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I'm not sure I understand exactly how RAM and system performance are related. I thought RAM basically corresponds to system resource usage, and the more resources you have free, the more you can do without slowdown or crashes. I had 256M RAM and my resources would get lower and lower the more programs I'd use at the same time, no surprise. But when I upgraded to 512M, it seems that resource usage is depleted at the same rate as with 256M. Right now, for example, it's only "40% free," according to the performance tab. Am I misunderstanding something fundamental about RAM? I assumed that with 512M I'd be able to do almost anything without consuming too many resources... maybe not... (In case you're wondering, I'm using The Games Factory, software that allows you to make videogames. Seems to take up a lot of resources.)
 
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Hello I also share your curiousity in this subject. By the time you add a firewall,virus protection,ISP, and Norton System Works plus a few others you're lucky to have 40%, +-10%. You could start by trimming back the Start Up menu and clearing out your temp folders, internet cache, cookies and etc.... You may also uncheck programs in the "start" option of the System Config Ulty. This requires some care so be careful here. Even with max memory, I still have issues with memory useage. If Windows doesn't cough, stall, slowdown or crash during routine operations, you're probably OK at 40%. MS Windows, Zone Alarm and Nortons are power hungry applications that will take up space. You can start here:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm

http://www.simmtester.com/page/memory/index.html

http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Index.htm
 
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