Folks, I wonder if the view that one selects for folders affects memory usage. The views are Thumbnails, Tiles, Icon, List, and Details. I have selected the view according to the type of file for some of the folders, for example the My Pictures folder I use the Thumbnail view, for the document files I use Icon, but for some I use list. The rest I have accepted happenstance. I plan to get more memory in the future, and another computer, but not right now. I have XP Professional, SP2, AMD Athlon, 1.19 GHz, 512 MB RAM, and a 120 GB hard drive. Without a browser, mail client, or word processor open, and realtime programs running, Prevx 2, NOD32 version 3, PGP Desktop 9.6, WordWeb Pro, Sandboxie 3.20 (only uses about 8 MB RAM - 2 processes; I sandbox the browsers when surfing), plus the usual system applications I usually have 270 MB RAM free. I have multi-tasked with three or four other programs open (for example Rough Draft, Nvu, a browser, while browsing for info) without any problems, and the RAM free has dropped to the low 100s - a few times to 75 or 80 MB RAM. I keep the system clean of junk files. I have all unnecessary services disabled, uninstalled telnet; although this may improve performance, it also reduces threat surface. I try to use as many applications written in Assembly or partially in Assembly. I do need more RAM, about a gig total. With it this system will last me some more years. Until I can afford the RAM, I need to lower my RAM usage more. I have done the usual like in Visual Effects; I turned all off except Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts and the last three.
In the folder view for non-image files I like the list view; I can usually see all that is in the folder with that view. But I dont really need the Thumbnails view as the default for any folder since it can be changed temporarily when needed. Which View uses the least memory? Please, save the time experimenting. I'm lazy.
My computer in NYC has a gig of RAM. Both the networks, Alabama (where I spend most of my time) and NYC have Macs too; this is one of the reasons I'm poor probably. I need the advice for the 'Bama one. Aside: I use the Macs for my music systems.
Edited by saint satin stain, 19 November 2007 - 04:38 PM.