A Virtual Memory Problem

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Kas, Apr 30, 2009.

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  1. Kas

    Kas Registered Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Bedfordshire - Rip-Off Britain
    I have entered this post to on the appropriate thread, but as it is a past thread, nobody has responded.

    Re: Virtual Memory

    Windows XP Home, SP3, IE7.

    My System properties/Performance Options/Virtual Memory details are ;-
    Total paging file size for all drives = 674
    System managed size = 1.8 GHz, 448 RAM (512 RAM total, 64 RAM allocated to graphics)
    Drive = C: [Model 20]
    Space available = 65914 MB
    VM set on system managed size.

    Total paging file size for all drives ;-
    Minimum allowed = 2 MB
    Recommended = 669 MB
    Currently allocated = 674 MB
    Problem ;-
    After Hibernation, a balloon frequently comes up saying "VM is low, Windows is increasing the VM, but some systems may fail"

    I usually re-boot when this happens to restore the situation, which means I lose all my open panels and work e.g IE, OE, etc.

    Can anybody spot what is wrong and advise me how to stop this happening ?
    Many people say to enter 2560 MB in the Min. and Max. boxes of the customise VM option. How come this when all the recommendations are 1.5 x RAM, which is 768 MB max. ?
    It seems that when Hibernating, the saved processes are committed to memory, then the pagefile memory plus the saved options exceeds the VM and BANG up comes the warning balloon.
    If I am to use the customise option, WHAT VM values do I put in the MIN. and MAX. boxes, given my details as a above ?
  2. Meriadoc

    Meriadoc Registered Member

    Mar 28, 2006
    Your problem arises because you have used all of the available RAM + virtual memory. If this is happening when you are letting Windows manage virtual memory then you could try to stop any unnecessary programs you are using or running in the background. One thing that would help is to increase RAM.
  3. lon_don

    lon_don Registered Member

    Apr 23, 2009
  4. Raza0007

    Raza0007 Registered Member

    Mar 30, 2009
    @kas, if this problem is giving you that much trouble, why don't you start from scratch? Reformat, reinstall windows XP again. I am sure your problem will go away. Most likely, sometime ago, you may have tinkered with some setting etc that is causing you this problem.

    Typically, hibernation does not cause this sort of a problem and therefore most people will be unable to help you out, as they never faced this problem themselves.

    Is there a reason you don't want to reinstall XP again?
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