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low system resources

I have a system with intel celeron pIII with 256 mb ram. Immediately after booting I have 115mb of ram memory. Within just 2 or 3 applications such as IE and OE,I get a message that the system resources are as low as 13% Even after exiting some of the large programs, it keeps on repeating.
Can you guide me where I am going wrong?

pscraja
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RepliedCommented:
Something is wrong with your computer, a task is running in the background and chewing up your system resources. Try to go to Start > Run > msconfig > Startup tab, and uncheck any programs that you don't need running on startup. This won't delete anything, but it will ensure that the programs don't load without you opening them. If this doesn't work, you may have a virus that is doing this. You might also have a memory problem, visit http://www.memtest86.com/ and download memtest. Test your memory with it. Hope this helps you.
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Asta CuCommented:
You may be experiencing Memory Leaks; what loads at startup?
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Asta CuCommented:
If you monitor your computer's free system resources (or memory), you may note that the resources have decreased even though no programs are currently running.
CAUSE - This behavior can occur if you start a program and then quit it before it has completely started. When you do so, memory is leaked, and your free system resources decrease.
RESOLUTION - To work around this issue, do not quit a program before it has completely started. To verify that all of your system resources have been freed, restart your computer.
MORE INFORMATION - A program that "leaks memory" is a program that does not release your computer's system resources (or memory) correctly. This can lead to your computer's system resources becoming so low that your computer may become unstable. If you restart your computer, all of your system resources should be available.
Source: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;185832&Product=w98
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Asta CuCommented:
Programs may be started automatically when you start your computer. Programs that run when you start your computer typically run all the time; this uses a portion of your computer's system resources that cannot be used for any other task.
You may be running a program that creates memory leaks. When you quit a program, the system resources that the program uses should be returned to the operating system. However, some programs do not return all of these resources, effectively "leaking" memory, and this can create a low system-resource state.
Your computer may have a small or minimal amount of random access memory (RAM), or a slower central processing unit (CPU). For example, although Windows 95 can run with a minimum of 4 megabytes (MB) of RAM (24 MB for Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition), this amount of RAM may not be sufficient to maintain a high speed while you run one or more programs. Also, if your computer has only the minimum CPU requirements for Windows 98 (486DX/66 or higher) or Windows 95 (386DX or higher), it may not be sufficient to maintain a high speed while you run one or more programs. More here...
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;259161&Product=w98

start-run-msconfig - start up - uncheck items you don't need, close and reboot to test.

start-run-sfc to check file system integrity

start-fun-msinfo32 tools - run registry checker

Scan with Updated Viruscan program and definitions files for virus/worm/trojan activities and check for spyware/malware/malicious BHOs, tools here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html

Creating a View of a File May Leak Pages of Memory
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;242161&Product=w98

As you see, many possibilities could contribute to this.
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Asta CuCommented:
Memory leak in User.exe After Resuming Computer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;258191&Product=w98

Memory Leak in User.exe After Resuming Windows 98-Based Computer
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;300234&Product=w98

How current is WindowsUpdate?  Also relevant to the programs that load at startup.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Great info above.  For even more, see this page at my  website below:

http://home.earthlink.net/~leetutor/FixWin/MiscProb/lowres.htm
Low System Resources
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Son_of_MalcomCommented:
Try checking the memory with TuffTest Pro (or TuffTest Pro lite) for problems. After checking my PC with this, it ran faster, I don't know why. I gain 2% more system resources on amy idle machine by doing this! The program is avalible via download only and need to make a boot floppy to run from. However, I can't rember the web address.
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Asta CuCommented:
Your feedback here is integral, so we don't spin our wheels if you've been helped (which in my humble opinion already occurred)
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SootahCommented:
Memory leak or a WORM. Boot to safe mode, and take everything out of startup. Add them back one at a time till you find your problem. http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/ModSysStart.html

Perhaps while the machine is running start closing processes and see what one frees up the memory.
http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/EssentialProc.html
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moduloCommented:
PAQed - no points refunded (of 250)

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