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Cinnamoroll

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Hi guys,

Today my comp. say its low in vital memory. I researched it and most of the sites I need to increase the size of the memory. But how? :) please.
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If you follow the steps outlined Here in this KB article it will tell you how to change it.

My recommendation is the Initial size should equal 1.5 x amount of memory installed

The max is 3 x amount of memory installed.
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Hi and thnx for the site

However i have questions:

1. is it alright for the Initial size to change from around 750s to 1130s?

2.is it alright for the Maximum size to go from around 1500s to 4500s?
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Yes it is. Also make sure you reboot after you set it.

Out of curiosity how much installed memory do you have?
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Out of curiosity how much installed memory do you have?


I think you should have at least 1 GB of RAM to run XP. I although recommend having 2 or 3 GB of RAM in order to be able to multitask efficiently.

The fact that the system is running out of virtual memory, tells me that the physical RAM is not sufficient for the work that you are doing on your computer.
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Yes it is. Also make sure you reboot after you set it.

Out of curiosity how much installed memory do you have?


What do you mean by installed memory? also how do I check it?
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Out of curiosity how much installed memory do you have?


I think you should have at least 1 GB of RAM to run XP. I although recommend having 2 or 3 GB of RAM in order to be able to multitask efficiently.

The fact that the system is running out of virtual memory, tells me that the physical RAM is not sufficient for the work that you are doing on your computer.



how do you know if you have at least 1 GB of RAM or more?
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Go to
Start>Run>right click on My Computer>Properties
In this window you can see info on your system
At the bottom it will give you your CPU and Memory info. Please reply with those two pieces of info
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Hi Cinnamoroll,

I thought I would jump in and help clarify. Virtual memory is when your OS has to make a small space on your hard drive to use as a temporary storage or holding space, which is what RAM(aka memory) is. Random Access Memory When your physical memory(again this is what we call RAM) runs out of storage that is when the temporary space on your hard drive is used, this is called virtual memory. This is all fine and dandy, however, when accessing virtual memory, the route to retrieve the data is longer and the speed of your hard drive is slower than your physical memory(RAM) speed. So in a nut shell, for more optimal performance and to get that message from popping up, you need more RAM.

This is a great way to find out the kind of RAM (memory) you have and how much of it your motherboard will support. Upgrading your RAM is the most cost-efficient way to increasing your computers speed and performance. Go to www.crucial.com. Use their Online System Scanner. After this, Crucial should have recommended what the maximum amount your computer can handle and the specifications on the kind of RAM you should purchase. Don't know where to buy it? Newegg usually has the best deals. It is extremely easy to install RAM.

Let me know if you have any questions,
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Go to
Start>Run>right click on My Computer>Properties
In this window you can see info on your system
At the bottom it will give you your CPU and Memory info. Please reply with those two pieces of info


Pentium® 4 CPU

and i have 504 MB OF RAM

Edited by Cinnamoroll, 19 April 2009 - 04:20 PM.

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Pentium® 4 CPU

and i have 504 MB OF RAM


What is the make and model of your computer? I would suggest upgrading your RAM as it is the most cost efficient way to significantly increase system performance. I think your computer would take a maximum of 2GB of RAM. You make and model will let me suggest what RAM to buy.
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Its DELL Dimension E310

and i have three questions:

1. If i increase the virtual memory size do i still need to purchase a RAM?

2. If not, what's the point of buying it?

3. If i purchase the RAM I don't need to increase the size of the virtual memory right?
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What I have found so far is that you have 2 slots on the board that will accept ram. I am still looking to see the maximum it can handle.
If you go to crucial.com and use the scanner, it will tell you all you need to know.
I suspect a maximum of 2 gb (that 2- 1 gb sticks).
What you have in there know is most likely a total of 512mb (2- 256 mb sticks).
The reason you are showing only 504mb is that you have onboard video which is using 8mb. There is nothing you can do about that other than an external graphics card (if the computer will accept it).
We will need the manual to determine that.

Crucial or 4All Memory will tell you what you have and what you can get.

1. If i increase the virtual memory size do i still need to purchase a RAM? Yes, it is recommended. As you add to the computer and use more program, you will continue to get virtual memory errors.

2. If not, what's the point of buying it? You want the computer to use RAM, and not to access the hard drive for storage. It slows everything down.

3. If i purchase the RAM I don't need to increase the size of the virtual memory right? Most likely not. The computer will only use it if it meeds it. That is if it runs out of RAM.

EDIT for added Crucial scan.

By putting in E310 in the advisor tool, this is what I found.
Crucial Scan for E310

As previously noted, you can buy from them or use what you see as a guide and go to tiger direct or newegg.

Edited by 123Runner, 21 April 2009 - 03:27 PM.

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I was low on RAM about a week ago and grabbed a program called RamBooster v2.0 and it brought my RAM back up quite a bit ... maybe this will help you too.

good luck
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I was low on RAM about a week ago and grabbed a program called RamBooster v2.0 and it brought my RAM back up quite a bit ... maybe this will help you too.

good luck


You could try progs like Rambooster that free up RAM when it goes below a preset level. You could try using it: http://download.cnet...4-10028673.html

Although this may help, upgrading your RAM is the best way to go.
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