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Why are system resources so low?

By allison.rizak ·
I recently purchased and installed 256MG of RAM on a Compaq Presario 5360. This computer is a couple of years old, and it was starting to move a little slow (it had 64MG of RAM before I installed 256 more), the kids weren't able to get a lot of things to work, so the guy at Circuit City recommended I purchase some RAM manufactured by PNY Tech. I expected a huge difference, because I added a LOT of RAM! But my system resources are dangerously low - varies from 30% to 55%, but is usually in the 40s. I think it may even be slower than before. It's too late to take the RAM back - I purchased it a couple of months ago (more than the 30-day policy Circuit City has), and I don't have the package or the receipt. I don't really know what to do. Support at PNY told me that this memory may not work in my computer, but didn't seem to know for sure. They recommended disabling start-up items, but I've already done that. Any ideas?

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Why are system resources so low?

by DKlippert In reply to Why are system resources ...

System Resources are not RAM.
http://www.aumha.org/a/resource.htm
Take a look at your task manager to see what programs are running.

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by TheChas In reply to Why are system resources ...

Yes, it is possible that the new RAM is not compatible with your old RAM.
Dispite claims to the contrary, not all PCs will function with the newest RAM modules.
Some PCs are very picky about what types of RAM will work in them.

Start by shutting down the computer.
Remove ALL of the RAM modules.
Install only the new PNY RAM in the first RAM socket(s)
Turn on the computer, and see how it works.

If it works better, just leave it as is, and sell or donate the old RAM.

If it works worse, or does not boot up, then the PNY RAM is not compatible with the motherboard.
Contact PNY again, and see if they will exchange your RAM for compatible RAM.

If PNY will not exchange the RAM, try and return it to Circuit City.
Then, work with alocal PC retailer, (not a large chain) bring in your PC, and have them install a compatible RAM modules.
Some PC stores will do this for free if you buy the RAM from them.

If you finally get the extra RAM working, and the PC is still running slow, it is time to purge Windows of the "bloat" that builds up over time.

Back up all important files and settings.
Create a startup floppy from Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs.
Have your restore or Windows CD handy.
Boot from the floppy.
Format the hard drive (format c: /u/s)
Re-install Windows.

Every 6 months to 2 years, Windows just builds up so much un-needed data in the system registry, and system files that the PC can no longer run efficiently.
The best way to take care of theproblems is to format the drive, and re-install Windows.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Why are system resources ...

If you don't want to go through all the effort of re-installing Windows.
Try running a system maintenence program.
I have used both Norton System Works
And OnTrack FixIt Suite.
I have a personal prefference for OnTrack.

You can also try running a memory manager.

And, clean out the C:\Windows\Temp and Temporary Internet Files folders.
Boot into safe mode,
Run Scandisk, and then defrag

Another good tip, is to download and run Lavasoft's AdAware. www.lavasoft.de
This program searches your PC for programs that run in hidden modes, using up system resources, and tracking how you use your PC.

Chas

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by djent In reply to Why are system resources ...

How many applications are running concurently? Which OS are you using? What is running from the startup group? Have your applications installed background services that start on boot? If you are using NT/W2K/XP you can look at task manager for what processes are in use and how much mem is used for each. Adding RAM was a good start, don't remove it, find what is using and abusing it. some apps like MS Office install utilities like Find Fast, that eat RAM and are not neccessary, disable it and look for others that do the same.

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by djent In reply to Why are system resources ...

I would guess that you are a casual, non-tech user. There are many good suggestions to answer your question. If this all seems a bit to much for you, find an independent computer reseller near you and ask him to cleanup your system. Most discount chains only want to sell boxes or are not interested in service, the independent can service it and wants your business in the future.

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by opatzg In reply to Why are system resources ...

I would have to agree with chas and would start by cleaning up your temp file directories and after running scandisk erase the file????.tmp files from your windows directory which are the files scandisk creates. They may be on c as well. Also take a look at your windows directory and system directory. If you have more than 512 files in eaither directory this too will slow your down your pc. Font files are notorious for this grabbing of resources, if you've installed a lot of print programs yuour fonts may need a little cleanup. Be careful with those since some are necessary for changes in screen modes. Also make sure you aren't slowing your machine down with all the monitoring you're doing. Have you installed an anti virus packagelately? These are killers on speed and resources.
Good luck

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