Possible RAM problem?

By JesseM
Oct 29, 2006
  1. Hello everybody. I was just looking at my system information and it says that there is only like 120-250MB of available physical memory, when I have 512MB total. I was wondering why this is and if I can fix it to make my computer have more available RAM and maybe run faster.
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    It's becuase you are utizing programs that temporarily take memory space up.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    add more ram - 1gb is a must these days
  4. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    Hi JesseM,

    there's nothing wrong with your system, so there's really nothing that needs fixing. your available physical memory will always be less than the total physical memory due to windows and programs using up memory.

    if you want to speed up your PC by freeing up memory the easiest way is to stop un-necessary programs from starting up with windows. and the easiest way to do that is to go to start > run > type "msconfig" (without the quotes) > click the startup tab > disable everything you don't need. you can pretty much disable everything listed (although you may wish to leave anti-malware and firewall software checked) then restart your PC

  5. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 219

    Alright does anywhere know where I can get the best deals on RAM? I know my computer uses DRDRAM.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    RD RAM...
    Check out Corsair or Kingston RAM are very good, and reliable.

    Regards :wave:
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    One of my older PC's is a Dell 8250 that uses RDRAM. It came with 512MB and I went to to get a pair of 256MB sticks to bring the total up to 1024MB. As you know you have to add and replace RDRAM in pairs.

    Using CPU-Z, I determined the brand and part number of my RDRAM. I found the same Samsung brand and part number at Zipzoomfly and ordered it. Works fine.

    Edit: I note that the RDRAM I bought is out of stock at zipzoomfly.
    Edit 2: If your part number is MR16R1628DF0CT9, then a quick google check shows that Memory4Less still has some in stock.
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    But it wasn't cheap, right? And it was not actually Samsung memory right... rather it was labeled, after having been obtained from the Rambus people? Samsung makes Corsair. What were the labels on this memory.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Yes, it was expensive but it was Samsung branded. CPU-Z showed it to be manufactured by Samsung.
  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Good to know. The time for a new licensee was way past due. Samsung makes nearly ALL the flash drives regardless of brand name, and of course makes memory under several brand names including the very good Corsair. We are looking forward to this, as we have a LOT of clients out there with Dell Dimension 8100 and 8200 series, and IBM Intellistation and NetVista machines which require RAMBUS or RDRAM.
  12. JesseM

    JesseM TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 219

    Alright thanks a lot you guys. I'll check it out at Memory4Less, and yes, I have a Dell 8250 that came with 512MB. I've gotten used to having low RAM and usually with games like Half-Life 2 and BF2 it performs reasonably fine with the graphics settings around medium, but when I tried playing BF2142 it was ridiculous. With the lowest graphics settings it wasn't even playable.
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