I have 2 laptops:
Laptop A is a Sony Vaio, with XP (Service Pack 2), 768 MB RAM, 40GB HDD, Pentium 4, CPU Speed 2.8GHz
Laptop B is an old Sharp with Win 2000 (Service Pack 4), 192 MB Ram, 10 GB HDD Pentium 3, CPU Speed 67.1 MHZ
I have ADSL from BT with a 1GB connection. Netgear Router.
I mainly use Laptop A.
I work from home, and I have the same applications on both laptops that display real time price data from various financial data sources. So I have prices constantly changing on the screen, together with realtime charts etc.
Now if I use these applications on Laptop A, after a few minutes, or hours it freezes, and I have to shut down and re-start. (The restart is then slow, and I may have to re-start a second time). Laptop A ALSO freezes occasionally WITHOUT running these applications; but it's more likely to freeze with the applications running.
After a few hours of running these applications on Laptop B, windows displays a message along the lines of "windows is resizing the pagefile size due to the data, press OK to continue". I press OK, and everything continues perfectly!!!!! SO Laptop B works BETTER than Laptop A!!!!!!!
Now, I think the problem has something to do with the way XP is managing the Page File, which I thought was automatic. So, I used the advice from this link http://www.petri.co....ptimization.htm to adjust my settings in Windows on Laptop A. I thought this would solve the problem but it hasn't. I set the Minimum Paging File Size in Virtual Memory to 1152, max to 3456 MB on my C: drive. This didn't work. I then set it to "System Managed". This also failed to solve the problem.
On Laptop A I have 8.5 GB free on C: Drive, and 18GB free on D: drive. Drive D: is currently set to "no paging file". I was thinking of moving the Page File to D: but I don't know how to do it, or whether that would solve the problem anyway. I've already put in an extra 256MB of RAM, and putting in another 256MB is also an option, but I don't think that will help; after all Laptop B ONLY HAS 192MB Ram!!!!
Oh, I did send it back to Sony TWICE whilst it was still under its 12 month warranty, but they didn't solve the problem. Whenever they tested it, of course, it didn't freeze!
Posting on here is now my only hope, or I simply continue to use my old, slow Laptop B.
I look forward with interest to anyones advice!