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By senitaf ·
Have some PC's that have 64Mb RAM.
Every so often users are getting the error message, that the PC is running low on memory, and will need to be re-started, the users generally don't have a lot of problems open, maybe 4 at the max.
I have looked at the Virtual Memory settings and the minimum is set to: 0, and the maximum set to: No maximum. PC's are running Windows 96 with 10GB hard drives, and recommendations arrpriciated, or a nudge in the right direction.

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by darts32 In reply to Virtual Memory

Change the option to let Windows manage the setting for you.

If you want to have control of the size try this site for some options:

http://tweakhomepc.virtualave.net/hd/vm.shtml

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by darts32 In reply to

remove spaces in the link.

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by senitaf In reply to

Thanks for your suggestions.

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by TheChas In reply to Virtual Memory

Personally, your Virtual Memory settings are fine.

You simply need more RAM.
I would add 128MB to each system.

Further, you may have memory leaks on some of these systems.
If you installed IE 6 or DirectX 9 on any of these PCs, you may well have a memory leak.

Start by checking for an updated video driver that supports DirectX 9.
If that is not available, you need to drop back to IE 5.5 and DirectX 7 or 8.

Alternately, you can improve performance by installing a memory manager such as MemTurbo.

Another option, is a spy-ware infection.
Download and run AdAware from www.lavasoft.de

Still having problems?
Time for a full fix.
Take one system that is particularly bad.
Back up the data files, and format the hard drive.
Re-install Windows from scratch, and ONLY the applications the user needs.

You may be surprised as to how much faster a clean load of Windows runs.

Other items that can impact available memory:
Large wall-paper files.
Fancy Cursors and Icons.
MP3 and other audio players.

Chas

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by senitaf In reply to

Thanks for your suggestions.

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by CG IT In reply to Virtual Memory

The Chas has the answer though virtual memory is usually 1 & 1/2 times base memory for effective Windows running AND virtual memory is really using a portion of free space on the hard drive. Insufficent freespace can cause the error your seeing. I will say that Windows 9X will very shortly no longer be supported by Microsoft [e.g. patches, security fixes {unless very critical}]. Might be time to look foward.

IMO let the Windows virtual memory manager handle virtual memory and not manually set it. Saves headaches wonder what's happening.

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by senitaf In reply to

Thanks for your suggestions.

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by senitaf In reply to Virtual Memory

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