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Low on Virtual Memory?

I just got this error for the first time today and not quite sure why. I didn't have a lot of programs running, nor, when checking my task manager did I have any programs eating up a lot of memory.

I have plenty of space available on my C: drive and I really don't know why the virtual memory warning would pop up (I'm on Windows 2000).

But anyways, I've never had that error before and just last week I upped my RAM from 512 to 1024, so could that possibly be the problem - bad RAM (doubtful as far as I'm thinking, but worth asking)...

Also, just before that error popped up, whenever I minimized a window, Win2k would hang for 5-10 seconds before doing anything else, so I'm not sure what's up. Any ideas?

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You have to look in the Task Manager to find out what process is hogging all the memory. It could be IE that's running some ActiveX crap.
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NewEgg has a deal on virtual memory right now, you might want to buy some.
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Originally posted by X
You have to look in the Task Manager to find out what process is hogging all the memory. It could be IE that's running some ActiveX crap.
Don't run IE.
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Off My Computer... Advanced Tab...Performance..Settings...Advanced...see Virtual Memory at the bottom. What is it set for here? Usually it can be at least 1 1/2 times your RAM.

I have set Initial and Maximum size to the same number and had good results.
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Originally posted by Preacher
Off My Computer... Advanced Tab...Performance..Settings...Advanced...see Virtual Memory at the bottom. What is it set for here? Usually it can be at least 1 1/2 times your RAM.

I have set Initial and Maximum size to the same number and had good results.


If you have a 2nd hard drive set the pagefile to be on that 2nd drive...poor man's RAID.
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You still should see what's using up the memory. In my opinion that's a lot safer than just giving it more memory since you may find something doing something that it shouldn't be doing. Or something.
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Well, I use Statbar, so I can always monitor my RAM usage and it never strays that high usually. The biggest users are Firefox and Mailwasher and everhting else is sub-20,000 K in usage. When I got the error, my RAM usage was right at about 1/2 so I don't see that being the problem. I'll try and increase it a bit - it's probably a result of my additional RAM added last week without increasing the virtual memory.

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