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Low virtual memory Error on XP Home

By an_it_guy ·
Hi All,
I have a Dell Inspiron 4100 / 256MB RAM /20GB HDD, with WindowsXP Home and all other pre-installed softwares like OfficeXP, IE6 etc. Recently I found some performance degradation on the system, and found "Bad Disk" errors in the System Event Log. I defragmented the hard-disk several times, ran the 'Error-Checking' feature availbe in XP, uninstalled several unwanted softwares and finally found that the error had gone. During this time, I used to get an error saying that the McAfee VirusScan program cannot run due to some corrupt file, and i was not able to uninstall it as well. But after the above excerise, i was able to uninstall & reinstall the McAfee antivirus program back to the laptop.
After about a week, I have now started getting error that says:
"Your machine is low on Virtual Memory or has no Virtual Memory, Windows is resizing it for proper working. During this time some applicaions may not work properly"
I have 256MB physical RAM, pagefile settings are 384/512MBand have more than 5GB of free space on hard-disk after defragmentation. The pagefile that windows sets is 256MB every time I restart my machine!!
I tried to reconfigure this, but after restarting, the same thing happens! I do have all administrative rights to the pc, still the settings are not saved!
The machine works ok otherwise, but previously, since there's only one user on the mahcine, it used to automatically log me in, but now, unless I press CTRL+ALT+DEL, the machine does not log-in!!
How to get rid of this isssue?

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Low virtual memory Error on XP Home

by TheChas In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

I would at least double the size of the paging file.

I always set up systems with a seperate drive for the swap/paging file, and allow Windows to use the entire drive.
(I have a 4GB partition for the paging file on my XP Pro system.)

Sizing the paging file to 2X RAM is a hold-over from Windows 3.11, and has not been valid since W95 came out.

Depending on how you use your PC, Windows can need over 1GB of total memory.
The minimum size for a paging file is 1GB minus system RAM, or 1x system RAM, whichever is larger.

Chas

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Low virtual memory Error on XP Home

by an_it_guy In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

I have already tried configuring the pagefile to twice the RAM, but the problem still remains! And as you are suggesting, i too agree that performance can be better if the pagefile is different partition, but in this case, I am not in a position to re-create the partition structure, which right now is just one single partition occupying the whole HDD! Thnx anyways.

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by tufop In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

Try setting the minimum paging file size to about three times the size of physical memory. That has been the rule of thumb in the past (Windows 2000). I don't know if it has changed for Windows XP but it won't hurt to test it. 384 seems low for a box with 256MB RAM judging from my past experiences.

P.S. I have solved this error by using the the above suggestion on NT and 2000 machines.

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Low virtual memory Error on XP Home

by an_it_guy In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately, as I said earlier, no settings are getting saved for the pagefile. Every time the machine is started, it defaults to 255MB saying that the virtual memory is not enough!

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by Archibald In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

I am betting on disk corruption. possible disk failure in the future and or just plain ol unsolvable software issues.

after changing pagefile size you are hitting the ( set ) button right? and the size set to corresponds in the drive info window at top of panel????

You say you have xp home? So security rights should not be a problem ???? you are logged in as an admin account right?

Watch logs for my disk errors as disk HD problems are my bet

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by an_it_guy In reply to Low virtual memory Error ...

Just to inform you guys, that i couldn't get rid of this problem. The only thing I could do, was to take the backup and re-install the OS. Now it seems to be working fine, but I guess the HDD is going to be a problem soon.
Thnx anyways for helping.

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