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

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Getting gratuitous amounts of soft page faults when loading games and watching flash video

My computer has a strange issue when playing games that load assets on the fly. Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong places, but I seem to be unable to find anyone with a similar issue. In case it's not ...
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Performance of Multiple RAM Sticks Compared to Single Sticks

It's no secret that using two physical drives gives better performance than two partitions on the same physical drive; because there are two devices, they each have their own platters, head, caches, ...
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What used the linux memory? Low cache, low buffer, not a VM

First of all, yes, I have read LinuxAteMyRAM, which doesn't explain my situation. # free -tm total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 48149 43948 ...
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Why can't graphics cards just have more memory?

Something I never understood, why do graphics cards usually have small amounts of memory on them? I know memory isn't everything, but surely it's pretty cheap just to load 4gb of memory on any old ...
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Is there any advantage to having more than 16 GB RAM on a Windows developer machine?

Assuming a machine (Dual Quad Core Xeon (2.26 GHz) with 24 GB RAM) running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. How many VMs can I expect to run at the same time with good performance? Is this overkill? ...
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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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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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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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Why aren't there PCIe RAM expansions?

Perhaps I may be overlooking some aspect that is an important cause as to why these don't exist, but I feel that having RAM expansions through PCIe would be perfectly feasible. I know that a lot of ...
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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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Is it normal that successive passes by memtest86 are taking longer?

It took 35 min to complete one pass (the default config was for four passes) so I took a leap and assumed that the test would be over in ~105 minutes. I came back 3 hours later, expecting it to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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 to empty file cache on Mac 10.9.3

I have a macbook pro running osx 10.9.3 with 8 GB of RAM I use an app which monitors my RAM and displays it in the menu bar, and after copying several large files onto my mac from an external drive ...
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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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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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How can I find out processes are using swap space?

I have a linux server top reports about 9GB of swap used: But I cannot figure where's it use swap, some google results said that top - O commad follow by p will show swap usage by process. But as ...
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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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Mac OS X sysctl get total and free memory size

How to get on MAC OS X using sysctl used and free memory ? Searched for sysctl -a | grep vm or sysctl -a | grep mem but didn't found anything relevant.
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Auto-restart mysql when it dies

I have a rackspace server that I have been renting to run my personal projects upon. Since I am cheap, it has 256Mb of RAM and honestly can't handle alot. Every once in a while, when there is a sharp ...
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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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Crysis on Windows 8.1 triggers low-memory warning

A more specific case of "How do I make the Windows low memory warning less sensitive?". Please don't migrate this post to Arqade; I was directed to post this question here from Arqade. I just got a ...
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Why is my swap used even if my physical RAM isn't full?

Sometimes I have observed in Ubuntu's System Manager that without the physical RAM being used completely, the swap memory starts getting used. Why is it so?
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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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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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Android - Emulator takes a long time to start up

I have successfully installed Android-SDK in my computer. Generally, I test application with my real android Device (HTC HERO) so it is fast to test an application on a real device. But when I try to ...
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How to find source of memory leak in Windows 7?

I've got a Windows 7 machine that keeps running low in RAM. I can see the free RAM going down over a few hours until the point the machine becomes unresponsive. I've checked the process list and none ...
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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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What command to issue to find if my RAM is either DDR2 or DDR3

Fedora 14 HP Netbook 210 Mini My netbook had 1 GB of DDR3 memory. However, that wasn't enough. So I decided to replace the 1 GB with a 2GB or DDR3. However, what command can I issue to be sure ...
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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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Too much hardware reserved memory

Background My parents have a Gateway lx6810-01 that had 32 bit Windows Vista Home Premium. It has two 4 GB sticks of RAM installed (GSkill F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT), totaling 8 GBs. The RAM came with the ...
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Firefox: Viewing a specific SVG file turns the system unresponsive

Important: Several SuperUser regulars are currently trying to narrow down the scope and cause of this issue. We are currently seeking willing volunteers to fill out the form here after performing ...
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Windows 7 x64 installation freezes on new PC build

Symptoms While attempting to install Windows 7 (64 bit) on my new PC build, it freezes usually at the point where it is expanding the windows image, but has frozen as early as accepting the licence ...
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What to put on RAMDisk on Windows?

I got a lot of RAM installed in my PC recently and I looked into this RAMDisk thing. There are two things I've found from my investigation: You should not mess with Windows native pagefile/memory ...
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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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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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Rewiring GPU with RAM? [closed]

So what I want to do is to solder the copper wire as shown in my scheme using zinc-lead-tin alloy, provided that I will remove the VRAM (connected to the RAM) so I could replace it with the wire. I ...
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Why is ram for the new macbooks so expensive?

I was pricing up a new Macbook unibody 17" and whilst following my general rule of giving a laptop as much ram as it can physically take, I fell off my chair when I saw the price. $1000 US for an ...
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How to measure total RAM usage of a program under Windows?

I was comparing the memory usage of different portable browsers but this question is general for all programs that open up in several sub-processes in task manager. See the screenshot from ...
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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 will happen if I remove the RAM while the computer is on?

What will happen if I remove the RAM while the computer is on?
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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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Where is the data inside a disk image stored when it is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM?

I wanted to know what type of memory is consumed when a disk image is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM (for example, when we mount a .ISO file using Daemon Tools) and where is the data inside the disk ...