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Old 03-27-2005, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Paging File Question


I recently went to a webiste, forgot the URL, and they said that if I have more than 256 MB of RAM, and turn paging file off, my PC will be faster. Then I went to a different site, they said that if I increased the paging file, my PC would be faster. So my question is that which one is true?

My Specs:

GA-6VEML Motherboard
Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz overclocked to 1.56 GHZ
1x 248 MB of SDRAM DIMM168 [Shared with crappy integrated Video]
VIA chipsets
Windows XP Pro SP2
1x 8 MB of crappy integrated VIA video
1x LG Burner 52x24x52x
1x Samsung CD-ROM 48x
1x Maxtor 80 Gigabyte
Windows 98 SE OEM
1x Slow crappy Disk drive
2x USB LOL!!!!!!!!
Shaw High Speed
Mozilla Firefox 1.1

Future Upgrades:
2x 512 Kingston ValueRAM
1x ATI Radeon 9250 PCI Video Card
1x DVD Burner

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Old 03-27-2005, 05:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you turn off the paging file, then with 256MB of RAM you'll start getting error messages about memory being full probably. It's virtual memory, space on your hard drive used to increase the RAM when it gets full. I'd only turn it off if you have over 1GB of RAM.


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Old 03-27-2005, 05:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I leave my paging file on and I have over 1gb of ram, you do not have enough ram to turn it off, especially with xp, as 256 is only just enough to run stabily.

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