Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Low available memory and slow execution time


  • Please log in to reply

#1
Ted128

Ted128

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
Dell Inspiron 6000
2 GB RAM
80 GB disk storage
10 GB disk assigned to available memory

I run a stock charting program called TradeStation with a number of large charts in memory.

It operates quickly with no problem.

Then, I will open 3-4 Internet Explorer windows, and also an Excel spreadsheet.

Clearly all this fills my RAM and available memory and my execution slows way down.

Why can't I recover fast execution time for Tradestation and maybe one (1) IE window by closing the spreadsheet and other windows?

Instead I have to run System Mechanic to recover "available memory" which it says has dropped to 6%. This takes 10 minutes, etc.
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Ted128

Ted128

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
PS I seem to have tracking cookies under control by blocking 3rd-party cookies and verifying with Ad-Aware.
  • 0

#3
edge2022

edge2022

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,117 posts
What is your virtual memory (swap file, pagefile) size set at?

At Control Panel | System | Advanced, click Settings in the “Performance” Section. On the Advanced page of the result, the current total physical size of all page files that may be in existence is shown. Click Change to make settings for the Virtual memory operation. Here you can select any drive partition and set either ‘Custom’; ‘System Managed’ or ‘No page file’; then always click Set before going on to the next partition.

Change the size of your page file to 3GB.
  • 0

#4
Broni

Broni

    Kraków my love :)

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,300 posts
1. Using System Mechanic is a bad idea.

2. Some poorly written programs will have "memory leaks". They use some amount of RAM, and then, when the program closes, it won't give all used RAM back.
  • 0

#5
edge2022

edge2022

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,117 posts

2. Some poorly written programs will have "memory leaks". They use some amount of RAM, and then, when the program closes, it won't give all used RAM back.

This can happen with Firefox and IE. Utilities like Rambooster are used to open up RAM that has not been cleared after the program has closed.

http://download.cnet...4-10028673.html
  • 0

#6
Broni

Broni

    Kraków my love :)

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,300 posts

Utilities like Rambooster are used to open up RAM that has not been cleared after the program has closed

Miracle tools never work :)
  • 0

#7
edge2022

edge2022

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,117 posts
It helped a little when I didn't yet upgrade to 2GB RAM, and I still only had 512mb. When using Firefox, along with parts of Office (Word, Powerpoint) I would just give a quick cleanup with this program.

Adding more RAM is the only "real" way of increasing the amount of it you have available. Programs like Rambooster have a very limited usefulness.
  • 0

#8
Broni

Broni

    Kraków my love :)

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,300 posts
All those programs do, they replace "lost" real RAM with virtual memory, which is much slower.
In numbers, all looks fine, but in performance, not.
Jusr regular cheating of miracle tools :)
  • 0

#9
edge2022

edge2022

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,117 posts
I don't really know how the programs work, but thank you for the enlightenment.
In this case, the problem is a program that has a memory leaking problem.
  • 0

#10
Ted128

Ted128

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 16 posts
Thank you for all the replies.

My page file size is 10 GB (this is what I meant by available memory).

However, I think I'm getting the same results as when it was set to 3 GB.
  • 0

#11
edge2022

edge2022

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,117 posts

Then, I will open 3-4 Internet Explorer windows, and also an Excel spreadsheet.

Try doing that before you open TradeStation. See what program has a memory leaking problem. If the issue is TradeStation, we can't do anything, except install more RAM. You will need to contact a developer and ask the the issue be fixed.
  • 0

#12
Broni

Broni

    Kraków my love :)

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,300 posts
There is no reason to have 10GB assigned to VM. It's a waste of space. 3GB is all you need.
How much of a free space do you have on your HD?
  • 0

#13
Broni

Broni

    Kraków my love :)

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,300 posts

See what program has a memory leaking problem

Well, it can be checked pretty simply through Task Manager.
Check initial RAM usage.
Open IE. Use it for a while.
Check RAM usage.
Open TradeStation. Use it for a while.
Check RAM usage.
Close TradeStation, and check RAM level.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP