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Increase virtual memory

Question : I keep getting an error message that says my system is low on virtual memory after using the computer for a few hours. How do I increase my virtual memory? I'm using an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ with 512MB RAM and an ATI Radeon 9200 SE.

Answer : Virtual memory is what Windows uses when it runs out of physical memory. A portion of your hard disk is allocated as virtual memory and the PC uses this space to store data as it would in RAM, although the hard disk is a lot slower. If you are working with large files (like images or video), your system could be out of memory (both physical and virtual). By default, Windows handles the size of the virtual memory automatically. In Windows XP, right-click on My Computer then select Properties. Under the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button in the Performance section. Select the Advanced tab and click on the Change button in the Virtual Memory section. You can increase the Virtual Memory by changing the Initial and Maximum sizes. This should solve your problem. You could also choose to let Windows manage it automatically by selecting the System managed size option.


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