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    RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    AMD K26 233 MHz 128 MB RAM: Resource Meter Shows 98% free at startup. With no extra resources taken up by any programs running in the background (except file explorer)over the course of two to three hours the percentage free drops down to 38% free. Computer not on stand by, no screen savers. Operating System: ME
    I have tried different RAM chips all with the smae results. The other RAM came out of computers with no problems. I have even used 2 128 MB RAM chips with the same quickly depleting results. Could this be a Millenium issue? Does not occur with Windows 95 / 98. Win 95 / 98 produces frequent blue screen errors - that is why I opted for a clean install of ME which produces no blue screen errors but looses memory and requires many re-boots when doing any work.

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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    Well, it *may* be true that ME is more stable with regards to blue screens and the like, but with ALL windows environments, RAM depletion is a serious problem. It starts when you open a program. The program is loaded into memory, and stays there, *at least on paper* until you close it. In fact, the program you opened leaves 'ghosts' in your memory, never quite freeing up all it took to run. I've tried to locate utilities to clear memory-blocks of unused programs to no avail.

    It's possible that the memory issues you experience in Windows 95/98 would cause blue screens as opposed to simply depleting resources. The more programs/documents you open and close, (or just open) the faster your resources go downhill.

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    Yes that is true. The problems I had even occurred upon first start up doing absolutley nothing - just waiting 2 to three hours and then the resources would be down to 38% I suspect probable hardware failure. The system is four years old and has been used hard for the duration of the time running constantly. I wish I could track down the problem exactly so that I would not have to junk the motherboard and AMD chip in favor of an Intel MB and Chipset which I have heard is more reliable. Perhaps they just do not run forever.

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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    My first step would be to download <A target="_blank" HREF=http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10090-100-892023.html?tag=st.dl.10001-103-1.lst-7-1.892023>Filemon</A> and let it run while your system is idling. It may point you in a software-direction, which I think is most likely your problem.

    I've never heard of hardware causing this issue.. Intermittent memory access would lead to greater problems, and would result in a completely sparratic set of issues, *generally* wouldn't be as consistant as what you've outlined here...

    Hope that helps!
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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    I agree. Doesn't sound like a hardware problem, something soft is gobbling up resources. You might want to cross post in the WinME forum.

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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    I have an Intel Chip & a Gigabyte motherboard with Win98 and experience similar problems. However, I have noticed that this problem does not occur with most games, but a few do (Diablo 2 for a start). Running standard Windows applications always seems to cause performance loss. So I agree that this may not be a hardware fault.

    Good luck in resolving this problem.

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    Re: RAM DEPLETION - slow but steadily RAM depletes

    Take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q146/4/18.asp> Q146418 Free System Resoures</A>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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