My Dimension XPSM200s has 64 meg of ram, the maximum that can be installed on the motherboard. The Norton System Doctor physical memory sensor currently indicates 0.7 MB is free. I have Eudora, Earthlink, and Word operating. However, this amount of free RAM isn't unusual; it often drops to zero.
When I purchased my 4100 Pentium III with Windows Me, I decided I wouldn't have this no-free-ram problem again. Computer magazines seemed to think 128 meg was fine, so I purchased 256 meg. I thought of 512 meg, but it was pretty pricey. Nothing is currently running except System Doctor and I have 17.5 meg of ram free!! I've installed Norton SystemWorks, and Partition Magic (currently not running), and have the Microsoft Office upgrade. Everything else came with the computer. I started Word briefly (it wouldn't run without registering), and available ram dropped to 14.4 megs. I used Norton to check ram, and I actually have 256 meg. What's wrong? Jim
Things to think about when it comes to low resources are how many application are in your startup group and how many application you run normally. Some applications are resource hogs.
If you are running Win98 or ME I would not go above 512MB. The OS can used anything more than that so you would be wasting your cash. You sound like you have plenty of RAM. I always get 128MB minimum and ideal 256MB. (Just my opinion) Thats unless you do alot of graphics work?
I normally consider a thank-you post a waste of bandwidth, but here's an exception.. thanks to each person! Resources could have been my next question (I'm sure I have a big resource problem with my XPS M200S, but am still working on my new computer), and I have answers for both topics. Jim