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Old 02-05-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
totalshredder
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Ubuntu is using all of my ram...


Hey Everybody,

I just installed Ubuntu, and I love it, by far my favorite out of the box distro.

Anyways, I'm having some problems with my RAM, I am using 100% of my RAM(with firefox open) but I have 230 MB of RAM(I only have firefox running!!). Is there anything I can do to shrink the amount of RAM I am using? I have tried going into System Monitor and closing down some un-needed aps, but to no avail. It says that 45% of the memory I am using is cache, is there any way I could bring my cache down? Or make it so it uses the swap more? I also am unable to use any OpenOffice programs.

Thanks, for any help you can give me!!

God Bless,
Luke Demi
 
Old 02-05-2005, 07:07 PM   #2
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This is normal. Linux always uses all of the ram. The idea is you PAID for that ram so it might as well use it. If there is any ram not being used by applications, then linux will use it for buffers or cache so that it's not just sitting there being wasted. When you need that ram for other things, linux will let the other things use it.

I have 512 meg of ram. It is all 'used', but only really half of it is application memory. The rest is used up as a cache to speed things up.

It's cool. And it will swap when it needs to.

As for why you can't use OOo. That is another issue. What happens when you use OOo?
 
Old 02-05-2005, 07:11 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the reply.

EDIT: Hey, I got it to work... strange... I guess it could be because I used it in another log-in. Thanks for your help though!


Luke

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Old 02-05-2005, 07:28 PM   #4
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Cool. Any more troubles just post and hopefully someone will be able to help
 
  


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