how to fix "virtual memory too low" for windows xp?

once i cannot turn on my pc, the monitor was blank( black) and there was a long beep. my friend told me to clean up my RAM card from dust so i did it. problem now is there's a bubble saying that virtual memory too low

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Here is what happening when you have a warning sign showing " virtual memory is low warning". Your computer uses physical memory, aka RAM, and virtual memory. Virtual memory is used to simulate more RAM when your computer is reaching its maximum CPU and RAM usage. It very similar to a bucket filling up with water. If your CPU needs water you can bring this resources to it. But your bucket size is limited. The more programs you use and disk space the more water is needed. But you can only deliver the set amount of water because your bucket size is limited. The bucket is your RAM. However, you can use a spare bucket to quickly to help meet the demand. The virtual memory is that spare bucket.

    You can change your virtual memory by altering amount of free resources for your computer to use for it, in a sense making the spare bucket bigger. Virtual memory uses free space as a resource. So you can change the the amount free space reserved for the Virtual memory.

    When you get to the Virtual Memory menu select the Custom Size check box. Then choose the initial size and the max size. Depending on how much free space you have you can choose what that amount of free space you want. If you are still confused the link below has a visual step by step instructions.

    1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    2.Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.

    3.On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

    4.Under Virtual memory, click Change.

    5.Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change. In most computers its C:

    6.Under Paging file size for selected drive, click to Custom size check box. You can enter the amount of memory you would like to reserve for Virtual memory by entering the initial and maximum size.

    7.Click Set

    Hot tip: Keep the initial and maximum size the same to cut down on your CPU access. This will stop your CPU from constantly change your Virtual memory paging size. Also set the size 1.5 times higher than your physical memory.

    Hope this helps!

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  • 1 decade ago

    what u need to do is some system clean up.. Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC and get the task manager. click on the memory tab and see which program is using more memory and if its really required. if not required, end it, Uninstal any unused programs in the list in add and remove programs. clear the temporary internet files, history and temp and if u have enough time, do a disk defragmentation. that should do the trick

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  • 1 decade ago

    if you know how much RAM is supposed to be there

    click Start>RIGHT click My Computer>Click properties and see how much RAM is listed .. make sure it's the amount your supposed to have.. a restart should clear your RAM and your page file (virtual memory) .. check to make sure your RAM is seated properly .. and as instructed above, you can always change the size of your page file ..

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have too many programs running at one time and your memory is too low

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you can get into the OS delete all but your most recent restore point. Search the help and follow the bouncing ball. Try that.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you can increase the virtual memory size from my computer->advanced->

    performance settings->advanced->change

    and enter a bigger number than the current

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    add more physical memory, 1GB should be super sufficent for xp 32bit

    and 3GB should be super sufficient for vista 32bit

    or add more virtual memory (not recommended)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Add more memory.

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  • 1 decade ago

    ur ram probably didn't sit properly on ur motherboard check it agen

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  • 1 decade ago

    Uninstall programs that you don't use.

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