A friend has a prob. with her PC. It is a 1.7mhx Pent with 256 ram running XP. Problem is that if she tries to open more than one application and tries multi-tasking the thing locks up and dies. I have done all the standard stuff (disk clean,defrag) but have no idea what is causing the prob. It, from my basic assumption, seams like some sort of memory problem in that whatever capacity to open & run additional tasks there is, is already being used up. Any ideas for a fix?
Download & install a trial version of Memokit - click here.
Basically it will let you see what running programs are using the most resources/memory in real time & will warn you (if you allow it to run in your Taskbar) when a crash/lockup is imminent. When resources fall drastically or the program starts 'flashing' &/or displaying warnings open it's main window to see what it reveals.
Hope it may throw some light into your friend's PC problems. Good luck, G
[To learn more about Memokit - click here - I reckon it hardly does all it claims to do & not recommended in a modern Win XP PC. So ignore the hype & just use it here for t'shooting purposes.]
Click START, then RUN, type msconfig, click OK. Select STARTUP tab, and check all ticked items in the list. Note anything that doesn't sound familiar, and enter them into a search engine like Google. You could try click here for lots of help too. The chances are there is spyware/adware or unwanted progs running in the background, press alt/ctrl/delete - and select running processes to see alist of what's going on in the backgroung. Hope this helps, good luck!