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Best way to fix Virtual Memory errors?

by michhala / June 21, 2009 10:19 AM PDT

My computer will be 7 years old in November. I am hanging in with it because I am planning on buying a new computer when Windows 7 is released in October or when its SP1 is released.

That said, recently I began to receive Virtual Memory errors when on Facebook or any website too long. Adding RDRAM is expensive, particularly since I am hoping to buy another machine in the not too distant future.

There are choices for a fix, but I am not sure which one to choose and prefer not to experiment:

1. Scott Arnault (PC Mag) advises going into the System Properties? Virtual Memory panel and selecting the System Managed Size option if it is not already selected (mine is NOT selected) and then clicking OK, OK, OK.

2. Others advise going to the Virtual Memory panel and changing Initial Size and Maximum Size to 2.5 times the amount of RAD (512 MB) = 1281 MB RAM for Initial Size and 1281 MB for Maximum Size.

Current Virtual Memory Panel:
Custom Size: Initial Size 768 MB ? Maximum Size 1536 MB
Total Paging File All Drives: Minimum allowed 2 MB ? Recommended 765 MB ? Currently Allocated 1109 MB
74 GB HD - 59.2 GB Free Space (available 61755 MB)

My Thanks???.Miki

Windows XP Home SP2, IE6
Dell 8250 Pentium 4 CPU 2.66GHz
80 GB HD
NIS 2008

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Addendum to my OP
by michhala / June 21, 2009 10:28 AM PDT

Methinks that because I do not have the System Managed Size option selected in the Virtual Memory panel, Windows is unable to adjust the size to fit the need........miki

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That Sounds Right To Me, Miki!
by tobeach / June 21, 2009 3:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Addendum to my OP

I don't know much on this (or any other! LOL!) but selecting the
"let Windows manage" can't hurt & may help. Assuming (;-(!) that
there is adequate space btw. RAM & HD free for the file swapping to function. I'd try it & can always change back if no help.
Good Luck! Sandy Happy

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I agree.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 21, 2009 8:40 PM PDT

In these cases I would always let Windows manage the settings.

Then it can't complain about 'low virtual memory'!


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Agree to agree . . .
by Coryphaeus / June 21, 2009 9:56 PM PDT

Since you are a little light on RAM, let Windows manage the settings. I've seen a hundred posts here when people try to manage the swap/page file themselves.

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Sandy, Mark, Coryphaeus
by michhala / June 22, 2009 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Agree to agree . . .

Thank you all for your replies -- they reinforced my confidence to take some action.


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by michhala / June 22, 2009 9:03 AM PDT

In Paragraph #2, I wrote "changing Initial Size and Maximum Size to 2.5 times the amount of RAM" -- the correct figure is 1.5, not 2.5.


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That figure is "dated".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2009 10:12 AM PDT
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For example I have 3GB of RAM and can't set it to 1.5 times that. That number is from a dated article. Let's try the "let Windows manage" setting for today's machines.

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(NT) Will do, Bob.....thank you.
by michhala / June 22, 2009 12:01 PM PDT

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