Memory Question first of many questions
Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:31 AM
I have a dell pc (inspiron 530) running vista
How do I find out how much memory I have available? I know I can add memory and how much I can add, but how do I check to see how much of my existing memory is available?
Maximum Memory Capacity: 4096MB Currently Installed Memory: 2GB Available Memory Slots: 2 Total Memory Slots: 4 Dual Channel Support: Yes CPU Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD CPU Family: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ Model 11, Stepping 1 CPU Speed: 2100 MHz
Thanks so much....
Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:48 AM
Open Windows Explorer and choose computer, so that you can see all your drives. Make sure none of the drives is selected (click on a blank spot in the window to deselect any drives.) At the bottom of the window it displays the memory.
If that doesn't work please say so, but DH remembers that way also.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:59 AM
That shows I have 2GB memory, but can I see somewhere how much is used? I'm trying to figure out if some of my issues w/PSE6 is a memory issue (lack of memory) or if I should uninstall and reinstall it to see if that is the problem....
Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:11 AM
To check how much memory is being used you need to go to the same place. (I don't know if this will work in Vista, but as far as I can tell Vista and Win7 are similar.) Up at the top of the window are some buttons. Click on "System Properties" (as I said I can't verify this button is in Vista.) Mine says "Installed memory (RAM): 4.00 GB (3.49 GB usable)" Unless you have 64-bit you cannot use more than 3.5 GB of ram hence the usable amount. You should be able to use all 2 GB.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:19 AM
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:42 AM
Select Start Task Manager (you may have to authorize this application.) The Performance tab shows how hard your CPU is working, as a percentage of capability, and how much memory you're using. More details are available by clicking the Resource Monitor button.
Windows XP is the same, except I don't think Resource Monitor is directly available on that screen.
If you're consistently at 75%-80% or more, then you need more memory if your computer will support it. Or you need to re-boot. Some applications "clutch onto" memory they've used, and don't let go when you end them; only a reboot will help.
Hope this helps.
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:58 AM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:07 PM
I found my memory used is 60%. I plan to add the extra 2GB that it can handle. Where is the best/cheapest place to buy memory?
Sara-if I uninstall PSE-does it delete EVERYthing? So everything (styles/actions/brushes) have to be reinstalled? And,if you don't install your brushes, do you just install/uninstall as you need/use them??
Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:47 PM
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 01:29 PM
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 04:59 PM
Conda, I don't uninstall PSE. Just put the disk in and have it install again. It will remove all your styles and stuff. I keep a copy of my styles and META data in another folder for easy reinstall. You can do this easily before you reinstall PSE. Also, my brushes I keep in a folder on the desktop for easy access. When you open your brushes follow the arrow in the pull down menu. And choose "Load Brush" Then you can navigate to the brush you want. If there are several you are using I know you can load several at a time. This will save lots of startup time in PSE.
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:05 PM
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:04 PM
This is exactly why my laptop only uses 3.5 GB of Ram even though I have 4 installed.
Posted 31 October 2009 - 11:15 PM
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