Large paging file killing Win2k. Why?
Posted on 2005-04-25
One computer was an old HP Vectra with a 333MHZ processor, 64MB RAM, 6GB HDD, and an install of Win2K sp4. There were lots of old graphics and CAD programs being used on this system. Old versions of Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc. The computer was running without error but was naturally very slow.
The other computer was a Compaq Deskpro with an 866MHZ processor, 128MB RAM, 15GB HDD and an install of Win2K sp4. This computer mostly just ran things like Outlook, Office 2000 and some custom Java apps. With a lot of programs running at once it was pretty slow but still usable and never had any errors.
I was getting complaints about both of these machines being slow. I logged on as local admin and changed the paging file size to 1024MB and then rebooted thinking that that might help some. Within three days both of these machines had the BSOD. You would boot and get to the Windows 2000 splash screen and then it would blue screen. The only thing that I remember from the blue screens messages was something about an "inaccessable boot device."
So my question is, why would changing the paging file size like this kill these computers? And for what its worth, both of these computers have had everything reinstalled and are again running fine (but slow), so at this point I am mostly just asking this question out of curiosity as the computers are back at a working state.