and I can't seem to figure out what it is. The computer in question has 256 meg of ram and is running XP home edition. When I go to System Info, it lists Total physical memory at 256 meg and available as like 20 or 30 meg. I went into msconfig/startup and unchecked some items, but no change occurred so I unchecked evrything in there and still no change in available memory. I also went into task manager and looked around in there, nothing out of the ordinary that I could find that would account for such a memory drain. Is there something I'm missing as far as places to look? thanks.