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#1 DynoDon

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 09:10 PM

Howdy,

Working on an old W98 (not SE) machine.

The error message on startup is “There is not enough memory available for this task. Quit one or more programs to increase available memory, and then try again (2).”

AVGFree is installed
Spybot run
Ad-Aware run
CCleaner run
SpywareBlaster run

I’ve examined the Hijackthis file but haven’t posted on Bleeping yet. Nothing here that jumps out at me. Posting will be the next step. Hoping for an easy answer here. :thumbsup:

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Don

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 09:17 PM

What applications lauch on start-up? How much RAM do you have installed? A log will most likely not show anything that the applications you have run could not find. Has this problem just started?
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#3 DynoDon

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 09:56 PM

It’s a friends computer that I’m doing a major cleanup on. This “problem” is old. According to the owner it just showed up one day. They’ve long since forgotten what they might have done that day.

Part of my problem is I have no clue as to what program is causing this issue. Once I click OK on the screen with the message the machine continues to boot normally.

Any thoughts on how I might figure out what's starting (and causing the issue) would be apreciated. I've checked the startup list using Hijackthis and see nothing unusual. But I could be missing something.

192 MB ram installed, over 2G free space on the HD.

Thanks,

Don

Edited by DynoDon, 07 October 2005 - 10:20 PM.


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Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:02 PM

I would take a look at the start-up applications (you can do this using Spybot's tool for system startups); I would suspect that too many things are trying to lauch when the computer is booting, causing the low memory problems. You can check the listed start-ups against the BC Start-up database.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:20 PM

What Video card is installed?

Update the video driver or roll back to the previous one.

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 10:21 PM

I was editing my post while you were posting. I'll check the startup list as advised.

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Posted 07 October 2005 - 11:38 PM

Boot to the Safe Mode Menu, F8 at startup. Select>
4.Step by step confirmation.
It will display a list of startup item and ask YES or NO if you want to start them. Copy them down as you allow them to start. You can try and trouble shoot it yourself or POST the items so everyone can help diagnois the problem.
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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:37 PM

Computer has already gone back to its owner but it's very close. I had forgotten about step-by-step confirmation. Shame on me. I'll call them and see if that brings up anything.

If I actually find anything I'll post it here.

Thanks for the help. :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:58 PM

Cool beans. :thumbsup:
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