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

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How can I detect the amount of memory slots I have?

I know that there used to be a Corsair memory detection tool, but I can no longer find it. I didn't find anything when searching Google. I would like to scan my machine to know a few things: How ...
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svchost.exe (LocalServiceNetworkRestricted) uses excessive RAM on startup

I'm running Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 with a Core i5 CPU and 4 GB of RAM that I bought July of 2014. Though I have had a good experience, there's one problem, as you can see from the ...
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Can a filled up swap partition cause file locking issues on linux

I have a machine at home running elementary OS 0.2 with very little RAM, the swap is always allmost full (I'll upgrade the RAM as soon as I can.) It has an OpenSSH server set up with public key ...
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Using really old RAM on a not quite as old (but still old) computer [on hold]

I have a couple RAM cards, 16Mx64 SDRAM PC133 and 128MB, SDR DIMM E. Newer Computer is and AMD Athlon 5000 dual core, 2200Mhz. Could I use either of these RAM cards in the computer?
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Gaming write-to-disk amount

I'm wondering (and I can't seem to find any relevant information) how much does gaming specifically use in disk writing? I know "gaming" is quite generic, but I'm comparing this to classic desktop ...
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Computer slowing down after several Print to PDF requests

I recently asked about Memory not unloading and was helped by the answers I've got, but recently understood the problem is something different, so I'm posting a new question. The problem is that when ...
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Can I combine 1x8 DDR2 256mb ram with 1x16? If not, which is better?

I recently obtained a Dell Dimension 5150 which appears to have had some RAM modifications too it. I found the following inside: 2x Samsung 256mb 1Rx16 PC2-4200U-444-12-C3 2x Samsung 256mb 1Rx8 ...
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Can I run Skyrim on Mac with Bootcamp with my machine?

Here's the situation: I've tried running Skyrim on my Mac using a demo of Crossover 13.2. My Mac looks like this: V 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) 2.93 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3 NVIDIA ...
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Can hibernating the computer damage the RAM?

I always hibernate my laptop. One of my friends said that hibernating the computer will cause damage to the RAM. From his point of view he said that suspended RAM data stored on the hard disk will ...
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Does every OS need RAM?

Is there an OS which can be used without RAM, specifically the kind I can create a bootable pendrive from and use it in the computer? This gets awkward, since booting is essentially loading OS in ...
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Will I perceive speed improvement with more ram?

I have a Toshiba Satellite L855-S5240. The current specs are, Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor2.5 GHz, (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0), 3MB L3 Cache Mobile Intel® HM76 Express ...
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Check whether my Transcend DDR2 2 GB PC DRAM (JM800QLU-2G) is new or secondhand [on hold]

I ordered new RAM Online. Only after placing the order did I noticed that some reviews state that they got secondhand product. Is there any way to find whether the product is new? or can I get ...
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How can I improve the performance of my computer?

I have had my computer for a long time now and even though I try to keep things clean, it seems relatively slow. Particularly, the windowing system seems to lag frequently. Windows fade in slowly ...
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Dual Monitor Setup

I wanted to have a dual monitor setup, but it won't detect my 2nd monitor. I already went into BIOS and enabled the onboard graphics as well as the surround view. I've tried it before and it worked. ...
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Can I determine this RAM slot is damaged? [duplicate]

While playing around with some old parts, I ended up with the following hardware setup: Mobo: ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA (2x DDRII slots) RAM: 2x Kingston DDRII 533 1GB (KVR533D2N4/1G) I noticed ...
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Aptana Studio 3: allow more than ~1300MB memory for JVM

Moved from Stack Overflow. I'm running Aptana Studio 3.6.1 on 64-bit Windows 7. Aptana site states that the IDE is compatible with 64-bit environments. When attempting to use a 64-bit Java version, ...
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Evaluate memory throughput

I use memtest86+ since years to evaluate memory throughput, allowing me to be sure everything is ok before putting a server in action. With one motherboard I can't have this information: The ...
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Windows 8.1 only uses 50% of RAM

Windows 8.1 uses only 50% of my installed 4GB memory which causes games to crash. System information state that 3.71GB are usable). The picture below is from my Task Manager showing the memory ...
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Graphic RAM allocation for GTA V

I've bought GTA V PC version few days ago and as you know it's a heavy game and if you're gonna play it maxed out you will need more than 3 GB of graphic RAM. I have a HD 7870 2GB graphic card and 8GB ...
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Is it better to have four times 4 GB or two times 8 GB of RAM? [duplicate]

I know there is a very similar question to this here: Is it better to have four times 2 GB or two times 4 GB of RAM? However, this is at a different scale and I was wondering if it is true for this ...
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Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?

I have been looking to a bunch of videos and I now understand a bit better how computers work. I understand a bit better as well what is the RAM, the volatile and non-volatile memories or the process ...
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Why is my private memory usage so low compared to commit memory?

After 120 hours of stable uptime on a Windows 7 computer (with hibernates instead of restarts between days), Windows has done something strange: programs consume large amounts of memory as usual, but ...
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What is the real importance of RAM Timing?

When we choose memory for our stuff or servers we always are careful about Memory Size , Bus Speed, but most people never care about RAM timing; what is the meaning of this feature, and what is its ...
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Can a “Dual Rank Memory Module” be used as a single module and not have it affect other slots?

Current configuration My laptop is capable of supporting up to 32 GB. I presently have 4 slots filled with the following memory: Samsung 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600MHz non-ECC Unbuffered CL11 ...
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Best option to improve an aging gaming computer (low budget)? [on hold]

I'm coming to you because I need your helpful advices about my girlfriend's rig. It's becoming really old and she won't be able to buy a whole new computer anytime soon. As it's nearly it's birthday, ...
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Mixed messages about upgrading RAM beyond manufacturer-supported memory

I really just want to confirm a few things. I have an HP laptop, and I have got mixed information. First off, this is the laptop I own: HP Pavilion dv6-6153ea I ran the Crucial system scanner and ...
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Is it possible to limit the memory an application is allowed to use?

I've used tools to effectively reduce the amount of RAM available to all applications, but is there something to do the same on a per application basis? Specifically, I'm looking to limit the memory ...
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Firefox Consumes A Lot Of RAM After Security Update

All was okay before 3.6.18 but after security update it started eating a lot of RAM and spiking frequent high CPU usage. Here are screenshots: Currently have running Internet Explorer 8.0, Chrome ...
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Netbook's fried motherboard. Can the RAM be safely salvaged?

I gave a RAM module to a relative for using in a small netbook. The motherboard of said computer got fried (allegedly due to overheating) and I was planning on getting the module back for using in its ...
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What am I looking for when using Memtest86?

I was told to download Memtest86 in order to check to see if RAM has any issues. I am at the main technical page and I’m not really sure what to look for. I have already run the test and it says there ...
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DDR3 10600U ram compatible with 1067? [on hold]

I did check the manual but just want to confirm before actually insert. I have Samsung M378B5673Eh1-CH9 1004 PC3-10600U RAM. How to know if they are compatible with DDR3 1067? Thanks.
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Does adding more RAM affect the frame rate in games? [closed]

I have a laptop that has an AMD A8-6410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics running Windows 8.1 (64 bit). It currently has 4GB RAM installed. When I play "Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)", I get a ...
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Why is Process Explorer reporting activity in non-existent dedicated GPU memory?

I've been playing around with Process Explorer on a laptop of mine with Windows 7, 4 GB of RAM, and an onboard GPU(ATI Radeon 6480g as part of the A4 APU). Oddly enough, Process Explorer reports 1.5GB ...
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Upgrading RAM on Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1303

I'm trying to figure out why Toshiba says that I can't upgrade the RAM on a Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1303 that I just bought. It has 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz and says: (Memory is not user ...
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HP Laptop Memory upgrade

I'm planning on upgrading memory on my i5 HP Pavilion dv6 laptop since it seems to be the cheapest way to increase its speed. Right now I have 4GB with 70+% of memory used with Chrome(10 websites ...
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What can I use to monitor memory used by a single program? [on hold]

I need to find out how much memory my program is using, at a given moment (i would add objects and see how much the memory is increased... I need this for benchmarking) I do not have admin rights... ...
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Hard Faults with 12GB of RAM on Windows 7

I am a total newbie in matter of hardware. In order to increase the performance of my laptop (Asus ROG G75VW) for multitasking (I had only 4GB and Android Studio, Genymotion, Firefox, etc. were too ...
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strace to discover sudo password persistence location

strace/dtrace/ltrace ... useful for lots of things, from finding hidden access violations to network socket tracing, but maybe it can't see all. I haven't been able to figure out using strace (it ...
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Occasional BSOD at Windows 8 cold boot

My new computer with Windows 8 Pro occasionally shows BSOD with sad smile, but only during cold boot. CPU: i7-3770 MB: ASUS P8B75-M BIOS v.1002 MEM: 32GB (4x8Gb) Geil After the system has loaded, ...
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Show historic hardware changes in windows 7

Brief question: In Windows 7, Is there a log where I can see the ram memory of the system at different dates? Explanation: A friend of mine have detected some missing hardware (ram sticks) on some ...
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GIMP fails to load large image

I have an approximately 7 gigabyte .ppm image, which I wish to open with GIMP. My computer (Windows 8) has 16GB of RAM, so I figured that GIMP should be able to open it fairly easily, as I have set ...
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Why is my computer really slow despite having a considerable amount of free memory?

I have a Lenovo g560 3-4 years old, Intel i5, with 2GB ram and with a Geforce 310M. It always had some issues during startup or when starting a new program, but recently it just went crazy. From the ...
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Why does my desktop PC crash after upgrading or installing new memory card?

Before I start detailing my issue with my computer system, I would like to let you know that my system is Compaq Presario SR1817CL Desktop PC. I bought this computer back in 2004 or 2005. Since then, ...
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How to diagnose ballooning OS X kernel_task and wired memory usage?

I have a very strange issue, which I'm having a hard time diagnosing as to the root cause. I have a Mac Pro (2008, 8-core 2.8 GHz, 8800GT) with 14 GB of RAM (recently upgraded because of this ...
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VirtualBox is unable to allocate cached memory on windows (not considering it as available)

Host: Windows 7 64x bit, 6 GB of RAM Guest: Red Hat 64x bit Host machine resources without running any VMs: Windows Resources [Case I] Guest machine with 2 GB memory When I run a memory ...
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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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Memory Leak in Firefox?

After using Firefox for several days without restarting, my memory usage is extremely high. I have around 40-50 tabs open. Just now my memory usage was over 4gb and Firefox was extremely slow. After ...
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Ram speed compatibility [closed]

I have an Asus motherboard and I was going to upgrade my memory. The memory I was going to buy isn't listed in the manual. Would there be an issue? The board supports 1866 MHz and the memory is 1866. ...
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Stick of Memory won't fit into my computer

I bought some Memory/RAM that doesn't fit my computer's current slots, I'm not sure what I did wrong when I ordered them, but what I did notice was that the base of the stick, is different compared to ...
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Disproportionate amount of RAM usage

I'm doing my bi-annual clean up right now, and one disconcerting thing I noticed was my task manager listing my RAM usage at about 67-70%. I have 16GB of RAM (I do a lot of multi-tasking, a la game ...