What Happens When You Max Out Your RAM?

What Happens When You Max Out Your RAM?

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sprinkles

Chrome Whore
2009 Sep 6 • 2547
10 ₧
I wanted to know, so:


Apparently I don't have enough programs on my rig.

But serious, what happens when I max out my RAM? like for realz 100% maxed out?
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 15:38 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
You run out of RAM to use. That is all.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 15:46 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

Find the Hole II Participation Medal
2007 Oct 19 • 5486
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If you allocate more memory than RAM then large amounts of data start getting written to and read from your HDD. This actually happens all the time, however, mostly these "pages" are swapped around without the user noticing because the OS moves them invisibly, and ideally when data is needed it will be in RAM. There'll be more about this on Wikipedia.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 16:49 PST
aaronjer
*****'n Admin

Comrade General 5-Star
2005 Mar 21 • 4601
1,227 ₧
When my computer theoretically runs out of RAM (it has a LOT) then absolutely nothing special happens. This is because my HDD is also RAM.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 17:00 PST — Ed. 2010 Dec 6 at 17:00 PST
phoenix_r

2009 May 13 • 898
17 ₧
What if I run out of RAM *AND* my drives are full? Virtualize THAT page, mutha!
BOO
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 17:16 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

Find the Hole II Participation Medal
2007 Oct 19 • 5486
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At that stage, Windows says "HOLY SHIT LOW MEMORY", the damn thing nearly stops working and then starts killing programs, I think. Or asks you to do some. I dunno. I assume if you somehow managed to fill up lots of memory *really quickly* then it'd just lock up.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 17:24 PST
SRAW
Rocket Man

2007 Nov 6 • 2525
601 ₧
Actually I think windows just shuts down if you're out of ram!!@121212121212212121212
Free Steam Games
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 17:55 PST — Ed. 2010 Dec 6 at 17:55 PST
the_cloud_system
polly pushy pants

2008 Aug 1 • 3070
-6 ₧
make a program that loops constentley?

idk...
I drink to forget but I always remember.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 20:24 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
#include stdlib.h

int main()
{
while(1)
{
cout << "lolnoram";
}
}
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 20:29 PST
SRAW
Rocket Man

2007 Nov 6 • 2525
601 ₧
If doing that uses your ram then just make a batch file like

:lol
echo SPLEEN PROPERLY CLOUD SYSTEM
goto lol
Free Steam Games
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 20:35 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
Wait I just realized the program I wrote won't use up all your ram, it'll use up all your cpu.............. my bad
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 20:37 PST
SolidKAYOS
Count Adelaide

Roar Of The Tigress Medal
2007 Jun 24 • 84
68 ₧
I just want to pick up your post and sling it..not because you messed up but because your sig..makes me wanna grab it.
Make awkward sexual advances, not war.
Down Rodeo said:
Dammit, this was the one place that didn't have this, but noooooo, molkman pisses all over that
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 21:14 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
I know, its kinda annoying me. I keep wanting to grab stuff and stick it in there.
 
 
2010 Dec 6 at 21:15 PST
aaronjer
*****'n Admin

Comrade General 5-Star
2005 Mar 21 • 4601
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I'll bet you say that to all the girls.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 03:57 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
aaronjer said:
I'll bet you say that to all the girls.

>Implying I've ever seen a real live girl.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 07:10 PST
sprinkles

Chrome Whore
2009 Sep 6 • 2547
10 ₧
Rockbomb said:
aaronjer said:
I'll bet you say that to all the girls.

>Implying I've ever seen a real live girl.

What about movie chick?
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 11:23 PST
Rockbomb
Dog fucker (but in a good way now)

2009 Nov 13 • 2045
sprinkles said:
Rockbomb said:
aaronjer said:
I'll bet you say that to all the girls.

>Implying I've ever seen a real live girl.

What about movie chick?

Probably a man in disguise.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 11:25 PST
phoenix_r

2009 May 13 • 898
17 ₧
Down Rodeo said:
At that stage, Windows says "HOLY SHIT LOW MEMORY", the damn thing nearly stops working and then starts killing programs, I think. Or asks you to do some. I dunno. I assume if you somehow managed to fill up lots of memory *really quickly* then it'd just lock up.

I don't miss 9x at all. AT. ALL.
BOO
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 12:42 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

Find the Hole II Participation Medal
2007 Oct 19 • 5486
57,583 ₧
phoenix_r said:
Down Rodeo said:
At that stage, Windows says "HOLY SHIT LOW MEMORY", the damn thing nearly stops working and then starts killing programs, I think. Or asks you to do some. I dunno. I assume if you somehow managed to fill up lots of memory *really quickly* then it'd just lock up.

I don't miss 9x at all. AT. ALL.

Ah, so someone got the reference. Microsoft Word + Windows Media Player + IE = low memory at some point, I think.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 15:02 PST
phoenix_r

2009 May 13 • 898
17 ₧
Yeah.I seem to remember a "things got hot and heavy pretty quick and now it's three days later and I was just fished out of the bay by commercial fisherman with a permanent smile and some new Italian loafers" message except it wasn't a run-on sentence, it just said that you were out of memory and Windows, like God, was dead.

Also there are these: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/253912

You know what I miss? The last version of windows defrag, with the miles of colored boxes. I could watch that thing for hours! I think moving to the tiny lines instead of boxfest is just another sign of these Tough Economic Times.
BOO
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 17:38 PST
aaronjer
*****'n Admin

Comrade General 5-Star
2005 Mar 21 • 4601
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I miss the boxes too. Those were some sweet boxes.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 18:44 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

Find the Hole II Participation Medal
2007 Oct 19 • 5486
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That's not the last version, there have been two since. Which show NOTHING. But I really miss the boxes.

FUN FACT: I stopped Windows 98 defragging midway through and it never worked ever after that. Further attempts to defrag failed.

What an OS.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 18:53 PST
eDan Co.
Mighty Typist

Real Live Hands-On Rabbi Medal
Consolation Medal
2007 Sep 24 • 2921
252 ₧
Down Rodeo said:
FUN FACT: I stopped Windows 98 defragging midway through and it never worked ever after that. Further attempts to defrag failed.

What an OS.


LIKE
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2010 Dec 7 at 19:06 PST
Down Rodeo
Cap'n Moth of the Firehouse

Find the Hole II Participation Medal
2007 Oct 19 • 5486
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When I say never worked, I mean never worked properly. I did it to try to speed the fucker up but it was taking so long (yes, a long time to defrag a 5.98 GB HDD, I carry more storage in my pocket) I cancelled it, thinking nothing would happen.

In fact, in my pocket there is a device many many times more powerful than that PC that is an order of magnitude smaller than it. Excuse me while I go be creeped out.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 19:11 PST
SuperJer
Websiteman

2005 Mar 20 • 6226
Running out of RAM might not cause any problems if you have swap space available and thrashing does not occur.

On the other hand, if thrashing does occur (when your computer is spending more time swapping memory than actually doing anything) your computer will become amazingly slow and unusable.

If you run out of RAM and swap, get ready for lots of crashing. Most programs shit themselves when they can't get more memory on demand.

I know on Linux there's the OOM (out-of-memory) process killer, which kills a random process when memory runs out. So that could cause who-knows-what problems, but it might be better than just having no memory.

I'm not sure if Windows does anything special, or just starts saying "NO!" when programs ask for more memory.
 
 
2010 Dec 7 at 21:55 PST
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