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2X more RAM-system recources still low

By michtif-maker ·
I was having trouble staying online and was told that I probably was getting knocked offline because my system resources were dropping below 75%. That seemed like a good possibility to me because I only had 64mb of RAM and was consistently having to reboot my system because my resourses were dropping down as low as 50%. (It didn't seem to matter if I closed all the programs or not - they still stayed low.) So, I upgraded to 160mb. So - can anyone tell me why my resources are still dropping down to as low as 60% (rare) -but consistently as low as 70%? It seems like there should have been a much bigger difference the upgrade.

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by kcmeister In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

What operating system are you running? System resources don't really have anything to do with the amount of memory you have. Upgrading your memory will not effect your system resources. System resources has to do with how windows allocates and manages memory, not the total volume. It has to do with what programs are running in the background, at start up. If in Win 98, click start, run, type in msconfig, put the bullet next to selective startup, click on the start up tab. Lists all programs running in background at start up. Uncheck all boxes that are not crucial to the function of your pc. Only explorer and sys tray are needed for your pc to function, but I recommend leaving virus protection as well. Now click apply, then click okto restart your system. When windows boots up check the box that says do not show this again(that you are using selective startup.) What programs you want to leave in startup all depends on your operating system and what programs you need or want.This will bump your resources up over 90%. Who told you that increasing your ram would have a big effect on your resources?

Good Luck!

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by michtif-maker In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

I've tried it ...no help ...win98 SE...what a pain in the a#@!!!

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by michtif-maker In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by Frescalus In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

The more programs you have open the more resources are going to be used. CTRL+ALT+DEL and close programs you don't need. Also go to Start --> Run and type msconfig and hit the last tab (can't remember what it's called off hand) and uncheck all programs you don't need with the exception of task manager, norton, and sound stuff. As far as you being disconnected, it's either your modem or your telephone lines. Whoever told you that getting knocked off line "probably" because of low resources is unsure of it him/herself.

Have a nice day.

Neil

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by michtif-maker In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

Well, I knew all that...even when I ctrl+alt+del, i have the same trouble.

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by Leastar In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

Windows 95/98 are also terrible at handling/releasing memory after you have used and closed a program. There are some programs that will free up the memory after a while, one I can recall is Memturbo. It runs in the systray and monitors how muchmemory you have available and will recover memory when a set level is reached. I have had good luck with it on the 95/98 PC's I work on. Another option is to change the settings of Virtual Memory. This will give it more room on the hard drive to use (PageFile) but the limit is 288 and set Min and Max the same as it uses recources to work it up to the max amount. This is done by going into (on a 95/98 machine) Properties of My Computer/Performance (tab)/Virtual Memory... (button at bottom) and clicking on "Let me specify my own virtual memeory settings." then entering 288 in both fields. When you click OK a message asking to confirm settings and that it may not be a good idea to do so, click Yes then it will tell you the PC needs restarted for the changes to take affect.

There's also a three lines to enter in System.ini under [vcache]. They are;
MaxfileCache=16384
MinfileCache=16384
Chunksize=512

Again you are limited in the min/max amount to list. The formula used to determine the numbers is RAM/4*1024 with 64MB RAM being the limit you can divide by. With 160MB the numbers listed above are the highest you can enter. Chunksize stays at 512 as that is all the more it can process at one time.

If you have an NT or 2000 OS PC then the PageFile is changed in My Computer/Properties/Performance (tab)/ Change.. (button). Enter the Min and Max amounts here and click on the Set button. If you have a partioned drive (even for a 95/9 it is better to put the Pagefile a drive other than C to free up even more space on C as it is the system drive where are the programs are processed etc.

Hope this helps!

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by michtif-maker In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

Wow! Thanks for all the good ideas! I'm gonna try them all out and hope that something works. Yes, I'm running win98 and I can't stand how often i have trouble with it! I've been told that win2000 is wonderfully stable but that my system probably isn't fast enough for it...dell optiplex Gxa 233mhz MMX. (I don't know what the 'MMX' has to do with anything but I thought I'd throw it in) ;-) One question...why do I want to put a max limit on my swapfile? Won't that put me at risk of tapping out? I'm closing the question now so you can get your points but if you have any further advice, please write me back. I'm listed in the peer group. THANKS AGAIN!
'michtif

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by admin In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

These guys gave better answer on sys resources than I could, listen to them. As far as you getting dropped, it usually happens when there is no activity on the link to yyour isp, there are programs that simulate activity so you don't get dropped. Ifyour ISP tells you that you get dropped because of low sys resources, get someone that knows their job....

Look on tucows for internet connection monitor/ utilities, this has been 3 years since using modems.

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by michtif-maker In reply to 2X more RAM-system recour ...

No offense :-) just think the one above you deserves the points, ya know? I appreciate you taking the time though! ~michtif

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