Out of Memory

Mustek6376 mst6376 / CUSTOM
February 16, 2009 at 00:06:51
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.399 GHz / 2046 MB
Hi Tom, I've been using XP Home since it appeared - now in SP3 and fully updated. The other day, for the first time, I had freeze "Out of Memory" yet I have 2 GB Crucial RAM and a huge amount of free HDD free space. (Steve Bass referred me to you)
I would really appreciate your advice on this. Thank you , Bob Bowen (Auldsod) South Africa.

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#1
February 16, 2009 at 13:05:02
Right click My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Performance > Settings > Advanced tab > Virtual Memory > Change, and make sure 'System managed size' is selected for the drive with the Paging File.

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#2
February 16, 2009 at 13:43:04
Also see taskman for memory usage.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#3
February 17, 2009 at 03:53:01
Thank you aegis1 and iefro. I have now enabled "System Managed Size" whereas high and low values were "set". Will report again on results, and watch Tashmanager. Much obliged. Best regards.

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#4
February 17, 2009 at 06:23:03
Setting high and low virtual Memory was a good thing to do in Windows 98. In Windows XP it is a complete waste if time unless you have extensive knowledge of how Windows manages memory.

Memory management is a lot better in Windows XP as it doesn't have a 16 bit sub-system to worry about and System Managed will cover most eventualities.

Stuart


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#5
February 17, 2009 at 10:59:03
Yes StuartS, I got that Low-High tweak from somewhere - can't remember where - and thought I'd try it. Then did not connect it to my problem. Thanks for educating me some more, which I much appreciate. At 72, I can STILL learn! I am facinated by Technology and PCs but was born way back in 1937, just a bit too long ago... Stay well and happy.

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#6
February 17, 2009 at 11:12:06
Thank you guys! Since ticking "System managed size" my problem has evaporated, and I reckon I can report a successful fix. Thank you all for the help. The old man greatly appreciates it! It's so easy - when you know HOW! I would never otherwise have cottoned on to this obscure (for me) fix... Funny thing - no warning or error recorded in Event Viewer. Best wishes to you all.

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