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Sometimes when I lock my computer using the Windows key+L combination, I would get the following message when I unlock it especially if I leave too many tabs open in FireFox or too many programs running. My comp's memory is 256MB PC2100 DDR (too little I know :)) and hard drive is 80GB 7200RPM. Page file is usually 300+ MB or higher. It's 437MB when I am typing this. CPU usage is generally quite low - <10%

Your system is low on virtual memory. Windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file. During this process, memory requests for some applications may be denied.

My system is set to clear the page file on shutdown using the method mentioned in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314834.

I have attached a .jpg screenshot of my Virtual Memory settings. What should I change the custom size to, or should I set it to System managed size to prevent such problems from happening again?

Total size of C drive: 70.5 GB
Free space: 44.2 GB
Used space: 26.2 GB

Windows Task Manager (Performance tab):

Handles: 8931
Threads: 437
Processes: 41

Commit Charge (K):

Total: 448820
Limit: 985600
Peak: 996860

Physical Memory (K):

Total: 253424
Available: 56032
System Cache: 70204

Kernel Memory (K):

Total: 42540
Paged: 33200
Nonpaged: 9340

Some of the above numbers fluctuate

Edit: added in more information.

Edited by Tyrael, 06 November 2009 - 05:02 PM.

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    Kraków my love :)

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Virtual memory won't help you much, if you have 256MB of RAM. You simply need more RAM.
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