-=PCTechTalk=- Re: Virtual Memory

I think there's a misconception of virtual memory. There's no hard rule that 
says the virtual memory should be 1.5x the installed physical RAM. Its just a 
recommendation. Having more or less is a preference best chosen by each 
person's specific case. The only theoretical limitation in what your virtual 
RAM can be is the size of your hard drive, since the virtual RAM is basically 
hard drive space pretending to be RAM. Personally, I would recommend NO LESS 
than 512MB. Other people might disagree, thinking less is fine. No problem 
there. If you're showing 1.5GB as virtual RAM (1536MB), that's fine. Leave it. 
It may have been set that way for a reason. But, making it less won't 
necessarily be of any advantage. If anything, more is better. But, you are 
right to question why you have 1536MB instead of the "recommended" 1.5x of your 
physical RAM. If you do a lot of graphics work, more virtual RAM is a good 
thing.
---Troth


----- Original Message -----
From: Joyce
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:14 AM
To: pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: Virtual Memory

I have been following this thread and checking properties of my computer and  
am a bit confused.  I have an Intel Celeron CPU 2.40 GHz with 256 MB of RAM.  
That times 1.5 =384  virtual RAM.  I went to look at the place to change the  
virtual RAM settings and mine says I have a total paging file of 1536 MB.  
This does not seem to be "in sync" with what you wrote it should be.  It  
seems I may have changed the paging file some time ago on the advise of  
someone in my greeting card group.
My computer is working o.k. although a bit slow to load up internet  
addresses.
Any comments or advise on this?
Joyce
----- Original Message -----  
From: "Sir Troth" <SirTroth@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 11:27 PM
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: Virtual Memory


> 224 x 1.5 = 336MB. But, 336 sounds funny. Just up the virtual memory to at  
> least 512 and you'll be fine.
> ---Troth
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Kathy
> Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 6:23 PM
> To: pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: Virtual Memory
>
> mine says 1.92GHz,224MB of Ram so what should I set my virtual memory =
> at?
> Kathy
> ----- Original Message -----=20
> From: "Sir Troth" <SirTroth@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, January 06, 2006 5:14 PM
> Subject: -=3DPCTechTalk=3D- Re: Virtual Memory
>
>
> Not sure if you mean 584 is your virtual RAM or your true physical RAM.
> Check your physical RAM by right-clicking on MY COMPUTER and doing =
> PROPERTIES. Right there on the GENERAL tab on the bottom should show how =
> much RAM you have.
>
> Now... multiply that number by 1.5. So, if you have 512 MB of RAM, 1.5 =
> of that should be 768. That's what your virtual RAM should be. But, if =
> you think you need more, by all means use more. If you have 1GB of RAM, =
> that's 1024 MB. Multiply that by 1.5 and you have 1536 MB.
>
> To change the virtual RAM settings, you right-click on MY COMPUTER and =
> do PROPERTIES. Then click ADVANCED. Then go to the PERFORMANCE SETTINGS =
> on top. Then click the ADVANCED tab. Then on the bottom, where it says =
> VIRTUAL MEMORY, click CHANGE. The enter the same number under INITIAL =
> and MAXIMUM size, under custom settings.
>
> ---Troth
>
>  


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