Freeze, whitescreen - memory problem?


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Jan 8, 2009
Hello, all.

MS-Office apps 2003, Windows XP, 1 Gig RAM.

On an annoyingly regular basis, my Excel (and Word for that matter) apps will freeze and go totally whitescreen for a good minute or two. It happens when I close (not open) IE (7 in this case) or other foreign app, or switch from one app to another. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason. The amount or type of other apps I have open seems to have no bearing on this. I can have 8 or none and it will still behave this way during an app switch or at some other event trigger of unknown constutution.

Anyway, I am led to believe that MS-Office apps self-allocate, that is, they grab the amount of RAM somehow determined as necessary at open and that amount isn't changeable.

Is this correct? If not, how would I allocate more RAM to the app, assuming that's the problem (and when isn't it?)

Thanks in advance to all responders!

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