are at this point is to:
a. Review the Memory and Optimizing Windows notes at
b. Don't run Zonealarm or similar. Just don't share a network drive and don't run servers or services and this OS has no exploit. ZA has been spotted to grow and this OS is not robust enough.
c. Eject all PESTS. Tools noted at


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Re:Re:Memory Leakage

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1. The Help and Support feature on the HP refers to available physical memory when describing each part of the system as in:
Total Physical Memory 190.45MB
Available " " 37.16MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00GB
Available " " 1.77GB

It's the APM that keeps decreasing. The only program it actually Closes is Quicken, but it does exhibit the same decreasing tendency with TurboTax. TurboTax does not close. Maybe it's a corrupt data file and I'm addressing this problem from that direction also.
2.I read article on runaway Vcache and am following up there. (There's an extra org in the link}
3.I use Norton Personal Firewall and even when I disable it and terminate my connection to the ISP, the problem doesn't go away.
Really appreciate your help.

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Available Physical Memory. Closer to zero the better.

In reply to: Re:Re:Memory Leakage

There are numerous dialogues about such in Virtual Memory (VM) based OSes. But at the end of the day, you want all RAM used before going virtual. The article covered this discussion and more.

Sorry if I flubbed on the link:


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