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#1 tenthouse1


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Posted 16 March 2005 - 10:43 AM

I'm a bleeping novice. I have windows xp with 526mb of memory yet my systom information shows approx capacity of 50,000mb with 38,000 available. Always receiving notices that my memory is too low.....deleted most of the programs. help

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:40 AM

Have you updated your antivirus, and ran a scan lately?

Are you using these basic security programs?

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If not, you need to. These programs, updated and used regularly, will do a lot to keep your computer clean of spyware, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijackers, etc...

Download them, update them, and then run them.

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#3 Herk


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Posted 16 March 2005 - 11:56 AM

It sounds as if you're confusing hard drive memory with system memory.

And I'm a little uncertain about your "526" megabytes of memory, since that's not a normal memory configuration. Are you sure it isn't "256?"

And for running Windows XP, 256 is not really enough. System memory is the small cards on your motherboard where programs and operating system load while your computer is turned on. Hard drive memory is where you store your programs and files. I'm thinking approximately 50 gigabytes with 38 gigabytes free.

If your computer is an HP or something like that, you might consider calling them and getting another 256 megabytes of RAM. (Random Access Memory) If it's just a generic computer, you have to obtain memory compatible both with your system as well as with the memory you already have.

If you do open your computer case, remember these important warnings: you can destroy any component of your computer with the static electricity in your body. Preferably, you would wear a wrist strap that's grounded to the metal frame of the computer. Also, make sure you unplug the power cord from the computer first - ATX computers are always powered up even when they're turned off. At least ground your body by touching the metal of the case before touching any components, including any packaged memory that you receive.

If you click on your Start button, and then Run, you will pop up a little box. Type in msinfo32 and it will bring up a window with system properties. Scroll down and look for Total Physical Memory and it will tell you what that is, whether it's 526 megabytes or 256 megabytes. Also it will tell you how much space is dedicated to your page file, as well as how much free available memory you have. Every time you open another program or browser window you use more memory and if you run out, it has to swap with the page file on the hard drive which is a very slow process.

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 01:52 PM

And I'm a little uncertain about your "526" megabytes of memory, since that's not a normal memory configuration. Are you sure it isn't "256?"

dude try typing "dxdiag"
in the run and it will give you a better info of your system

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