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Can I change Page File size before I start XP?


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I tried to boot up my pc ( a "Normal" boot, if you like)... XP Pro started up - but then froze after a few seconds. I repeated this and the same thing occurred It normally lasts for about three or four Mouse clicks.... before seizing up.

So I tried to boot it up in "Safe Mode (with Command Pmpt)". It just would not boot. Every time I tried this, It "hung" on the AGP440.sys driver. I switched it off...and then tried simple "Safe Mode".

This time it got as far as the "WELCOME" screen, but then a message window appeared - telling me that the page size value is too small or is non existant. It said that I should set the value to Max (by going into Control Panel, etc ).

Does this sound as though it might be a reason for this freezing issue? It certainly sounds feasible to me...but there is a problem in trying to change the values

My problem is that I can't actually get WinXP to stay up long enough to be able to change these settings.

Any ideas ? Can I set the page file value to Max, before I start up XP?

Thanks in advance!

Edited by Strange Brew, 19 October 2006 - 03:16 AM.

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Hi, this one interests me
remember I am working blind so bare with me
also if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer
- what os, XPpro or home
- how old is it
- have you tried repair with XPcd
http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html
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Thx for your reply.

It's a fairly old 2002 Intel Pentium 4 1.5Ghz processor...not over clocked or anything!
The motherboard has an Intel i845I chipset, and is manufactured by Chaintech.
The Award BIOS is dated june 18th, 2002 and had the ID: i845IE8712-JA69VC0CC-00
It has 512mb memory
and almost 40GB freespace on a new -ish HDD

It runs (ha!!) XP Pro Service Pack 2

Yup! have tried to repair it withn the XP cd

I managed to get as far as displaying the page file size before it froze on me again.... it says the size is 0, whihc is interetsing, bceause I last set it to let Windows manage what is best for the computer.

Hope this helps?
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Aha ....
Sorry I haven't followed that link you posted.... I should just have a look thru this before I try anything else.

EDIT:

Yes....I have tried the Repair function as detailed in the link. Many thx.

Edited by Strange Brew, 19 October 2006 - 05:32 AM.

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question
- if you use the XPcd can you get into the recovery console
(I am looking along lines of either restore, or repair boot here)
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Yes - I can get to the recovery console.... in fact, I am trying to repair the current installation, right now
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"Repair" has failed to cure the problem....
I still have zero sized Page file and the freezing up problem - I cannot get into control panel, etc to change the value

Just a thought...
is the problem likely to be faulty memory ?
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The problem is that we cannot get into safemode with command prompt and if we had that we could try restoring the system, and yes try changing the memory then

sorry more questions
- would repairing the boot help
http://fleamailman.f...topic.php?t=203
http://support.micro...om/?kbid=307545
- if we are stumped you have you your backups
- I take it that you know how to slave this harddrive elsewhere

sorry if I am not helping much then

Edited by fleamailman, 19 October 2006 - 12:07 PM.

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Please don't apologise... I am only too happy that you are helping me out! Much appreciated!

I have swapped over the memory and there is no difference...

Re: the HDD... the disk is newly formatted and contains only WinXP, so no problems regarding data loss. But thank you for the thought....

I have now repaired XP - htis made no difference either....same error... and now i have just finished reinstalling XP - and... a development! I got into Control Panel/System etc etc and changed the Page File sizes to 4096 max... applied the changes...restarted the PC and it ignored the changes - stating that my Page File didnt exist, or was too small!

Then my system froze! As before...

So... still I have the same problem

How bizarre.
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yep I am fast running out of ideas,
- what kind of graphics is it
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Sorry for the pause in action...I was away for the weekend.

Its an MSI brand card, nVidea GEForce FX5200

Thx in advance
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http://www.microsoft...06/hey0118.mspx

not sure if it applies to your problem but take a look at it
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Thank you, it certainly seems worth a go!
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