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« on: April 24, 2004, 03:43:53 AM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version:Windows98
Problem Application Name & Version:Microsoft Train Simulator, Windows98
Problem Hardware Make & Model:Microsoft, windows 98
Error Messages:Faild to swap files from D:\GAME.CAB.



I basically seem to have low memory / disk space for swapping files from disk.  The error reads "Faild to swap files from D:\GAME.CAB. Its all pure BS because I have way more than enough memory. Im in need of help can some one please help!, -J
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2004, 03:41:46 AM »

I had this problem with an application and increasing my virtual memory seemed to help.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2004, 04:46:05 PM »

Windows swap file explained:
 This large hidden file is called 386SPAR.PAR. Windows can use virtual memory to help with memory demands. Virtual memory is the hard disk space that is treated as RAM and takes the form of a swap file. The size of that file determines how much of your disk you wish to set aside for virtual memory. When Windows is low in physical memory it will write part of the current memory to the hard disk. This swapping of physical memory to disk makes more resources available to Windows (but disk access is vastly much slower than memory access).

Disk space can be conserved for DOS applications by using a temporary swap file, which is deleted after exiting Windows. The penalty is slightly slower response, and if the disk fills, or becomes very fragmented, Windows will not be able to use any swap file.

The formula used by Windows in determining the size of the swap file is excessive for most cases. I have 8 MB of RAM and I have set my swap file size to 6 MB. I rarely run more than four simultaneous applications and I almost never run out of memory. My recommendation is if you run Windows regularly, use the permanent swap file, but if you use mainly DOS with the occasional Windows program, a temporary swap file will give you more hard disk space.

To view or alter the size of your swap file, from the Control Panel select 386 and then Virtual Memory and adjust accordingly.

Hope this helps!
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