Virtual memory minimum too low

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Good morning.

I'd be grateful for some help....

I use a Pentium 2 procesor, with a total of 20gbs of memory for storage.

I had various things open on my computer today (2 or 3 internet sites open,
Photoshop Elements 2, and maybe Outlook Express as well?) A message came up
sayding 'virtual memory minimum too low', and the computer said it would take
time to sort this out, & whilst doing so, some things might not be accessible
etc.... I just closed down all the open stuff.

I have quite a lot of memory 'working' memory allocated to Photoshop.
Should I not leave this programe open when doing other things?

How serious is it when this message comes up?

This must be a very basic question - I did try and search here but couldn't
find info - & I'd be very grateful for some enlightenment!

Thanks.
Canna.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Canna W wrote:
    > Good morning.
    >
    > I'd be grateful for some help....
    >
    > I use a Pentium 2 procesor, with a total of 20gbs of memory for
    > storage.
    >
    > I had various things open on my computer today (2 or 3 internet sites
    > open, Photoshop Elements 2, and maybe Outlook Express as well?) A
    > message came up sayding 'virtual memory minimum too low', and the
    > computer said it would take time to sort this out, & whilst doing so,
    > some things might not be accessible etc.... I just closed down all
    > the open stuff.
    >
    > I have quite a lot of memory 'working' memory allocated to Photoshop.
    > Should I not leave this programe open when doing other things?
    >
    > How serious is it when this message comes up?
    >
    > This must be a very basic question - I did try and search here but
    > couldn't find info - & I'd be very grateful for some enlightenment!
    >
    > Thanks.
    > Canna.

    Heres some reading for you
    http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php
    > How serious is it when this message comes up?
    It's not serious at all "windows" would have enlarged your pagefile if you
    gave it some time before you closed your applications,you might consider
    increasing your pagefile through to advoid this message in the future,the
    above link will tell you how to do this.
    --
    Mike Pawlak
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi Canna,

    The 20GB is the amount of hard drive space you have, not the amount of
    memory installed. The amount of installed ram (memory) can usually be seen
    on the general tab of system properties (right click "My Computer" and
    select properties).

    Low virtual memory can have several causes. The first may simply be that you
    have a small amount of ram installed (like 128 or 256) and are excessively
    paging. This can frequently happen in programs that work with media files
    (like Photoshop).

    Other possiblities include manual manipulation of the pagefile settings
    resulting in an upper size limit that is too small, and the installation of
    an older version of Intel's application accelerator.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Canna W" <CannaW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7F75D9AD-130A-4C4C-9C8D-7D908E3FFE9B@microsoft.com...
    > Good morning.
    >
    > I'd be grateful for some help....
    >
    > I use a Pentium 2 procesor, with a total of 20gbs of memory for storage.
    >
    > I had various things open on my computer today (2 or 3 internet sites
    > open,
    > Photoshop Elements 2, and maybe Outlook Express as well?) A message came
    > up
    > sayding 'virtual memory minimum too low', and the computer said it would
    > take
    > time to sort this out, & whilst doing so, some things might not be
    > accessible
    > etc.... I just closed down all the open stuff.
    >
    > I have quite a lot of memory 'working' memory allocated to Photoshop.
    > Should I not leave this programe open when doing other things?
    >
    > How serious is it when this message comes up?
    >
    > This must be a very basic question - I did try and search here but
    > couldn't
    > find info - & I'd be very grateful for some enlightenment!
    >
    > Thanks.
    > Canna.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    "Canna W" <CannaW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7F75D9AD-130A-4C4C-9C8D-7D908E3FFE9B@microsoft.com...
    > Good morning.
    >
    > I'd be grateful for some help....
    >
    > I use a Pentium 2 procesor, with a total of 20gbs of memory for storage.
    >
    > I had various things open on my computer today (2 or 3 internet sites
    open,
    > Photoshop Elements 2, and maybe Outlook Express as well?) A message came
    up
    > sayding 'virtual memory minimum too low', and the computer said it would
    take
    > time to sort this out, & whilst doing so, some things might not be
    accessible
    > etc.... I just closed down all the open stuff.
    Most likely your pagefile is too small. Let the system manage the size.
    >
    > I have quite a lot of memory 'working' memory allocated to Photoshop.
    > Should I not leave this programe open when doing other things?
    Try shutting down PS, It is a memory hog of the first order.
    Jim
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Hi folk,

    Just a quick note to thank you all very much for you help - very useful. I
    learn't a few things.

    Mike Pawlak (MAP)

    I was unable to rate your post as helpful (the man in the machine wouldn't
    let me) - but it was extremely helpful!

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes,
    Canna.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    hi can someone help me i keep getting this virual memory too low what do i
    need to do and i also keep getting low disks space help please help me tell
    me what to do to fix my computer
    --
    Wakonda


    "Canna W" wrote:

    > Good morning.
    >
    > I'd be grateful for some help....
    >
    > I use a Pentium 2 procesor, with a total of 20gbs of memory for storage.
    >
    > I had various things open on my computer today (2 or 3 internet sites open,
    > Photoshop Elements 2, and maybe Outlook Express as well?) A message came up
    > sayding 'virtual memory minimum too low', and the computer said it would take
    > time to sort this out, & whilst doing so, some things might not be accessible
    > etc.... I just closed down all the open stuff.
    >
    > I have quite a lot of memory 'working' memory allocated to Photoshop.
    > Should I not leave this programe open when doing other things?
    >
    > How serious is it when this message comes up?
    >
    > This must be a very basic question - I did try and search here but couldn't
    > find info - & I'd be very grateful for some enlightenment!
    >
    > Thanks.
    > Canna.
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