Posted 02 June 2005 - 07:44 PM
Ok, if you're trying to increase performance for gaming you're on the right track by setting the virtual memory yourself, instead of letting windows manage it. There's a lot more to it though, and I'll go into it in a minute. For most FAT32 OS's like Win98SE especially, It is best to set your virtual memory to 2.5 times the amount of RAM. In your case, 320MB. (128MB x 2.5 = 320MB) The important part though is to set both the minimum and maximum size to this amount, thereby creating an immoveable "swap file". It will be created in the root directory. (c:\)
That answers the question, but there's more to it than just doing this to increase the performance. Before creating this file you'll need to do some system maintenance. First, remove as many programs from running in the background as possible. If you're good at this, you'll end up with only 3 to 5 things running when you hit Ctrl-Alt-Del. Then "Disable" your virtual memory and defrag your system. After defragmenting drive c:, reboot your sys. Then go in and set min. and max to 320MB(2.5 x RAM). It will ask you to reboot again. After rebooting go back into where you were for the virtual memory button. In System Properties, click on the Performance tab. Then click on "File System" and set the role of the system HDD(Hard Drive Disk) as a network sever. This sets the alocated system cache to 4 times the amount of a PC set to desktop use, used for file alocation tables (4K to 16K). I know, too much techno babble. It just increases the size of the area used directly by the CPU to know where frequently used files are so it doesn't have to look it up on the Hard Drive.
I really suggest you grab some more RAM though. Another 128MB DIMM can be purchased cheap from anywhere. Check pricewatch.com
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P.S. Pls forgive any spelling errors.