A vital program to get which frees up tons of memory
without having to reboot is Memturbo at
www.memturbo.com I am sorry to sound like a commercial
but this is one of the best pieces of software I have
ever owned. It frees up vast quantities of RAM and
speeds up programs dramatically. It is the only piece
of shareware that I have ever paid for (registered)
aside from CDR-Win (the best cd-burner software). My
system only has 128 megs of RAM but I can consistently
use 100megs for photoshop rather than having windows
bloatware hogging all the space. Its not fast, but I
don't use photoshop for much and it takes a minute to
load a pic vs 20 seconds if I have used memturbo. Not
affiliated or anything just that if you feel you don't
have enough RAM get this program and get rid of tons
--- Matt Crawley <matt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello Everyone.
> I've been on the list for a couple of months now...
> reading and lurking but
> not posting. I been using Photoshop a LOT for the
> last 7 years so I thought
> I should speak up. Increasing the RAM will
> definitely speed things up but
> there are also other things worth considering.
> #1 - Maximize the RAM you already have. I'm not sure
> how it works on PCs but
> on Macs there are all sorts of RAM gobbling system
> extensions that can be
> disabled using the extension manager. This can be a
> bit of a pain since it
> requires rebooting the computer but it's free.
> #2 - Add a second hard drive. On the G4 Macs(and
> some older Macs) there is
> an empty drive bay with cables and power already
> supplied. $100 - $150usd
> will get you a 7200rpm drive with at least 30GB. A
> second drive takes much
> of the workload off your startup drive because you
> can use it as Photoshop's
> scratch disk and as a place to store the large photo
> files. In my experience
> LARGE photoshop files can take over twice as long to
> save on a computer with
> only one drive.
> #3 - Keep the clipboard clean. Photoshop stores
> "undo" and "copy" info in
> the RAM and many times a "mode change", "filter" or
> large "copy" can steal
> all your RAM. It is easy to purge these, using the
> edit menu or by selecting
> a very small area and "copying" a few times to write
> over the other data.
> I'll go back to lurking now. :-)
> - Matt Crawley
> tscales@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > Jim,
> > I have 1GB of memory on my machine I use for
> Photoshop. Sometimes even that
> > isn't enough.
> > I clearly agree there is no single better
> investment then memory. Disk
> > speed is second. CPU is actually third.
> > Tom
> > From: "Jim Brokaw"
> > <snip>
> >> RAM is at historically cheap prices nowdays. A
> local chain here (Fry's
> >> Electronics) is advertising 512MB PC133 DIMM's
> for under $30... this much
> >> memory a year ago would have been ~$150-200 or
> more. If you have two or three
> >> DIMM slots, fill them up with the biggest DIMM's
> you can find. Windows (all
> >> flavors) and MacOS 9 and 10.1 are memory hogs,
> but they will fly if you give
> >> them 512MB or more. Everything you do runs
> better, especially the photo
> >> editing programs. To prove this, put back in your
> old memory, and try the
> >> computer...
> >> --
> >> Jim Brokaw
> >> OM-1's, -2's, -4's, (no -3's yet) and no
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