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How can i fix my PC that says, Virtual memory too low?


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rhy

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Good day,

I don't know if I'm at the right forum topic, but, I kinda need help.
My PC has an OS of Windows XP that runs in a 512mb of RAM. While using it for a long time, it begins to get slower until the Virtual memory message appears in the taskbar. How can i fix this problem?
I'll appreciate whatever help I can get.

Thank you very much.

added info:
My pc has been reformatted and it still running slow. I really dont know what to do with this.
Please help.

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Welcome to GeeksToGo,

My name is Cbarnard I hope I may be of some assistance to you:

Please keep in mind this is not our job and I'm not here 24\7. It can take a little bit of time for me to reply back to you,
if it has been more than 48hrs since a reply, please PM me and I will be with you as soon as possible.

With that said lets take a look and get this problem taken care of.


How long ago did you reformat?

I would Go to Start> Control Panel> Add\remove programs and uninstall any unused programs.

Unused programs hog system resources and memory. If they aren't used it just slows down your computer


Lets clean out the junk that may have accumulated in your computer. This program will help.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 onlyDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.


Now to take care of the slowness and virtual memory issue:


I don't know how big your hard drive (HDD) is... Hopefully you have room.

press the (windows key and Pause\Break) like CTRL-ALT_DEL

This will bring up system properties

Click on the advanced tab>under the performance section press Settings under the visual effects tab

tick the box that says "Adjust for best performance" and press apply

This will cut down on the animation of windows, and allow it to work better.



Now click: Advanced Tab(on the window you are in)> go down to virtual memory. click on Change

In the center of the box under where it says "paging file size for selected drive"

Select: Custom Now set the initial size to 2mb and the Max size to 1024mb

when you have completed that press SET

and then select ok.

This is only a temporary fix.

You need more RAM...

If you could give me more information on your computer I can help you figure out some other items to help make it
faster.


If this is a retail computer for example (Dell, HP, Acer):

Brand and model of the computer?

Size of your Hard drive (HDD) and how much space is available?

Any upgrades that have been performed?

Any new software that has been installed just prior to the problem?


If this is a custom built computer:

The brand and model of the motherboard (MOBO)

The brand and model of the CPU

The size of your HDD and remaining space available what type of interface are they? (IDE = wide ribbon like wire
about 2 inches in width) (Sata = wire that is a little larger than a phone line)

The amount of RAM and speed of the RAM (are all the RAM modules the same?)

How many CD\DVD rom devices you have, what type of interface are they?

Brand and wattage of the power supply (PSU)

If you use video cards how many what brand and model are they?

If you use a sound card what brand and model?

What software you have installed just prior to your problems?


Please reply back with this information and I will be more than happy to help you.

Good luck

Cbarnard
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What is virtual memory set to?
How big is the hard drive, and how much of a free space is there?
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Welcome to GeeksToGo,

My name is Cbarnard I hope I may be of some assistance to you:

Please keep in mind this is not our job and I'm not here 24\7. It can take a little bit of time for me to reply back to you,
if it has been more than 48hrs since a reply, please PM me and I will be with you as soon as possible.

With that said lets take a look and get this problem taken care of.


How long ago did you reformat?

I would Go to Start> Control Panel> Add\remove programs and uninstall any unused programs.

Unused programs hog system resources and memory. If they aren't used it just slows down your computer


Lets clean out the junk that may have accumulated in your computer. This program will help.

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 onlyDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.


Now to take care of the slowness and virtual memory issue:


I don't know how big your hard drive (HDD) is... Hopefully you have room.

press the (windows key and Pause\Break) like CTRL-ALT_DEL

This will bring up system properties

Click on the advanced tab>under the performance section press Settings under the visual effects tab

tick the box that says "Adjust for best performance" and press apply

This will cut down on the animation of windows, and allow it to work better.



Now click: Advanced Tab(on the window you are in)> go down to virtual memory. click on Change

In the center of the box under where it says "paging file size for selected drive"

Select: Custom Now set the initial size to 2mb and the Max size to 1024mb

when you have completed that press SET

and then select ok.

This is only a temporary fix.

You need more RAM...

If you could give me more information on your computer I can help you figure out some other items to help make it
faster.


If this is a retail computer for example (Dell, HP, Acer):

Brand and model of the computer?

Size of your Hard drive (HDD) and how much space is available?

Any upgrades that have been performed?

Any new software that has been installed just prior to the problem?


If this is a custom built computer:

The brand and model of the motherboard (MOBO)

The brand and model of the CPU

The size of your HDD and remaining space available what type of interface are they? (IDE = wide ribbon like wire
about 2 inches in width) (Sata = wire that is a little larger than a phone line)

The amount of RAM and speed of the RAM (are all the RAM modules the same?)

How many CD\DVD rom devices you have, what type of interface are they?

Brand and wattage of the power supply (PSU)

If you use video cards how many what brand and model are they?

If you use a sound card what brand and model?

What software you have installed just prior to your problems?


Please reply back with this information and I will be more than happy to help you.

Good luck

Cbarnard



Thank you for your time...

Ive already did what you instructed me to do.. and my PC has been reboot...

as for the infos.. i can only give you what i know.. here it is...

this is a custom built computer....

MOTHERBOARD - ASRock conroe865gv

Intel Pentium 4

3.06GHz, 504MB of RAM (2x 256MB memory module)

Local Disk Drive - 74.5GB max, 23.1GB used, 51.3GB free

I got 1 CD/DVD rom.

these are the infos i know with my PC... i havent installed anything prior to what my problem is...

I hope these infos could help you...

thank you very much...
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I see that broni is on the same topic right now and I am sure he will advise you how to set virtual memory correctly. I just wanted to suggest that after you set VM download PageDefrag from the list of my links below. Follow the instructions and set it to run after next bootup. The program is designed to defrag your VM. This cannot be done with "normal" defrag programs.
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thanks skeptic...

ive already downloaded the pagedefrag.. ill just haveto reboot the PC...


thank you guys for your efforts... i hope these will turn out good...
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What is virtual memory set to?


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