where is memory gone question

  patso 20:42 26 Feb 2007

i have 512 mb of ram on mt system 256x2 i have free ram optimiser installed and out of 512 it is only showing 48mb free.can anyone tell me or give me an idea what is eating up the memory.i am using xp home sp2 40 gig hd and external usb 230 gb hd with compaq flat screen.the only thing running is ie7 and axureus.any ideas please

  woodchip 20:50 26 Feb 2007

All you Programs use Memory, Even when they are not running. Also the more you load, the more windows grabs for it's self

  woodchip 20:52 26 Feb 2007

You can cut down on this loss by Going to Run and type MSCONFIG then go to startup tab and remove programs from boot sequence that do not need to load at boot. On of the worst is MS Office Fast Find

  ed-0 20:53 26 Feb 2007

On-board graphics?

Right click the task bar and open task manager. Processes, anything there showing a high memory usage? then open performance, how many processes and what are the settings for Physical memory (K)?

  woodchip 20:58 26 Feb 2007

Yep forgot that one ed-0

  ed-0 21:01 26 Feb 2007

well I forgot about the msconfig one,;-) depends on how many processes are running I suppose.

  woodchip 21:04 26 Feb 2007

Keyboard still working a treat just a bit close on key's but like using Laptop. At least the space bar works as it should

  patso 21:12 26 Feb 2007

ok heres whats happening in task manager msimn.exe 22,176 ie explore 41,912 azureus 51,892 SVCHOST.exe 22,240(what is this as theres 8 of these running with small amounts of mem)also Explorer.EXE 24,028 seems to be 2 explore and explorer.physical memory 491040 available 25764 system cache 23568 34 processes it is down to 24 mb i would have thought i had enough in 512 mb

  skidzy 21:26 26 Feb 2007

SVCHOST.exe are needed,but do be aware these can be disguised as a virus or malware.Though i dont think you have SVCHOST.exe because there is a good chance your cpu usage would be high.
Though do run your Antivirus in safemode.Tapping F8 on startup will get you into safemode.

The advice above is sound,but if you are unsure of the startup programs in msconfig,try using ccleaner and startup under the tools section click here and remove whats not needed on startup.

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