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Old 01-02-2003, 01:01 PM   #1
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RAM/swap memory - strange readings

I recently installed Netscape 7 on my Suse 7.0 system. It's a Pentium II 450Mhz machine with 768Mb RAM. I have a Linux swap partition that's about 2Gb in size and two other linux partitions totalling about 20Gb in size. After the successful install I was able to run the program fine BUT... there was a constant flood of hard drive activity slowing the machine to a crawl through cold molasses. Took it 30 seconds to respond to mouse click and so on.

Thought this might be memory problem so ran "free". This told me that I only had 64Mb RAM installed (obviously less available) and that there was zero swap space available. Netscape 7 was the only application running. Can anyone tell me why the machine is reporting so little RAM compared to what's installed and what could be using about 2Gb of swap?



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