There are two things which attract me to a utility program for the PC. The first is how useful it is going to be to me, and the second is price...I can't see too much point in shelling out for something which I have gotten on without for the past however many years. Fortunately, Rambooster fulfills both these criteria admirably - not only is it damn useful, but its also 100% free! Ramboster is an essential piece of software for anyone who uses a computer which is rather short on RAM. Personally, I have 64Mb which is probably around the least you should consider now, and find that I run out quite quickly(crap memory management here somewhere). Everytime you run a program Windows allocated RAM space to it. When that program is closed, much of that allocated memory remains allocated to that program for reasons best left know to techies so you find yourself running low. Eventually you will need to reboot because you have no memory left...bummer. Well Rambooster goes a long way to prevent this happening. It runs in the background, or more obtrusively if you set it to do so, whilst you go about your usual computing business. When the level of available RAM falls below a particular threshhold then it automatically frees up a set amount of RAM(again defined by you) and lets you carry on without the system degradation and need to reboot. :o) Sounds like it ought to be all very technical but Rambooster is far from being so. In fact it is incredibly easy to use and you will have absolutely no need to look at the instructions or anything like that to be able to use it. In fact, there is no need to even alter any of the settings as it will work perfectly without you doing so. There are options there though for those that want them to switch off the sound effects(your first port of call), set the amount of RAM to free at the threshhold level, set when to free up RAM(ie. when the processor is xx% free) and that sort of thing...but like I said, there is no nee d to change anything if you don't want to. Personally I think this a very useful piece of software, very much along the lines of FreeMem which I also recently reviewed but with one major difference. FreeMem requires you to manually free up memory, whilst Rambooster does it automatically when the level of free memory falls below a certain level. FreeMem offers this same functionality but only once you have registered your software...and payed the price to buy it. So, two pieces of software which do the exact same thing, one which is totally free and one which is around $20 to buy...I think I'll stick with this one. Its also a much nicer interface. Even if you do have loads of RAM on your system you can still benefit from using this and its very stable and I haven't noticed any conflicts with other software either...in short its all benefits and no cons! Download a copy from: http://www.saunalahti.fi/~borg/rambooster/
If you have a computer with low-resources, ie low amount of RAM, I know a great little program that can help solve the problem. I class 32megs of RAM low, thats what I have, and a program caled 'Ram Booster can make a difference on your computer. If you are tired of programs taking ages to open (like browsers) or the graphics on computers games are a bit slow, this free program can make more RAM available to you. When you open a program, some of your RAM is allocated to that program, when you close it, that RAM is often still alocated. Ram Booster can clear that RAM and make it avaiable to the programs you are running. It sits in your system tray and can be either configured to automatically run when your available RAM drops to a certain limit or can be run at the click of a button. If you like the sound of it you can download it from most popular freeware sites. I got it from softseek.com, just search for 'ram booster' and then you can get it.
Rambooster is a neat and compact little program which rests all but unobserved in your system tray ready to leap up and boost your RAM (obviously) when the going gets tough. More prosaically, RAMBooster is certainly worth having if you've got very low RAM on your system to start with, but of little use otherwise. The way it works is that RAM gets "trapped" by programs which use it and is not released back to your system when those programs shut down (at least I think that's how it works). RAMBooster can be set to trigger itself once the level of available RAM falls below a user-defined level at whic point it acts to free up the trapped memory. It works just like it says it will and it is somewhat entertaining to watch the program sweep through your system but if you have even 64Mb of RAM I don't personally think you're going to notice any sudden leap in the speed of multi-tasking or whatever. I certainly never did, but possibly if you have only 16MB or whatever it might be of more use. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, but it doesn't appear to do any harm, it is tiny and it may have a positive effect on low-spec systems.
Everyone knows you cant have too much money or RAM, and while this little program wont make you any money, it will help you keep you RAM at its maximum effeciency. RAM Booster sits in the system tray monitoring the free ram. The problem is that when you open and close programs, the RAM they used is not freed up, so after a few hours use your PC has less RAM available than when you turned it on, and the only way to fix this is normally to reboot. But no longer, RAM Booster frees up this RAM keeping your system running at maximum effeciency. When RAM Booster detects that your free memory is below the alarm level, it springs up and optimises your memory, or if you prefer it will do things in the background. This program really does work, and as its free everyone should get it now. Just type in RAM Booster in any search engine to find a copy to download.