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I was just curious, how come when i check the amount of resources the system has free, it never goes over 78%...even when i just restart.

There's nothing in the system tray other than norton internet protection, and my startup folder is totally empty. I've also removed everything i could in startup manager to minimize the things running in the background...but no matter what i do, it never goes over 78%....

Im running win98SE on a celeron 501 mhz, 256 mb of ram and a 4 gig hard drive and a 12 gig hard drive(primary) with a cd writer plus 8000 series (which no one here helped me with cuz i still need the proper driver for it).....

thnx

oh yeah, and i ran ad ware and i dont have any spy ware cuz i originally thought it was a cause of low resources.
 

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i just wanted to be alittle more specific, i have about 7 gigs of free space and i used cache man to optimize my cache.....and i defrag ever couple of days
 

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Whats running in the backround???

I belive you can get some by closing the bckround programs...and you cant add more resources by adding memory...it is a thing M$ products use...when resouces get below 60-50% then things start to crash...like they need a reason
 

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Most W98 systems will have from 75-90% resources free when they boot, with a typical mix of startup applications. I checked three systems here:

My wife's system, has virus scanning, clock setting program, VNC remote console, and Xerox print manager, 77%.

Test system, bare with almost nothing starting, 94%.

Another test system, with more of a standard mix, no virus scanner, 84%.
 

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u see, thats what i dont get, there really isnt anything big running in the background...a firewall and display settings, keyboard manager...and the usual stuff u cant get rid of (explorer..etc)

what could be gobbling up the resources, usually when i reboot, im at 78%, then when i get up and running, im cruising at 58-68%
 

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Oddball device drivers, background programs, etc., all will consume resources. The only way to find out is to get something along the lines of X-Setup, disable all the startup programs that you can, disable or uninstall any odd-ball non-standard hardware, and see where you stand. Then you add the stuff in one-at-a-time and find out where the resources go.

Of course, I just moved to Windows 2000 and left the resource issues in the dust. :)
 

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windows 2000 eh, resources in the dust u say....can u explain plz...

if its as good as u say i might as well upgrade
 

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The GUI stack isn't managed the same way in the NT derived operating systems(NT/W2K/XP), so the 64kb resource stacks don't exist, and you also don't run out of resources. I have, on occasion, fired up about 20 large applications at the same time on this machine with 512mb RAM, and there was no issue of memory or resources, it just chugged on. I go for weeks at a time between reboots with this machine, I rebooted at least once every day or so with W98, if I didn't, it would crash at some point. I also run a lot of different applications during the course of a day, which puts a strain on W98, because of the resource issue.
 

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guess I'll upgrade then, thnx
 
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