Surface Pro (2017) vs Surface Pro 4
*constant whirring noise
*'This program not responding' this message appears on absolutely ANYTHING I try to use.
* Even unable to start conversation on MSN Messenger...it goes into whirring mode and produces big, fat timer symbol which hovers forever and ever until I go to Task Manager ... which then advises me 'This program not responding'!!!!
*unable to open exsisting photo files in either of my graphics programs. (Photodraw v2 and Serif PhotoPlus 9)
Could all of the above be because I need more RAM and if so, advice please on where to, how to, etc etc
PC scanning at this precise moment with AVG...(although timed for scheduled scan at 7am!!) Now 11.30am!!! still whirring!!!
I am going out for a while before I lob the complete laptop over the balcony!!
Believe me, any advice will be so appreciated!
Bremner, Thanks for your response. I hope the details I have written below can help...
Microsoft Windows XP
Home edition V.2002
Service pack 2
Intel (R) Celeron(R)M
1.50GHz 240MB of RAM
reading from Task Mananger graph now:
cpu usage 11% - 31%
OF usage 442 MB
Physical memory (K)
System Cache 75620
Commit Charge (K)
Kernel Memory (K)
You have 256MB of RAM of which 16MB is being used by the on board graphics.
There would be a noticeable improvement in performance if you could increase your RAM.
Go to Crucial click here and run its scanner. It will tell you what RAM updates your machine could take.
I am no expert but it sounds to me as if due to shortage of RAM modules it is constantly swapping with hard drive, would have said that you need at least 500mb for what you are running. I have xp on a PC and I have 1gb.
The problem bboss is going to face is whether their motherbpoard can take much more RAM - running the Crucial scan will confirm how much if any can be added.
Could that whirring noise be a (faulty) fan?
How loud is it? How long has it been going on? Have you opened up the computer and then switched on the power to see if you find the source of the whirring? If it's a fan it'll need replacing soonest or some component is going to suffer.
I had exactly the same spec computer at work as you have and it did exactly the same, the whirring noise is probably the fan on the processor working overtime. Because it's short on memory then it's having to use the hard drive to swap data backwards and forwards which makes the processor work hard. I cured it by increasing the RAM to 1.2G which made a tremendous difference to the speed and reduced the noise.
Bremner. I did the Crucial scan (thanks for the link) and with so much information on screen I went to print it out. I then got the whirring sound.... and a 'This program is not responding' message. Foiled again!! Bear with me.... I will not let this beat me! I shall run another scan in a moment or two when I have found some more valium!!
another to try, would be to go to start-run type in msconfig and press enter. go to startup, and untick all except you anti-virus, firewall and malware programs. Click on apply and reboot.
That's an encouraging message octal.. thank you. Am just about to run another scan and get the details. (The strangest things are happening to my pc tho'..p'raps I should start a different thread to discover why I have lost my Windows Live Messenger!!! even the icons have disappeared - and I can't download it. Keeps telling me Windows Live Suite Code Ox80070052 -The directory or file cannot be created.) Jeez! What next?
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