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i have an old P4 laptop with 768MB of RAM, i noticed it idling and making a clicking sound as though it was working hard, i fired up the system monitor to find that it was using 28MB worth of swap space while only using a third of the available RAM, is there any way to change the priority to use all the RAM first?
This means that I have 2027mb total ram, with 380 used and 1646 free. But note the -/+ buffers/cache line, plus the buffers and cached colums on the right. Of the 380mb used, 195 is used by programs, plus 15 + 170 cached. 195 + 15 + 170 = 380. Also, as you can see, I am not using any swap.
As for the "clicking sound", you probably need to enable laptop mode. From the terminal run:
If it reports 0, laptop mode is off. If it reports 2, laptop mode is on. To turn on laptop mode run:
I have an entire gigabyte of RAM and I don't see myself using all of that within the next 5 years. One day, as an experiment under Windows XP, I opened up a ridiculous amount of programs to see if I could max out my RAM. I had Firefox playing 5 Youtube videos at once. I had every program of Microsoft Office open three times. I opened a few more programs, stuff like Adobe Acrobat. Then I opened Windows Media Player and played a video file.
I topped out at about 700 MB and realised that I'd never actually use that much RAM, so I'm happy with my gigabyte and I'm happy not having a swap file.
I have an entire gigabyte of RAM and I don't see myself using all of that within the next 5 years.
By today's standards, 1G is not very much. If you continue to update your Linux installations, I think you'll hit the wall there before 5 years. Yes, you'll probably be fine using 1G for 5 years, but I wouldn't bet you won't be using your swap to some degree, unless you use one of the small WMs.
to clarify, this system isnt exactly a laptop, all it's internals are desktop standard, it is however in a laptop style case and easily portable, it's what's known as a "desknote" ie. a cross between a desktop and a notebook