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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Money Pit, Feb 16, 2005.

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  1. Money Pit

    Money Pit Thread Starter

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    I just had something pop up in the tool tray saying "windows was increasing my virtual memory". What is that about? :) Dave
     
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    Windows is dynamically resizing your paging file... etc.

    Means you may need a little more RAM to prevent paging slow downs.

    Put another 512Mb in.

    Alternatively you can use a fixed paging file if the resizing interrupts your working with the computer.

    http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-1011.html

    Where it reads Windows 2000 just think Windows XP, as it the same for all practical purposes.

    This article might also be of interest http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2004/11/23/defrag_pagefile.html
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    You config indicates that you already have 512 installed.

    When this message happens, what are you running?

    Also, Spyware and viruses have been known to cause this symptom. Have you done a SpyBot/AdAware/Virus check?
     
  4. Money Pit

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    WhitPhil: Sorry to take so long to answer this, it seems I wasn't notified in email of these responses. Anyway, YES I do have 512Mb of RAM. As to what I was doing at the time?, I think I was just reading my email? It's hard to remember but I know I wasn't running anything HUGE. I run AdAware & Spybot twice a week and Norton does a full system scan 3 times a week. I'm VERY cautious of spy ware and viruses and I keep a close eye in my machine in that regard. I believe I once read that anything over 512Mb of RAM was a waste but that was back in my old dial-up days? When this notice of windows increasing my virtual memory poped up in the tool tray, I clicked on it and I didn't see anything happen? Thanks :) Dave.
     
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    That is really total nonsense in this day and age, where even laptops are being sold with 1024Mb of RAM, and what could be termed street cred advice, if it wasn't for the fact that many so-called 'geeks' maximise their system RAM.

    Adding RAM is the easiest way to gain added capability from your system.

    XP can use up to 4 x 1024 (4ยท0Gb) of RAM if you have a use for it and the right motherboard.
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Did this message only appear once or does it continue to appear?

    It "is" a warning and occurs because at that particular instance there was not adequate virtual memory and it was increased, and Windows etal, carried on.
     
  7. Money Pit

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    WhitPhil: This warning only occurred once and windows carried on. I have talked to my tech people and they have advised me that I should ignore the warning as windows has all ready corrected the problem. We did discuss increasing my total RAM to 1024 at some pint. Any comments? Thanks :) Dave
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    I agree with your techies.

    As for the ram, your techs are in a good position to determine if you could benefit by installing more.
     
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    WhitPhil: Thank you :) Dave
     
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