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Hi all. I just got 2 more GB of RAM for my system. How big should I set my page file on Vista now that I have 4 GB? I don't want to disable it completely since some programs need a paging file to run correctly. Thank You.
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I have mine set to 1.5GB just incase, but it could probably be much lower. Also in your sig, the OS should be x86
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I have mine set at 512 MB and have never had any problems.
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you should be able to disable page file completely on 4gb,

i've heard ppl run a game and photoshop with a massive file only loaded a little more than 3gb
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Well, I've had one or two "low memory" warnings when I forget to turn off Folding while gaming (COD4) then tab out to open a browser window and do some other stuff at the same time... but I just click cancel and go back to the game and nothing happens.
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I have mine set at:

Intitial: 6139
max: 10000

Works very well and is actually faster than letting windows manage it.
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As a general rule for 32bit you do 2x ram with 4GB max. For 64bit with 4GB or greater you do 1.5x ram.
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I have mine set to whatever is the default. I know it could use much less than that. Using 4GB, I have had up to 3gb of real world ram usage. That was playing BF 2142, and folding using vmware and 2x ubuntu installations, along with my background programs. It used a bit over the 3gb mark. I dont think there's anything I could run that would take up all 4gb, so I would say keep it small, maybe 512 or none at all.
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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Captain Han View Post
you should be able to disable page file completely on 4gb,

i've heard ppl run a game and photoshop with a massive file only loaded a little more than 3gb
You should avoid doing that just in case.

Do you have x64 Vista?

Also, I hope you have x86 Vista because its the only kind they make!
    
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post #10 of 13
wasn't there like a post here like a day or 2 ago about some guy with 8gb ram trying to max it out for the sake of maxing out the ram? and the failed miserably, now only if i could find that thread

oh forgot about pagefile lol just let windows manage. There is be almost no difference weather pagefile is enabled or not. Windows only uses pagefile if physical ram runs out so the priority is always RAM first.
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