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I was constantly getting blue errors in the past, which stopped for some time.
However, experienced another today: Memory_Management

Noticed that the computer lads a bit, and was thinking of getting more RAM for it....

Ran a system Diagnostic report and received the following:
-"Available memory on system is low"....
- Upgrade physical memory or reduce load

Files causing most Disk IOs:
C:\pagefiles.sys
C:\$mft
C:\$LogFiles
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Would like to know how I can reduce the system load, and also if there may actually be another problem

Thank you
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You left out some info we need.

How much memory do you have now? How much is in use. You can see this from Task Manager, Performance tab.

How big is your hard drive and how much free space does it have? My Computer will give you this info.

Might be a good idea to test your memory too. Download Memtest86+ (you want the 2nd one Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)). Unzip it then create a CD from the iso file using your CD burning software. There is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do this easily.

Boot the CD and run for at least 3 complete passes unless it shows errors sooner than that.
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Sorry about that, here are the numbers. Hopefully got the correct ones. Will dl the program

Total physical memory (Mb)
Total: 957
Cached: 336
Free: 7 (changes values, goes down to 2 and back up)

Kernel Memory (MB)
Total: 137
Paged: 86
Nonpaged: 50

Ram: 1gb.
OS (c:): used 77.8gb, free 61.1gb capacity 138GB
Recovery (d:): used 5.04gb, free 4.95gb, capacity 9.99gb

Edited by nehac, 04 August 2011 - 08:37 PM.

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You can use more memory for sure.

Go to crucial.com and either install the memory scanner or manually identify your computer. See how much memory your computer will take and what kind. You can even buy from crucial. Their prices are sometimes a little higher than elsewhere but their customer service is first rate.
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Thank you,
for the mean time is there anything I can do temporarily that might help (until I get more memory installed?)
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You can reduce the number of programs that start at boot time.

Use msconfig to determine what is causing the problem

These are good tutorials on using msconfig in XP, Vista or Windows 7:
How to use msconfig in Windows XP
How to use msconfig in Windows Vista
How to use msconfig in Windows 7

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Reboot and see if it runs better.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the ones that slow you down. Anti-virus may be one but you need that so make sure it is enabled. If you use McAfee or Symantec, you could uninstall them and install Microsoft Security Essentials instead.

Next, start msconfig and click on the Services tab.
Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs better.
Again, if AV is the major problem, MSE may be the answer.
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Thank you for the help. This was okay for a few days

However, now my computer will not load properly. Get the following error:

No Boot Device Available
Sata 0: Installed
Sata 1: Installed
Sata 2: None
Sata 3: None

In order to log on, I must click F12 and manually select the drive to boot from. Not sure why this is happening now.

This issue occurred several months ago but was resolved (don't recall what I had done)

Edited by nehac, 10 August 2011 - 07:36 PM.

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Check Boot order or Boot priority in BIOS Setup, make sure it has your SATA hard drive in the list, usually #2 after your optical (CD/DVD) drive.
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Just wrote down the info before reading your post. Currently here are the settings.

Boot Device Priority
First Boot Device [removable]
Second Boot Device [Hard Disk]
Third Boot Device [CDROM]
Forth Boot Device [Disabled]
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Phoenix Award Bios CMOS Setup Utility
Floppy A (Disabled)
SATA 0 Samsung HD1614J
SATA 1 Hl-dt-st dvd +/-rw gsa-h73n
SATA 2 None
SATA 3 None
HDD Smart (disabled)
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Boot your Vista/Windows 7 DVD. Chose Startup Repair, see if that fixes the problem. You may have to run it 3 times so be patient. Test after each run.
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Thank you, everything seems to be good after running it once. Hopefully stays that way now *knocks on wood*
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Glad to hear it. Thank you for letting me know.
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:)
Can I trouble you again once more (regarding memory).

I have never bought RAM before and just wanted to confirm if it would be okay for me to purchase this one:
http://www.canadacom...&item_id=013637

Crucial recommends this:
http://www.crucial.c...a568788df5ad01e

Believe they are the same but want to double check.
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That should work. The only difference I see is the Crucial one is CL5, the canadacomputer one is CL6.

CL: Short for CAS Latency, where CAS is short for Column Address Strobe. CL latency is one of the most important parameters of a memory chip. It is the time it takes to get data to the data pins. Immediately following the CAS Latency, the data is available on the memory Data-pins.

A smaller number is better though I doubt you will see any difference.
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Great! I did not know that. Will check again and see if I find something with a lower CL. If not will just get the CL6 one

Thank you for all of your help :)
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