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#1 wagcon

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:08 AM

Hi, I am having a problem with my computer. It's an upgraded XP from Millenium. Most every time I am on the computer a little popup comes up and says low virtual memory. I have tried changing the setting but it still has not help. I am hoping someone out there can please assist me in my dilemma. My computer runs fine despite the low virtual popup.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:27 AM

XP uses a lot more resources than ME. Low virtual memory might be an indication that you really need more RAM. How much RAM do you have and how much free space on your hard drive? To what did you change the setting?
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 11:03 AM

I think I have 248 ram. I have 35 GB and using only 9 GB.
I just got my computer cleaned up over the weekend.

This low memory popup just started a couple of months ago.
I changed to XP in Dec 2004 after a completed rebooting of Millenmium

The maximum setting was at 369 and I changed the setting to 370, hoping it might help.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 11:22 AM

You could change the min/max to 500; this might help- - -at least to get rid of the warning- - - but I think you should seriously consider doubling your RAM because 256 (minus shared video memory) is really about the minumum to run XP.
I am going to assume that you have reviewed the applications launching on startup and eliminated any that are unneeded, and have thoroughly scanned your HD for spyware.
Perhaps another member will have a different perspective on your problem.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:04 PM

I ran XP for quite a while with only 256MB of RAM. I followed the XP Tweak Guide at www.tweakguides.com which suggests that a computer running Windows XP with only 256MB of RAM should have a page file of 1792MB (same for min. & max.). I never had any serious issues with XP with that setting, though things were still slow.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 27 February 2006 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:07 PM

When I get home tonight I will check my computer and make sure exactly what is has for RAM.
Yes I have checked all the start ups and such. I try and do most of that stuff every week.

Why is it that someone who tries and does all the maintenance every week versus someone who doesn't all at seem to have more problems with there computer?? Does anyone agree with me??

But any, I will get back to this tonight - Thanks for the help.

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 02:26 PM

Some people are simply lucky.
Others, however, blithely go about using their computer without doing all the good things you are doing, or figuring out what all those messages mean. And then "suddenly" their computer crashes and becomes useless until they spend literally days or $150 to get it back running. Or until they call you up on your day off and ask you to come over and help them fix all the problems that have accumulated.
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:49 PM

Hello - I am back with the answers to your questions:

first I have a Compaq Computer a Millenium upgraded to a Home XP
1.20 GHz
248 MB of Ram
AMD Athlon Processor

in the system's information / system summary it said:
Total physical Memory - 256.0 MB
Avail Physical Memory - 42.05 MB
Total Virtual Memory - 2.00 GB
Avail Virtual Memory - 1.96 GB
Page File Space - 477.08MB



I have 34.5 GB of space on my drive and I am only using 8.3 GB

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 06:31 PM

...they call you up on your day off and ask you to come over and help them fix all the problems that have accumulated...


Ah, the bane of being the resident computer guru. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 February 2006 - 12:10 PM

Hello - I am back with the answers to your questions:

first I have a Compaq Computer a Millenium upgraded to a Home XP
1.20 GHz
248 MB of Ram
AMD Athlon Processor

in the system's information / system summary it said:
Total physical Memory - 256.0 MB
Avail Physical Memory - 42.05 MB
Total Virtual Memory - 2.00 GB
Avail Virtual Memory - 1.96 GB
Page File Space - 477.08MB



I have 34.5 GB of space on my drive and I am only using 8.3 GB



You are way low on RAM.

Add at least another 256MB.




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