virtual memory and cs3

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  1. sage95

    sage95 TPF Noob!

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    When I try to do a photomerge in cs3 I get a warning that there is not enough virtual memory. I am guessing that this is refering to RAM and I have one gig. This computer used to perform the function but I hadn't tried in a few months. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Photoshop is indeed a ram intensive program, but no amount of ram will ever be enough. Photoshop, like your operating system, needs a scratch disk, or a location on the hard disk were it can write temporary files when the ram is full. If you have photoshop installed on your C: drive, and your scratch disk set to your C: drive, along with your Windows (assuming PC here) virtual memory also using this drive, you may quickly run out of space. The best thing you can do is use a second hard drive for your photoshop scratch disk. If this is impossible, always make sure you have several gigs of free space on your C: drive. Filling up your desktop with downloads and such quickly eats up available space so be careful.
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Scratch in photoshop may be different than virtual memory. Where did you get the error? In photoshop or in a windows tooltip saying virtual memory too low? The former means your scratchdrive is possibly full, the latter means that your system memory (windows RAM + page file) is too small, and can be fixed by right clicking my computer -> properties, and working through the performance tab to get to virtual memory settings.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I am pretty sure it was a photoshop error. How do I set the scratch disk, and can it be an external hardrive?
     
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    In the photoshop menu, go>preferences>plugins and scratchdisks

    It CAN be an external drive but it's best if it's either a seperate physical disk or partition.
    Speed can be a problem at times if the ext. disk isn't fast enough.
    If it's a firewire disk that shouldn't be the case, and in many cases it won't be a problem if it's a USB2.0 disk. But it COULD cause a slowdown. Especially if other things are reading or writing to the same HD.
     

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