View Full Version : disable virtual memory?
09-07-2000, 07:19 AM
How much ram is needed to disable virtual memory?
I have 120 meg
09-07-2000, 02:06 PM
why would you want to disable virtual memory? Virtual memory is only used when you run out of ram, otherwise it is untouched. If I was in your shoes, if you really want to disable it, do it, and if computer runs slower, then undisable it. Let me know if it helps anything to disable it. I am guessing 128 is enough ram, i know i didn't notice any system improvement having 256 megs of ram over 128, so I took extra card out and put it in another computer.
der King Mongo
09-07-2000, 03:40 PM
First, I agree, regardless of how much RAM you have, disabling virtual memory would be bad. If you REALLY REALLY want to do it, then just do it and see what happens. My guess is that your system will bog down very quickly, since you don't have all THAT much RAM. You might consider investing in a product like www.memturbo.com, (http://www.memturbo.com,) which will automatically defrag your RAM, or something like that. I dunno. Try it and see! The worst that will happen is you need to reboot and restore your original settings.
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09-07-2000, 08:25 PM
Concur. I never disable it and have never had any occasion to. If your system starts really using VM, you'll know. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
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Son of Zeus
09-07-2000, 10:38 PM
Just wanted to add my voice to those who say not to disable your virtual memory. It is there for a reason-Microsoft programmers aren't totally inept. In fact MS actually have some of the smartest people on the planet working for them. Itís their marketing departmentís tactics that I object to mostly. Well thatís my story & I'm sticking to it. :-)
In order to determine when I need to "up" my RAM, & how much I really need, for both my current system & my next planned one (hurry up DDR SDRAM) I constantly monitor my virtual memory usage. But it is very difficult to know when your RAM is sufficient to totally eliminate swap filing as applications, drivers, & other unknowns may require extra memory without the user realising.
The creation of the virtual memory swap file is what really allowed modern OSs to evolve. Back when the concept was created the cost of having enough RAM to not need swap filing was prohibitive. Windows type GUIs & multi-tasking etc would never have gotten off the ground without it.
Cheers.......Son of Zeus.
09-11-2000, 09:33 AM
OK, I'll join in the chorus...
Don't disable virtual memory, no matter how much RAM you have, Windows always wants more...if you disable virtual memory, it's almost guaranteed to make your computer run slower or possibly not at all...
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