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by dougowl / October 31, 2004 9:42 AM PST

Is it possible to allocate virtual memory to an extra harddrive (slave drive)? I keep getting low memory,or
system resources low warnings. I am running Windows 98 SE with 64mg Ram, and 166mg processor.

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Yes you can relocate your swap file
by Ray Harinec / October 31, 2004 10:03 AM PST
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or page file as XP calls it. HOWEVER this has nothing to do with resources, nor does the amount of memory that you have.

Basically you simply have too many programs loading when the computer boots. Each one grabs a portion of the very small memory pool devoted to resources [64 K for the pool that gets reported], actually there is an additional pool but the warning is based on the 64 K pool and that is K].

Re programs opening, it is also possible that one of them in a memory leak and keeps taking more resources and never returns them.

First, assume that it is only too many programs opening at boot. The following links should help solve your problem and clear up the misunderstanding.

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Doug, More About Resources...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 31, 2004 11:25 AM PST
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Re: Ram
by billzhills / November 1, 2004 9:25 AM PST
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M/S states that Win98 will run on 64MB memory what they fail to mention is that is all it will run.

Min memory for Win98 and applications is 128MB memory. A tight system on boot running explorer, system tray and anit virus only will use about 84MB memory. Moving your swap file will not help.

On your next boot go to system information, under system tools/accessiors, Click on tools in tool bar -> DirectX diagnostic. On this page you will see how much memory you are using.

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