We all know that RAM is much faster than paging data to the hard drive for virtual memory, but would it work better to completely turn off the page file? I know some program require it, but what would be the lowest possible setting to use that wouldn't be detrimental? I don't want to have the standard 3 gigabyte (recommended 1.5x amount of ram), and right now I have a 512 meg file. I turned it off completely once, and my computer *seemed* to run slower, it may or may not have.
It's simply impossible to tell Windows not to use the pagefile even if you have 1GB of free RAM, because Windows sucks!
I have 2GB of RAM and even with 1.5GB of free RAM and setting all undocumented registry settings that affect pagefile usage, it still allocates at least 300MB... it's not *nix :-)
If you are absolutely sure you don't need swap space you can manually set the minimum and maximum values both to 0MB under Control Panel/System/Advanced/Settings (the first of the three buttons)/Advanced/Change (bottom of the page).
But if for some reason you have programs that occasionally require big amounts of memory for buffering you can get an OutOfMemory.
Windows pages things for good reasons, not everything has to sit in RAM. So does other Operating Systems. Even on Linux its not recommended to turn off swap.
Some of the stuff that the system rarely uses is paged. And also, open up task manager and go see what is using up swap.
View > Select Columns > and Check 'Virtual Memory Size'
Heres what mine looks like on my 512 machine
And keep in mind just because it says Commit Charge is XXXM doesnt mean that its being all used up, it just means that that much has been allocated to programs.
Did you see the review for IE7 Beta? When you minimize it, it pages much of its data in memory until you unminimize it.
Well it's been 3 months now w/out a pagefile. I play HL2DM, Prey, Oblivion and Battlefield 2. My machine works perfectly, although I have to add my pagefile when I want to use adobe photoshop(stupid monkey), but I can use adobe premier 6 w/o pagefile. 2 gig of ram btw
The IE7 beta I used was a joke - a pathetic attempt by MS to catch up with Firefox. And Firefox let's go of system memory too when you minimize it, although it is not perfect. IE7 beta refreshed it's window every time I opened a tab or un-minimized it, which drove me up a frickin wall because I can't stand it changing it's place in the taskbar. Anyways this isn't a Firefox/IE rant or bash, so I'll drop this now lol.
The point is, I have 2 gigs of RAM and think it is kind of retarded to use the page file when I have 2 gigs of RAM. Ideally it would only use the RAM until there was none available, and performance should increase with that too. I might some day use 2 gigs of RAM at one time (for what, I have no clue. Encoding/decoding/photoshop/gaming/autocad? I don't check how much memory each thing uses), but I don't really need a page file until I hit that day.
And Firefox let's go of system memory too when you minimize it, although it is not perfect. I
I've never seen that happen and I have the latest stable version of Firefox. Is that a feature in 2.0 beta?
Firefox is a total RAM hog (its used 150MB of RAM and allocated some 100MB of swap) and probably has more mem leaks than IE.
It was in Tom's review of IE7 Beta, someone told them and they showed what you had to change in the config file. I have enough RAM I left it off though since it seems to slow things down slightly (I guess it has to transfer to/from the hard drive maybe? I dunno).
I have 2GB of RAM and no page file, works fine with no errors at all... And makes WoW have zero lag
wow someone else just like me. I don't get errors whatsoever, big deal. as for why would you not want to pagefile is easy, to write to RAM is a lot quicker than writing to your disk. So your processor reads the HD, it all gets stored up into a 2gig cloud of fast ram for better response time.