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Windows Virtual Memory

by dirt diva / March 15, 2008 1:21 AM PDT

Hi everyone ~
I keep getting the msg. 'Windows virtual memory is low'....I don't understand what this means or if I need to do something to fix it..??..other than rebooting, that is....
Windows XP Pro
701 Mhz
320 MB Ram

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For starters
by Jimmy Greystone / March 15, 2008 3:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows Virtual Memory

For starters you could add more RAM, which would reduce the need for virtual memory.

You should consider 512MB of RAM to be the minimum acceptable about of RAM for any system running XP. And since you seem to have integrated video, you'll probably want to add more to compensate for that.

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Without knowing all you are running ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 15, 2008 5:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows Virtual Memory

it is near impossible to suggest why you are getting the messages. While more that your stated 320 meg of RAM is generally better, XP Pro will run adequately on 256 meg even if (as it appears) you are sharing RAM with the video card.

I am linking you to a page that pretty well explains Virtual Memory in easy to understand terms for general users (as opposed to "rocket scientists"). You will find not only a discussion of Virtual Memory, but how to go about setting up Virtual Memory for your own specific needs. AFTER reading it, if you have additional questions unanswered or just don't understand parts or it please post back and we will be happy to address the specifics.

Hope that helps.

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