what does " your computer is low on virtual memory" mean..and how do i fix it?

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  • π²
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Your paging file settings are too low to provide enough virtual memory.

    Start->Control Panel->System-> Advanced Tab-> Performance Settings button->Advanced Tab->Virtual Memory Change button

    will bring you to the place where you can change the values, or set it to "System managed size", so that next time you get that error it will readjust itself to the new demand on the virtual memory, and it shouldn't happen again.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Low virtual memory is caused by having too many programs open at once, it can also mean that you have set hard drive space for virtual memory too low. To fix the problem: Right Click on MY COMPUTER choose PROPERTIES Select the ADVANCED tag Then click SETTINGS in the PERFORMANCE section at the top IN the third section on that page click the CHANGE button then choose CUSTOM SIZE and set the minuimum and maximum size of the virtual memory. Normally 2 -3 times tha amount of RAM you have installed in your computer is sufficient. i.e. 512MB installed RAM choose min 1000MB max 1500MB That should see you right. Also remember that if you have lots of different applications open at any one time it will use the memory more quickly. Windows also has a bit of a problem where even after you have closed a program it can still keep that block of memory open for the program, if you need to run a memory intensive application (like a photo editor or something), it can be a good idea to reboot your computer then only open the application you need to use, this should allow it the maximum amount of memory. Another thing to check is how many programs are running in the background. Have a look in the right hand section of the Start bar - if you have lots of icons showing, that mean there are lots of programs running, each of these uses up memory. Some things like Quicktime etc are only needed when you want to watch a quicktime video so they don't have to be open all the time. You can safely right click these and exit them, or edit your startup options so that only the programs you really need open automatically when windows starts. HTH

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Vertual memory is a part of your hard drive allocated to use as memory when your ram is full. If your running with 256 Mb of memory for example... one program your running takes 128 mb and the second one you open takes another 100. If you need to run a third program that takes more than 28 mb, your system will take a program out of the current working ram and put it into the vertual memory. So lets say you open program #3 and it takes 75Mb of memory. The computer will pause the 100 mb process and stick it into your vertual memory. If that program is too big for your vertual memory it will give that error... so if your vertual memory was only 80 mb, you'd get an error if it tried to put a process that takes 100 mb into it.

    A little confusing I know but this is how you can fix it.

    1) reduce you running processes. Go to start > run type msconfig. Click on the startup tab. deselect all items and click ok. Restart you pc. You will get a box, check the "dont' show this again" and click ok.

    2) upgrade your memory. Go to pny.com to see what type and how much your system can take.

    3) don't multitask a much.

    4) increase your vertual memory. follow these steps. Virtual memory is also known as the paging file....

    A. Click Start, click Run, and then type sysdm.cpl in the Open box.

    B. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Performance.

    C. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Change under Virtual memory.

    D. Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.

    E. Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, type a new paging file size in megabytes (MB) in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.

    Source(s): Technician.
  • 1 decade ago

    Virtual Memory is a section of your hard drive that is allocated as memory "swap space" when the physical memory is full. Adjusting virtual memory is easy, but it is different on each operating system.

    If you have a My Computer icon on your desktop, try right-clicking on it and choosing Properties. Look for Performance Options or something like that. You may need to look under an advanced tab or button to get to the Virtual memory section. From there, try increasing the disk size. In the old Windows 3.1 days, they recommended 2 times your physical memory for swap space. That's probably overkill nowadays, but you should at least match the physical memory amount.

    If your hard disk is almost full, you may be unable to increase virtual memory. Try uninstalling useless programs and cleaning up the "junk" on your hard drive first.

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  • 1 decade ago

    OK now that the children have spoke lets help you out you need to right click on my computer then go to properties. from here now click on advanced, then settings, then go to advanced, then click change choose custom and put 2000 then 2000 then hit set then ok you might need to restart and you should be ok check make sure you HD is not Low on space but this does not meen you need ram but it always helps


  • 1 decade ago

    that means that your computer has low memory, meaning that you have very little ram and need more.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you need more ram on pc . shutdown what ur not using at da time like msn messenger yahoo messenger dont have so many things start up with windows ur pc cant take that much

  • 1 decade ago

    Buy another memory card.

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