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Memory Usage Of Views In Folders


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#1 saint satin stain

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 04:27 PM

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.

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Posted 19 November 2007 - 04:35 PM

XP by design uses as much RAM as it can for faster system performance.
Are you getting any memory errors?
What are your virtual memory settings?
Look in task manager under Commit Charge. Is your peak getting real close to your limit?
That tells the real story on memory usage.
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:32 AM

No memory errors. VM setting 1536 MB for initial and max. Commit charge 398 M / 2016 M.

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 11:34 AM

I generally prefer Details as my default view because of the kind of information it provides. The Thumbnail view will take much longer to load, because each of the little pictures must be brought up on screen; in large folders, this can be a usage hog, and take some time. I find picture viewers such as Picassa2 (from Google) much faster than using Windows thumbnail.
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 07:37 AM

Any way to turn off Thumbnail view entirely? And is it advisable? Do the first with an outside image viewer? Would this increase the realtime load on RAM resources?

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:37 AM

You can turn off Thumbnails (at least it worked for me) by opening up Windows Explorer, clicking on a folder and setting the view to "List" or "Details" - then go to the Tools menu, then to Folder Options, then to the View tab and click on the Apply to all folders button. Be sure to have the "Remember each folder's view settings" is checked in the dropdown box in the View tab.

Item 277 on this page ( http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm ) says it will change your registry to enable/disable the view. I tried this on my XP Virtual Machine and it may doesn't appear to do much, even with a reboot.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:15 PM

My default view for almost all folders is list view; it seems to decrease the use of resources. I also changed my security apps, eliminated some, and installed ones with smaller RAMpriint.

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