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Wonder If This Is A Ram Problem Or Not.


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#1 koimizu

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 03:03 PM

i use windows xp pro. SP2, 512 mb ram, 1.53 GHz

i have a very annoying problem and im hoping someone can help me out. im thinking its a ram issue but im here to make sure.
the problem happens when i am either listening to music(winamp) or watching any kind of video. every once in a while my computer will jerk. lets say...the music is on and i have nothing else open. i start moving my mouse, starting from the top left side of the monitor all the way to the bottom right side. half way my mouse will stop moving and then in about a sec it will appear at the bottom right. its very annoying especially when i am working in photoshop.

so far i have tried using RAM Idle LE a program to help recover free ram but that doesnt seem to be helping any. thats why i came here. if any one can help id really appreciate it.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 06:41 PM

This is most likely a resource problem (which may, or may not be RAM related).

Unfortunately, the first step is all too common - first scan for viruses and spyware - using updated definitions for these programs.

Try observing your RAM usage in Task Manager's Performance tab (Ctrl - Alt - Del) and seeing what happens with your RAM when it happens.

Resource problems can also be caused by your CPU, your Video Card, etc.

A good way to check this is to temporarily disable everything that you can that's running on your system (both open programs, programs in your system tray, and open processes) - and then see if the problem still exists.

If it goes away - you may need to upgrade some system components. If it doesn't go away - further troubleshooting is probably called for.
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 06:51 PM

As specified make sure your system is clean, but videos and photoshop love ram.

512 is good for most occasions, and if you are just playing a video or running photoshop it is okay. If you have anything else going on then you would experience problems

Does your system say you have 512 meg or ram, or is this from memory? Sometimes a memory chip can work its way loose if it wasn't well connected to begin with. Go to control panel/performance and maintenance and click on the system icon. The first screen will tell you how much ram Windows can see.

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:46 PM

As specified make sure your system is clean, but videos and photoshop love ram.

i have run avg and adaware and they find nothing. so i dont think its that.

Does your system say you have 512 meg or ram, or is this from memory? Sometimes a memory chip can work its way loose if it wasn't well connected to begin with. Go to control panel/performance and maintenance and click on the system icon. The first screen will tell you how much ram Windows can see.

it says 512mb. so it is connected.

i will try what usasma about disabling everything and see if that is the problem. thanks for the replies also.




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