Mike89406
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Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:12 am

I was told by a hacker long time ago you're computer RAM for example you can increase performance on you;recomputer by lowering you're virtual memory settings in System>Advanced>Performance>Settings like say my computer has 1.1 GB I could set my memory to minumum of 2 MB(Initial)-300 MB(Maximum) or a reasonably low setting. The default memory settings is like 1500MB minimum to 3000MB.

I aslo know if it is set too low there will be warning message on you're computer. My question is does this help you're performance, and why does it? Is it good for just regular computer functions or does it also help games as well etc..

Anyways I hope i explained it enough.

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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:56 am

All I can say is...if you want more RAM, get more RAM. Don't bother with this, it won't help you.

Virtual memory is space taken from the hard drive to perform some of the functions of RAM if the machine doesn't have enough to do what you're asking it to. The last time I saw anything like this was in '99. Flash memory has gotten cheap enough these days that virtual memory isn't worth anyone's time anymore (not to mention it doesn't really work due to limitations set by the speed of your hard drive).
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:41 am

Get more RAM if you need more.

Just a side note (and a personal peeve) learn to use your/you're. It just irritates me, especially when you're middle aged and apparently have or are getting "Aircraft Mechanic (Military) F-18 A-D/E/F & EA-6B, Student (Embry-Riddle Aeronuatical University) AS Professional Aeronautics working on BS Degree in Pro Aeronautics". I'm not trying to teach you English, i'm just saying to proof read your posts before you post them a little more.
 
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:05 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 1):
All I can say is...if you want more RAM, get more RAM. Don't bother with this, it won't help you.



Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 2):
Get more RAM if you need more.

I think my RAM is fine. I was just wondering about tweaking the memory options. Does it pay to change the settings? My friend mentioned some hackers typically change the memory settings under Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Advanced>Virtual Memory to a lower amount to increase performance. That was the premise of my question.

Sorry if my post was a little sloppy but I've had a long week, and a tiring work day and I have a tendency to fat finger my posts so I probably didn't spell check, not to mention I was in a hurry to type this one. I think if you read my other posts they are generally grammatically correct.

Mike
 
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:39 pm

The ultimate setting for virtual memory in Windows is for the minimum to be 50% of the installed RAM and the maximum to be 150% of the installed RAM. Also, move it off the active partition, preferably on to an entirely different hard drive. However, get enough RAM and you don't need to use the swap file in a way that would affect your system performance.
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Mike89406
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:53 pm

Thanks that helps

Mike
 
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:24 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 4):
The ultimate setting for virtual memory in Windows is for the minimum to be 50% of the installed RAM and the maximum to be 150% of the installed RAM.

I'm sorry, scratch that, it's wrong. I'm going on 30 hours awake, so bear with me.

The minimum should be 150% installed RAM. The maximum should be 300% installed RAM.
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:33 am

Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 3):
Sorry if my post was a little sloppy but I've had a long week, and a tiring work day and I have a tendency to fat finger my posts so I probably didn't spell check, not to mention I was in a hurry to type this one. I think if you read my other posts they are generally grammatically correct.

Alrighty.
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RE: Question About Virtual Memory

Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:01 am

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 7):
Alrighty.
Just buy more RAM.... it's not expensive nowadays

Pardon me if I didn't make my point clear I guess maybe my post implies that I was trying to increase my RAM. Thats not was I was saying. What I am saying if change you're virtual memory settings to a lower amount does that increases performance in any way? (Yes or No answer)

Supposedly the more you use programs etc.. it uses up virtual memory after time and sometimes you can defragment , In my case with a certain utility program I have that increases my performance by also defragementing my memory.

I'm not saying I would or need to change my virtual memory or want to it was just the question I had a with a supposed computer guru at work. Matter of fact my 1.1GB of RAM GB of RAM is powerful enough as a matter of fact this computer I have owned since 2003 or 2004 is just as good as some average computers selling now-days I'd bet money on it.

But if I need more RAM in the future will buy it, however thats not what I was driving at thanks for the suggestions though. I hope that clears it up.

Mike

[Edited 2007-09-01 22:17:31]

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