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Everything you need to know about this vital computer spec.

While computers have become a lot easier to use in recent years, there are still a lot of confusing terms to get to grips with. One of them is RAM.

Here weíll explain what RAM is, how it works and why you need to know about it.
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Merci Madeline!!!

I have 64Megs of ram but seeing as 8 megs are reserved for my monitor I only have 56.8 Megs available........

But my swap file gets huge sometimes! (win386.swp)

Right now its small: 48 Megs
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Merci Madeline!!!

I have 64Megs of ram
You mean Gigs, not Megs, don't you?
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Given Dude's fondness for 98 SE, I wouldn't be too sure about that Peru!
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Yup Megs Peru

I have read 98se doesnt do well with an excessive amount of ram....

I guess it uses the swap file to generate the needed ram,im not sure.........
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I had a W98SE computer a long while back. I didn't take care of the noisy processor fan in time, which resulted in the loss of the processor.
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I had a Windows 95 PC in 1997 with 16MB RAM and 1.2GB HDD.

I managed to run an early Photoshop 4SE with this, but with lots of back and forth to HDD as the files got to about 3MB (early Kodak digicam taking pictures 1152 x 800ish).

It makes me wonder why people need so much RAM; I have never had more than 4MB and easily ran Photoshop CS2 dealing with 16MB picture files with no problems. I suppose if you are going to use multiple layers in photoshop, with some heavy manipulation, the files sizes really do add up, but for my purposes, with minimal editing (I try to get my pictures right in-camera) 4MB is plenty.

I can also manage with a 160GB HDD these days; I had a new Windows 10 laptop three years ago with 1TB HDD and thought to myself "I will never fill this up".

So, IMHO, large amounts of RAM and large HDDs are purely manufacturers' USP, no use at all to the average computer user - a bit like Windows 10 really; you know, overblown, over-complicated and over-priced.
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It makes me wonder why people need so much RAM
I just ordered a computer with 64 GB RAM. I will be using it for Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop CC, and After Effects CC. The computer it is replacing only had 24 GB RAM and I was using almost all of the RAM at times.

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IMHO, large amounts of RAM and large HDDs are purely manufacturers' USP, no use at all to the average computer user
I guess i'm not the average user.
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I just ordered a computer with 64 GB RAM. I will be using it for Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop CC, and After Effects CC. The computer it is replacing only had 24 GB RAM and I was using almost all of the RAM at times.



I guess i'm not the average user.
I would guess not, you seem to be doing a lot of video and image manipulation, which obviously uses a lot of RAM, and as always, it is horses for courses. My days of extensive image manipulation are long gone, and I have rarely taken any video, as I am not really interested in movies. I would also suggest that most people with digital cameras do not use the video mode very much (as shown in various polls over the years). I have been known to say that still cameras should not have a video mode, but as the replies have always been "you don't have to use it" and I don't! Incidentally, I still have an old video camera in my cupboard, for VHS-C tapes, which I have not used for over 10 years. Why do I keep it? Well, since the demise of VHS video recorders, it is the only machine that will play my old recorded tapes. I have transferred them to DVD but still hang on to the originals in case the DVDs give up the ghost.
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