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  • How to Configure Virtual Memory Usage On Windows 7?

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    As you may already know, RAM memory (Random-access memory) is the fastest memory device where your CPU can write and read data. All programs use RAM memory and depending on the complexity of their tasks, they may be more or less RAM demanding. 

    RAM memory is managed by a running software and operation system, so it can’t be accessed directly like other storage devices such as SSD/HDD, Flash memory or DVD.

    No matter if you are playing a video-game, surfing internet, watching movie or using programs such as Photoshop or Microsoft Office, your RAM memory is constantly being exploited.

     

    What happens when you run out of RAM memory?

    Well this is the moment when virtual memory takes place. Virtual memory is the amount of memory which will be “borrowed” from a hard disk, to make it possible to continue working even if RAM memory is full. This is usually the moment when your computer slows down drastically, since writing/reading to the HDD is significantly slower. To avoid this kind of behavior, software is usually designed to preserve RAM memory as much as possible, using virtual memory for less prioritized processes.

    When using virtual memory, Windows is designed to put all the data in pagefile.sys file. So if you stumble upon this file in the root level of your HDD partition (usually C:), do not try to delete or move it since this file is protected and locked by Windows OS.

     

    Follow next steps to configure virtual memory usage for optimal working performances

    1. Go to  your start menu and type “advanced system settings” into the search field. Click on the search result saying View advanced system settings.

    2. Select Advanced tab under System Properties window and click Settings button under Performance area. Performance Options window will appear.

    3. Select Advanced tab and click on Change button under Virtual memory area. 

    4. Now you finally reached Virtual Memory window. All HDD and/or SSD partitions will be listed for you to choose where paging file (pagefile.sys) will be created. If selected partition belongs to SSD drive, it will perform much faster then HDD, but keep in mind that you should never drop below, at least 10gb of available space on selected drive. If the size of pagefile.sys exceeds the available disk space, running programs will probably hang or crash, sometimes even reporting memory related errors. If this happens, check the selected drive and try to free some space there. 

    Once you selected where paging file will be created, select System managed size and hit the Set button. After this, go through all other drives and choose No paging file, hitting Set button each time. This way you’ll have only one pagefile.sys file at selected location, which is the best option for optimal performance.

    5. Clicking OK button at the bottom of Virtual Memory window, and all other windows. Restart dialog will prompt saying “You must restart your computer to apply these changes”, select Restart Now and wait for your system to reboot.

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  • How to Fix “The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer” Error Message (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10)

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    OpenAL32.dll is a dynamic link library (DLL) file designed and developed by Creative Labs Inc. and NVIDIA Corp. It is commonly used by video games and various Windows software which utilize GPU acceleration.

    It is usually located within the same folder as the program which uses it, but it may also be found in C:\Windows\System32.

    When OpenAL32.dll becomes corrupted or accidentally removed, program will most likely crash when started, and you’ll get en error message like this:

     

    dirt3_game.exe – System Error: The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

     

    Method 1: reinstall the program which returns the error

    Since almost every software which utilize OpenAL32.dll contains its own version of this library, the best practice is to uninstall the problematic program completely and do a fresh installation. Still, some programs are written to use OpenAL32.dll from within the Windows system folder, so en error will reoccur after reinstalling the program.

     

    Method 2: reinstall all Nvidia related software 

    If you’re using Nvidia graphic card, the solution may be to reinstall your Nvidia software and drivers. Make sure to remove all Nvidia related software before installing the new drivers. The best practice would be to remove drivers using Display Driver Uninstaller.

     

    Method 3: download and manually add OpenAL32.dll

    Although many tutorials all over the Internet suggest this as the first and best solution, it should definitely be the last one. Why? Simple because it is always better to try reinstalling OpenAL32.dll from the source which causes the problem, then to download it from the Internet and risk to get inappropriate file version.

    Still, nothing dangerous could happen if you do it, so if nothing else works, download OpenAL32.dll from HERE and place it into the same directory where main executable file is located.

    If your program is still unable to start, try to copy downloaded OpenAL32.dll to C:\Windows\System32 folder. If there’s already the same named file inside System32 folder, backup the original file before replacing. If file is currently in use, you should reboot your computer to safe mode and try again. For further instructions on Windows Safe Mode click HERE.

     

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  • Unable to Load Older Save Files in GTA San Andreas / Vice City? Game Crashes While Loading? Fix It In a Minute!

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    “gta_sa.exe stopped working” error message while loading game

    GTA San Andreas is still one of the most popular open-world video game. Although it is very interesting to play through the game story, some folks rather choose to download save file from the internet in order to skip specific missions or entire storyline to be able to free roam the huge GTA SA map, with all game features unlocked. This “trick” sometimes may be a little bit difficult to archive since some game versions are not compatible with some savegames and vice versa. The major reason for this incompatibility issue is the newer Grand Theft Auto San Andreas version released by Steam. If you are on the Steam version of game and you try to load an older save file (created with non-steam game version), you’ll probably end up with error prompt saying “gta_sa.exe stopped working“.

     

    "gta_sa.exe has stopped working" error message

     

    How to fix?

    Follow these steps to solve compatibility issue between save file and game version:

    1. Download GTA-San-Andreas-script.rar file

    2. Extract file using WinRar archiver or 7-Zip

    3. Select both extracted files (main.scm and script.img), right-click on selection and choose Copy

    4. Navigate to the game’s script files within installation folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\GTA San Andreas\data\script\ , right click inside the folder and choose Paste. When Copy File dialog prompts, choose Copy and Replace

    5. Run your copy of GTA San Andreas and try loading saved game again

     

    Since GTA III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas are all based on the same engine, this workaround will also fix save loading problems with GTA III and GTA Vice City.

     

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  • How to Fix 0xc000007b Application Error (Windows 7 64bit)

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    The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application.

    Most frequently happens with these games:

    Assassins Creed IV Black Flag ( AC4BFSP.exe )
    Battlefield 4 ( bf4.exe )
    Call of Duty: Ghosts ( iw6mp64_ship.exe )
    The Elder Scrolls Skyrim ( SkyrimLauncher.exe )
    Diablo 3 ( Diablo III.exe )
    Dirt 3 ( dirt3_game.exe )
    Watch Dogs ( Watch_Dogs.exe )
    Just Cause 2 Multiplayer ( JcmpLauncher.exe )
    Child of Light ( ChildofLight.exe )
    Grand Theft Auto V (GTA5.exe)

     

    AC4BFSP.exe 0xc000007b Application Error

    This is a very common error that sometimes occurs when trying to run some DirectX games or applications. According to numerous articles all across the internet, it occurs when a 32-bit application is trying to interact with 64-bit system environment. Although Windows XP may sometimes returns a similar error, it most commonly happens in Windows 7 64-bit. There are many solutions to this problem, but none of them is 100% effective. Yet, there are couple of tricks that will solve this trouble in the highest number of cases.

    Before trying more complicated methods, there are few simple ways which may help solving 0xc000007b or any other similar error. These are:

     

    Reinstall the application

    Uninstall the application which gives you an error and install it again. During installation, pay attention to these:
    1. Turn off your antivirus software before starting the installation.
    2. Accept any additional software offered during installation process, since it may be crucial for running your application properly. You can skip things such as search bars, antivirus scanners, registry cleaners and the other software which isn’t directly related to the application.
    3. Install an application to the system partition (C:). Although this shouldn’t matter, it’s been proven that some apps may return an error if installed on a logical partition.

     

    Run application as administrator

    Right click on your application and choose “Run as administrator”. This will give additional privileges to the application and sometimes may help fixing some errors. If this method eliminates the error, you can set your application to always run with an administrator privileges. To do this, choose Properties from right-click menu, select Compatibility tab and check “Run this program as an administrator” option.

     

    Run application in Windows XP compatibility mode

    Try running your program in compatibility mode for Windows XP. Although this feature is for programs that were originally designed for Windows XP, it is known that it can also help repairing errors caused by a newer software. Right click on your application and choose Properties from a right-click menu, go to Compatibility tab and select compatibility mode for Windows XP.

     

    Check hard disk for errors

    Application errors and problems may also be repaired by performing disk error checking. Simply right-click on the drive where your application is installed and choose Properties. Select Tools tab and click on Check now button. If it is your primary partition that you are trying to check for errors, it will schedule a disc check for the next system reboot. In that case, restart your PC and wait for a disk check procedure to finish.

     

    If your error is still happening, the problem may require a little bit more attention to be solved. Proceed to the next page to see Method 1

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