low in resources

Sometimes I get the message, "your system is dangerously low in resources" what does this mean exactly. Do I need more RAM a faster processor? Is there a way to monitor if I am getting low? I got this in the past and someone told me it was due the lack of RAM...
cdcataisAsked:
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1cellCommented:
what does this mean exactly?
It means is that your system resources ( mostly memory but also processor ) are being used up by programs running on your system.

Do I need more RAM a faster processor?
More RAM definately wouldn't hurt and a faster processor is never bad though it might not help incredibly.  On ething you can do without spending money is to eliminate programs in the start up group.  These programs will run when windows starts and remain running and using resources wether or not they are doing anything. I'll give more info below.

Is there a way to monitor if I am getting low?
Go to start | programs | accessories | system tools | system monitor
Or you can also simply right click on My Computer and select properties.  Then click on performance.



Now, to rid unwanted programs from startup,

Goto start | run and type msconfig and hit OK

In msconfig, click on the startup tab on the upper right

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cdcataisAuthor Commented:
Scan Registry, Task Monitor,System Tray, Load Power Profile, Ensoniq Mixer, & Multi function keyboard.......

These boxes are all checked.  What % triggers a warning for resources?
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1cellCommented:
if those are the only boxes checked, there's really not a problem with too many things loading.

How much memory do you have?  Does this occur only while online?  

Typically, you would like more than 85% resources free but sometimes, you'll see below that mark.
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cdcataisAuthor Commented:
I have 96 MB RAM and a 166MMX Pentium. I have a cable hook-up for my internet access. Is 85% the trigger for my system issuing a warning for resources?
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1cellCommented:
no, that will trigger when a call is made for resources which are not available.  Either asking for attention from the processor or memory which is not immediately available.  To tell you, my system right now has 34% free.

Do this:
right click on my computer and select properties
click on performance and click virutal memory
is windows handling the virtual memory?

how much free space on your hard drive?
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cdcataisAuthor Commented:
Yes windows is handling my virtual memory, in the box below it says I have 4485mb free.
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1cellCommented:
what are you doing when this happens?  the warning that is.
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1cellCommented:
how often does this happen?
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cdcataisAuthor Commented:
I'm usually working. Usually I have a quote system, a browser and my back office support up when it occurs. But my system resources really only go to around 65% with these applications are open and running at once...
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1cellCommented:
OK, not being familiar with the quote system, I will wager a guess.

First of all, if this is a winmodem , software modem , or hfc modem, it uses processor and memory to perform its job.  Being that you have a 133MHz processor, this is quite tasking.  In combination with the browser, and back office, again, we are using more memory and processor.  Finally, if the quote system is any kind of a database, it is probably quite taxing.

Ultimately, more RAM will help and a faster processor will add more speed to the system as well as relieving the system while on the internet.
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