I would take measures to release System Resources but you may have other problems. Solutions to tackle low System Resources break down as follows:
1. Too many 32 bit programmes loading at Startup. From within programmes change them if appropriate to be available on demand and not running in background. Close programmes after use.
2. 16 bit and dos programmes not releasing resources whilst there is a single remaining 16 bit programme running in background. Solution shutdown and restart computer.
3. Resource hogging programmes such as PhotoShop, IE, WMP/RP and others. Don't leave windows etc open after you have moved on. Minimise other programmes in use whilst running these programmes. I need to do some more research myself on these type of programmes particularly IE.
In addition there are programmes which do not happily co-exist with other programmes e.g. Crashguard. You need to watch utilities, particularly those offering all round continuous protection!
The system warns if System Resources fall to 10%. It is frequently said that the user does not need to worry unless system Resources reach near exhaustion. It still seems sensible, however, not to waste resources!
Some programmes running in the background can cause problems. Ones which comes to mind:
1. Find Fast if you have Office 97 or Office 2000. Disable it.
2. "Compact messages in background" in Tools, Options Maintenance in Outlook Express.
3. Continuous virus scanning -use a different virus protection strategy.
4. You might run Adaware to see how many parasites you have gained:
Good housekeeping might be overdue:
1. In Outlook Express empty Deleted Items folder.
2. In Outlook Express run File, Folder, Compact All whilst OFFLINE.
3. Remove Temporary Internet Files by selecting Start, Settings, Control Panel, Internet Options, General tab, Delete Files and check box for "Delete all offline content".
4. Empty Recycle Bin.
5. Run Disk Defragmenter in Safe Mode.
Hope this helps.
Stourport, Worcs, England
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> Almost every time I click on a folder, file, or link, it
> takes several seconds for the destination page to get
> posted and for the cursor so move smoothly. During the
> transition, the cursor moves jerkily and won't allow me to
> make the next move.
> I assume that this is the result of the destination page
> taking a lot of time to load. My question - is this a
> result of low system resources? Going to Control
> Panel/System/Performance, I usually see that the system
> is "28% free" or some such.
> Is this the reason, and if so, is there any way I can free
> up more of he system? What is an acceptable/optimal
> amount of "free" in the system?
> (I have an HP 6535, 255 mb RAM, and 466 MhZ chip)