Virtual Memory Part 4

Well, a great big howdy to one and all. Welcome back to another exciting adventure of The Weekly Geek!

In our last episode we helped the dynamic duo escape the evil clutches of the Joker by using their Bat Computer and setting up proper Virtual Memory (VM) settings for Windows XP. Unfortunately in this week’s episode we turn our gaze to the racing circuit and see that the Mach 5, driven by the invincible Speed Racer, is using an older computer system. He is relying on Windows 98 for his win in the big race of life. Fear not Speedy for your friend The Weekly Geek with a little help from Trixie will enhance the performance of the Mach 5 and any computer running Windows 95, 98 or ME.

To manually set the VM in Windows 98 (95 and ME are very similar) we need to close all open programs and be at the desktop. That is the screen that shows when you first turn on your computer and it is ready to use. Continue reading

Virtual Memory Part 3

Howdy and welcome back to this weeks exciting adventure with The Weekly Geek!

Last week we left Batman and Robin in the clutches of the Joker. They were suspended by a piece of cotton candy over a boiling vat of play-dough, oh what ever will become of our heroes? Ok, so maybe we were covering Virtual Memory (VM from here on out) and how to enhance your computers performance with this little tweak. In Part 1 we covered what VM was and how it affected the performance of your computer. In Part 2 we walked through the fields of green and found out how to tell how much memory (RAM) our computer had and how to tell how much VM you have compared to what you need.

In this weeks adventure we are going to walk across the beach and go over how to set the VM on your computer. For our first example we will use Windows XP, we will cover other versions of Windows later. Screenshots of this are a blessing however many of my readers use dial-up internet and these articles are still published in monthly and weekly papers so space is limited. The book I offer has these directions with screen shots and diagrams. Continue reading