In our current time, computers with 4 GB of ram and a 500 GB hard drive is nothing to be amazed at. It’s something we see in stores, catalogs, and television ads. Yet, when I traverse online blogs and forums, I find that people still debate over a major computer issue: memory usage. Many articles on Lifehacker feature desktop modifications using tools like Rainmeter, Samurize, docks, launchers, Emerge Desktop Shells, and other features. Other programs like anti-virus protection, firewalls, and basic plugins are on nearly everyone’s computer. So should you keep things clean and worry about memory usage?
When you boot up into Windows, a bunch of programs can start up right away. Every program that you install typically will have some start up feature. Maybe an updater or a tiny bootloading script which creates a process that takes up memory. All these processes eat up precious memory. Or is it precious? Let’s take a look.
With many new computers having 2 or more GB of ram, processes shouldn’t be too much of an issue for most users. If you are a relatively normal user, then you won’t have to worry too much about most programs killing your memory. You can easily do daily tasks and have a cursory programs running in the background as well as the important ones (firewall, anti-virus/spyware, etc.) After a point, however, it is best to keep the processes down to a minimum, to ensure that you are able to use your computer effectively. By that I mean, not having to wait a long time for a program to load up.
If you do more hardcore computer usage, such as video/image/sound edited, gaming, and other tasks that require more memory than basic tasks, it is vital to keep the computer as clean as possible RAM wise. Turning off all unnecessary start ups
On to the hard drive. This is one memory space you should NEVER worry about. With so many ways to back up and save your data, you should only get rid of files if they are useless or if you don’t have time to save them elsewhere. Invest in DVDs blanks, a burner, a flash drive (or multiple), and/or external hard drives. Save all those extra files elsewhere. If you can, put things like photos, movies, and media that you won’t use all the time on an external source. What I like to do is have a main partition on my computer’s hard drive that is not extremely large. I periodically clean out useless files, back up important data, and move other files to different storage spaces. The other partitions on the hard drive are used for this purpose. Versatile prefers to do this as well. Partitioning the drives also allows you to multi-boot with different operating systems.
So the final word: If you have a computer with less than 2 GB of ram, start worrying about keeping the computer clean so you can work fast and use it to the max. If you have 2+ GB of ram, you don’t have to worry much. You have the power to enjoy programs running in the background to enhance your experience. If you work with programs that need more memory, either keep clean, or turn off the unneeded programs to clear up that memory.
For tips on keeping your pc clean, get a hold of newsletter issue 1, search the blog, or email an author for more information.
Have you experienced problems with your pc? don’t know why or what is going on?
Well, it might just be your RAM. Here at The Underground, we know how much you need your pc, or else how could we write for you? Here is a really helpful program that will allow you to check whether your RAM has a problem.
“Memtest86 is thorough, stand alone memory test for x86 architecture computers. BIOS based memory tests are a quick, cursory check and often miss many of the failures that are detected by Memtest86.”
To use the Memtest, you have to download it from their website: here
Memtest is free, however, if you dont know how to use or make bootable disks, you will have to buy it from them.
Ok, so, we want to help you avoid the costs. Download memtest and use a program like Nero or Sonic to burn the .iso file to a blank cd.
now, reboot your pc and go into the BIOS. you will have to change the boot order from Hard Drive or USB to CD. Save your changes, exit the BIOS, and insert the CD.
the pc should reboot by default, if not, restart yourself. the test should now run and it will tell you if there are errors on you RAM. the test takes various amounts of time depending on your PC.
This is what memtest looks like:
This is what memtest will show if you have errors. these are generalized, you might get different errors:
Here’s some proof that it works. When I built my pc, i experienced many restarts. i ran memtest and learned that my ram was faulty. now, i am posting this today to help those that need it. So, MemTest really does work. I replaced my RAM ASAP and now can play all the games I want and write articles for The Underground
Download MemTest here at: http://memtest86.com/download.html