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    Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Ever since I uninstalled NAV and installed a new version of NAV I keep getting a dialog box jump up at me claiming that:
    Windows - Virtual Memory Minimum Too Low
    and it's not too long before the PF Usage in the Windows Task Manager increases to 1.1 Gb and then tells me there's no memory left.

    What I have been doing to get to this situation is surfing Yahoo and look at various properties that are available for rent.

    In fact I can look at a few properties then stop doing anything at all, except watch the Task Manager and the PF Usage just keeps going up.

    I'm at odds as to what to do.

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    What is your virtual memory cache set to?

    In Windows XP, you'd check: Control Panel > System > Advanced tab > [Performance] Settings > Advanced tab > [Virtual Memory]

    Mine says 1024 MB, and I have 512 MB of actual RAM, for what it's worth (not sure it's much!).

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    It's set to 484Mb, should I set this to 1024Mb and see if that makes a difference?

    What I cannot figure is that even if it sits there supposedly doing nothing it still increases the PF Usage.

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Yes, you should increase it, and 1024 is a logical multiple for a 256 or 512 MB system.

    Added: Okay, PF = page file. Duh. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Your browser may well be doing things, either at the behest of the web page (such as refreshing ads) or based on other settings (such as background indexing, defragmenting, etc.). Hard to say...

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Why all of a sudden would the browser start doing this, presuming that's the problem.

    It's still got the problem of the ever increasing the PF Usage, see attached.
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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    If you have a Yahoo! account, you may have made it a Trusted Site. This could be allowing all sorts of little ActiveX things to be downloaded and run without question. If the real estate listings are on a different host (e.g., subdomain.yahoo.com) you could try tweaking your trusted sites settings to that one isn't included, and see if you get any prompts or warnings.

    Also, with all the spyware going around, a check with Spybot Search & Destroy or Ad-Aware would not hurt. If you look for the Star Posts on our new Spyware board, you will find some useful links.

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Since it is unlike this is a IE problem shouldn't this thread be moved (possible to the XP section)?

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Pat,
    This is probably not a browser problem. If NAV is the only thing changed on your machine since you started getting the error, NAV most likely has a memory leak. Do you allow LiveUpdate to run automatically? Has it run recently? Are the various programs (including XP) that you use most frequently up-to-date as far as patches go? Do you allow XP to manage the page file size?

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Pat

    Two questions that I haven't seen asked yet (perhaps I missed them?):

    1) what size real memory do you have? XP usually sets the default Page File size to be 1
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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    How would you know if NAV has a memory leak?
    I ran Live Update this morning, it takes quite a while to run.
    How do you know if it runs automatically, it is set to run automatically.
    XP is up to SP1. NAV I bought it about 2 months ago.

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    John
    My memory size is 512, I set the minimum file size to 1024 it was set to 768.

    I tried what you have said about Task Manager and IE6 seems to be grabbing more and more.

    I have noticed that when I click on certain links in Yahoo they only partially refresh the page and the window at the top right just goes around and around, like it's still loading the page. It gets stuck in this stage of page loading.
    In fact when I then press the Stop button it (the window on the top right of the screen) does not stop. Then when I press the Refresh button it either refreshes completely or just goes on rolling (loading?).

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Pat,
    If you were to "Allow Windows to control" the size you will be better off. Studies have found that no one can controll the VM better that the the OS.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Thanks Dave
    I already have my settings as you suggest.

    Why would pages not load, only partially load?

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    Re: Windows Vitual Memory Minimum Too Low (Windows XP)

    Pat,
    Running out of virtual memory can be a symptom of a memory leak. From another post it seemed as though your page file should've been OK for normal usage (i.e not heavy graphics editing or gaming). Since you started having the problem after NAV was updated it is the likely culprit. I'd say if LiveUpdate is set to run automatically, it will. Doesn't it produce a log file that you can check? You state that XP is at SP-1. Do you have at least all the critical updates since SP-1 applied? Have you tried using Symantec's crummy support site?

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