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Low memory error on vista x64


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#1 Joombaga

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:13 PM

Every once in a while, I get the following error:

Close programs to prevent information
loss.


Your computer is low on memory. Save your files
and close these programs:

Internet Explorer


The process to close isn't specifically Internet Explorer.

It only happens when I'm in a game. I have my paging file off because I have 4 gigs of RAM, and I've only maxed out once (while running crysis and a pretty intense inkscape project at the same time; oops). I always have at least a gig or memory left unused after I get the error. Also, there don't seem to be any negative effects besides annoyance.

I'm running Vista Ultimate 64-bit.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 10:09 PM

Turn on the page file and let the system manage it.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 01:11 AM

A paging file opposes system performance. It is best to use your RAM to increase your hard disk cache, which is pretty much the opposite of a paging file. I use a program called cachebooster from analog x (Link) to do this. But my problem started before the use of this program.

Does anyone know how Windows calculates when you have low memory, i.e. is it a fixed amount used/left, percentage left, etc. ?

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:39 PM

windows decides how much page file (or swap) it needs. I would not use some crazy third party program, for windows can't deal with that. I would switch on the page file, and let windows deal with it as needed. Unless you run low on HD, you will be just fine.

Windows uses what it needs.
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 07:24 PM

Temporarily, during gaming, try turning off Superfetch and see if that makes a difference.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 10:23 PM

Even with the page file disabled\turned off Windows still makes one. Check Task Manager.

I run with 4 Gigs and the page file disabled but TM still shows a 364 MB page file.

Have read many articles concerning performance with or with out a page file. No one has really proven it one way or another.

Try what CoolCatBad suggests. Let the system manage it for a while. See if the error go`s away. I really do not think you will notice a performance hit. If you do then you may want to look at a system upgrade. Example; a video card with an on board GPU and at least a Gig of RAM. That will give you a noticeable performance boost when gaming.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:30 PM

It looks like setting the page file max size to 1 mb is the best thing I can do I get a lower 3dmark score, but no memory errors, and a better score than when the system manages the paging file. I do, however believe that this is a design flaw in Windows. I think most people would expect the paging file to be used like any other operating system.

Thanks for the input though.




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