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I am running Windows 3.x and am getting "Out of Memory" errors, but when I go the Program Manager it says that I have many megabytes of free memory

Explanation: Windows 3.x is saying that it is out of memory, but when I check the available memory by looking in the "About" section under "Help" in the Program Manager, it says there is a lot of memory free.

Diagnosis: This should win an award as one of the most ridiculously misnamed error messages ever. Most times when you get an "Out of Memory" error you are really running out of Windows 3.x system resources, not actual memory. When you get this problem, take a look in the "About" box and near the amount of memory free you will see the current level of "system resources". You will usually see that the number is small, less than about 20%.


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