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#1 bozack23


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 07:44 PM

I have an old system that had windows 98 on it. i have recently upgraded to 2000 with only 64mb of ram. my system resources are very low. verizon tech support told me my system is crashing. what can i do to help this problem other than adding more ram. or is adding ram my only option. tia

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#2 Truth Loves You

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 06:55 PM


It would be wise to add more ram. This MAY provide a TEMPORARY stopgap to certain applications consuming too many resources until you receive your memory order from http://crucial.com or similarly reliable dealer.


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It's a freeware tool to throttle applications. Your OS already limits how long a given process or application may use CPU time but this further restricts the process coercing it to play well with others. This is especially useful on P3 systems attempting to run P2P applications. It deafults to 30% per application, but allows you to define your own settings. There is no shiny GUI. All changes are made to the resitry manually. If this frightens you seek another solution.

As you will note from the page mine is not the inteded use and your mileage may vary.

Default settings live here:

For each application you wish to customize create a new 'StringValue' in

and set the value to whatever % of CPU you wish to allow (integer 1-100).

Hope this helps

//edit: see also http://www.panopsys.com/throttlewatch.php

Edited by Truth Loves You, 29 January 2005 - 06:56 PM.

#3 Joshuacat


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Posted 29 January 2005 - 07:50 PM

Go back to Windows 98. For a computer with limit resources, this is still a good OS to use. For Pentium II and below this is still a good option.


#4 skaines


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Posted 02 February 2005 - 12:26 AM

windows 2000 has a minimum system requirement of 64mb of RAM, this is just to run windows itself, let alone any other programs, if you are using a Virus scanner as well you will most likelly be going to be using Virtual Memory.

Virtual memory (also known as Swap file) is using designated space on the hard disk as RAM which is a lot slower. for windows 2000 i would recomend 128mb of RAM at minimum because of the fact that you will be using other programs other than windows. im using about 200MB just having firefox open with Antivirus and antispyware software running, i am running windows XP though.

Your machine will most likely be using a lot of virtual memory and the computer is probably locking up because of it, to see how much memory you are using press CTRL+ALT+DEL and goto the performance tab, in the PF usage graph minus 64 to find out how much Virtual memory you are using.

another way to tell if you are going into virtual memory is that if the hard drive is constantly thrashing.

Sorry about the grammer, i was not good at english at school

#5 JackTheHaack


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Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:45 AM

Do you now what mother board you have ?

If you can find this out go to the manufactures site and see how much ram it supports then fill it up with the max amount of RAM. That will increse the speed of the machine overall and also the crashing or freezing problem too. 64meg is nowhere near enough, W2K alone needs all of that.

Edited by JackTheHaack, 02 February 2005 - 01:47 AM.


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