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#1 teddy01

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:42 AM

my computer programs and applications became too slow to open. they usually took several minutes before they actually open. i also got an error message that read " YOUR COMPUTER IS LOW ON VIRTUAL MEMORY" Is there anyone who is willing enough to help me? thanks! I am using DELL INSPIRON 4000 W/ INTEL PENTIUM III 701 Mhz, 68.0 MB of RAM.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:50 AM

Hi Teddy01 and welcome to bleeping computer.

How large is your hard drive and how much free space do you have?

To find out double click on My Computer> right click on your C drive and it will show this.

Edited by dc3, 04 September 2007 - 09:51 AM.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:55 AM

Since you are posting this in the XP forum I am assuming you are running XP as the OS. Just as an advisory the minimum system specifications for running XP are as follows:
Here's What You Need to Use Windows XP

PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*

Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor

CD-ROM or DVD drive

Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

As it stands now you are at the absolute bare bones minimum for using XP. My personal recommendation is nothing under 512 MB of Ram and preferably 1GB.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:17 AM

MY HARD DRIVE CAPACITY IS 19,715,993,600 BYTES OR 18.3 GB. MY FREESPACE IS 9,776,961,152 BYTES OR 9.09.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:23 AM

MY HARD DRIVE CAPACITY IS 19,715,993,600 BYTES OR 18.3 GB. MY FREESPACE IS 9,776,961,152 BYTES OR 9.09.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:28 AM

THANKS A LOT! YOU GAVE ME A GOOD IDEA. I WILL CONSIDER YOUR RECOMMENDATION. GOD BLESS YOU..

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:46 AM

68.0 MB of RAM

If you would up your RAM to a minimum of 512 MB, you would notice a significant improvement in performance.
In my opinion/experience, Microsofts minimum requirements are a joke.
Sure, XP will run with those specs, but just barely.
In reality, 512 MB should be the minimum.

Usually a Low Virtual Memory warning, is due to a lack of RAM.
When a system starts running low on RAM, it starts using the paging file (virtual memory). which is located on the harddisk.
Since the harddisk is so much slower than RAM, it's not a very efficient way to run things, which could cause sluggish system performance.

Up you RAM, and you will be amazed at the increase in performance.

According to Crucial, your computer can handle a maximum of 512 MB of RAM (2 x 256MB).
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:57 AM

tg1911 beat me to it.

Have you ever defragged you hdd?

Edited by dc3, 04 September 2007 - 10:59 AM.

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 11:07 AM

68.0 MB of RAM

If you would up your RAM to a minimum of 512 MB, you would notice a significant improvement in performance.
In my opinion/experience, Microsofts minimum requirements are a joke.
Sure, XP will run with those specs, but just barely.
In reality, 512 MB should be the minimum.

Usually a Low Virtual Memory warning, is due to a lack of RAM.
When a system starts running low on RAM, it starts using the paging file (virtual memory). which is located on the harddisk.
Since the harddisk is so much slower than RAM, it's not a very efficient way to run things, which could cause sluggish system performance.

Up you RAM, and you will be amazed at the increase in performance.

According to Crucial, your computer can handle a maximum of 512 MB of RAM (2 x 256MB).


THANKS FOR THE EXTRA EFFORT YOU GAVE TO SOLVE MY PROBLEM. YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED. GOD BLESS YOU..

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 11:10 AM

tg1911 beat me to it.

Have you ever defragged you hdd?

NOT YET.. MAYBE I SHOULD START NOW. THANKS




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