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mouse problem/RAM problem?

By PackRat2112 ·
i have a piii450mhz w/128mbs ram and windowss 98se

when i right click on a file or folder to
bring up the options my mouse freezes for 10-20 secs then the menu pops-up
and every thing works.....
it all comes down to the amount of ram thats in use.....(maybe)
when i first boot-up i have mcafee, sygate personal firewall, my video card
software, the mouse software, and the volume control running in the system
tray.
when i type control/alt/delete, it shows:

skinmem v0.50 (this is the program that shows how much RAM is availablethat i loaded after booting)
explorer
loadqm (not sure what this is)
systray
4demain (don't know)
alogserv (don't know)
dmhkey

and of course win 98se is running.

skinmem then reports that 97.96% of my 128mb ram as being used!!! and 2.16
mb available...

i've tried to shut down a program at a time to see if it makes a differance
with the amount of time that the mouse freezes after i right click on the
jpg file and the only one that seems to make a differance is..... mcafee!
after i close mcafee, used RAM decreases to 76.**%
it never did that before
is something going on that's using all of my RAM?
what do you think?
should i just go and get another 128mbs of RAM?

thanks for any help with this, PackRat!!!

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to mouse problem/RAM problem ...

if you click start+run & type msconfig & click on the startup tab. this will give you the real picture of whats running on your system.
this shows all programs that load at boot.

the problem your having is not with what programs are loaded at boot but with what there setup to do once they've loaded.

you need to open these programs & go into their settings & see what exactly their doing & make some changes.

such as your Mcafee, do you need it to check for updates or scan your system every 5 minutes or moniter all files when opened.
do you need your virus scanner to scan your system continually or every file & folder you open.

you should also check your scheduled tasks in control panel & see whats setup in there.

you system should be fine with 128mb of ram, although with prices still not bad for ram another 128mb won't hurt just make sure your motherboard will support it & you can find compatible memory with what you've already got.

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by TheChas In reply to mouse problem/RAM problem ...

Just to help you out a bit.
loadqm is the background program for ms instant messanger.
I believe 4demain is a special driver for a 3rd parrty mouse with a scroll wheel.
Alogserv is part of McAfee anti-virus.

It does sound like you either have a memory leak, or your AV security set to high.
While more RAM is a good idea, I don't think it will solve your problem. It will just give the memory leak more room to play in.

I don't recall seeing dmhkey on any of my systems, so I don't know what that program is.

I would in general recommend useing a registry cleaning and defragmenting utility. It is very possible that your problems are from registry bloat. Norton WinDoctor, and Meijenix Fix-It both do a reasonably good job of cleaning the registry.
There are also several freeware tools out there, but I havn't used them myself.

The menu delay time can be adjusted from within the TweakUI utility that you can dowwnload from Microsoft.

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by Charley In reply to mouse problem/RAM problem ...

In general, unless you are A) on the internet or B) pulling in files from an outside source of unknown security, it is unnecessary to run your AV software. If you are on the internet, run McAfee. If you are using a floppy disk or a non-commercial CD-ROM, run McAfee. Otherwise, turn off McAfee and free up the resources it consumes.

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