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Meteo Xavier

OpenGL and RAM

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Yeah, this was weird. My dad's computer has been having trouble since the Superbowl. It starts up ok but then it just slows WAY THE FUCK DOWN. We virus scanned it, malware scanned it, removed junk and even fixed the fan inside of it and nothing worked.

Finally, the other night, me and my brother figured out what the problem was. Evidently OpenGL sucks up 60% of his RAM (I was shocked to learn he only had about 512MB of RAM in his computer, I thought he had more than that.) that's whats been driving his computer way down.

What we can't figure out is how he got OpenGL on his computer in the first place. He's a sound-tech guy, not a computer guy, and he doesn't use his computer for that much. Our brothers claim they didn't put it on there (which I don't fully believe, but anyway) so how did it get on there? How can it suck up so much RAM that it leaves the computer struggling to even close a window?

I didn't know having such a dearth of RAM could slow a computer down that much.

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do you know what openGL is? it's just a high-end graphics API, not something that's going to eat resources like that. it's just a language. what you think is openGL is likely just your graphics drivers.

in other words, your father's shitty-ass graphics driver is eating his ram alive because he's got an integrated card and no one told the driver what the limit on ram was. likely from an update.

either get a discrete card for 25$ or buy some more ram. i'd suggest both. a 2gb stick of anything is only like 40$ nowadays.

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do you know what openGL is? it's just a high-end graphics API, not something that's going to eat resources like that. it's just a language. what you think is openGL is likely just your graphics drivers.

in other words, your father's shitty-ass graphics driver is eating his ram alive because he's got an integrated card and no one told the driver what the limit on ram was. likely from an update.

either get a discrete card for 25$ or buy some more ram. i'd suggest both. a 2gb stick of anything is only like 40$ nowadays.

Hell at that rate for RAM I'd just buy him a whole new desktop. Shit's cheap these days.

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Hell at that rate for RAM I'd just buy him a whole new desktop. Shit's cheap these days.

But why is this an issue now though? He's had that computer for 2-3 years and it didn't start doing this until February.

I'm going to suggest that to him myself whenever he gets back from his honeymoon. I doubt he'll go for it because for some reason he's an absolute belligerant bastard when it comes to computers, but I'll tell him about it. $40 is damn cheap - I might look into that myself.

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I was more suggesting it in jest. But like what Brad said, it's probably poor drivers that's causing it to eat up all the RAM.

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I doubt he'll go for it because for some reason he's an absolute belligerent bastard when it comes to computers, but I'll tell him about it. $40 is damn cheap - I might look into that myself.

You could always just replace the damn thing and tell him to quit being a baby about technology. :lol:

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Why do I need to get a new computer? I haven't lived with him in 4 years and my computer is running fine (now). I'll ask my brother about it, he's 10x better at computers than I am, course he's all on Linux now, the little Mexican bastard...

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Why do I need to get a new computer? I haven't lived with him in 4 years and my computer is running fine (now). I'll ask my brother about it, he's 10x better at computers than I am, course he's all on Linux now, the little Mexican bastard...

Ah then save the money in a savings account :<

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Way ahead of you. :)

EDIT: And I just talked to him a minute ago. He was actually up for buying a RAM upgrade and said he'd do it after he got back from his honeymoon, so that should work out.

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What we can't figure out is how he got OpenGL on his computer in the first place.

Installed with Windows. You know those 3d screensavers? Guess what they use.

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