Which of these two calculations for the Paging File should we be following?
1 - The recommended minimum size is the same as 1.5 times the RAM on your computer, and 3 times that figure for the maximum size. For example, if you have 256 MB of RAM, the minimum size is 384 MB, and the maximum size is 1152 MB.
2 - Setting the paging file's initial size and maximum size to the same value increases efficiency because the operating system does not need to expand the file during processing. Setting different values for initial and maximum size can contribute to disk fragmentation.
I don't know wether I could, would or should be described as an average user or not. I guess that depends on from who's point of view? But either way, what I can say is that I for one am always striving to have my PC performing at its optimum: and if it means tweaking the status quo - and it usually does - then so be it.
The page file is basically wannabe RAM.As you say MS's Technet states that page file should be 1.5 times the ram that you have. If you're running at 4gb's of ram then you don't need that much. However there are some programs that are out there that are written to utilize it. In that case you want to run 1:1 ratio. I know I took the long way around a short bush to say that. Set your page file to 4gb's (that'll allow easy swap) and forget about it.
I was about to take the gauntlet, when my screen went black for a few seconds and then came on again. There was a message...
"Nvidia Display Driver stopped responding then recovered"
I looked on the net and it would seem that this problem started way back in '07' and is still going strong, without solution. or perhaps I should say in spite of many - so called - solutions. I have a new PC Windows 7 and the latest Nvidia driver. I had trouble with the last two drivers, I thought I had beaten the curse till this happened.
You may be right, however that doesn't alter the fact that everytime I click on a link, a button, or an icon I have to wait an eternity for anything to initiate.
I've run every test I know and a few I didn't, but to no avail. Everything tells me my PC is running at it's optimum and there are no viruses, malware, spyware, trogens, worms or anything else that shouldn't be there.