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Q++ constantly monitors the Windows resources available on your PC. If they fall below 15%, this message occurs warning you that you should close down some applications.

Windows resources are not the same as memory or disk space. They have to do with the number of windows open on your desktop, the number of brushes used to paint the different windows, the number of fonts used, etc… Note that most windows used by Windows programs are invisible, and that many objects are windows (buttons for example) although one does not think of them as windows.

 

Using a system-level tool such as Winsight, one can see all the windows used and created by a program, including the invisible ones. A simple program such as the Windows audio CD player (screenshot on the right) uses up 20 windows. QuarkXPress, with no document loaded uses 97 (ninety seven) windows.

 

The causes for this message can be either :

 

       Too many programs running at once. Even some of the "smaller" programs can use up many Windows resources, as we will see below.

 

This is the most common cause for this message, and you should close one application at the time and wait for 15 seconds to see the effects on the resources meter at the bottom right of the Q++ Main Window.

 

       Resources leaks. This is when programs grab hold of some resources and do not free them properly, leaving a dwindling supply of resources over time.

 

Resource leaks can be spotted by monitoring the level of your resources over the course of a couple of hours; if they slowly but steadily decrease, then one of the running programs is leaking resources.

 

If you get resource leaks after each diary generation you should see if the problem might not be due to a buggy video driver for your graphics card (don't laugh it has happened).


Topic 104140 updated on 08-Mar-2002.
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