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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by damien091186, Sep 23, 2008.

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  1. damien091186

    damien091186 Thread Starter

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    okay here we go,

    recently i have been having numerous problems with my laptop. it is an EI systems about 2 years old, mid spec. i am not to sure whether these problems are all related but i assume so.

    the IE window constantly closes when i am browsing the internet, i get error messages informing me i have not got enough memory on line XX (X being a number, any number), more messages telling me my virtual memory is too low, whenever i close a window it drags rather than just closes, if i have 2 or so programs open i am unable to open another as there 'is not enough memory.'

    i have plenty of memory left on the hard-drive and a large enough RAM.

    have tried changing the min and max virtual memory to that of 1.5 my RAM to no avail.

    if anyone can try advice me on what to do/whats wrong i would be very grateful, this needs to be resolved quick before i pull out all my hair and become BALD!!!!
     
  2. Claymore

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    First thing I would do is test your RAM. You can do this with memtest, available here:

    http://www.memtest.org/

    To burn a CD download 'Download - Pre-compiled Bootable iso'.
    If you have a floppy drive you can alternatively download 'Download - Pre-compiled package for floppy'.

    For the CD you need to know how to burn an .iso file, as you don't just copy the file to a CD.

    The CD is bootable. Insert the CD and restart the computer.
     
  3. TerryNet

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    "... virtual memory is too low ..." could be a swap file problem. Earlier this year I copied the following from a site that is no longer available (the address may have changed).

    In general, whenever you suspect swap or paging file-related problems--- and
    even if you don't--- it's good system hygiene to "clean under your paging
    file." Doing this also increases the likelihood that any paging file problems
    are not hard disk related. The process involves four steps: 1) delete your
    paging file; 2) run Scandisk with the /f and /r parameters to fix errors and
    "block" bad sectors on the disk; 3) run Disk Defragmenter; and 4) re-create
    your paging file on error-free sectors of an unfragmented disk. Here are the
    steps in detail:

    1) Delete your paging file - Right-click on My Computer and choose
    Properties. Select the Advanced tab, then click on the Settings button in the
    Performance box. Click on the Advanced tab, then the Change button. Select
    the No paging file radio button, click Set, then OK. Click on the next OK
    button, then reboot.

    2) Run Scandisk with the /f and /r parameters - Click, Start, choose Run,
    then type cmd in the text box and click OK to open a command line window.
    Type "chkdsk /f /r" without quotation marks and press the Enter key. Press Y
    and the Enter key to make Scandisk run next time you reboot. Now Reboot. This
    will take a while; if you have a large disk or partition to scan, you might
    want to start the task as bedtime, and let the PC work overnight.

    3) Run Defrag - Choose Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk
    Defragmenter. Choose the hard disk that your paging file will live on
    (usually C:) and click Defragment. When defragmentation is complete, reboot.

    4) Re-create your paging file - Right-click on My Computer and choose
    Properties. Select the Advanced tab, then click on the Settings button in the
    Performance box. Click on the Advanced tab, then the Change button. Select in
    megabytes Initial and Maximum sizes. Click Set,
    then on the OK buttons to exit, then reboot.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Closing thread as user has been banned.
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I'm reopening this thread as the user has been reinstated.
     
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