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    Virtual Memory


    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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    • #2670626

      Reply To: Virtual Memory

      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:

    • #2670493

      Reply To: Virtual Memory

      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

      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.


    • #2670484

      Reply To: Virtual Memory

      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.

    • #2671951

      Reply To: Virtual Memory

      by senitaf ·

      In reply to Virtual Memory

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