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Subject: Low memory message
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: jimceez-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 04 Nov 2002 18:43 PST
Expires: 04 Dec 2002 18:43 PST
Question ID: 98970
I am getting Low on memory messages when I run AOL with Internet
Explorer. The messages say that Norton Anti-virus may no be able to
protect the machine.  The machine then hangs up. I'm running Win98,
have 384 megs of RAM, 30 gig HD with only 5 gig used.  I've tried
defragging, scan disk, cleaning temp files, ran BHO Cop

Request for Question Clarification by sparky4ca-ga on 04 Nov 2002 22:31 PST
Please, we may need some more information before this can be
answering. I would ask you to do the following:
The next time you get the message, before even clicking in the
message, please hold down the windows key, and press Pause/Break. This
will open the system properties. Click on the performance tab and make
a note of the resource percentage.
It would also help if you could type up a list of startup items. To
find the list, click on start, run, and type msconfig <enter> then
click the startup tab and make a list of each program being run (for
now the name will be enough. Don't worry about the path section to the
right. Post that list as well as the free resources, and maybe I can
get a start at it.


Clarification of Question by jimceez-ga on 07 Nov 2002 18:16 PST
As of now it's running ok.  The resources are at 65% with AOL &
Explorer running together.  I'll trying to get it to give me the
error.  I had been shutting off items to see if I could figure out the

Taskbar Display Controls	RunDLL deskcp16.dll,QUICKRES_RUNDLLENTRY
ScanRegistry			c:\windos\scanregw.exe /autoru8n.exe
TaskMonitor			c:\windows\taskmon.exe
SystemTray			SysTray.exe
LoadPowerProfile		Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
Multifuntion Keyboard		GWHotKey.exe
GRA				C:\Cabs\grinstall\GRA.exe
StillImageMonitor		C:\windows\system\stimon.exe
ccApp				C:\program files\common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
ccRegVfy			C:\program files\common Files\Symantec Shared\ccRegVfy.exe
CreateCD			c:\Program~1\adaptec\easycd~1\createcd\createcd.exe 
Go Back Polling Service		C:\program files\adaptec\goback\gbpoll.exe
Subject: Re: Low memory message
Answered By: legolas-ga on 21 Nov 2002 20:18 PST
Hi jimceez-ga,

The following article should help you solve your problem:;en-us;259184

Follow the directions given to "Alter Your Virtual Memory Settings" -
that is:

To alter the virtual memory settings: 
Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and then click
Click the Performance tab.
Click Virtual Memory, and then click Let me specify my own virtual
memory settings.
Click the hard disk that you want to use for virtual memory, and then
select the minimum and maximum amounts of virtual memory.
Click OK, click OK, and then restart your computer.

Virtual Memory is a file on your harddrive that stores RAM when not
actively needed. The reason you are getting the error is that your
virtual ram file (swap file) is too small. Increase the file to at
least 3 times the amount of RAM you have in your computer - set this
as the MINIMUM swap file size. Maximum can be the same number to
ensure the fastest response times on loading new applications.

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Subject: Re: Low memory message
From: funkywizard-ga on 04 Nov 2002 21:00 PST
Windows98 is not good at memory managment. Furthermore, there is an
area of memory known as "resources" in windows 95/98 and me that is
always a small fixed amount (about 32k i think) regardless of the
amount of installed ram. Misbehaving applications such as norton, aol,
and internet explorer often "leak" resources, which can lead to system
instability. Since there are so few resources to go around, this can
quickly be a serious problem. Windows NT, 2000, and XP do not have
this problem, since all ram is treated identically. Therefore, to fix
your problem, I would recommend installing windows 2000.
Subject: Re: Low memory message
From: livioflores-ga on 04 Nov 2002 21:20 PST
You can, also try a memory manager like Cacheman.
Subject: Re: Low memory message
From: funkywizard-ga on 04 Nov 2002 22:01 PST
the only other possibility is a software glitch, which a memory
manager would not solve.

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