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The meaning of virtual memory lag

The term “virtual memory lag” is commonly used by gamer if:

1.) The RAM usage is high/very high. ( Note: Virtual memory is not the same as RAM but it is commonly used the same way as virtual memory maps memory addresses ( memory management technique) in physically addresses in the RAM.)
2.) There is not enough virtual memory available to the OS to support graphics, in-game mechanics or videos and that causes lag.

Other terms used or connected to virtual memory lag: Virtual memory lags, Virtual memory lagging, Virtual memory laggy, low virtual memory, high virtual memory, RAM lags, RAM are lagging, RAM are laggy, stuttering RAM, low RAM, slow RAM, RAM usage is high, not enough RAM, RAM spikes, Virtual memory spikes

Why virtual memory lag happens?

a.) Hardware issues of the physical RAM
b.) Temperature issue on the motherboard
c.) Wrong RAM timings value in the BIOS settings
d.) Wrongly overclocked RAM
e) Not enough RAM. Not meeting the system requirements.
f.) RAM type is not supported
g.) Virus or malware infection
h.) Too many running apps or processes that consume virtual memory
i.) Wrongly configured virtual memory settings in the OS

How to fix lag caused by virtual memory

Solution A
- Open the task manager to get an overview of all running apps and services that consume RAM. Sort the list by RAM usage and troubleshoot trough it. Stop apps and services that are not essential to keep your OS up.

Solution B
- Restart the game and/or restart the computer or laptop

Solution C
- Adjust the in-game settings accordingly. Try to apply the lowest settings possible and see if the issues still persists. Slightly increase the settings until lag starts again.

Solution D
- Check the physically RAM for failure. Google for apps that can assist you with this task.

Solution E
- Check if the physically RAM are proper set in the memory slot of the motherboard.

Solution F

- Check the BIOS if the physically RAM timings are correct. Consult with the product manual!

Solution G
- Run virus- and malware scanners to check if your system is infected. Viruses and malware can cause your physical RAM and virtual memory to be at 99% usage.

Solution H
- Check if the PSU provides the necessary voltage for your physically RAM. Google for apps that can assist you with this tasks.

Solution I
- Try to overclock your physically RAM if this solution is supported by your BIOS. Be aware that you need to have basic knowledge about overclocking. Warning: There is always the possibility to damage your physically RAM and motherboard permanently.

Solution J

- Try to set virtual memory priorities for specific processes in your operating system. Be aware that you need specific knowledge to do so. You can alternatively use apps like Latency Optimizer that includes a RAM manager and RAM optimizer.

Solution K
- Double check if the RAM value is supported by the system requirements.

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