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Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:15:12 PM »
Hi
Hope this is not a dumb question but when I start browsing and run cleanmem,
I get a total of about 438 free memory but as I use the PC and close IE then use firefox
for a while then close that and reopen IE then run cleanmem again I only have 365 megs
of free ram,why does it not reclaim all the ram back?Pardon me if I asked this before.My PC runs fine but just wondering why it does not go back up to 438.
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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 08:36:20 PM »
CleanMem only triggers Windows to clean any memory a process is no longer using, it wont release any memory that the process needs :wink:

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012, 10:55:07 PM »
Ok
but firefox was closed so it is not using memory-where does that memory go-as in does it stay somewhere and cannot be freed up until a re-boot?
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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2012, 10:56:38 PM »
Hard to tell. It is up to Windows on that. CleanMem is the trigger, but once a program is closed it should be free.

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 03:34:21 PM »
Sometimes it takes some time for Windows to release memory after a program has closed.

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 06:06:34 PM »
Thanks Willy
It seems that firefox is the worse-after using it my ram is really low even after
running cleanmem,I think firefox useses directx? So maybe that is the reason.

I like firefox for downloading videos but I also hate it as well!

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2012, 06:45:31 PM »
Another reason could be that Firefox is very reluctant to release any memory.

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2012, 07:59:20 PM »
all of a sudden I seem to have a problem-when I run cleanmem(dont use the task scheduler)
I used to get 440 free ram after cleaning memory but now I only get 436 free memory even
without using firefox?I have not installed anything new-why wont cleanmem reclaim all the memory?
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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2012, 01:27:24 PM »
Again, Windows will only clear memory that is no longer in use.

Any Windows or program update of anything running on the system can simply be taking a little more memory. It is nothing to worry about or anything you can do about :wink:

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 09:11:58 PM »
I understand and no more stupid questions-I promise! <grin>
I am now an expert on what cleanmem does and cannot do,
sorry to ask so many questions........

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Re: Cleanmem does not get all my ram back
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 12:17:08 PM »
No problem at all  :cheesy:

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