running out of memory??

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. i have vista home premeium and it is very fast and runs great. my problem is
    after a while i cant do anything. for example. i usually have about 4 IE
    windows open and photoshop or dreamweaver open, i am a web designer. and
    after a wile no windows will open, or photoshop wont work. In dreamweaver
    iw ill get a low memory error. sometimes if i just close one window i can
    open another. but this is not acceptable. if i restart then i
    everything will be fine. but it keeps happening. every once in a
    while i will get the blue screen that sais memory dump or something.

    what is going on?


    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    What are your system specs?
    if you have less than 512 or exactly 512 mb of RAM, you have the bare
    minimum for Vista. Basic runs well on 1gb, but best on 2gb, as with any

    Tim, Jun 15, 2007
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  3. i have an AMD 64x2 dual core 4600+ 2.41 Ghz
    2046 MB
    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    So obviously you shouldn't be running out of memory. Some possible causes:

    - You have artificially limited/constrained virtual memory. This could be
    because you placed a cap on the pagefile size, or that you are running out
    of disk space and it cannot expand appropriately.
    - Your antivirus software is interfering with the virtual memory process.
    - A program you have installed is not fully Vista-compatible and is not
    releasing memory as it should be.
    - Spyware/virus/malicious plugin raising havoc on the system.
    Rick Rogers, Jun 15, 2007
  5. i wasnt sure if it was a memory problem but i didnt know exaclty what it was.

    How do i change the page file?

    i cant be running out of disk space, this is a new computer with 2- 250g

    my virus software is AGV free edition

    my programs are vista compatible

    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Some artificially alter the pagefile size from the advanced system settings,
    and in general you'd know if you did that. See if running everything without
    one of the design program changes anything. I suspect it's one of them, as
    they are fairly memory intensive.
    Rick Rogers, Jun 15, 2007
  7. I know i havent changed the page file, but should i? It does only
    happen when i have quite a bit running. mabey im just overloading it. I
    know the graphics programs are large. I ran my virus last night and
    that was clear. im sure your right, ill just try to watch what i have
    open at once.

    Thanks alot and i appreciate your time

    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Gerry Guest


    Does the programme you are using when the problem arises have an
    undo feature. Programmes having Undo can have extremely large
    memory requirements. If yes look for a way to manage the issue. Saving
    the file at intervals may help.


    Hope this helps.

    Stourport, England
    Enquire, plan and execute
    Gerry, Jun 15, 2007
  9. ahhh, that i neve would have thought of. yes, photoshop and dreamweaver ,
    flash, etc, all have undo features. so as i am working, untill i save
    it , the computer "holds it" so to speak, saving it would "release" that
    memory? that i totaly understand tying up my system,

    thanks alot, i will save alot more often, i save frequelty anyway, but i
    will save even more frequently and see if that helps

    thanks alot

    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    The only program we have in common is Photoshop. In Photoshop, have you tried
    File > Preferences > Plug Ins and Scratch Disks and making adjustments, also
    Preferences > Memory and Image Cache and making adjustments. Your other programs
    may also have similar adjustments.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
  11. what adjustmenst should i make to the scratch disks in photohsop.
    dreamweaver and fireworks dont have any setting like that

    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    I moved my scratch disks to other partitions that have a lots of free space and
    will probably have for a long time. Memory and Image cache by default is set to
    50% of your free memory. Search Photoshop's Help for suggestions. I have 4GB,
    so I left it alone. You may want to use less. Look in the Tools menus of your
    other programs for similar adjustments and use their Help and search for memory
    to see in there are any adjustments and recommendations.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
  13. i have 2- 250G disks. one of which i dont use for anything . can i move it
    to another disk?
    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Yes, move all four options to your other disk.
    How about the Memory and Image cache setting?
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
  15. the cache level is 6

    avaiable RAM 1725

    maximum used by photoshop =55% =949 mb

    these are the settings for the memory and image cache
    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Try turning down the max value.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
  17. what would be good, i turned it down to 25

    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    You will probably have to experiment and decide according to your experiences.
    Any suggestions in Photoshop's Help? Any suggestions in your other program's
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
  19. i turned down the max value and put all 4 scratch files on my other hard
    drive. so far so good. i havent checked the help files yet. but i will
    and ill let you know

    thanks alot
    skytopdesigns, Jun 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest


    Please let us know if any of these suggestions have helped.

    Also, although it might be useless in this situation, Vista has a new feature
    Problem Reports and Solutions in Control Panel that can sometimes give a clue as
    to what causes problems. Click Check for new solutions, and after it checks,
    click View problem history, right click on the problem and select View problem
    details. There is a link to copy the problem to the clipboard. Past that into
    a message and post to the appropriate Vista newsgroup. The fault ID bucket
    number can sometimes lead to a solution to your problem.
    Cal Bear '66, Jun 15, 2007
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