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Virtual memory crash

Im running XP Professional on a 6 year old compaq presario 5600i desktop 450mhz P3 256ram 13ghd. Problem is after start up there's not enough memory to open the "my computer" icon or the control panel. I have increased the PF, still didnt help. Can I get in somehow to dump some data or do I have to buy another dimm card???


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XP differs from Win 9X in that

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adding memory will actually increase the resources in XP.

Also clean out your temp and TMP folders. Also search these forums for many articles on how to clean out your computer.

Grif and Toni H are among the Mods with such posts.

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Memory & HD Space

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Start up in safe mode using F8 on the boot. I would not run Windows XP with less than 512 MB in any case. Clean out the temp files and remove stuff from the HD. If you have extra "cute" little programs that load to the task bar, remove them, they waste resources. If you want to maintain them, I would go up to 1 GB of RAM. Virtual memory is obviously using HD space. Any programs that you are not really using should be removed. Make sure you set the VM back to automatic once you clean house, and then restart the machine. While you are at it, make sure sure your Anti-Virus software is up to date, and make sure you are running a good Anti-Spyware program like CounterSpy. When you are all done, run the defragmentation on the drive from your accessories.

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Charles, Try This..

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As the others have stated, you need more RAM...At least 512 MB and prefereably more.

Next, restart the computer into Safe Mode using the instructions in the link below. (Safe Mode should allow you to make some of the resource saving changes I'm going to suggest below.):

How To Start In 'Safe Mode'

Once in Safe Mode, then please follow all of the procedures in the links below to eliminate unnecessary start up programs and services and to delete all the junk files from your computer.

First, shut down unnecessary start up programs:

For Windows 2000/XP, ignore the first couple of sentences about checking "resources" and the "Performance" tab in the link below but follow the rest of the procedures including the "Services" links at the bottom.

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

Because the links for the "Services" are no longer functioning in the link above, use this one:

Services Guide For Windows XP

Next, clean out the junk files from the machine:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

And if you're using Service Pack 2 on the computer, try tidying up a little using the link below:

Cleanup After SP2 Installation

After following all the procedures above, run Error Checking/Chkdsk and Defrag to optimize the hard drive:

How To Run 'Error Checking/Chkdsk' On Win2000/XP

Hope this helps.


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Still issues

In reply to: Charles, Try This..

Hi Grif, you probably thought it would come to this but,
I followed all of your instructions and did a defrag and disk cleanup and check up. The hardware is fine and I have 4gb of hard drive space open. Still when I start up I get the Virtual Memory to low warning. I increased the PF to 768Mb and now the CPU level from task manager performance shows a cool 10 -50% activity level. Dont know what else except more memory (ram) or maybe I have a virus. Your thoughts?,and thanks for your help. The things I changed as per your instructions at least got me back to working. Everything is working really slow though. Dont worry Im writing to you from another computer. No viruses. Let me know if you think of anything else.


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