Virutal Memory error using Pinnacle Studio

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
I am using Pinnacle Studio version 9.1 and have developed a problem.  I have several photos (300 as a matter of fact) with the action fades and 4 songs that will play till the end.  The problem I am having is about after the 50th picture it stops and tells me that there is a critical error and stops.  It tells me that I need to increase my virtual memory, I am running Windows XP and have 1 GB of RAM.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:JimboG
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    Accepted Solution

    Right click on "my computer" and select "properties"
    go to the "advanced" tab, under the "performance" block, select "settings."
    on the "Performance Options" window that opens, select "change" in the "Virtual Memory" block.
    Select "Custom Size." Whatever the number that windows has allocated as the default initial size, or recommended size, double it.
    If you plan on doing a lot of multimedia editing, I would recommend pushing the initial sixe to about 2000 - that is 2 Gig of hard disk space reserved for a swapfile. If really needed, this can go up to 4000 - I have not experimented with anything above that. Remember that whatever you set this to, it will take away an equal amount of disk space for file storage. With today's hard disks, a couple of gigs should not be a problem.
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    What bmedward means by the last couple of statement would mean that you should have 2-4 GB of free harddisk space on your main c drive if you are to increase the virtual memory.

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    Sounds good, I will give it a try this evening and let you know.  Thanks for your prompt reply.

    Author Comment

    Worked well, I didn't have as much problem as I have had in the past.  I won't be doing a lot of multimedia work but when I do this will come in handy.  Thanks again for your help.  Oh by the way you wouldn't happen to remember what the normal settings are would you.  I was in such a hurry to get it going that I forgot to write down the standard numbers, I was having one of those moments..  Sorry.
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    I believe that the original range is typically between 150M and 300M - not really sure on this one. If you want a configuration closer to the system default, you could also select the "system managed size" option. Since Win NT4, I have never seen a PC that has been automatically configured with a sufficient pagefile size. This, however, is entirely a matter of personal opinion.

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