Total/ Available Physical Memory Question

By klaimkilla
Feb 21, 2007
  1. My computer has been running pretty slow lately...Ive cleaned out unwanted programs, helped a little, but then I looked at my Total/Available Physical Memory in my system information and it has me puzzled....It seems REALLY low. 512 MB? Can that be right? is that my RAM? Is it normal to only have 56MB available out of 512? Thanks for your help!

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name DAZZLE
    System Manufacturer Gateway
    System Model LEXINGTON
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~1993 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. MV85010A.15A.0049.P07.0204171416, 17/04/2002
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Windows Directory C:\WINNT
    System Directory C:\WINNT\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale Canada
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
    User Name DAZZLE\Owner
    Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 56.84 MB

    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.22 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It is good too have minimal amount of physical memory available. This means that all your RAM is actually doing something, not just sitting there empty.

    It is quite tricky to find out the real memory usage in Windows. The best way to get an idea is to look at the Performance tab is Task Manager. You see three values for Physical Memory there: Total, Available and Cache. Put Available and Cache together to get an idea of how much RAM is "free" for programs to use.
  3. klaimkilla

    klaimkilla TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info. I also found some helpful stuff to speed up my computer HERE
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