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Virtual memory problem

Discussion in 'Games' started by Cpambo, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Cpambo

    Cpambo Thread Starter

    Feb 17, 2003
    Hi, I must confess that I don't know much about computers or about RAM, but I will tell you my problem. Recently I decided to get a RAM upgrade...and it just so happened that the RAM was compatible and everything worked out fine...HOWEVER, I forgot to change the virtual memory settings on my computer.

    I loaded a program ( a game) and set the program's hash table to a level higher than the amount of virtual memory I originally had on my computer (before the upgrade). To make a long story short, the screen froze (went blue) and then Windows XP Professional informed me that it was altering the virtual memory settings for me. Then everything went back to normal and I went back to the program. I thought all was fixed.

    Next time I open the program, the program begins to access all the RAM and virtual memory on my computer (the hash table was well over 1 gigabyte)...and I could do nothing to stop it. The program, which normally takes 5 seconds to load, now takes 5 minutes, and it keeps crashing because it's using up all the memory. I believe this kind of program is called a "memory leaker." Anyway, I altered the memory settings again (now the virtual memory i have is the amount "suggested" by the operating system, but the problem persists. I tried deleting the program and then reloading it onto my computer, but that doesn't change anything.

    I need some advice here. Is it the program that is at fault? Is it the operating system? Is it the virtual memory settings on my computer? Or is it something else entirely? Could it be a virus?

    Also, I have a dictionary on my computer and when I try to load it, it says, "the program requires at least 3 megabytes of virtual free memory to run," and I have much more free memory than that. Is my free memory being misallocated now? Please help!

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