I'm glad to have found this forum. It has tons of helpful information that I'm trying to cipher through. While I look through here, I hope someone can help me. My PC has been constantly giving the low virtual memory message. I can't run any programs without it happening (ITUNES, program removal). Then I've gotten the blue screen with different messages such as "unknown hard error d0000144) and "dirty volume". I have to keep doing a hard shut down (holding the Power button in).The configuration for my Dell Dimension 4700 is 40GB HD, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP. It is five years old. I bought it with 256 MB but installed another 256 several yrs ago.
I'm guessing the problem may be that I don't have enough RAM. I think my virtual memory/paging file (?) is already at 2x RAM. I bought 2-1GB Kingston, but have not installed it yet. I want to make sure that it is a RAM problem and not the my PC has just given up on me being that it is so old. I've defragged, run my antivirus and spyware scan (verizon software) and all have come clear. I have 9 GB available out of my 40 GB drive.
Am I better off buying a new PC or is the problem that I need to upgrade my RAM and it would still be worth doing on my PC?
I appreciate all thoughts, ideas.