How do I know when our computer starts using "virtual memory"? If I know,I can buy more ram.
This question was answered on June 13, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Your Windows based computer will use virtual memory no matter how much RAM you install The trick is optimizing the amount of RAM so that virtual memory is used more for non-essential functions, such as temp files, etc Your profile says that you have 32MB of RAM While this is adequate for most basic tasks, installing another 32MB should not cost much and would ensure that you have plenty of RAM for virtually anything that you may want to run You may not notice a big difference in overall performance, but you may notice that your hard drive is not "grinding" as much any more! (the sound is caused by Windows using your hard drive for Virtual memory)
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on June 13, 1999