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AFRICABIZ VOL 1 - ISSUE : 12
APRIL 15 - MAY 14, 2000
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After weeks or months of intensive usage of your computer you have certainly noticed that applications load slower and slower whatever may be the amount of Random Access Memory - RAM - you have available on your system. This sluggish behavior may even happens if your system has a whoopee 256 MB of RAM.

What are the reasons for that? They are of two kinds:

  • - Fragmentation of your hard disk.

  • - Capture and retention of RAM memory by some applications.


  • How to restore speediness of your system?

    A- DEFRAGMENTATION

    It is a good to run from time to time - depending on the usage you make of your system - the maintenance item provided by WINDOWS to defragment your hard disk. I use the tool once per week.

    Here is how to proceed:

      • 1- Click "start".
      • 2- Choose "Programs"
      • 3- Click on "Accessories"
      • 4- Choose "System tools"
      • 5- Click on "Disk Defragmenter"
      • 6- and choose the hard drive you want to defragment and click "OK"

    If you have partitioned your disk, you have a possibility to defragment all the partitions in one go. At point 6 above outlined, scroll down the arrow and choose "All hard disks" and click OK.

    B- CONTROL ATTRIBUTION OF RAM TO APPLICATIONS

    When you start your computer and WINDOWS loads, it grabs the maximum of Random Access Memory available; and when you load additional applications they also do the same. However, when you close these applications, they do not relinquish the total of the RAM they captured; and finally you may end up running out of memory...and being obliged to restart the whole system to free memory.

    WINDOWS does have a tool in the "Accessories" called "Resource Meter" to handle the smooth allocation and relinquish of memory. That "Resource Meter", however, is also a memory hog; a big memory guzzler, which can crash your system. I run it once and got a big bang! I was frightened to death convinced that I have completely destroyed my hard disk.

    There are other utilities, less far hungry of memory which make it a snap the attribution of memory to applications and the subsequent relinquish of said memory when an application is closed.

    1- RamOptimizer from RamOptimizer.com allows you to instantly free up memory when your system slows down.

    2- Cacheman by Thomas Reinman is a utility which tweaks the disk cache settings and prevents frequent swapping of the data to disk resulting in an improved performance and stability.

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