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Virtual Memory Low (specs Stated) And Fan Problem


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#1 sepand

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:53 AM

Hi

I keep getting the Virtual Memory Low warning on my windows XP. Here are some details:

The PF Usage is at 500MB, not even half of full.
CPU usage was between 2-20% when the last error came.
Computer had been shut down and turned on only 2 hours before the error.

Specs:
Laptop Hp Pavilion ZT3000
768 MB Ram
60 GB HD @ 5400 RPM, with 7 GB free space

Virtual Memory Settings:
Custom Size: Initial Size 100MB, Maximum Size 768MB
System managed size and ‘no paging file’ are NOT selected.

Also, my poor poor laptop (only 2 years old, cost me US$2000) is acting like an old dog now… the fan kicks in really loud every minute for 10-20 seconds every time I open an application or browse the internet (for example, when I open a new tab and go to a website). What can be done??

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 01:28 PM

well the typical rule of thumb is that your page file usage should be set to 1.5 time the size of your actual memory. since you have 768 megs of ram. i would try setting your page file usage to 1000 megs.

and it probably sounds like your laptop needs a good clean up and defrag. and dont forget to make sure you have to proper virus and spyware protection running.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:44 PM

Is that maximum or initial? If initial, then what should max be? If max, what shoud initial be?

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:56 PM

"System managed size and ‘no paging file’ are NOT selected"
Why not let Windows manage the swap file?
If at all possible, I would certainly free up some of that hard drive space by deleting unneeded files and applications, or simply saving some of the files to disk.
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:30 AM

Cuz it was like that by default! So should I change it? I've read everywhere else that it's best if user sets the size, not windows.
Stupid windows, never has anything right by default. You have to tweak so many things.

Edited by sepand, 11 December 2006 - 12:32 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:38 AM

Allowing Windows to manage your pagefile has benefits - you don't have to worry about the size of it. If you set it yourself, then you've gotta worry about it yourself.

My theory is that it's most efficient to set it to a fixed size (Initial and Maximum being the same) so that you don't use extra resources managing it. But this requires that you set it large enough that you don't run out of space in the middle of doing something.
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:37 AM

How can I optimize the Windows 2000/XP/2003 virtual memory (Pagefile)?
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