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By fdt ·
I am running Windows 98SE with Office 2000 but when I am on the net checking my mail through outlook I keep getting a message telling me "Can?t open this item. Out of memory or system resources. Close some windows or programs and try again." I normally only have Internet explorer, outlook and Norton anti virus running. I have 512 Meg of ram and thought this would have been plenty but this message comes up nearly every tile I check my mail.

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by fdt In reply to System Resources

Sorry this should have been put into Win 95/98 category.

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by TheChas In reply to System Resources

Actually, it is VERY probable that you have TOO much RAM.

There is a bug in the core W98 code that can cause problems with more than 511MB of RAM.

Per benchmark testing, W98 has "optimum" performance with 196MB of RAM.

I NEVER install more than 384MB of RAM on a W98 system.

Aside from reducing RAM, here are a few more things to check:

Are you running IE6?
If so, check for a new driver for your video card.
If the latest driver for your video card does NOT support DirectX9, there can be problems with IE6 creating memory leaks on W98 systems.
Either install an updated video card, or drop back to IE 5.5 Sp2 to get around the memory leak.

How big is your .PST file?

If you have a lot of stored messages, you need to have a lot of free hard drive space for virtual memory in order for Outlook to be able to open.
Try shutting down ALL other programs and then backup and delete old messages.

If you are using a fixed size page file (virtual memory), a large PST file may not have enough virtual memory to open.
I try to have at least 1GB of free hard drive space, and allow Windows to adjust the size of virtual memory with NO maximum size set.

Check for spy-ware / ad-ware.
Download and run AdAware from www.lavasoft.de

Chas

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by fdt In reply to

Thanks for the info but it still wont work so i have now purchased Windows XP and have no further problems.

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by cp7212 In reply to System Resources

As a rule, I keep 5-10% of my hard drive empty for virtual memory/swap file. Also, check your system tray (by the clock). Are there lots of icons? If there are are, each of these takes down your system resources. You can go to Start > Run and type in msconfig and click OK. Click on the Startup tab and note the checked boxes. Any of the listings you don't recognize can be noted, go to www.google.com and enter them. It will come back telling you what it is. Don't uncheck Explorer or systray, you need these to run your PC. Also, don't uncheck Norton or NAV. When you're done, close it and reboot. You'd be amazed at how many system resources you can reclaim by doing this.

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by fdt In reply to

Thanks for the info but it still wont work so i have now purchased Windows XP and have no further problems.

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