Computingretardfilter: I've got a stubborn old desktop that I don't know what to do with. "Memory test failure", it tells me. [more inside]
posted by saysthis
on Jul 28, 2007 -
I'm running Firefox 18.104.22.168 and Roboform extension v6.9.4. When I visit Gmail, I get a ridiculously high memory spike, usually about 200mb. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah
on Jul 28, 2007 -
Upgrading memory - is the price difference between DDR PC3200 and DDR PC4000 worth it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on May 31, 2007 -
How is physical memory recognized by a 32-bit OS running on 64-bit hardware? [more inside]
posted by Caviar
on May 14, 2007 -
Did the physical form of the SoDIMM change between the PC2700 and the PC5300 design? [more inside]
posted by mojohand
on May 10, 2007 -
I'm building a new PC running WinXP. Someone tells me XP won't see or use anything over 4GB of RAM. True or false?
posted by SilverTail
on Apr 26, 2007 -
PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe.
2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Apr 26, 2007 -
[obscuremusicfilter] Wondering if anyone has reliable chords and/or sheet music to "Ring Telephone Ring" by Buck Ram. [more inside]
posted by unmusic
on Mar 13, 2007 -
Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince
on Dec 18, 2006 -
Is it possible to write a program that uses only physical RAM, and not the swap/pagefile in Windows? [more inside]
posted by torpark
on Nov 30, 2006 -
Do I have to add RAM in matched pairs to my dullard of a Dell Dimension 110? I've gotten conflicting information and don't know who to believe. I need to finish this post haste to meet a client deadline and I'm freaked at the prospect of ruining my computer, dismal as it is. I've got 256 and I'm trying to add another 100.
posted by wordswinker
on Nov 12, 2006 -
I want to upgrade my pc's memory, but I noticed 6400 is the same price as 4200, and I can use the ram to in a faster system later. Does faster ram (400mhz) 6400 underlock to (233mhz) 4200? Gskill has 2 gigs for 187 on newegg, 5-5-5-15, why my system ram is ddr2-4200 4-4-4-12.
posted by IronWolve
on Oct 15, 2006 -
I think bad RAM crashed the hard drive in my ibook g4. How can I make sure it was bad RAM and not a more sinister problem? [more inside]
posted by sievehead
on Oct 3, 2006 -
Will I be at any disadvantage if I buy the most basic of the Macbooks? What would I NOT be able to do that I might have to do? This would be my first laptop, I'm on a limited budget (less than $1300), and I live both inside and outside the United States, so I have a few (sub-)questions. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Help me select RAM for my Dell Inspiron 5150. Currently I have 512 MB RAM and Belarc Advisor says "Slot 'DIMM_A' has 256 MB and Slot 'DIMM_B' has 256 MB."
posted by sk381
on Aug 21, 2006 -
I'm trying to work my way through the activation process for my new RoadRunner service. The flash wizard that analyzes my computer tells me that I have only 127 MB of RAM, 1 short of the necessary 128 to continue setup. My computer disagrees with the wizard. Is it even possible that this is the case? If so, how do I get back my essential 1 MB?
posted by yamel
on Jul 31, 2006 -
Can I use a 256 MB PC5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM removed from an Apple MacBook in an IBM R40 Thinkpad (2722-gcu)?
posted by timeistight
on Jul 23, 2006 -
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using 2Rank DIMMS as opposed to standard DIMMs? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko
on May 1, 2006 -
I snapped this picture
of a plane on a typical approach for landing at Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a small propellor deployed under the plane. Googling taught me its a ram air turbine that is used for emergency power during a hydraulic/electrical failure.
Does anybody know if its used under normal conditions, or did a happen to snap a picture of a plane during an (unpublicized) emergency landing?
posted by punkfloyd
on Apr 7, 2006 -
I'd like to upgrade my 4 year old Dell Dimension 8200 computer, while hopefully getting components that I could use later, should I decide to build a whole new system in a few months. Sadly, I know nearly nothing about computer hardware. [more inside]
posted by Elpoca
on Jan 5, 2006 -
Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket
on Dec 10, 2005 -
I own a used IBM 600X Laptop with very little Ram. Would anyone know the maximum amount of Ram I can install. Also what is the model number or description of the Ram I should purchase from a computer store? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Is it possible to add more VRAM to a Mac Mini?
posted by Tlogmer
on Nov 2, 2005 -
I've just purchased 4 sticks of PNY 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz RAM (2GB). Where can I find a Dell server that will accept this RAM? I don't mind used computers and I'd like to keep it under $500. Finding which RAM to put in a given machine is easy. But I'm struggling with finding all the machines that will accept my RAM.
I prefer Dell but some other server with nice case design (tool-less entry, etc) would be considered. Pentium or AMD please.
posted by phildog
on Oct 28, 2005 -
Which is a better memory configuration on a Power Mac G5
: 4x1GB or 8x512? What's the advantage/disadvantage of either configuration (besides the price)? [more inside]
posted by squink
on Sep 22, 2005 -
Peeking into Activity Monitor in Mac OS 10.3, I am noticing that Firefox is using more than 130 of my 512 megabytes of RAM, along with more than 450 megs of virtual memory. This is with one window open with three tabs (this page, a blog, and GMail). Do I have some setting set incorrectly or is Firefox a shamless RAM hog? Is there another browser that might leave me with more memory for Word, Excel, Entourage, Photoshop, iTunes, etc?
posted by sindark
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
posted by logovisual
on Jul 13, 2005 -
Having recently splashed out on a nice black PowerMac 5500/275, I want to upgrade the RAM. I'm aware that it takes 168pin, 5v EDO DRAM (up to two 64mb DIMMS), but finding these in the UK is tough. I won two 64mb chips on eBay at 1p, but they're the wrong voltage. Anyone know a (cheap) supplier of the stuff here in England?
posted by armoured-ant
on Jun 7, 2005 -
I have: 1) G3 iBook 500 running OS 9.2 w/ a CD-Rom, firewire, and ethernet 2) iMac G5 w/ dvd, firewire, ethernet; Panther and Tiger on DVD. Any way to get OS X onto the iBook? I'm hoping I can somehow use the iMac's DVD drive to install OS X onto the iBook. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Jun 7, 2005 -
Back in the dear dead days of DOS, I used to speed up things by creating a virtual disk in memory so that searches and other disk-I/O-intensive operations would run faster. In later version of DOS, there was a RAMDrive command.
Is there an equivalent utility in Win XP (Home or Pro) to park Temp files and similar items in a lettered drive in RAM? Or does Windows take care of that automatically?
posted by KRS
on May 25, 2005 -
I'm looking at some Corsair value RAM
(2x512M for $93).
But Corsair also has RAM of the same specs
for more than twice the price (1x512 for $106):
As far as I can tell, the specs are identical, except for CAS latency (and they're both some variation on CL3), and the voltage is slightly different.
What's the real difference between different "grades" of RAM from the same manufacturer with the same specs? Under what circumstances will any differences manifest?
posted by Caviar
on Apr 8, 2005 -
Macs and RAM. I just bought 1 Gig of RAM for my (single 1.6GHz processor) G5, and after installing the two DIMMs and rebooting, the system profiler is now reporting that I have TWO Gigs of RAM. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny
on Feb 21, 2005 -