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I recently installed more memory. When I pull up the computer info it shows the new memory, but I keep getting the message that my memory is very low. Can you tell me what went wrong or maybe something I didn't do that I should have?

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  • MICHELLE DELUNA Aug 24, 2010

    Thanks madhatter639 for your quick response. I followed your instructions (I have Windows XP), but when I tried to reset the new numbers my computer would not let me. The response was "There is not enough space on this drive for the paging file size specified." Then I was instructed to clear more disk space on that drive or lower the file size. Kind of a catch 22.



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Most likely this means "virtual memory", and not the actual RAM. I don't know what operating system you are using, but these directions should walk you thru the steps of changing your virtual memory size if you're using Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. 1) Go to Computer (My Computer in Widows XP). 2) Right-click and choose Properties. 3) Choose Advance System Settings (just labeled "Advanced" in XP). 4) Click on the Settings button in the "performance" area. 5) Choose "Advanced" Again. 6) Click on the "Change" button in the "virtual memory" area. 7) Make sure to click\highlight the drive you want to use for virtual memory. 8) Make sure that the dot next to "Custom size" is filled in. 9) Increase your Initial Size and Maximum Size by adding 1024 to whatever number is in the box for each category, then click "Set", Then click "OK", then click "Apply" if its not grayed-out. 10) Reboot your computer.
This should resolve the problem of your memory being low.

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    madhatter639 Aug 24, 2010

    Then it sounds like you don't have a memory issue at all. Either your hard drive is full or you have some kind of bug in your computer that is making Windows believe that it is full. In computer lingo: "Memory"= RAM (Random Access Memory); which is the go-between from your hard drive & CPU. Memory (RAM) fit into slots on your motherboard. They look like long, skinny boards with ICs or what alot of people would call micro-chips on them. "Storage"= Disc Space (Hard Drive); which is where every program in your computer is stored. Everything runs from the hard drive, and all the files & folders you save are kept on the hard drive. When the hard drive gets full things tend not to run properly because the programs in your computer don't have enough disc space to run. You only have 2 options if your hard drive is near maximum capacity: 1) Search thru all of your files and folders and start deleting the ones you don't need or want anymore. 2) Buy a larger hard drive and transfer all of your stuff over to that.



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