An application running on your computer is allocated a designated amount of memory. A memory overflow or memory leak in Windows XP happens when an application “leaks” out of this allotted space and occupies the memory space allocated to another application. The result can be a system crash or other unpredictable behavior from the system.
One solution to this problem would be manually flushing the memory of your computer. A memory overflow caused by a hardware or software can corrupt the BIOS of the computer. This can also result in system malfunctioning. Let us move on to some troubleshooting steps to fix the BIOS errors caused by a memory overflow. If needed, contact the Microsoft Windows help team to guide you through the process.
Obtain proper BIOS updates from the manufacturer’s website. Make sure that the updates include drivers for the specific model of computer you use. Update your BIOS and check whether the memory overflow issue has been rectified. If not, move on to the next step.
The next logical step would be to do a diagnostic test. This will help you find the setting errors associated with the RAM of your PC. Any program that runs on your computer draws the necessary memory from the RAM. A memory leak can result in a decrease in the memory space available to new applications. So any errors affecting the RAM of the PC should be rectified at the earliest to ensure error free performance.
To run the diagnostic test, Click on the Start tab and choose All Programs. Then move to Manufacturer’s name. Access PC Diagnostic Tool from Utilities. Run the test to find any faulty RAM. Once identified, replace the flawed RAM. Check the speed settings of all the RAMs and make sure that they are all at the same speed.
The speed of the CPU should be set to the default settings to ensure proper synchronization with the memory. So before you end the troubleshooting process, make sure that the CPU speed is set to default. Once these basic steps are completed, check again to see whether the problem has been rectified.
A memory leak happens mainly when your computer fails to reallocate the memory. Restarting your system can refresh the memory allocation. The Windows help desk advises XP users to intermittently restart their system to ensure trouble free performance.