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Low virtual memory

My computer has low disk space and i get error message low virtual memory. Ive tried running the disk cleanup but nothing changes. I'm afraid of deleting files or programs. Please help Thanx

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Here are a few suggestions:

1) Download CCleaner from download.com. Run it and allow it to clean out everything it finds.

2) Run chkdsk /f or scandisk on the hard drive.

3) Defragment the hard drive
(You may *not* have enough space to do this just yet.)

4) *IF* the PC has been working fine otherwise, navigate to C:\windows\ or C:\winnt\ and delete all of the folders beginning and ending with "$". Those are Windows Update folders -- and are NOT needed *IF* the PC is working fine after multiple reboots since the last updates.

5) Uninstall unneeded and/or unused programs

6) Uninstall Windows Components that are unused. Here are a few examples: Games, MSN Explorer, MS Messenger
(Do this ONLY if you're familiar with what each component does.)

I hope this helps! If so, please rate the solution offered. My goal is always FixYa or Helpful.
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Char1ieJ

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One thing to try is to lower the amount of virtual memory allocated,but it's best to allow Windows to do it for you or you will crash, the best thing to do is boot into safe mode F8 and run scandisk, so assuming it's XP, just go to system tools and run scandisk, then run defrag and see if that helps. In my over 5 years of experience with Windows, low virtual memory always means not enough hard drive space, so yes you will eventually have to create more space on your primary drive, the 7210GX should have a built in CD/DVD RW drive so you should be able to copy files onto a CD or DVD, or you can always backup to a flash drive or external hard drive, you have options to backup, so if you are not backing up your important files, you should and this will also create more space.and alleviate your virtual memory problem.

Hope this helps

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Virtual memory means you're running out of memory, so it's using your hard drive storage as memory. This is slow. This is an indication you: Have too little memory and need to run fewer programs or install more memory; and also increase the size of your virtual memory, which will also make your disk space tighter. If you are really pinching the computer that badly, you may want to consider buying a new laptop altogether -- the prices have come down a -lot- just in the 2 1/2 years since you bought that. Anyway, to work around the immediate problem:

Your Gateway came with Windows XP Home Edition. Click Start: Control Panels. See if you can find the Performance control panel, possibly by switching to "Classic view." In there, look for the memory tab. Find the virtual memory section. It may be set to "Let Windows decide." change it to at least 1000mb.

You can get a bigger hard drive (after buying an external case to move stuff over) and upgrade your memory to as much as 1.25gb; but you may find those purchases to not be sensible relative to the price of a new laptop. Memory is cheap and relatively easy; the hard drive is more difficult and will set you back at least $100 if you do it yourself.

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Good day!

I understand that your computer is running on Low memory.

If you have budget, it would be best to upgrade your RAM but then you may try the following solutions below:

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