Are you experiencing low performance on your personal computer? Has it been causing hassle and stress as it hinders your efficiency in doing your tasks? You might be having low memory problems.
There are two types of memory found in your computer, the Virtual Memory and the RAM or the Random Access Memory. The RAM is used by all programs found in your personal computer, but in circumstances that the RAM is full or is not available, the files are moved temporarily to the hard drive, this is called the paging file. All the sum of the files that were temporarily placed in the hard drive is referred to as the virtual memory. Virtual memory therefore has the capacity to free up some space from the RAM for it to supply the needs of the programs to function normally.
Low Memory Problems
Low memory problems are problems in your personal computers concerning its memory; this can limit your personal computer and can result to poor performance leading to problems on running programs and on display. An example would be while operating on internet explorer and you open new tabs, suddenly your personal computer might do the following:
- Responds slowly
- Prompts that the internet explorer is not responding
- Does not respond at all
Low memory on computers can be recognized and sometimes you are notified by the computer itself. When the personal computer has not enough RAM, that is when the low memory problem occurs; this dilemma happens when a user runs many programs, more that what the RAM in his personal computer can accommodate. Another incident that low memory would occur is when your computer and the program installed in it does not free up the memory that is no longer needed, this problem is termed as memory leak or memory overuse.
Low Memory Problems Preventions and Solutions
Low memory problems can be prevented by the means of:
- Opening few programs
- Knowing what programs require big memory and preventing to run them at the same event
Nevertheless, these are not permanent solutions and this limits you as the user. Solutions are however available. Here are the means of solving these low memory problems:
- Increase Virtual Memory
Though windows automatically adjust the paging file size whenever your computer is low on memory, you can also override and manually increase it. But this solution can lead to slow running of programs, since the computer is designed and performs faster in reading information from the RAM rather than from the hard drive (where your paging file is saved).
- Increase RAM
This is the best solution for your low memory problems. In times that your computer informs you of low memory, contact the manufacturer of the computer and ask for the RAM compatible for your unit. Buy a bigger RAM in the computer shop near you and have it installed to your personal computer. This will eliminate all problems of low memory on your computer giving you a faster performing personal computer with no limitation on the user.