winxp running low on virtual memory?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by taz, May 23, 2002.

  1. taz

    taz Guest

    i need some help with the topic of 'running low on virtual memory'..

    i have 512mb of ram and i set 50mb for virtual memory.. this 50 mb of virtual memory is needed for photoshop.. without vm, i just can't get ps to start(ps will load, but it'll shut down itself because there are no vm).. i've also enabled 'DisablePagingExecutable'..

    last night i was doing multitasking, have 20 windows opened, with different applications and i suddenly get this message pops up from the task bar saying 'windows is running low on vm'.. i don't get it, i check the task manager, windows only used up 260mb of ram.. i have 512mb, why can't it just use physical memory before using vm?

    is there any way to tweak windows so that i don't use vm so much? and also, is there a way to get ps to load without any vm?
     
  2. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    From what I understand Photoshop will not run without VM. It's also best to let the system set the VM, I know it's wasted space, however, your computer will run alot better.
     
  3. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    Where do you have your Photoshop scratch disk? In PS, look in edit-> preferences-> plugins and scratch disk.
     
  4. allan

    allan Guest

    Unfortunately it appears XP likes to use vm before realmem and there isn't much you can do about it. If I were you I'd set the paging file for 768 min & max - what's the big deal? It really won't hurt anything (yeah I know, it's your stystem not Bill's - but so what?). Anyway, please feel free to see my post on Paging Files at this location in the event it may help:


    http://www.tweakxp.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=542