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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Blondiesbf, Jan 14, 2003.

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  1. Blondiesbf

    Blondiesbf Thread Starter

    Jan 4, 2003
    What does it mean when a virtual memory low dialog box appears? I've gotten it a few times in the past week and don't know what triggers it. I'm using Windows 2000 professional and have plenty of space on my pc. Any thoughts?
  2. rawmeat


    May 17, 1999
    Your virtual memory is probably set to the default value of physical RAM + 12MB at the time of the install. That is usually too small anyway and if you add RAM then it can't even hold a memory dump. To check/change, right-click on My Computer and select Manage. Right-click on the top entry, Computer Management(local) and select Properties. Click on the Advanced Tab and look at the setting for virtual memory. Click the Change button if it is less than 1.5 times your RAM. Most experts I have talked to recommend between 1.5 and 2 times RAM for the minimum and 2-3 times RAM for the max. I have used as much as a Gig on 256MB RAM PCs for special apps that require much memory and had good results, even though some though that much VM was excessive and could have slowed the PC down.

    Hope this helps!
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