lovejoy
 
Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2009 09:24 pm
I know nothing about computers so advice would be much appreciated.

I keep getting a message telling me that comp is low on memory.

What exactly does that mean?
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NickFun
 
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Reply Tue 8 Sep, 2009 09:29 pm
@lovejoy,
I used to know the answer to this but I can't remember now.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 04:03 am
@lovejoy,
You've got too much stuff on it and that is undoubtedly slowing down performance. I don't have time to go into it right now as I have to leave for work soon, but the bottom line is that you need to offload some of your stuff (say, photographs or music) elsewhere and then delete it off your hard drive in order to clear some space.

This means burning CDs or DVDs, or using a flash drive (they are small and cheap, you can buy them at any computer store) or a zip drive or the like.

Or simply deleting things you don't want any more (again, older pictures, music, or perhaps emails with large attachments).

This is where backing up is important. Hard drives, really, should not be used for storage. They should be used for the stuff that you want the computer to do. But in terms of storage, you should be using removable media like CDs, etc. so that your processing power can be devoted more to processing than to storage. Your computer is to be a workhorse, not a garage.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 08:26 am
@lovejoy,
lovejoy wrote:
I know nothing about computers so advice would be much appreciated.

I keep getting a message telling me that comp is low on memory.

What exactly does that mean?

What exactly does the message say?
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 09:33 am
Happens to me a lot. like jes said, time for a 'puter rummage sale. I use an external hard drive to move stuff.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4010243&sku=M122-7828

http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuimages/large/M122-7828-Main01-jl.jpg
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 02:35 pm
I'm interested to know whether the computer is low on memory or hard drive space. "Memory" is RAM, not storage space.
lovejoy
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 04:22 pm
Ticomaya, I dont know whether this helps at all because I don't know what it means but comp has 40mg and I've used 8mg
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 04:25 pm
@Ticomaya,
that's true...hmmm...I thought it was just disc space
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 05:33 pm
@panzade,
You're right, Tico, my bad. Either way, though, there's clutter. And backing up never hurts.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 05:34 pm
@jespah,
nice sidestep...wanna dance?
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 05:39 pm
@panzade,
Why, I thought you'd never ask.
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Wed 9 Sep, 2009 08:46 pm
@lovejoy,
lovejoy wrote:
Ticomaya, I dont know whether this helps at all because I don't know what it means but comp has 40mg and I've used 8mg

Hmmm. Is this computer 20 years old?
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lovejoy
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 02:16 am
NoTicomya, it's about 6 yrs old
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lovejoy
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 02:29 am
will running this get rid of my problem?

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=ccleaner.com+free&meta=&aq=1&oq=CCleaner.com&fp=26e92a906e3ca24d
panzade
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 07:44 am
@lovejoy,

Have you read up on memory loss issues?

here's a beginner's guide that was very educational to me.

Quote:
In many cases, an "out of memory" message is misleading, since your whole system really did not run out of memory. Instead, certain areas of memory (Microsoft calls "heaps") used by Windows have run low on space.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/question466.htm
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Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 07:59 am
lovejoy wrote:
I know nothing about computers so advice would be much appreciated.

I keep getting a message telling me that comp is low on memory.

What exactly does that mean?

What type of computer is it?
What operating system are you running?
What exactly does the low memory message say?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 09:32 am
@lovejoy,
lovejoy wrote:
What exactly does that mean?

Time to reboot.
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 09:57 am
@DrewDad,
That's probably exactly what it means.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 10 Sep, 2009 10:05 am
@Ticomaya,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_leak
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