Low virtual memory on startup

March 15, 2010 at 07:15:04
Specs: xp home 32bit
I get a low virtual memory error every time i boot up the pc. I beleave it may have something to do with msconfig adding a ` ` to the (standard) entry in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

In addition to having almost no memory left, it can`t detect any networks.

Just before this problem occured I had no problems whatsoever with low virtual memory. System restore appears to have been off, so i can`t use it.

Any thoughts on how to solve this?

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March 15, 2010 at 09:14:21
Then remove it.

Can you give us some more information on your system? How much memory do you have? When in the task manager under the performance tab, tell us how much your system is using on bootup? Also, can you list all of the autostart items in the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run?


P.S. you should be able to boot into safe mode with network support or can you?

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March 15, 2010 at 09:29:06
First of all, there shouldn't exist a Run entry with a value of ' '. You can simply delete this entry ' ' from the registry.
But I guess, the low virtual memory has nothing to do with that.
That simply means, that the pagefile.sys is to small.
This can be changed by:
Click Start / Settings / Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance / Settings / Advanced / Virtual Memory / Change.

Also check, how many free hard drive space you have left.
Maybe it's not enough, so that windows can't use more space for the virtual memory (pagefile.sys).

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March 15, 2010 at 09:30:17
I`ve got 2 gigs of RAM installed, task manager lists only 1893 mb RAM. It uses almost all the memory, so about 1888mb.

I`ve only used the diagnostic startup in msconfig, not safeboot in the startupmenu.

This are all the files listed in thre startup tab:
boincmgr (not on)
boinctray (same)
Core (EA utility)
dumprep 0 -k
Windows Search

It worked yust fine yesterday, with 600mb usage on startup, so changing the virtual memory doesn`t reaky solve anything.

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March 15, 2010 at 09:39:25
Wow that is a lot of crap loading on start up. Couple of concersns...

Did you delete the invalid key out of your registry as suggested?

You can uninstall Windows Search, it is buggy and you don't need it using up your memory.

You can get rid of the Google Updater.

You can probably get rid of the video accelerator.

Basically go through and get rid of the junk you don't need.

Also, I noticed you got a Bit Torrent running. I how you run constant Virus Checks against any thing you download. Be aware Key Gens are not your friend and hackers love to hide bots in those key gens.

P.S. of the ones you listed, which one uses the most memory?

P.S.S your XP should not be using that much RAM on bootup. Mine uses about 500 MB and I have a lot of junk loaded, more than the average user.

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March 15, 2010 at 10:04:17
Well, I`ve booted the pc with ALL the `lauch on startup` programs off and it still uses 1.8 gigs off ram...

I also noticed that there is a lot of RAM `missing`, not in taskmanager.

I did delete it, but it keeps changing back.

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March 15, 2010 at 10:13:34
Open Taskmanager / Processes, then sort by Memory usage

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March 15, 2010 at 10:25:49
Taskmanager apparently doesn`t list all processes, if i add them up i don`t even come near 1.8 gb.

The process that uses the most is explorer.exe. The combined usage of processes listed in tadk manager is about 80mb, instead of 1882 mb.

I`m now trying with only microsoft services, see if that helps.

The mem usage is now 370mb, so i guess one of the services is causing it.

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March 15, 2010 at 11:46:03
I would suggest, to generally take a look at the services, because some software do install services, the world don't really need.
But you have to be careful on disabling services.

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March 15, 2010 at 21:50:48
You should download a copy of Process Explorer from Microsoft. It will give you MUCH more information on the processes running and identify all of those processes that appear the same in task manager. It also can be used to shut down running processes as you do in task manager. I find it a very important tool.

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March 16, 2010 at 05:15:13
Thanks for the reply`s everyone! It seems that McAfee Internet Security 2010 was causing the problem. I hope reïnstalling will fix it...

I don`t know if i should post this here but i`ll do it anyway because I couldn`t find anything about it.

At one moment i couldn`t find any wifi networks. It was caused by the Atheros services being turned off.

ps. Someone told me the McAfee backup and restore function can use a lot of ram. Can it be turned off/deinstalled? Does it even have a use if you manualy backup files?

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March 16, 2010 at 07:38:21
When you reinstall it do an advanced install. I use Kaspersky my self and could not tell if this is true but usually advanced installs will give you the ability to choose what to install.

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March 16, 2010 at 09:22:50
Thanks for the reply. It`s working now so I`ll test that if it happens again. I did have to install new drivers for my networkcard for some reason...

Anyway thanks for the help everyone!

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