I am running into a bit of lag while using internet. It happens mostly while watching youtube or something that uses alot of flash. The browser I am using is Google Chrome. I relate the problem to memory, Here is how my logic works. Before Chrome (with nothing running but desktop and whatever starts at login) my mem. is at 48%, Which is around what it usually is. But after I start chrome it fluctuates somewhere between 80-90%, Sometimes more. Now as far as I understand Linux stores most info into ram so it doesn't have to load from the HDD, Thus saving me time, So I am fine with it being at 48%. But it running at 80-90% seems off, as prior (about a week ago) it was only bumping up to 65-70%.
I have 2 256-DDR2 giving me 512MB, But I have 25 set aside for the system to use when it needs it. So running free -m
hevithan@hevithan-LifeBook-S6240:~$ free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 487 472 14 0 13 171
-/+ buffers/cache: 286 200
Swap: 1070 143 927
That is with Terminal, and Chrome running (only thing open in chrome is LQ).
so here are my questions:
1.) Is there a way for me to gain more memory so everything runs a bit smoother when I am online?
2.) I am currently using GNOME, Would using a different DM use less memory? IF SO, Which one is best for most
memory? (Xfce uses less right?)
3.) Was setting aside 25Mb too much or too little?
Any answer, solution, tip, or form of suggestion is much appreciated. Also if you can think of anything I may not have mentioned.