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Too many open applications makes Win XP seize up

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ben.lobo, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. ben.lobo

    ben.lobo Thread Starter

    Jul 25, 2006
    My Windows XP PC keeps seizing up whenever I have several applications at the same time.

    It doesn't completely freeze or blue sreen or anything. It seems to get stuck in a maxed-out processor loop which the only remedy for is to reboot.

    It usually happens when I try to have Dreamweaver, Photoshop, ITunes, Firefox, Explorer, Opera and several other smaller apps open at the same time.

    My system is has a 2GHz AMD processor and 1GB RAM but I don't think the problem is simply that I'm trying to do too much because I've got another PC running Windows 2000 advanced server with a 933MHz processor and 512MB RAM which never crashes no matter how many of these applications I have open.

    Could it be something to do with the swap file? Or is it more likely bad RAM or something?

  2. EasY_TargeT


    Jul 1, 2005

    Try to use less apps. Your computer should not be locking up, try and expand your swap file, but keep it less than 4000mb. Try testing your ram using metest86.
  3. dcbell


    Jul 11, 2006
    Does BIOS show 1 gb ram?
  4. Jones


    Jul 28, 2005
    I also use similar software at work, and my work machine has 2gb RAM. I do notice a bit of slowdown when I have Photoshop, GoLive, mail, and internet all running, but it's much better than when I only had 1gb. What you're experiencing is not uncommon. Web design programs and Photoshop are big memory hogs, so an upgrade to 2gb of RAM or higher should give you better performance when multitasking.

    I do agree that you should do memtest on your existing RAM though, to see if that is the problem.
  5. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
  6. Rumpo-Stiltskin


    May 9, 2006
    You're right in that it shouldn't lock-up, maybe just slow down.

    The more applications you run the greater the chance of some kind of conflict between themselves and the operating system, it's drivers, memory etc.

    Using three different web browsers simultaneously sounds like asking for trouble.
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