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Thread: Photoshop CS2 Doesn't See My New RAM??

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    Kirk Gittings's Avatar
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    Re: Photoshop CS2 Doesn't See My New RAM??

    Sorry guys, I am close to a complete idiot on some of this stuff. How do I actually go about doing this.

    "adding the simple /3G to the end of the boot.ini string did the trick"


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    Scott Rosenberg's Avatar
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    The Incredible Pacific Northwest

    Re: Photoshop CS2 Doesn't See My New RAM??

    i found this on another forum...

    In my experience it does not work for some regular 32bit XP installations either, you should use it with care since it could give you some nice bluescreen at startup (!).

    Best prevention is to add the statement twice in the boot.ini - one time with and one time without the switch. So it'd look like this:
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /3GB
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Two lines, one break only.
    You may set one as the default in the system\startup and recovery settings. Once it fails, you'll have two options to choose between in the F8 boot menu.

    edit: I guess it was XP service pack 1 it usually fails with. Dont quote me on that though.

    jack, are you running SP2 or SP1?

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    Hudson Valley, NY

    Re: Photoshop CS2 Doesn't See My New RAM??

    Even if you cannot allocate over 2gb to Photoshop you can still make very good use of the extra RAM to see a performance improvement.

    Just get a RAM Disk utility (some free ones exist) and allocate 1 GB as a RAM DIsk. This will be assigned a letter just like a physical hard drive (e.g. "E:"(in the Windows world; not sure about MAC)). Then you can allocate your Photoshop Swap Disk to the RAM Disk. Now Photoshop will be swapping out data to RAM instead of a physical hard drive. This should provide peformance very similar to allocating 3 GB to Photoshop. Having 3GB allocated tyo Photoshop would prevent swapping data. Using the RAM disk will mena Photoshop will have to swap data more often but it will be swapping to the same memory Photoshop would use if it was directly allocated.

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