Posted 10 October 2006 - 04:52 PM
Hello, I am new to this forum so please bare with me if my post is out of line. I am somewhat concerned with my Physical memory reading by taskmanager. I am running Windows XP Home, with SP2. I have 512mb physical memory, which came with the machine. I believe somewhere around 64mb, is reserved for video graphics, although somewhere I read it could be as much as 256mb. The computer is a Compaq SR163ONX., 3500+AMD Atholn 64 Processor and a 200 GB hard drive. In the preformance tab of taskmanager, under physical memory, I show Total:457192 (K), Available: 172448(K), and System cache: 255443 (K). My concern is, should there be more available than the 172448 (K), or am I missinterpeting the readings. I have wittled my startup (msconfig) to 7 processes, and my running process to 37 from 47. I would like to get it down further, but I believe those that are still running are necessary as per internet research. I am running AVG Free as my av, I run AdAware and SpyBot at least twice a week as well as ewido, so I believe the machine is pretty clean of nasties. I have no problem with the operation of the machine, just my concern over the task managers readings. What brought this to my attention was the reading on my other machine. It is running Windows XP with SP1. It is a Compaq S6020WM. It had 256 mb of ram with a 40 gb hard drive. I installed another 256mb of memory to total 512mb. The task manager reading in it reads: Total: 515568, Available: 249228 and System Cache: 367220. I believe it has only 8mb reserved for video graphics, I could be wrong on that. My question is, what can I do if anything else, to increase the available memory. Does SP2, take that much more to run?. And do I really have a concern. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for you time.