So I’ve been to the computer store to get some new memory for my desktop computor. I currently have 512Mb, residing in 2 of 3 slots on the motherboard; but I want more RAM… so I bought 512 Mb more!
I installed it in the motherboard, and booted up… to get the message “Win32 error, not enough memory” (I’m not sure that’s exactly right, but pretty close…). Hmm, I thought.
I got the computer booted up, and set about investigating. System Properties shows the new memory (as did the POST, for that matter). But System Resources shows that I’m running about 65% free, and things are running a bit slow. I opened up the system monitor to note that the processor is showing continuous 100% usage, I watched for several minutes, and it never dipped below 100%). That’s odd. To get below 100% usage of the processor, I cntl/alt/del’d to close down, one by one, the things running in the background… eventually I got the processor freed up again. I rebooted and repeated this process several times, and was unable to determine exactly what I shut down that freed up the processor (at first I thought it was Norton AV, and I was about to uninstall and reinstall that… but after a few reboots, I’m not sure what is sucking up my processor).
I’m out of ideas! I’m pretty sure the new memory isn’t completely to blame, as the computer has been running oddly for a few days… since my last defrag, as a matter of fact. I suspect that something weird happened when I defragged…
I’m currently running a scan disk in Safe Mode, while typing this on my notebook.
Anyone have any ideas?
My OS is Win 98 SE, running on a P4, 1.7 Ghz desktop, 1024Mbs of RAM (512 Mbs of which is brand new, of course).
Thanks in advance!