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    my lappy keeps coming up with low virtual memory, does this mean i need more ram, kids comp keeps coming up with it too

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    The computer uses part of the hard drive as extra 'fake' memory (for want of a better description)

    Are you using XP? If so :

    Right click on the "My Computer" icon and select 'Properties'

    Click on the 'Advanced' tab.

    Where it says 'Performance', click on 'Settings'.

    Click on the 'Advanced Tab' (a different one), and there should be a bit at the bottom that tells you how much Virtual memory you have.

    What does it say and how much normal memory do you have?

    Usually it would indicate that more RAM would be useful as your computer is truggling to find 'free' memory to run applications. Not 100% sure though

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    total paging file size for all drives 442MB

    Change it to 768 and see how you get on.

    Original Poster Banned

    got Physical Memory : 256 MB DDR-SDRAM

    What Shengis said ;-)

    256MB is pretty low though. Try changing the virtual memory first and see how you get on.

    Original Poster Banned

    yeah it is low, keep meaning to get some more put in but sadly expenses for computers come seriously down the bottom of the list, and whe you see how much lappies go for new i wonder if its worth spending on this

    Original Poster Banned

    how do i change it, just put in new numbers?


    http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc254/sassie-sassie/hu-1.jpg

    CEX have 256 ddr2 RAM from 2 - 8 pounds - cant think of other cheap 2nd hand places

    I would probably set the Initial Size to 512 and the Maximum size to 768.

    Then click on OK, and it should be done.

    Sass. Select NO paging file. Reboot. Set initial and max at 768. Reboot. That should give you a contiguous page file (means it runs a bit faster). It won't solve your problem but will alleviate the symptoms. To get rid of the problem completely you'll need to add more physical memory AND find out what programs are leaking the memory in the first place.

    If you are conflicted over who's advice to follow Sassie, don't be. Shengis' suggestion to set it as No Page file and reboot, before setting the size is a good one and I should have suggested it myself. :oops: As for the actual sizes, it shouldn't make much difference which you choose to do.

    Just thought I'd better mention it just in case you were confused/worried. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster Banned

    i take it reboot means restart comp, yeah?


    right must go sleep, will check back in and do it tomorrow, thanks guys rep added:thumbsup:

    Going by the theme currently on use by the computer, another thing that I ll suggest you do which will significantly increase you computer speed is to adjust the visual effect for best performance. This will free all the Ram that the computng is using for your theme and other effects. to do, control panel>system>advance tab>performance settings>visual effect> radio button adjust for best performance.

    Going by the theme currently on use by the computer, another thing that I ll suggest you do which will significantly increase you computer speed is to adjust the visual effect for best performance. This will free all the Ram that the computng is using for your theme and other effects. to do, control panel>system>advance tab>performance settings>visual effect> radio button adjust for best performance.

    sassie;2078912

    i take it reboot means restart comp, yeah?



    Yep. In computer terms:

    Boot or Boot Up = Start
    Reboot = Restart

    The standard setting for the paging file(Virtual Memory) is for windows to manage this automatically ie take as much hard drive space as it needs, if it is still set to this the problem is usually too little contiguous hard drive space to use as memory, you need to clear some rubbish off
    run the disk clean up wizard and remove all suggested, see if there is any old programs installed you don't use that can be removed
    disable the swapfile then reboot, make sure it is gone by searching for pagefile.sys (tell search to include hidden/system files), if still there delete it
    Empty the recycle bin, then defrag
    When defrag is finished, re-instate the swap file and see how it goes
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