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Is too much ram slowing down your computer?

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Buswelu, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Buswelu

    Buswelu JF-Expert Member

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    RAM prices have dropped considerably within the past few months. At one point
    128mb of PC133 RAM costed over $100us when there was a shortage, now with the
    high demand of RAM, prices have dropped well under $0.50 a mb. Does too much
    make your computer slower?



    RAM is an important factor whether you have a 400Mhz computer or a 1.3 Ghz
    computer, the amount of RAM you have in your system determines how much data
    could be "fetched" from the fast paced RAM instead of looking for the
    next instruction in your harddrive which is many times slower.


    You may think that too much RAM would make your computer extremely fast and
    there is no limit on how much you could put. That's where people go wrong. When
    the computer needs to look for constant data in RAM, addressing space comes into
    play. For example if you are looking for someone's house in a small street, you
    have a better chance of finding the right house on the small street than on the
    big street. The big street is what you'd get if you overload your computer with
    RAM.


    What does overloading mean? Well as the example I have stated above, it would
    take you longer to find the proper directions and the right house if you were
    walking in a big city, where there are many addresses, while on a residential
    area if you know the street, you could find the house faster. This is what
    happens when you overload it takes the computer longer to find the right address
    of the data.


    Everything in RAM has a memory location, and your CPU fetches the data from a
    memory location, so if there are many to search through, it will hinder your
    performance. But also having too few address (too little RAM) would be like
    taking the longest way possible to find the data, in other words it would have
    to access your harddrive to find the information.


    Since most users use Win9x/ME, this version of windows which is for home
    computers, have a limit on how much RAM could be effictively used. I have on my
    machine 192Mb of ram, while other people have upwards of that, since as I
    mentioned before that prices are very cheap.


    How much is too much? If you don't run too many applications at the same time
    you could use 64Mb of RAM, but it will be kind of slow, since Windows and the
    applications will be using most of it. 128Mb is fine for most desktop users, who
    listen to mp3s while surfing the net and like chatting since these are not very
    memory intensive programs, assuming that you aren't using Windows Media Player 7
    which is uses a lot of memory for its visual effects. Even my computer slows
    down for a few seconds when loading the program. If you are into highly
    intensive games, I would suggest that you should run a minimum of 256mb, these
    games put a high strain on your computer and 256mb should be enough that the
    game doesn't have to access your harddrive too often, which slows down the game.


    Windows 9x/ME as I stated before were built for home use, not for highly
    intensive programs. There is a limit on what is enough ram on the win9x core
    OSes (win95,win98,winME) and that is 512Mb. There have been a lot of benchmarks
    out there with comptuers that have 512Mb and more and the results show that
    computer performance suffers since there is so much RAM that it takes the CPU
    longer to find the data. Unlike Win9x/ME, Windows NT and Windows 2000 were
    designed for use in servers where there would be a lot of strain and massive
    amounts of dataflow. WinNT/2k can handle effieciently upwards of 512Mb of Ram.
    If you are a WinNT/2k user than you won't have a performance decrease if you use
    512Mb.


    WinNT/2k could handle more than 1Gb of ram effieciently, since there are
    servers out there that are using that much memory.


    So even though RAM prices are dropping a lot, you don't want to hinder your
    overall performance, that was the reason why you bought more ram was to increase
    performance, not decrease it. I would suggest that anyone who uses Win9X/ME stay
    under that 512Mb limit since it will slow down your computer



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  2. o

    omba Member

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    Ok ,Is Win9X "sawa na" winXP?
    If yes and true, thats why my pc(laptop) is too slow(has got 1GB).Is any one know how can I do so as to reduce the size of RAM from 1GB to 512Mb to make it work fast??
    From my knowledge I thought it is possible to change PC RAM and not (laptop)
     
  3. Kilongwe

    Kilongwe JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu Unapozungumzia Windows 9x unazungumzia windows zenye series za 95..hadi 98 millennium edition na hizi nyingi zilikuja kwa ajili ya kutumika kwenye network so sio sawa na XP kwani baada ya windows 9X series tukaja na windows 2000,XP,VISTA...
    Kuhusu RAM kubwa au ndogo ni kuwa ukubwa au udogo wote ni lugha tata kwani unatakiwa kuangalia vitu vingi,kama Processor(CPU),Connector iliyotumika kuunganisha HDD yako kwenda kwenye CPU...
    Labda nikupe ka Picha kidogo..wewe unapofanya kitu chochote kwenye Computer yako iwe Laptop au Desktop au Server kuna mambo mengi yanatokea ila labda la muhimu ni kuwa ukae ukijua ni kuwa Computer huwa inaprocess data moja badala ya nyingine na sio data zote kwa pamoja kama Watu wengi tunavyofikiri,ssa kwa mfano Wewe unasikiliza muziki na vilevile unaplay Game,computer inakamtindo cha foleni na jinsi inavyohandle hicho kafoleni kidogo ni story ndefu(Unaweza kuangalia mambo ya Data Structure kwenye Que and Stack)so wale wote ambao wapo kwenye kafoleni computer huwa inawapa kahifadhi ambacho ni hiyo RAM,sasa chukua mfano Bomba la maji,barabara,Uwanja ambao foleni ya ndoo zitajipanga na Mkinga maji...(CPU,Connectors,RAM na Program inayorun respectively) sasa huyu mkinga maji yeye anaenda kuchota maji na kwakuwa ameona kuna foleni so naye hana budi ya kupanga foleni,sasa chukulia hizi case mbili

    1.UWANJA UNAUWEZO WA KUWEKA NDOO NYINGI KULIKO IDADIINAYOWEZA KUHUDUMIWA NA BOMBA(COMPUTER YAKO INA RAM KUBWA KULIKO SPEED YA CPU-speeD inapimwa in Hertz wakati RAM inakuwa in Bytes so hapa kuna kahusiano ambacho sio direct)
    Ndoo zitakuwa nyingi na kila mtu atakuwa anasubiri muda wake ufike,mwenye bomba inabidi aanze kutumia njia ya ziada ili kuondoa umati anaouona na kama kuna line line nyingine inabidi zifungwe ili asave kwa hii iliyojaa watu,katika computer hii inatokea kwa computer yako kuwa slow kwani inabidi ku CPU kustopisha baadhi ya process na hata kuwa katika Non responding state mida mingine -Hii concept ni nzito kidogo kuichambua kwa maandishi
    2.UWANJA UNAUWEZO WA KUWEKA NDOO CHACHE KULIKO IDADI INAYOWEZA KUHUDUMIWA NA BOMBA(COMPUTER YAKO INA RAM NDOGO KULIKO SPEED YA CPU.
    sASA HAPA NDIO KIMBEMBE CHETU WENGI,maji yapo ya kumwaga lakini uwanja hautoshi so watu inabidi wawe wanasubiria nje,kinachotokea hapa ni kuwa huyu mwenye bomba ataanza kukopa uwanja kutoka sehemu nyingine ili ahifandi hao watu( Ndio hapo sasa Hard Driver yako inaanza kuliwa) na hapo mwenye bomba inabidi awe smart ili kuweza kuhakikisha kuwa hakuna upendeleo kati ya wale waliokuwa kwenye uzio mwingine na waliop kwenye uzio wa mwanzo,ila hii huwa inakuwa ngumu kama watu watazidi kuja kwani inafikia kipindi mwenye bomba anaanza kutoa upendelea kwa wenye vigari vya lita tano na watu wanaanza kulalamika na kukimbilia kwenye uwanja wa pili kwenye computer inaanza kustack,kuhang...

    NI hayo tu wakuu,sijui sasa kama mifano yangu itakuwa imewaingia 祝你们好好学习
     
  4. Bob1

    Bob1 Member

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    hi
    I just want let you know that If you have more memory in PC as more memory as more speed the computer will be

    cheers

    Bob1

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