From: Preesall Lancashire United Kingdom
The reason for setting "virtual memory" is to improve the speed of the computer in "farming" out memory overflow.
Good grief what is he talking about?
In a computer we have "RAM" which stands for 'Ramdom Access Memory" (abit like your brains short term memory) This is physical memory and are known as 'modules' and fit in slots on the motherboard (there will be a picture tutorial later on the insides of your computer)
So now we come to "Virtual Memory".
When "RAM" is all used up and that depends on how much physical memory you have (eg 512mb, 1gb 2gb etc etc) and I use the term "used up" as Windows and any program running requires so much memory in which to run, any data created needs or a program itself needs to be written in 'temp files' on the hard drive.
Lets say "windows and Studio" are running and studio has a representation of 2gb of video files on the timeline, the total data size may be over your 1gb Ram (example) then the excess will be written to "virtual memory" (a hard drive) until as such time its needed and is called back in which case something else will then be written to the "virtual memory". In other words "virtual memory" is a temp storage for short term usuage
Still with me?, good
By fixing a area on the hard drive for all this storage, windows can quickly write to that area.
Why not let windows do it?
By letting Windows do it the "virtual memory" area will expand and collapse, all of which takes time and may end up in 'bits' here and there.
What we want is 1 big lump in which Windows can 'dump' things
In the next set of pictures is how we do that
< Message edited by Gordon -- 4/13/2006 4:04:48 PM >
RomSkye yee haw
easy isn't it