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Low memory error. Most of the Page File needs to be on C:?

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    I read a lot about page files at Microsoft. Win 8 should have minimum of 400mb on C for mini dumps. It should complain if less. Windows 8 will use the page file on the least busy drive and/or the fastest drive automatically with some best guess math analytical decision.

    You might want to search and download the sysinternals/Microsoft 'Process Explorer'. With it you can see what your peak total memory usage has been for your login session. That might enlighten you to if you need additional ram and how much. Vew / System Information ,,, memory tab... Commit Change Peak = the first column, the first peak number.

    PS; Microsoft pages say max setting on paging is 3 x ram. Probably if set 4x, its limited automatically to 3x max.

    I'm old and forget things but I seem to be able to remember that dang file takes up too much room when you have too much ram.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 94
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Old and slow disks are old and slow, try using some more recent drives and let windows manage the paging.
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    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    System managed put it on a Custom size by itself?

    I put both hard drives on "System managed size," and have not had the Low Memory error since that.

    I just looked, and see that it changed it to a Custom size by itself, 1/2 and 1/2 on each drive! Fine.


    I'm using Win 8 Pro 32-bit, with 2 GB of memory.

    Memory Limits for Windows Releases

    I'm not sure it's a good idea to say, "Just add more memory." Reason - I read:

    When using PC2-4200 the maximum is 4GB.
    The video card is 512MB, and that is included in the total your computer can handle. More than 4GB can lead to corrupt data.

    But I have also read:

    Upon startup, your system calculates the amount of memory needed for these devices; if you haven't maxxed out the memory in your system, it's invisible to you, and all your physical memory (the installed RAM) is available for use. However if you've maxxed out the DRAM in your system, this amount will be deducted from your physical memory, so you can't use 100% of your DRAM.

    So what's the truth? I risk getting corrupt data, or, Windows will figure it out?


    Below is all the other info I've looked at, to figure out if it would be a good idea or not to add more memory.


    Add more memory to your computer

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    This system supports both DDR2-533 (KTH-XW4200AN/xx) and DDR2-667 (KTH-XW4300/xx) memory. These can be mixed, however when mixed they will default to DDR2-533.

    If 4GB is installed, the recognized memory may be reduced to 3.5GB or less (depending on system configuration and memory allocation).
    The video card is 512MB, and that is included in the total your computer can handle. More than 4GB can lead to corrupt data.


    Number of Slots:
    Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3 Slot 4
    Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

    *Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.

    Graphics Support: PCI Express x16
    Maximum Memory: 4096MB
    Slots: 4 (2 banks of 2)
    Standard Memory: 128, 256, or 512MB removable
    USB Support: 2.x Compliant

    Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.

    When using PC2-5300 parts the maximum memory is 2GB.
    I have 2GB

    When using PC2-4200 the maximum is 4GB.
    The video card is 512MB, and that is included in the total your computer can handle. More than 4GB can lead to corrupt data.

    Q: Will my system recognize the maximum upgrade?
    A: Possibly
    How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running.
    32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB.
    To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS.
    More information about OS memory maximums can be found at . . .

    Q: What memory goes into my computer, and will a faster speed be backward-compatible?
    A: DDR2 memory with support for DDR2 PC2-5300 speeds.

    Q: How much memory can my computer handle?
    A: 4096MB.
    Adding the maximum amount of memory will improve performance and help extend the useful life of your system as you run increasingly demanding software applications in the future.

    Q: Do I have to install matching pairs?
    A: No.
    No, you can install modules one at a time, and you can mix different densities of modules in your computer.
    But if your computer supports dual-channel memory configurations (it does), you should install in identical pairs (preferably in kits) for optimal performance.

    Q: Does my computer support dual-channel memory?
    A: Yes.
    To benefit from the performance advantages offered by dual-channel systems, you should install memory in identical pairs.
    Installing a kitted pair is the best way to ensure that your modules are identical, right down to the chip count.

    Everything You Need to Know About Dual Channel

    Q: Does my computer support ECC memory?
    A: No.
    Your system does not support ECC.
    Because ECC and non-ECC modules should not be mixed within a system, install the same type of modules that are already in your system.
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