Monitoring System Resources

HomeSite's extensive use of GDI and User resources under Windows 98/ME has consistently caused problems for users on these platforms. This section describes the problem and how to mitigate it.

For more information, also see Knowledge Base article 21011 on the Macromedia Web site.

Releasing system resources taken at start-up

One solution is to free up resources that Windows 98/ME takes at start-up for unnecessary programs and processes.

To release resources that Windows 98/ME takes at start-up:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. Type msconfig in the Run dialog box and click OK.
  3. Carefully clear options that you are absolutely certain you do not need, use, or have. Record your changes as you proceed, in case you need to change back.
  4. Click Apply to save your changes.

For a useful description of memory usage on Windows 98/ME systems, see the Windows 9.x System Resources article on InfiniSource.

After reclaiming these resources, if you still encounter difficulties with system resources, you may benefit from configuring the Resource Level Monitor.

About the Resource Level Monitor

Version 4.5.2 introduced the Resource Level Monitor to monitor system resources while the application is running. The Resource Level Monitor warns users when resources reach a critical level, enabling them to save documents and close the application before a crash occurs. However, the warning dialog box was not labeled with the application name, so the source of the warning was not clear, and users had to edit the Windows registry to configure the monitor.

As a result, the Resource Level Monitor has been enhanced for this release so that the warning dialog includes the application name in the window title and in the message text, to clearly indicate that it is generated by HomeSite, not Windows. Also, users can now configure the monitor in a graphical user interface.

Using the Resource Level Monitor

This section explains how to respond to warnings and how to configure the monitor.

Responding to warnings

The following graphic is an example of the warning dialog box that appears if you have the default warning threshold for GDI resources set at 15% and your available GDI resources drop below this level.

For best results, at least save your work, even if you choose to continue. If you choose to continue, the warning dialog box closes and will not appear again unless your system resources drops another 5%, for example, when GDI resources drop to 9%.

Configuring the monitor

Users should configure the Resource Level Monitor if their system crashes without having been warned, or if they are being warned too frequently or unnecessarily. You can adjust monitor options until you find a stable level for your system.

To configure the Resource Level Monitor:

  1. Open the Options > Settings > Resource Monitoring pane.
  2. Specify the following options, as necessary:
  3. Click Apply to save your changes.