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Trammi Nghiem (Trammi)
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2001 - 5:50 am:   

Hi All,
I just bought a new computer and it doesnt seem to support concurrent programs well, specially with graphics and audio program. Everytime i opened more than 2 windows, the system resource went down really quick, to only 10% free once. SOme toolbar buttons disappear, and some program doesnt function correctly.
I'm running a PIII 866Mhz, 256 SDRAM, win 98. i didnt think i should have a problem.
Should i be looking at virtual memory, or something else?
I appreciate any help i have. Please help me out. Thanks in advance.
james sullivan
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2001 - 5:43 pm:   

try reinstalling win98
Trammi Nghiem (Trammi)
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2001 - 8:38 pm:   

Could you please tell me why?
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2001 - 3:26 am:   

Something is not correct in your setup, and reinstalling WIN98 should correct the problem if it is not a hardware issue. Then you can pin down the problem program by monitoring your system carefully as you install any new software and/or drivers. Win98 controls its own virtual memory, and unless you are doing some really complex things on your machine, you should never need to change the settings from the default of letting the OS control it. Your tool buttons are disappearing, because that is how Win handles a lack of resources. Look for a conflict in your Device manager also. If you can, call your seller, and see if they can help.
Trammie Nghiem (Trammi)
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2001 - 3:42 pm:   

Thanks a lot Katy. Some people also told me that it is a generic problem with any windows platform that is not NT, in windows NT, it manages memory allocation better than Win98SE/ME. So should I install windows 2000 Professional instead?
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Friday, March 2, 2001 - 7:24 pm:   

Windows NT seems to be a very solid operating system (so far). I am not familiar with WinME, having never used it. I don't think that the operating system is the problem. If the things I suggested before don't point to a culprit, and no specific combination of software is continually the cause, I would start looking at hardware, such as RAM chips, or possibly a soundcard driver/video driver conflict, which I have had occur with no flags set off in the device manager. Just my personal game plan. I have been wrong before (more than once or twice even :) ) If you have not added any new hardware since you got the machine, though, and it is new as in "here is how the manufacturer sent it" then you should not be having device conflicts.
james sullivan
Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2001 - 1:44 am:   

you could also be loading too many programs when you start up your system. When you download programs way too many of them automatically install files in your start up which uses a whole lot of system resources. Start up U your Computer;uter and if you have mer than 3 or four icons bottom right on youth task bar, this could well be your problem. If this is it email me and I'll show how to get rid of them. good luck
Trammie Nghiem (Trammi)
Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2001 - 3:10 pm:   

Thanks James and Katy.
I've done most of the stuff you told me ie. checking for device conflict, removing start up program (uring msconfig)...but things dont seem to get better. I dont have any conflict in the device manager, i didnt add any hardware to my computer, and its only 2 weeks old.
I guess something wrong with the RAM chips then.
Is there a way to check it without opening the box or sending it back to the store where i bought it?
Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2001 - 9:29 pm:   

You might check out System Information...

Click Start > Programs > System Tools > System Information Then select the Tools menu and then Systen Configuration Utility. Check the various files listed on the tabs to see what is actually loading at startup that you may not know. You can uncheck them here to not load, reboot and see if it helps.

Try adding this line in the system.ini under the [386 Enhanced heading]:


Explore around in the System Information and you may come up with something.
John Matthews
Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2001 - 12:31 am:


Free up Conventional Memory

Windows Resources vs. Memory

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