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By mferraro ·
Working with many users a day, I have answers to most of their questions. There is one that always stumps me though, and I always fumble to try to give them an answer. The question is:

Even though I have 256 mbs of RAM I always still seem to run out of memory and lock up. Why?

Now, It's usually the powerusers that have 30 pages of Word, Excel, or browsers open at once that ask this.

My question that I pose is: What is a good "politically knowledgeable" way of telling someone thatcomputers have a limit to their capabilities and that their resources are limited? AND, does anyone know of a good 'memory thermometer' program that can be used that shows when a limit is being reached?

Thanks,

Marc

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by DC1 In reply to "Out of Memory"

Use Performance Monitor to show the memory utilization. If a user needs a simple explanation s far as memory usage open up Task manager and show them all the instances of Word or Excel that are open and the amount of memort that each use.

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by mferraro In reply to "Out of Memory"

Thanks, but I already knew of performance monitor and what it can do.

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by avachon In reply to "Out of Memory"

You can begin by complementing the user by designating the person a power user. Because they are opening, saving, closing and tabbing among so many programs (or instances of programs)they are maximizing the machine's capabilities. If this is a chronic problem with some users, you can adjust virtual memory on the machines assuming there is adequate hard drive space you can allot to the paging file(s). I see out of memory errors often when people run computational intensive work (excel spreadsheets) with graphics intensive programs such as powerpoint. As the first respondent pointed out, perf mon (and task manager) will allow you to monitor memory utilization (but other factors come into play as well such as amount of cache on the machine).

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by mferraro In reply to "Out of Memory"

Thanks, I've accepted your answer and I will use it.

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by sarah.smith In reply to "Out of Memory"

If this is Win 95 or 98, remember it's still just a pretty face for DOS and only a percentage of the RAM is actually used (unlike NT which takes advantage of all).

There is a utility available on winfiles.com called "MemTurbo", which reclaims RAMthat has "leaked" when an app is closed (RAM never makes it back to availability until reboot). It monitors the RAM available and can be set to reclaim that leaked RAM when an alarmed limit is set. It runs in the background and uses almost nothing itself. It's very simple and has helped my users considerably, cost is $19.00.

Sarah Smith, MCSE+I, CCNA, CCDA

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by mferraro In reply to "Out of Memory"

Thanks for the program idea I will use it.

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by rgrowcock In reply to "Out of Memory"

For a quick way to see how much memory that is available, try Plem's Powerbar(available through hotfiles.com.) I use it and it is very helpful and gives a few additional options for each user. The cost is $20 each, but you might be able to get a bulk discount. It is handy, you just have to pay for it, unlike the Task Manager.

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by hemant_goswami In reply to "Out of Memory"

dear friend,
We have a NT TaskManager utility which shows us MemoryUtilization of our machine , it also displays CPU usages + other advantage is we can see the name of the proceess also,
It displays us the Memory occupation of the various proccess. And if I want to Explain computer's limitation of memory, i would say " As we know we have only two hands , we cann't do the task which will need more than two hands simaltaneously i.e : i cann't sewing and playing cricket simaltaneously "
and the otherthing is Memory usages , we also have a limit of memory power , we cann't remember things which we heared from more than one pepole at the same time. i.e : if man1 says "AAAA" and man2 says "BBB" then it is not possible for me to remember all these words from these men , which has been told at the same time.


regards,
GoswamiHemants.

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