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What do you guys with 2 gigs of ram set your page file to?
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they turn it off.
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Yea, i've got mine off.
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post #4 of 14
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What do you guys with 2 gigs of ram set your page file to?
Yep, disable it completely.
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No need for it if you have 2 gigs. Unless you use some program that needs the PF.

I have a FAQ on it if you need it http://www.overclock.net/showthread.php?t=28041
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Nah Dont really need it, I know that and more alread.y
I just here that disabling it completely is bad in same cases.
I guess Ill just set it to disabled and see what happens.
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post #7 of 14
In my opinion, you shouldn't turn off the pagefile. Sure, your system might start faster, but after that, your system basically will run just the same as before, if not worse. To each their own I suppose...but if you'd like more info on it, you can take a look at what Microsoft has to say about memory/swapfile usage here --> http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;555223

Here's a quick snippet from another website on the issue:
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Myth - "Disabling the Pagefile improves performance."

Reality - "You gain no performance improvement by turning off the Pagefile. When certain applications start, they allocate a huge amount of memory (hundreds of megabytes typically set aside in virtual memory) even though they might not use it. If no Pagefile (i.e., virtual memory) is present, a memory-hogging application can quickly use a large chunk of RAM. Even worse, just a few such programs can bring a machine loaded with memory to a halt. Some applications (e.g., Adobe Photoshop) will display warnings on startup if no Pagefile is present." - Source

"In modern operating systems, including Windows, application programs and many system processes always reference memory using virtual memory addresses which are automatically translated to real (RAM) addresses by the hardware. Only core parts of the operating system kernel bypass this address translation and use real memory addresses directly. All processes (e.g. application executables) running under 32 bit Windows gets virtual memory addresses (a Virtual Address Space) going from 0 to 4,294,967,295 (2*32-1 = 4 GB), no matter how much RAM is actually installed on the computer. In the default Windows OS configuration, 2 GB of this virtual address space are designated for each process' private use and the other 2 GB are shared between all processes and the operating system. RAM is a limited resource, whereas virtual memory is, for most practical purposes, unlimited. There can be a large number of processes each with its own 2 GB of private virtual address space. When the memory in use by all the existing processes exceeds the amount of RAM available, the operating system will move pages (4 KB pieces) of one or more virtual address spaces to the computer's hard disk, thus freeing that RAM frame for other uses. In Windows systems, these "paged out" pages are stored in one or more files called pagefile.sys in the root of a partition. Virtual Memory is always in use, even when the memory required by all running processes does not exceed the amount of RAM installed on the system."
Ultimately I'm going to keep my pagefile turned on and you can turn yours off all you wish, I'm just throwing out my two cents!

Enjoy,
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post #8 of 14
I had my PF turned off cause I couldnt game with it on cause the hard drive would slow it down. But now that I reformatted I can leave the PF on with no problem.
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post #9 of 14
To second what someone up there said...

Ifn you use Photoshop, etc.. Don't turn it off. I run a few Adobe apps and some sound mastering apps, and if I turn it off.. bad things happen. (And 4GB here.)

If 99% of your use is to surf the net or play games, you won't have an issue turning it off.
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post #10 of 14
He does have a very good point, I'd rather have my paging file open to fall back on, especially as I use memory intensive programs like Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Flash etc. I don't really mind a startup which is slow, but in the long run more stable, I'm getting an Opteron 148 and will have 3 Gigs of Dual Channel RAM (2x512 & 2x1GB) and I still dont plan to turn it off...
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