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Old 2009-03-04, 06:06   #1
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My computer my computer started lagging frequently (especially with Internet Explorer open) and complaining about being low on virtual memory several weeks ago. In many cases, I had to reboot for the computer to perform 'normally' again. I don't think it's a problem with the hard drive since I just had it replaced last November and HD Tune shows no errors.

I checked the settings and it shows that I have 512 MB of physical memory. I have a vague memory of upgrading the memory to 1 GB several years ago, but I'm not 100% sure if I'm remember things correctly.

Also, I posted about my computer getting old several days ago. However, when I was changing my assignments to P-1 factoring, Prime95 told me that the reason I was assigned double checks was not because of my computer getting old, but because it did not have enough memory to do P-1 tests. For the record, it has always done P-1 tests with no problems.

I have checked the Task Manager and it shows no unusual processes.

These problems have never happened before. I have not changed any memory settings recently and the last hardware change was when I replaced the hard drive in November 2008. I increased the size of the paging file and it didn't seem to help much. Is it possible that my RAM is dying?

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Old 2009-03-04, 06:22   #2
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Memtest86+ for a few hours will tell you more (than you wanted to know)...

Good luck!
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Old 2009-03-04, 08:19   #3
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RAM problems == crashing computer. A fresh install of Windows can do wonders after several years... it tend to accumulate junk somehow that sucks up all your system resources...

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Old 2009-03-04, 08:24   #4
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Hmm, my most recent fresh install was last November after my hard drive crashed. It's been working very well until just a few weeks ago.
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Old 2009-03-04, 13:28   #5
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HI, Did you try using a different browser, Opera or Firefox?, for instance?
Even before running memory test, i would run Torture Test during a whole day, and you can download Ccleaner and perform a test.

Best option, download GNU/Linux, and enjoy, I have DSL-n Linux in a box with Pentium I and 32 MB RAM and flies, on your machine will be a dream, (itś only 50 MB image iso)
Best regards, Carlos
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Old 2009-03-05, 05:00   #6
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right click on computer name, choose properties, how much ram does windows report?
How much ram does your BIOS report at boot up?
Get more memory, it's dirt cheap these days.
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Old 2009-03-05, 20:29   #7
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right click on computer name, choose properties, how much ram does windows report?
How much ram does your BIOS report at boot up?
Get more memory, it's dirt cheap these days.
from what he is saying i get the impression that his pc is probably old enough to use DDR memory not DDR2
for me that means a doubling in price
i thought older technology was supposed to be cheaper
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Old 2009-03-06, 05:37   #8
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i thought older technology was supposed to be cheaper
Bleeding-edge new is expensive. Obsolete is expensive. The mainstream that's left in the middle is the cheap one.
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Old 2009-03-06, 06:09   #9
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Doesn't everyone have a drawer full of old DDR memory laying around someplace?

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Old 2009-03-06, 18:11   #10
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Doesn't everyone have a drawer full of old DDR memory laying around someplace?
no we put it in pcs
we have about 6 pcs that we maintain and only one has ddr2 memory
most are windows xp with 768MB of memory
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Old 2009-03-10, 15:46   #11
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Is it possible that my RAM is dying?
Have you considered taking it to your local Dodge dealership for a thorough inspection?
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