Insufficient Memory - Memory Loss?

By cmikulski ·
I have a computer that seems to have memory issues. If I open multiple applications or multiple files, I can no longer access my network. If I close files or applications, I can immediately access the network again. If I leave the files open too long, the computer will not even restart. A hard restart is required. I've looked at the task manager and there seems to be memory available, but I still get error messages. I have had this computer for two years and the problem just started a month ago. I am not running any new software.

Any advise?


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More info needed.

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Insufficient Memory - Mem ...

Sorry, but my crystal ball is a bit cloudy at the moment, northern Scottish weather and stuff.

We could do with an insight into the spec of your system:

Make and model?
Size of RAM?
Size of hard drive(s)?
Operating system?

Do you run regular anti-virus scans?
Do you regularly defragment?

What is your network?
How many applications/files is "multiple"?

You may, over the last two years, have accumulated many unnecessary 'background' programs, you may have a badly-fragmented pagefile, you may have a fragmented registry.

With more information, we can offer more advice.

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System Info

by cmikulski In reply to More info needed.

Thanks, I knew these questions would be coming, but I didn't know where to start.

Make and Model: Powerspec 9261
Size of RAM: 1GB
Size of Hard Drive: 500G
Operating System: XP Version 2002 SP2

Antivirus Scans: Yes - Trend Micro
Defrag - No, I don't have very much on this computer (18GB)

Network - Very simple peer to peer with a external hard drive

Applications - can be as little as one with only one file open. I am using a CAD Software and my file open is approx 4MB.

The problem seems to occur with time. If I work on one or two files a day it may be 1-2 days until the problem occurs. If I am opening and closing files more regularly, it can occur in a half day. I used to run multiple programs on this computer with no problem. 2 - CAD programs, Outlook, Excel, Word, Adobe PDF Reader, etc.

Now that I think more about it, the problem acutally seemed to start when I had multiple Adobe PDF files open. The computer would almost lock up and it really hasn't been the same since.

I hope this info helps!

Thank You!

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by rahouseholder In reply to System Info

It would appear that there is a problem with Adobe Acrobat reader 8.0. If this is the version you are using, try going back to an older version and see if that solves the issue. The forums at Adobe are full of people with this same problem....

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If 'Adobe' turns out to be a factor, try this . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to System Info

Try this link:


Adobe Acrobat (and its associated paraphernalia) runs to about 94.5MB. If you run with the professional system you can expect >130MB of used hard drive space.

'Foxit' is a replacement for Adobe and occupies less than 5MB in total. What's more it's better than Adobe AND lets you dump Adobe, deleting it and saving all that disk space.

If you choose to edit a PDF file, Foxit will prompt you to download an Editor module which you can get from here:


I'm all in favour of NOT being forced to use Adobe and Foxit really fits the bill.

I'll post below this one with any more thoughts I've got on your present situation.

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