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jtherose

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I was trying to copy a DVD and encountered an error - paging file memory too low. I followed the help menu to adjust virtual memory (I have also been getting periodic "virtual memory low system is adjusting" popups). When I clicked on advanced and adjust virtual memory, there was no drive listed in the drive window and no numbers in the min-max selections.

How do I get the C: drive to populate the "select drive" window ? And where did it go ??!!

Please help !

Thanks,
JL

I am running XP
 
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Do you have any services disabled?

Check to see if Shell Hardware Detection and PNP are running.

Does Device Manager work?

Have you "cleaned" the registry lately (Hopefully not. I'm NOT recommending it.)?
 

jtherose

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El,

I went down hard after posting the issue, ate dinner and did a reboot and of course everything came back normal. By the way, I did recently clean the registry using MaxRegistry after experiencing quirky issues and doing all the spyware , antivirus checks, defrag, yada, yada. It did seem to help up until the "virtual memory" pop ups started happening.

Thanks for your help,
JL
 
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9 out of 10 times when you are getting a VM error, you either need more RAM, or to reload the system. How is your paging file being managed, did you set it or do you let XP do it?
 

jtherose

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Originally I let the system do it. When I started to get the VM messages I set it myself at the same parameters as my sons computer, although he has more RAM, so I set it proportionally. And it was working OK until I got the error message noted in my original post.
 

WhitPhil

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Run Regedit
Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
Click on Memory Management

In the right pane, is there a field called "PagingFiles"?
If so, what is it's value?

And, BTW, it was no doubt the Registry Cleaner that did you in!
 
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By "proportionally", do you mean more or less? If the RAM amount is small, you will need a larger page file and not a smaller one, to make up for insufficient RAM.

For larger amounts of RAM, it makes less difference.
 

jtherose

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Whit,

Yes, Paging Files exist, the value is 766 1432

El,

My son has double the RAM (I have 512) and yes I made the paging file less than his, in fact I set them at the values above, 766, 1432. Should I increase ?

Thank you both,
JL
 
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That ought to be high enough. But if you have a lot of disk space, set the upper limit higher. It may never get used, but will be available.
 
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