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Subject: Resource Meter (fwd)
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 02:24:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eva
To: Tip Group

Dear Tip Group,

A note from Eric on using the Windows 9x resource meter to determine whether you have too many programs running and potentially crash your computer, Or are already having trouble with frequent computer crashes. the monitor has three color indicators with green meaning ok, yellow as a warning and red as a danger signal.

To start the resource meter do the following: click on Start-->Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Resource Meter.

Click ok and it will put a little icon in your systray (the place where your clock and other system/program icons are located) with the color indicators visible as you work. Double click on it to see the actual percentages of free resources. Right click on it and then click on "exit" to close the meter.



Thanks again for telling me about system resources. I now have resource meter in my startup folder so it loads automatically with windows. It has proved very handy. every couple of days I run a bunch of programs and drive the meter down into the yellow--earlier today, for example, it was down to about 21%. (there must be a bug in Eudora's new search function, which is very powerful but eats a huge amount of resources; it puts me into the yellow a lot.) yellow is my cue to exit one of the programs or close a few web pages. then the meter bounces back into the green. since I've been doing this, windows has almost stopped crashing. well, I get maybe one crash a week now, as opposed to maybe one a day in the past. with d/u meter and resource meter both running, I'm no longer flying blind. I know a lot more about what is happening inside the computer. maybe that will make a tip of some kind.
~ ~ ~ ~ Eric Raimy -- Freelance Journalist ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
eraimy@mindspring.com / telephone 510-547-7369
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~ ~ ~ Oakland, California 94611 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Subject: RE: resource meter (fwd)
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 01:11:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: Eva
To: Tip Group

Dear Tip Group:

a question from Eda about the missing resource meter and my answer below it.



Hi Eva,

Thanks for passing along the resource tracking tip. However, I don't find the resource meter in the systems tool submenu in the Windows 98 I AM USING IN SCHOOL. Where else could it be located? Could be system administrator deleted it from the computers?


Hi Eda,

I think it was never installed in the first place, what a shame. Look to see if it is check marked in the installed windows components list in control panel-->add/remove programs-->windows setup tab-->accessories-->details-->resource monitor. If it's not checked in this list then it's not installed. If you check it now it will want the win9x cd-rom disc to install it from. Put it in and it will do so automatically. However, given that this is a school computer, these features may be disabled and in fact you may not be even able to access the control panel features for security reasons. Try and take a look on your home computer instead and see if you can install it if necessary.


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