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Shooter1973

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#1
For a little while now, I've been receiving a low on virtual memory message when I go to shutdown out of Win XP. I have 196 mb, any suggestions?
 
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Shooter1973

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#3
So if I have 192 mb, you're saying 192 x 1.5 = 288 PLUS 384 = 672 for the initial size?
so INTIAL SIZE = 672
MAXIMUM = ????
 
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allan

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What you want to do is go to System Properties - Advanced - Startup & Recovery Options and where it says Write Debugging Information change the setting to NONE. Then reboot and you should never see that message again.

As for the above suggestions about changing your pagefile settings, if you have them at 1.5x you'll be fine.
 

Perris Calderon

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#6
Allans post is a good one...

hardly anyone ever uses the information written in a memory dump...

just so you're informed, if you do have a problem, this information won't be available to evaluate...wwhich hardly anyone can evaluate anyway

if you can resolve your problem by increasing your pf, as catch suggests, no harm there either way...that's probably your best choice

...make sure you defrag the pf with the free pf defrag proggy I posted on the great free programs thread...once you increase the size, the pf will be fragmented, but onc you defrag it, it should never be fragmented again...less you increase the size again
 
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Shooter1973

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Weird, after Allan's tip i thought for sure it would be better, but still getting it.
Dealer> What page is that program on in that link?
 
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Sancho

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#8
I heard that you should set both to 3X the amount of ram you have. This is so windows does not have to resize the paging file, and thus eat performance.

Flame me if I'm wrong, but it works well for me.
 

Perris Calderon

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shooter...allan will be able to help you best with this problem...try what he gives you;

here is the pf defrag program...excellant

sancho, if the pf wants to expand, it's because the comit charge has reached the comit limit...if this is so, then the pagefile is too small...in other words, if the os wants to expand the pf, your performance will be enhaced, not deminished by allowing it to expand.

it also means your initial minimum is too small, and needs to be increased...but restricting the expansion when the os wants to expand will hinder performance
 
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Shooter1973

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"your system is low on virtual memory. windows is increasing the size of your virtual memory paging file"
 
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allan

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#12
Okay, please take a look at your pagefile settings and see what they say. Then look and see if you actually have a file named pagefile.sys in the root of the drive where the pagefile is set. This could be one of several things, but first lets make sure your system is actually creating the pagefile.

Also, is your pagefile on the boot drive?
 
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allan

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Yeah, I was afraid of that. It seems that on some systems XP for some reason does not create the pagefile. I'd suggest trying the following (though it may or may not work):

Change your pagefile settings to NONE on all drives and reboot. Reboot again. Now go in and create a pagefile on the boot drive. Reboot. Now see if there is a pagefile.sys on your c: drive (or whatever your boot drive is). If so, you should be okay now. If not, you may have to do a reinstall.

I've never seen a fix for this other than a reinstallation.
 

Perris Calderon

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shooter...after you've tried what allan suggests, but before you do a reformat, I'd like you to download coolmon.

Someone in my office also cannot locate the pf, but coolmon says it's there, at the value that we set it to...this is very interesting to me.

he however does not get the low on virtual memory message...anyway, download coolmon, and we'll take a look
 
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Shooter1973

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#17
allan> i made a pagefile.sys from a txt file is this correct? i did what you said & then reset it to let the system manage it. i'll let you know what happens.

dealer> i installed coolmon, but not sure what i'm looking for.
 

Perris Calderon

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#18
first, configure your coolmon...if you don't know how, go here

now, put the pf in the monitor

right click the coolmon icon that's in your system tray;

hit displayed items...then in the tree on the left, you should see page total, and page used.

double click on those, and push apply

if you want both of these values on the same line, paste the following in the tree on the right;

page used: <NAME=PageUsed>/PageTotal: <NAME=PageTotal>
now coolmon will demonstrate the pf

we are then going to manually resize your pf, and see if coolmon recognizes the new size you create
 
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allan

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#19
shooter - no - you cannot just create a pagefile.sys from a text file. Sorry - I assumed you knew how to enable your pagefile.

Go to System properties - Advanced - Performance - Advanced (again) - Virtual Memory Change button. Then follow the above advice for deleting and creating your pagefile. If you still aren't sure how to do this let me know and I or someone else will walk you through it.
 

2z

OSNN Gamer
#20
Shooter

It could be a software conflict ???
(Norton Live Update has been known to cause this problem)
try this
Start / Run " MSCONFIG "
Hit the Startup tab
Hit Disable All button
Reboot
If this fixes the problem
go through the startup items and select them one at a time rebooting each time - this should help you to find which program is causing the conflict.
;)
 

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