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#1 smallpaul


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Posted 03 August 2005 - 06:11 PM

a message warning of low virtual memory level came on the screen when closing down. what is it? how do i get more of it? does it cause the computer to run slow? i appear to have a lot of images in my picture search that are 'still'frames from my sons games. iare these taking up virtual memory and are they req'd? is it my sons games taking up the virtual memory?

thanks for any help.

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#2 yano


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Posted 03 August 2005 - 06:20 PM

Virtual memory is system memory that is simulated by the hard drive. When all the RAM is being used (for example if there are many programs open at the same time) the computer will swap data to the hard drive and back to give the impression that there is slightly more memory.

To increase the Virtual Memory do the following:
  • Right click My computer
  • Click Properties
  • Click the advanced tab
  • Click Settings under performance
  • Click the advanced tab.
  • Enter your intial size (which should be 150% of the actual physical RAM you got)
  • Enter your Maximum size (which should be 3 times as big as your actualy physical RAM you got)
  • Click set
  • Click Ok. On each window.
  • You may have to restart your computer

#3 turnip


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Posted 04 August 2005 - 12:57 AM

Heres a useful link on virtual memory

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