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    I keep getting a message that my system is running low on Virtual Memory. What is that and how do i fix that?

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    Virtual memory is just space on your HDD that Windows reserves to augment your physical RAM.
    What OS are you running, how much RAM is installed and how full is your HDD?
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    Xp Pro. 160Mb of Ram. 4Gig hardrive with 1.38 free.

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    Sheesh!
    No wonder!
    You need a lot more RAM than that (BTW, how do you end up with 160MB of RAM?) to operate XP.
    Windows must be living in your page file.
    You can increase the size of the page file ("virtual memory") by going to Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance settings>Advanced>Virtual memory>change.
    Make it as big as you like.
    In fact, make the minimum and maximum size the same...that way Windows isn't spending all that energy changing the size all the time.
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    160Mb of ram is not bad. my old hp has 128mb SDR pc100 or something ram and it ran xp fine. a bit slow, but still worked

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    That may be Abu, but it would mean that the page file ( which is much slower than physical RAM), would be used constantly.
    Hence his problem.
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    Originally posted by clocker@31 December 2003 - 20:06
    That may be Abu, but it would mean that the page file ( which is much slower than physical RAM), would be used constantly.
    Hence his problem.
    of course physical ram is faster than virtual ram. wat i'm saying is y he's complaining bout his pc when his setup is fine for running xp

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    Ramones wasn't complaining, I'm the one who said that I thought it was inadequate.
    Still do.
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    Originally posted by clocker@31 December 2003 - 20:48
    Ramones wasn't complaining, I'm the one who said that I thought it was inadequate.
    Still do.
    the only thing that's inadequate is the hdd. 4 gigs isn't enough for anything.

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    Abu, even Microsoft calls for a minimum of 128MB of RAM and every single expert I've read says to double that, at least.
    The HDD is kinda weeny, ain't it?
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