On Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:32:50 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
Do you use Hibernate a lot. If so, Restart windows instead of
Hibernating or Standing by. Even if you don't use it a lot, if your
session has been long or did something to use up memrory (what that
might be I don't know), maybe restarting will help.
How much memory *do* you have. What OS are you running. If this
were a computer newsgroup, you'd be chastised for not giving that ifo
Task manager is good, but System Explorer is even better and also
free. Mostly I like it because it says, pretty much**, what program
is writing or reading the harddrive, if harddrive activity is more
than you expect.
**I presume it doesn't manage to diplay the calling program for every
read and right.
I too have gotten two virtural memory messages in recent weeks, when
running FF, but otoh I have only 1 gig and may have 80 tabs open. So
I might be on the edge anyhow. Next computer has 3 gigs and I hope to
start using it soon.
It's best if you're not using virtual memory (the swapfile) at all,
I just put 16 in the machine I've been working on the last couple of
weeks (but it IS a server).
I've got 2 gigs on most of the workstations - running XP Pro. I think
I'd consider that minimum on a Win7 machine.
The message does NOT come from the operating system, it is a construct of an
application program (possibly Firefox).
Try using Internet Explorer for a while and see if the problem disappears.
That's probably a good idea anyway; Firefox has been known to give your cat
warts. (If you don't have a cat, you'll probably be okay. Except for the
flames, of course.)
With Windows XP I have noticed a strange lag after using the latest
version of Firefox. Before the next program loads it seems like the
system has to regain some memory area that was previously allocated to
FF. Maybe its my imagination but I never noticed this before the new
FF came out. Has anyone else noticed this?
Played with page file size? Ever heard of page file or page file
thrashing or virtual memory? Only start the application you need
when computer is booted. Don't load any thing you don't need. Also
make sure your cpu has good size L1 and L2 chache memory.
Then you liked a wrong machine.
I assemble all Desktops when I need new one. Laptops are all Thinkpads.
House is wireless networked on dual band and even Skype wireless phone
is on it, wireless AIO printer is shared.
Our browser is Seamonkey. All boxes are on Vista Ultimate except mine
which is triple boot, guess what I am booting.
I can't swear it is related to FF, but my machine seems to go away for
20-30 seconds at a time, hard drive light burning brightly, a lot more
often since the upgrade to the current version. Or maybe it just doesn't
play nice with the upgraded PCTools anti-everything package.
That may, or may not be an issue depending on what is on the web page
you are viewing. Mostly this is mitigated by both MS and the people who
write problematic code, but not entirely.
It does use substantially less memory than FF, that is probably
because it is more tightly integrated in.
I'm a web programmer/developer. I do not like IE, none of us do
(buggy and incomplete implementation of web standards). But on a minimal
system, IE will work where FF will have problems.
With all that said, it really is Norton causing the trouble, not FF.
Hey!!! A kindred spirit???
Norton USED to be the best you could get. Norton Utilities was the
best disk editor, back when Peter Norton WAS Norton.The early Norton
AntiVirus was precedent setting.
But today there are so many products that are SO MUCH better than
Norton's offering - particularly in how little they interfere with the
real business of "computing"
Norton products today just get in the way of everything, consuming
resources in prodigious ammounts.
I am just throwing something so you can further think. Stuff like Norton
will slow down the system and even cause a problem. Best thing to do
with a home PC is just protect it from Virus attack, block all the
garbage coming in and load it with just what you need(applications).
Never upgrade anything if things are doing fine. If you want to upgrade
wait until it is proven well.
Well, I'll agree to a point, Tony - but if you are connected to the
internet running a Windows system, it is VERY good policy to install
Microsoft's security updates (to "plug" the holes in the system) as
they are made available.
To protect it from a virus attack requires some sort of anti-virus.
Norton is almost a virus itself.
There are simple virus protection programs out there that DO work and
do not assume, like Norton does, that you are an absolute idiot and
will take no responsibility for your actions on the net or elsewhere.
They are, however, totally useless if you do not install the signature
updates in a very timely manner. If you don't, you are susceptible to
first day type attacks.(may as well not have antivirus if it is not up
I work with this stuff on a daily basis.
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