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Yellow triangular sign of low virtual memory in lower left system tray

Win XP Sp2 system.


My PC has considerable amount of memory but still
While too much surfing on net,
Sometimes, I am getting
A yellow triangle in lower left system tray
About "low virtual memory" with a yellow caution triangle and PC becomes very slow.

This thing happens every time while cutting/pasting on net a more
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Even if you restart/ turn on and off PC, the system remains still in low memory effect.

After sometimes, it automatically adjusts by itself
And PC becomes normal, but it takes 4-5 hours / 1-2 days.

Pray tell,..

How to release memory and bring the computer in normal mode when yellow triangle shows up?? Pl. suggest smart tricks and technique. I can’t buy more memory as I need to replace both / costs more. I think I got 512 MB or 1 Gig of RAM



Thx.
 

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What size is the Page File? . . . RIght click on My Computer . . select Properties . . Click on Advanced tab . . then Settings . . then Advanced again . . settings will be in the Virual Memory section at the bottom.
 

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or you can clear the page file it works sometimes but the start menu stuff is gone just not ie and email
 

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^^^ I am more confused.

I used many times
to clean disc, empty cookies, and
internet files.. etc
and used even "ccleaner" and "disc clean up" utilities to clean all unnecessary files / memory from all directions.


it was NO HELP.

..the way explained by right clicking "my computer icon"

I just changed from 324MB to max. available size of 768 MB.

Will it work ??
 

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^^^ I am more confused.

I used many times
to clean disc, empty cookies, and
internet files.. etc
and used even "ccleaner" and "disc clean up" utilities to clean all unnecessary files / memory from all directions.


it was NO HELP.

..the way explained by right clicking "my computer icon"

I just changed from 324MB to max. available size of 768 MB.

Will it work ??
None of that impacts the Virtual Memory . ( Page File ). You mught be better setting it to "let Windows Manage"
 

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Right-click on My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>Change>click on the main XP drive (usually C:) and note how much it displays under Page File (MB).

Next change that to higher by choosing "Custom Size" and type in Initial Size to be around 100MB less than your what total RAM you have installed and set Maximum Size to anything, something like 2000 is more than enough. Then click "Set" and OK.

It should be resolved now after a reboot. :wink:
 

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Right-click on My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>Change>click on the main XP drive (usually C:) and note how much it displays under Page File (MB).
There's an echo in here . . here . . here . .

Next change that to higher by choosing "Custom Size" and type in Initial Size to be around 100MB less than your what total RAM you have installed and set Maximum Size to anything, something like 2000 is more than enough. Then click "Set" and OK.

It should be resolved now after a reboot. :wink:
Conventional wisdom is to set the minimum at 1.5 times the physical RAM, and the Maximum at twice that . . however, in his case he might be better letting Windows manage the page file since he apparently has only 256 Mg of RAM
 

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There's an echo in here . . here . . here . .


Conventional wisdom is to set the minimum at 1.5 times the physical RAM, and the Maximum at twice that . . however, in his case he might be better letting Windows manage the page file since he apparently has only 256 Mg of RAM
That differs to what I've known for some years now. :wink:

By Alex Nichol - MS-MVP: http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php
How big should the page file be?

There is a great deal of myth surrounding this question. Two big fallacies are:

* The file should be a fixed size so that it does not get fragmented, with minimum and maximum set the same
* The file should be 2.5 times the size of RAM (or some other multiple)

Both are wrong in a modern, single-user system. A machine using Fast User switching is a special case, discussed below.)

Windows will expand a file that starts out too small and may shrink it again if it is larger than necessary, so it pays to set the initial size as large enough to handle the normal needs of your system to avoid constant changes of size. This will give all the benefits claimed for a ‘fixed’ page file. But no restriction should be placed on its further growth. As well as providing for contingencies, like unexpectedly opening a very large file, in XP this potential file space can be used as a place to assign those virtual memory pages that programs have asked for, but never brought into use. Until they get used — probably never — the file need not come into being. There is no downside in having potential space available.

For any given workload, the total need for virtual addresses will not depend on the size of RAM alone. It will be met by the sum of RAM and the page file. Therefore in a machine with small RAM, the extra amount represented by page file will need to be larger — not smaller — than that needed in a machine with big RAM. Unfortunately the default settings for system management of the file have not caught up with this: it will assign an initial amount that may be quite excessive for a large machine, while at the same leaving too little for contingencies on a small one.

How big a file will turn out to be needed depends very much on your work-load. Simple word processing and e-mail may need very little — large graphics and movie making may need a great deal. For a general workload, with only small dumps provided for (see note to ‘Should the file be left on Drive C:?’ above), it is suggested that a sensible start point for the initial size would be the greater of (a) 100 MB or (b) enough to bring RAM plus file to about 500 MB.
EXAMPLE: Set the Initial page file size to 400 MB on a computer with 128 MB RAM; 250 on a 256 MB computer; or 100 MB for larger sizes.

But have a high Maximum size — 700 or 800 MB or even more if there is plenty of disk space. Having this high will do no harm. Then if you find the actual pagefile.sys gets larger (as seen in Explorer), adjust the initial size up accordingly. Such a need for more than a minimal initial page file is the best indicator of benefit from adding RAM: if an initial size set, for a trial, at 50MB never grows, then more RAM will do nothing for the machine's performance.
 

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The accepted number at overclockers.net is 1.5 X the RAM, although I've read it really doesn't matter once you get past a certain point. Like a bell curve with exponentially diminishing values.

And 256 K is really to low. There's no pagefile management in the world that is going to overcome that impediment.
 

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Thx all 4 valuable opinions.

I meant "lower right corner -system tray" on desktop
and not the lower left tray.

Apology.

I am little more confused,
however I will try all options shown here and let us see what happens.

This sign appears only after long surfing on net especially cut/paste many Pix on webs.. etc.

Thx. all.
 

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Hi:wave:
This perhaps mabye be some sort of a bad application eating up some recources start up a new thread in malware forums and follow there steps

Donie
 

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I can’t buy more memory as I need to replace both / costs more. I think I got 512 MB or 1 Gig of RAM
I guess it wasn't him that said he had 256 Meg of RAM.

512 is adequate and 1 Gig is pretty good.
 

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Some software like badly coded games (and resource hogs like Norton) embed most of the program coding into RAM, even after the program quits the memory is not released for other applications to make use of. This can usually bring everything to a halt, especially when VM is then taken up - which is very slow in comparison to RAM.

Like we've already stated, you need to set good lower values and upper values of VM. If you want to check how much RAM you have and then report back accurately, go to Start>Run>type: sysdm.cpl and hit Enter. Under the "General" tab you should see how much RAM you have in MB or GB. Post that back.
 
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