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#1 fullmetaldog1

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:10 PM

Hey I have no clue what to do I believe i have 512 mb of ddr memory but my computer always pops up with a alert about virtual memory any help would be great

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:33 PM

What precisely does this alert say? And is it the same one each time?
Virtual memory is a combination of the RAM memory and your "swap file" which Windows uses to supplement the RAM by storing data on your hard drive.
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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:55 PM

yes its the same each time it says virtual memory is low its changing or something like that

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 02:06 AM

Is your hard drive nearly full? If so this is likely the cause of your problem.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 04:15 AM

I would say to get arround this problem you will need to increase the size of your paging file. This can be done my opening System Properties. (right click on My computer and click properties).
Select Advanced tab. Then click the settings button under Performance heading.
Under the advanced tab again there is a a section at the bottom called Virtual Memory. Click the change Button and then set the custom size for your virtual memory.
It should advise you on the limits it can be set between.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 06:22 AM

alright thank you my hard drive is only 1/2 full so im not sure but its alright it hasnt done it lately it must be when I have so much going on but thanks again

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:04 AM

This can be caused by a pagefile that's too small. But, did Windows say that it was changing/fixing it? If so, I'd suspect that it was a problem with a program hogging too much memory.

Try checking Task Manager (the Processes tab) by using Ctrl-Alt-Del. Keep an eye on the MemUsage and CPU columns to see what process is consuming the most (disregard System Idle Process). That's likely to be the culprit.
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Posted 12 December 2006 - 12:15 PM

"...it must be when I have so much going on."

Leaving many applications running at the same time when you are not really using them takes more resources than you sometimes realise. A good habit is to close these when not actually using them.
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