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Jim Hill
2 Iron

How much RAM is adequate?

My Dimension XPSM200s has 64 meg of ram, the maximum that can be installed on the motherboard. The Norton System Doctor physical memory sensor currently indicates 0.7 MB is free. I have Eudora, Earthlink, and Word operating. However, this amount of free RAM isn't unusual; it often drops to zero.

When I purchased my 4100 Pentium III with Windows Me, I decided I wouldn't have this no-free-ram problem again. Computer magazines seemed to think 128 meg was fine, so I purchased 256 meg. I thought of 512 meg, but it was pretty pricey. Nothing is currently running except System Doctor and I have 17.5 meg of ram free!! I've installed Norton SystemWorks, and Partition Magic (currently not running), and have the Microsoft Office upgrade. Everything else came with the computer. I started Word briefly (it wouldn't run without registering), and available ram dropped to 14.4 megs. I used Norton to check ram, and I actually have 256 meg. What's wrong?
Jim


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PCHelpLIVE
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RE: How much RAM is adequate?

Things to think about when it comes to low resources are how many application are in your startup group and how many application you run normally. Some applications are resource hogs.

If you are running Win98 or ME I would not go above 512MB. The OS can used anything more than that so you would be wasting your cash. You sound like you have plenty of RAM. I always get 128MB minimum and ideal 256MB. (Just my opinion) Thats unless you do alot of graphics work?






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jakeleg
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RE: How much RAM is adequate?

Jim Hill:

There is nothing wrong with your machine. First of all, "System Resources" have nothing to do with RAM.

See:
http://www.infinisource.com/techfiles/win-resources.html

As for your available RAM, Windows sets up a disc cache so that memory is readily accessable. For a good explanation of this see:

http://www.aumha.org/a/memmgmt.htm

j

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PCHelpLIVE
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RE: How much RAM is adequate?

jakeleg is correct on all counts Smiley Happy


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Azlan
2 Iron

RE: How much RAM is adequate?

You could try using a fixed swap file, say 384MB for both minimum and maximum sizes.

System properties > Performance tab > VirtualMemory.

128-256MB is usually more than enough for most users, and unless you're planning to open an ad company, don't waste for >512megs.

Don't settle for the 'you can never have enough RAM' when it could in fact be redundant.


Azlan

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synapse88
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RE: How much RAM is adequate?

I found the following two sites helpful when dealing with system resources/memory issues:

http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/

http://www.3feetunder.com/krick/startlist.htm

Those pages will help you edit your startup list to free resources. Also check your startup folder Start-Programs-Startup and make sure anything there needs to be there.



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Jim Hill
2 Iron

RE: How much RAM is adequate?

I normally consider a thank-you post a waste of bandwidth, but here's an exception.. thanks to each person! Resources could have been my next question (I'm sure I have a big resource problem with my XPS M200S, but am still working on my new computer), and I have answers for both topics.
Jim

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