I have 425MB ram installed on my system. After reboot, I go to performance in sys prop and it tells me that I have 76% free. I was getting this with only 128 MB ram. I know I should manage my own swap file, but am confused about what min/max # I should use!
The system resource are probably lower than you expected because of programs that are loading when Windows starts up. AntiVirus, system utilities, instant messenger, and many other programs use resources when they are loaded in the backround. You can stop most of these programs from loading by either 1) removing them from the Start>Programs>StartUp folder on the Start Menu, and/or 2)uncheck them from the StartUp tab in msconfig (Start>Run>msconfig)
Here's a few links regarding the Windows swapfile;
Win2k/Win9x - Swapfile Optimization - Digitalmntsnow.com
Swapfile Optimization Guide - Adrian's Rojak Pot
[This message has been edited by Fingers (edited 08-11-2001).]
Also keep in mind that not all applications startup by placing icons in the startup folder. These can be controlled by editing the registry:
The method below will work on Win9x/ME/NT/Win2k.
1) Go to run and type: regedit
2) Go To:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Run
Highlight the startup file that you want to remove from the system startup and press <Delete>.
With that much RAM, you aint gonna be needing to much swap file..hehe. set it to something like 500 min and max. Its good to set it to the same max and min to keep windows from changing the size of the file which leads to a power wasting thing called "thrashing"...or "hard drive thrashing". Set it to a particular setting..max and min the same. You can turn on your system monitor (monitor, not resource meter) and set it to look at swap file....(memory manager..swap file in use) I have a feeling with that much RAM, you wont see the swap file being used much! Also, im not sure of the exact details, but system resources dont neccesarily mean RAM..other things come into play there. Looking at your system monitor (or MSinfo32) will tell you how much RAM you have available.
I dont know WHY they sell comps with only 64M ram....what a rip off...your windows ME loads and your ALREADY using the slowpoke swap file!
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