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  1. RockXP

    RockXP Thread Starter

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    I need to custom my virtual memory and I need help some.

    I have a system that has 2.92GB of RAM.

    I read online that you have to use 1.5 for initial size 1.5*2.92=4.38

    for max size its 4.38*3=13.14

    my issue what would be the initial size and max size in MB. I am a newbie so dont flame me.
     
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    No problem we all had to start somewhere and its far better to have someone who says pls help I am a newbie than someone who posts their experience as Intermediate and then has to ask how to do the basics.

    You are far better usually leaving it on system managed size.
    Go Start, right click My Computer.
    Click Properties
    Click the advanced tab on System Properties
    Click the settings button on performance.
    Click the advanced tab again
    On Virtual memory click the change button
    Ensure that if you have more than one hard drive you are dealing with the drive carrying windows.
    Those are in the top window.
    Click to check the circle System Managed size.
    Then click the set button
    Click OK and then Apply and OK
     
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    what he said.......there really isn't any reason to customize it unless you are doing a lot of ram intensive tasks. I've run into that issue a few times, but always with power users that were creating 5-15 gig pdf gravity maps, and that was just a mess from go.

    Otherwise, just as macboatmaster said, let the system manage it.
     
  4. RockXP

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    I really need to customize it to test some stuff so I just need help figuring out the initial and max MB size.
     
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    if you follow macboatmaster's instructions, you will be taken to the place where you can set it manually.

    just remember, you were warned. ;)
     
  6. RockXP

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    I know how to and where to change the virtual memory. Just need help figuring out the initial and max mb size.
     
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    what os are you using? It will say what your pf is set at. Attached is a screenshot of mine in W7.
     

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    I have windows XP.

    Right now its set to managed size

    At the bottom the reads

    Total Paging file size for all drives

    minmum allowed: 2MB
    recommended: 3825MB
    currently allocated: 2550MB
     
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    you can click on teh change button and enter in your value there. set it to something like 3500 for the min, and 4000 for the max, see what happens.
     
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    And, depending on what it is you are going to "test"
    I would urge caution.
    I am sure you know that virtual memory is an area of the hard drive used as ram.
    If the test results in a crash - you may be very glad you had a full registry backup - perhaps with ERUNT
    and a full image of the drive on a backup.
    I would also if you are getting involved in these matters, install the recovery console as a boot option and if you leave the paging file at manual setting I would, if possible, not leave it on the system drive.
     
  11. RockXP

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    I am testing excel sheets that has a ton of tabs and a ridiculous amount of data. The files takes a long time to open, save, cutting and pasting columns.
     
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    I will take a back seat on this one now and leave it with Valis. He is more expert than I am on these matters.
    However I do not think that your Excel probems will be solved by increasing the size of the paging file - I MAY HOWEVER be completely off track.
    Perhaps this will assist, it is one of the more complete articles on such matters
    http://www.petri.co.il/pagefile_optimization.htm

    My brief research tends to suggest that I MAY be right.
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...office2007excelperf_TipsOptimizingBottlenecks
     
  13. valis

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    Yup, agreed once again. Your pagefile won't increase your excel issues. Going to need a beefier machine for those problems.
     
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