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

    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

    Texas, USA
    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: