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This computer is brand new so I have almost no processes running in the background, so why is 168 mgs of my memory being used up doing nothing? Or is that normal?
 

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Built myself. It has barebones on it, the only thing running in the background besides Windows and motherboard stuff is the ATI program for my vid card.
 

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Check your task manager, you can sort the running tasks by memory use and CPU time among other things. That will help pinpoint exactly what is using up your RAM.

As The Skivv mentioned, XP/2000 are both resources hogs compared to older OSes and will gladly eat up 100+ megs of RAM all on their own. Thats why its a good idea to have 256mb minimum with 512mb the "comfort zone" for XP/2000.
 
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