AAS is the amount of system memory (RAM) shared with an AGP graphics card in order for it to have more memory to process textures and other visual data.
Some people think that the more RAM you share with the graphics card, the larger the performance boost. In some cases, this might be true. In others, it might result in a performance drop
. There are two common outcomes from setting the AAS too high: (1) If you share too much RAM with your graphics card and an application takes advantage of that, you will have less RAM for other functions of the software, and possibly for background applications. (2) If the graphics card does not utilize the memory, it is not taken from system memory. In this case, there are no problems with AAS sucking all of your system RAM, despite its setting in the BIOS configuration utility. The latter is the most common case, since most people have enough memory now to compensate for a high AAS, and most applications would not take all of the memory anyway. http://www.tweak3d.net/articles/aperture-size/
The fact is your 128megs of Ram is light! XP may run on it, but more is definately better.
"Module Size 128 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
Module Type Unbuffered
Memory Type SDRAM"
Total 127 MB
Used 70 MB
Free 57 MB
Utilization 55 %
Total 339 MB
Used 283 MB
Free 55 MB
Utilization 84 %
Total 466 MB
Used 354 MB
Free 112 MB
Utilization 76 %
Using the swapfile instead of ram slows your computer down as writing to disk is much slower than ram.
Get a graphics card that has its own memory, increase the amount of RAM, or a combo of the two.
(the cheapest is more RAM - min 512megs recommended)
Of course minimize the amount of ram being taken by background aps where and IF you can. Be careful not to deactivate your AV ap, antispyware aps, and firewall.
By the way, how old is your version of Zonealarm? If you are using an older version, updating to a new version may be beneficial.
Your Winsock may also need attention -
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. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings. If you encounter connection problems after removing network related software, Adware or after registry clean-up; and all other ways fail, then give WinSock XP Fix a try. It can create a registry backup of your current settings, so it is fairly safe to use. We actually tested it on a test machine that was having a Winsock problem due to some Adware removal, and after running the utility and rebooting, the connectivity was restored.
Edited by Enthusiast, 25 January 2006 - 12:58 AM.