Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of computer data storage. Today, it takes the form of integrated circuits that allow stored data to be accessed in any order with a worst case performance of constant time.

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free displays incorrect memory on Nexus 10

I'm playing about with Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 10 (which should have 2GB RAM). phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ free -h total used free shared buffers cached Mem: ...
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Lots of Memory and CPU being used on nothing

I noticed over the last week or so my computer is using a lot of CPU and Memory when nothing is obviously running (even after rebooting). With only my browser open it's using 20% CPU, 4.0 GB Memory ...
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bad ram in DIMM1 need to limp by till monday, can I temporarily disable a memory slot?

Got to work, started windows, immediately blue screened as soon as I logged in. After a few tries I ran diagnostics and found the ram in dimm1 was bad. I can boot into Ubuntu and it runs pretty well ...
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Am I using more than 4 GB on my 32-bit system?

I have a relatively clean installation of Ubuntu which reads this under system details: I've read everywhere that 32-bit OSs don't support more than 4 GB of RAM (some sources say 3 GB), so what's ...
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VMware Player RAM memory problem

I've installed windows 7 on ubuntu using vmware player. I have a 6 GB ram memory, so the amount of memory I've allocated for this virtual machine is 2520 MB. But when I look in the "system monitor" on ...
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ubuntu 14.04 works full load

I have X61 lenovo - cpu T7200 dual core and 4 gig memory ! I installed ubuntu 14.04 and did all updates and deactivate all animations and the full search. however, still just opening four tabs on ...
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Random Crashes Ubuntu 12.04

Every once in a while my Mem and CPU max out. In looking at the syslog I found Jun 25 01:45:30 id-llc-projects CRON[29889]: (root) CMD (command -v debian-sa1 > /dev/null && debian-sa1 1 1) ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - 32 bit vs 64 bit

If I install Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit version on a machine with RAM exceeding 4 GB, will it not use more than 4 gb of ram ?
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can't suspend to RAM any more after upgrade to 14.04

I upgraded to 14.04 and now my laptop can't "sleep" anymore i.e. suspend to RAM doesn't work. How can I figure out what's wrong and fix this? edit 1 My hardware is a ASUS Zenbook UX32A edit 2 ...
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responsiveness drops drastically when RAM get's full after upgrading from 13.04

Since I've upgraded from ubuntu 13.04 to 14.04 (and before 13.10) my system get's to it's knees when the memory get's full and has to start swaping.. Of course I know that a performance penalty ...
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Why does my system use so much cache?

Previously, on my desktop computer running Ubuntu 14.04, I had 4GB RAM, which I thought should be plenty. However, after being on for a while, my computer would seem to get slow. I have a system ...
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XFCE is consuming much RAM

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and have 9GB RAM. So I had Unity desktop environment, and then I installed xfce4 and xfce4-goodies: sudo apt-get install xfce4 xfce-goodies Then I removed Unity using: ...
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14.04 64 bit memory use

When I start the OS I have half of the memory used (1Gb) and now with chromium open this is the output of free: piero@piero-Vostro-400:~$ free total used free shared ...
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Can I save a file from RAM?

To be more specific, here's the situation. I was working on MyPaint from a blank document and, after a few hours during which I didn't save anything (of course…) the program freezed. I didn't close ...
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Are all pages of a process loaded in swap file / partition?

"Swap space is the area on a hard disk which is part of the Virtual Memory of your machine, which is a combination of accessible physical memory (RAM) and the swap space" . According to a user now , ...
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In Consistent RAM reports

"System Monitor" tells me i am using 1.3GB of 2.9GB at 42.8% "atop" tells me i am have 174.8M Free "top" tells me i have 3072772 total, 2894424 used, 178348 free 3072772KB = 2.93042373657227GB ...
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zram vs zswap vs zcache Ultimate guide: when to use which one

What the hell are they? how are they different (I've written my understanding in an answer below) In the Zswap system, when a page is evicted from the zswap to the actual swap is it stored in a ...
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How much RAM is this application using?

If I run top -c or htop I get processes with their memory consumption, but it is not what I want to see. Is there a command line that allows to see the RAM consumption of a given application ? For ...
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What is wrong with the memory usage?

I can't figure out what is consuming my memory... Could anyone help me? user@desktop:~$ free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 8176992 6186776 ...
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Why is the minimum video memory for a virtualbox machine so large?

I'm creating many virtualbox systems with clean installs and such and noticed that the default video memory size is quite large. I could understand at the beginning of the Ubuntu installation a VGA ...
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Ubuntu Frozen every time when Memory usage over 80%

Ubuntu Frozen every time when Memory usage over 80%, It seems that the system hangs due to a load of disk IO - the screen is frozen and the only thing I can see is the indicator LED of disk keeping ...
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Know programs in cache

I have this situation with RAM and SWAP at the moment: $ free -h total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 7,7G 7,5G 159M 100M ...
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Lagging when swapping

I use Ubuntu 14.04 on my Lenovo E531 with 4GB installed. The problem is that when the RAM is about 70% full the system starts swapping. After swap is used (even if only 10MB is in swap) the system ...
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245 MB RAM are detected instead of 8 GB Ubuntu 64 bits

I run free -m and I got 245 MB of available RAM while I have 8 GB ! My BIOS detects 8 GB ! What can I do to 'recover back the RAM space ? free -m outputs this: total used ...
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Can Ubuntu cope with bad RAM?

I have installed Ubuntu on a computer which hat bad/defective RAM (memtest86+) showed that later. The thing is I did not have any problems with Ubuntu 14.04 while Windows 7 installed on the same ...
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Ubuntu does not recognize 8GB of RAM [closed]

I have just installed Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit on my laptop and on the system monitor it only shows 7.2 GB of RAM and not 8 GB. Why is that?
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS doesn't recognize full memory?

I have Pentium 4 Desktop, Intel D915PGN mother board with a full 4 GB of ram, but my Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit only recognize 3 GB of ram, do you guys have any suggestion? Thank you
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Can I increase the size of the processor L1 and L2 caches? [closed]

Im running an Ubuntu server 12.04 and checked my CPU status with lscpu and got result: L1d cache: 32k L1i cache: 32k L2 cache: 6144k How can increase my Cache size?
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Why is my launcher automatically set to default and personal keyboard layouts disappeared?

Yesterday, I was using a program to read something into the RAM, but underestimated the size. My computer started swapping and lost itself in its calculation, hence I killed the process (and firefox ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 server: Problem with apache internal processes using too much memory?

I've looked around and couldn't find an answer for this, tried quite a few of other people's solutions over the months, but nothing fixes this. I run 12.04 on a good VPS, but I've been having some ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 (amd64) not detecting all of my memory

I've got 4gb of RAM installed in my machine but Ubuntu only detects 2.8gb of RAM If I run uname -a I get: Linux DeLillo 3.13.0-24-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 10 19:11:08 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 ...
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Is Ubuntu running all users at the same time?

Every time when I have some memory intensive things running on one user and switch to another one, I can see that the memory usage continues. Is the other user actually still running? If so, is it ...
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Memory and the OOM killer problem

I got a laptop with 4GB memory and 14.04, and I see regular OOM KILLER that kills processes and high CPU from swapd but swap is almost not used. But I want to understand this happens and/or how I can ...
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Xen PCI Passthru works with 2GB RAM but not with 4GB RAM

I set up Xen on Ubuntu 14.04 (Xen 4.4). With my config I can only use PCI passthru when giving DomU 2048MB RAM. When giving 4096MB the GPU doesn't work (windows says Code 12). Here is my win7.cfg: ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 ram? [closed]

Does Ubuntu 13.10 work well with an acer aspire one d255-2dqkk intel atom-n450 with 1GB of RAM? I tried it via the installation in an usb and by booting my pc with it and it seems working well... But ...
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Increasing swap memory in ubuntu 14.04

I want to know if it is possible to increase swap memory in Ubuntu 14.04. How is it possible? Another question: I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop (ASUS)...When I'm working with it and open URL ...
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Light alternative for Unity clock applet (netbook)?

Default clock applet is heavy based on evolution ( I think it is provided by this package )indicator-datetime. For this reason, on on Ubu 14.04, it is sucking about 30mb of ram ( as for htop info ) ...
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Upgrade to 14.04 Memory Allocation Problem

Recently did a fresh install on my laptop to 13.10 to prepare for the LTS release. I started the upgrade process when the updater prompted and read a book waiting for it. When I checked on the ...
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Why is Ubuntu 14.04 using too much RAM..? [closed]

Compiz in earlier versions of Ubuntu took around 60-65 MB of RAM. In Ubuntu 14.04, it is taking around 205-201 MB. And Nautilus took 35 MB of RAM in earlier versions, it is taking a minimum of 65 MB. ...
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I had 2G of RAM and I upgraded to 6G and it only sees 3G

I did some searching, and I have a processor that supports pae. It is red when I run cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep pae I do have the 64 bit server version installed, however, I'm using a desktop. (That is ...
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Oneconf eating up memory while in chrome

When I look at the dependencies in Synaptic, it shows Ubuntu desktop, and software center as being dependent on oneconf, and I do not wish to remove these. However whenever I get to a page which has ...
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How can I see in Lubuntu what RAM modules I have?

I have the latest Lubuntu installed on a laptop. How can I see how many RAM modules I have installed, and what type of RAM modules they are, without physically opening the laptop itself? I can see ...
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What is memcached? Is it good for gaming or virtual machines?

This is a performance question: My machine always runs Ubuntu as the main, and as I login, it always starts up a Windows VM and firefox? If I install memcached, will it improve my performance? I ...
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How can I handle more than 2 GB RAM?

I got a Lenovo g475 laptop, with a AMD e-300 processor. According to what I have read, the processor can handle up to 8GB and same the motherboard. When I was using Windows 7 starter I could handle a ...
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What is the memory limit on ubuntu? [duplicate]

I'm a inexperienced user on Linux and was wondering if it had any limit. Windows has limit 32bit-4GB, 64bit-128GB or so. Any help appreciated. Does the 32bit version of ubuntu have a limit?
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Memory is taken up by “invisible” threads

Xubuntu Saucy with 4GB RAM. When the computer is restarted and immediately after login, about 500 MB of RAM is taken according to free -m. Then I run some programs and memory usage goes above 3 GM. ...
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System running very lagish and slow-responding

The system is very slow to respond, and wherever I click, the window appears slowly (almost as if its transparency is reduced). The specification is: -OS: Ubuntu 13.1 32-bit -Memory: 1GB -Processor: ...
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Dev box: no swap space to speed up OOM killer

The TLDR: I do bad moves that flood the RAM, I'm curious whether having no swap would spare me the half hour wait for the OOM killer. Before deploying a few machines with a hacky config, I'd like the ...
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ramdisk not in ram (ubuntu 12.04)

I followed this post to create a ramdisk. After that, when I copy a file to the directory, the file was copied, but memory usage as shown in gnome-system-monitor does not increase. Also, I tried ...
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Is there a maximum swap partition size for 12.04, 64 bit

I am running 64 bit ubuntu 12.04 on HP Envy Spectre ultrabook, with 4GB of RAM. I have been running into problems with python code which uses RAM very inefficiently, see e.g. here, causing my code to ...