RAM utility

By Eric Legge ยท 16 replies
Jun 10, 2003
  1. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    i prefer using RamIdle that womes with the Customizer package
  2. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    A few hacks to the registry can help a lot too, many depending on your OS. Most involve the swapfile and window's natural overuseage, but there are some out there that I've found that help. If I ever find my old bookmarks, I'll throw them out at ya.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I find these programs quite useless.

    Much like communism, it's good on paper.. Just not in practical application.
  4. tkteo

    tkteo TS Rookie Posts: 52

    I used to use Memturbo when running Win ME. After switching to Win2K and setting an appropriate size for the swap file, no problems thereafter, so I ended up uninstalling Memturbo.

    In other words, for better memory management, less ram leaks, go with the more stable OS.
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    Same here Rick. There are a few things you can do in the registry to force Windows to manage memory better. Some of these apps make those changes, but for the most part they are quite useless
  6. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    Those app's just take up space on your taskbar and memory while running. I've never once used one of these programs that managed memory better than Windows was already doing.
  7. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

    using RAM Idle for 2 years now and very glad of this little app

    the performance increase was more noticeable in win98SE than 2K though
  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Windows just doesn't really scale very well, I don't think. And its heavy useage of the swap file when you have fairly large amounts of RAM is very poor. Linux only uses the swap partition when you have completely ran out of physical RAM, as far as I can see.
  9. aoj145

    aoj145 TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Yeah, but who really uses the swap file anymore? I've got a couple games that refer to it so I keep it around 100mb, but that's it.

    I really can't complain about the way Win2K handles memory. Those memory utilities were great with DOS and Windows 3.11, and I can even see some need with Win95/98, but nowadays I think they just don't offer that much as far as performance boosting.
  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Memory is there to be used :giddy:

    In Win98/ME, you can set the OS to use as much as physical memory as possible before swapping by adding


    to system.ini [386Enh] section.
  11. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    I agree.
  12. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536


    i love those "i concur" posts :)
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I concur.
  14. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    Concurrent concurring posts?

    Aren't we floating perilously close to the appocalypse here?
  15. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536


    btw Rick thanx tfor cleaning, one "concur" post is enough hehee
  16. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Posts: 61

    I use FreeRAM XP...
    Works very well, and after not using it for a couple days, you can notice the difference it makes...
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