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Large paging file killing Win2k. Why?

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.


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mikeleebrlaCommented:
did these computers have enough free space on the hard drive that you assigned the paging file to for the page file you set?  IE if you only had 500MB of free hard drive space on drive C and you set the paging file to 1024MB, the hard drive would be COMPLETELY full as soon as the page file was used.  In which case the OS wouldn't run. (2000 should have 20% hard drive space free). Not that i think it really matters, but did you set the page file to be static or dynamic??
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xy8088Author Commented:
>>did these computers have enough free space on the hard drive

These computers both had multiple GB's of free space. I actually checked that before increasing the paging file size.

>>did you set the page file to be static or dynamic??

Whatever the default is. All I did was right click on my computer, properties, advanced, performance options, change. Then I set the maximum size to 1024, clicked set, clicked OK. And rebooted. I didn't see any options in relation to the file being static or dynamic.
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
if you had plenty of GB of free space i really dont know what could have caused it other than a hardware failure of the harddrive or something.  FYI,,, there really isn't a "default" for the paging file being static or dynamic since you are in fact changing the default when you adjust the size right?  If you set the min and max to the same level it will be static (since it can't change size since min and max are the same)  If you have the min set to say 500 and the max at 1000 then the paging file will in effect be dynamic since the size of it changes.

some people say that the computer will run faster if you have the min and max the same (static) since the OS doesn't have to waste CPU time adjusting the paging file size.
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xy8088Author Commented:
>>i really dont know what could have caused it other than a hardware failure of the harddrive or something

If it was just one computer I would have though the same thing. But it happened to both systems just days after I changed the page file size. It seems like to much of a coincidence.

>> If you set the min and max to the same level it will be static (since it can't change size since min and max are the same)  If you have the min set to say 500 and the max at 1000 then the paging file will in effect be dynamic since the size of it changes.

Wow I had never heard that before. I didn't even know that you could have the min and max size set to the same. I had the minimum set to 256MB and the max set to 1024MB.
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