memory leak, pls look at start up...

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Aug 26, 2003
My old trusty, toshiba satellite 4030 laptop ( 64 ram, 2.2 gigs, win98) that I've faithfully scanned, defragged, hijacked and spybotted over the years has come down with a severe memory leak. Within an hour of start up it falls from 88% to 53%, gets slower and slower and crashes. I hadn't downloaded or installed anything new. Generally, all I am running is OE and IE. I've downloaded cacheman recently, but either I'm not using that properly or it isn't helping. Here's my start up list..any suggestions?
Adobe Gamma Loader.exe Startup Group "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Calibration\Adobe Gamma Loader.exe"
Cacheman Registry (Per-User Run) C:\PROGRA~1\CACHEMAN\Cacheman.exe
ScanRegistry Registry (Machine Run) c:\windows\scanregw.exe /autorun
TaskMonitor Registry (Machine Run) c:\windows\taskmon.exe
SystemTray Registry (Machine Run) SysTray.Exe
IrMon Registry (Machine Run) IrMon.exe
LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Run) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
TMOUSE Registry (Machine Run) C:\Toshiba\Mouse\tmouse.exe
TFunckey Registry (Machine Run) TFunckey.Exe
TPwrMgr Registry (Machine Run) TPwrMgr.Exe
TOSHIBSU Registry (Machine Run) TOSHIBSU.EXE
Tweak UI Registry (Machine Run) RUNDLL32.EXE TWEAKUI.CPL,TweakMeUp
LoadQM Registry (Machine Run) loadqm.exe
StillImageMonitor Registry (Machine Run) C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE
AVG_CC Registry (Machine Run) C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG6\avgcc32.exe /startup
LoadPowerProfile Registry (Machine Service) Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme
SchedulingAgent Registry (Machine Service) mstask.exe
THotkey Registry (Machine Service) THotkey.Exe
Avgserv9.exe Registry (Machine Service) C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVG6\Avgserv9.exe
Aug 17, 2003
Cacheman probably saps the resources more than helps.

The issue is one of resource "pointers" being allocated to applications and not being released by them, so they get used up. There is a finite number in Windows 9x.

Its not a "memory leak" as such usually, just misbehaving software.

It could be any of the applications you have running, one or more may be damaged. The best start would be to reinstall/repair all that you can.
Jan 11, 2004
I'm not saying that the following will help, but have you had your cmos battery long? Tried running some of the repairs in Tweakui, IE? Assuming no Virus etc.

As to the battery, a friend was having multiple troubles and his cmos battery was 6+yrs old and it was suggested he replace it. He kept insisting that his time etc was correct. Finally he did and his pute ran a lot better. Similar has been posted on TSG threads. Again not a cure all but for less than 10 bucks it's a start. Just be sure to read your manual on how and what you need to do first!

Also do you think you have enough memory? Are you getting any illegal ops,caused by urlmon.dll etc? Memory going bad? Just some thoughts, Good luck.


Thread Starter
Aug 26, 2003
Thank you-

I uninstalled cacheman, removed everything unneccesary from the start-up and ran the tweak UI repairs... the puter's running a little better. I'll look into the battery and let you know if it clears up the problem completely or not. I think I have plenty of memory, it says:
Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.1998
Clean install using OEM Preinstall Kit /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS /IS /IW /IQ /ID /IV /IZ /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 6.0.2600.0000
Uptime: 0:03:02:08
Normal mode
GenuineIntel Pentium(r) II Processor Intel MMX(TM) Technology
59% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (1617MB free)
Available space on drive C: 1617MB of 4117MB (FAT32)

I wouldn't know how to tell if it's bad memory... But it's been a good ol'boat til now...
Aug 17, 2003
The resources issue is not usually related to memory directly.
If memory was faulty, then more drastic things would happen.
Likewise a CMOS battery is unlikely to be implicated.

Only misbehaving software that is allocated resources, and does not release them when its finished. Its been an issue with Win 9x and ME, but is no longer a problem under XP thank goodness.

Under ME the only cure I could use was to reboot 4 times per day.
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