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

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why is some of my swap space being used, when I still have unused RAM?

More of a curiosity than a problem; and, I admit, something of an embarassingly basic question: I've noticed that on many occasions, on my Linux machine I will have ~500MB of swap space in use, even ...
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How much more RAM does Windows 7 use than Windows XP?

I'm trying to figure out whether I need to go with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. I'd rather not, unless there's a big benefit, because even one or two missing 64-bit drivers or one app that doesn't ...
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What happens when you install > 4GB of RAM in a computer with a 32-Bit OS?

So I'm a programmer and I'm not a complete idiot so I know exactly why you can't access memory where you can't have pointers. But I've never tried this and I don't think I ever will because it seems ...
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How do I know when to upgrade RAM in Vista?

Task Manager: XP on the left, Vista on the right. On XP, I would check to see if Peak Commit Charge was approaching Total Physical Memory. When Peak exceeded Total during normal usage, the page ...
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If I doubled my RAM, would my memory usage go down?

My PC currently only has 1GB of RAM, and I am currently using 86% of that. With 2GB of RAM, would I be using 43% right now?
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Why does Firefox cause high-CPU-usage “spikes” every few seconds?

When I start Firefox, I have no problems for a while, but after a couple of days, CPU spikes start to occur. During a spike, Firefox freezes and then stops. Spikes occur every seven to ten seconds, ...
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Is storage hierarchy the path of data flow?

I was wondering if CPUs read and write data (almost) always following the hierarchy of storage: CPU <- register <- CPU cache memory <- main memory <- secondary storage ? If without ...
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Why are apps so slow initially when switch to them, even though I have free RAM?

On my Windows 7 (64-bit) PC, when I have a few resource hungry programs going, and half a dozen others, when I switch to an app that I haven't used for a while, it takes a long time to respond and I ...
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What exactly does “(OC)” mean in products description

Note: this is not a shopping recommendation request I want to buy a nice and fast RAM and a motherboard that supports it. Lets say that I would want to take this RAM (2400MHz), and put it into this ...
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Getting 'running low on memory errors' on Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB RAM

I have a new Dell laptop running Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB RAM. If I leave the system running overnight I start getting low memory errors the next day. Looking at Task Manager it shows 6.27GB used but ...
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Windows RAM Test Program

I'm recently getting blue screen of death on my Windows XP machine. I suspect that the culprit is the RAM I've just installed. Is there any program that I can use the test whether my RAM is good or ...
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Can a 800Mhz memory stick be used in a 400Mhz slot?

I have a 3 years old ThinkCentre (A52, type 8381). It has 1GB of RAM in 4 256MB sticks. According to the model spec, it supports 400Mhz DDR2 memory. I would like to increase the amount of RAM I have, ...
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How can I get more low memory with the following setup:

Modules using memory below 1 MB: Name Total = Conventional + Upper Memory -------- ---------------- ---------------- ---------------- MSDOS 14 317 (14K) ...
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Can Linux scrub memory?

Does Linux have a mechanism to "scrub" memory? e.g. testing the memory and marking areas as dirty if they fail so that the system can continue to operate "safely" even with bad ram chips installed?!
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Possible to force all disk activity to RAM?

I want to tell the operating system to stop using my hard disk and only use RAM as a cache instead. Optimally, I want to tell Windows to: a) pre-cache executable images and necessary bootstrap data ...
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How does hibernation work?

I'm wondering how hibernation works. Obviously it writes the contents of RAM to disk, but is there anything else? does it save/restore CPU state? cache state? anything else?
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Adding more RAM at different speeds? Will it impact performance as much as to make it worse than without adding it?

I got a new laptop with 4GBs of ram, expandable to 8GBs. It has 1 4GB stick DDR3 PC3-12800 at 1600Mhz. I can't seem to find another one exactly the same locally, the closest I've found is 1 4GB stick ...
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Running Operating System from memory

Assuming SSD's are extremely prone to faliure how economical would it be to load an OS into main memory and run it from there? I can think I can deal with a few obvious drawbacks (I've survived ...
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How can I determine which RAM module is failing Memtest86?

One or many of the memory cards out of total 4GB (4x1GB) are failing. The following is memtest progress screenshot. It is always pointing to memory at 19xx MB and 50xx MB. Error bits are always ...
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Mac OS X: What is using my 'active' memory?

I'm using a recent MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM and after a few hours of using it at work I notice the amount of 'active' memory growing and growing. Whenever I reboot my Mac, everything looks fine ...
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how do people recover data from ram?

I'm just curious. I've read about law enforcement and what not recovering incriminating data from ram to get evidence, but how is it done? What kind of equipment would one need to recover files from a ...
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Reduce “Metafile” memory usage?

My work computer (Windows 7 64-bit) spends a lot of time swapping memory when I switch between programs. This surprises me since I have 4 GB of RAM, and the programs I use aren't particularly RAM ...
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Intel SRT vs Superfetch

I'm about to retire my old computer, and replace it with a new Sandy Bridge build. I pretty much settled for a Z68 motherboard, but I couldn't decide if I will get solid-state drive (for use with ...
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Disk Usage 100%

Background Information / Computer Specs I have a 14-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Core i5 CPU, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000. I've had the computer for about 1.5 years with no major ...
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Identifying lost physical memory

I am having issues with a server running out of physical memory and I'm having troubles discerning whether it is from my application's Java process or something else on the server. Let's take the ...
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Does RAM timings with n-n-n-3n value perform better than anything else?

I want to ask something: Does RAM timings with n-n-n-3n (i.e. 8-8-8-24, 9-9-9-27, etc) perform better or is optimized more than the other who doesn't (i.e. 7-8-7-21, 9-9-9-24, etc)?
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Windows 7 x64 - How can I test my memory?

People tell me that my computer may have some bad RAM. Is there a way to test it without special equipment?
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Is a DDR3 MB compatible with DDR2 RAM?

If a motherboard's specifications say it supports DDR3 SDRAM sticks, would I be correct to assume it is also compatible with DDR2 RAM? Am I wrong, or does it depend on the motherboard?
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How do I check speed of my RAM?

How can i know the RAM speed of my laptop? it's an Asus K40IN-VX128 How do I make sure if the frequency is 667MHz or 800MHz, I was thinking of an upgrade.
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is it important to pair RAM by manufacturer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any benefits to using identical memory modules? I have a pair of mismatched RAM sticks in my laptop (slots 3 & 4 in the following image): I have a ...
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Why is my system so slow when I have so much RAM?

So I have a computer with 3.45 GB of RAM according to my OS (XP). I have 2 GB virtual RAM. My company pushes Excel to its limits of referencing other worksheets which eats up a lot of resources. ...
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What is more important for speed: Processor Speed or RAM? [closed]

I am about to buy a desktop, I narrowed it down to two choices, both are virtually identical (even in terms of price) but one has 4 GB of RAM and a 3.7 GHZ CPU the other has 8GB of RAM and a 2.7 GHZ ...
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Do I need to have 3 RAM DIMMs to use DDR3, or even be able to run a 3 channel CPU?

The Core i7 CPUs from Intel (Bloomfield in the Nehalem line) are an example of a CPU that handle 3 channels of memory input, and on an appropriate motherboard, ideally making use of 3 DIMMs the best ...
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What happens when a computer runs out of RAM?

A little ago, out of curiosity, I wrote a Java program that takes up a lot of memory very fast. (It adds BufferedImages to an arraylist in a loop.) I kept the Windows System Monitor open to observe ...
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How is a byte(s) loaded from a secondary-storage device in to RAM upon bootup, if RAM supposedly already contains bits in capacitors?

This has been on my mind today. If RAM's ICs contain bits stored in capacitors sitting there, how can you pull bits from somewhere and put them where something already is? For example, on bootup, ...
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How to see the content of RAM memory? [closed]

Is there any way to see the content of the RAM memory? From the first byte until the last one. I'd like to see where the OS and all the processes running on it are located in the RAM. Is this ...
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How does the CPU write infomation to ram?

My question is, how does the CPU write data to ram? From what I understand, modern CPU's use different levels of cache to speed up ram access. The RAM gets a command for information and then sends a ...
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Why can't Windows 7 x64 use all installed memory?

I'm running Windows 7 x64 RTM on a Dell Latitude D520 w/ 4gb memory. The system control panel reports: System type: 64-bit Operating System Installed memory: 4.00 GB (3.24 usable) Why isn't ...
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Why is the 8GB RAM I purchased only showing as 6GB?

I bought 8GB RAM from ebay. It was supposed to be 4GB + 2 x 2GB sticks. However, when I put in the RAM it only shows me 6GB. I thought it was only 4GB + 2GB modules working, however CPU-Z shows that ...
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Can I replace a SODIMM SDRAM with SODIMM DRAM in my laptop

Can I replace a SODIMM SDRAM with SODIMM DRAM in my Acer aspire 5742g? I want to update my memory, but all this types are confusing me. I looked at my computers memory and it says it has a SODIMM ...
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MemTest is returning large numbers of errors in Test 7, no matter what ram I use

I have been having issues with this computer, and since MemTest said that there were errors on my RAM, I figured replacing it would fix them... However, after replacing the old stick of RAM, I am ...
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Upgrading from 2GB to 8GB RAM

I have a TOSHIBA Satellite Laptop which has 2GB RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, T5750 2GHz. I am considering buying an additional 8GB RAM for the machine. I have little knowledge about hardware and ...
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4 GB of Ram installed but only 2.97GB usable. What gives? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? I just bought a used Macbook on eBay that came installed with 4 gb of ram. The first thing I did was installed Windows 7 using ...
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How do I detect the RAM memory chip specification from within a Linux machine

I'd like to add more RAM to my Ubuntu installation ( running on a Dell Inspiron 640m ). Is there any inbuilt command or package to find out the current RAM chip specifications (manufacturer, type, ...
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Triple vs. Dual Channel with 6 sticks of memory

Assuming a Core i7 with a x58 chipset (IOW, triple-channel is supported)... I'm trying to decide if I need to buy triple channel memory kits. The MB has 6 slots, and I will populate them all. So I've ...
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How can I restrict RAM usage for a particular user or process?

I'm using a background service that leaks memory from time to time. To prevent using the Alt+SysRq REISUB[1], I'd like to restrict the RAM usage for one process or a system user. I really would like ...
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What does the MHz of RAM really mean?

Countless of times I've heard and read that RAM-memory can have different speeds - denoted as MHz (e.g. 1066 MHz). However, what this frequency really is has never been explained to me and I'm having ...
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RAM not usable?

I just upgraded my RAM today by adding 2 x 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 sticks on top of my 2 x 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, making a total of 12GB of RAM. For some reason before the 4GB was all usable, but when I ...
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What kind of RAM do supercomputers use?

I was reading an article about one of the worlds fastest computers and this is one of the lines which interested me: To mimic this relatively minuscule amount of brainpower, researchers used the ...
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Is it the address bus size or the data bus size that determines “8-bit , 16-bit ,32-bit ,64-bit ” systems?

My simple understanding is as follows. Memory (RAM) is composed of bits, groups of 8 which form bytes, each of which can be addressed ,and hence byte addressable memory. Address Bus stores the ...