Page File error

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by XPos, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. XPos

    XPos OSNN Addict

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    Here's a little system info.

    IBM Thinkpad A21e 600MHz celeron
    OS: Win2k Pro
    Ram: 64MB (I don't remember)

    I modified the virtual memory and set every thing to 0. Now I'm getting an error message when I boot up. I get to log on and that's as far as it will let me go. Is there a way to change the virtual memory size at the command prompt?
     
  2. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    Try booting into safemode.

    I know you dont want a lecture, but, a) you should never set a 0 pagefile, and b) you dont have near the amount of RAM necessary to get away with it [as you've noticed].
     
  3. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    normaly for performance if u have a 20gb hdd or more we set teh windows page file to 1024mb (1gb), windows is stupid and will fill the page file before it fills ram, it will not even use all the ram to free some page.
     
  4. XPos

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    I use to do this with 98 to get a cleaner defragment of the hd. Safemode finally worked and I'm up and running again. Thanks for the help.

    1024MB, initial size or max size?
     
  5. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    This is basically completely incorrect.

    XP will page the contents of RAM to disk, this is good, this is not causing any performance decrease. This is why you should never set your pagefile to less than the amount of RAM installed.

    If all RAM is used then the pagefile file will be used as virtual memory, if you do not allocate enough space and VM is needed you crash. 64MB of RAM is not enough to run XP, the real minimum should be 256MB and recommended as 512MB.

    Just search these borads for pagefile and you will find numerous topics on the subject.