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Windows 7: Can I allocate more memory for particular applications?

03 Oct 2010   #1
keshav1

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 
Can I allocate more memory for particular applications?

Hi everyone,

This is my first post here, and sorry if this topic has been covered before, but I've searched extensively and still haven't found what I'm looking for.

Basically, I'm a recording engineer and I run Steinberg's Cubase on Windows 7 32-bit, Home Basic. For some reason, Windows has allocated about 950mb to Cubase, and if I cross this limit my projects crash. Now, what I want to know is - is there any way I can increase the amount of RAM allocated to Cubase? I believe in most cases Cubase can use up to 1.4GB, but I'm assuming that the 950mb limit in my case is somehow due to me using Home Basic (I can't think of any other reason).

The other option I've considered is the /3GB switch which would "free up" more memory for my applications, but I'm not sure if that's safe for my system - from what I understand, it allocates 3GB of RAM for user processes and just the 1GB for kernel processes. Would my system be able to run with just that 1 GB?

I'm sorry if I'm coming across as ignorant or silly, I'm just in a bit of a fix as 950mb is definitely WAY too little for my needs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again, sorry if this has been covered before.

Regards,
Keshav


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03 Oct 2010   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't think you can and I'm sure you shouldn't. Windows 7 will take care of handling the ram just great. I would recommend a upgrade to at least Windows 7 Home Premium 64. The programs you are using use a lot of ram. You are peaked out on the amount of ram your 32 bit system will recognize. If you do what I have suggested please make sure that your motherboard will allow more ram. IMHO there are not ram tweaks or any 3rd party program tweaks to Windows 7 ram that will help.
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03 Oct 2010   #3
keshav1

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Thanks. Do you think increasing the size of the page file would help?
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03 Oct 2010   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

NO! You will at best make things worse. Go to Start on type in resmon and then go to memory and it will show you how your ram is being used. Windows 7 handle ram in a new better fashion. You can also see what programs are using your ram and decide if you want to turn some things off.
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03 Oct 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by keshav1 View Post
Hi everyone,

This is my first post here, and sorry if this topic has been covered before, but I've searched extensively and still haven't found what I'm looking for.

Basically, I'm a recording engineer and I run Steinberg's Cubase on Windows 7 32-bit, Home Basic. For some reason, Windows has allocated about 950mb to Cubase, and if I cross this limit my projects crash. Now, what I want to know is - is there any way I can increase the amount of RAM allocated to Cubase? I believe in most cases Cubase can use up to 1.4GB, but I'm assuming that the 950mb limit in my case is somehow due to me using Home Basic (I can't think of any other reason).

The other option I've considered is the /3GB switch which would "free up" more memory for my applications, but I'm not sure if that's safe for my system - from what I understand, it allocates 3GB of RAM for user processes and just the 1GB for kernel processes. Would my system be able to run with just that 1 GB?

I'm sorry if I'm coming across as ignorant or silly, I'm just in a bit of a fix as 950mb is definitely WAY too little for my needs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again, sorry if this has been covered before.

Regards,
Keshav
And where is the /3G switch located?

Just make yourself a system restore point before using and you will probably be ok. If you want to play 100% safe then do a full system image backup of all partitions on the hard disk which contains the C drive.

The world won't come to an end.
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03 Oct 2010   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

karlsnooks is correct if done properly the world will not come to it's end. All I was trying to say is; your asking a 1# puppy to do a 10# dogs job. Your computer is doing that now just slower than you want it to. IMHO your system is max out for what you are asking it to do at the speed you want.
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04 Oct 2010   #7
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

I think you are going about this the wrong way. You should be talking with Steinberg's support about these crashes. Trying to poke at assumptions that may just well be wrong is not going to solve anything. Furthermore, an application on a 32bit system can address up to 2 GB with default settings. Making that a none issue.

To add, is your version of Cubase on this list: https://www.steinberg.net/en/support...back/2020.html
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04 Oct 2010   #8
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hi keshav1,

I have to agree with logicearth's sentiments here.

Also, is it possible (have you checked) that your version of Cubase has a setting similar to Adobe's Photoshop where you can allocate more RAM?

Here's an example of Photoshop's option...

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If you're really concerned about RAM, you might consider upgrading your system with the 64-bit version of Windows 7, but you'll need to insure your motherboard can handle more than 4gig of RAM, and that your hardware and software is 64-bit compatible.

My two cents.


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22 Jul 2012   #9
Yodaminch

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi guys, I'm a fair bit late (about 658 days) but I'm having trouble with The Elder Scrolls V . Specifically the video cards dedicated ram. Now I believe that Layback Bear said something about typing resmon into the start menu and your pc ram usage comes up and such. Now my question is, can I use that to dedicate enough ram to the video card so Skyrim will run. Thanks guys
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22 Jul 2012   #10
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Yodaminch View Post
Hi guys, I'm a fair bit late (about 658 days) but I'm having trouble with The Elder Scrolls V . Specifically the video cards dedicated ram. Now I believe that Layback Bear said something about typing resmon into the start menu and your pc ram usage comes up and such. Now my question is, can I use that to dedicate enough ram to the video card so Skyrim will run. Thanks guys
No. Windows 7 already does that. But it doesn't matter, Skyrim wants a lot of video memory, using RAM instead of VRAM is not going to help it.
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