Help! Computer says it's out of memory, but...

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  1. Jeffrey Noel

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    I just deleted over 650 MB of mp3s off of my computer! What is going on? I checked my C: drive and it says there is 13.4 MB left. WTF?

    Can you help?
     
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    Did you empty the recycle bin?
     
  3. Jeffrey Noel

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    Yep. Recycle bin is all empty. I even restarted the computer to see if that would help. But it didn't! [​IMG]
    Time to buy a new computer. This 6gig 350mhz outdated thing is pissing me off. Anyone want to buy a cheap computer? [​IMG]
     
  4. John_Berger

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    Not to get rid of your excuse to get a new system ... [​IMG]
    try using the Disk Cleanup under System Tools to see if it can straighten the matter out.
     
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    What OS is it running? If you have Windows Me, reformat, install Windows 2000, repeat as necessary. [​IMG]
    Seriously, Me is the worst crap ever. How much memory do you have? (RAM, as opposed to HDD space)
     
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    Well, John. There wasn't a thing my computer could clean up. This sucks! [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeffrey Noel

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    Mark, I have Windows ME = more problems than good times! [​IMG]
    I can't reformat now. I'm doing homework and I need this hunk'a junk to work for me now!
    I will more than likely reformat after tomorrow, when I'm done with college for Thanksgiving break!
     
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    Sweet. Just don't reinstall Moron Edition.
     
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    13.4 MB? No wonder you're having problems. That's just not enough elbow room.

    You need to clean out at least 2-300MB
     
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    Joel, anyway to fix it?
    BTW, it now says I have 3.6mb left. [​IMG]
     
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    OK... you need to clarify whether its actually memory or hard drive space you're running out of.
    Windows doesn't create a huge-ass swap most of the time, and mine is just 239MB right now, and i have 512MB RAM.
    If you're running out of memory you'll need to upgrade your RAM, if you're running out of disk space you'll either have to upgrade your drive or burn stuff to CD.
     
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    Set your swapfile to a constant size; 384MB.

    Also, make sure there isn't any System Restore (or Backup) feature turned on.
     
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    I was having similar problems on my Pentium II 350 Mhz PC running Win 95. It stopped recognizing the CDRW drive sometimes, freeze ups, etc.

    I did 3 things and have been running like a champ ever since. I reformatted my hard drive, installed Win98, and (I think this part really made a difference) unplugged every cable/card, cleaned the contacts with contact cleaner and firmly reseated them. I think things loosen up over the years.

    I've been running without freezeups, CDRW works great, and I get to use my USB ports that my PC already had but Win95 didn't handle.
     
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    Some suggestions:
    1. Clear your browser cache (temporary internet files)
    2. Empty your C:WindowsTemp folder.
    3. Run a Scandisk. Perhaps your free space is getting lost due to FAT corruption.
    4. Run a virus scan with an up to date scanner.
    5. Check how much space each folder on your drive is taking up. If one is unusually large, check it out and see what it is, and clean it out if possible.
    6. Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall anything you aren't using anymore.
    If all else fails, reformat and reinstall, after backing up your important stuff of course.
    KJP
     
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    if you deleted all those mp3s, do a find file for *.mp3 and make sure the only MP3s on your computer are the ones you itended to leave. Dont delete any MP3s that go with games or anything though. Just make sure you didnt accidentally copy them to somewhere else instead of deleting them.
    Also, on a side note regarding the swap file... I have 1GB of ram in my WinXP machine, so that means I can either let Windows manage my swap file which means it will change in size and fragment faster, or I can set it, but it will need to be 2GB [​IMG]. I need to run Partition Magic and steal some hard drive space from my second partition anyway.
     
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    Question: (I hope not too off topic) but by downloading MP3's from these sites like Napster and such, do they use a backdoor to use some of your computer's resources without your knowledge?
     

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