Laptop keeps cutting off due to memory/sd card error

January 29, 2013 at 19:02:15
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium M 740 512/40
My winxp laptop is showing the error msg: "windows nt has found only 0k of low memory. 512k of low memory". I press the power button and it will sometimes remain black screen and then cut off after a few seconds or it will show the Windows booting screen and get to the desktop screen and cut off. I can't get it to stay on long enough to retrieve urgent needed files from it. Are there any suggestions. It is crucial that I retrieve the files from this laptop.

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January 29, 2013 at 20:09:27
I would pull the RAM and clean its contacts with either contact cleaner or with a clean pencil eraser followed by a brush or compressed air. If that doesn't work, replace the RAM. If that doesn't work pull the drive and hook it up to another computer to rescue the data.

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January 30, 2013 at 20:34:11
: "windows nt has found only 0k of low memory. 512k of low memory".

The error message doesn't make a lot of sense in a Windows XP computer. Are you sure it didn't say :

"windows nt has found only 0k of low memory. 512k of low memory needed".

This was a common error when using MS-DOs as all a DOS machine had was 640K As Windows XP has no DOS I cant see how you getting a low memory error. Low memory and high memory have no relevance in Windows XP.

It also mentions Windows NT, Windows NT is an ancient OS that pre-dates Windows 98 So there is something else going on her besides bad memory.

Have you done anything recently to the computer prior to this error occurring.


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January 31, 2013 at 05:16:50
I agree with Stuart above. Something sounds goofy. If you made no OS changes then I would suspect this message may be from Malware of some sort.

Have you tried booting into Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 at startup or watching the startup screens for options?

BTW, if the files are crucial you should have kept copies of them. I hope in the future you will be more proactive. There are many alternative ways to recover any personal files.

If time is of the essence then I suggest you download a live version of Linux, like puppy.

Live versions run from the installed media (optical or flash). You boot to that media and you should be able to access and manipulate the files.

Post back on your preference.

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