Physical memory

  jessej 12:42 12 Apr 2004

As said in my previous post about 'missing desktop icons' I have just reformatted a daughter's computer.
There is now another small? problem, I tried to install Acrobat Reader 6 and got the message: not enough memory. Actually she has a lot more memory now than before I started having got rid of a great deal of stuff she had installed.
I have ran Aida and find she only has 64MB of RAM, and a 9717MB, with 7490MB free, on her hard drive. Other readings:
Physical Memory. Swap Space. Virtual Memory.
Total 62MB 1985MB 2047MB
Used 62MB 164MB 223MB
Free 0MB 1821MB 1824MB

So is there any way I can increase the Physical Memory without fitting more RAM? Can this be ddone in the settings, if so, where please?
One more, could PC133 SD RAM be used instead of PC100? The reason for this question is because I have 2 128MB SD RAM spare.

  SANTOS7 13:07 12 Apr 2004

To change the size of the virtual memory paging file
You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Open System in Control Panel.
On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.
On the Advanced tab, under Virtual memory, click Change.
Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.
Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size, and type a new paging file size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, and then click Set.
If you decrease the size of either the initial or maximum page file settings, you must restart your computer to see the effects of those changes. Increases typically do not require a restart.


To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
To have Windows choose the best paging file size, click System managed size.
For best performance, do not set the initial size to less than the minimum recommended size under Total paging file size for all drives. The recommended size is equivalent to 1.5 times the amount of RAM on your system. Usually, you should leave the paging file at its recommended size, although you might increase its size if you routinely use programs that require a lot of memory.
To delete a paging file, set both initial size and maximum size to zero, or click No paging file. Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not disable or delete the paging file.
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as for memory pci33 it will only run the same as pc100 because its backwards compatible

  bremner 13:14 12 Apr 2004

Adjusting the swap file will only result in minimal improvement. The relatity is that you will only truely improve the situation if you increase the RAM.

You do not say what O/S you have. If it is 98/ME then another 64MB should be your minimum consideration.

If it is XP then you should get no less than another 128MB and preferably 512MB

  medicine hat 13:47 12 Apr 2004

The requirements for Reader 6 are:


Intel® Pentium® processor

Microsoft® Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT® 4.0 with Service Pack 6, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Professional or Home Edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

32MB of RAM (64MB recommended)

60MB of available hard-disk space

Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, 6.0, or 6.1

Therefore the 64MB you mentioned should be enough. However, is some of that being used for shared on-board graphics? At the desktop right-click on My Computer and select Properties. On the General tab how many MB's are showing?

  jessej 15:58 12 Apr 2004

Many thanks to all who replied. I will report back with the answers to any questions asap. Unfortunately, or maybe not, my daughter does not live with me and she has gone off somewhere with her children. The one question I can answer now, and I should have said so at the start, is it is Win. ME running on a 4 year old Evesham PC badly in need of an upgrade as it's also only got a Pentium II, at 600Mhz. Thanks to SANTOS I now have a use for the two 128MB of SD RAM, I knew they would come in handy if I kept them long enough, I replaced the motherboard on my computer and it uses a different type of RAM.

  jessej 14:12 13 Apr 2004

OK, sorry to have been so long. Everything has checked out as suggested, the question Medicine Hat asked, it shows 63MB. I don't know that it matters anymore now though as this morning the computer loaded Acrobat Reader 4.0, included on the CD for her camera, without any problem at all. If the time comes when she needs the latest version then I'll try again. Many thanks for your help.
Related topic: The mainboard is a Chaintech 6 WIV(L). I've been searching their web site for info about the type of RAM it can use without success, though similar mainboards, prefixed 6WIV* show that both DIMM and SD RAM can be used. I would appreciate any advice you may care to offer about this. As I said earlier, I have two 128MB SD RAM going spare, and althoug the computer has only 64MB, without delving into the innards, I'm not sure what type it is.
Thanks again.

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