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    Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
    « on: November 08, 2007, 03:53:45 PM »
    I think you guys were right about my computer memory, because after I installed webcam software, it said that "windows is increasing your memory paging file" then became really slow..lol so the other day I ran defrag on the C: drive, and it succesfully defragged all but a few files..and now it seems to be fine. Why does Windows run out of virtual memory, and If  I install new software how do I prevent it from happening again? :)
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    Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
    « Reply #1 on: November 08, 2007, 04:12:53 PM »
    What version of Windows do you have?  How much RAM do you have? 

    Quite likely, adding memory to your computer would prevent such messages or reduce the frequency of occurrence.

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    Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
    « Reply #2 on: November 08, 2007, 04:18:17 PM »
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      Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
      « Reply #3 on: November 08, 2007, 04:29:26 PM »
      Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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      service pack 2
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      2.60 GHz 120 MB of RAM
       
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      Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
      « Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007, 04:52:39 PM »
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      120 MB of RAM
      128MB, maybe? If it's true. I'd be really, really low.

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        Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
        « Reply #5 on: November 08, 2007, 09:40:33 PM »
        No it's true!!! it says 120 mB of RAM in my system properties!!!!  :o
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        Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
        « Reply #6 on: November 08, 2007, 09:54:08 PM »
        Well, whatever it is, it's low. You need to get more RAM, and many of your problems will be gone.
        I'd suggest, at least 512MB, 1gig would be nice.

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          Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
          « Reply #7 on: November 08, 2007, 10:07:16 PM »
          Sounds good! and how will i get this extra memory? ;D
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          Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
          « Reply #8 on: November 08, 2007, 10:25:27 PM »
          Well, there is that little tool, called DOLLARS.......LOL

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          Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
          « Reply #9 on: November 09, 2007, 05:17:58 AM »
          Travel to Crucial.com and enter your system specs....this will tell you exactly what type of RAM you should go shopping for...
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          Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
          « Reply #10 on: November 11, 2007, 12:10:30 AM »
          For best result set the value of the initial size and maximum size of your virtual memory to be the same.

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            Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
            « Reply #11 on: November 11, 2007, 03:29:23 AM »
            Windows uses three kinds of memory.  You've got the cache memory which is actually on the CPU itself, which is very, very fast.  Then you've got the RAM, which is a tad slower, but is where most of your programs reside when running (because the cache is so small).  Then you've got "virtual memory," which is really just harddrive space that Windows uses when you run out of RAM.  The problem with virtual memory is that it is REALLY, REALLY SLOW.  So any time you run out of RAM, it spills over into virtual memory, and any time it does that, any any time it has to pull something out of virtual mem, your computer takes a noticable performance hit, because of how relatively slow it is. 

            Windows XP needs a minimum recommended 128 or 256 megs of ram, I forget which, JUST TO RUN WINDOWS.  So in your case, without really doing much of anything at all, you're already using virtual memory, and all your programs will load in that.  When windows creates virtual memory, it allocates a single, large chunk of harddrive space for this purpose -- it's not fragmented like your other programs can be.  So if the largest, defragmented chunk of free space you have is, say, 500 megs, that's the biggest your virtual memory can be.  If after you defrag, you have a 1500 meg space, then that's as big as your virtual memory can be.  Windows can adjust the size of the virtual memory as needed, but obviously can't do any more than what you have on your harddrive. 

            While it's always recommended to have at least 10% of your harddrive empty for virtual memory, a larger harddrive will NOT be as effective at speeding up your computer as buying more RAM will be.  1 gig of ram is rather cheap now (50 bucks or so) and will give your computer plenty of breathing room.

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            Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
            « Reply #12 on: November 11, 2007, 04:45:19 AM »
            I have 2gigs of ram and have my pagefile running @ 1gig or 1024mb, seems to be ok with this ratio!

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            Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
            « Reply #13 on: November 11, 2007, 01:24:47 PM »
            As a rule of thumb: VM size = 2.5 x RAM

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              Re: Windows virtual memory minimum too low..
              « Reply #14 on: November 11, 2007, 02:13:39 PM »
              hmmm..I didn't know that! thanks for explaining! ;D
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