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How large should my virtual memory be?


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heidisvenson

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This morning I got a low virtual memory popup twice, so I've been looking around these forums and on a few other topics, the original poster was reccommended to buy more RAM. I've found what RAM I would need, etc. but I'm leery of sinking more money into my older computer (this past winter a power surge, or something, took out my hard drive, sound card, and all but 2 or 3 of my various ports and plug ins...but that's neither here nor there).

I found a post about fiddling with the amount of space dedicated to virtual memory, but I don't know what would be an optimal setting, or if I'm maxed out and need to suck it up and spend some money.

Here's what the Advanced properties thingie says under virtual memory...

initial size 756

maximum size 1512



reccommended paging file size for all drives 754 MB
currently allocated 1438 MB



My system has 512Mb of RAM right now. Do I need more, sor can I fiddle with numbers and avoid opening my wallet?

Thanks for your help!
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Set it to system managed. Fiddling with the numbers will not make any significant impact.

Xp will perform fine w/ 512Mb as long as there aren't many applications running.

But idealy, the machine should have at least 1Gb.
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It is recommended to be at least 1.5 times the amount of physical memory in the machine.
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It is recommended to be at least 1.5 times the amount of physical memory in the machine.

yep...but set the minimum and the maximum the same number...1512
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It is recommended to be at least 1.5 times the amount of physical memory in the machine.

yep...but set the minimum and the maximum the same number...1512


Yes, that too :)
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