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    Virtual Memory Problem

    Hi All: My step son is having a problem in that he is getting error messages saying that he is "low on virtual memory" I don't have Windows 2000, I have Win XP, so I thought someone here could give me a helpful hint for him. I had him clear out all the temp and temporary internet files and all cookies, but I don't know where to look in Control Panel to get him to increase his virtual memory. Any Ideas anyone? <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    The setting is under System Properties which you can quickly access by pressing CTRL+Break. You need to adjust the page/swap file settings. There are many posts in the Lounge, search on them for pointers. No need to rehash that old favourite here.

    If there is a limit on the registry quota, up that value to around 30MB as well.

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    Mark, I am confused. I don't have Windows 2000 - I am helping him via email. So where is system properties?

    Nancy

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    If you hold the CTRL key and press the Pause/Break key it will open. You can also access it from the Control Panel by clicking on System.

    I do not have a Windows 2000 machine accessible to me at the moment so I cannot verify the name of the tab where the settings can be changed lives, but I believe it is Advanced. From there, select Performance Options and then click Change. This should give him access to the virtual memory settings.

    As a rough guide, have him set both the minimum and maximum page file sizes to the same value, probably about 100MB more than Windows recommends. Registry quota I mentioned before, set it around 30MB. After the changes are made, he will need to reboot to make them effective.
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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    Mark: when he gets to the performance options to click on "change" all he gets is greyed out boxes that won't let him do anything. He wants to reformat the computer; I think that's too drastic a move, but I can't figure out why he only has greyed out boxes in performance options. Any ideas?

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    The most likely cause for that would be that he is not logged on as a user with administrative privileges. If he is an administrative user and still sees this, then there is a policy set on the computer that is preventing him from making those changes. This could happen if the computer is on a network and he logs in to a domain controller instead of the local machine, in which case domain policies will override local settings.

    If he is wanting to reformat and reinstall, it is drastic, but it is also a good learning experience. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> It is also almost guaranteed to solve the problem!
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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    <hr>not to wipe and reinstall his OS--that's not the answer here<hr>
    If he is willing to take the plunge, why would it not be a valid answer? Would it be better to spend hours troubleshooting with no success?
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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    How many replies are really necessary here? Simply edit your original post and include the additional information there, please! <img src=/S/newbrain.gif border=0 alt=newbrain width=21 height=22>
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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    I'll be glad to edit them to one. I just always worry about somebody missing because they got emailed the first version and I could not find all the links at once easily.

    My feeling was on not wiping the OS that it was a big baby with the bath step to take if he could just adjust his paging files on each drive he has per those KB's and your instructions and the screen shots. It has worked for me before. But there may well be other reasons you are thinking about that could cause that error--I think I found info on other posts that went to that and even hardware reasons--I know there was one where Viking posted a good deal--I'll look.

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    Re: Virtual Memory Problem

    Nancy--

    This may also help--I deliberately included the XP KB version aw well, even though your son is running Win 2K because their was ancillary info in the way of rememdy and they are essentially the same system I believe for the purposes of these directions. Ditto Alex Nichol's Info.

    257758: FIX: "Limited Virtual Memory" Error Message When You Start Your Computer

    Memory Tweaks

    315351: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315351

    Alex Nichol's Virtual Memory Page

    [i]Ed. by SMBP:[i]

    I don't have a 2K machine either, but they are so similar and for these purposes I believe are identical. Here are some screenshots of the area where Mark was having you adjust your paging file:

    Boost slower Windows XP clients by adjusting the performance options with Screen Shots

    You can email him this link, a KB number, or urls of all the links.

    http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6313-5034438-2.html

    See also and this is always a helpful site continually improving:

    The Windows XP Paging File

    Notice the Letter Index up Above full of Info and the Task Pane-esque area at the sides.

    Memory Diagnostic Tool Download from Microsoft

    See Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool Download

    These two KB's will provide additional help with virtual memory/paging file:

    315270: Error Message: Your System Has No Paging File, or the Paging File Is Too Small

    259151: Paging File Functionality Requires System Account Permissions and Proper Size

    SMBP

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