June 22, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! For those of you who are new to this newsletter, I welcome you! I know as a new subscriber, this whole newsletter maybe a bit abrupt and confusing since you are suddenly in a middle of a conversation of who knows what, so to get caught up, check out the community newsletter archives, where you'll see that each week's Q&A comes from the last Friday's newsletter. So check them out and join the rest of CNET's community members in helping each other out and voicing your opinions--it's all good fun, and I hope you stick around.
This week's topic is all about that little message that pops up saying Windows Virtual Memory is too low! And today we are here to demystify what it is and see what are some ways you can help make this issue go away. While Denise's question below specifically mentions her laptop, virtual memory works the same with desktops. As you read through the answers from our members, you'll realize that low virtual memory can be caused by many factors, which can range from too many tasks running on your desktop to insufficient hard drive space. Many of the answers and solutions provided by our members came in all sizes, but generally speaking, most of our members said pretty much the same thing. So to get you started, here are a few I selected for a good read. Everyone who participated deserves a pat on a back, because there's so much great advice--even learned from personal experiences. I'm sure by the time you've gone through the answers, you'll be a pro at explaining to others what exactly virtual memory is all about and what are some ways to fix it when it is low. Thank you all for your contributions. Have a great weekend and a beautiful summer season!
Member Question of the Week
Help! I have been using a laptop for a year and a half now
and love it. I have Windows XP as my operating system, and
lately I keep getting this little warning saying that my
'Windows Virtual Memory is too low.' Can anyone tell me what
that means and what I can do about that? I have never
encountered that before, and everyone I talk to who is the
least bit computer-savvy doesn't know what it means, either,
nor has it happened to them. I appreciate any advice or help
you can offer. You've helped before, so I turn to you again.
Vote for the most helpful answer
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Answer by jcbowen
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Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
So there have been a lot of questions and discussions about
making computers boot faster and run faster, and I've done a
bunch of stuff to help. Still, when I first turn on the
system, I have 49 processes running in my task manager, using
more than 300MB "Commit charge" (memory? I haven't added all
the numbers listed as Memory Usage to see if it matches).
They have names like shstat.exe, UdaterUI.exe, wmiprvse.exe,
issch.exe. How do I know what these are, and if any are
unimportant and can be stopped? Also, some seem to be listed
multiple times, like svchost.exe (seven times--once for local
service, twice for network service, and four times for
system). Is all this really necessary? Explanation of exactly
what is needed or not during startup will be very helpful!
Larry, it's fairly simple to figure out exactly what those mystery processes are. There are sites dedicated to explaining exactly what those mystery executables are doing. Google (and other search engines, for that matter) are your friend. Simply type the name of the process and search it out. As a for instance, Google returns about 105,000 hits for SHSTAT.EXE and the first hit for a site called liutilities.com says the file is part of McAfee's antivirus suite and should NOT be messed with...
Congratulations to the winner!
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Recently I've decided to rearrange my living room to get a better use of my floor space. With this shuffle, I would like to mount my 42-inch plasma TV on the wall; it is currently sitting on a stand. I would like to take on this project myself, as I know it must cost quite a bit to have someone install it for me. My main concern is the possibility of the plasma falling off the wall with the incorrect installation. So is this task difficult to do? I need as much advice to get this job done right. Can you help me out and list some of dos and don'ts when mounting my plasma to the wall? What types of mounts are most secure? Any expert or self-installation experiences that you can share will help. Thanks.
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