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#1 Roadblock

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 12:40 PM

Hey i'm not new to computers, but im not very knowledgable with RAM and stuff.... just wondering if its normal that from the 3gb of RAM i have installed in my computer that, .50gb of it is taking away from the available physical memory, and where does the source of that come from, cuz i know that my running processes don't take up nearly that much... Is it from all the services and stuff active? Thx :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:48 PM

If you have windows vista (especially premium, business, or ultimate), it does use half a gig of ram just to operate. It's a memory hog. Now if you have an older version of windows, it shouldn't be that much.
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Posted 29 June 2007 - 02:36 PM

i got windows xp >.<... anyway to fix this? or suggestions on how to decrease this

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 04:09 PM

Another question, do you have onboard video?
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Posted 29 June 2007 - 04:32 PM

Hit ctrl, alt, delete, click processes tab then click the little memory usage tab to see whats using the most.
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Posted 29 June 2007 - 05:32 PM

naww man i just spend 2000$ on my comp i got top end stuff.. so nope not on onboard video card... and not many high proceeses are running just my av and firewall, and lil things such as video drivers, mouse configurations etc

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 05:37 PM

I'd suggest you download, run, and post a log from - S I W.


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Posted 30 June 2007 - 01:33 PM

Well someone tell me what they wanna see out of this system info program cause theres many choices, thx

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Posted 30 June 2007 - 08:26 PM

If you have 3 gigs 1/2 of one is nothing to worry about. 2.5 gigs is just about as good as 3, but 3 is nearing overkill.
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Posted 30 June 2007 - 10:52 PM

Is your computer infected with Malware? This could cause problems and hog RAM. Are there any pop-ups? Tray icons that your infamiliar with? Check all of this out as it may be a cause.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:19 AM

im pretty sure im not infected with any malware, i scan daily with spybot S&D aswell as a-squared free and not usually anything. And nothing seems out of the ordinary or different than it was before

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 01:54 AM

And just now i calculated all the proccesses running and it comes to roughly 250k.. which means theres another 250k which i have no idea where its coming from.. so technically it should be at 2.75g available physical memory and not 2.5.... Any else have some suggestions? would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 07:48 AM

I really wouldn't worry much about it. It really won't make a difference at all with your speed. For instance, I found one of my 512mb sticks of ram was bad, so I took it out and put a 256mb in. So I had 768mb of ram, and really could not tell much of a difference from a full 1gb. Especially when you already have 2.5gb's the extra 256mb won't make a noticeable difference in my opinion.
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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:11 AM

I really wouldn't worry much about it. It really won't make a difference at all with your speed. For instance, I found one of my 512mb sticks of ram was bad, so I took it out and put a 256mb in. So I had 768mb of ram, and really could not tell much of a difference from a full 1gb. Especially when you already have 2.5gb's the extra 256mb won't make a noticeable difference in my opinion.


I second that.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 07:19 PM

Where are you getting the numbers for the available physical memory? Have you checked the System applet, the Performance tab of Task Manager, or the dxdiag screen? Each may give a different number as Windows accounts differently for memory depending on how you're reading it (this issue is a bit more straightforward with the new WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model)).
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