OK, this is now solved, thanks to everyone who gave advice.
I know have a useless 1 GB memory card and a 2GB in the machine, courtesy of the little shop around the corner. Fortunately, as is true all over the world, computer nerds speak English.
So I\’ve now 1 GB of free RAM with Windows, Vodafopne, Firefox etc running in hte 1 GB they were all taking up before. For €25 which is a bloody liberty I tell \’ee. Why I remember when that upgrade to 640 kb was a big and expensive deal…..mumbles into his grey beard and falls asleep at the table drooling in senescence…
I\’ve got a new little netbook to travel with. And the little bastard just keeps running out of memory.
I\’m already running Firefox without downloading images. And that seems to take 250 MB or so of the 1GB RAM available.
As far as I can tell cache is set to 4096. I really shouldn\’t be having Firefox repeatedly crashing as out of memory.
However, poking around and looking at system resources etc I seem to have something which is demanding 600-700 MB just as normal usage. I am running the Vodafone internet acess through a pen app. But that shouldn\’t take up that much. And, looking in the apps running window of Task Manager, that is all I\’m running, windoes and the Vodafone app.
So, err, where\’s all the memory gone? And why isn\’t some of it going to cache etc?
In short, how do I get a system that doesn\’t keep falling over for being out of memory?
So, update. Looking at task manager as this thing is right now.
Firefox, 120 MB.
Mobile broadband, 39 MB
Exploer 15, Plugin Container 12 and nothing else over 5 MB.
And yet something is using 800 MB and change altogether.
1013 Physical Memory, 150 cached, 214 available and 71 free.
814 MB in use according to resource manager.
And I\’m beginning to get an inkling of an idea: l;ast time it fell over I had a look there and there was 300 MB or so \”modified\” rather than in use or free.
So what\’s doing that \”modified\” bit then?
For what does happen is that it\’s fine from a cold start and then a few hours later it falls over (it makes Firefox fall over that is) until I cold start it again. So is there some process filling up memory?
Oh, and using AVG not Norton and AVG is pretty light itself isn\’t it?
\”Oh that\’s a point, the standard Windows look-as-stupid-as-a-Mac interface uses up shitloads of GPU, and if your little netbook hasn\’t got much of a GPU, that\’ll slow it to a crawl, so turn that off and use the standard XP type theme.\”
Erm, OK, how?