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I need help with 2 Error Messages


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#1 redhill700

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:50 PM

My computer has been slower in the last few months and on occassion programs stop responding. I'm also getting error messages that I'd like some help with:

1) I can't defragment: whenever I try to defragment, I get this message "Disk Defragmenter has detected that Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the Volume:(C:) Please run Chkdsk /f."

2)I use Photoshop elements a lot and save a lot of my work in PSD file format which take up more space than jpg format. Yesterday when I was working and wanted to save something I got this message "Could not complete your request because there is not enough memory (RAM)"

I did a check on the Memory and this is what I found:-

I have a Dell XPS 600
Intel Pentium D 830 (3.0GHz) with Dual Core Technology

Avail. Physical Memory: 1.53GB Memory (RAM) 2048MB
Total Virtual Memory: 2GB
Avail Virtual Memory: 1.96GB
Page File Space: 3.85GB (total paging file size for all Drives: 2046MB)

When I go to My computer and check Properties I find:
Used Space: 167GB
Free Space: 65.5GB

I'd appreciate some help as I am not computer literate.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 11:04 PM

Right click on the C drive in Explorer and go Properties > Tools > Check Now (under Error Checking). Check both boxes then click "Start Now". A message will pop up saying that Error Checking will run after you restart the computer. Restart the computer and Error Checking will run automatically after the restart. After itís finished it will restart into Windows automatically.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 04:45 AM

redhill700, when you did a check on your memory, did you have Photoshop Elements running at the time? I dont know how Photoshop Elements is with RAM consumption, but Photoshop CS3 tends to take up atleast 500mb at a time for me, and with Elements being a cut down version, it should take up less RAM and definitely should not use up your 2GB unless you have multiple demanding programs running.
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:46 PM

Budapest: Thanks for your input - that definitely helped. I followed your instructions and it took the computer about 4 hours to do the Error Checking thing. It removed the problem I had when I wanted to defragment my C Drive which is very heavily fragmented!!

Larfin_Man: When I check the memory, I usually close PSE first. I don't think PSE itself consume a lot of RAM because when I go to My Pictures folder and I right click the PSD folders file, and check the properties, it shows how much memory the PSD files take up with all the layers saved in each PSD file.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:46 PM

You might want to try increasing the size of your paging file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308417
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