View Full Version : Virtual memory

01-09-2011, 09:41 AM
I keep getting a message that my virtual memory is low. It suggests buying more memory. I have defragged...cleaned up files...got rid of programs I do not use...etc. Other than buying more memory, is there anything else I can clean up to restore more memory? Do old backup files need to be kept? Would deleting them create more memory?

01-09-2011, 06:14 PM
What's your free drive space?

01-09-2011, 07:00 PM
It says 83 percent

Upper Decker
01-09-2011, 08:39 PM
sounds like your running an application that is exceeding your system requirements.

01-10-2011, 01:18 PM
Hit ctrl-alt-delete once and open your task manager. On the processes tab it will show how many processes are running and tell you what they are. How many do you have running?

01-10-2011, 02:24 PM
39.. and ....cpu usage bounces up and down from 0 to 48

commit charge 563M/10

01-10-2011, 08:16 PM
"Google" is your friend.

http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_can_i_fix_too_little_virtual_memory_in_windows .html

01-11-2011, 12:02 AM
Thank you for suggesting that site...it was very helpful. Its amazing how we can help each other out...at no cost.

01-11-2011, 12:06 AM
39.. and ....cpu usage bounces up and down from 0 to 48

commit charge 563M/10

That's not so bad actually. Might be spybots?

01-13-2011, 11:54 AM
Drive space will not affect your virtual memory or performance that much ... the system is telling you that there are too many things running on your computer and you don't have enough memory/resources to handle it.

More memory will cost you between 30-60 bucks ...

CPU usage? Who cares, the machine is having memory problems (system idle process will spike the CPU anyway). Hard drive space? Really? No ... just upgrade your RAM or like NewCasa & Upper Decker touch on, try to shut down unneeded processes/applications that are chewing up memory resources.

With memory being so cheap though, I would get another stick or so.

OS Minimum RAM
XP 1 Gig
Vista/Win7 2 Gig

Question is, how much RAM do you have and which OS/version? If you meet the requirements above then focus on shutting down things that don't need to be running or maybe even spyware/virus.

If you don't meet the above requirement then go buy more RAM.