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Old 11-21-04, 10:16 AM
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Warning: Virtual Memory Running Low --- what does this mean?

I'm not too smart on all that kumpuhtur stuff -- what's this mean?
All I was doing was running a screensaver.

Would getting more physical memory help?

I have 256MB but am thinking of getting another 256MB soon.
Old 11-21-04, 10:40 AM
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More RAM will definitely help solve this issue. Even moreso if you're running XP.

Some of those fancy screensavers are real resource killers.
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Do these items in this order!
Do a diskcleanup via Start>run>type in "cleanmgr" (without the quotes) and click ok. (Delete those temp folders!) There are other ways to access disc cleanup, though

Your pagefile may be corrupt.

Clear PageFile at shutdown
(above usually works, but back up the registry BEFORE editing.)

Defrag your hard drive. Takes awhile to complete, though

Pagefile or swap file is a file on the hard drive that Windows uses when physical RAM is used up, whichever version of Windows you are using, typically uses 1-1/2 times the amount of Physical RAM (Memory) you have installed on the computer.

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As your computer runs it can use up Virtual memory and a restart can solve the issue. For checking your Virtual Memory settings

right click My Computer- properties - Advanced - Performance settings - Advanced - Vitual memory is on the bottom - change

Depends on what it says there.
Initial can be 2x your RAM for example. Maximum can be 3x. For some baromater on what you can do.
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Did you set your pagefile to be a certain size? If you set it for a certain maximum size you may need more memory (physical and virtual) than that and you need to set it to be able to expand to a larger size. If it's set to resize automatically, it's possible that you're running low on disk space that it needs to expand to a larger size.

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