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Virtual Memory Settings - defaulting to 0Mb?



I'm having problems setting a virtual memory paging size - even if I leave it to Windows to set the size it still reverts to 0Mb on the Advanced Tab page - when I go into the system settings and try and change it, it has the setiings I tried manually - min 190Mb - Max 300Mb. Re-booting each time!

When logging in as the administrator (or any other user) it hangs until I pres Ctrl/alt/del and loads my settings as normal. When I log on, occasionally a window pops up telling me about the memory paging size and loads as normal.

Any help would be appreciated guys.

standalone/Jetway 867AS motherboard/Athlon 1100Mhz processor/256Mb ram



Do you think that with 768M i can disable my pagefile safely ?
Will windows ACTUALLY perform better without one or does it work better with it enabled ? Does anyone have any real experience with this issue ?




Yeah, exactly what i was thinking...some apps NEED pagefiles to work correctly (they're probably expecting it as a part of the OS as it comes enabled by default). Besides that it should be hardly noticeable the increase in performance....oh well, indeed:

Better safe than sorry. Let it live ;)


I truly appreciate the reply from APK - thanks you.

My system is a new-build - 40 gig hard drive - newly formatted with only XP operating system, Office 2000 and my virus software on the drive.

Thanks again - any other suggestions.

occasionally a window pops up telling me about the memory paging size and loads as normal
What's the message you're getting?

You might try setting your initial size to zero. I guess if XP insists on zero, you might play along and see if it helps.
There are applications that need a pagefile. I run with 512 megs but found that a pagefile.sys of about 160 megs was required. I overcame the same problem as yours by hacking the registry manually:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\

you should have a string value entry something like

PagingFiles REG_MULTI_SZ C:\pagefilesys ?? ???

where the ??? are numericals

change this value to whatever you feel you need as a paging file, (mine reads 160 200) and check to see if they are the same in the other ControlSets
(ControlSet002, ControlSet003 etc.)
Good luck.

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
So why does the pagefile have to be contigious ?

If it's on the same drive as xp then as its constantly changing size then surely it must become fragmented.

Or have i missed something ?

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
Originally posted by AlecStaar

It does fragment as it grows/shrinks... if you don't set bounds on it!

* BUT, to form it? AFAIK, it has to have a FIRST INITIAL CHUNK of contiguous space to build itself initially!


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