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MAG 22 Mar 09 - 02:01 PM
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Subject: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: MAG
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 02:01 PM

I have been enjoying my new computer; old one was giving its last gasp.

I have hi-speed for the first time and been catching up on TV shows I have only heard about. (no TV)

I'll watching a show and it will suddenly freeze so I have to log off to unfreeze it.

I get the little "buffer full" thing at the bottom but cannot figure out how to clear it.

With my old 'puter, you just went to Tools/ Internet Options/ delete, etc.

Doesn't work here.

Help!

MAG
computer semi-literate.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 02:47 PM

Standard Questions? What Type - MAC or PC? What opperating system? Vista, NT, OS10 etc? What CONFIGURATION - how much RAM? Size of HD? etc etc

Start there and we have a go at it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: MAG
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 03:27 PM

PC, XL, lots and lots.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: MAG
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 05:15 PM

Thank you for sneering.

If you do not know XL means Windows XL, I don't need your "help."


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: Noreen
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 05:30 PM

XP? (Without the sneering.)


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 05:48 PM

For a PC running any version of Windows you can click on Start, run your cursor up to "Programs," a side menu should pop out where you can run the cursor to "Accessories," where another menu should open where you can run the cursor out over "System Tools" which should open another menu where you can CLICK on "System Information."

The "instruction" above would usually be written more simply as:

Start|Programs|Accessories|System Tools|System Information.

Along the way toward the click, if you don't see the next step, you may see a "double chevron" (>>) that you'll need to click to "expand" the menu choices.

The System Information should open with a "system summary" that will tell you the correct name of your Operating System (OS), total physical memory (RAM), total available physical memory, total virtual memory, and total available virtual memory.

Note: Don't get eager and try to "File|Print" in System Information until you get a little familiar with how to print just what you want. A full SysInfo print for any recent version will use up at least 2,000 pages of your paper and you may run out of ink before it finishes on most printers.

For Windows XP, the "Total Installed Memory" (RAM) should be at least 0.5 GB (500 MB) which is the minimum recommended to limp along. Most people consider 1 GB about minimum necessary for moderately heavy-duty use. "Lots" for WinXP would mean at least 2 GB of RAM for casual users, and something more like 8 or 16 GB for geeks.

Start with this little look up, and let us know what you find.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: MAG
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:06 PM

Thank you, Noreen. I appreciate the help andyou are of course correct.

John, thank you thank you for the step by step directions for getting the information.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 07:42 PM

MAG -

The second bit of information that may be needed is for your hard drive. That isn't easily found in the SysInfo referenced above.

When you click Start, the popup menu may show a "Computer" or "My Computer" entry that you can click, or you can go the long way through Start|Programs|Accessories|Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer is where you look at what files and such you have on the computer. (You probably already know about Windows Explorer and the related-but-different Internet Explorer, but someone will find this thread ten years from now who may not.)

With "modern" Windows, there are a number of different Windows Explorer "views" that you can use. I set to "Classic View" but you can do most stuff with the other ones (I think they're called something like "pinball" "arcade game" or "annoying and obnoxious gaudy but colorful" or something like that.)

Find the "C Drive" in Windows Explorer and right-click on it, and select "Properties" down at the bottom of the menu.

The Properties window will tell you the size of your hard drive, and also how much of it is used up. The "drive size," and "drive free space" are two bits of information that you'll need to know.

There should also be a button in the Properties window (General Tab) for "Disk Cleanup." If you click it, it may take a few minutes to search through your drive to see what can be cleaned up, but once it's done you should get a report of what kinds of trash are there, before you tell it to go ahead and remove stuff. (If you delete cookies, you'll need to log back in here.)

The "Disk Cleanup" opens essentially the same window/tool that you get in "Internet Explorer" when you click Tools|Internet Options and click the "Delete" button on the General Tab; but doing the cleanup with the browser closed often does a more complete job. You can't remove a file that's "in use," and if the browser is open and linked into a temporary file (in the buffer) the temp file can't be removed with the browser running - without at least disconnecting from the site.

A Disk Cleanup to get rid of unrelated junk would probably be a good idea before getting on to the real problem of your stuffed buffer. Too much unrelated junk can reduce the amount of buffer space you can use, so it might as well be cleaned up right at the start.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: olddude
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 10:41 AM

MAG
try this, you won't hurt anything.
Control Panel
System
Click the ADVANCED tab
Under the performance click settings

Now click advanced again under that tab

look for virtual memory and change the size since this is a new PC
I am assuming you have quite a bit of hard drive space. Make the total page size something like 1488 or so

Now try it and see if it over runs the buffer

Dan


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: artbrooks
Date: 23 Mar 09 - 10:58 AM

Is there a JoeClone out there to rid us of obnoxious anonymous guests?

MAG, another maintenance thing to do (and I really hesitate to add anything to what JinK says...because my experience has been that he is usually right), if you follow his directions to System Tools, you will see something called "Disk Defrag" there. Computers don't necessarily save all pieces of a file in the same part of the hard drive, and it can cause problems (slowing, etc) when it has to look for them. If you decide to defrag your PC, plan on letting it run for a l o n g time when you aren't doing anything else with it - overnight or while you are at work. Don't forget to disable any automatic shut-off or sleep function that you have set.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: MAG
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:24 AM

Thanks, all; I've got to get these all printed out and apply them and I'm sure the answer is in here somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 10:14 AM

Actually, MAG, all we've suggested so far is how you can find the information that you need to give us, so that we can guess about what the problem is and try to help you get started with finding the problem.

The System Information utility should tell you what operating system you're using, and how much RAM you have.

The hard drive "Properties" will tell how large your hard drive is and how much free space it has.

Disk Cleanup is a generally good thing to do occasionally, and will help get rid of some temporary clutter. (If you've been trying to watch movies and any temp files from them haven't been cleaned up, that could be your problem since video files tend to be VERY LARGE.)

The Disk Defragment will make things on the hard drive more "orderly," which generally helps the drive perform better. It also will give you a number - "percent fragmented" - that might be helpful for us to know, even if you don't actually run the defrag immediately. You can have it "Analyse Drive" to get that reading, which is quite a bit quicker than actually defragmenting.

If you haven't done so recently, running defrag would be a good idea; but even a 160GB drive may take 6 or 7 hours - or more if it's really full or badly fragmented - to do a full run.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: new computer -- buffer full message
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 09 Jun 09 - 03:57 AM

There is no valid reason that I can think of for NOT POSTING the URL for any legal, honest, or useful utility.

There is NO NECESSITY for publishing an email address, or for having someone contact an intermediary via email, unless one is in the business of collecting email addresses or distributing malware via email.

I would recommend NOT RESPONDING to the above post, and/or it's deletion if not immediately "corrected" with full descriptions of the "marvelous free malsoftware, it's uses, purposes, and sources.

(If the preceding is deleted, it would avoid confusion if this post also goes away.)

John


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