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Low virtual memory error

by cd4e / November 16, 2008 12:38 PM PST

A few days ago when I booted up my computer and left it running for a while I noticed I got a Low virtual memory warning. So I opened up task manger and saw the my PF usage was extremely high (around 1.5 GB) and I didn't have anything open or running. Then I restarted it and had the same problem later. After a while some times it will render the computer useless as I can't get anything to run as its so slow. Even as I'm typing this message my PF usage is slowly increasing. I also notice that my "Handles" are slowly increasing too. All that I've done to the computer recently is install a Dynex Wireless G USB adapter. I dont think it's the cause of the problem because when I take the USB adpater out the computer and leave it running I still get the same problem. I also set my virtual memory to the System managed size after reading forums on the internet but still the same problem. If you could please helping me in fixing the problem that would be great!

Also I have 1 GB of RAM and that's the maximum amount it can take.

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Update
by cd4e / November 16, 2008 1:18 PM PST

I went to task manager, clicked "Processes", "View", "Select Columns", and chose "Page Faults". I saw that a process called "bcmwltry.exe" was taking up a ton of memory under "Page Faults" so I clicked end process and the PF usage went way down. The problem now is that the process keeps starting up again after I end it. Any suggestions as to what I should do?

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I was going to suggest a malware search
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 17, 2008 1:55 AM PST
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but seeing that bcmwltry.exe I found in Google that it is the tray bar process for the Broadcom Corporation Wireless Network software. I know no more than that, but seeing as you state you just installed a wireless USB adapter, I wonder if there is any connection.

What other wireless components do you have?

Have a look on Google for bcmwltry.exe, and see what others think. It's a process that can be disabled, but whether that is in MSCONFIG, (Start > Run, type in msconfig, click OK, then the Startup tab), or whether it is a service, I don't know.

Mark

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RE: bcmwltry.exe
by caktus / November 17, 2008 6:22 AM PST
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Update 2
by cd4e / November 17, 2008 1:27 PM PST
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I uninstalled and reinstalled the USB adapter and set my router to broadcast its SSID and now for some reason "bcmwltry.exe" isn't giving me a problem anymore. So problem fixed, thanks for your guys's input.

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(NT) Glad we could help, and thanks for reporting back.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 17, 2008 6:07 PM PST
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bcmwltry - out of memory error!
by Blackops432 / December 16, 2009 12:39 AM PST
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Ok, I'ev read about this crashing laptops, now I have it. How can I fix it. How can I uninstall/reinstall my USB drive or is there another way? Do I need the original disks or can I get it from an online source?? Please help! Thank you to all in advance for ur support!

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increase virtual memory
by glancetech / December 16, 2009 3:32 PM PST

Well increase your Virtual Memory

Step 1
Click on Start and right-click on My Computer.

Step 2
Choose Properties.

Step 3
Click on the Advanced tab. Under Performance, click on the Settings button.

Step 4
Under Virtual Memory, click on the Change button.

Step 5
Here is where you decide the amount of Virtual Memory that you need to increase. Try playing around with a few hundred megabytes above the assigned amount.

Step 6
An alternative way to fix your low memory problem is to eliminate non-essential programs, documents and files from your computer's hard drive. This will allow you to free up space that can be used by your computer as memory.

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