RAM (random access memory), either RAM hardware or software and operating system use of RAM.

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Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?

My computer is running Windows XP and only has 1GB of RAM. After launching some massive applications (like Eclipse and SQL Developer) the computer slows down considerably. The obvious symptom of this ...
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Screen flicker since new RAM installation

My work PC was upgraded by the tech guys (RAM only) and ever since my screen has been flickering but they do not know why this has happened and have yet to fix it. Does anyone have any ideas as to the ...
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How to know which RAM I can/should buy for my PC?

I have a relatively old PC (5 years or more) which has only 1GB of RAM. I'm running on Windows 7 and unfortunately it doesn't like being so senile... I have a Gigabyte mother board but I have no ...
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How does the number of sticks of RAM influence speed, for the same total amount of RAM? [duplicate]

Which will run faster: four 1GB sticks of DDR2 RAM, or two 2GB sticks? Will they run at the same speed? I'm just curious since they are sold in both sizes, and I have four slots, but only two sticks ...
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Installed 4GB memory but Windows XP 32 bit only reporting 2GB? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 4 GB of Ram installed but only 2.97GB usable. What gives? I've just taken an existing XP Pro 32 bit system that had only 0.5GB of memory installed and maxed it out to ...
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Mixing DDR2 module sizes

I have an Asus M2N-E motherboard, currently with (qty 1) DDR2 module Kingston KVR533D2E4/1G. The board has 4 total slots. Going to upgrade and I'm wondering if I can mix sizes -- can I add a 2G ...
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Performance issue with my system

Recently while using my laptop (Dell XPZ15z) all of a sudden the CPU usage is spiking to 80-100% then will drop in say 5-7 sec. I am not running any application or process that requires such CPU ...
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Windows 8 and memory consumption [closed]

My current system should have enough memory (4GB), but it's the lower average right now and if I want to run multiple applications at once - which is needed - memory is getting scarce. In addition to ...
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Combining multiple DIMMs in one memory channel

Every electronics engeneer knows that connecting more chips on the same line increases its capasistence and, thus, degrades the frequency. So, memory speed must be dependent on the number of chips in ...
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Stop truecrypt from consuming all available physical memory

I have many truecrypt containers that contain random files that I am trying to consolidate into another set of containers that are better organized this time. To do this requires me to copy all the ...
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How do I upgrade my graphics on my laptop?

I recently bought an HP dv6 6180us laptop. The PDF datasheet says that I have a Radeon HD 6770M switchable graphics card with 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM and up to 4096 MB total graphics memory. How am I ...
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Windows XP: Why the machine slow for a minute when I put my machine for some time?

I have a question for windows behavior. I was running a bunch of applications in my xp, they run smoothly at that moment. Then I leave my machine alone for some time, say a night, a few hrs, when I ...
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Installing two RAM sticks causes problems; using only one of them doesn't?

I have 1GB RAM in my machine - two 512MB sticks. When I run Windows Memory Diagnostics with both memory sticks installed it reports errors. If I install just one stick then there are no errors at all. ...
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Memory works fine separately, but not together

I've been given four 1GB Corsair DDR2 memory modules, and am trying to fit them into my computer but am getting BSOD on Windows XP and errors in Memtest86+. I've tried to identify if one particular ...
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Deactivate RAM segments

I have got a RAM memory stick for which memtest shows errors for specific memory addresses. I was wondering if it is possible to prohibit the operation system (Win7 in my case) from using these? I ...
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How to check how much RAM is supported by my Laptop

I've been using a HP Pavilion DV 6000 TX laptop for quite some time. It has 1 GB of RAM as of now. How can I know if I can add additional RAM to this laptop? I would like to increase the RAM to as ...
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svchost eating up memory

I'm running Windows 7. It seems that svchost is eating up a lot of memory. The user name for the particular svchost instance is "Network Service". The description is "Hose Process for Windows ...
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What will happen if I install more RAM than specified in manual?

I just installed a new motherboard, MSI K9N Neo V3 with an Athlon X2 4400+. I bought a 2GB stick of RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220228), with the intention of ...
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Ram capacity of my computer

2 years ago I bought a Dell Dimension 9200 desktop computer as a high end gaming computer (at least, back then it was a top of the line computer). The computer was ordered with 4GB of RAM, but came in ...
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How to exceed manufacturer supported memory RAM

I have an intel pentium D 940 processor. I have tried ms config then check the maximum memory changed it to maximum, 6k+mb but when i click apply after restart it goes back again to 1025mb. I ...
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explorer.exe eating memory like crazy

I have a Windows 7 operating system. When I boot up and do nothing, explorer.exe starts to consume memory like crazy, like around 2GBs and so. When I kill it from task manager, everything is still ...
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What is CPU Cache used for?

I know that Cache is working memory that is faster than RAM, but in my system there is only 3MB of it, and most programs will require more working memory than 3MB. So that makes me question what ...
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Is RAM completely cleared when you turn off computer after pulling power? [duplicate]

Would there by some way to pull the power instead of conventional shut down, and recover the contents of ram without loading the operating system upon the next start-up? I'm trying to recover files ...
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Windows 7 x64 Out of Memory Error - With over 1GB still available [duplicate]

I've been getting sporadic "Out of Memory" popups while playing games in fullscreen windowed mode lately (namely Arma 3 and BF4). I didn't get these before switching from fullscreen to fullscreen ...
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Run java in php apache2

I wrote a simple PHP file which calls a java application. It runs on cli without problems but I can't run it on browser. Output: "Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ...
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Why all of the sudden is my Processor and Memory Subscore (Windows Rating) abnormally low?

2 days ago I opened my van door to get out my computer tower, and it fell to the ground. When I opened it everything looked ok but theres a problem. when I login windows, my windows rating subscore ...
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Will adding extra RAM in my computer speed it up?

I have a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer which is slowly grinding to a halt. Someone told me if I put extra RAM in it will speed it up. On the motherboard, there are four slots but only ...
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Windows 7 64-bit is only using 3 GB out of 4 GB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Windows only show about 3.5GB of my 4GB+ of RAM? 64-bit Windows 7 can only use 3.25GB of RAM instead of 4GB? I'm using Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit, and the system ...
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Multiple questions about DDR2 RAM

Does dual channel work with a 32-bit operating system or will I need to install a 64-bit operating system in order for it to work? If I had 2x 512MB 667 MHz and 2x 1GB 667 MHz, both in dual channel ...
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Will Windows 7 32 bit edition support 8 GB RAM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Memory sticks, 32 and 64 Bit OS Will Windows 7 32 bit edition support 8 GB RAM? or it will only support 4 GB. Will i have to buy 64 bit version if i want to use 8 GB ...
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How can I free memory on linux

When I use top to see memory usage, I have 65gb ram but only 1.3gb of it free and remaining is shown as used. When I ran my program It gives memory insufficiency error. Although no other program is ...
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What is the maximum supported hardware RAM in Windows 32-bit?

I want use 4GB of RAM. Can I use in Windows XP 32-bit? Or should I go for Windows XP - 64-bit? Does it support 4GB of RAM? Does Windows 7 32-bit support more than 4GB of RAM, or is >4GB support ...
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Windows 7: Why is not all my memory usable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? Windows x86 physical memory is 24-bit? Why is usable RAM less than total RAM? I have a computer with 4GB RAM. Why isn't it all ...
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4GB Memory Upgrade for Acer Aspire 5102WLMi

I have bought a 4GB memory upgrade (2x 2GB PC2-5300 SODIMM) for my Acer Aspire 5102WLMi (Aspire 5100 Series) laptop, I installed the two memory modules correctly however with 4GB installed the laptop ...
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4GB memory seen as 3GB in BIOS

I have a 945GCM S2L Motherboard which has 4GB memory (2x2GB) running windows vista x64. The RAM is getting reported as 3GB in the BIOS, Total Physical Memory also shows 3GB, Task manager also shows ...
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Changing RAM in Laptop

I have a Dell Vostro 2520. I am planning to upgrade the amount of RAM to 6GB. My laptop has a Core i3-2328 processor and is currently running Windows 7 ultimate , but after the RAM upgrade, I plan to ...
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Relationship between RAM & processor speed

RAM is just used for temporary storage. But since this storage is in the cpu memory (RAM) it is fast. Programs can easily read/write values into it. I've noticed more the RAM less time it takes for ...
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Upgrading RAM to 8 GB – use 2×2 GB or 4 GB?

I have a motherboard with four RAM slots. I already installed 4 GB (2×2GB, 1333) of the same RAM type (dual channel) and I want to upgrade RAM to 8 GB – so what is the better option to upgrade to? ...
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I had 6 GB RAM, now Windows is telling me I have only 2 GB. Where's the other 4 gone?

Is there anything I can do to see what happened to it? Is there a chance it came loose? How can I check if it's fried? edit nobody stole my RAM. I didn't physically do anything to it. I have a Dell ...
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How to disable Mac OS X from using swap when there still is “Inactive” memory?

A common phenomena in my day to day usage (and several other's according to various posts throughout the internet) of OS X, the system seems to become slow whenever there is no more "Free" memory ...
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How can a computer/OS tell what kind of RAM is in the machine?

How can Mac OS X tell what kind of RAM is in the machine? For example I was working on one that had DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz and I thought it wasn't possible to know the RAM without physically opening the ...
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What limits Windows 7 x64 machines to <=192GB RAM?

I know motherboards, BIOS, etc may set lower limits on how much RAM we may install on individual machines. However, what defines the maximum RAM for Windows 7 x64? Is that a fundamental ...
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How do I interpret the statistics of a memtest run?

I have a notebook here that I suspect has a faulty memory module. I therefore downloaded Memtest86+ and let it run. Note that the screenshot is not my actual one, it's provided by memtest86+ How ...
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Disable compressed memory in Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks?

Is there any way to disable memory compression in Mavericks? Ever since I upgraded, my Minecraft server has been using ludicrous amounts of CPU time and choking. I'd like to test without compressed ...
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Doesn't metadata occupy any size?

I put 4096 characters in a text file and save it.Since every character is 1 byte, Size of the text file must be 4K byte.As you see below that's OK: I connect my flash memory to my computer. the ...
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How does VirtualBox's memory usage work?

I've been running several VM's with VirtualBox, and the memory usage reported from various perspectives, and I'm having trouble figuring how much memory my VMs actually use. Here is an example: I ...
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What applications, if any, benefit tangibly from more than 4GB of RAM? [closed]

I looked through here for a bit, but didn't see this question. I am questioning whether it is worth putting more than 4GB of RAM into my current desktop, and whether there are applications that will ...
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Will my computer slow down if I install multiple operating systems?

Many of my friends have said that installing multiple operating systems on a single PC slows down individual OS's because the total RAM gets divided among the OS's. Is there any truth in the above ...
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16GB Ram - Force Windows 7 to use as much RAM as possible?

I was wondering if there is any way to configure Windows to consume MORE ram. I have a desktop PC with 16 GB of ram and only 2 is used on a normal workload. The maximum which i witnessed till now is ...
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Firefox needs 1 GB of RAM

I work as a web developer and for that I'm using Firefox with Firebug. Recently, I have noticed that after two hours of work, the firefox.exe process needed more than 1 GB of my working memory! ...