System Resources --what does that mean?

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mcgyver09

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Can any of you please explain to me what exactly the 'System Resources' means? I've a Compaq Presario, operating Win98.
I have quite a few programs on it, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, ...that type of stuff, plus the usual. I regularly use about three programs at a time, sometimes needing to use my scanner and scan program for a bit at the same time. Doing mostly graphic work. If I have three actual programs open at the same time, I have started getting 'illegal operation' messages, going through about 6 different things, until I end up having to restart. Somewhere along the line in these messages, it will come up and say that 'this sytem is dangerously low in resources...blah, blah.'
My computer starts up showing only 72% percent systems free, (as a rule), and of course a half hour of working drags that down to about 60% or so, and it usually quites below that.
What exactly does this mean? And what do I do to correct it? My local pc store has no useful info on it. Said adding memory may help, (MAY???).
The actual pc has more than half it's disk space free. Don't know if that has a bearing on system resources or not.
I would greatly appreciate ANY help. I'm tired of dealing with this, but it's my work computer and I can't afford to mess it up, or be without it for who knows how long letting someone look at it that doesn't know what to do or where to start.
Help please. Anybody!!
Thanks.
 
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See these links for a very good explanation on System Resources, how that differs from memory, the limits imposed by your OS, and how to gain more.
<a href="http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/11.htm">Part One</a>
<a href="http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/12.htm">Part Two</a>
<a href="http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/2000/13.htm">Part Three</a>
 

TonyKlein

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Incidentally, 72 or 60% is absolutely OK.

I occasionally go as low as 15%, when there are a lot of big things running simultaneously, without experiencing any problems.

So that by itself is certainly no sign of any big trouble.

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WhitPhil

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Tony,
I beg to differ.
72% after a cold boot is much too low, and a sure sign that there are a "ton" of apps being loaded at boot time.

One should be able to get the initial resource percentage into the 80-90% range, hopefully in the highside.
 

TonyKlein

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Hi Whitphil,

You're absolutely right that it's too low, but of course only providing that nothing much is starting up.

I was just trying to say that a low number doesn't necessarily mean that you're in trouble.
But of course it does pay to remove unneccessary stuff from startup.

I'm at about 78% at startup myself, but that's only because there's some stuff starting up that I really want to be there, including the notorious MS Office, which I hold on to, because I really like the shortcut bars.

I added my startup list...:D

Now there's a nice idea for a new thread: Show us your startup list...:p

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mcgyver09

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Thanks to you all for the helpful info. At least I understand now why it's happening. The links were a great help.
Now I'll see about a remedy.

One more question though, regarding the items in my startup. I think that I can safely do without about three of them but am not sure.
There are only 5 things, and two of them are duplicates for some reason.
I've ended up with 2 Adobe Gamma Loaders, now I'm not even sure what this is but I do have Adobe Gamma in my Control Panel too. I do know what that is, but don't know if it's absolutely necessary. Any suggestions on that?
Also, there is an Environmental Checkup thing for my printer, and a PowerReg Scheduler 2v. (Don't know what that's for either, and I'm sure that it wasn't there a month ago.)

Any suggestions on the removal of these items?

One other while I'm here. Hope no one minds.
I've managed over the past few months to develop a new windows directory (? - unsure if that's correct term).
I have in my C directory a file called Windows.000 just like is supposed to be there. I also have developed one called Windows~000 that has nothing in it except a temp folder, BUT sometimes stuff goes into it and I have to hunt and search to find it. or used to anyway, no I know where to look.
Can I delete this one altogether?

Thanks again, you guys are great.
 
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adobe products are known resource hogs (great products, i use acrobat, photoshop etc, but hogs)

here's an article opn how PS uses memory, lots of it:
http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/16592.htm

adobe gamma is a colour image program, i don't load mine, more info here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/13252.htm

easiest :) thing to do is uncheck start up items you're not sure about - then see how it effects your machine - if you need em, recheck them, otherwise leave them unchecked

re: adding memory: you don't say what size it is or current memory - but anything up to 256 Mb will probably add some stability to your operations, you may not see blazing speed improvements (probably won't!) but should see some additional stability
 
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