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    Default How to optimise memory use on your PC?

    I don't know much about computers, but I've noticed that when I've run programmes like winmx, real player & IE over a long period of time, my PC speed slows down quite a bit and the letters don't come up straight after I type. If I'm watching a video, it doesn't run smoothly. I'm thinking this has something to do with memory problems.

    Can anyone suggest ways to conserve memory use on your PC?
    What cache memory settings are best?
    Thanks.
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    U might want to clear ur temporary IE files....clean up ur registry....defragment ur harddisk....
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    Well... try not to run too many programs at the same time, because they'll take up a lot of memory. And yeah, regularly clear your temp IE files, and even cookies.
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    Now I've always wondered about the pros & cons of HD defragmentation. Could some kind soul explain it to me?
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    change your virtual memory to x 2 your physical ram or something
    reboot when you feel like you're lagging, cold boot to clear ram
    make sure your HD and optical drives are using DMA in device manager
    buy more physical memory so you won't have to worry
    like 256 mb or better yet 512 mb +
    dont' run so many programs simultaneously

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    Originally posted by zutalors
    Now I've always wondered about the pros & cons of HD defragmentation. Could some kind soul explain it to me?
    i'm not sure but i think defragging your hard drive to many times can damage the physical part the surface of your HD. defragging your hard drive once in a few month is appropriate to reorganize the data on your HD resulting in faster seek time and transfer, smoother running of program and better overall performance (i think)

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    Originally posted by shanghai girls are hot
    change your virtual memory to x 2 your physical ram or something
    reboot when you feel like you're lagging, cold boot to clear ram
    make sure your HD and optical drives are using DMA in device manager
    buy more physical memory so you won't have to worry
    like 256 mb or better yet 512 mb +
    dont' run so many programs simultaneously
    Sorry for being ignorant, but could you please explain:
    1. effects of changing virtual memory. There's a warning that it shouldn't be done unless you know what you're doing!

    2. What's a cold boot?

    3. What's DMA?

    Thanks all for your suggestions!
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    Originally posted by zutalors
    Sorry for being ignorant, but could you please explain:
    1. effects of changing virtual memory. There's a warning that it shouldn't be done unless you know what you're doing!

    2. What's a cold boot?

    3. What's DMA?

    Thanks all for your suggestions!
    I am assuming you are using Windows here.

    1. Virtual Memory (VM) allows your programs to ask for memory bigger than your the size of your physical RAM by swapping the least recently used data from your RAM to your harddisk and bring the data back to your RAM when needed.

    2. Cold boot = power cycle. Warm boot is restart or DOS CTRL-ALT-DEL

    3. DMA = Direct Memory Access. The data movement between your peripheral device and RAM is done thru a dedicated controller freeing up your CPU to do something else.

    Defragmantation doesn't reduce the lifecycle of your HDD.

    To get a better performance:
    1. Get as much RAM as you can
    2. Get the fastest HDD that you can afford
    3. Use the latest Service Pack. (W2K SP2 and below doesn't support UDMA 100)

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