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Virutal Memory Too Low


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#1 LindseySolomon

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:22 PM

I need a way to fix oir maximize my virtual memory. I am getting a virtual memory error that I cannot seem to fix. I do not want to have to register somewhere to do this. Is there a quick way to fix this?

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 12:14 AM

Run sysdm.cpl and select Advanced > Performance > Advanced > virtutal memory (change).

Not knowing how much ram or disk space you have available I would just recommend selecting "system managed", then click set and reboot.

If you have adequate disk space -- a typical custom setting is about 1 1/2 times installed ram -- but if it is already set at custom -- I would just double whatever you see there if you want to keep the custom type setting.

You should also look to minimizing or trimming the number of startup programs you have running in msconfig > startups.

If you want some suggestions there, post a HijackThis scanlog.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 12:19 AM

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.
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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:57 PM

Hi LindseySolomon.

Unless you are a gamer, 1GB total RAM will be an ideal amount. RAM prices per MB have never been lower.

Choosing RAM for Your PC

If you tell me the make and model of your PC then I can give you a head start in choosing particular modules.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:59 PM

It's been my experience that most Virtual Memory messages are due to misbehaving programs, with a lack of RAM being the next most common.

Checking your virtual memory settings is the first place to start. If they're "normal", then we can move on to other tests to see what's causing the issue. Typically those programs that don't release memory (and that affect virtual memory) will evidence a higher usage in the IO Reads column of Task Manager's Processes tab (because the IO Read column measures reads from the hard disk - where the pagefile/virtual memory is stored). In order to see this column, you'll have to go to View and Select Columns to enable it.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 03:15 AM

You could try FreeRAM XP

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 07:58 AM

Hi Lindsey.

IMHO (in my honest opinion), the vast majority of RAM "optimization" utilities are hoaxes. XP does a wonderful job of handling vitual memory and hard drive paged files. It doesn't need any help.

Rollin' Rog is implying that virtual memory errors are most likely caused by malware. Also, poorly written applications can cause these errors.

Please post back with the amout of RAM that is installed in your PC.
In Explorer right-click on My Computer and then click Properties. The amount of RAM will be listed near the bottom under the section title Computer:.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 11:27 AM

I agree about the ram optimizers.

Most of these issues are simply too little ram and too many programs running. Once in a while it is a malware issue or some legit program run amuck. But usually these problems arise from folks who have bought basic systems and never upgraded their ram to support what they have installed subsequently.

You can get around the "message" by increasing the amount of virtual memory available -- but that still leaves an overall performance deficit since virtual memory usage requires disk paging which is much slower than "real" or "physical" memory.
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