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#1 phineas_rage

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

Hey everyone. I recently purchased a new ASUS notebook, and upon startup I am using a lot more RAM than I would have expected. This is my first windows 7 computer, and even after a good deal of my own research I am having difficulty figuring out what processes are necessary to have running. First, some specs:

ASUS N53SM
2nd gen Core
6G RAM
NVIDIA Geforce GT

I turned off any applications that I have installed from opening on startup, and will I am using close to or over 2 GBs of RAM upon startup, without opening any applications.

I have attached my HijackThis log, along with my startup and msconfig windows.

Thanks! Also, please let me know if any other information could help, or if I am worrying about nothing.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:03 AM

Are you experiencing any problems with the computer?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:42 AM

It is just really slow to startup and uses what I would think is excess RAM without opening anything. When I do start running applications (Firefox, iTunes, basic stuff) I end up at 45-50% of my RAM. I just wonder what will happen when I try to start running multiple work applications for data analysis, or something more intensive like photoshop or any games. I guess I just feel like giving up 2 Gigs of RAM to background processes is wasteful.

thanks for the reply!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:52 AM

It doesn't matter how much ram it's using. What matters is whether or not the system is exhibiting problems or running smoothly. What good is ram if it isn't being used? Don't worry about how much ram the system is using.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 01:11 PM

I'm sensitive to RAM use not having much. Programs often have stuff running in the background that is unnecessary, or will have things start up automatically at boot up that is also not necessary. Stopping these from running will conserve system resources and will make your RAM available for what you really need it for. Some programs take a LOT of RAM when in use, and if background processes are unnecessarily using it, it won't be available for these RAM intensive programs.

This topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic33012.html discusses startups and how to use the Startup Database on Bleeping Computer.

If you have any questions about startups, you can post your question in this forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum85.html

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