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Added Another 1gb Of Ram--adjust Pagefile And Virtual Memory...?

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 06:46 PM

Hello Folks!!

Saw and heard too many divergent "opinions". I know BC has the proper solution.....

Just added a 2nd 1GB stick to the original 512MB RAM bringing the total to 2.5GB for my Compaq Presario running WindowsXP-Home. Shouldn't the Page File and Virtual Memory be adjusted?

Currently, the settings are as follows as observed by:
  • Rt click My Computer
  • Properties
  • Advanced
  • In Performance, click Settings
  • Click Advanced
  • In Virtual Memory click Change.-- It is indicated here that the "Total paging file for all drives" is 2046MB

There is 122 GB of "Storage Memory" available

Under "Paging file size for selected ęDrive"
- Initial 2046MB
- Max 4092MB

Under "Total Paging file for all.."
- Min allowed 2MB
- Recommended 3741MB
- Current Allocated 2046MB

Should these settings be adjusted for the proper set-up.....and how?

P. S. It was "born" with 512MB. The apparent original set-up was (2) 256MB sticks as this current addition of the 2nd 1GB stick used the last slot....????? I am "over the top" as it is now, but if another stick were to be added, a 256 would have to be removed. Sounds like to me that both 256's should be removed as they sound like they work together---Seems to be fodder for another topic..If at all.

Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Edited by Animal, 05 March 2007 - 08:14 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 11:59 PM

Your virtual memory should be 1.5 times the physical memory. Your computer should be set to automatically adjust to the added RAM. For more information and instructions for adjusting the settings go here.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:44 AM

Hello Again and Thanks a GIG!!!.....Hmmmm....

That article and you were of quite a bit of assistance. I set the min at 3741MB and the max to 11250MB.

But what do you mean when you said that the computer should be set to automatically adjust the amount of RAM...? I though it was just set i. e. the min and max.....or do you mean that it will adjust itself BETWEEN the 2 settings as you go along??

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