How to Manually Set Virtual Memory - Guidelines

By suzzie12
Sep 4, 2005
  1. Have Dell 8300 with XP Pro

    I run alot of very heavy programs like photoshop, adobe video editing and after effects programs. Have 2.6g P4 with 2 gigs ram.

    My machine is very slow recently - before it was responsive.

    Cleaned out all virus type stuff - not much found.


    If I were to set my virtual memory size manually - what numbers should I use.
    Someone told me to use 1.5x times the ram size and another told me .5x.

    The Dell people told me 2048K.

    Is there a way I can make a good intelligent choice - what are the guidelines?

    Should I especally defrag the virtual memory area(if you can - seems like I did it with my PD defrag program by enabling a defrag at bootup.

    Thanks for any advice.

    I have 350 gigs of external hard disk space for video editing - and 50 gigs free of my 120 gig C: drive left.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Read all about it here:
  3. fred37

    fred37 TS Rookie

    virtual memory

    can i set the virtual memory so i can control it instead of the comptuer. I have a compaq presario 5225 i have a 256 mb memory card
  4. Cerberus

    Cerberus TS Rookie Posts: 56


    Its generally best to use the option... "system managed size" but if you want to alter it there wont be problems. I recommend 1.5 x the size of your RAM.
  5. fred37

    fred37 TS Rookie


    how do i go about changing it im sort of new at this
  6. fred37

    fred37 TS Rookie

    im using wimdows me i for got to put this in sorry
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