>> Assuming you're using IE, open the control panel and then open internet
>> options. On the General Tab in the middle where it says Browsing History
>> click on the settings button - there you will be able to set the maximum
>> space IE should use to cache its' data. You could also try defragging
>> hard drive to see if it improves video playback.
> Thanks for the quick reply. I would like to pester you one more time. I
> on the IE setting for disk space for temporary internet files. It is set
> at only 50 MB.
> I also did a defrag.
> I called up the Performance monitor that is in task manager. When only IE
> running, the Physical memory is at 2045 total, 1521 cached, and 15 free.
> Physical memory usage is at 716 MB. Total Kernel memory is 141. Handles
> 18525 and threads are 782. CPU, Disk, and Network usages are all very low.
> When I try to download a video, these numbers don't change much, but you
> more disk activity.
> Does anything look wrong here? I still think that I have a problem with
> amount of free memory being so low. Also, I couldn't find any help info
> handles and threads, but they seem kind of high to me. I can see some
> listed in the CPU portion of the Resource Monitor, but the total number is
> not near as high. Could the high cache memory be coming from somewhere
> other than internet use?
> Also, as a side note, when I looked at the cache memory size through IE,
> also allows me to view the temporary files which it says are located on my
> drive. When I "view files" it brings me to the "Temporary Internet Files"
> folder. I can see that there are a few files there and I can clean them
> by deleting them through internet options. The weird thing is that when I
> look at the folder properties it says it has a bunch of folders and is at
> MB even after being cleaned without anything visible in it. Also, I can't
> find "Temporary Internet Files" folder by using Windows Explorer, only by
> viewing the files through IE. It gives me the location of the folder, but
> can't find it. Maybe they are stored in a combination of disk and RAM
> and this is OK or maybe something else is hosed here also.
> Thanks for your help. I am trying to find out if I have a problem with
> memory use or if I need to search elsewhere to fix my streaming video
In order to see the temporary internet files folder (TIFF) in the Vista
Explorer you need to unhide hidden files and protected operating system
files in folder options. I prefer to use Windows Commander (my favorite
file manager) to view hidden files and folders - it's easier and I don't
have to change Explorer settings. To fully delete the TIFF I recommend
CCleaner. It's free and it deletes the folders and Index.DAT file as well
as the data.
Regarding free memory, no matter how much RAM you put in the machine Windows
will dedicate what isn't being used by applications to it's RAM cache
(different than the IE disk cache). The extra RAM doesn't appear to be
free, but Windows makes it available to applications when they ask for it.
Two gigs of RAM is adequate for Vista in my experience - lack of ram should
not be the cause of the video playback issue as long as you don't have
multiple applications open that are hogging ram.
You could try a third party defragger like PerfectDisk (free fully
functional thirty day trial-ware from www.perfectdisk.com
) which will
defrag the page file and other system files that the Vista defrag program
will not touch. You could also try a different browser to see if it makes a
difference. I use Firefox and Maxthon - sometimes video playback is better
in one or the other though I couldn't say why. Hopefully some of this will
help. By the way, what security applications are you using?