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Ways to lower RAM usage

November 23, 2005 at 05:44:32
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, 1.4GHz, 256MB RAM

hello, recently I noticed that my system was using about 200MB of my RAM for some reason. It used to only use about 100MB and I can't think of anything that would make it use any more. The only thing I have changed recently is FireFox, I updated it last wednesday to 1.0.7 but I don't think that would do much. I have checked my processes for anything strange and I can't see anything new. I have chacked for ad/spy/malware and virii but I didn't get anything.

I would like to know how I can lower my RAM usage. I've already switched to the Windows Classic theme, that helped a bit (plus it looks less fruity than the XP theme). all I'm running is Firefox and Zonealarm. Is it possible that uptimer is giving me a faulty reading? I only think this because FF is using 34,596K (and slowly increasing) according to Windows task manager, which doesn't seem right. I'm gonna reset in a second and see if that helps.
Thanks in advance =)

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#1
November 23, 2005 at 05:53:16

XP uses all of, at least, 128MB to run properly,
and works better. Then you need more than that
for running other programs.

Restart clears RAM memory.

Com
puter Speed and Performance May Decrease

CPU/Ram: 1.4GHz, 256MB RAM
You should change that information if it is wrong.


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#2
November 23, 2005 at 05:56:25

hmmm...one of my SVCHOST.EXEs and my EXPLORER.EXE seem to be using 5MB more every time I restart. SVCHOST's at 25,280 and EXPLORER's at 19,194. What exactly will happen if I run out of RAM? will it just dump to the pagefile?

I also deleted my cache, history, cookies and uninstalled some of my unused Extensions in FF, that bumped it's usage down about 2 MB.

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#3
November 23, 2005 at 05:59:56

Chuck, that's the info for my laptop, which is what I'm talking about. the info in my sig is for my other PC. I've been considering getting more RAM, you think I should? the great thing is, my PC and Laptop use the same type of RAM, DDR, So If I get a stick of 256, take all the RAM out of both PC's, put my two sticks of 256 in my PC and the PC's 512 in the laptop, would that be a good idea?

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#4
November 23, 2005 at 06:11:01

Static electricity from your body can ruin the
electronic components in computers.
So handling RAM boards too much may cause problems. Just buy an extra board if you want, and put it in.

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#5
November 23, 2005 at 06:15:41

You don't need to talk to me like I've had my computer for all of 3 minutes. I have had my PC for three years and my laptop for 9 months. I have changed 6 cases in my life and I know how to properly handle components. anyway, it's nearly christmas and I'm 14, so I still get plenty of choosing in what I get. haha, RAM as a stocking stuffer, every teenage nerd's dream :)

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#6
November 23, 2005 at 06:24:38

Hi Sp3cial, Chuck 2, hello everyone,

Your desktop computers memory is not compatable with your laptop. Although they use the same type, DDR, they are not physically the same.

I suggest you check here to ensure you get the correct memory for your laptop.

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#7
November 23, 2005 at 06:29:01

Mesich, you can't say they aren't the same, I do know about RAM sizes and my laptop uses fully sized RAM (though I can't remember what it's called), like my PC. I have seen the actual RAM stick and it is the same, physically.

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#8
November 23, 2005 at 06:32:28

Hi Sp3cial, hello everyone,

That would be a first for me.

Post back with your laptop manufacture and model number.

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#9
November 23, 2005 at 06:33:04

ok guys, I'm off to bed, so don't bother with any more answers, you've helped enough :)

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#10
November 23, 2005 at 06:35:56

also Mesich, I may be wrong. I do know that they can look exactly the same and be very different, so I will go to that site, but another problem is my laptop is labeled "Extensa 2350", according to Acer's site, there is no Extensa 2350...

Anyway, I'll call Acer in the morning and see what they say, then I'll be off to get some RAM! night!

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#11
November 23, 2005 at 06:37:49

Sorry to get you pissed off.
I treat everyone the same, irregardless of their
knownledge or age. Some people reading Postings here may not have all of your knowledge.

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#12
November 23, 2005 at 06:42:00

hehe, yeah, sorry for getting a bit pissed off, I'm tired and I need some coffee :P. I definitly know what you mean. there have been a lot more people with no computer knowledge with problems on here than people with a few years of experience with problems :)

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#13
November 23, 2005 at 06:46:10

Hi Sp3cial, Chuck 2, hello everyone,

Your laptop uses 200 pin DDR which again, I'm sure is not the same as your desktop.

Here is a link to MemoryCity showing the type of memory in your laptop. I also shows the 2350 model number.

Best Regards,
Mesich


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#14
November 23, 2005 at 06:51:28

Mesich: I'm glad I hit F5! thanks for that, I really don't have a clue what I was thinking. I've seen alot of RAM, so it must have just run together in my mind or something. anyway, thanks for the link, but I'll have to find some at a local tandy or Big W because we (to quote my mother) don't buy things off the internet in this house, it's not safe :)

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#15
November 23, 2005 at 07:18:07

ok guys, I decided to downgrade FF to 1.0.6 and it has helped heaps! all of my stuff was still compatible and everyhing!

AMD Athlon XP 2000+
512MB RAM
120GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus/60GB stock HDD
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB
16x DVD-ROM
42x CD-RW
16x External DVD RW


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#16
November 23, 2005 at 07:54:24

Hi Sp3cial, Chuck 2, hello everyone,


Glad to hear things are running better.

I should have mentioned that MemoryCity was just a reference for your type of memory as I have never purchased from them.

Best Regards,
Mesich



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#17
November 23, 2005 at 08:29:57

Sp3cial couple of things.

Been buying off the internet for years and its better than your local store concerning pricing. Returns are a bit more time consuming but your mom better get used to it because the local retail store will disappear in your lifetime. Retail is all about market share. Your local store can't compete with global suppliers.

You also need to understand ram usage. The OS USES ALL OF IT. Every last bit is addressed and virtualized for the OS to use. Older OS's could do this also but had issues with addressing limits due to their programming/design.

Your pagefile is not used as a last resort. It is constantly used. How much so depends on a number of factors, with how much ram in your system as primary. This is by design to optimize RAM usage and prevent the system from crashing due to running out of resources.

Just a few tidbits. Best of luck


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