"out of virtual memory

By cbeaudet ยท 16 replies
Feb 23, 2007
  1. i really need help. for some reason, my system (Windows XP Pro) says im out of virtual memory paging file. i followed the directions provided to fix it, and for some reason, windows wont use any of my paging file. i set the file higher, and it has no effect. is there somthing seriously wrong with my computer? can i fix it or am i out of luck? I cannot do anything on my computer (im on another one right now). I cannot access the system resources i need (restore, services, hardware) they all come up with a blank window.
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Do you need it ?

    I recently read in a Jan pc mag that if you have 1 gb of ram you can
    disable it.I did and have no problems.
    Need more info,just ask,i'll get the mags link.
    I set performance to Programs.
  3. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    no....my computer's kind of old. it only has half of that amount of ram or less. its a toshiba satellite. its worked ok until recently. now i have some problems with it and i think its all tied to this pagefile/virtual memory error and i need help fixing it.

    i think its 240
  4. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    How exactly do you know that it isn't using the pagefile? Does it still give you the error message or?

    And a tip: Set the minimum and maximum pagefile sizes to the same value. It'll prevent the pagefile from fragmenting.
  5. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    it says "total page file usage for each drive: 0 MB" i change it and restart and it stays the same. It also says "out of virtual memory"
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    how full is your hard drive, how much free space do you have

    also make sure page fileing is in fact turned on
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Heres a pic

    You need 1 GB of ram to do this.
    But you can check it for recommended amount.
    Cbeaudet,check your recommended.I guess you don't have 1 GB of ram.
    Jesse,can you locate the place i posted ? Start with Sysdm.

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  8. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    when i go to edit the size of the paging file, i get this message: "Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your paging file configuration when you started your computer. the total paging file size for all disk drives may be somewhat larger than than the size you specified." I click OK, and i edit the size, and like i believe i said before, nothing changed after i restarted my computer. I have plenty of space (i think) i have 1376 MB free. the size i specified was 240-700. is that enough
  9. vuonggg

    vuonggg TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Maybe its time to get more ram! 240mb is pretty darn low =] ..
  10. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Window recommends

    Use what Windows recommends,if you don't have 1 gb of ram.
    Set advanced options to programs.
    It's in my picture.Did you read that post and attachment ?
    It's from PC World mag.
    Why no comment ?
    Go to Windows Help and support,type in find
    Heres part of it.
    The default size of the virtual memory pagefile (named pagefile.sys)
    created during installation is 1.5 times the amount of RAM on your computer.
    1 GB of ram = 1,536 mb
  11. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 186

  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Go to control panel>system>advanced>performance>advanced>virtual memory>change>click system managed>set
  13. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    i did that already and it had no effect

    i cannot find pagefile.sys....maybe this is the problem?
  14. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7


    I don't have a file named pagefile.sys either.
    I have no memory errors.I have 1 gb ram.
    Set your other option to Programs
    What effect are you expecting ? Please answer this and the rest.
    How much ram do you have ?
    cfitzarl's suggestion is worth a try.
    Let Windows decide

    I use Custom.and just 2 options.

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  15. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ive used all of the settings (custom, system managed, no). It says when i go to change it "Windows created a temporary paging file because of a problem/corruption with your paging file at startup" or something along those lines.
  16. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 186

  17. cbeaudet

    cbeaudet TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    chkdsk found errors last time, but it couldnt fix them, and im pretty sure because there is a problem with my virtual memory and i dont have a great amount of ram, thats why. i cannot fix this error still, so im still looking for solutions.
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