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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 17661x
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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.

Name CacheLimit
DWORD Data 19456
Base Decimal

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

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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Posted by Jerrold Sharkey on 05.06.04 - 14:17:12

Is there a way to periodically delete these files safely using file explorer and deleting them?

Posted by Arne Hess on 05.06.04 - 14:43:11

[1] Not really recommended to go that way via File Explorer...  Just go to Pocket Internet Explorer and go to options.  Tap on the button to delete Temporary Internet Files.

Or you can download a 3rd party app that cleans up all temp folders to reclaim memory...

That should be a good solution.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

Posted by Onekind on 07.06.04 - 16:04:07

I have added a memory card but when I try to download data to the card it still goes to main memory. What am I doing wrong?

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.06.04 - 17:42:54

[3] What do you mean when you try to download data to the card?

What procedure are you using? What application are you using? And what data are you trying to load up into the card?


Posted by erickbryce on 12.06.04 - 06:43:31

If you use a reghack software like tweek2K2 that moves your temp internet files to storage card your should not need the first hack listed above  :wink:

Posted by Arne Hess on 12.06.04 - 07:41:16

[5] Hehehe... yes... that may be an option...

But if it is set to have a cache of 21MB... I don't think it still helps...

Whether it is placed on the Storage Card or the main RAM... if one needs to limit the cache which is set at 1/3 of the default RAM size to something more manageable such as 1MB, 2MB, 3MB, or so... this hack will still be needed.


Posted by Abber on 05.11.04 - 02:18:51

Ok.... but what about the transfers of data? as Onekind said, what are we doing wrong, every time I Sync a app to my phone (samsung i700) it goes to the main memory (RAM?) so is there a way to set it to go to the storage card?

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