¿maybe my memory-slot damaged?

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By ungua
Mar 27, 2003
  1. actually, i was used to a pc with 160mb-ram - which is 32 + 128. now i own a faster one with one single 512mb-slot. but unfortunately, some problems occur: gta3 is collapsing all the time, i cannot copy a normal 1024x768 .tga-image to clipboard via corel (»low memory«) and after watching some freshly downloaded quake3-bots i got the message »low memory«, too. sometimes, even some multitasking surfing can bring me up to fully busy memory - is this a technical problem or am i asking for too much power!? i heard something like this memory-damage would lead to the problems i have.
    speaking against it is a rather stable quake3 while in game and a fascinating stable 1nsane played also in 1280x1024 - without any stinky problem.

    thanks and regards,

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  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +11

    The memory module might be faulty or motherboard might not support 512M modules
  3. ungua

    ungua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

  4. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    Does it read as 512mb during POST?

    Check your pagefile settings. If you have disabled the pagefile or have it locked to a very low amount there is a possibliity it could be causing this.
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +11

    I said might be because I'm not 100% sure, I'm just guessing based on the symptoms. I can't tell that this and that doesn't work because of this, period.

    Another thing you could try - but I'm not sure if it helps - is to edit %windir%\system.ini. Edit / insert the following lines into [vcache] section:

  6. ungua

    ungua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

    thanks for replying!

    @Mictlantecuhtli, what does this change and do!? i wasn't willing to criticise you, i found it just funny... ;)
    what is »POST«!? at startup i have quickstart activated, the ram-checking works well if i activate it.
    now, after installing gta3 again, it collapses after about 20 minutes. playing cnc generals against a friend, the connection interrupted when i had an army of 942 battlemaster-tanks moving towards him, he blamed it on my pc's power. actually, we built the very same pc, except he has water cooling and some 100gb more hd-space. :(

  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +11

    Min & MaxFileCache (not case sensitive, by the way) limit Windows disk cache size, a bit like smartdrive in MS-DOS. Usually, doing this leaves more free memory for applications.

    POST = Power-On Self Test, includes the ram-checking you mentioned.
  8. ungua

    ungua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

    thank you very much. is this the same as the swap-file? i have limited this to 512mb, too. too less!? :blush:

  9. ungua

    ungua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

    changed the swap-file to 1024mb, no perceivable changes for games and stuff... :dead:

  10. ungua

    ungua TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 69

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