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windows xp virtual memory hang-up


Dasmad

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my old laptop, amilo m-series (40 gb hdd,9gb free 1.27mb ram) is still my main machine, and I used it to install a new satellite internet service and wifi router. the installation completed and internet radio and netbook working perfectly via wifi, i disconnected the LAN cable from the router and attempted to connect via wifi with the laptop. the usual error message "windows short of virtual memory ........increasing paging file etc. appeared , but it was unable to sort itself out, the pc hung up and I had to manually shut down. a week later, I'm still trying to sort it.....things are fine until I try to connect with wifi, when the same message arrives and I end upp with a manual shutdown. please dig me out of this hole, anybody

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Marg7

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It sounds like you will need to create more space on the drive for virtual memory & the paging file. The best bet would be to get an external hard drive and copy your documents, music etc onto that drive. alternatively you could burn the files onto DVDs and delete them from the laptop. Then defragment the drive and see if it works better.

Some programs don't use memory efficiently so it can help to use a program that will free RAM for re-use. I've used a program freeRAM XP or something like that.

Also in the control panel you can optimize for performance and turn off some visual effects - untick things like 'show contents of windows while dragging' etc

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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(40 gb hdd,9gb free 1.27mb ram)

Your short on disk space.

and when using the wifi to connect, more virtual memory is require, that needs more disk space so it hangs when not enough room for virtual memeory.

Use something like CCleaner to clear all the rubbish from the machine - cut down on restore points - delete programs you no longer use - move data to external drives.

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Secret-Squirrel

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"1.27mb ram"

Dasmad, can you confirm how much RAM the laptop has exactly. If you're unsure then you'll find that info via Control Panel -> System.

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Dasmad

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thanks - I take all points made. I've already defragged and c-cleaned, and I think there should be enough memory to increase as windows needs - I've tried letting it take what it wants, but need to try max and min, if and when I can restart, which is now a problem. I meant 1.27gb ram. and I will try to run chkdsk as soon as I get in. there's something about the wireless process that sends it loopy ! any more ideas I'm still interested ?

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