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I have Windows XP and 256 megabytes RAM, with 19.0 Gigabytes hard drive. It has developed the annoying habit .....
I think you will find Windows uses a swap partition
I had in mimd windows 7The partitioning part of the loader creates a seperate 100Mb section perhaps this is the source of my confusion ?
... I've been running the much despised Vista for a couple of years without any problems. It does have a footprint like a Sasquatch however.
I agree with everything said so far and must add that you may have indexing switched on, a great way to wear out drives.
Quote from: Atomic-S on 25/01/2010 07:29:32I have Windows XP and 256 megabytes RAM, with 19.0 Gigabytes hard drive. It has developed the annoying habit .....I'm quite impressed that it actually runs at all! What OS did it have to start with?
You do need 1G of ram, as after SP3 a lot of patches were written assuming a minimum of 500M of main memory, and are unstable with less.
Just think, I may have an operating system that renders the hardware obsolete while it runs.
Another thing that happens frequently is a message popping up saying that Windows has found the virtual memory too low, and is expanding it.
You have insufficient ram to run Windows XP effectively. I have one system that can dual boot into Windows XP (for a couple of games) and while its 512MB of ram is fine for Linux, which typically only occupies ~200MB, it's not really enough for Windows XP; after booting Windows XP the system immediately needs to write ~220MB into swap i.e. virtual memory on the HDD, and that's before I actually start running anything.So on this system, Windows XP needs around 730MB ram just to sit there and do nothing; on your system this would mean that you're using about twice as much swap space as you have real ram and hence all the disk activity as it transfers stuff in and out of real ram to the virtual memory on the HDD. The situation is made even worse by the very poor virtual memory handling in Windows (all versions) because it uses a normal file for virtual memory instead of a special swap partition, with the result that all swap activity has to go via the normal high-level filesystem process instead of being handled by a low-level disk I-O.Windows XP really needs about 1GB of real ram to run without lots of disk swapping.