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How to get system resources back ?

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minoukat

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Jul 6, 2001
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Ottawa, Ontario
without restarting ? I'm in Windows 98SE, and how can I stop the system resources from dropping, or at least punching them back up from time to time ?
 

JigPu

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Well, to my knowledge, restarting (or never using the computer) is the only way to keep/restore the resources. You can get a RAM optimizer, but that really dosen't help with the other system resources...

JigPu
 

cjlax5

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Jan 5, 2002
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ya, win98se is known for its bad memory management. get either win2000 or winxp and your problem will be magicaly gone.
 

stool

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Dec 20, 2000
Location
Albany, NY
Your problem might lie in your Virtual Memory settings. Rightclick My Computer, thenProperties>Performance. Click Virtual Memeory, then select Let me specify my own v.m. settings. You'll then see the location and size of your swap file. Specify the same value for Minimum and Maximum size, so Win98 won't spend so much time resizing the file. A good rule of thumb is roughly 2 1/2 times your installed RAM, i.e. 16mbRAM, 40MB swap file.
Also, you have a Virtual Cache. Sometimes it can grow too large, filling up your memory.
Open System.ini in Notepad.
Add the following two lines to [vcache] section(add the section if its not there):
MinfileCache=0
MaxFileCache=16384

That of course is assuming you have at least 64MB of RAM.

You can also help yourself greatly by reducing the amount of stuff that loads at Startup. Run msconfig and open Start, and see what is loading that you don't immediately need. Some careful pruning here can save a load of resources.
 

diehrd

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Jan 15, 2001
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Use a program like ram Boost . It will clear the memory up nicely.I have testedit and even with programs running it always seems to free up ram resources ...
 

nodoze

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Jan 7, 2002
In Win9x, system resources are fixed sized areas in memory that ONLY Windows can touch. There is no application, no matter what they claim, that can restore/recover/compact/etc. your system resources. These programs will compact/recover MEMORY, but they do NOT work on the system resources.

Fred Langa did an extensive column that was published on the old winmag website about recovering resources. You can check out his website ( www.langa.com ) for more information.
 

takiwa

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Dec 15, 2001
cntrl>alt>del, click on Explorer and choose end task...when the box pops up saying do you want to end task or wait (blah, blah)...choose cancel...screen should go blank for a sec...Windows will reload explorer, and that should reset you RAM (in theory) w/o restarting Windows...sometimes this works after an install, too...