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

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How does RAM frequency and latency differ? How does it affect performance?

I have a question regarding two specifications of RAM memory, the amount of Mhz and the latency timings (example: 9-9-9-24). Which one of the two is most important for system performance and why? ...
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Is this RAM usage normal (huge non-paged pool)?

I bought an ultrabook today. It boots extremely quickly and everything, so obviously some sophisticated techniques are involved, but I'm confused because task manager shows over 80% RAM usage when I'm ...
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How to check RAM timings in linux?

In windows, CPUz provides info about memory timings. Is it possible to view that in linux? Is there any app that can show me the memory timings of the RAM currently installed in my system? EDIT: I ...
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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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Just Dropped A RAM Inside Plastic Casing - Is it Dead?

I just dropped some laptop-sized RAM while it was in it's plastic wrapping onto my keyboard of my laptop. What's the chances of it failing because of this drop? If the RAM fails, would the failure ...
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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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Why does my sytem only uses 3.2GB of my 4GM RAM?

I am using win 7 64 bit. I tried the solution given here, didn't help. David's answer makes me think this is futile. Is there anything else to try? Updates: Notice that I have a graphic card on ...
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How to enable 4GB in my Windows 7 64 bit?

I have the following machine configuration: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1 x 2048 MBytes memory chip 2 x 1024 MBytes memory chip 1 x Radeon HD 4870 Motherboard : Gigabyte 945P-S3 Windows 7 RTM 64-bit In ...
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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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Will adding more RAM speed up my computer?

Apparently, you can speed up your computer by adding more RAM. Is the amount of ram to be added is directly or indirectly related to the amount of hard-disk space, processor speed, Motherboard etc... ...
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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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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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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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limits.conf to set memory limits

I would like to limit any process from using more than 500 MB of RAM. AFAIK this is done using RSS in /etc/security/limits.conf but the process called gnome-panel apparently is using 618436 kB of ...
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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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Why does my 32bit ubuntu see 8GB of RAM?

I have just installed a fresh copy of ubuntu 11.04 32 bit and I was surprised to see that the OS can see my 8GB of RAM not like Windows 32 bit OS. How does it work? How is the address mapping ...
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Do errors in Memtest86+ definitively mean something is wrong with my RAM?

I recently built a new computer for somebody. Everything seemed fine at first, but when I went to install the OS (tried both Windows XP and Windows 7), both installers would fail. XP failed with a ...
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Is a computer's DRAM size not as important once we get a Solid State Drive?

I am thinking of getting a Dell X11 netbook, and it can go up to 8GB of DRAM, together with a 256GB Solid State Drive. So in that case, it can handle quite a bit of Virtual PC running Linux, and Win ...
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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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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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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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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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Only 3.2GB of 4GB RAM detected on 64-bit Debian

I'm running Debian Squeeze (x64): # uname -srvmo Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Jan 16 16:22:28 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux I have 2 compatible 2 GB sticks of DDR2 in my G31M-S motherboard. It ...
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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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Why do we need to set swap space as twice big as our physical memory?

When we want to setup a linux system, there is a common a suggestion to set the swap space twice as big as your physical memory. I want to know why do we need this, and how it is this suggestion come ...
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Can I launch a Windows exe with a simulated reduced amount of RAM?

I have an older application that crashes on launch on a Windows 7-64 bit machine. The root cause, according to the internets, is apparently I have too much memory and the app has some bug when it ...
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What's the difference between unbuffered and fully buffered memory?

I'm not new to computers, but somehow I've missed the fact that there are different types of memory when it comes to being buffered or not. What's the difference between the two? The only thing I've ...
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4.00GB (3.25GB usable) in Windows 7 x64

I have set up Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on my PC. I have 4GB RAM and my BIOS states the correct amount (4096MB), but Windows (System Manager) says I have 4.00GB (3.25GB usable). This seems to be a ...
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Why do Resource Monitor and Task Manager's total RAM usage not even remotely add up to the total Physical Memory usage? [duplicate]

I have noticed this on many different Windows machine, on many different occasions: the RAM usage reported by Task Manager or Resource Monitor often seems to add up to an amount which is significantly ...
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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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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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Memory - Available vs Free?

I have windows 7 , with 8 GB ram. currently I see - I read here that : • Total is the amount of RAM installed on your computer, listed in megabytes (MB). (✔ ok). • Cached refers to the ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I limit the number of child processes that MySQL spawns?

Is there a way to limit the number of children than mysqld spawns? Or should one not worry about that? My VPS only has 512MB of RAM. Here's the output of htop, after I set max_connections to 6 and ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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svchost.exe using lots of memory slowing my PC down [duplicate]

On my Windows 7 32-bit. svchost.exe is using lots of Memory and slowing my PC down big time. I already have auto update turned off and it is on manual mode. How can I fix this problem? Thanks
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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 ...