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Old Jul 01, 2002, 01:30 PM
dcm386 dcm386 is offline
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Default Low Virtual Memory In WinXP

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Hey everybody!

Computer specs
P4 1.6 GHz
30 GB free of a 60 GB HD

Recently, when I shut down (or restart my computer) I get an error message about low virtual memory. It says that windows is increasing the pagin file size. Alright, I understand this, but I don't understand why. I currently have 256 MB DDR RAM installed, and the windows help tells me I need a page file 1.5 times as big as my physical memory. Alright, I have 384 MB allocated for the page file. I have even bumped this up to 600 MB and I still get the low virtual memory thingy. Another thing is, All of the RAM isn't even in use!! Like last time I check how much memory was in use before i shut down. It was only using 131320 KB of memory. The physical RAM should be able to take care of that on its own. Also, it shows that I have all the memory I claim to have (It shows 261552 KB of physical memory). I am completely stumped. The problem is more annoying than anything, as it doesn't really seem to do anything to the computer. I have done a virus scan and also defragged my computer a couple times but no luck.

I was wondering how big i can safely make the pagefile, cause I thought that if it was bigger it slows the system down. I searched the net and the most help i could find was someguy who said make the initial pagefile size 733 and the max 3536 (I thought this was a bit much as the computer isn't using the virtual memory anyways!!). This happens every time I use the computer, even if all I do is open a docuemts or two, or surf the net for a while (those aren't too memroy intensive I don't think!)

Thanks for any help you can offer me
Old Jul 01, 2002, 02:12 PM
duffy90210 duffy90210 is offline
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With XP, you really should leave the page file to Windows, we have seen many problems with user manged page-files on low memory, some even has as much as 1GB of physical...
Old Jul 01, 2002, 02:20 PM
dcm386 dcm386 is offline
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thanks for the quick reply, but I never touiched it until I got his problem

So am I correct in assuming that you reccomend changing the page file settings to system managed size??

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Old Jul 01, 2002, 07:11 PM
dcm386 dcm386 is offline
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Well, I changed my page file so that the system manages it, and I no longer get the error message.
Old Jul 01, 2002, 08:19 PM
Hoss Hoss is offline
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This happens with XP occasionally
As it saves back a lot up stuff when it shuts down, it must page it all to the hard disc and you get this message once in a while. No big deal and not anything to really worry about
Old Jul 01, 2002, 09:08 PM
dcm386 dcm386 is offline
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K, thanks Hoss. I am glad that there is probably nothing wrong with my computer. I try to take really good care of it and I don't want anything bad to appen to it

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