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    no pagefile in XP

    Just increased my ram from 512Mb to 1Gb - do I need a pagefile?

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    you dont need a pagefile with 512 let alone a GB
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    does it really help..... ?
    what happens if you say.... play with photo-shop for too long and use up your ram ?

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    Originally posted by acidrainy
    does it really help..... ?
    what happens if you say.... play with photo-shop for too long and use up your ram ?
    Towns will be pillaged, church's burnt down, baby Jesus crying....

    or it should just throw an error up.
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    Originally posted by Agent
    Towns will be pillaged, church's burnt down, baby Jesus crying....

    or it should just throw an error up.
    Seems like allot to wage bets on.....
    You sure its safe?

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    Re: no pagefile in XP

    Originally posted by bennydad
    Just increased my ram from 512Mb to 1Gb - do I need a pagefile?
    Some apps/games may cough, splutter and throw a general hissy fit. Have a small PF and use the good old registry tips to force Windows to use physical RAM first before pagefile.

    I've got 1.5GB of RAM and my PF is 250mb
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    Although alot seems to be at stake I would assume the worst thing that would happen is that if XP needs a paging file, it should just pop up the message saying that it's having to increase the size of the paging file.

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    Re: Re: no pagefile in XP

    Originally posted by Shorty
    Some apps/games may cough, splutter and throw a general hissy fit. Have a small PF and use the good old registry tips to force Windows to use physical RAM first before pagefile.

    I've got 1.5GB of RAM and my PF is 250mb
    Same, 300meg PF and 1gig ram.

    Pagefile hangs around 230meg with half a dozen apps running.
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    used the system propeties to set "no paging file" and page file is set to zero, so how come page file in task manager is sitting at 170 mb?

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    and yes I did reboot

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    Presumably it means the section of the physical memory its now using as the equivalent of a page file... even though its physical memory anyway? Do you hear your HD make any noises at page file esk times now?

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    windows will use your ram up to about 300 MB by default before it starts to you your page file
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    You effectively cannont run WinXP or Win2k without a pagefile - M$ has made it so...

    Why? That's thanks to M$'s bloatware writing skillz and backward compatibility... To make sure that these OSes can still run on a Pentium II 266 with 64MB of RAM, you need big pagefiles to swap out non-essential parts of the system - just to keep the rig running. However, M$ hasn't implement any 'intelligence' in the setup process, so any installation will require a pagefile just to operate. I think, and I can't remember correctly since I've only tried it once, if you reduce the pagefile size to 0, you'd get an error when you next boot to inform you that you're running out of memory and tell you to shut things down...

    For me, I do a lot of photoshop work on very large image files (as large as 8000x6000). 1.5GB on my main rig is actually nowhere near enough as the decompressed TIFF files can occupy up to 3GB of memory! So I've a 5GB pagefile on a fast SCSI drive to keep things ticking over...
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    I tried that no pagefile thing and photoshop blew a gasket and wouldn't run unless I re-instated the swapfile
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    Dont get rid of your pagefile, just make it small, fixed size.

    I personally set my one at 1024 minimum and 1024 maximum.
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    1gig? small?
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