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5answers
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Increase page file or buy RAM?

I've a 10+ year old XP PC which surprisingly still works however one of the 256MB RAM finally died. Now I am left with just 256MB. As expected the PC became slower however when I tried to increase the ...
0
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1answer
26 views

Why Does my VM Keep Vanishing?

I have a Windows XP SP3 Professional OS running on a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I'm working with Visual Studio Express (a programming IDE), Google SketchUp, or any other resource-heavy program, my ...
7
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4answers
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Why is my browser using so much memory?

I've recently had problems with Firefox running very slowly when I have many tabs open; say 20 tabs. My whole system would slow down. I decided to give Google Chrome a try, and it started out fine. ...
3
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1answer
397 views

Lack of Virtual Memory - confusion

Specs ahead of time: AMD Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2.00 GHz / 1 GB PC-3200 DDR RAM / 160 GB IDE HDD / 128 MB GeForce 6200 AGP / FIC AM37 / 350W PSU / Windows XP Pro SP3 So, XP has pop-ups saying that I am ...
2
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2answers
501 views

Optimizing Windows XP to use less HD access

I have a corporate laptop with a great processor and 4 gigs of RAM, however the HD is ancient, we're talking 4200RPM here, roundabouts. Programs run great, but load horribly, horribly slow. Any ...
3
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1answer
1k views

How to make programs consume physical memory instead of virtual memory

I am running on XP SP3 on my 2GB RAM laptop right now and I see from the task manager that there are still around 800MB Physical Memory available. You can have a look at the appearance of the task ...
4
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4answers
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In winxp, I have 4GB of RAM, am using 1.77GB, but programs keep paging out to memory. Why?

All in the title. What's the point of more RAM if my programs will page out instead of using it? To be more specific, here's an example: I open 12 tabs in a browser. I look at one of them while using ...