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Ram boosters

I use 3 programs at the same time to browse,open and work on Nikon NEF (RAW ) files, there about 30 mb each. I have a 1.8 P4 processor and 1 gig of ram, after I open several photos my computer starts to slow down and I need to shut off the programs and open them again to free up some RAM. I saw a program call Turbo Memory that suppose to make your computer free up ram faster, has anyone ever used such a program and do they really work. Thanks

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I and virus free this computer if not connected to the internet and only serves as a photo editing and printing computer.

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It doesn't matter if it's connected or not to the internet. Here's an example. I had my first encounter with spyware years ago and it came with a namebrand camera driver CD. The machine slowed down as it was trying to call home.

If you don't take steps to scan and eject pests, then you get to suffer. I know I don't!

Bob

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RAM "boosting" programs have been around since the Windows 3.1 days, and in the Windows 3.1 days actually did some marginal good. Since Windows95 however, they tend to cause more problems than they ever fix.

The OS doesn't like having a program second guessing it's memory management decisions, and a lot of times it just slows things down. Windows uses most of your free memory for caching purposes to speed things up with your computer.

For what you're doing, I would suggest getting another 1GB of RAM. Photo editing, especially of 30MB RAW files, is memory intensive. If you can, upgrading the CPU might help too. In designing the P4, Intel made huge tradeoffs in performance to be able to really crank up the clock speed, because people assume (incorrectly) that higher clock speeds always mean higher performance. You might want to look into getting a HyperThreading enabled CPU for the things you do.

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