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Virtual Memory is low

by pebo94 / May 29, 2004 1:56 PM PDT

I am running winXP,1.4GHz and 128mb. About a week now i began getting a "Virtual Memory is Low" warning after start is complete. I know my physical memory is low for running XP and i am about to improve on that to 256mb or 512mb, but this is not what i believe is the reason for my "virtual memory warning.
Any suggestions anyone?
Do i need to clean anything out?
Could it be too much ie stuff stored on my system?

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Re:Virtual Memory is low
by Michael Geist / May 29, 2004 2:19 PM PDT
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System Properties/Advanced tab/Performance/Settings/Advanced/Virtual Memory/Change, boy that's a mouthful.

Changing the size of the paging file may alleviate some low memory isuues. Check the available space on the drive housing the paging file, you may need to provide some more room.

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Re:Virtual Memory is low
by glb613 / May 29, 2004 8:31 PM PDT
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If you don't have adequate memory, your computer uses hard drive space. If you don't have enough of it either, you will get warnings like you described. Your memory is too low for XP. How full is your hard drive? Have you done a defrag recently? Memory is cheap and easy to install. I'd suggest you upgrade your memory, defrag your hard drive and free up at least 20% of your hard drive space.

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Re:Virtual Memory is low
by David Chan / May 30, 2004 2:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Virtual Memory is low

I recently worked on a Compaq Presario running XP HE on 128MB RAM which gave Low Memory errors when trying to print.

Turns out the PC was severly infected with Gator/Claria, HotBar and tons of spyware.
The user was running P2P network, Imesh and have allowed such spyware to hog all the memory!

A thorough scan with Ad-Aware 6, SpyBot Sraech & Destroy, CWShredder, Stinger.exe got rid of all the spyware.

Plus I added a 256 MB RAM and all was well again.

So check for spyware and then if you are not adding RAM try and increase the PageFile as suggested by Michael.

But for the long term solution add more RAM and make sure your PC is free of parasite. Tools for removing them are free and there is no need to allow spyware to degrade your PC performance.

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