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By landrew ·
On a PII 350MHz, machine with 64 MB RAM, what would be the best way to optimize memory. Should I let Windows manage my virtual memory or should I set values. My only problem is that if I set values, what should I set the virtual memory settings to?? The reason I ask is because I have a client who is working with a spreadsheet on a machine like above, and she keeps getting the "Not Enough Memory" error message. Obviously a simple solution is to add more memory, but I unfortunately do not have control over that in the company that I work for. Ideas???

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by 1937257 In reply to Memory management

To explain what to do, we should first start by explaining how Windows manages the memory. The amount of mem in your PC is what windows has at its disposal for information. To allow it to use more information, it creates a file on one of your hard drives. It then takes all the info you need (ie files, running programs, etc) and splits it into smaller pieces. The pieces it needs to use, it holds in memory and stores the rest on the drive swapping them around as needed. The amount of drive space is what you are adjusting when playing with your memory management. By default, if windows is managing it, it will use the drive with the most free space and adjust as needed. The only time you should play with it is if you have little disk space andwant to limit the amount of drive you want dedicated to memory paging. This does not appear to be your problem as the spreadsheet requires more mem. For this reason, I recommend you leave these settings alone and concentrate on limitting memory utilized by system tray i

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by dmach In reply to Memory management

Well adding more memory is the best thing, but you have no control over that. Now, let windows manage your vitual memory management and also try to uninstall some of the feature sitting under the system tray at the right bottom corner. That will free the system resource memory.

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by robin.deville In reply to Memory management

Maybe you could use the program freemem professional.It helps you enhance the performance of your PC by freeing up physical RAM.

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by cdasilva In reply to Memory management

If it thrashs the hard drive forever then bombs out, it's probably Virtual Memory. If so, look at the speadsheet on a poweruser computer and see what's going on. Is it a huge sheet? Are there VB scripts happening or are multiple instances of an ebedded graphic being called? If it's just a big sheet, bump the Virtual Memory to 128/128 (make sure the hard disk has plenty of room and is defragged and scandisked) and keep upping it till it loads. then tell her to but more ram.

BTW the rule of thumb (ram X 2) seems wacky to me. If I have 512 MB ram you would think I need 0 Virtual Memory, not 1 GB.

If it just bombs right away with no thrashing, it's memory allocation problem.
Disable as many programs from starting automatically as you can. If win98, use msconfig.exe. Reboot fresh. Do ctrl-alt-del and shut down everything except Explorer. If it then loads ok, you either have a corrupt spreadsheet installation or too many apps running.

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by Hungry cat In reply to Memory management

It is recommended to manualy set initial size for Virtual Memory 2x of Physical. The maximum calculated from your needs, generally 2x from initial size. But don't move sawp on same physical HDD with system in other partition. Best of all is a separate HDD for swapping ;-), at least non-system HDD. Suches optimizations priovide Norton Utilites, Optimization wizard. I recommend you to optimize your cashe algorythms too, check "casheman v3.80" (freeware) program, good for many purposes like cashing optimizations. Run <msinfo> & <msconfig> programs to learn more about your question (standart programs from Win 98 installation), maybe lot of applicaionts are loaded at startup

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