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#1 tigger0772

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:57 AM

ok....i am about to pull my hair out!! i have an old computer to begin with (5 YEARS old to be exact) and it had only 128MB of RAM...SOOOO, i recently purchased additional memory to take my total up to 383MB. i know this is not really alot and i intend to get more soon BUT until then.....i need some suggestions please

* i have windows ME and dont really have THAT many programs installed on it other than what it CAME with....i have downloaded things like AOL 9.0, kodak easyshare software, and photoshop 6, adobe 6.0....other than that....it only has the standard programs on it.

*after i start up my computer, it is already down to 48% system resources free. then, when i sign on to AOL or do anything in photoshop it steadily goes down lower and lower until i get a pop up message, "system resources low...please close other programs and restart your computer". i have already performed all of the maintainance functions such as.....cleaning out temp files, defrag, etc.

*my guess is that SOMETHING on here is hogging my resources that really doesnt even have to be running until *I* need it to but, im not really sure WHAT?!

DO THINGS LIKE SAVED PHOTOS AND SAVED DOCUMENTS TAKE UP MEMORY OR JUST DISC SPACE? i have a 28.6GB capacity C drive and have only used 4.30GB leaving 24.3GB free......so im not sure if they are related in any way?

*does anyone have ANY suggestions on how i can free up some of my system resources until i can get more memory?

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 11:27 AM

Photoshop is a big resource hog. I would check my virtual memory settings

http://www.putergeek.com/virtual_memory/

Windows 98 has a built-in resource meter. Ironically, it is such a resource hog itself as to be totally useless in a case like this. Fortunately, the free TinyResMeter can be easily configured to monitor system resources. There's no need to unzip or install it; just run it. When the little "bug" icon appears in the System Tray, right click on it. Go to the Fields menu and select the following items: CPU usage, SYS, GDI, and RAM (there are other fields as well, but these are of the most interest right now). Initially, this will at least give you warning of impending doom -- when SYS and/or GDI drop below about 40%, you are in the danger zone.
TinyResMeter

Next, download and run CodeStuff Starter and/or HijackThis to find out what's running. Note: read the instructions on the linked page for HjT very carefully (the main download link is broken -- use one of the mirrors). Do not actually remove anything from your startup or Registry until you have posted the log that it generates and are given explicit instructions on what to remove. See my article (linked below) for more on these. I recommended Starter specifically because it can be used to kill a process while keeping an eye on TinyResMeter for system response.
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HijackThis:
http://www.aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm - HijackThis tutorial by Jim Eshelman
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=42 - HijackThis tutorial
http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30
http://spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5 - Spyware Warrior HijackThis forum
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/
http://forums.tomcoyote.org/
http://castlecops.com/forum67.html

When you installed AOL, you also installed useless accessories and so-called quality of service (QoS) corporate spyware. It may not be malicious, but it's definitely excess baggage. Both Starter and HjT have the ability to save out the process list so you can show us what's running and the forum gurus can tell you what to strip out.

Also, you can try this to free up some system resources, go to run and type msconfig, when the box pops up click the startup tab. There will be a big list of different items with checkboxes, some items you might recognize for these uncheck the items you dont need to turn on at start up, for the ones that you dont recognize go to www.sysinfo.org and under startup items enter the names of the startup items you dont know, the website will tell you what it is and if you need it. (The more you uncheck the more resources youll get, but if you dont know what something is, find out before you uncheck it.

Last but not least consider using the Firefox browser and look here to tweak it.
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Posted 08 August 2005 - 11:29 AM

oh yea the Firefox link.
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Posted 10 August 2005 - 12:21 PM

:thumbsup: THANK YOU very much for your help! i followed all of the steps and it got me up to 68% free resources!

ONE question though.....is AOL's version of spyware detection (the one that comes with 9.0) good enough or do i really need something like sypbot?

thanks again!!!

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 05:46 PM

Many applications when you install them seem to want to run in the background; these "quick launches" not only make your computer take longer to boot, but each also uses a little CPU. You may wish to check which applications launch themselves on start-up and eliminate those you really do not need. (Spybot S*D has a useful tool to handle this).

Storing pictures only takes up hard drive space, but these can quickly add up, especially if you take a lot of pics; whenever possible, store these to disk once you have finished working on them. If you do a lot of photo manipulation and archiving photos, remember to defrag often.

To most of us, AOL has a bad reputation for loading gunk on your computer; this may make your computing experience "better" but the price is rather high in computing effeciency. Preferred spyware protection comes from sources that specialise in it; most members have at least Ad-AwareSE and Spybot installed on their system, and update their definitions frequently.

And by all means install Firefox (or the Mozilla Suite) and make it your default browser. FF is, I have found, faster than IE, and it is certainly more secure and it's features more up-to-date than is IE.

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