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samcraw 11. Aug 2011 07:13 PM

Conserving and managing memory usage
Hi. I have Think pad note book I use primarily as an Mp3 player and music video player. Because of that, I create largish files of videos and songs. I constantly get messages that the memory is critically low and to remove files and programs. I have it down to the bare bones as it is now. I am trying to transfer all the music and video files to flash drives to save space.

I wonder though if there is a way to loosen up more memory. I have installed to maximum amount of memory with sticks I can, but do not want to have to drag about an external hard drive-- that kinda kills the notion of a portable notebook.

I would appreciate any ideas as to how to deal with this.

v.laurie 12. Aug 2011 12:34 AM

Have you tried making your paging file (virtual memory) larger?

J_L 12. Aug 2011 04:55 AM

CleanMem can help. ReadyBoost as well on Vista and above.

Sope 12. Aug 2011 12:31 PM

are you having problems due to a shortage of RAM or a shortage of hard drive disk space? It's a little unclear from you post.

samcraw 12. Aug 2011 03:24 PM

I am really not sure where the problem is
Guys, I am not nearly as tech savvy as I need to be-- although I try to learn when there is a chance. In my mind it is in the hard drive that the memory is not giving me the space I need.
Technically, if I read the numbers right there should be plenty of memory on the drive. And as I said I put in two new memory sticks to bring up that part pf the memory as high as it would go.

So, first maybe someone will be able to help me figure out exactly where the problem is in the first place. Then maybe figure out a solution.

Or maybe I just run over the blasted machine with a truck!!!

It is frustrating to have to stop a series of downloads from the net just because the "critical memory shortage message pops up" It is not a new machine, and I recognize it is not cutting edge, but the reason I have it as I said is to use it as a music-video player.

I can't walk any more, but want to be able to watch and listed with something small enough to carry around, but not so small (tablet size) that my old fingers can't push the buttons.

Thank you guys-- no one on the net has proven more helpful that the GizzFolks.


Anupam 12. Aug 2011 03:29 PM

From what you write, I think the problem seems to be that the space on the hard disk is low, and the memory error that you are getting is that, the virtual memory, which is a space on the hard disk itself, is getting low, because of the diminishing hard disk space.

I have faced the same when there were only 8 GBs of HDDs around.

What is the total hard drive space on the notebook, and how much is left?

samcraw 12. Aug 2011 04:57 PM

Hi again, I ran Belarc just tobe sure and am sending along the scan results so you can have a clearer picture of what is going on, and not me stammering about trying to tell you

Let me know if you find out anything that will make a difference.


Operating System new server roles System Model
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 7/18/2011 5:32:16 PM LENOVO 636385U ThinkPad X60 Tablet
System Serial Number: LVA3483
Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.85 gigahertz Intel Core Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: LENOVO 636385U
Serial Number: 1ZD036CC20P
Bus Clock: 167 megahertz
BIOS: LENOVO 7JET30WW (1.15 ) 11/20/2008

Drives new drive encryption Memory Modules c,d
69.54 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
22.08 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HTS541080G9SA00 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n MPBDPAXNH056EM, rev MB4IC60R, SMART Status: Healthy 3064 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Local Drive Volumes new volume encryption

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 69.54 GB 22.08 GB free

Sope 12. Aug 2011 05:03 PM

maybe you could give us some more details as Anupam suggests.

1. What is your opertaing system.....Windows XP?

2. To find out how much RAM you have in your system try this guide - and let us know?

3. To determine the total size of your hard drive and the available space left try this guide -

4. You may have more than one "Hard Disk Drive" listed under "My Computer", in which case let us know the total and available space for each one?

5. If you have been adding USB memory sticks these will also be listed in "My Computer" under "Devices and Removable Storage", again, details please?

6. Finally, you can find the size of your paging file by looking here :-

(This applies to XP)
[Start] right click [My Computer] click [Properties]
Click [Advanced] tab then click [Settings] in the [Performance] section
Click the [Advanced] tab where under [Virtual Memory] it will show you the size of your paging file.

Edit: Posted this without seeing your last post sorry!

Sope 12. Aug 2011 05:09 PM

That Belarc output only really answers questions 1. and 3.

samcraw 12. Aug 2011 05:13 PM

Hi Sope,

The info I just posted from Belarc I think will tell you what I got working, if not let me know and I will gather up more via the sites you listed.

Thanx, BTW for the links-- the will definitely be bookmarked for reference.


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