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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Wet Chicken, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. Wet Chicken

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    Running WinME. Lately it seems we have been having memory problems. Everything is sluggish and we even get "your system is dangerously low in memory" messages :( We checked for spyware but nothing turned up. No programs are running when we get this message (except for IE 6.0). If we shut down IE it makes no difference. Even though no programs are loaded we DO hear the hard drive running, kind of like when it defrags, but defrag is not running. Does anyone know of any good programs that we can download that will tell us what programs are using what % of the memory so we can trace this down? Thanks!
     
  2. kilowatt1

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    :) Hello Wet Chicken,

    Go to Start/Run. Type in msconfig then click on the startup tab. See how many programs are running. I suspect there are a lot that should not be running everytime you boot up. If you see PCHealth listed, uncheck it as it will sometimes hang and completely eat up your resources.


    Good luck.

    Kilowatt
     
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    Thanks kilowatt1 and Candy :)

    I was in msconfig last week and I unchecked PCHealth, clicked apply and restarted. Now when I went in there today it was re-checked again :( So I unchecked it, clicked apply and restarted again and yep, it was checked again :eek: Should I be clicking on "cleanup" instead? It is also booting up as "selective startup" now too, even though I didn't choose it. Candy I looked in start up and there was nothing in there. I remember "find fast" but I always thought it was a Norton program. I remember it causing so many problems on peoples computers :p

    The HD scanning noise is gone now but memory is still be used by something :(
     
  5. flavallee

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    WetChicken:

    ScanRegistry, SystemTray, StateMgr, and your antivirus program need to be running in the background and should be checked in enabled in the MSCONFIG startup tab. Most of the others can be unchecked and disabled. Your startup load is probably too bloated.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
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    PC Health may have to be turned off from restarting in the program itself. I'm not that familiar with it.
     
  7. Wet Chicken

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    When I don't use the computer for around 4-5 minutes the hard disk starts to go crazy again. It sounds like my computer is sending out morse code.

    Candy I will study PCHealth and find out how to turn it off. Thanks Flavallee, I will try to uncheck as many as I can. How do I find out what programs they go to? Some of them just say "MDM7", "MOSearch"or "ctfmon.exe".
     
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    Thanks Candy, I appreciate the link :)
     
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    WetChicken:

    Read my article, "MSCONFIG - Reduce Your Startup Load". There are 3 links there to sites that will explain to you what they mean.

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
     
  11. Wet Chicken

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    OK thanks Frank! :)

    Hey everyone else who reads this should visit Franks site too, it's got a LOT of great stuff on it! :D
     
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