Version 2002 Service Pack 3
AMD Semperon Processor 3400+
1.8 Ghz, 448MB of RAM
My system seems to occasionally slow down to an almost screeching halt and I don't really understand why. I was online a little while ago, browsing some real estate sites, and suddenly started having images on the pages not show up. Then I got an error message stating that a script stopped working due to a low memory state. I brought up the Task Manager and found that my page file usage was 1.6GB! I have never seen it that high before. And the CPU usage was only about 4% I think. I looked at the processes running and couldn't really see any one thing using a lot of memory, although the svchost.exe process seemed to be duplicated a few times.
I restarted my computer and everything seemed to return to normal. Right now my page file usage is 362MB, though it seems to be slowly getting higher. CPU usage is running between 2% to 20%.
What would make the page file usage jump as high as it did and what can I do to prevent it (besides buying a better computer)? I have heard that buying more memory would help, but even if it would, I think with the improvements in everything since this computer was made, I would be better off buying a new one. But I would still like to have a better understanding of why this would happen. Thanks.