Solved I need Low Virtual Memory setting advice, plse help

March 18, 2012 at 14:45:48
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all,
I hope there is someone out there that can help me figure this out. So,my issue starts like this.... I don't understanding MB,GB,or GHz at all. I can barely locate the Virtual Memory box myself as I don't really know anything about computers. I did do a little research I kinda understand. From what I read 1.5 times my RAM for the Initial and the Maximum Three times my RAM. I have an XP that has 504 MB of RAM and it's set to 756 Initial and 1512 Maximum, I still get the low Virtual Memory. I also read that you can use the recommended size for the Initial size that's under Total Paging file size for all drives. Mine is 754. Now I know 754 is a different setting that 756 (what I have) call me dummy but what about the 504 of RAM ? I know it has to be different,I just can't figure out how. Can someone please tell me what my settings should be based on the information I gave above. Thank you to those who are willing to help.

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March 20, 2012 at 16:19:13
Yep, you were going to the right place.

I think the Low VM message will go away if you install more RAM.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
March 18, 2012 at 15:25:26
You are low on ram period. Adjusting the page file will not help (virtual mem). XP with sp3 runs mucho better on 1g especially since your video is shared and 2g would be even better. If you add more ram you may have to adjust the virtual mem size
1g=roughly 1.5g page file size...or simple set it to "system managed" page file which is where most should have it set. Aside from adding ram you can try cleaning up the start up files etc, but really I think adding a gig or two of ram would solve the problem more effectively.

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#2
March 18, 2012 at 16:00:18
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308417

BTW your system specs are missing...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#3
March 18, 2012 at 16:44:50
You should leave your pagefile setting at system managed.

You need to add physical ram to your system. Its the only way you are going to improve it. You can't make up with the page file for a lack of RAM

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


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#4
March 18, 2012 at 17:00:21
The figures you have read are only "broad guides" so you don't need to worry about being very precise. At the best adding more Virtual Memory (held on the HD) will only allow the computer to just about cope with some higher usage situation. RAM is way faster than VM.

Messsages such "Low Virtual Memory" are often pulled out of the bag by MS (ie the nearest one that fits the issue) and cannot always be relied upon verbatim. Most likely
it is crying out for more actual RAM.

I agree with the rest, leave Windows to manage it and get some more RAM. Not only will your computer run much better but most likely you will no longer get that message.

See here:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/compo...

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#5
March 19, 2012 at 18:02:35
Hey Derek,
I have set it to System Managed because I didn't want to deal with figuring out
the new settings. Unfortunately nothing happened. So here I am seeking help. I know you say I don't have to be precise,but just as I mentioned I don't have a clue at what settings. I will go ahead and ask you,hoping you don't mind. What do you suggest the values should be on that ? that would help me a lot. Thanks !

Oh, and and you bet I will pop up on here again to let you know the outcome.


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#6
March 19, 2012 at 18:10:23
Maybe we have a terminology misunderstaning here. Almost everybody, including myself, is saying there are no settings that are likely to improve your issue - just leave them System Managed, which is fine. Disregard the misleading message you are getting about low Virtual Memory.

What we are saying is that you need more physical RAM plugged in. If you click the link I gave towards the end of reply #4 there is a picture of a RAM module with microchips on it (top of page). That is what we are saying, you need a larger amount of that added, so that the total is at least double (1G).

Depending on your particular computer it may have an additional empty slot or you might need to swap your 512M for a larger module. I'm assuming yours is currently 512M total with 8M reserved for graphics, hence your 504M. We would need the name and model number of your computer to go into any further detail.

If you re-read the majority of responses with the above in mind they should now make sense.


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#7
March 19, 2012 at 18:39:22
Ok,my own fault.... my apologies everyone!
Thiking in my mind it was all setting I read through so fast I was more looking
for #'s. Thanks Derek for having me look back at posts. I feel dumb now

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#8
March 19, 2012 at 18:49:46
Don't worry about that at all - we are all human.

One more thing though. Virtual Memory is just a chunk of your hard disk which is reserved in case your run out of real RAM but it is a very poor substitute.

I have another thought about your "Virtual Memory Low" message. Maybe you are running short of hard disk space too. Go to My Computer and right click the C drive.
Let us know its used space, free space and total space (GB).

Whatever, it still means you are using up all of your current RAM and the computer is complaining.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
March 20, 2012 at 13:49:12
Thanks for PM - I only used that to let you know I'd replied on here again (in general I stay on the forum). Have taken the liberty of posting your PM below:

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I checked the system as you said,it's as follows: Used space:22.2GB
Free Space:27.5GB
the total size is 49.7GB if it's what you're meaning for total space. I also checked under Total Paging Files size for all drives and the Minimum allowed is 2MB. Just to give you a one more addition to the info.

Also,do you happen to know the reason when choosing system managed nothing happens? thanks again Derek,you have been patient and helpful
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The above proves that you have plenty of HD space so it has no bearing on your issue (unless it is related to one of your other drives). It might be useful for us to know the size situation with any other hard drives, just for info.

Not quite sure what you mean by "when choosing system managed nothing happens". Perhaps you mean that you still get the Virtual Memory Low report. If not perhaps you can clarify?

The HD space was just a possible reason for the Low VM report, so at the moment we seem to have come right back to you needing more RAM to make any headway.


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#10
March 20, 2012 at 16:16:53
To find other hd's I would find them by going to My Computer,is that correct?
if so,C drive is the only one there.

I'm sorry and yes,what I meant by saying nothing happens was that I still got the Low Virtual Memory. But I don't think that matters anymore


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#11
March 20, 2012 at 16:19:13
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Yep, you were going to the right place.

I think the Low VM message will go away if you install more RAM.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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