Virtual Mem setting ?

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October 4, 2009 at 07:59:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
Iam curious what would be the best virtual memorey/paging file setting for my system ? I read a article that said I should set the sz to 1.5 times of my available RAM . I have 3G.B.'s or DDR2 RAM . I set the min and max virtual mem to the same size following the articles recomendation. My min is set to 4605M.B. and my max is set to the same 4605M.B.'s I have'nt really noticed any improvement in performance . I also set the hardware accelaration to the lowest setting in display properpties,advanced settings however I went back and changed the setting to half way between min and max hardware accelaration? I have always respected the recomendations of those here @ computing.net ! Any input greatly appreciated in opinions on what these settings should be at ? Thanks to all that reply.
Take Care, Nick

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#1
October 4, 2009 at 08:05:11
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
HOWTO: Set Performance Options in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Configure Paging Files for Optimization and Recovery in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to Clear the Windows Paging File at Shutdown

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How To Move the Paging File in Windows XP


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#2
October 4, 2009 at 09:42:53
You have a habit of playing around with settings that need not be touched. Most of the problems with your old WinME machine were self-inflicted as are many of the problems with your XP machine. Just let Windows handle the "virtual memorey/paging file".

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#3
October 4, 2009 at 11:27:43
I agree with Jam. You aren't going to notice any improvement when playing with the Page file settings, and you could cause problems. Let Windows handle it.

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#4
October 4, 2009 at 12:46:32
No offense intended but I think Nick has too much free time on hand. Not long ago he asked about the running processes. Does anyone have some idea what his next question would be?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#5
October 4, 2009 at 14:42:59
He may be tweeking for best performance. However that will usually work for one application or combination of applications.
Change something and the load point will change.

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#6
October 4, 2009 at 18:27:42
Any yardstick about Virtual Memory being a multiple of RAM soon gets dated (even that from MS). The idea that "the more RAM you have the more VM you need" is illogical. It's when you are short of RAM that you need most VM (and vice versa).

Let Windows manage it, as recommended by others. Don't worry about all the stuff you read about contiguous blocks either - the Min setting that Windows comes up with will look after that too.

Most likely you rarely use anything like the full amount of RAM, so increasing VM which is hardly ever used is the reason you noticed no difference.

There's a lot of old pogwash banded about on websites. If you want to tweak VM your first step is to take measurements of RAM and VM usage. Unless you are one heck of a power user this will simply confirm what I've said above.

some other bloke...


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#7
October 5, 2009 at 06:02:21
Thank you to those who replied . I certainly do not have to much time on my hands ,in fact its 5:49AM and I have about five minutes to reply and then its off to work till 5:30,then when I get home its two and half hours of football practice with my 12 year old son . The reason the whole thing with the virtual memorey started was because I came accross a web site >http://www.delete-computer-history.com/slow-streaming-video.html < and the topic had me believe I could increase my streaming video speed by changing these settings to their recomended size. I wish those that reply would leave the referance to personal guessing about my motivation for the topic out of their reply . Unless you have a opinion about the ? asked and can offer help please keep your opinions about my failings to yourself :-) FYI ,My P3 WindowsMe PC is still running rather well for a 10 year old PC ,and I was only looking to improve the speed of my WindowsXP PC ,its not terribly slow however improvement is always a good thing . I took the advice and returned the settings to letting Windows handle it , Again thanks for your opinions on the ? asked ,I will ignore the personal referances !
Take Care ,Nick


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#8
October 5, 2009 at 09:04:09
I don't have much trouble with the advice given on that website (#7) except the Virtual Memory bit. Ironically they themselves seem to be doubting the necessity of changing it.

Take a look at the Min setting Windows has given you now. I would be surprised if it is as low as that suggested in their picture. Unless you exceed the Min that Windows has set then you won't run into excessive paging.

There are many issues regarding streaming but VM settings are so near the bottom of the list they can just about be disregarded. Your line/server have by far the largest impact.

some other bloke...


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