Po' Smedley's Life And Brain Drippings
Published on March 17, 2008 By PoSmedley In Personal Computing
I recently upgraded my memory. I have a very modest computer and finally grew tired of seeing the little pop-up telling me my virtual memory was low while I was in the middle of a Photoshop project. I went from 512MB to 2GB. I'm still getting the low virtual memory message. I know it can be adjusted and I also know if you don't do it right, it can just make the performance worse.
This is what I am working with.





Any help would be appreciated. I know there is probably a standard setting for what I have to work with and probably a tweaked for optimum performance setting, so if you could let me know which way you're taking me with any adjustments, I would be grateful.
Thanks.

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on Mar 17, 2008

You have a custom size set for your page file. For 2Gb of ram set this to Initial Size 3069, Maximum Size 3069.

What drives have you got? I have mine on a different drive to my O/S. Set the page file on the drive you want first, then reboot. Then remove the page file from your C: drive.

It works a lot faster if your drive is not trying accessing programs and the page file at the same time   

on Mar 17, 2008
What drives have you got?


I have WIndowsXP and all my programs on Drive-C. Drive-F is just pics, music, and other files...no programs. Drive-D is just my recovery files and is not used. It's a partition of C:.

DO I have to set it for Drive-F as well? I hadn't even considered that.
on Mar 17, 2008

If you have two HD's, put the page file on the second one. Mine is like that and I don't get any lag from disk access at all   

And before you ask, why fixed min and max? That's so Windows creates one block and doesn't try resizing all the time. Once Windows starts resizing the page file you can get fragments all over the place...

on Mar 17, 2008
A good rule of thumb with virtual memory is to do as fuzzy said. Make it 1.5x your physical memory for both min and max. Also, put it on your fastest hard drive, preferably NOT on your OS drive (C:).
I'm not real Photoshop savvy but I think you should set your cache to a different drive than your OS drive also.
One final thought. Viewing and or creating images of Skinhit in negligees will also cause cluster corruption and will cause your hard drive to more or less try to escape from itself and go in to denial.
on Mar 17, 2008
If you have two HD's, put the page file on the second one


Sorry to sound so dumb..

Put the page file on Drive- F:, the one that just has files? At the settings you suggested?

Then, what do I set Drive C: at? The drive that has all my programs and WindowsXP?

And thanks for the help with this.
on Mar 17, 2008
Thanks for the advice guys. Where is the pagefile located on the C: drive?
on Mar 17, 2008

Then, what do I set Drive C: at? The drive that has all my programs and WindowsXP?

Set C: to no paging file. Do that once you have the page file set on F:.


Where is the pagefile located on the C: drive?

pagefile.sys - it's a hidden file, so you'll have to unhide protected system files to see it   

on Mar 17, 2008
Put the page file on Drive- F:, the one that just has files? At the settings you suggested?


Yes.

Then, what do I set Drive C: at? The drive that has all my programs and WindowsXP?


Set to No paging file.

Where is the pagefile located on the C: drive?


The file itself is called pagefile.sys and is only visible if you have the option of Hide protected operating system files un-checked. (Open my computer, tools, folder options, view and scroll down the list )

Hope this Heps yaz. (had to throw in something for zubaz so he didn't feel lonely )   
on Mar 17, 2008
Ok Fuzzy, I typed it faster.. you must have special Post Reply button privileges.   
on Mar 17, 2008

you must have special Post Reply button privileges

   The force is strong with this one...

At least we are word for word - even Po can't get confused with that. Uh, on second thoughts...

 

 

on Mar 17, 2008
lol Thx.
on Mar 17, 2008
Okay. I'm gonna reset it. Then reboot.
I guess I will have to wait and see if it works.

Should I notice any immediate difference?
on Mar 17, 2008
Welcome to the 2g club po'
on Mar 17, 2008
2 gb's of ram and you're getting low virtual memory prompts????? You shouldn't even be hitting the page file. Look in Task Manager and see what's leaking.
on Mar 17, 2008
Welcome to the 2g club po'

I haven't noticed a difference since I installed them. Maybe I'm not seeing it. I think my processor? may be too small to really appreciate them or utilize them. I'm kinda in the dark with all the technical stuff.

I have reset and rebooted. My internet seemed faster right away..loading and stuff..but it's been really slow tonight and the wife has noticed it on her laptop as well.
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