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    Never Too Much RAM?

    In trying to research an old chestnut, I'm Googling into a shortage of data.

    What is the "comfort zone" in percentage terms for RAM?

    There's an old saw in the back of my mind that 90-95% is day-to-day target usage & the issue should really be Pagefile Size.

    If that really is the case, how low does that percentage get before one needs to think about taking chips out of one machine & finding another use for them? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Never Too Much RAM?

    My general rule is when the machine 'feels' slow. I don't worry about the utilization percentage until I start feeling frustrated by the response times in my day to day activities.

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    Re: Never Too Much RAM?

    >My general rule is when the machine 'feels' slow.

    As you can tell, I have been operating on that rule also - massive fixed size PageFiles & such also. Then try - for example - switching the settings on Control Panel|System|Advanced|Performance|Advanced (the same page as the PageFile settings) away from Programs for a while..... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    10 years ago there was a lot of stuff floating about on this - Swap files.... the lot. A very little of this I still remember, but most of it seems to have gone into the great BitBucket in the sky (on-line as well). <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Never Too Much RAM?

    The environment has changed too as Windows is much more sophisticated about pagefile usage and memory management now. Plus the amount of RAM in a typical system is much higher.

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    Re: Never Too Much RAM?

    Well, with 1Gb RAM Usage running at 65-75% (on WinXP SP2), I downsized the PF from a fixed 2*RAM to 1.5*RAM & the PF Usage is still running (relatively idle) @ 25%.... Doesn't seem like there's any identifiable "slowness" in there. I'm just trying to identify some kind of warning threshold.

    >The environment has changed too as Windows is much more sophisticated....

    ....but running individual windows at Maximised - instead of spreading out the Normal Size - still eats up RAM just like it did on Win 3x! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> (OK - maybe I'm taking you out of context!!)
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    Re: Never Too Much RAM?

    I think you will find that you can NOT manage the PF as well as Windows can.
    I have found that if I let Windows do the managing all seems to run quite well.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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