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TIP: Is your Pocket Internet Explorer stealing all your memory?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Friday, 04.06.04 - 18:24:21 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 18075x
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Memory is a precious commodity when it comes to Pocket PCs.  Even with units now that come with at least 64MB or RAM, it is easy to use this up if one is not aware of how it is being used by the Pocket PC.

One of the main causes of having insufficient memory can sometimes be attributed to a voice recording which has been long forgotten but still resides in main RAM.  Sometimes it's the abundance of email attachments stored for sentimental value, and most of the time, particularly if the user uses Pocket Internet Explorer, is the large amount of Temporary Internet Files stored in folders nested deep into what seems to be oblivion.

Unlike the previous versions of the Pocket PC. Windows Mobile 2003 based units have the Temporary Internet Files stored in a new location. It can now be found in WindowsProfilesguestTemporary Internet FilesContent.IE5.

There used to be a tool for the old Pocket PC to limit the size of the cache. Sadly, this old utility no longer works for Windows Mobile 2003 based Pocket PCs.

But the nice thing is, this is something which can easily be remedied by a registry hack.

Using your well trusted Registry Editor, you will have to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0CacheContent

you will have to change the DWORD Data from 19456 (decimal value) to any value of your preference from 512 up to 19456.  I amusing these values basing it on the Microsoft default value of 512 and the amount set by default in my iPAQ h2210 being 19456. These values reflect the size in KB.

DWORD Value
Name CacheLimit
DWORD Data 19456
Base Decimal

In this example, the value was changed from 19456KB to 2048KB:

DWORD Value
Name CacheLimit
DWORD Data 2048
Base Decimal

This then limits the size of the cache to 2MB which leaves the rest of the RAM free for other applications to use.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo


 

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