program too big to fit in memory ...

whenever i try to run some program i get the following error - program too big to fit in memory?

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wylie_ukCommented:
to give a ful informed answer it would be good to knwo your system specifications and what program your running.

first of all, do you think you could benifit from more RAM?

if so upgrade, you idealy need at least 512mb these days

ok..more than likely you have too little virual memory ( the place windows puts stuff when it runs low on real memory (ram)) it writes to a reserved area of the hard drive, hard drives are slow compared to real RAM, 1000's of times slower so relying heavily on virual memory is going to harm performance. So if you are regularly using high intensive ram using Apps, consider getting more ram ASAP.

ok in the mean time.

right click mycomputer>properties>advanced>performance settings>advanced>virtual memory change>select custom size and increase the value...1000MB would be a good starting point, use same value for intial size and max size. click ok and ok again.(properly have to reboot)


the only other thing that could be happening here is that you have a large virual memory alocation, but you simply dont have enought space on your hard drive to store it.
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sda100Commented:
Hello coolx

IIRC, the error "program too big to fit in memory" is a hark back to the old DOS days, and will refer to the amount of conventional memory left, not the amount of total RAM.  But I could be wrong...

What OS are you running?
What application are you running?
What is the output of the command "mem /c" ?  (run it from a command/cmd window)
What other applications are running at the same time?
Will the application run in Safe mode?

Steve :)
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coolxAuthor Commented:
im using win2003 std
the error occurs in some programs which i have installed.

...the icon appearance of the programs has also changed ..and a new msdos file shortcut is added to the program folders.....
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sda100Commented:
Hello coolx

Which programs exactly?
Is it always the same programs?
What tabs do you have to choose from if you right-click the funny shortcuts?
Are there any errors in the system/application event logs? (eventvwr.exe)
What happens if you try to run the program directly, and not use the shortcut?

Steve :)
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coolxAuthor Commented:
yes it is.......i reinstalled some of the programs runs ok at first then after reboot it gives the same error..

if u right click the short cut its looks as if it is a dos file....which have the following tabs....general - program - font - memmory - screen - etc....

no there is no such entry in the event viewer..

the programs which im using are popcorn - regcleaner..etc. which works fine with my xp installation.
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sda100Commented:
Hello coolx

Well, the DOS shortcuts are the reason for your memory error.  Why they're there in the first place I don't know... yet.  What happens if you manually create a new short-cut the same files, does that get corrupted to?

I'll post back after doing some more research.

Steve :)
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sda100Commented:
Hello again coolx

I would make sure you have some up-to-date anti-virus software installed, and make sure it's actually working.  Do a full scan of your PC and see what it finds.  I'm wondering if the shortcut changes to reflect the new nature of the target file.  Also, what is the date/time stamp of the target file?

Steve :)
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sda100Commented:
Well, I'm interested in the outcome as I spent time researching and answering the question.

Steve :)
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