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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-15-2006, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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What exactly is virtual memory?

Every now an then it will say I do not have enough virtual memory. Educate a brother.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-15-2006, 12:25 PM
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The easiest way to explain it is your computer is running out of space in RAM and using hard drive space to compensate. Since hard disks are much slower than RAM your computer will run slower too.

Best solution is to buy more RAM. The cheap solution is to increase the page file (amount of hard disk space used for virtual memory.

Here are some directions on how to do the cheap solution.

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If you are using XP ...default setting is to let Windows manage it. You can change this and set it to what you want. Other operating systems allow you to set the min/max

Think of vitual memory as a tempory cache. I don't think adding memory will fix the error. You need to increase the size of the page file.

I can tell you exactly how to do so if I knwe what OS you had

Most are right click on my computer and hit properties
Click on the advanced tab
XP-click on settings under performance
Click on advanced and on the bottom you can change the page file

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