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davidsheroes
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Los Angeles
Member since May 2007
2378 posts

Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
I was advised by Dell to increase my virtual memory since the computer would freeze while searching or using internet explorer. I thought that I had enough memory since I have 16GB ram. I did some research online and some claim that it would hurt the hard drive by forcing it to act like the RAM with minimal results to increase laptop's efficiency and performance. I rather Windows to automatic choose the size of memory than going with Dell's recommendation of increasing the virtual memory by increasing by using the custom size field. My question to you - should I ignore Dells advice to increase virtual memory to help laptop run smoother. By the way, Dell updated Java and and Adobe Flash Player to aid the internet explorer issue and it helped.
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foshizzle
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Member since Mar 2008
38207 posts

re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
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Dell updated Java and and Adobe Flash Player to aid the internet explorer issue and it helped.


If Dell is performing updates like this on your computer then it sounds like you have a paid service contract and you should be ignoring free advice on a message board.

If that contract is from someone who called you from India claiming he was from Dell, then prepare thy anus.


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Spock's Eyebrow
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Member since May 2012
11261 posts

re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
Dude, if you're paging with 16 GB RAM while surfing the web, something is seriously awry. While I don't think this is the cause, my advice would be to shitcan Internet Explorer and switch to Firefox. And for the love of god, disable Java and Adobe Flash in the browser.


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I Love Bama
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Alabama
Member since Nov 2007
36085 posts

re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
They are idiots. 16g of ram is more than you can ever use unless you're running huge programs.

Your problem is something else.


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jeff5891
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
Have you looked at your resource monitor in task manager during heavy loads?


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airfernando
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
won't damage hard drive but virtual memory has been pointless for at least 10 years now. As said, need to dump IE.


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Ping Pong
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
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using internet explorer




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fallguy_1978
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
I'd be shocked if you can use 16 GB of ram on a laptop. If you were running that many programs you'd peg out the cpu first unless you have a full install of Sql server on your computer or you're running VMware workstation or HyperV
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SG_Geaux
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
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some claim that it would hurt the hard drive


Those people are idiots.


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LEASTBAY
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Member since Aug 2007
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re: Will increasing.virtual memory damage your laptop?
remove any program that says Dell, remove your anti-virus. Install MS anti virus. Will probably fix it.


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